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Comedian Bob Mortimer undergoes triple heart bypass

Comedian Bob Mortimer has undergone a triple bypass heart operation, forcing him and showbiz partner Vic Reeves to cancel the first leg of their 25-year anniversary tour.

Bob Mortimer has undergone a triple heart bypass Credit: Ellis O'Brien/ / EMPICS Entertainment

Mortimer had been scheduled kick off the tour with a fortnight of shows in Glasgow called 25 Years Of Reeves And Mortimer: The Poignant Moments.

His spokesman, Neil Reading, said the 56-year-old comic needed "several weeks" to recover from the operation, but hoped to be "fit and well enough" to perform the second leg in January.

Mortimer's comedy partner Reeves said ,"I'm so pleased the operation has gone well and Bob is fixed. Many thanks to the surgeon."

People with tickets to shows between November 8 and December 4 are being advised to contact their point of purchase, where they will be entitled to a full refund.

Louis and Niall: A break will be a 'shock to the system'

One Direction stars Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan say that taking a break after their world tour will be 'a shock to the system' after a busy five year schedule. The singers spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees backstage at the Metro Radio Arena before their second of three concerts in Newcastle. They say they are ready for a rest.


One Direction: "It's natural to take a break after this schedule"

Louis Tomlinson has defended the band's decision to take a break after their current world tour.

The One Direction singer says that is makes sense after such a hectic five years of shows. Louis, who was speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees backstage in Newcastle, added that they will 'definitely get back together'.

So what are their plans?

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One Direction prepare to wow Newcastle again

One Direction are in the region ahead of their second gig at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena tonight. The boys said their third and final show - tomorrow night - would be the loudest.

If you're there, let us know what it's like by tweeting @itvtynetees or emailing

  • Watch our report about Sunday's One Direction gig here.

We even got Niall to try out his Geordie accent. See and hear the results below:

S Club Party to turn on South Shields Christmas lights

Tina, Jo and Bradley will be lighting up South Shields on 21st November

S Club Party will turn on the Christmas lights this year in South Shields. The group features three of the original members of 90s pop group S Club 7.

Bradley, Jo and Tina will be at the switch on event on Saturday 21 November, at the junction of King Street and Ocean Road.

S Club Party said: “We are so excited to have been invited to switch on the Christmas lights in South Tyneside. And we are looking forward to seeing all our fans and singing a few hits for them.”

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