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Tyneside to be lit up by man-made lightning strikes

More details have been released about the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony, due to take place on September 4th.

Organisers Nova International say the event on the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside will include fireworks and man-made lightning strikes.

Colourful illuminations.
Man-made lightening will illuminate the night sky. Credit: Great North Run

The fireworks will be provided by pyrotechnic wizards, Alchemy, who have lit up the skies above some of the UK’s most iconic venues, including Tower Bridge for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

They will create a large-scale fire sculpture, close proximity pyrotechnics and aerial fireworks in a variety of locations on the river, bridges, and the Quaysides.

Lightening bolts to amaze crowds.
Alchemy, the pyrotechnics people, will put on the display. Credit: Great North Run

A group called Lords of Lightening will also make an appearance.

Described as one of the most unique and fascinating shows on the planet, this show was created by New Zealand born Carlos Van Camp.

The crackle of Lightning Bolts will crash into the Tyne from two towers as two people, dressed in metal suits, interact with the power of lightning.

Streak of man-made lightening.
Lord of Lightening will entertain crowds. Credit: Great North Run

Harnessing 4 million volts of electricity, this performance has seared itself into the memory of audiences

worldwide and is set to dazzle and amaze the audience at this year's Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony.

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4 million volts of electricity will be harnessed. Credit: Great North Run

Described by organisers as the biggest party in the North East, the Great North Run opening ceremony will also feature live performances from local hero and Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler, plus multi-platinum selling dance duo, Chase & Status.


Newlywed Cheryl Cole bags fourth solo number one

Newlywed Cheryl Cole has celebrated a ninth career chart-topping single as Crazy Stupid Love became her fourth solo number one.

The former Girls Aloud star joins Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora as only the third British female to claim the solo feat.

Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole married French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in a secret ceremony in Mustique earlier this month. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Cole said it was "so exciting" to see the track, which features British rapper Tinie Tempah, top the charts two years after releasing her last single.

"It feels great to be back but even more special to have achieved my fourth number one," the 31-year-old said.

Cheryl's party: the guest list

Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini threw a party in London to celebrate their wedding. Their close friends and family attended including Cheryl's Girls Aloud band mates Nicola Roberts and Kimberly Walsh, JLS star Marvin Humes and his wife Rochelle from The Saturdays, and Cheryl's mother Joan.

Cheryl and Jean-Bernard
Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Credit: PA
Nicola Roberts
Nicola Roberts Credit: PA
Kimberly Walsh and partner Jason
Kimberly Walsh and partner Justin Scott Credit: PA
Marvin and Rochelle Humes
Marvin and Rochelle Humes Credit: PA
Cheryl's mother Joan Callaghan
Cheryl's mother Joan Callaghan Credit: PA

Cheryl is all smiles as she celebrates nuptials

Cheryl at her London party
Cheryl at her London party Credit: PA

Cheryl has recently tied the knot with French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. It was reported that only four people attended the ceremony at the Caribbean island of Mustique. To make up for this, the Geordie X Factor judge threw an exclusive Party in London.

Cheryl wore a floor-length black gown at the Library were her Girls Aloud friends Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh partied with her mother Joan Callaghan.


Proposed rule changes for same sex dance couples sparks criticism

Tyneside dance instructor, Stuart Hatton, has criticised proposed rule changes by the British Dance Council which could prevent people of the same sex dancing together in mainstream ballroom competitions. The BDC denies it's a ban, but some have accused the organisation of discrimination. Stuart, who is Mr Gay UK, says it should be about choice.

Stuart Hatton
Stuart Hatton is against the proposed rule changes Credit: Adam Davies

Cheryl's step-father: "It is a bit of a surprise"

Cheryl Cole's step-dad said the news she is married has come as a 'right surprise'.The 31-year-old X Factor judge has announced she secretly married French boyfriend Jean-Bernard Ferdandez-Versini a week ago.Speaking from his house in Walker, her step-dad Anthony Leighton said he is happy for her.

"If she's happy then I'm happy."She's lovely and I am really happy for her."I found out through Facebook, she doesn't bother with us much. She phones her sister and she phones her brother sometimes but what we hear is just back and forward."It is a bit of a surprise for everyone. I'm pleased for her."

– Anthony Leighton
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