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Kynren set to return next year

The performance charts 2,000 years of history Credit: Eleven Arches

The organisers of the Kynren say the show will be back next year, bigger and better than ever.

Kynren has been staged in Bishop Auckland over the summer, attracting an estimated 100,000 visitors to the town and surrounding area.

The performance itself has taken place at night, and tells the story of 2,000 years of British history.

More than a thousand volunteers have been involved in putting on the event, both as cast and crew.

A handful of the 1,000 volunteers who have taken part Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Crowds arrive for the final performance of the season Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

On Saturday, Kynren was staged for the final time this season, but the charity which has produced the show plans to bring it back next year.

The fact that we've got tremendous energy behind the whole project has been carrying us all along and to this point, everybody's been very emotional to actually say goodbye to the first season and can't wait to start all over again.

– Isabelle Daulon, Chief Executive, Eleven Arches

Transformers descend on Tyneside for filming

The cast and crew of the new Transformers movie took to the streets of Newcastle and brought the busy city centre to a standstill.

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg have been spotted by fans in the North East over the weekend as they film the latest instalment of the blockbuster franchise.

The Steven Spielberg produced movie dubbed 'Transformers: The Last Knight' filmed chase scenes on Grainger Street and Grey Street with luxury Lamborghini, Corvette, Mercedes and Camaro cars.

The sound of the Transformer cars were amazing echoing around the city centre.

It was crazy to see all of these incredible cars like Lamborghinis and Corvettes whizzing around Newcastle.

I've never seen anything like it, it looked like a war zone with soldiers and jeeps and a high speed chase."

– Onlooker in Newcastle


More awards success for Ant and Dec

There was more awards success for Ant and Dec last night at the TV Choice Awards.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway's picked up the gong for Best Entertainment show.

I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, also fronted by the pair, picked up the ward for Best Reality Show.

Olly Murs is heading back to Newcastle

Olly is heading back to Newcastle Credit: Olly Murs

Olly Murs, one of British music’s biggest stars, has announced his 5th album ’24 HRS’ and a UK tour.

The album is out November 11 and is the follow up to 'Never Been Better'.

The 'You Don't Know Love' singer will be at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on March 6 2017.

Olly announced the news on Facebook before he was stopped by a fan for a selfie!


Coxhoe X Factor singer's early fan base

Coxhoe teenager Samantha Lavery walked out of the audition room with four 'yes' votes from the celebrity judging panel.

Well, it wasn't just Nicole, Sharon, Louis and Simon who were impressed. Twitter users were very active in tweeting their adoration for the 16-year-old singer. Samantha has called the experience 'amazing and overwhelming'.

Samantha Lavery Credit: Emily Cromarty

Coxhoe teenager to feature on The X Factor

Local music fans spotted Coxhoe teenager Samantha Lavery, who looks just like former Geordie judge Cheryl, on an advert for The X Factor during Good Morning Britain this morning.

The X Factor returns on Saturday night and it looks like the North East will have an act in the mix!

Samantha Lavery Credit: Emily Cromarty
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