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Choir of children to join Beverley Knight at Sage show

Beverley Knight Credit: PA

A choir of children from the region will join soul queen Beverley Knight for Sage Gateshead’s 10th Birthday Party.

This December, Sage Gateshead turns ten. Staff there will host a six-day long party from 16 to 21 December.

MOBO winner Beverley Knight will be joined on stage by a massed choir of ten year old children - all born in 2004, when the venue first opened. 100 boys and girls will take part.

Many primary schools are getting involved including Hadrian, Laygate, St John’s, Wingrove, Broadwood, Canning Street, Bridgewater, St Peter’s RC and Springwell Village.

One Direction takes tour to Newcastle

One Direction Credit: PA

The world's most popular boy band, One Direction, has announced a return to Newcastle as part of their next tour of the UK.

The band will perform at the Metro Radio Arena for two nights in 2015 - Saturday October 25th and Sunday October 26th.

Tickets will go on sale in five days.

Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne of One Direction last performed in the North East in May this year when they appeared at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.


North East gymnasts join Diversity tour

Acropolis gymnasts

Four gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy, will be appearing on stage with Diversity when the new arena show ‘Limitless - The Reboot’ tours the UK. the tour will make a stop at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on Saturday 13 December

  • Abbi Greaves, from Durham, 14, is currently a world gold medallist, european silver medallist and british champion
  • Liam Sneath, from Spennymoor, 17, is current world gold medallist, european silver medallist and british champion
  • Jesse Heskett, from Sunderland, 20, a former world, european and british champion
  • Alex Houston, from Consett, 21, current world games silver medallist, and a former european silver medallist and british champion

The four gymnasts are part of Acropolis. The acrobatic group won Let’s Get Gold on ITV1 in 2012; were runners up in France’s The Best in 2013 and also appeared on A League of their Own.


Children's book festival biggest in Europe

Fourteen children's authors and illustrators have been in Sunderland to help celebrate the Northern Children's Book Festival, the biggest free event of its kind in Europe.

"There's nothing like getting into a good book to whisk you away to another world... The Northern Children's Book Festival was set up with the express purpose of bringing children together with some of the UK's top writers and illustrators and passing on the enjoyment of reading for pleasure"

– Cllr John Kelly, Sunderland City Council

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