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Billy Ocean set to perform at South Shields

Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is performing at South Tyneside Festival 2015 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

British singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is set to perform at this year's South Tyneside Festival in South Shields today.

The 65-year-old, who recorded hits including 'When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going' and 'Love Really Hurts Without You', will be performing to crowds at the free concert in Bents Park from 3pm.

Ocean will be joined by former Rose Royce singer Gwen Dickey, famed for hits including 'Car Wash' and 'Wishing On A Star', and Jarrow's X-Factor star Abi Garrido.

Big Sing for North East schools

More than three thousand pupils from nearly sixty schools have been performing in this year's Big Sing at the Sage Gateshead.

Joining in the Big Sing at the Sage Gateshead Credit: North News and Pictures

The Big Sing (for 7-16 year olds) and The Big Sing for Mini Singers (for 4-7 year olds) have become annual music events.

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This year the music included Our House by Madness, True Colours by Cindy Lauper and We Are The Champions by Queen.

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Gary Barlow drops in on Gateshead school

Gary Barlow arrives at Lobley Hill Primary School. Credit: ITV News

A campaign to get Take That star Gary Barlow to a school in Gateshead has succeeded - with the singer helping to bid a special farewell to two teachers.

Lobley Hill Primary School teachers Nicola Burton and Catherine White wanted Gary Barlow to make an appearance as they prepare to leave the school.

The teachers had organised school trips to Take That concerts since they started 13 and 8 years ago.

Although it only went live on Monday, a #GetGarytoLobley online campaign attracted plenty of attention on both facebook and twitter.

And this lunchtime the singer made it the 'Greatest Day' for staff and pupils.

'Wild Boys' Duran Duran set for Newcastle return

Duran Duran

One of the biggest bands of the 80's, Duran Duran, have announced a return to Newcastle as part of their latest tour.

Duran Duran have announced that they will perform a series of summer festivals, as well as several shows in the U.S. in September and October, followed by a UK arena tour that kicks off in late November - reaching Newcastle at the Metro Radio Arena on Saturday 5th December 2015.

Duran Duran is one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, topping the charts around the world over the past three decades and selling more than 100 million records worldwide.

Some of their biggest hits include classics such as Planet Earth, Rio, Save a Prayer, Hungry Like the Wolf and Wild Boys.

Tickets for the Newcastle show go on sale on Friday.


Actor Tim Healy looses tax tribunal

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North East actor Tim Healy has lost a 10-year fight with the taxman over the rent he paid on a London flat whilst appearing in the Billy Elliot musical.

The Geordie star paid more than £32,000 in rent during an eight-month stint at the the West End's Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005.

He has always insisted that the £875-a-week flat was far cheaper than a hotel and that he 'lived out of a suitcase' whilst working in the capital.

He could not be expected to travel back to his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, after each night's performance and he only needed the flat for his job.

But HM Revenue and Customs refused to let him deduct the rent he paid from his income tax bill.

Mr Healy, who worked as a welder on Tyneside before launching his acting career, fought the MHRC at three tribunal hearings.

But now the First-Tier Tribunal has ruled that he did not need the flat 'wholly or exclusively' for his work.

Tribunal Judge, Dr Christopher Staker, accepted that he had to have somewhere to live in London during his West End appearance.

When his involvement in the Billy Elliott show ended in December 2005, he swiftly left the flat and moved back to Cheshire to be with his wife and children.

But he had used the three-bedroom flat to entertain family and friends and that 'was not a business purpose', said the judge.

Whilst he had rented the flat "for the purpose of his trade as a self-employed actor", that was not his "sole purpose", he concluded.

As well as being denied the tax deduction, the ruling means Mr Healy, 63, may now also face a substantial legal costs bill.

Woman pictured with Perrie Edwards' fiancee received 'death threats'

Perrie Edwards of Little Mix and Zayn Malik Credit: PA/PA Wire

A woman who was photographed holding hands with the pop star fiancee of South Shields singer Perrie Edwards says she has received death threats.

The picture, taken in March, shows former One Direction star Zayn Malik with 26-year-old Lauren Richardson in Thailand.

Richardson, who will take part in ITV2 dating series Love Island, said the photograph was "innocent".

Online rumours prompted Malik, who has been engaged to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards since 2013, to tweet: "I'm 22 years old, I love a girl named Perrie Edwards."

He went on to say there are a lot of jealous people in the world and that he is sorry for what picture looks like.

Richardson told the Daily Star: "It got so bad at one point. There were death threats and people saying I'm a homewrecker and 'I want to find you'.

"There was a lot of hate behind everything. I was so scared. You think: 'Are they actually going to find me?'

"It was just an innocent picture. Nothing else happened. He is a handsome lad but it is not something I would dive into."

Malik flew home from the boyband's world tour in March with "stress" before suddenly quitting the group, saying he wanted to be a "normal 22-year-old".

His former bandmates admitted they were angry when they found out but have since mended their relationship.

Atomic Kitten to play South Shields concert

Atomic Kitten are to play at a free outdoor concert on Tyneside this summer.

The girlband, who have sold more than eight million records worldwide, will be performing at Bents Park, South Shields on Sunday July 12 as part of the South Tyneside Festival 2015.

The open air gig will be co-headlined by boyband 5ive, with support from South Shields band, The Waiters.

Hartlepool impressionist through to BGT final

Ant and Dec congratulate Hartlepool impressionist Danny Posthill Credit: ITV

Danny Posthill, from Hartlepool, has made it through to the final of Britain's Got Talent.

David Walliams and Alesha Dixon voted to put the 28-year-old comedy impressionist through to the final after Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer act Calum Scott made it straight through on the public vote. However, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell voted in favour of Jesse-Jane McParland, the child ninja from Northern Ireland, leaving the decision down to the result of the public vote.

The live final takes place on Sunday at 7.30pm on ITV.

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