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Seen the new £5 note yet? Today's your chance

The new polymer £5 note Credit: Bank of England
The new polymer £5 note Credit: Bank of England

Shoppers at the Metrocentre can get their hands on the new polymer £5 note on Tuesday.

Chief cashier of the Bank of England Victoria Cleland - the woman who signs the banknotes - will be at the Gateshead shopping centre between 10am and noon. She will then head to the Edwardian Bank at Beamish Museum.

The new note will be issued on September 13 after which paper £5 notes will be gradually withdrawn from circulation.

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British Steel hopes to build 'stronger future'

British Steel Commercial Director Peter Hogg has described today as a landmark day for the business. Tata has sold to Greybull Capital and 900 jobs are now safeguarded in the region.

“Today marks the first day of business for our new company and we are delighted to be launching under the iconic British Steel brand.

“It has taken a huge amount of effort and a strong partnership between our employees and their union representatives, our customers and our suppliers, and many months of hard work to get to this point. We also appreciate the help and support from both local and national government and our local MPs.

“Our industry has faced challenging times over the last few years, but we are confident that our new venture, built on our core values of pride, passion and performance, will not only reinvigorate this business, but position it as a world leader.

“Our heritage is important to us. For decades our skilled workforce has dedicated itself to producing the highest quality steel that has been used in landmark buildings and infrastructures projects around the world. The launch of British Steel will enable us to build a stronger future for both our employees and all those who do business with us.”

– British Steel Commercial Director Peter Hogg
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