Tony Blair forced to cancel North East Visit

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been forced to cancel his visit to the region today, November 16, after his father fell ill last night.

Mr Blair had been set to visit the North East to celebrate the fifth anniversary of his sports foundation.

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Foundation's Olympic event to go ahead as planned

Although their patron cannot be in the North East today, an event held by the Tony Blair Sports Foundation to celebrate its fifth anniversary and the success of the 2012 games will still go ahead as planned.

The event at Copthorne Hotel will be hosted by partners and members of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation - including board member Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and former Olympian Steve Cram.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is a board member of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation Credit: ITV News

The Foundation's 'Pass It On' campaign will officially be launched today to carry on the olympic legacy in the region.

The other events that Mr Blair had been planning to attend at Walker Technology College, Newcastle Cricket Centre and Rutherford Football Club have been cancelled.

Tony Blair cancels visit to region after father falls ill

Tony Blair was set to return to the North East to mark the anniversary of his foundation Credit: ITV

The Tony Blair Sports Foundation is celebrating its fifth anniversary and its patron, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, has had to cancel his proposed visit to the region after his father fell ill last night.

As part of the anniversary celebrations Mr Blair was planning to launch the Foundation's Pass It On campaign, which will continue building on the post-Olympics legacy in the North East. It is hoped that this will continue to inspire people to take part in sport and keep active.

Tony Blair had also been set to be officially launch the partnership between his foundation and Walker Technology College in Newcastle. Through the partnership, the foundation will help provide tennis coaching for primary school pupils, including for the visually impaired.

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