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Full Report: Paralympian prepares to walk down the aisle

The Paralympian Stephen Miller has prepared for some big days in his time, but perhaps none will be bigger than his wedding.

Stephen and his fiancee Rachel will tie the knot tomorrow on Tyneside.

Alongside the usual arrangements, Stephen has been working towards another goal - getting out of his wheelchair, and walking down the aisle alongside his new wife.

Helen Ford has been to talk to the couple - watch her full report below.


Shearer: "What's he doing getting married on the day of a Newcastle home game?"

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has wished Paralympian Stephen Miller well ahead of his wedding tomorrow.

Stephen has been working on his strength so that he can walk his bride-to-be, Rachel Toland, down the isle.

Alan Shearer Credit: ITV

Alan joked about Stephen's 'mistake' of organising a wedding on the same day as a Newcastle United match.

Tyneside "Walk of Fame"

Walk of Fame candidate Cheryl Cole Credit: Doug Peters/Empics Entertainment

A Hollywood-style "walk of fame" is set to honour local heroes. A series of bronze plaques will celebrate people who have significantly contributed to the Tyneside region or wider world over the past 60 years.

It will launch on the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides in October with nominations open from Thursday. Celebrities who could be honoured include people like Cheryl Cole, Alan Shearer and Sting.

Prized NUFC shirt stolen from children's hospital ward

Children and staff at North Tyneside General Hospital have been left heartbroken after callous thieves stole a treasured signed Newcastle United shirt from their ward.

The 2002 shirt, signed by Alan Shearer, the late Bobby Robson and other members of the team, was taken from its frame from the play room in the Children’s Ward.

The theft is believed to have taken place sometime between Monday 15 April and Wednesday 17 April.

Newcastle United has a long-standing relationship with the ward, run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2002, Alan Shearer opened the refurbished ward and players regularly come to the hospital at Christmas to give presents to the young patients.

“Newcastle United were very disappointed to hear the news that a signed shirt has been stolen from the Children’s Ward at North Tyneside hospital and would appeal for its return at the earliest opportunity.

“We’re told the children love looking at the shirt and often try to identify the names of the players, such as Alan Shearer and Shay Given, so it’s really a very callous act by whoever was responsible for this thoughtless and mindless theft.”

– A Newcastle United spokesman

“We just can’t believe that someone would stoop so low. The staff and children are heartbroken and really angry and upset.

“We were so pleased that the shirt was donated to the ward and it has given pleasure to the thousands of families who have used the ward over the last 11 years - for someone to take this just beggars belief.

“We hope that someone somewhere has information about the shirt as we would really like it to be returned."

– Carole Clayton, ward manager

"This shirt was very popular with the children on the ward and we are appealing for the public's help to identify the heartless thief who stole it.

"We are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious at around that time, or who is offered the shirt for sale, to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or ring the independent charity Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– PC Andy Wait
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