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Colin Firth arrives in Berwick for film screening

Colin Firth signed autographs outside the Maltings Theatre in Berwick. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Colin Firth was followed by his co-star Jeremy Irvine. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Colin Firth arrived in Berwick a short time ago for the screening of his new film at the Maltings Theatre.

The Railway Man tells the story of Eric Lomax, who lived in Berwick and was a prisoner of the Japanese during the Second World War.

Flood Warning: Areas at risk in Berwick-upon-Tweed

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the North Sea at Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

Flooding is expected for properties at the Chandlery, the Old Lifeboat Station, Pier Road, Longstone View, Bridge End South Bank, Riverside Road, Blakewell Road, Blakewell Gardens, West End, between the Bridges area, Main Street, Berwick Dock and Berwick Lifeboat Station. .

An area of low pressure is forecast to coincide with this afternoon's high tide. It is forecast to bring surge conditions which will increase the height of the expected spring tide. Strong winds and rain will create bigger waves, with a risk from overtopping and spray between 2:15pm and 4:45pm.


60 properties evacuated after suspected gas explosion in Berwick

Around 60 properties were evacuated after an explosion at a house in Berwick yesterday, August 2.

Police were alerted at 5:10pm after receiving a report of a suspected gas explosion at an address in Howick Terrace.

Police and the fire service attended and nearby streets were evacuated as a precaution.

Officers say "extensive damage" was caused to the property. Nobody was injured.

Deliveries resume for Berwick mothers-to-be

Deliveries are re-starting at Berwick Infirmary Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Women will once again be to give birth at Berwick maternity unit from Monday 1st July.

The service was suspended last August over safety concerns. It was feared that midwives were not receiving enough regular experience because so few deliveries had been taking place there.

Now, women whose births are considered low-risk will be able to have their babies in Berwick. However, the unit will not be staffed 24 hour a day. It will instead use on-call midwives in the evening, overnight and after 2.30pm at weekends.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust describes the new arrangements as 'safe and sustainable'. It says Berwick midwives will continue to work at Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington on rotation, to ensure they are able to regularly practice their full range of skills.

The Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith says he is pleased with the development, but will be studying the details of the on-call service. He wants to know where midwives will be based when they are on call, and how the service can continue during bad weather.

Full report: Comedian donates Berwick takings to local couple

A couple from Berwick whose son has an incurable disease have been left stunned after the comedian Jason Manford visited their home, and donated the takings from his shows in the town to the family.

10-month-old Roman Greenlees has recently been diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Asper's Disease.

Watch Jenny Longden's report here:

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