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WW2 Lancaster bomber returns to North East airfield

Lancaster bomber
Lancaster bombers at an airshow in East Sussex earlier this month Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

One of the last flying Lancaster Bombers is returning to the airfield where it was based during World War Two.

The Avro Lancaster bomber was built in Canada but operated out of RAF Middleton St George, which is now Durham Tees Valley Airport. The plane will take part in a flypast at 3pm on Thursday, 28th August.


Ant & Dec bring host of celebrity friends to Newcastle

Ant & Dec
Double BAFTA Award winners Ant & Dec are bringing a host of celebrity friends to Newcastle for the filming of their 'Saturday Night Takeaway' Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Ant & Dec are bringing their award winning ITV show, 'Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway', to their home town of Newcastle for a spectacular live show in just over a week's time.

Never one to disappoint, the Geordie boys are adding celebrity friends Alan Shearer, Chesney Hawkes and Tony Christie to the mix for filming.

In addition, the raft of celebrity stars will be joined on stage by former Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts, who will resume her role as the host of 'Ant v Dec' and Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance who will be treating the city to a live performance.

Takeaway is the one show that people always tell us they'd love to be in the audience for, so we've decided to take the show to them! Just like the TV show the audience will have a chance of winning some fantastic prizes as well as being an essential part of the show. It's been an ambition of ours for a long time to go on tour and we can't wait to come home!

– Ant & Dec


Six arrested in early morning drugs raid

Five men and one woman, aged between 26 and 53, have been arrested for suspected drugs and money laundering offences after an early morning operation led by Durham Police.

Over 40 police officers were involved in ‘Operation Bream’, which took place at 6am today (Wednesday, 27th August). The arrests were made at two addresses in Witton Gilbert on the outskirts of Durham; one in Langley Park and one in Stanley. At the same time arrests were also made at properties in Hetton-le-Hole and Houghton-le-Spring in the Northumbria area.

Those arrested have been detained on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

A Landrover car, suspected to have been bought with the crime money, was also seized by police from one of the Witton Gilbert properties.

All are currently in custody and will be interviewed later today.

The operation was carried out under Durham Constabulary’s ongoing ‘Sledgehammer’ campaign to target organised crime.

Sting returns to the North East to perform at the Sage

Credit: Yui Mok/PA

To celebrate the Sage Gateshead's 10th birthday, Sting will return to the North East to perform songs from 'The Last Ship', his latest album and new Broadway musical of the same name.

Inspired by and set in Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, 'The Last Ship' the musical tells of experiences working in shipyards along the Wear, Clyde, Mersey or any Northern port. The play was originally work-shopped with local musicians and actors at Newcastle’s Live Theatre – ahead of its upcoming Broadway debut - but for Sting, it was never in doubt that the songs of 'The Last Ship' should be performed for a North East audience:

The demise of industry - not only in shipyards like Tyneside and Gdansk, but also great manufacturing centres like Detroit - has been well documented and the effect of that demise on the identity and future of local communities particularly resonates with me. I’m very much looking forward to bringing these songs and stories home.

– Sting

Sting will be joined onstage at the Sage in April 2015 by many of the region’s best loved musicians including fiddle and Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell and The Wilson Family from Billingham,Co. Durham.

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