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Christmas event abandoned because of high winds

A Christmas market was among the events abandoned winds of up to 50 miles per hour brought problems to the region.

The event, on Gateshead's Team Valley, is organised by North East Markets. It says earlier forecasts had suggested it was safe to go ahead, but winds later picked up.

It is understood that a woman was treated at the scene for a minor injury by the St John Ambulance.

The aftermath of the event on Team Valley Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
An abandoned stall Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The following statement was posted on the North East Markets Facebook page this afternoon:

A site inspection was undertaken at 7am to decide if the Team Valley Christmas Market should go ahead today. At that stage the wind had dropped and some forecasts were favourable.

Based on the information at the time it was felt that it was safe to go ahead. However due to increasing wind strength at 12.20pm the decision was taken to close and evacuate the site to ensure the safety of the public, staff and stallholders. Unfortunately many other local events also went through the same experience.

We would like to thank everyone who helped and supported us and especially our customers for their understanding with the evacuation. We have (as ever) had amazing support from everyone. Lastly, we would like to thank our staff for all of their work in making the site safe

– North East Markets

High winds cause problems across the region

A viewer sent us this photograph of a wall collapse in Ushaw Moor Credit: Chrissy Turnbull

Strong winds have been bringing problems across the region. Among the issues reported:

  • North Yorkshire Police called to numerous reports on trees which have blown over
  • Tyne and Wear Fire Service dealing with trees, roofs and a chimney which posed a danger as a result of the weather
  • Northern Powergrid dealing with a number of power cuts, including the NE19 and NE48 postcode areas of Northumberland
  • Delays of up to 45 minutes on Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Carlisle
  • Delays on the Tyne and Wear Metro between Chillingham Road and St James due to obstruction on the line
A fallen tree in North Yorkshire Credit: North Yorkshire Police
A tree blocks a road in rural North Yorkshire Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Winds are now easing, and earlier restrictions on the A19 Tees Viaduct and the A66 have now been lifted.

Another picture of the damage to a gable end in Ushaw Moor Credit: Chrissy Turnbull

Black Friday: has it changed your shopping habits?

Thousands of people visited shopping centres across the North East today, many lured by extended Black Friday weekend bargains.

There was brisk trade at the Metro Centre in Gateshead, though not all shoppers said they had been tempted by cut price offers.

And, while the large retailers advertised their Black Friday bargains, one independent shop said its takings were up 25 per cent on the first day of the promotional weekend.

Watch Helen Ford's report here:


Saturday shoppers continue to enjoy 'Black Friday'

Retailers said on Saturday that they were reaping the benefits from the Black Friday sale event.

Although a great deal of business appears to have taken place online, our shopping centres are reporting brisk trade.

Many stores are offering discounts across the weekend, as part of extended Black Friday promotions.

The Metrocentre on Saturday. Credit: ITV News

Shoppers are expected to spend more than £3 billion by the end of Cyber Monday, despite a "muted" Black Friday on the high street prompting suggestions the American phenomenon has already peaked in the UK.

Saturday shoppers at the Metrocentre in Gateshead told ITV Tyne Tees that they were hoping to bag bargains during the extended Black Friday phenomenon, while many retailers reported a big rise in sales.

Retail giant Amazon reported record figures on Friday, with more than 7.4 million items ordered, leading to its biggest sales day ever in the UK.

Part closure of A1 as Kneeton Hall Bridge is demolished

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Part of the A1 in the North East will be closed this weekend as part of a major project to upgrade the dual carriageway to a three lane motorway between Leeming and Barton in North Yorkshire.

The motorway will be closed for 18 hours to demolish Kneeton Hall Bridge in Richmond, near Darlington.

The A1 will be fully closed in both directions between the Scotch Corner junction and junction 56 at Barton from 8pm on Saturday, November 28 until 2pm on Sunday, November 29.

Motorists are advised to take alternative routes.

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