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BHS Gateshead Metrocentre branch closes today

The Gateshead Metrocentre branch of BHS closes its doors for the final time today.

The struggling retailer filed for administration April but no buyers came forward.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley was at one point interested in trying to save parts of the business.

The BHS stores in Hartlepool, Sunderland and South Shields have already closed.

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Metrocentre to sponsor Gateshead FC

Gateshead FC has bagged a sponsorship deal with the region’s biggest shopping centre. Intu Metrocentre is now the home shirt sponsor.

Gavin Prior, General Manager at intu Metrocentre with Gary Mills, Team Manager ,Gateshead FC and Graham Wood Chairman, Grahame McDonnell Commercial Manager and Vice Chairman Brian Waites

“We are absolutely delighted to have intu Metrocentre on board,

“To be supported by such a high profile organisation and one of the region’s biggest employers is fantastic for us.

“It’s also the perfect fit because not only are we both based in Gateshead but also because supporting and working with the community is an important objective for both of us."

– Graham Wood, Chairman of Gateshead FC

“We know what a successful season Gateshead FC had last year and we hope to see them go on to even bigger and better things this year,”

“We are sure this relationship will continue to grow and develop and we look forward to actively working with the club going forward.”

– Gavin Prior, General Manager of intu Metrocentre

The new shirts will be seen for the first time this Saturday (August 9th) at the International Stadium, when Gateshead take on Torquay United on the opening day of the new Conference season.

Unusual pendant - are you the owner?

Police are trying to trace the owner of an unusual pendant found in a service yard at the Metrocentre in Gateshead several weeks ago.

Northumbria Police believe it may have sentimental value for its owner.

One side of the pendant appears to show the figure of a man playing cricket.

The reverse side has an inscription which reads:

"To PC John Ingram. Thornhill. 17th Nov 1886"

It is not known who John Ingram was or whether he was a serving police officer in the Victorian era.

One side of the pendant appears to show a cricketer. Credit: Northumbria Police
The reverse side shows a dedication to a PC John Ingram Credit: Northumbria Police

Anyone who recognises it is asked to contact officers on 101 ext 69191, for the attention of the Metrocentre policing team in Gateshead.

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