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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.


North East's busiest shopping weekend

As Christmas approaches, it is predicted that more than £4 billion will be spent by an estimated 30 million shoppers this weekend alone.

In our region, shopping centres including the MetroCentre in Gateshead were packed with people hoping to bag some bargains. Towns and cities including Sunderland and those in Redcar and Cleveland are offering free parking at evenings and weekends to draw in the crowds.**


Julie Harrison reports.**

Eldon Square and Metrocentre set for multimillion pound revamp

Some of Britain's biggest shopping centres, including Eldon Square in Newcastle and the Metrocentre in Gateshead, are to get new identities after their owner announced plans for a £25 million revamp.

Capital Shopping Centres will adopt the name "intu" as part of the rebrand for 12 of its sites across the country - a move they hope will increase spending both in stores and online.

The company is also planning to install free wifi across its estate so that shoppers can log on to the internet and its website from their smartphones.

Changes to Eldon Square should be completed by May, with the Metrocentre following later in the year.

Norröna brings hundreds of shoppers from Faroe Islands

The high speed ferry is in the Tyne today Credit: ITV

Shoppers from the Faroe Islands have made an eight hundred mile round trip to get their hands on Christmas presents for family and friends back home.

For the fourth year in a row, passengers have visited the region to shop in Newcastle City Centre and at the MetroCentre - bringing a boost to the North East's economy.

The Faroese are said to be fond of British food, and in particular fish and chips and Cadbury's Dairy Milk - a rarity in Denmark.

"We have welcomed a record number of cruise and ferry passengers this year, almost doubling passenger numbers and cruise calls.

The Port's passenger operations generate almost fifty million pounds each year in terms of tourst spend in the region, supporting over 1700 jobs."

  • Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer for Port of Tyne
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