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Tuxedo Royale fire created 'pool of black smoke' across Middlesbrough

It took 30 firefighters several hours to bring last night's Tuxedo Royale fire under control. The blaze started around 7pm - see the video here.

Dave Turton from Cleveland Fire Brigade says the fire engulfed more than half the ship:

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Tuxedo Royale fire damage in pictures

The floating nightclub, which was originally moored on the Tyne, caught fire around 7pm on Wednesday evening.

Since 2006 the ship has spent her retirement in a dockyard on Teesside.

It was here that the fire broke out.

Investigations are underway to determine exactly what happened Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Eight appliances were sent to the Middlesbrough site to tackle the blaze. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The floating nightclub, which was originally moored on the Tyne Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Police have confirmed they are treating the fire as suspicious. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Former Newcastle party boat Tuxedo Royale on fire

Fire Services were called out around 7 o'clock to the The Tuxedo Royal Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Investigations are underway after a former Newcastle party boat caught fire on Teesside on Wednesday evening.

Fire Services were called out around 7 o'clock to the The Tuxedo Royal, which was originally moored on the Tyne.

Eight appliances were at the Middlesbrough site to tackle the blaze on the former Newcastle Nightclub boat.

The Tuxedo Royale Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Cleveland Fire Brigade was called to the scene at around 7pm on Wednesday 31 May to get the blaze under control.

Two hand control branches, one ground monitor, and a hydrologic platform were used to tackle the flames.

The Tuxedo Royale in its party days Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Newcastle Swing Bridge fire 'probably caused' by cigarette

A fire under the Tyne's historic Swing Bridge was probably caused by a discarded cigarette, according to investigators.

35 firefighters fought the flames last week.

More than 250 square feet of a wooden platform under the bridge's jetty caught fire.

The bridge itself, which opened in 1876, was undamaged.

Daily tilting of Millennium Bridge begins again

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The daily tilting of the Millennium Bridge has begun again. The bridge traditionally tilts every day throughout the summer months at midday.

The bridge will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists for roughly 10 minutes while the tilt takes place.

Councillor Gary Haley, Cabinet member for Culture, says:

You know summer is just around the corner when the Gateshead Millennium Bridge starts its lunchtime tilts again!”

We get tourists and visitors from all around the world coming to see our bridge, and when it tilts you’ll often see them standing in open-mouthed amazement. Many people have told us that it’s one of the most impressive things they’ve seen."

– cillor Gary Haley, Cabinet member for Culture

Tyneside shipbuilding footage to make film festival comeback

Rare footage of the shipbuilding industry from the Tyne Tees archive is being shown at this weekend's Whitley Bay film festival.

The documentary made in the 1980s followed the work of ships' pilots who worked on the River Tyne.

Frances Read takes a look at the footage:

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