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Joe McElderry tweets excitement after The Jump win

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Thankyou to all crew, production, medics, physios, trainers for helping us all to get through the show was soo much fun!!

Joe McElderry wins The Jump

Something to smile about: Joe McElderry has won The Jump. Credit: PA

Popstar Joe McElderry, from South Shields, was crowned champion of Channel 4's ski challenge show The Jump tonight.

He became a substitute in the competition filmed in Austria because others were injured by the sporting challenges.

In tonight's final, Joe McElderry jumped 17.5 metres off the highest jump. He beat journalist Donal MacIntyre who jumped 13.5 metres off the middle jump.

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Pictures: Princess Anne in South Shields

Mike Dickson, MD of Dickson's butchers, welcomes the Princess Royal to South Shields. Princess Anne is visiting butchers at Dickson's to mark the company's 60th anniversary.

The Princess Royal Credit: ITV
Princess Anne is greeted Credit: ITV
Princess Anne at a South Shields meat factory Credit: ITV
South Shields Credit: ITV
The press wait Credit: ITV

Princess Royal on North East visit

HRH The Princess Royal Credit: ITV News

The Princess Royal will be visiting South Tyneside today.

She'll be in South Shields to inspect a butchers shop which is celebrating 60 years in the business,

Princess Anne will then officially open the Mission to Seafarers' newly refurbished Holborn House premises in Mill Dam, South Shields.**

*Finally The *Princess Royal will unveil a commemorative plaque to mark the opening of the £3m Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing Centre in South Shields.

Watch a full report of today's royal visit on ITV Tyne Tees at 6pm today.

Lifeboats old and new come together

The world's second oldest lifeboat has come stern to stern with her modern day counterpart after undergoing a five month refurbishment.

The Spirit of the Tyne was one of the original lifeboats built in South Shields 180 years ago. Across six decades she rescued more than a thousand people from the seas.

Now 30 volunteers have spent five months stripping the old paint, repairing the wood and restoring her to her original colour. After the renovation she will now be put back on display in the town but whilst she was by the river the Tyne's current lifeboat came to visit her.

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