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Coroner records accidental death in kayakers inquest

An inquest resumed into the death of three men who died while kayaking on the River Tyne in Northumberland. Brothers Darren and Mark Thorpe, from South Shields, and their cousin Gavin Bradley, from Jarrow, died in May.

The coroner recorded the verdict of accidental death in all three cases. The river levels at the time were higher than the men had experienced previously. The coroner added that the men did not show any signs of bravado and that the men took their safety seriously.

Thirty tonnes of water passes over the weir at Riding Mill every second an expert said it was impossible to get out of this.


South Shields dancer crowned Mr Gay World

A dance teacher from South Shields has been crowned Mr Gay World at the competition in Rome. Stuart Hatton competed after winning Mr Gay UK. He is the first UK contestant to win Mr Gay World. Before flying out, Stuart said it would be hugely important to him to take the title. Now, he leaves Italy a winner.

Stuart Hatton Credit: Terry George

"I am overwhelmed to be Mr Gay World and the first ever winner to be from the UK. I am now able to use my voice to help those in countries around the world who have no voice or equality rights such as people in Malaysia and Iran. My plans are to show the world that it doesn't matter if you are gay or if you are straight, if you have brown eyes or if you have green eyes, we are all the same. We are all human and all gay people around the world deserve the same human rights as each other. This is just the beginning."

– Stuart Hatton, Mr Gay World


Summer craft fair returns to South Shields riverside

Lindsey Grieves, of Light Source Art, with co-worker and localartist Linda Hill, displaying a range of handmade gifts during the Harton QuaysPark Summer Craft Fair in South Shields.

A summer craft fair is making a one-day return to South Shields riverside.

The Harton Quays Park craft fair hosts over 40 stalls selling confectionary, baked goods, paintings, textiles, ceramics and handmade jewellery and gifts created by local arts people.

The fair was originally held over July as part of the South Tyneside summer festival but is returning for one day, due to its popularity with visitors and stall holders.

It takes place today (Sunday, 31st August) between 10:30am and 4pm.

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