Dry and fine on Sunday, with good sunny spells rather than unbroken sunshine
Plenty of fine weather around today, but a little breezy
A look at the forecast for the Tyne Tees region.
36 staff from Rowlands Accountants are covering the length and breadth of the North East region as they undertake a gruelling relay challenge across the weekend to raise money for three local charities.
The “Round Rowlands Run” will see a relay team, lead by John Grimshaw from Benton, Newcastle, tackle over 220 kilometres in the course of the three days during which they will run to the firm’s six North East offices.
The distance is equivalent to running six marathons.
The staff are raising money for three charities:
Sunderland AFC owner Ellis Short upped the stakes in the North East rivalry by nominating three prominent personnel at Newcastle United to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Short posted a video of his own challenge on Sunderland's youtube channel as centre-back pairing West Brown and John O'Shea doused him in water beside the Stadium of Light pitch.
He nominated Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, Manager Alan Pardew and player Jack Colback.
And now, Alan Pardew and Jack Colback has stepped up to the challenge, posting their own video on Newcastle United's youtube channel (see below).
Rain will clear from the west during the morning with some sunny spells developing.
However, further showery rain is likely to move eastwards across the area from mid-afternoon. Maximum temperature 21 °C.
Ant & Dec are bringing their award winning ITV show, 'Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway', to their home town of Newcastle for a spectacular live show in just over a week's time.
Never one to disappoint, the Geordie boys are adding celebrity friends Alan Shearer, Chesney Hawkes and Tony Christie to the mix for filming.
In addition, the raft of celebrity stars will be joined on stage by former Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts, who will resume her role as the host of 'Ant v Dec' and Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance who will be treating the city to a live performance.
– Ant & Dec
Takeaway is the one show that people always tell us they'd love to be in the audience for, so we've decided to take the show to them! Just like the TV show the audience will have a chance of winning some fantastic prizes as well as being an essential part of the show. It's been an ambition of ours for a long time to go on tour and we can't wait to come home!
To celebrate the Sage Gateshead's 10th birthday, Sting will return to the North East to perform songs from 'The Last Ship', his latest album and new Broadway musical of the same name.
Inspired by and set in Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, 'The Last Ship' the musical tells of experiences working in shipyards along the Wear, Clyde, Mersey or any Northern port. The play was originally work-shopped with local musicians and actors at Newcastle’s Live Theatre – ahead of its upcoming Broadway debut - but for Sting, it was never in doubt that the songs of 'The Last Ship' should be performed for a North East audience:
The demise of industry - not only in shipyards like Tyneside and Gdansk, but also great manufacturing centres like Detroit - has been well documented and the effect of that demise on the identity and future of local communities particularly resonates with me. I’m very much looking forward to bringing these songs and stories home.
Sting will be joined onstage at the Sage in April 2015 by many of the region’s best loved musicians including fiddle and Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell and The Wilson Family from Billingham,Co. Durham.