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Lawson to perform at Mouth of the Tyne Festival

The pop band Lawson will perform at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival in Tynemouth on 11th July.

The four-piece only released their first single in 2012, but they have already had five top ten singles and a top five debut album.

Lawson at the Brit Awards in February 2014 Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

*Watch: ITV News Tyne Tees interviewed the band when they performed in Newcastle in November *

Swan rescued from bottle attack

Rescued mute swan Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

A swan, which had been attacked with bottles and stones, has been released back into the wild.

The Marine Rescue Centre at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium was called after a gang of youths threw stones and bottles at the bird close to the bus station in Sunderland city centre.

Blue Reef’s Anna Etchells said: “Despite its ordeal the swan did not seem to have any physical injuries, although it was quite stressed.

“It was released the next day on to Queen Elizabeth Lake at Ashington where it swam off and joined the resident flock of swans there.”

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Paul Weller to play tenth Mouth of the Tyne Festival

For the tenth anniversary of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Paul Weller will perform. The 'Modfather' will be in Tynemouth in July. It is organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Port of Tyne, Kier and TyneMet College.

"We are thrilled to welcome Paul Weller to our tenth anniversary festival and can't wait to see him in action - it's a great way to celebrate ten years of live music and entertainment at one of North Tyneside's most iconic locations."

– Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn

RNLI recover body close to Tyne piers

RNLI recover body from Tyne Credit: RNLI

The body of a woman has been pulled from the sea close to the Tyne piers.

Tynemouth RNLI were called out at about 12.30 on Wednesday afternoon after a member of the public contacted the coastguard to say they had seen a body in the River Tyne close to South Shields pier.

Body winched to rescue helicopter Credit: RNLI

A rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer winched the body, thought to be that of a woman in her 40s, from the lifeboat and took it to Newcastle's RVI hospital. Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: "Our volunteer crew pulled a female casualty from the water.

RNLI recover body at sea close to Tyne piers Credit: RNLI

"The crew started first aid although she was unfortunately showing no signs of life.

"The casualty was winched onboard the RAF helicopter where the winchman, a trained paramedic, would have continued first aid until she was passed into the care of hospital medics."

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Fisherman praises rescuers

The skipper of a trawler which sank off the North East coast says he can't praise the emergency services enough. Ryan Whitehead, from Maryport in Cumbria, was fishing out of North Shields with his son and two crew members when their boat began to list.

He told ITV they didn't have time to grab life jackets and had to take to the life raft without them. They were in the raft for around half an hour, but said it felt like hours, before a helicopter from RAF Boulmer winched them to safety. The Tynemouth lifeboat also went to the rescue.

Mr Whitehead thanked everyone for their response to his mayday call, umpteen vessels of all types heard the call and turned in their direction.

The fishing boat, Rachel Jayne IV, sank. Mr Whitehead said they felt they'd been very lucky and things could have been much worse.

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