Friday, 12th September marks the five year anniversary since the re-opening of the Playhouse in Whitley Bay.
Since re-opening, the Playhouse has hosted 533 productions and seen over 350,000 customers pass through its glass doors.
From opening show The Stones, Playhouse has hosted a mix of local theatre alongside acts such as Elkie Brooks, Bob Geldof, Ken Dodd, Joe McElderry and Lenny Henry.
Since re-opening the first five years have been rather busy and we are so pleased to see the venue being widely used by the local community from amdram societies to dance schools.
We look forward to the next five years putting on a diverse programme of events, with something for everyone from North Tyneside and the surrounding areas. I am most looking forward to Tim Vine in April next year, it's almost sold out and will be a fantastic show for Whitley Bay!
North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn, is putting together dedicated task groups to tackle anti-social behaviour in Whitley Bay.
It follows from an event attended by over 50 local residents, where people shared their growing concerns over nuisance behaviour in parts of the town, perceived to be fuelled by alcohol and drug use.
Suggestions from the meeting included additional use of CCTV, a review of letting procedures and creating a stronger partnership across residents and police to unite against trouble-makers.
As a Council we are committed to making sure Whitley Bay is a great place to live and work and it is sad that in some parts of our town that is not currently the case. To ensure long-term success we need to have the community working with us. To ensure that happens I would be delighted to establish a task and finish group to bring local people, community groups and businesses together around the table to discuss the issues and help us come up with agreed and joined up solutions that protect Whitley Bay’s law-abiding citizens.
Pressure is mounting on North Tyneside Council to abandon their plans to demolish the Boardwalk Café in Whitley Bay after nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition to save it.
Joshua Shrimpton Dean reports:
Paul Stafford, Manager of the 150-year-old Boardwalk Cafe on Whitley Bay's seafront, says North Tyneside Council's plans to demolish the building are "not the answer to the needs of the beach".
Pressure is mounting on North Tyneside Council to abandon its plans to demolish a 150-year-old café on Whitley Bay's seafront.
The Boardwalk Cafe is set to close its doors for the last time this weekend. However, an online petition to save the building has so far gathered almost 2,000 signatures.
A spokesman for North Tyneside Council, which owns the cafe, said the demolition is a necessary part of the seafront's £60m regeneration plan.
Three shelters earmarked for demolition have been been given a last-minute reprieve after 2,000 people signed a petition to save them.
The shelters on the North Promenade at Whitley Bay were due to be bulldozed this morning, but the council has agreed to a delay.
A spokesman says this will allow them to hear people's concerns, and a final decision will be made at a later date.
Valley Gardens Middle School's under-11 football team enjoy an open-top bus parade through the town to celebrate their victory in the Danone Nations Cup which is run by the English Schools Football Association.
An open-top bus parade has progressed through Whitley Bay, to celebrate the success of a local school football team.
Valley Gardens Middle School under-11's have won the Danone Nations Cup, which is run by the English Schools Football Association.
A number of premises in Whitley Bay have been evacuated after a gas cylinder caught fire.
Emergency services were called to reports of the blaze on Foxhunters Road at around 4pm today.
Roads are still open around an area which has been cordoned off.
A man has been taken to hospital after being rescued from the sea at Whitley Bay.
The 53-year-old was spotted in the water opposite the High Point Hotel at around 8:15am before being rescued by police and the local lifeboat. He was transported to Rake Lane Hospital where is currently in intensive care.
Northumbria Police are keen to speak to anyone who has information about the incident.