"I feel hugely honoured to have been appointed as a Patron of the Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF).
"I am extremely proud of the North East and to have a unit of this calibre serving both the region and the UK is a credit to our medical profession and talented medical professionals within."
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He has admitted his squad were simply not good enough to avoid another scrap for Barclays Premier League survival.
The incident took place on Sunday October 4th close to Marton Road in the town.
71-year-old Robert Howard was in jail at HMP Frankland and was due to give evidence at a re-ordered inquest in Belfast.