A special fund raising event took place last night to celebrate presenter Pam Royle's 30th year with ITV.
Pam presents ITV Tyne Tees & Border.
Celebrities including Joe McElderry and Duncan Bannatyne attended the event to raise money for the Variety children's charity.
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