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Peterlee artist's portrait of Nelson displayed in Hartlepool

Dr McDonald presents the portrait of Lord Nelson to Emma Dowson at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience

An artist from Peterlee has painted a portrait of navel hero Admiral Lord Nelson. The painting, by Dr Michael McDonald is on display at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.

The 40 inch x 30 inch canvas portrays Nelson in his full uniform against the background of the Battle of Trafalgar.


Lumiere cost shops thousands of pounds

Shops and bars on Elvet Bridge in Durham said Lumiere cost them thousands of pounds in trade, despite attracting 175,000 people to the city over four days.

The light festival included a giant 3D elephant projected over the River Wear. However, while it was installed and taken down, roads were closed and shoppers diverted away from the area.

The Oxfam bookshop and boutique were two shops affected. Their manager, Michael Ridsdale, said the two shops lost £2,500 in one week before the light festival had even begun.


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