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Journalist swims Tyne after losing bet

A football journalist swam across the river Tyne this morning, after losing a bet on twitter. Daily Telegraph writer Henry Winter promised to take the plunge if Newcastle United committed to their manager Alan Pardew, long-term.

Two years later, the club offered Pardew an eight year contract. Thewriter was accompanied by an experienced swimmer, and is giving all money raised to the cancer charity, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Mortgage broker announces 80 new jobs

At least 80 new jobs are coming to the North East after the region secured investment from the UK’s largest mortgage broker.

London & Country Mortgages has selected Tyne and Wear as the location for its new financial services sales office. The company currently works from Bath.

“These are high quality jobs and the level of enthusiasm and cooperation we have received really did differentiate the North East from the other areas we looked at.”

– Patrick Bunton, London &Coventry Mortgages

Recruitment starts ahead of a likely opening in October or November.

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