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Brexit hasn’t officially commenced, yet the UK is already feeling its impact — and not in a good way. The automobile industry in the northeast has felt the crunch. The Chronicle Live reports that an industry body believes that Brexit will be “ death by a thousand cuts”. This slump,...
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Newcastle’s shoppers are being encouraged to express their creative sides – with the help of the resident artist at the city’s historic Grainger Market. As part of the Great Exhibition of the North, Mike Duckett has been painting, sketching and scribbling at the market all summer. Though the exhibition is due...
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The policy of allowing environmentally friendly electric cars to park for free in Newcastle City Council carparks is to end this October. Currently, electric or hybrid vehicles can park free of charge in any council car parks that are fitted with charging points. Motorists who own such cars have pointed...
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The north east is set to see firing cannons, marching infantries, clashing weapons and incredible displays of horsemanship – as one of the region’s largest ever battle re-enactments takes place this August bank holiday weekend. The re-enactment will be from the time of the English Civil War (1642-51), a conflict...
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A socially and environmentally conscious brewery – run by Newcastle University students – has won a prestigious award. Stu Brew, a microbrewery which draws on the expertise of the university’s chemical engineering department, recently won silver in the sustainability category in the Reimagine Awards in the USA. Stu Brew, which is...
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With the country sweltering under drought-like conditions in recent weeks – and things even heating up here in the north east – it might be a comfort to know that some of the world’s greatest climate experts work in Newcastle. Climate change specialist Professor Hayley Fowler, of Newcastle University, has...
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Researchers from Newcastle University would like to speak to anyone who took part in the north east’s Save Our Shipyards campaign in the 1980s. The 1983-4 campaign battled unsuccessfully to save the shipyards – and the jobs linked to them – on the rivers Tyne and Wear. The researchers would especially...
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A group of Newcastle University students have been attempting to recreate the metal smelting techniques used by our prehistoric ancestors. The students have been working with Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm in South Tyneside to try to understand how materials like copper were made in the distant past. Their experiments have been...
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A Turner-Prize-winning artist has created a haunting soundscape in a historic north-east building. Northumberland’s Belsay Hall is serving as the venue for the sound installation The Yelllow Wallpaper, by Susan Phillipsz. The Yellow Wallpaper features Phillipsz’s voice intoning melancholy ballads that float through the building and overlap with each other. The ballads,...
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The Sixties Gold Farewell Tour is set to call in at Sage Gateshead this November. The tour will feature a stunning line-up, including Liverpool bands The Merseybeats and The Searchers, American rock ‘n’ roller PJ Proby, and vocal harmony specialists The Fortunes. Also on the bill will be Steve Ellis –...

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