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American Man finds Message in A Bottle from Town End Farm



Clint Buffington, an American musician found a message in a bottle washed up on a deserted Caribbean island and found himself in contact with a man from Town End Farm.

Looking for the sender, Clint wrote “I found this message in a bottle on May 26th, 2013. For years I just held onto it afraid I would destroy the message in the process of opening the bottle. But finally, after years of honing a technique to open and preserve fragile messages with minimal damage, I went for it.”

Clint previously stated in one of his blog posts on his website that he knew the bottle had to be from the 1970’s as the glass material and metal cap haven’t been commonly used since then. The bottle shape appears to be from that period and sold in the region.

After studying the contents of the bottle, details were starting to become clear, with the note suggesting that the owner is from Sunderland.  

He decided to take another look at the message recently and was able to reveal even more details…“The author appears to be saying something like “I’d like to hear back from you, please include your name, sex, age, etc.”  

“As I peered at the ‘Bar’ part, I started to suspect, then became totally convinced that after the ‘R’ came a letter ‘K’ and the word turned out to be ‘BARKING’ rather than BARCLAY’ 

This led to Buffington doing a google search for Barking Sunderland and narrowing it down to Barking Square.

“Taking it all together, I realized that the full address is:

Barking Square
Town End Farm
Tyne and Wear

Finally, Buffington turned his attention towards the top of the paper and may have deciphered a name.

“The first name could be something like, say, Addy, Maddy, Eddy, Teddy or Paddy.” 

Then finally, after a widespread social media appeal, he has just got in contact with Paddy Taylor, a fisherman who sent the original message!

What are the chances in that?!

You can check out Clint’s blog over at


Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Peter Kay halts Newcastle show and ‘rushes off stage to help as fans fall ill’



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Peter Kay’s Newcastle show was thrown into chaos when three audience members fell ill.

According to the Sun the Phoenix Nights star halted his latest show and rushed to assist when he spotted a fan on the front row had become unwell and needed assistance.

Minutes later, a member of the audience was escorted out of the venue in a wheelchair.

An onlooker told the Sun: People near the front started shouting for an ambulance.

‘Peter asked if they were being serious, then he asked for the big lights to go on and stewards ran over to see what was going on.

‘He then went off stage for around 10/15 mins and one person was seen getting wheel-chaired out.’

After the situation was under control he got on with his show, but two more audience members then reportedly become unwell.

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International Women’s Day – The North East’s Most Influential Women – North East Updates



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On this International Women’s Day, March 8, we highlight the extraordinary contributions made by women in the North East throughout history and the present. For hundreds of years, the women of the North East have shaped our world, and without them, things wouldn’t be the same.


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