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Ant and Dec Set to Publish Their First Children’s Book



The Geordie duo are writing the book to help raise money for the NSPCC.

The TV presenters’ debut storybook is called ‘Propa Happy’ and is set to be released on the 26th of May next year.

All of the proceeds from the publication written by Anthony ‘Ant’ McPartlin and Declan ‘Dec’ Donnelly, will be donated to Britain’s leading children’s charity the NSPCC in time for it’s annual fundraiser on June 10th.

The book, which will cost £6.99, will be a ‘fun-filled guide to feeling good for children aged 7+’ and will be packed with games, jokes, anecdotes, challenges and quizzes.

The pair will be creating the book with the help of child psychologists, the NSPCC and will be aiming to help children nurture their emotional well-being.

Including mental health activities and advice, the book will be essential, alongside the fundraiser, in making sure the NSPCC and childline can continue their work.

Mental and emotional health has been the top reason why children have gotten in touch with the counselling service throughout the whole of the pandemic, since April last year they have received over 73,088 calls from young children.

In a statement about the book Ant said, “Every child deserves a happy childhood – and the NSPCC rely on fundraising to ensure they can continue to be here for children and families. As NSPCC Ambassadors for Childhood, we wanted to show our support for this fantastic charity and their vital work.”

His on screen partner Dec added, ‘’Childhood Day next year is going to be even better and we’re thrilled that through the launch of Propa Happy we can encourage children and grown-ups across the UK to come together to fundraise on June 10 and do their bit for children.”

Mike McGrath who is head of partnerships at the NSPCC commented, “The NSPCC’s Childhood Day, which takes place on the second Friday of every June, is a vital moment in the calendar when we call on children and grown-ups up and down the UK to come together and raise money for the NSPCC. We are delighted that through the launch of their fantastic new book and by donating their author proceeds to the NSPCC, Ant and Dec are helping to protect more children and raise vital awareness of Childhood Day. Although restrictions have eased and life is gradually returning to a new kind of normal, we know things are very tough for many children.’’

The book is set to be published by Farshore publishing, Mellisa Fairley their Publishing Director said, “Ant & Dec are national treasures who have spent their career making families laugh and smile. We are delighted to be working with this dream duo on their first children’s book Propa Happy, with guidance from the NSPCC. The book will be brimming with positivity and will provide a safe and reassuring space for children to talk about worries and anxieties. We are Propa Chuffed to be publishing this book.”

Ant and Dec released a video on Facebook, expressing their excitement for the release.

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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living



A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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Former Health Secretary, Matt Hancock to enter I’m a Celebrity!



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News had not long broke that ex Health secretary Matt Hancock was to enter the jungle in I’m a celerity that he has had his Tory Whip suspended.


Matt Hancock is expected to be added as a surprise final addition to the line-up of celebrities who will travel to Australia as part of the reality TV show this year.


Asked about Matt Hancock appearance, Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman said: “The PM believes that at a challenging time for the country MPs should be working hard for their constituents, whether that is in the House or in their constituency.” The spokesman said it was “unlikely” Mr Sunak would be watching the programme.


Simon Hart, the chief whip, confirmed that Mr Hancock would have the whip removed – “Following a conversation with Matt Hancock, I have considered the situation and believe this is a matter serious enough to warrant suspension of the whip with immediate effect.”


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Sam Fender: How Much Are Tickets?



Sam Fender has delighted fans by announcing a huge stadium show at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park. The North Shields singer will play at the home of Newcastle United on June 9, 2023 and fans can sign up for pre sale tickets now.

The 28-year-old singer will follow in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, for his performance and becomes the first Geordie musician to headline the iconic stadium.

It’s been a huge 2022 so far for the ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ singer, picking up BRIT, NME, and Ivor Novello Awards, and a first nomination for the prestigious Mercury Prize next week, for his second album, the critically acclaimed number one album, ‘Seventeen Going Under’.

Tickets for the huge stadium show go on general sale at 10am on Friday, September 9 via Ticketmaster and See Tickets. Pre-sale goes live at 10am on Wednesday, September 7.

But how much are tickets? Pitch standing tickets are £57.50 (plus fees) and seating tickets start from £47.50 (plus fees).

Speaking of the show, Sam Fender said: “Ever since I started this band, I always used to joke with the boys that one day we might play St James’ Park in Newcastle.

“It’s a childhood dream come true, and we’re actually gonna play it on the 9th June. This is literally gonna be the biggest show we’ve ever done – our first stadium show, which is so weird to say! I can’t wait, it’s gonna be absolutely lush and I hope to see yas all there.”

Support for the show will come from Inhaler and Holly Humberstone.

Will you be trying to bag tickets? Do you think they are a reasonable price?

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