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Firefighters help Newcastle Polish Centre with Ukraine relief efforts



Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighters help Newcastle Polish Centre with Ukraine relief efforts.

They have stoutly answered an urgent call from the local community to help with relief efforts being channelled from Tyneside to war-torn areas of Ukraine.

Earlier today [Wednesday 9th March] firefighters from Newcastle Central Community Fire Station arrived just after 7am at Newcastle’s Polish Centre on Maple Terrace in the City to help other volunteers load essential donated items on to relief trucks bound for their Eastern Europe destination.

The items include first aid kits, masks, tinned and dried food, clothing, sleeping bags, shoes, baby products and toiletries.

Once the trucks were loaded up, the transported goods were taken to a temporary storage base in Seaton Delaval, where they will later be distributed to their final destination point in Ukraine.

Firefighters from Tynemouth Community Fire Station were also on-hand in Seaton Delaval to assist with the receipt of the items once they arrived from Newcastle’s Polish Centre.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Peter Heath of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “This is a moving example of how solidarity and community spirit being shown here in Tyne and Wear can help people in need nearly three thousand miles away in the Ukraine.

“We are proud of our firefighters and fire control staff who have assisted the community call for action, which represents our commitment for not only helping to keep people safe from harm in the North East but to also show empathy to other people who may require our assistance in other parts of the world.

“It’s a small part we have played in the overall scheme of the efforts to support people in Ukraine. But all of these small gestures and acts of kindness will hopefully provide some relief and hope to those suffering – showing that people care and are thinking about them.”

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The initial call was received by TWFRS’s Fire Control team just after 6pm on Tuesday evening (8th March) by a representative from Newcastle’s Polish Centre – who are co-ordinating the community relief efforts.

They asked if there was any opportunity that firefighters in the area could help with the loading and unloading operation of the donated items.

Mariusz Biziewski, a representative from Newcastle’s Polish Centre, said: “The response from the Fire Service and the local community has been amazing and beyond our wildest expectations.  Without the help of the firefighters we couldn’t have moved a fraction of the items that we have done today.

“It has been overwhelming.  In total we’ve transported about four lorry loads of materials weighing approximately 100-tonnes.  They will be greatly received by the people of Ukraine.  The urgent supplies are to be dispatched to residents who are seeking refuge in Poland, and also to communities in Ukraine itself.”

Over twenty firefighters from Newcastle Central and Tynemouth Community Fire Stations assisted with the relief operation, across various drop offs, morning and afternoon.

Over the coming days the donated items will be driven by volunteers to the Polish border and then reloaded on to Ukrainian trucks and lorries for distribution to the local communities.

TWFRS will continue to assist with the Newcastle Polish Centre’s donation appeal whenever possible.


Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



North East Updates - Breaking News

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.


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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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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue



The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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