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Great North Run 2022: The Ballots Are Open!

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This week marks the opening of the entry ballot for the Great North Run 2022, as there will no doubt be a rush to register for places for the North East’s sporting event of the year.

Around 57,000 people are expected to take part in the world-famous half-marathon and this year it is set to look more like the event we know and love.

Last year the Great North Run marked its 40 year anniversary, which was postponed from the previous year due to the pandemic.

Last year’s run was met with some big changes as the iconic coastal route of South Shields had to be skipped to make the route socially-distanced and safe Instead the runners ran through more of Gateshead and doubled back, crossing the Tyne Bridge a second time, to finish back near the start.

When is it?

The Great North Run will be taking place for the 41st time on Sunday, September 11 and the ballot entry opened on January 10. It will close on February 21.

Those who are Great North Run members can skip the ballot and be guaranteed a place on the start line but, due to high demand, new memberships for 2022 have now sold out.

Also making their comebacks are the Junior and Mini Great North Runs. These will take place on Saturday September 10.

 

What’s the route?

The 13.1-mile (half-marathon) route will revert to normal again this year, meaning that it will once again finish in South Shields.

The event organiser, the Great Run Company, has confirmed that 2021’s route change was a one-off. A spokesman said: “After two long years, we can’t wait to see runners back on the iconic Great North Run, city to sea course.

“We’ll be celebrating the return of our traditional finish line in South Shields.”

 

What’s new for 2022?

The ballot system. A top technology company called Let’s Do This has been drafted in to improve the application and entry process for Great North events and the aim is to inspire people to sign up to more of them.

It will be sharpening up processes and the company has some pretty impressive backers in the shape of sports stars including Usain Bolt, Serena Williams and Paula Radcliffe.

Will you be signing up for The Great North Run this year?

You can sign up here!

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Newcastle’s Summer ‘Screen on the Green’ Schedule Revealed!

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Newcastle’s free Screen on the Green film schedule has been revealed and it looks great for this summer!
Located on the outside green at Eldon Square (next to Nando’s, Pizza Express etc) the free movie summer spectacle will be running throughout the whole 6 weeks holidays, making it a perfect day out for the little ones. With no booking required, it’s a quick, easy and hassle-free day out for the whole family! Simply choose a movie and just turn up!
Here’s what will be on:
Monday 25th July
12pm Encanto
6pm Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
Tuesday 26th July
12pm Cars
6pm The Duke (12a)
Wednesday 27th July
12pm The Pacifier
6pm Free Guy
Thursday 28th July
12pm Cheaper By The Dozen (2003)
6pm Marley & Me
Friday 29th July
12pm Chicken Run
6pm Dune (2021)
Saturday 30th July
12pm The Boss Baby 2: Family Business
3pm Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Sunday 31st July
12pm Finding Nemo
3pm Goal!
Monday 1st August
12pm The Sound Of Music
6pm In The Heights
Tuesday 2nd August
12pm The Incredibles 2
6pm Night At The Museum
Wednesday 3rd August
12pm Soul
6pm The Dark Night Rises
Thursday 4th August
12pm Gnomeo & Juliet
6pm Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Friday 5th August
12pm Dolittle
6pm The Notebook (12a)
Saturday 6th August
12pm Tangled
3pm Eddie The Eagle
Sunday 7th August
12pm School Of Rock
3pm P.S. I Love You (12a)
Monday 8th August
12pm Mary Poppins Returns
6pm Les Misérables (2012)
Tuesday 9th August
12pm Paddington
6pm The Other Guys
Wednesday 10th August
12pm Monsters University
6pm Spider-Man: No Way Home
Thursday 11th August
12pm Ron’s Gone Wrong
6pm Crazy, Stupid, Love
Friday 12th August
12pm Matilda (1996)
6pm Mrs. Doubtfire (12a)
Saturday 13th August
12pm Sing 2
3pm Holes
Sunday 14th August
12pm Inside Out
3pm The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Monday 15th August
12pm The Lion King (2019)
6pm La La Land (12a)
Tuesday 16th August
12pm Ralph Breaks The Internet
6pm Little Woman (2019)
Wednesday 17th August
12pm How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World
6pm Black Widow
Thursday 18th August
12pm Robin Hood: The Rebellion
6pm Runaway Bride
Friday 19th August
12pm Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
6pm Spencer
Saturday 20th August
12pm Wonder
3pm Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (12a)
Sunday 21st August
12pm Shrek
3pm Forrest Gump
Monday 22nd August
12pm Hairspray (2007)
6pm Bohemian Rhapsody
Tuesday 23rd August
12pm Cool Runnings
6pm Belfast
Wednesday 24th August
12pm Sonic The Hedgehog 2
6pm The Mask
Thursday 25th August
12pm The Princess Diaries
6pm Central Intelligence
Friday 26th August
12pm Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
6pm King Richard
Saturday 27th August
12pm Frozen
3pm Mean Girls
Sunday 28th August
12pm Raya and the Last Dragon
3pm Cruella
Monday 29th August
12pm The Greatest Showman
6pm The Phantom of the Opera
Tuesday 30th August
12pm Spies in Disguise
6pm 17 Again
Wednesday 31st August
12pm The Secret Life of Pets 2
6pm Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Thursday 1st September
12pm Moana
6pm The Lost City
Friday 2nd September
12pm Luca
6pm Uncharted (12a)
Saturday 3rd September
12pm Stardust (2007)
3pm Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (12a)
Sunday 4th September
12pm Clifford the Big Red Dog
3pm Death on the Nile (2022)
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Popular Newcastle party bar set for a six-figure makeover this Summer

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Since Revolution arrived to Newcastle in 2001, on the corner of Collingwood Street and Pudding Chare, they have established themselves to be one of Newcastle’s most loved bars and have served some of the city’s best cocktails and food for the last 21 years.

The UK’s premier vodka bar is reopening on 13th May, just in time for summer, showcasing it’s remarkable transformation. A £190,000 investment will make way for an eye-catching, open plan look, centered around a luxury, VIP, vibrant feel, perfect to capture those all-important Insta moments. Revolution will of course be paying tribute to their much-loved home of Newcastle, with new striking décor showcasing Newcastle’s very own Angel of the North with a vodka twist taking main stage.

The refurbishment brings a brand new ‘best seat’ VIP booth and updated seating areas with a new lighting show and DJ booth. This deluxe renovated best seat VIP booths will allow guests to get to the heart of the party and provide the perfect private place for any celebration or all-important special occasions with DJ’s and bespoke party packages.

The refurbished venue will be the perfect location to cater for lunchtime diners, after work drinks, evening get-togethers, and of course, late-night partying with the finest local DJ talent and events.

The brand is also continuing its mission to be carbon neutral by 2030, after hitting the headlines in 2021 for their forward-thinking tactics. One of just a handful of UK-based companies to sign up to the pledge to hit net zero, the Revolution Bars Group won the prestigious Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice for their commitment to the scheme.

One notable change for the brand was the decision to remove the passion fruit halves from its Pornstar Martini cocktail, replacing them with a rice paper alternative. Prior to removing passion fruit from their bestselling cocktail (Revolution sell over 1m across the UK each year), they were shipping 36 tonnes from South America to the UK, only for them to be used as garnish. The group has also continued their drive to reduce energy usage, dropping this by an impressive 19% since 2017.

 

 

With summer on it’s way, Revolution has also welcomed a brand-new special Cocktail menu – with 4 American-themed Cocktails to complement their classic concoctions. The bespoke menu is made up of the Malibu Beach Bae, Tennessee Cherry Sour, Hollywood Highball, and Gold Rush.

 

 

Revolution Newcastle Sales and Events Manager, Meagan Hill, said:

“I am super excited for the venue to reopen with its new look on the 13th May. The refurbishment includes an updated look to our beautiful Grade 2 listed building, highlighting the historic bank features, with a Revolution twist.”

“We can’t wait to kick off our relaunch with a huge agenda, starting on Thursday 26th May with the launch of our new Bottomless Dinner, on Friday we are hosting our corporate re-launch event and then going onto our main event of the week – our huge Saturday re-launch party. We have such an exciting line up of big entertainment including DJ’s, sax players, percussionists and so much more across the weekend – this will be a party like no other at Revolution Newcastle”

“We’ve spent a lot of time reviewing our guests’ feedback and we know that they expect great quality and excellent service. We have undergone a big recruitment push and training program to ensure our team, old and new, are ready to deliver the best party in town and welcome guests into our venue for our exciting launch party.”

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Tyne Bridge to Close for Several Weeks for £41m Restoration

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Several weeks of overnight closures are planned in order to allow engineers to assess how bad a state the Tyne Bridge is in, before it can be restored to its former glory.

The long-overdue restoration is estimated to cost £41m in order to restore the bridge and refurbish the Central Motorway.

According to a local authority report, the inspection is expected to require the famous crossing to be closed from 10pm to 6am from June 13 to July 1. A number of roads underneath the bridge on the Newcastle Quayside are also due to be affected by the works – with closures due between May 16 and June 10 on Quayside, Lombard Street, Queen Street, and Akenside Hill from 8pm to 6am.

A Newcastle City Council spokesperson said: “We submitted a bid for £41.4 million to Government which, if approved, will enable a four-year maintenance programme for the Tyne Bridge and the Central Motorway to go ahead. As part of the funding process, we are required to carry out some initial works on the Tyne Bridge.

“This includes a full inspection of the bridge, so we can assess its condition and the scale of works required to finalise the costings and project plans to fully restore and refurbish this major structure. This needs to be completed ahead of funding being approved.

“As we need to inspect the entire span of the bridge, overnight closures may be required on the bridge and roads underneath it, so engineers can complete this work safely. Details on the programming are being finalised.”

The Tyne Bridge has not had any major maintenance for two decades and its much-needed refurbishment has been at the top of council officials’ to do list for years, in the hope of ensuring it is looking its best once again by its 100th birthday in 2028. However, it has been warned that the grade II* listed structure may have deteriorated into a worse condition than currently known and council bosses have warned that, like on other major projects like the Grainger Market’s roof repairs, the refurbishment may take longer than expected.”

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