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Heartwarming Vigil Held for The Wanted’s Tom Parker in Newcastle



Heartbroken fans gathered to release balloons in memory of The Wanted’s Tom Parker who passed away on Wednesday after battling a terminal brain tumour.

Devastated fans gathered at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle for a touching vigil and balloon release as they remembered the “lovely” man.

The well-loved star died at the age of just 33, after battling a terminal brain tumour, on March 30. In 2020, Tom revealed news of his diagnosis but vowed to fight it all the way, alongside his wife Kelsey, who broke the devastating news of his passing last Wednesday.

Following his tragic death, his North East fans gathered outside the arena on Sunday evening to light candles, lay flowers, and share their fond memories of Tom. Heartfelt messages and photos were also placed outside the arena before a moving balloon release was held.

Amy Robson, 23, who helped to organise the Newcastle event, said: “It was a really good turnout. We had about 40 people here and we shared memories of Tom and placed flowers down and released balloons. I met a lot of my friends through The Wanted and we all gathered to pay tribute to him, it was very emotional.”

The event was one of the many memorial events at venues across the UK to be held. And one of those attending was Katie Flint who said: “I have been a fan for years probably since 2011 and I met my best friends through The Wanted.

“I met Tom when he performed in Greece a couple of years ago so I met him quite a few times and he just absolutely surpassed everything I imagined. He was so funny and he was just genuinely lovely. He was the kindest person.”


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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