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Local Geordie Man Drowns in Amsterdam

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Author: Emma Robson

Newcastle man dies in Amsterdam after jumping off party boat at ‘Bounce Til I Die Event.’

Neil Stewart from Benwell, was visiting the Netherlands with his fiancé when he drowned after jumping of a party boat in the North Sea Canal in November 2017. Stewart 30, was visiting the Dutch capital after being given the trip as a surprise from his fiancé Chelsea Dixon which included flights, hotel and tickets to the DTID party event. Dixon told the inquiry that the couple had flown out to meet friends that had gotten engaged the previous day.

The couple had enjoyed drinks and a space cake during the day and coroner Karen Wilks also found cocaine in Stewart’s system during the autopsy. The coroner was also told that the wind farm rigger was seen involved in an altercation in the smoking area at the event and had reportedly been separated from the other partygoers as security tried to calm his down. The coroner was also told that the wind farm rigger was seen involved in an altercation in the smoking area at the event and had reportedly been separated from the other partygoers as security tried to calm his down.

Ms Dixon told the hearing she didn’t see the altercation but was calming him down when he went to get a chair so she could sit with him, and he vanished. She spoke about the moment she realised he must have gone overboard,I realised Neil was gone,” said Ms Dixon. “I realised he must have been in the water. There’s nowhere else he could physically have been.”

Neil and his mother back in 2014

Kirsty Green a witness issued a statement saying she believed saw Stewart jump deliberately from the boat, “He was stood alone, smoking and the next thing I saw was him in the air, it looked like it was slow motion, I saw him smiling or laughing. I then panicked and called security.”

Paul Armes an offshore supervisor who worked with Stewart was also on board the party boat and wept when he told the hearing he tried desperately to save his friend. Armes, who is trained in first aid and water rescue realised someone was in the water when the ship stopped. He said another guest on the ship had told him his friend had climbed three steps and jumped in. He reportedly told the crew he was water rescue qualified and asked the crew to deploy the emergency safety boat on top of the vessel but was told that it was not safe to deploy it.

The hearing also heard from a surprise witness who had come forward after seeing the case on social media. Angelica Hindle had been aboard the party board on the same night as Stewart and stated that she saw him “Me and my friend were sat smoking. I looked to my left-hand side and there was a man that I now know to be Neil sat there. There was a security guard sat with him. Neil was sat, he was calm, and the security guard turned around for a split second. As he did that, Neil dived over the side of the boat and then he hit the water and the boat propelled him back because it was going at such a speed.”

The father of two’s body was found two weeks later. His mother Alma Stewart thanked the witness who came forward adding ‘Neil’s children will now know… how their father died thanks to you and I cannot thank you enough, it means so so much to me personally.’

Condolences are with the family at this time.

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Sam Fender: How Much Are Tickets?

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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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Top Gun star Tom Cruise spotted at Teesside Airport

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An A-list actor has been seen stepping off a jet at a North East airport.

Top Gun star Tom Cruise was seen just before 11:30am on Tuesday 6 September at Teesside airport.

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, said: “Another day, another Hollywood superstar flies into Teesside Airport.”An eagle eyed Teessider caught Tom Cruise flying into the airport before he boarded a helicopter.”

He added: “Apparently he was piloting the helicopter when he got on, not sure about the plane though.”

The Hollywood actor had previously been spotted in the region filming the newest instalment of the Mission Impossible series in the village of Levisham, near Pickering, North Yorkshire.

According to a source, Cruise was “very friendly” and had waved and smiled at onlookers as he made his way across the tarmac. After a few friendly exchanges from afar, the star was whisked away in a car before boarding a helicopter bound for an undisclosed destination.

It is thought that Mr Cruise arrived to and from the Mission Impossible set in this helicopter.

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How to get tickets for Sam Fender’s huge St James’ Park 2023 show!

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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.

Fans can add their details here before 5pm on Tuesday, September 6 to get early access! With Pre-sale codes being sent by 6pm tonight.

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?

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