A man has tragically died after a fire at a County Durham graveyard.
Police, paramedics and firefighters descended on Ushaw Moor Cemetery at around 6am on Thursday, as it was unclear all day what the incident was as oficers taped off the cemetery and erected a forensic tent.
Both crime scene investigators and a specialist fire investigation team have been spotted at the scene today.
A spokesperson for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were alerted at 6.08am this morning (Thursday, April, 28) to reports of a fire in a cemetery on Broom Lane, Ushaw Moor. CDDFRS control mobilised two crews to the scene. Despite the best efforts of emergency services, a man was very sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Our thoughts are very much with his family, friends and the wider community at this difficult time.”
A local resident reported seeing this earlier: “I woke up at about 6.10am. I looked out the curtains and saw a fire, it was a small fire. I thought it was kids, as you sometimes get.
I came downstairs and thought it doesn’t look good. So, I phoned for the fire service. The fire service arrived and put out the fire.
They put tape around the area then the police arrived at around 6.30am. Then a forensics van arrived.
It’s not what I expected in the morning.
Police called me and asked me what I had seen.”
Fenwicks Announce Ticketed Christmas Programme
Tickets are to go on sale this morning for the hugely popular Santa on the Roof events which are a highlight of the festive season at Fenwick in Newcastle.
The city centre store announced the return of the children’s treat as part of its Christmas programme which, besides the grand unveiling of its annual window display, will include the popular Santa’s Cinema, breakfast and supper clubs with the big man and – new for this year – an afternoon tea event.
Santa on the Roof is an immersive experience which sees elves accompany ticket-holders on a Santa’s Express Elevator ride to the store’s rooftop to meet singing reindeer before they take an ‘elf-mobile’ to meet Santa in his cabin. It will be back this year from November 7 up until Christmas Eve, December 24 and this will go on sale first.
Tickets, costing £17.50, will be available from Thursday, September 29. And families will need to be quick off the mark as they are always quickly snapped up.
Sales of Fenwick’s other seasonal experiences, running November and December, will follow in October. These will include tickets for Santa’s Breakfast Club, Santa’s Supper Club, Santa’s Cinema and the new event, Afternoon Tea with Santa.
This year, Fenwick’s says that all restaurant experiences do not include a visit to Santa on the Roof as part of the experience so this must be purchased separately. And, due to the acticipated high demand, Fenwick ticket provider Ticketsource will be providing a virtual queue to help manage bookings. The advice for keen customers – from the moment they join the queue – is to avoid loading multiple tabs or refreshing their browser.
The Santa on the Roof experience will also offer youngsters a chance to enjoy craft activities with the elves, including decorating a bespoke ceramic plate to take home, and there will a stop-off too at Café Claus for winter-warming drinks and sweet treats along with an opportunity to take an ‘Elfie’ inside Santa’s sleigh, says the store.
Santa’s Cinema, screening festive family films, will be located on the fifth floor of the department store from Thursday, November 10 and will cost £17.50. Adults will be able to choose between a complimentary mulled wine or spiced apple juice and young ones can enjoy hot chocolate or juice plus plenty popcorn.
There also will be a Roof Thirty-Nine Pre-Cinema Experience available for £35 where, before the film screening, guests will be able to take in the view from Fenwick’s roof-top restaurant alongside a cocktail, nibbles and a main course.
This year the festive breakfast and supper club events will take place inside Fenwick’s new Arthur’s Restaurant on the first floor. Santa’s Breakfast Club will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from Friday, November 9 until Friday, December 23, offering waffles, eggs and sausages. Young guests will receive elf hats and colouring books before meeting the mischievous elves and Santa for a picture and Christmas gift. Tickets will be £20.
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’.
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?
Top Gun star Tom Cruise spotted at Teesside Airport
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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