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Manchester Bombing: Newcastle Arena Introduces ‘Martyn’s Law’



One of Tyneside’s biggest venues has welcomed proposed new legislation designed to prevent terror attacks in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing.

The lives of 22 innocent people, including four from the North East, were claimed when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated his explosives at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, in May 2017.

Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett died in the tragedy, has spent the past five years campaigning for tougher laws to ensure large venues are kept safe from terrorists. This week plans for ‘Martyn’s Law’ moved one step closer when the Government published the findings on its consultation into the proposed legislation, otherwise known as ‘Protect Duty’.

Manchester Victim: Martyn Hett

Under the new proposals, venues would have a legal duty to provide specific security plans for a terror attack, and resources would be made available to help with this.

Private and public owners of venues and sites currently have no obligation to act on free advice given to them from specialist counter-terrorism advisers about threats of a terrorist attack and how to mitigate the risk.

Newcastle’s Utilita Arena has been one of the venues involved in discussions about the Protect Duty plans. Yesterday bosses welcomed the new laws and said it would introduce any new measures necessary to help keep audiences safe.

A spokeswoman for the arena said: “We will carefully consider the new legislation as soon as it is available and look at any additional steps we can take to ensure that the safety of everyone remains central to our security and event planning.”

Ministers first announced plans to introduce the Protect Duty legislation back in February 2020. But, the pandemic and closure of venues has delayed the period of public consultation.

The Government published its response to the consultation yesterday and said “2,755 responses were received from a variety of organisations, sectors and campaigners, with the majority supporting the government’s proposals to introduce stronger measures.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “My number one priority is keeping the people of the UK safe. Following the tragic attack at the Manchester Arena, we have worked closely with Figen Murray, victims’ groups and partners to develop proposals to improve protective security around the country.”

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Vicky Pattison left in tears before her praised Channel 4 documentary airs



Vicky Pattison opened up on Instagram on Tuesday to reveal that she had been ‘crying in the toilets for hours’ after a press tour for her Channel 4 documentary on alcoholism left her ‘completely emotionally exhausted.

The Geordie Shore star confirmed last month that she would be releasing a documentary focusing on her father John’s battle with drink and addressing her own fears that she could follow his path, admitting that alcohol has already impacted stages of her career.

My Dad, Alcohol and Me aired on Tuesday at 10pm on Channel 4 and has already received widespread praise from viewers.

The promotional trial ahead of the documentary’s release saw Vicky appearing on shows like The One Show and This Morning, as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers.

Vicky is known for her honest social media presence, and on Tuesday posted a tearful selfie to Instagram with the following caption:

“Today got the better of me… 🥺

“I’ve spent the last month talking about things that I’ve kept bottled up for years- in the hopes that people will watch my documentary tonight and understand a little bit more about addiction and alcoholism. But I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t left me completely emotionally exhausted. Every interview I did I grew closer and closer to tears.

“I went and hid in the toilets at the BBC today and had a little cry after my chat- which I’d been threatening to do all day if I’m honest with myself 🥹”

She also shared that she hopes that the documentary is able to help even just one person feel less alone or bring one family closer together while bringing clarity and peace, and helping people understand what those struggling with addiction and those that love them have to face on a daily basis.

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Almost two weeks to go until Hardwick Festival 2022



Aerial shot of Harwick Festival at night
Image credit: Instagram (@hardwickfestival)

On the 20th and 21st of August 2022, Hardwick Festival will return, the biggest musical festival in the North East!

It’s set to be a brilliant weekend of music, perfect for all the family.

Located in the grounds of Hardwick Hall Hotel in the heart of County Durham countryside, Hardwick festival is easily accessible from Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Richmond, Northallerton, and Darlington.

There’s a great line up with Stereophonics and Jake Bugg taking on the Main Stage on Saturday and Becky Hill, The Specials, and Ella Eyre on the Sunday, plus many more. There’s also the Introducing Tent, the Tree House Arena, the Courtyard Arena and the Soul Tent.

Image credit: Instagram (@hardwickfestival)

On top of fantastic music, there’s cocktail bars, and a vast variety of food vendors, ranging from Hog Roast, Greek and Thai dishes, to freshly made donuts. There is something for everyone.

There’s also plenty to keep the kids entertained with a dedicated kid’s area and children’s programme running from 12-6pm daily. This includes circus training, children’s entertainers, fairground rides and a mobile museum.

Tickets are still available to buy. Adult day tickets are £69, young person tickets (12-18year-olds) are £35 and children (5-12year-olds) are £15.

Weekend tickets are also available with the option of camping or glamping for 3 nights. There are complimentary shower and toilet facilities, food and drink vendors and a designated cooking area.

They are also offering return coach travel across the North East making the travelling process easy and stress-free.

For more information visit the website here.

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



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)
What movie takes your fancy?
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