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Meet emergency services local legend Wilfred Andrews Snr



Scott Andrews and Wilf Andrews with various pictures

30 years later and Wilfred Andrews Snr has not been forgotten.

The North East community still remember his remarkable work in both law enforcement and the fire service.

Sentimental treasures recently rediscovered by his family brought back fond memories of the local legend.

Wilfred Andrews Snr launched his career in 1932 as a Police Constable, walking the beat in Tynemouth. Fast forward 13 years, and his hard work had paid off. Successfully climbing the ladder, he became the Company Officer in Charge of Tynemouth Fire Station.

Wilfred Andrews Snr’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed. His devoted service to his local community earned him an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen when he was 48.

Wilfred Andrews Snr

Wilfred Andrews Snr while he worked for the emergency services
Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Service Delivery Manager for Tynemouth Community Fire Station, Martin Farrow, said: “It was a great privilege for Wilf, Scott and his family to share their special nostalgic memories with us.

“We are very proud of our fire service heritage and especially of people who’ve made such a difference in yesteryear that has helped us become what we are today. Mr Andrews was obviously deeply regarded by the local people for his achievements to be recognised by Her Majesty the Queen with the MBE.

It was made extra special as Mr Andrews’ accolade uniquely bridged both the Fire Service and the Police – representing two areas of the blue light family and showing the dedication he had towards the communities that he served.”

Switching from police to fire services in 1933, Wilfred Andrews Snr continued to thrive in his career, taking on vital roles protecting the community during WWII. Starting as Column Officer, he later became Acting Divisional Officer (1941) and then Divisional Officer (1942).

He organised, controlled and trained the Auxiliary Fire Service, Police and Fire Brigade in Tynemouth and took charge of the Division of Tynemouth, Wallsend, Blyth, Whitley Bay, Seaton Valley, Longbenton and Forest Hall throughout the war.

Regional Commissioner, Sir Arthur Lambert, also commended him after an enemy action raid on Tyneside.

Wilfred Andrew Snr protected the region he called his home right from his birth in Blyth to his passing, clearly proud of his North East roots.

After his retirement from the emergency services, he ventured into other avenues, including working with his family in the local amusement trade, also as a chief security officer. He had three children, Wilfred, Una and Michael, from his marriage with Margaret. After Margaret’s passing, he later remarried Kathleen.

Wilfred Andrew Snr’s final career move was becoming the landlord of The Three Heads in Thropton near Rothbury.

Wilf Andrews and his son Scott Andrews recently stumbled across a “box of delights” holding “priceless memories” of his impressive life. The family shared the precious photographs with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service in North Tyneside, as well as the history they’ve recently discovered by exploring the British newspaper Archive.

The photos are now proudly displayed in Wilf Andrews office beside Wilfred Andrew Snr’s MBE, the Certificate from Her Majesty the Queen and the heritage items of the Defence medal.

Wilf Andrews said: “As a little lad growing up in North Tyneside I had to always keep my nose clean and be careful what I did as everyone knew my dad.”


Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Until he was three, Wilf Andrews lived in North Shields Fire Station: “It was quite good growing up in a fire service family. I used to go down to a number of the fire stations with my dad.  I loved all of the different yarns he used to spin about the fire brigade including dramatic stories about some of the fires he’d attended.

“I remember him talking about when he collected a brand new fire engine and drove it all the way up to the North East. Excellent memories!

“I knew all of the firefighters that used to work with my dad. They were lovely fellas. I used to have a good craic with them. Everyone seemed to admire my dad. They all talked about him in a good way.”

Wilfred Andrews Snr with former colleagues

Wilfred Andrews Snr attended Chief Fire Officers’ conferences
Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Wilf added: “I’ve always been very proud of me dad, and for what he achieved.  People used to come up and tell me what he was like during the war.

“He seemed to be a courageous type of guy, and when he died, a Police Inspector said some nice words about him – saying that he was always the first person in when there was a fire and he would rally the crews by telling them ‘…come on lads let’s get it sorted.’”

Wilf Andrews described the impression he got from his father was that “he was never ever intimated by anybody,” believing this bravery is how he managed to accomplish what he did.

The stories of Wilfred Andrews Snr have been passed down to his great grandchildren.

Scott Andrews said: “When the bairns were little, for Show and Tell, they would proudly take family memorabilia to school about their great grandad Wilfred. Their class mates always liked to hear the fascinating stories passed down through the generations about the police and fire service.

“It’s all about the importance of family.  We are always talking about our grandad as he’s an integral part of our history. We’re extremely lucky to have someone who lived life to the full and had an amazing lifetime of stories to share with us.”

The beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather and emergency service hero continues to be a “respected pillar” of the community.


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Rishi Sunak boasts of taking money from ‘deprived urban areas’



Rishi Sunak boasted of taking money from “deprived urban areas”
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A recently leaked video shows the former chancellor saying that Labour “shoved all the funding into deprived urban areas” and that “needed to be undone”.


The video shows the former chancellor proudly telling grassroots Conservatives that he had started changing public funding formulas to ensure more prosperous towns receive “the funding they deserve”.


Shadow levelling up secretary Lisa Nandy reaced to the video saying “Rishi Sunak is openly boasting that he fixed the rules to funnel taxpayers’ money to rich Tory shires.


Watch the video here: EXCLUSIVE: Rishi Sunak boasted of taking money from “deprived urban areas” to help wealthy towns – New Statesman


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“Geordie lass” Lynsey Hipgrave to replace Jake Humphrey in BT Premier League coverage



BT Sport have replaced long-running presenter Jake Humphrey with Newcastle’s Lynsey Hipgrave. Hipgrave will now be the lead presenter for BT Sport’s Premier League coverage from the start of the 2022/23 season this weekend. 

Jake Humphrey has hosted Premier League football for BT since it first came to the channel in the 2013-14 season. As well as this, he regularly presents their Champions League and Europa League coverage.

The role is a promotion for “football mad Geordie lass” Lynsey Hipgrave, who has been a secondary presenter for BT Sport since 2013. Her previous role was to present on other matches if BT were broadcasting multiple games at once, and to present Europa League coverage. With Humphrey’s departure, Hipgrave will now receive top billing.

Hipgrave compared her promotion to the progress women in football have made with England’s Euro 2022 success. She wrote that “after a weekend of dreams coming true for women in football, the dreams of a football mad Geordie lass have also come true.”  Hipgrave, 42, even has “Toon, Toon, black and white army!” in her Twitter bio, with her cover photo a picture of the Quayside.

Initial reports suggested that BT Sports had ‘axed’ Jake Humphrey. Humphrey hit back at “misleading nonsense headlines”. He clarified that he will continue to host some coverage, including Champions League football for BT, and the decision came after he held talks to reduce his busy schedule. Hipgrave, however, will take over the top spot in the presenting team.

Humphrey showed that there is no ill will in his response to Hipgrave’s announcement: “You’re going to be amazing Lynsey. So delighted for you. Please just let me back for the odd game.”

Lynsey Hipgrave, born in Newcastle and a Magpies fan, first made her name on Radio 5 Live, co-presenting on the Danny Baker Show since 2010. She has also hosted sports coverage for Al Jazeera and ESPN. She will host her first game in the new role, Fulham vs Liverpool, this Saturday.

Newcastle United fans will hope her appointment might lead to some more favourable coverage of the club in future.

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Food and drink

Our top picks ahead of Newcastle’s restaurant week



Newcastle’s restaurant week returns this summer from the 8th to the 14th of August. It’s set to be bigger than ever before!

The twice-yearly event is highly anticipated. It’s a great chance for everyone to try out local food spots at fantastic, affordable prices.

This is the 21st time restaurant week has ran and it’s extremely popular. NE1 now reports that this event boosts the local economy by more than £600,000 every time it’s held!

We’ve narrowed down our top picks so you can pick between the best places to celebrate Newcastle restaurant week.

Image credit: Instagram (@Scream_for_pizza)

Scream for Pizza:

This popular pizza spot has two great offers during restaurant week.

For £10 you can get any slice of pizza, the choice between an ‘I Scream Sundae’ or an ‘I Scream Cone’ and a dip and a soft drink.

For £20 you can get any big pie, two dips, and either two house alcoholic drink or one ‘I Scream Sundae’ to share.

If you haven’t tried the famous pizza slices you are truly missing out! And now is the perfect time to get yourself a delicious slice of pizza and an unmissable deal.

They have lots of choice of toppings, from Lamb Fender (Baharat sauce, mozzarella, lamb kofta, red pepper, tzatziki and parsley) to Truffle in Paradise (vegan truffle cream, mushrooms, caramelised fennel and roasted pumpkin seeds). You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Image credit: Instagram (@aveika)


Situated on the Quayside, you can have yourself a delicious 3 course meal for only £20 (and 2 courses for £15).

This Japanese restaurant and sushi bar serves up Asian inspired cuisine, offering a creative and unique menu. Their offer extends throughout all of August 2022 (excluding Saturday evenings).

You can choose between chicken katsu sushi, salmon nigiri, tempura vegetables and many other options to start. For main, we were particularly drawn to the teriyaki chicken robata marinated in soy, garlic, garlic, mirin, sake and coriander.

It really is an offer you can’t afford to miss out on.

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