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New venue similar to Stack could reopen next summer in Newcastle

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On Monday morning, plans were put before Newcastle City Council to open a new entertainment venue, similar to Stack, on Pilgrim Street.

 

If Newcastle City Council agrees to grant the license, Worswick Chambers building will become an exciting new venue with bars, food, and entertainment.

 

Although the proposals are not a direct relocation of Stack, with this entertainment venue being a permanent feature as opposed to temporary shipping containers, there are similarities between the venues.

 

The proposals outline similar key features such as having no entry fee, offering free entertainment and multiple food vendors.

 

The design includes three floors, a central courtyard with a big screen and eight bars and seven food stands. If approved, this exciting new venue could open by Summer 2023.

 

The council’s decision on the proposal will be made public within five working days. Following this, the local authority’s environmental health department must separately approve the noise management plan.

 

Already, these proposals have been met with concern. Jane Byrne, city centre councillor, has complained ahead of the hearing that Stack bosses “completely failed” to keep noise under control and “given their track record I do not think the applicant can be trusted to adhere to conditions.”

 

Worswick Chambers is on the same street where Stack was located before it closed on Monday 2nd May 2022 after four years.

 

The former shipping container venue with bars, multiple food vendors, and entertainment is being replaced by the new Pilgrim’s Quarter Office complex due to be completed in 2027. It will become home to 9,000 staff moved from HMRC’s existing North East offices in Washington and Longbenton. Marc Gill, who is HMRC’s senior leader in Newcastle, has said that, “Pilgrim’s Quarter will provide a first-class, modern, digitally enabled workspace for HMRC’s largest office – right here in Newcastle.

 

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United

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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..

 

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”

 

Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.

 

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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living

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A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue

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The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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