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Newcastle e-scooters trial extended

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The 12-month experiment for the e-scooters has been extended until November.

The trial period was due to end on Wednesday, however bosses have confirmed further information and evidence is needed.

Since the e-scooters were introduced to the city in February 2021, they have been used as a mode of transport for over 500,000 miles.

The rental scheme has also been launched in Sunderland and will continue on until November too.

Cllr Ged Bell, cabinet member for transport, development and neighbourhoods at Newcastle City Council, said: “We know that over the last 12 months, thousands of people have enjoyed and benefited from using the Neuron e-scooters that have been available in Newcastle.

“And, following the recent expansion of the trial into other areas of the city, we felt that extending the timescales was the right thing to do.

“Initially the scooters were only available in the city centre but, now that they are also in a number of residential areas, we believe this gives us the opportunity to understand more about the journeys people make on them and what role they could play in providing clean and sustainable transport options for local people.”

The councillor believes now that they are available in residential areas, a better understanding of the journeys people make on them and what role they play in relation to providing clean and sustainable transport can be achieved.

It is estimated around a third of the trips made have replaced a car journey.

The e-scooters have been met with mixed reactions, with the people of Newcastle either loving or hating the orange Neuron vehicles.

There have been complaints about them being driven dangerously and parked inconsiderately.

In January there was a report of one being thrown from the High Level Bridge, almost hitting a family.

Restrictions and a curfew have had to come into force to improve safety.

Oliver Irons, Newcastle City Manager at Neuron Mobility, said they are “thrilled” the trail has been extended.

He said: “The e-scooters have been widely praised by users, and 88 per cent of our riders believe Neuron has created a positive impact in the city.”

 

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Fenwicks Announce Ticketed Christmas Programme

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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.

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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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