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Newcastle International named UK and Irish Airport of the Year in travel awards



Newcastle International has been named the UK and Irish airport of the year at the so called “toughest to win” travel awards.

The airport scooped the top spot at the Travel Industry Awards 2022, after being voted for by leaders across the tourism industry. The panel of judges were impressed by Newcastle Airport due to its ” strong new routes across a range of airlines and its impressive six-minute security average”.

They also noted its carbon measurement reduction strategy, with the airport aiming to become a net zero carbon airport by 2035, significantly earlier than many other European airport targets. The awards, which are put on by the Travel Trade Gazette, aim to recognise overall performance, support for trade partners, contribution to a fairer travel industry and smarter products.

Now in their second year, the Travel Industry Awards are considered some of the toughest in the industry due to a “robust” system of judging, and hundreds of entries for each spot. Newcastle was one of several entrants for UK and Irish Airport of the year, and was shortlisted alongside Birmingham Airport, George Best Belfast City Airport and London Stansted.

Nick Jones, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: ” This achievement is a testament to the work and dedication of employees and business partners across the Airport who have come together to create positive passenger experiences,” adding: “It is a great achievement for everyone at the Airport who has contributed to the award-winning service we deliver.”


McDonald’s is giving out 50,000 free boxes of McNuggets & introducing 4 new dips!



The McNugget has its 40th birthday this week, so 50,000 freebies of boxes of six are up for grabs!

There’s a catch though – you’ll have to download the chain’s app to enter the competition, which will decide if you’re a lucky winner.

The first 50,000 entrants to the competition will receive 4,000 reward points, which can be exchanged for six McNuggets.

Running from now, the competition will close on May 23.

The app is worth downloading for offers in general too, as users tend to get birthday deals and other discounts, such as getting a Big Mac with fries for just £1.99!

There are new nugget dips to try them with too.. including garlic mayo!

For a limited time, Maccies enthusiasts will be able to get their hands on garlic mayo, mega hot sauce, chipotle mayo and creamy ranch dip.

Garlic mayo and mega hot will drop first on May 10th. Then, from May 31st, chipotle mayo and America’s favourite creamy ranch will join the ranks. The dips will be available for a mystery length of time, ‘until stocks last’.

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Royal Quays Outlet shopping centre put up for sale



The North Shields Royal Quays Outlet shopping centre has been put up for sale following the appointment of receivers.

Daniel Hardy and Peter Loveday of commercial property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall LLP were appointed as receivers of the centre. After this appointment the decision had been made to put the shopping centre on the market with a £4m price tag attached.

The new ownership has come with many proposed changes, the managers sought to position the North Tyneside shopping centre as a unique “destination” outlet centre, attracting a new and younger shopper demographic. Something which has been said to have led to a notable increase in sales.

A scheme to draw more shoppers in was announced a year ago to help the centre navigate and grow its way out of the pandemic. The announced plans had a want for more independent retailers including first-time start-ups.

Newcastle’s Grainger Market where small retailers trade has inspired a “marketplace” plan for the Royal Quays which had been set in motion around the time the scheme was announced.

Matt Dawson, the centre’s manger devised the scheme to bring variety to the centre saying, “The high-street brands are either set in their ways or staying in the same location. This is a concept which gives more independents the chance to start off smaller and simplify the process for them. It’ll also give them the opportunity down the line, if they outgrow the stall, to expand- either in the centre or elsewhere nearby.”

Hoping to improve the centre, Daniel Hardy, of Sanderson Weatherall’s Leeds office, said: “This popular shopping centre has been in the same ownership of 17 years and the appointment of receivers provides an excellent opportunity for a purchaser to build on its success and take it to the next level. We are looking forward to working with current and future tenants to strengthen the centre’s offer to customers and maximise its potential.”

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Newcastle Gay Bar Eazy Street To Shut Its Doors For Good



Newcastle gay bar Eazy Street to shut its doors for good.

City cabaret club bar Eazy Street has announced on Facebook that it is going to shut this weekend.

In an emotional post on Tuesday 4th April, iconic gay bar Eazy Street announced that this coming Easter weekend will be its last as they prepare to shut.

The cabaret club opened 13 years ago and is situated opposite the Life Centre and is right next door to the Dog and Parrot.

“It’s with a heavy heart. We inform you all. This is THE LAST WEEK OF EAZY STREET AND EAZYOKE” they announced on their Facebook page.

Opening Thursday to Sunday this week gives people their chance to say goodbye to the venue.

Popular and regular performer Miss Lucy in an emotional post said, “The past 13 years have been an amazing 13 years. I started a month after it opened and will be there when it closes the doors for the final time.”

“I started there as a baby queen and the bar has moulded me into the queen I am today.”

In what they are dubbing ‘The Grand Finale’ on Sunday, doors open at 5pm with Danni Delonco, followed by Miss Lucy and party anthems from 9pm until the end.

The post goes on to thank all the staff and the management and hopes to see everyone for one last time.

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