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Peek inside Newcastle house after six-figure makeover



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A Newcastle house has hit the market after undergoing an incredible remodel.

First a warren of bed-sits then an impressive five bedroom house, the building has moved onto the next chapter of its life being transformed into three, separate family homes.

Potential buyers have the chance to view the outcome of the extreme refurbishment tomorrow (24 February) at an American-style, open-house.

Newcastle independent estate agent, Hive Estates, who advised on the renovation strategy and styled the homes, is hosting the event.

Hive Estates managing director, Michael Mortimer said: “We are incredibly excited for the ‘big reveal’.

“These properties are a perfect example of how we are changing the way estate agency works, by not just sticking them on Rightmove and putting a board outside but creatively advising and styling them, or designing them, and selling them via effective marketing campaigns which embrace social media platforms to reach varied and extensive audiences.”

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An Instagram-led marketing campaign – developed and implement by Hive Estates – has already inspired lots of house-hunters to register their interest in 13 Highbury, Lavender House and Moor Lodge.

The building may have changed in appearance, going from a 1900s Victorian building to modern flats, but its uninterrupted views across the Town Moor have remained the same.

It’s fascinating history sees the imposing red-brick property once belonging to the Northern Ladies Annuity Society, split into a number of bedsits that housed governesses who hadn’t married, or who were widowed and had fallen on hard times.

Each flat had a sink and cooking facilities and there were communal bathrooms and living spaces.

The charity, which was established in 1868 to support retired widows and single women on low incomes, sold the property – known then as Lavendar Lodge – to Tim Price and his wife Sarah, in the 1990’s.

No 13 Highbury House in 1996 when Tim and Sarah purchased it (Credit: Hive Estates)

This change in ownership led to the house turning into a very large family home.

The Prices enjoyed a happy life at Highbury House, having two children there – Sam in 1998, and Josh in 2000 – before moving away and keeping the house as an investment property.

Up until 2019, Mr Price rented the house out to students.

Tim (left) and Sarah lived at Highbury House until 2002, when Tim’s job took him to Manchester.

No. 13 Highbury has since undergone a major, six-figure renovation.

It is part of a prestigious terrace where three-storey homes typically fetch £700,000.

Mortimer added: “The location of these homes is spectacular – they have serene, vista views across the Town Moor, yet are minutes away from a wonderful array of cafes and shops in Jesmond and Newcastle city centre, with great schools on their doorsteps.”



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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



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



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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