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Sam Fender To Give Another Brit Award to Low Lights Tavern in North Shields



North Shields legend Sam Fender may be making waves in music around the world but he’s never forgotten his roots.

And when he’s not travelling the world, he and his band enjoy popping in for a few pints in their local pub the Low Lights Tavern.

The ‘Seventeen Going Under’ star already has one Brit under his belt, having been chosen as the recipient of the Critics Choice award back in 2019. But this year, the alternative musician is up for three awards at this year’s Brit Awards with the public voting for one of them.

He’s up for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Rock/Alternative this year – the winner of the latter is chosen by the public. Users of TikTok will be able to cast up to ten votes per category, per day, with vote limits resetting at midnight GMT every night for the duration of the voting window.

Sam took to Instagram to try get fans behind him. It was in this video that he promised to put the Brit on display at his beloved Low Lights Tavern should he win.

Explaining how the Brits public vote works this year, he said: “I’ve been nominated for a Brit Award, well for three; but there’s one that’s fan voted and it’s voted for on TikTok.

“So, if you can, you can vote for us 10 times a day if you’re that much of a legend.

“So I can have another Brit Award and put it on the pub and turn it into a bar bump again.”

Sam already gave the North Shields pub his first Brit to make into a beer pump. Cameron Boyd, who owns the Low Lights with Danny Higney, said the whole community is behind him.

“Everybody loves to see him doing well, all the local people are behind him, he’s got the whole of North Shields behind him.

“He’s proud of where he comes from, he’s not a Newcastle lad, he’s a North Shields lad and he’s so supportive of the little town he’s come from. It’s really important to him.”

Sam released his second studio album ‘Seventeen Going Under’ in October last year. This followed his debut release ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ back in 2019.

You can vote for Sam via the social vote here!

Be quick though, as voting closes in just eight days time at 6pm GMT Thursday February 3.

The winners will be revealed at the Brit Awards ceremony on Tuesday February 8 at The O2 arena, which will be broadcast on ITV.

Good luck Sam! The North-East are all behind you!


Paul O’Grady Dies Aged 67, Just Weeks After Newcastle Theatre Performance



TV presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady has died at the age of 67,  just weeks after starring in a Newcastle theatre production.

The TV star, who was from Birkenhead on Merseyside, died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening, a statement said.

His partner Andre Portasio made this statement: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.”

“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.

“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.

“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”

The TV star, starred in a theatre prodution of Annie just weeks ago in Newcastle as it returned to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from March 7-11.

O’Grady starred as the role of Miss Hannigan, the head of the orphanage who hates children. He had been due to perform the show across the UK up until November this year.

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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Love Island’s Casa Amor boys include Gateshead’s Kain Reed



Gateshead energy consultant Kain Reed is one of six boys going into Casa Amor as Love Island’s second villa opens its doors tonight.

Kain Reed is setting his sights firmly on Samie as the Gateshead energy consultant goes into Love Island as part of this year’s Casa Amor twist.

After lots of speculation on when Casa Amor might finally open its doors for the new series, it was revealed during Friday’s episode of the ITV dating show that it was coming this weekend, with the announcement delighting fans who think Love Island could do with a bit of spicing up, after seeing its viewing figures dropping below one million in recent days.

With cracks appearing in a few of the Love Island relationships, Casa Amor could ruffle feathers more than ever this time round and six boys and six girls will be thrown in with the objective of splitting the couples up.

And one of the lads hoping to find romance over the next week is 21-year-old Kain as the first Geordie of the current series.

Talking about going in Casa Amor, Kain said: “I’m excited because I want to see how strong the relationships actually are between the current couples, and if I can change them. I’m going in there to turn heads! “

He added: “I love a challenge in every aspect, whether it’s over a girl or a sport. I’m a competitive guy and I want to win!”

And, then moving on to talk about which girl he wanted to couple with, Kain, elaborated: “If I had my choice it would be Samie, as soon as I start talking to her I think there’s a good chance it could happen.

“I also like Lana, she’s obviously coupled up, but in Casa Amor the other boys aren’t there so we’ll have to see what happens won’t we?!”

Love Island continues tonight on ITV2 at 9pm.

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