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Storm Arwen causes chaos after a week from hell for Northumberland Zoo.



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Northumberland County Zoo faced a stressful week and a half after having to close due to the storm

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Facing strong winds, power cuts and flooding, the zoo have finally been able to reopen again to the public (15th December).

The family run zoo based at Eshottheugh Farm near Felton fell short when two of its backup generators failed leaving them with no power.

The Met Office reported that Arwen charged speed at 98mph in Brizlee Wood, Northumberland making it one of the most powerful winter storms of the latest decade.

Good news has been reported that all the animals made it through the storm with little detriment.

Maxine Bradley, Zoo Curator, explained they do put plans in place for extreme wind conditions, “but you don’t make them for that extreme.”

“It’s been especially stressful for the keepers who work with these animals every day and build relationships with them. To see them looking so feeble because it’s so cold is horrific.”

The power outage started on Saturday evening after a telegraph pole was reported to have caught fire in the car park.

With reptiles and amphibians needing external heat sources to remain warm, Maxine said “If they don’t have heat they’ll just shut down.”

The need to find new homes for the cold-blood animals until the storm passed proved stressful for the workers.

Northumberland County Zoo also encountered difficulty trying to get in touch with Northern Powergrid with three days passing before power was restored.

The electricity board distributed an apology statement to its customer’s explaining some parts of their network was also affected.

Artic Foxes Hamish and Dougal sadly had their home wiped out by a tree and will therefore need an indoor home in the future for safety measures.

The storm additionally damaged the entrance, soft play and café were all flood creating an unfortunate expense.

The reopening of the zoo should see faces walking through the door in the run up to Christmas for a family day out. The park currently has 17 acres for visitors to explore with over 100 species of animals to see. 

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The wildlife park opens at 9:30am every day.

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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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