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Storms wreak havoc across the UK

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The UK are currently dealing with power cuts, travel disruptions and major damages from Storm Dudley as it is also hit by Storm Eunice.

Thousands are without power in the South of England and Wales after Storm Dudley’s gale force winds.

As companies race to restore networks, Storm Eunice has moved in causing further outages.

The Met Office warned of a danger to life, issuing rare Red Weather Warnings in Wales and the south because of the powerful winds.

The M4 Prince of Wales Bridge has been forced to close, as well as the M48 Severn Bridge, something which is thought to of never happened before.

Wales is over the the worst of it and has been downgraded to an amber weather warning after being battered by winds that reached up to 122mph.

The gust of wind, which set a new record, was recorded in the Isle of Wight.

The south and southeast are still suffering from the hazardous weather, with the life-threatening conditions expected to continue until 3pm Friday.

The London O2 arena has already been shredded by Storm Eunice as winds tore panels from the famous dome.

Witnesses watched in horror as the roof was ripped apart, revealing a gaping hole in the southern side of the roof.

The public are advised to remain indoors due to the risk of falling trees and flying debris, with numerous schools being closed to keep children safer.

Flights have been grounded, trains cancelled and ferry services stopped. Any non-essential travel has been strongly discouraged.

Thousands of people have flocked to a live stream of pilots trying to land planes at Heathrow airport.

The last time the UK faced a red warning was in November 2021 when Storm Arwen hit, but before that the UK hadn’t seen this type of weather since the “Beast from the East” in 2018.

BBC Weather said Storm Eunice “could well be one of the worst storms in three decades.”

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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

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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

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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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