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What’s On October Half-Term: Seven Stories

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Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s books, in Ouseburn, is hosting a Villainous Wizards Afternoon Tea at 3pm on October 29th and 31st.

The hour-long magic-theme event (perfect for Potterheads) promises to be a school lesson with a difference and will test families knowledge in a Magic Potter quiz.

A ‘delicious feast’ of a tea will feature alongside themed activities.

Suitable for those aged seven-plus, the teas cost £15.50 and both an adult and children’s menu is available.

Other half-term activities include twice-daily illustration workshops on October 24th to mark the birthday of Dark Materials author Phillip Pullman and storytelling sessions with Winnie the Witch on October 26th and 28th too!

For information check out their website here: https://www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on

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Everything we know about I’m A Celebrity All Stars so far

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I'm a celebrity get me out of here line up revealed

Last week Ant and Dec revealed the “the worst kept secret in television”, announcing a very special series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in South Africa set to air in 2023.

The series will feature our favourite celebrities from the last twenty years. Although Ant and Dec haven’t officially disclosed who will be returning to brave the jungle once again, a TV insider has now revealed the lineup of celebrities who are expected to be taking part.

Perhaps the most surprising rumoured contestant is You Are What You Eat star Gillian McKeith, whose infamous fainting episode over a decade ago has made its mark in reality TV history.

The source said: “It’s a different format to Australia, who knows when and where celebrities will enter camp, literally anything could happen.

“It’s not clear how many will start in camp or how many will be there by the end when one is crowned King or Queen of the jungle, possibly for a second time.

“It’s the best of I’m A Celebrity, quite literally, but there’s some twists and surprises along the way for viewers and campers so it’s not going to be as straightforward as they might think.”

So, who can we expect to see back? Here is the full list of those brave celebrities expected to return:

  • Phil Tufnell
  • Amir Khan
  • Paul Burrell
  • Jordan Banjo
  • Andrew Whyment
  • Dean Gaffney
  • Shaun Ryder
  • Gillian McKeith
  • Carol Vorderman
  • Georgia Toffolo
  • Helen Flanagan
  • Janice Dickinson
  • Myleene Klass
  • Joe Swash
  • Fatima Whitbread

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North East foodbanks to close on Monday as the Queen’s funeral is held

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Newcastle Gateshead Foodbank

Several foodbanks across the North East will close their warehouses and distribution centres this Bank Holiday Monday, the day the Queen’s funeral is being held.

 

In the North East, Gateshead Foodbank has announced that it will be closed on Monday to reopen the following day. Sunderland and County Durham Foodbank will also be closed, as well as their foodbank warehouse.

 

It was announced that the day of the Queen’s funeral would be a bank holiday by King Charles III this weekend, as a national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey. The public will be able to pay their respects 24 hours a day for four days until 6.30am on Monday, while the Queen lies in state in the Palace of Westminster.

 

The Trussell Trust work to stop UK hunger and poverty, and their network of foodbanks provides emergency food and support to people in crisis. A spokesperson told the Mirror that food banks across the country were given the option to close or stay open depending on the needs of their community.

 

They clarified that “foodbanks are all independent, but we have emailed saying it is a bank holiday and they can decide what to do. It really depends on the local need on the ground, the volunteers will know if they are particularly quiet on a Monday, or if it is a busier day.”

 

The decision to close a number of foodbanks has proved to be controversial, with some slamming the move as classist. What are your thoughts?

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Queen’s Funeral Date Announced

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Details of the service and events in the coming days have been released by Buckingham Palace and the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, who is responsible for the arrangements.

 

It was announced earlier that the day of the funeral will be a bank holiday.

 

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place at 11am on Monday 19 September at Westminster Abbey.

 

The Queen’s coffin – which is currently in the ballroom at Balmoral – will be carried by six gamekeepers from the Balmoral Estate tomorrow, Sunday 11 September, at 10am.

 

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