Lifesaving coffee

A goodwill gesture to raise a few pounds for a volunteer medical team in Northumberland ended up amassing more than £1,000.

Trawler rescued

A fishing crew were rescued after their trawler broke down 16 miles off the North-East coast.

We are ready to be judged

Rule-breaking theatre company Threeovereden are going against the grain with a Henrik Ibsen double-hander.

Prose that smouldered

Firefighters were called to a Royal Mail call centre yesterday [THURS] after a book caught fire.

In brief

Last night's attraction at the Alnwick Playhouse proved a resistible attraction for most of the town's theatre-goers with only 30 tickets sold out of a possible 262.

Postcode focus - NE66

Northern Delight - It was recently described as the best place to live in Britain.

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Babes in the Wood, Customs House, South Shields, until January 6, Tel: (0191) 454-1234.

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Sunny States sounds

The Arizona-based sextet Calexico head for The Sage on Tuesday night.

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Joe Pasquale - The Return of the Love Monkey, tonight, The Journal Tyne Theatre, (0870) 145-1200

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Yanagai! Yanagai!

Singing praises of folk stars

This week's assemblage of guests has a distinctly folky tinge with the emphasis on singers rather than instrumentalists.

Back lane made safer

A road safety scheme aimed at cutting the risks to children in an Ashington street has been approved by Northumberland county councillors.

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Susanna & the Magical Orchestra plus Tys Tys

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Imogen Heap

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Ingrid Laubrock and Trioscope

Unlikely story of a one man show

The first thing Rodney Bewes does, after picking up the phone in his hotel room in a "very pretty" corner of Suffolk, is to send wife Daphne off on an errand.

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Son Of Man

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Die Fledermaus Sunderland Empire Theatre. Tomorrow, 7.30pm. Tel. 0870 602-1130

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Tam White

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Magic - A Kind of Queen

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One Act Comedies

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Last Night's Fun

Brotherhood puts on the 70s Show

When Brotherhood of Man scooped the Eurovision Song Contest in April 1976, I was seven months old.

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Stockton International Riverside Festival

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Farewell Concert Part One

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Stockton International Riverside Festival

Oliver!

By david whetstone

On Fringes of the jungle in Edinburgh

For the region's theatre apprentices, Edinburgh is a mountain to be climbed.

World of entertainment comes to Alnwick

A host of spectacular dance teams from around the world will entertain crowds in the historic town of Alnwick today.

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European Dance Night

Hot Tickey

Ten Feet Tall present Mike Watson

Black Dyke Band

When: Saturday

Laughs lash the heath

If it's withering looks you're after, Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding can oblige.

Coming Up

Tomorrow

Flying festival flag is an Italian job

It may not have been the most Mediterranean weather, but a flurry of flying flags brought a little bit of Italy to the Alnwick International Music Festival yesterday.

Coming up

MONDAY

Coming up

Tomorrow: Free stage on the closing day of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival and many performances including Courtney Pine, The Sage Gateshead (0870) 403-7555

Voice of English summer

Like the smell of freshly cut grass and torrential rain in July, Henry Blofeld is an essential part of a British summer.

Free art and craft sessions on offer

What: Saturday Art Club

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