Illegal sales cost £2,000

Three takeaway shop owners in Blyth Valley have each been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £2,000 for making illegal sales.

Hot ticket

The Puppini Sisters, Monday, Newcastle Carling Academy, 0870 771-2000

Tale of a Love Monkey

The squeaky voiced one is back yes, comedian and game show host (who also has a King of the Jungle crown), Joe Pasquale returns to the live arena with The Return of the Love Monkey concert tour.

We'll be back, 4Sure

The second act kicked off the X Factor said yesterday they want to release three albums in five years and vowed that the public had not seen the last of 4Sure.

Dionne to switch on

The winner of the Sunderland's No.1 singing competition will help to switch on the city's Christmas lights.

Charlotte under fire

Simon Cowell has criticised Charlotte Church - warning other young wannabe stars "don't go there".

Four-star hotel bought by Sir Alex-link firm

A four star Tyneside hotel has been taken over by a company with links to Sir Alex Ferguson and David Frost.

Brothers making incredible journey

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The last year has been an incredible journey for singing brothers Andrew and Carl Pemberton, which at the weekend saw them performing in front of thousands of adoring fans at Newcastle City Hall at the start of a two-month, nationwide tour.

Let's all do the time warp again

It's been five years since Hear'Say topped the charts, but former band member Suzanne Shaw is still drawing the crowds.

Tour is now our reality

Journey South's Andy Pemberton talks to Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr about their forthcoming tour, which starts in Newcastle next week.

Rollercoaster ends on a high

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Ronan Keating at Linden Hall, Northumberland.

Childhood fun stands pair in good stead

If I had one useful piece of advice to impart about reviewing music, then I'd strongly advise anyone to listen to a song at least twice before they form an opinion of it.

Mixed fortunes for region's events

A host of events will take still place this weekend, despite the weather forcing the cancellation of Whittingham Show and the first day of the Bigge Weekend music festival.

Music festival gets the go-ahead

Organisers of a charity music festival were celebrating last night after the event was given the go-ahead by councillors three days before it is due to begin.

Road safety could be a Bigge problem

A question mark has been raised over a major music festival planned for the Northumberland countryside after police chiefs opposed it on safety grounds.

Doing it his way

He is still in his teens, but despite appearances, Peter Grant is not your average young man.

Teenagers on the lookout for the x factor

The backers of a company launched by a group of teenagers hope to help up to 100 youngsters bent on careers in the arts achieve their dreams.

£5bn for Halifax

Halifax Bank of Scotland has said it is on course to deliver annual profits of more than £5bn.

Stars honoured

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne were honoured for their contribution to the music industry yesterday at a charity event.

'I don't wannabee an ex wannabee'

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An aspiring pop star is desperately hoping judges on television reality series X Factor will give her a second chance.

Michelle gives Cowell an X

Glamour model Michelle Marsh became the third celeb booted off X Factor: Battle of the Stars last night.

The pop princes

Princes William and Harry argue over the remote and watched Pop Idol and X Factor, they revealed to Ant and Dec in a television interview.

LSC staff go on strike

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Thousands of workers in the Government quango in charge of a multibillion-pound budget to improve workers' skills will stage a 24-hour strike today in a row over jobs.

New charge over attack

A third man has been charged in connection with an attack on an asylum seeker.

I'll be Amarillod!

Tony Christie's (Is This The Way To) Amarillo was the biggest selling single of 2005, according to end-of-year figures.

North band could win X Factor

Bookmakers are tipping North-East duo Journey South to snatch victory in tonight's X Factor final.

Church bares her sole

Singer Charlotte Church showed some barefoot chic when she performed at the Clotheshow Live yesterday.

It's the big squeeze

The cost of fruit juice could rise by 25% because supplies have been hit by poor weather, the British Soft Drinks Association warned yesterday.

Less of us are doing the Pools

The waning popularity of the football pools continued in the first half of this year with the Littlewoods owner yesterday revealing a 15% fall in sales.

Lipman on song in comedy of note

The Journal

Music hall of shame for diva

If there's something we Brits like more than someone who tries hard, it's someone who tries hard and is still rubbish at what they do.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer