Festival set to return

A music festival is to return this summer.

A music festival is to return this summer.

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival is a free two-day event attracting musicians, artists and performers from all over the world. It is held in Tynemouth and South Shields and will this year feature highlights such as jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine, 70s musician Dean Friedman and former Lindisfarne performer Billy Mitchell.

African music legend Mory Kante will also appear alongside the Alex Wilson Salsa Orchestra and Boys of Lough at a special ticket-only concert at Tynemouth Priory.

The festival, which attracted more than 120,000 visitors last year, will be held on Saturday July 14 and Sunday July 15.

Cards ready

METRO gold cards valid for travel from May 1 will be available over the counter at Nexus Travelshops from Monday, April 23.

Around 47,000 pensioners and disabled passengers have already renewed their Gold Cards by post for the year ahead, all of which will be posted to arrive before April 30.

Those who have not will be able to renew their £12 card immediately over the counter at 10 Nexus Travelshops Tyne and Wear.

Charity boost

CHILDREN'S charity Chin Up has expanded services at its Seahouses respite home in Northumberland to include a specially designed beach wheelchair with pneumatic wheels, so children with disabilities can get to the sea and beach.

The GoodFund, in association with the Post Code Lottery, awarded the charity £5,220, part of which was used to purchase and import the wheelchair from America.

The remainder of the funding has been used to install a hoist in a specially adapted downstairs bedroom of the home and to purchase a two-storey Wendy House for the garden.

Power to them

NEWCASTLE University will today compete in the regional heat of the RWE npower Energy Challenge 2007 at Ferrybridge Power Station in West Yorkshire.

Designed to discover new and sustainable ways to generate energy, teams of graduates from across the country will answer the question 'Keeping the lights on - how should the UK plug the impending energy gap?'

Shop opens

A NEW volunteer shop opens today at North Tyneside General Hospital.

The shop will be at the hospital's main entrance.

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