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Welcome... ...to your ‘Living Local’ Magazine. May is here and we can say goodbye to those April showers. April brought us a new Royal baby and here at Living Local we are now looking at fashion for our children as well as for us grown ups, I know I spend far more on the mini people in my life than on myself and I bet I’m not alone. We are also thinking about getting healthy and shaping up for summer with Active Northumberland. If you are jetting off on an early summer break check out our book feature for some holiday reading inspiration. Summer is also a popular time for thinking about moving house so we have pulled together some hints and tips to help you on that journey. With May having not one but two bank holidays we are looking forward to getting BBQ ready, check out a few of the best buys on our lifestyle feature. Enjoy the long weekends ahead!

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Contents 6 What’s on Selection of events throughout May & June. 8 Reel Time There’s plenty of cinematic joys to look forward to over the month, here are some of our must sees. 10 X-Factor star headlining Northumberland Live at Bedlington A million selling, number one chart topping artist is set to headline Northumberland Live at Bedlington this July. 11 Shaping up for summer Active Northumberland’s Nicole provides some tips on shaping up for the summer. 12 Books A few suggestions to help tear you away from the tele and challenge your imagination. 14 Get the Look SS18 Fashion tends to get you ready for any occasion. 15 Little Style Even the little ones need to look good this SS18. 15 Locally Sourced Sally Oliver owner of Eleven give us an update of a few key trends worth investing in this SS18. 16 Dear Denise Denise Welch pens an open letter to her 16-year-old self, reflecting on a very colourful life. 19 Technology Revolution Trevor Gyllenspetz, centre manager at the Keel Row Shopping Centre offers some insight into the latest wi-fi broadband offerings from O2 and EE.

22 Rafa Benitez opens contract talks with Newcastle Talks between both parties are now well underway but the deal has to be ‘good for everyone’ 22 WIN! Golfing treat for 4 We’ve teamed up with Blyth Golf Club to offer a lucky reader a 4 ball at one of the most mature, challenging and interesting courses in Northumberland. 24 Lots still to play for The Falcons have the huge incentive of a Premiership semifinal still to play for, not to mention the prospect of European Champions Rugby for the first time since 2005. 25 Oh Boy! The better half ’s try hard to get us to grow up and then fashion throws them a curve ball. SS18 trends. 30 Lifestyle: Alfresco LIVING If you are wondering how to throw a wow barbeque or stun with a picnic, we’ve got some simple tips to make it extra special this summer. 27 Lets cook Grilled rack of lamb with crushed Jersey Royals and anchovy butter. 27 Motoring: Mercedes-AMG E 53 revealed The E 53 replaces the old E 43 in the line-up as a rapid understudy to the full-blown E 63 and E63 S models. 30 Test yourself Put your brain to the test with our crossword, sudoku and reverse word search. 31 Picture perfect Newcastle’s Tyne Bridge by Philip Overton.

20 Top tips for house buying Buying a new home is extremely stressful but these simple tips can help to make the process that little bit easier.

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What’s On May

NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS Metro Radio Arena 3 May 2018 www.metroradioarena.co.uk Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds soar into the slipstream of exhilarating new album, Who Built The Moon? to play a series of UK and Ireland arena dates starting in April 2018 including the Metro Radio Arena. FIGHTING TALK WITH KATE ADIE Alnwick Castle 8 May 2018 www.alnwickcastle.com Fighting talk with Kate Adie at Alnwick Castle About As we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, former Chief News Correspondent for the BBC, Kate Adie OBE, will be giving an illustrated talk in the Guest Hall at Alnwick Castle.

SPRIT OF THE DANCE Theatre Royal 16-19 May 2018 www.alnwickcastle.com

LADIES LUNCH WITH DISTINCTIVE

The international smash hit Sprit of the Dance celebrates its record-breaking 20 year anniversary as one of the most succsessful dance shows. Bursting with raw energy, this explosive and powerful show combines heart-pounding Irish dance and the sensational Latino rythms of Flamenco and red hot salsa in a thrilling production of strength and passion. Not one dancer steps out of line as their thunderous feet perform as one, with an excitement that leaves audiences screaming for more. With brilliant lighting, dazzling costumes and breathtaking choreography.

DESIGNS Horton Grange Country House & Hotel 23rd May 2018 www.hortongrange.co.uk Ladies Lunch event at Horton Grange. This time we will be joined by the wonderful Tina Hamilton from Distinctive Designs Clothing Boutique which showcases Clothing & Accessories from small independent designers. Enjoy homemade scones and pastries on arrival followed by a delicious two course lunch in the restaurant.

WWE LIVE Metro Radio Arena 17 May 2018 www.metroradioarena.co.uk Fans will be able to see all their favorite WWE Superstars live in action all under one roof. Don’t miss out; Get your ticket to an incredible night of action packed entertainment! WWE LIVE is unique blend of sport and entertainment, combining in-ring match action with dramatic entertainment. Bursting with all the drama and energy of a rock concert, in a fun, lively and exciting environment, WWE Live is the ultimate in family entertainment!

PROPER FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL Bents Park , South Shields 26 - 28 May 2018 www.properfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk The Proper Food and Drink Festivals, organised by Mark and Shelley Deakin, have already proved themselves a popular addition to the region’s gourmet calendar with outings in North Shields, Whitley Bay and Cramlington in recent years.

SHOWADDYWADDY The Phoenix Theatre 11 May 2018 www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk SHOWADDYWADDY have long been established as Europe’s most successful EVER exponents of retro-inspired rock & roll. With chart topping sounds known the world over like ‘Under The Moon Of Love’, ‘When’. ‘You Got What It Takes’, ‘Three Steps To Heaven’ and ‘Hey Rock ‘n’ Roll’, this is a night of pure adrenaline fuelled nostalgia!

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NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY SHOW Bywell Hall 28 May 2018 www.northcountyshow.co.uk Preparations are being made for the region’s premier agricultural show with the aim of making it a showcase for the best of the region’s farming industry. For a fantastic family fun day with lots to do and see for all the family.


MUSICAL The Phoenix Theatre 25 - 30 June 2018 www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk

SOMEONE LIKE YOU: THE ADELE SONGBOOK Newcastle City Hall 9 June 2018 www.theatreroyal.co.uk Touring UK Theatres for the very first time, Someone Like You is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters. Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton’s BBC ADELE Special, the outstanding Katie Markham has the showstopping voice and captivating charisma to deliver all your favourite Adele hits in an enthralling concert performance. Someone Like You will take you on a soulstirring journey from break up to make up! JASON COOK’S COMEDY CLUB Tyne Theatre & Opera House 16 June 2018 www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk Jason Cook’s (comedian and star of Hebburn) Comedy Club returns to Tyne Theatre & Opera House after it’s hugely successful debut! Jason’s ethos is to put on unbeatable comedy shows at an affordable price. A huge hit at Customs House, South Shields, Jason will be bringing the best names in comedy to our beautiful theatre.

Get out your leather jackets and pull on your bobby socks with Rydell High’s senior class of 1959. Grease is the original High-School musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more. Packed with explosive energy, this highoctane rock ‘n’ roll party is ready to rumble the Phoenix!

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NORTHUMBERLAND LIVE FESTIVAL AT BLYTH Blyth Beach 23 June 2018 www.blythtowncouncil.org.uk A free entry family day at the beach in south east Northumberland, the seaside town of Blyth has played host to this wonderful festival for 5 years it is betting bigger and more fun with each passing year. Not only do we have an award winning beach next to the festival, but award winning food as well.

STOBART RAIL NORTHUMBERLAND PLATE DAY Newcastle Racecourse 30 June 2018 www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk The Betfred Northumberland Plate Festival concludes with the Stobart Rail Northumberland Plate Day at Newcastle Racecourse. This is the most famous race meeting of the year at Newcastle, featuring the Stobart Rail Northumberland Plate, a two mile heritage handicap worth £150,000, making it the richest two mile handicap in Europe.

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REEL TIME

There’s plenty of cinematic joys to look forward to over the next month, here are some of our must sees. For full details on movie release dates and screening times, visit www.myvue.com

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Life Of The Party

Marlo is a mother of three, including a newborn baby, who’s struggling to look after everything by herself. But then, her brother hires a night nanny named ‘Tully’ for her. At first, Marlo finds having a nanny a bit of an extravagance, and struggles to get used to the idea. But over time, she begins to form a unique bond with Tully, who is thoughtful, constantly surprising and sometimes rather challenging. Charlize Theron stars alongside Mackenzie Davis in ‘Tully’, a hilarious and heartwarming comedy about motherhood.

The Strangers: Prey At Night’ sees Cindy and her family go on what was supposed to be an ordinary holiday… until a trio of masked psychopaths arrive and terrorise them. Cindy has no idea what’s happening or why they’re here – she only knows that they want her and her family dead. They can run, they can hide, or they can fight for their lives in a desperate bid to escape this living hell. Christina Hendricks stars in ‘The Strangers: Prey At Night’, the long-awaited sequel to the smash hit original.

When Deanna’s husband suddenly dumps her, she decides to abandon her old life as a housewife, go back to university, and reinvent herself as the ‘Life Of The Party’. Unfortunately, she’s ended up in the same class as her daughter, who’s not exactly sold on the idea. Nonetheless, Deanna throws herself headlong into the campus experience, and ends up re-discovering her true self in the process. Melissa McCarthy is the ‘Life Of The Party’ in this hysterical, madcap comedy that sees her reunite with Ben Falcone, director of ‘Tammy’ and ‘The Boss.

Submergence

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‘Submergence’ is the story of Danielle and James, who meet in a hotel in Normandy and, almost against their will, fall in love. But their lives force them to separate. Danielle is undertaking a deep-sea diving project to test her theory about the origins of life on Earth. James is a secret service agent, sent to Somalia to track down the source of suicide bombers infiltrating Europe. And Danielle’s going down into the ocean’s depths without even knowing if James is alive… Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy star in ‘Submergence’, from acclaimed director Wim Wenders.

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

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X-Factor star headlining Northumberland Live at Bedlington

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Headlining will be singer, songwriter Matt Cardle’s whose first solo single, “When We Collide” went straight to number-one on the UK Singles Chart and became the second biggest-selling single of 2010 with 815,000 copies sold within two weeks. By the following June it had sold one million copies. Matt releases his fourth album; ‘Time To Be Alive’ on Sony Music on April 27th. It’s the third year that Northumberland Live at Bedlington has taken place. Last year, The Commitments entertained thousands of people at the free spectacle and two years ago, the first concert saw Johnny Hates Jazz headline. Once again, the Northumberland Live Festival at Bedlington on Saturday July 28 looks set to appeal to all ages and members of the family. Also announced on the bill is Midnight Soul Sisters who showcases classics songs by The Supremes, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, Chic and Beyonce. Other bands will be announced in due course. The event is being funded by East Bedlington Parish Council with contributions from Ward Councillors funds and personal contributions from Keith Grimes and John Batey. Parish Clerk Ron Thornton said: “We’re all very excited to have an X-Factor star here at Gallagher Park for Northumberland Live at Bedlington. The Parish Council are delighted to fund the event so that the people of Bedlington can enjoy a fun, family day out with entertainment for everyone.”Organiser, Mel Jackson of Jigsaw Event Management said. “Matt Cardle is a well-known face and a real musical talent that will appeal to everyone. More acts will be announced soon and together with our media partners at BBC Newcastle we promise everyone at Northumberland Live at Bedlington a great day out for all the family.” If you would like to be involved in the festival please get in touch via our Facebook page or email northumberlandlive@gmail.com

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Shaping up for summer

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This winter has dragged on forever, and at times it’s been difficult to imagine that we would ever see the sunshine again! However, summer IS on the way, but the question is - are you ready? It is so easy to spend cosy winter evenings in front of the TV comfort eating and drinking, and now that spring has arrived, you may be worried that it’s too late to get yourself in shape for the summer… DON’T PANIC! There is still time! Here are a few tips to help you get started TIME to get ACTIVE! Stop making excuses that you’re too busy! Try hard to make time every day to go for a power walk, a class, a swim - whatever it is you enjoy - you will feel so much better for doing it! MIX and MATCH! As well as your old favourites, challenge yourself to do something you’ve never tried before. Go to an aqua class, join a sports club or even come along to an adult only Clip ‘n Climb session! Encourage a friend to come with you - variety and camaraderie is the secret to keeping motivated!

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Books How many of us promised ourselves we would read more this year? Hand’s up? I’m certainly guilty of failing to find as much time as I should (my favourite life hack is still listening to audiobooks on the go, bored in the gym, put an audiobook on!!) Challenge your imagination this month and check out some of these new releases.

The Outsider

by Stephen King Released 22nd May When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man. Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day. As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King’s propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?

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Seven Bridges: A DCI Ryan Mystery by LJ Ross Released 24th May

From the #1 international bestselling author of Holy Island and Dark Skies Ryan’s most explosive case yet… It’s been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time, for good. But Ryan’s plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time, or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan’s team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won’t stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it... Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West Released 29th May

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible. But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend ... until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder. Kasie West’s adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere

The World’s Worst Children 3 by David Walliams Released 29th May

From the phenomenal numberone bestseller David Walliams comes another collection of more hilariously horrible children! Illustrated in glorious and gruesome colour by artist genius, Tony Ross, these stories will appal and delight young readers. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your bookshelf, 10 more horrendously hilarious stories about the absolute worst children ever! From ten-year old Hank and his endless pranks on his poor, long-suffering family, to Tandy and her titanic tantrums – this brand new collection is the perfect companion to World’s Worst Children books 1 and 2 and an ideal gift for the worst children in your life! This compendium of catastrophically horrid boys and girls is brought to you by the phenomenal number-one bestseller David Walliams, and every story is illustrated in glorious and gruesome colour by the artistic genius Tony Ross.


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mix of weather we’ve had which makes it so hard deciding what to wear! Layering has certainly been key recently but I am confident that we can start to pack away the heavier items and look forward to a lighter season ahead. If your wardrobe is in need of an update there are a few key trends worth investing in. Womenswear sees a move to pastel tones– lilac, lemon, pink and blue in the prettiest shades which are perfect for cotton basics and lightweight knitwear. Of course, summer wouldn’t be summer without gorgeous floral prints and there are some lovely dresses around which won’t disappoint. Checks also remain a strong feature for Spring/ Summer 18 and give a smart look to blazers and, often much needed, outerwear. Menswear gets given the striped treatment whether in the shape of a simple breton tshirt or head to toe stripes in a summer suit for smart tailoring whatever the occasion. Check out your local independent stores for something a little different coupled with a great, personalised service. As well as getting my retail therapy fix I will be checking out the new Sambuca restaurant which has recently opened in Cramlington to rave reviews. Have a great month and remember to send me your local recommendations by email at info@elevenboutique.co.uk. Until next month……..

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Try not to tell the world absolutely everything about your life, as it will come back and bite you on the arse!

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rom her time on Loose Women, to her memorable appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, star of stage and screen Denise Welch has never shied away from talking candidly about her life, experiences and, most notably, her mental health. To mark her 60th birthday, Denise pens an open letter to her 16-year-old self, reflecting on a very colourful life

Over the years, Denise Welch has gone through extremely difficult periods, from the postnatal depression that consumed her following the birth of her first-born, and frontman of the indie band The 1975, Matty Healy, to alcoholism as she attempted to self-medicate to deal with what she calls her “unwelcome visitor” – depression. But with the lows have also been some truly wonderful highs, and her life has been full of joy, and learning, and love, too. As she discussed in an interview with Happiful, a magazine devoted to mental health, last year, she is in a positive place now, having come through the darkness, and has grown so much from what she’s been through. Her two children are her greatest joy in life, and she couldn’t be more proud of them. In 2013, she married British artist Lincoln Townley, who encouraged Denise to face her demons and take steps in her recovery to become sober, together. Over the years, she’s been an incredible advocate for mental health, leading the charge in the mission to break down stigmas and encourage people to join the conversation. As she approaches her milestone 60th birthday, Denise writes a letter to her 16-year-old self, reflecting on how far she has come, everything she’s been through, and above all, words of wisdom to get through those moments where it feels like the world is against you. Through the tough times, and the good, one thing is for sure – our Denise has certainly made her time memorable. 16| Living Local

I want to start by saying that your life will never be boring! You will maybe experience more lows than many people, but you will certainly enjoy more highs. Never take the love of your family for granted. You are blessed with amazing parents and when you are older you’ll realise just how lucky you are. As for your sister, she will always be your best friend. There are times when you won’t think so, as she is the only one to be brutally honest with you. But you’ll learn she has your best interests at heart. Follow your dreams to be an actress. Don’t listen to the naysayers. You will love what you do and will earn a good living, but you won’t be defined by your career. Your love life will be colourful! You will learn from your first marriage exactly what you don’t want (I’d love to tell you not to marry him, but you’re very headstrong!). A good man will be the father to your children, but recognise when the marriage is over and walk away. Love changes, and you will remain good friends. I wish I could prevent the depression that will descend after childbirth. But you must realise that this is an illness like any other. Be as kind to yourself as possible. Take time off work – they’ll survive without you. Don’t self-medicate. It will take you down a very long, dark road and it’ll be very hard to find your way home. Try not to worry about ageing. It’s a pointless waste of time and energy. Feel thankful to be a survivor! Don’t fear the work you love drying up. You’ve always been a character actor and your roles will only get better. Don’t worry about not finding love again. There will be life left in the “old dog”! You will find the greatest love of all in your 50s. You probably think that’s a bit gross at 16, but believe me, it’s a love like no other. And he’ll be a young’un! Together you will be strong and defeat your demons as one. Your children will be your greatest joy and will work hard to save up for “Shady Pines” in Beverly Hills! If you get the chance to do a daily talk show, try to self-edit a bit. Try not to tell the world absolutely everything about your life, as it will come back and bite you on the arse! Above all, everyone has their cross to bear. Your’s will be living with mental illness. But you will be determined to help others who are struggling, and this in turn will be a huge comfort to you. Your “unwelcome visitor” will continue to make uninvited calls, but he will always leave and your life in between will be happy, fulfilling, rewarding and most of all, full of love. You’re a tough cookie, and I’m proud of who you are now and who you will become. I love you,

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Technology Revolution with Trevor Gyllenspetz

The thought of living without our technology will send shivers of desperation running through our veins more than ever before. We tend to lay blame at the feet of the younger generation for driving the techno revolution, however, we now all take instant communication and the convenience this brings so much for granted. Do you remember when you stated your telephone number when answering an incoming call? Now we have individual ringtones, see a picture of the caller and greet the caller by name, not to mention where we are able to accept and make calls. To ensure Keel Row offered an up to date service to our valued regular customers we introduced free Wi-Fi in 2016. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the popularity of its use during the last 2 years. Moving home is without doubt a stressful experience and living with no broadband is almost unimaginable, however help is on hand! We have 2 options within Keel Row, O2 and EE. Both shops have experts in mobile communication, easy to chat to, full of useful ideas and a comprehensive range of products to satisfy all requirements, saving the need to travel to busy city centres. O2 have the Huawei Pocket Hotspot; this little box of magic connects up to 10 devices wirelessly to broadband, these offer a great short or long term fix for Wi-Fi and are really handy and can be used for caravans, in vehicles and of course the home. Available on pay as you go tariffs or flexible contracts, pop into the store to find out more. EE have a couple of easy to live with options and no landline required! EE Mobile Broadband, again connecting up to 10 devices or alternatively a home router both connect wirelessly to Wi-Fi. Ideal if you now don’t have a home landline telephone. Keel Row are delighted to have 2 of the market leaders in the Mobile Technology within the shopping centre, both shops have specialists on hand to help ensure we give great service and the right package to suit your individual requirements, either pay as you go or monthly contracts.

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Top tips for house buyers

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Be clear on the real costs involved It's no use starting to eye-up properties if you don't really understand the grand total of what you will have to pay. Mortgage arrangement fees can typically be £1,000, and are often non-refundable, even though there's no guarantee that the sale will go through at the point of actually handing over the charge. Legal fees, stamp duty (applicable to any home worth over £125,000), surveyors costs and valuation fees all add on even more, and this is before we come to removal men, repairs around the home and filling it with furniture. Understand how long the process will take There's no standard length of time it takes to purchase a house. This is really dependent on a huge number of variables, including solicitor processing speed, the chain at both ends (i.e. whether the buyer has a house to sell before they can move, or if the seller has a new home to go to), and - in the worst cases - issues with surveys, credit streams and maintenance. In any case, though, expect the process to last a minimum of five months from search to moving date, but realistically that's a particularly speedy estimate. Know your credit score, and how to improve it

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Sport

Summer camp

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t has been a landmark season for Newcastle Falcons, who bring their Aviva Premiership regular season to a climax on Saturday May 5 at home to Wasps. The Kingston Park club are hoping that the 4pm kick-off will provide their second 10,000 sell-out crowd of the season, having attracted a full house for the first time in nine years back in October when Leicester Tigers visited the North East. The Falcons’ average Premiership home crowds over the course of the Premiership season have shown a remarkable rise of 42.5% on last season’s mark of 7,050, and an even greater jump of 96.8% on four years ago, when the season’s home average was 5,135. The Falcons have the huge incentive of a Premiership semi-final still to play for, not to mention the prospect of European Champions Rugby for the first time since 2005. This comes on the back of another season of steady improvement, improving on last season’s 15-year high league position of eighth. The club’s Premiership form has also been on show in both cup competitions, Newcastle

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reaching the semi-final stage in both the European Challenge Cup and Anglo-Welsh Cup. On both occasions the Falcons were to miss out on a place in the final, but firm foundations are already in place for next season. Retaining the core of their current squad with new deals for the likes of England squad flanker Gary Graham, Tonga scrum-half Sonatane Takulua, Fijian flyer Vereniki Goneva and Samoan stepper Sinoti Sinoti, the club have also begun to announce a number of exciting new signings. Leicester Tigers prop Logovi’i Mulipola tops the list, the hugely physical specimen heading north after six and a half seasons in which he has become a cult hero in the East Midlands. Fellow Leicester front-rower George McGuigan returns to his home club after two years at Welford Road, while experienced winger Tom Arscott and Scotland Under-20s flanker Guy Graham have also signed up for next season. Off the field, the Falcons will hold their end-ofseason awards dinner, the Big Bash, on Tuesday May 8, while a busy summer sees the regular Wednesday night touch rugby league starting again, as well as the ever-popular kids’ coaching camps.

Kingston Park camps run from 10am to 3pm, with a breakfast club from 8am for those requiring an early drop-off. Coaching is delivered by RFU-qualified and DBScleared coaches, with participants receiving a camp T-shirt among many other great benefits Summer camp dates at Kingston Park are: 23rd July – 27th July, Kingston Park Stadium, 6-11 years, £85.00 (£110 with breakfast club) 30th July – 3rd August, Kingston Park Stadium, 12-16 years, £85.00 (£110 with breakfast club) 7th August, Kingston Park Stadium, 7-14 years, £25.00 (£30 with breakfast club) 22nd August, Kingston Park Stadium, Skills camp, 7-14 years, £25.00 (£30 with breakfast club) 28th – 30th August, Kingston Park, Game & Skills camp, 6-12 years, £55 (£70 with breakfast club) 30th August, Kingston Park, Position specific skills, 12-16 years, £25 (£30 with breakfast club) 31st August, Kingston Park Stadium, Kicking camp, 12-16 years, £25.00 (£30 with breakfast club) For more information on coaching camps please email gavin.beasley@newcastlefalcons.co.uk, call 0191 214 2803 or visit www.rugbycamps.co.uk


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Lifestyle

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hen summer finally arrives, Brits are fond of swerving the traditional dinner table vibe and heading outside to eat, determined to enjoy the blast of sunshine we are blessed with that day, however brief it may be. Picnics, barbeques, garden parties - we’ve tried and failed at them all, but always with our heads held high and spirits firmly lifted. But why do we love it so much? From beating wasps away with paper plates, to perching on the end of damp benches and holding blankets down with cool boxes and (if you’re lucky) a folding chair - you’d think we’d have thrown in the towel on alfresco dining years ago and retreated back into the comfort of our homes... But we take it all in our stride - even if that means sharing the fruit salad with flies and a few sandy sandwiches here and there - and you can often hear the satisfied words “this is the life...” being uttered from relaxed family members. Because it’s what being British in summer is all about - talking in the fresh air lifts the mood, the sunshine makes us happy and is there anything better than leisurely eating and drinking the afternoon away with our loved ones? And, as it turns out, we’ve got pretty good at it over the years too, learning from the mishaps of the summers gone by, and while there is always going to be a few occasions when the wind makes it near on impossible to even unpack the butties, Brits have turned soggy sarnies and cheese sticks into impressive alfresco banquets! So, if you are wondering how to throw a wow barbeque or stun with a picnic, we’ve got some simple tips to make it extra special this summer.

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Let’s Cooks

Grilled rack of lamb with crushed Jersey Royals and anchovy butter

60 minutes

4 servings

Ingredients RACK OF LAMB 1 rack of lamb, 8 ribs 50ml of olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tsp thyme, chopped 1 tsp rosemary, chopped salt pepper CRUSHED JERSEY ROYALS 500g of Jersey Royal potatoes, washed 200g of butter, softened 50g of Spanish anchovy fillets 100g of spring onions, finely sliced 10g of chives, chopped salt ANCHOVY BUTTER 80g of butter, softened, 1 knob extra 1/2 shallot, finely diced 20g of Spanish anchovy fillets 1/2 lemon, zest and juice 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard pepper

A rack of lamb is paired with crushed Jersey Royals and anchovy butter in this springtime recipe. Serve with purple sprouting broccoli to make it even more seasonally focused.

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For marinating the lamb, combine the olive oil, garlic and herbs in a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Rub over the rack of lamb, place the lamb into a suitable container and leave to marinate in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours 1 rack of lamb, 8 ribs 50ml of olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp rosemary salt pepper

2 During the last hour that the

lamb is marinating, remove from the fridge and set aside. Place the washed Jersey Royals in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer until tender, approximately 8-12 minutes 500g of Jersey Royal potatoes, washed salt

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Meanwhile, melt a knob of butter in a small saucepan over a low heat. Add the shallots and sweat until very soft and tender 1/2 shallot, finely diced

4 Add the anchovy fillet and stir

through until it breaks down in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool 20g of Spanish anchovy fillets

200g of butter, softened 50g of Spanish anchovy fillets, roughly chopped 100g of spring onions, finely sliced 10g of chives

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his is the Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+, which replaces the old E 43 in the line-up as a rapid understudy to the full-blown E 63 and E 63 S models.

Available as a saloon and an estate, the E 53 gets AMG's take on Mercedes' latest straight-six petrol engine. The 3.0-litre unit uses 48-volt technology to deliver what Merc calls EQ Boost - in effect, a starter-alternator that sits between the engine and the gearbox. The combustion engine produces 429bhp and 520Nm on its own - but the EQ Boost system then adds a further 22bhp and up to 250Nm when required. By contrast, the E 43's six-cylinder powertrain, with no electrical assistance, produced a total of 396bhp. Both versions of the E 53 have identical performance figures: 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds (a tenth of a second faster than the old E 43), and an artificially limited top speed of 155mph. Despite the additional power, Merc says the E 53 will return 32.5mpg on the official combined fuel consumption cycle, and emit 200g/km of CO2; that should put it in the same tax band as the model it replaces. The new model is available with 4MATIC+ four-wheel drive and a ninespeed automatic transmission only. The gearbox has been retuned by AMG for faster shifts and features the ability to double-declutch and perform multiple downshifts, for greater driver involvement. Merc has confirmed a UK spec for the car; both the E53 saloon and estate will get 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, plus an AMG performance exhaust and AMG Ride Control suspension (in effect, a retuned air suspension set-up). COMAND infotainment with a 12.3-inch display also features, as does an additional 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and black Nappa leather seats with red contrast stitching. Both versions are available to order now, with first deliveries due in July. The E 53 saloon will cost from £61,835, a rise of about £3,500 over the E 43, while the E 53 Estate’s prices will start from £63,835. 28| Living Local


Morpeth Dealership wins major award from Mitsubishi Motors in the UK

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orpeth’s Mitsubishi dealership is celebrating after Mitsubishi Motors in the UK named it as its ‘New Dealer of the Year’.

Blackshaws Mitsubishi, located on Coopies Lane, won the award following its operation going from strength-to-strength since opening its doors in March 2016. The award was presented to Will Blackshaw, Managing Director, at the annual Mitsubishi Motors in the UK dealer conference, which was attended by representatives from nationwide Mitsubishi dealerships and took place at Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales. Blackshaws Mitsubishi took the coveted accolade home to Morpeth after impressing Mitsubishi Motors with its performance across all aspects of business. In particular, the award reflected its dedication to sales of new and used vehicles, its strong aftersales results and excellent customer service. On collecting the award, Will Blackshaw said: “We’re delighted and very humbled to receive the award. Blackshaws Mitsubishi is a very customer focused, family-run operation and it’s great to have the official recognition for the team’s efforts. “I’d like to thank everyone at our dealership for their individual contribution to this award and it’s a great base for us to take our operation to an even higher level. With Blackshaws Mitsubishi now firmly established in the region and a host of exciting new Mitsubishi models due for launch, including the Shogun Sport that arrives at our showroom in April, we’re really looking forward to working with Mitsubishi Motors in the UK in the future and providing our customers with an unrivalled service.” Customers can experience the award-winning service from Blackshaws Mitsubishi by visiting the dealership on Coopies Lane, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 6JT or by calling the team on 01670 719519.

Will Blackshaw, Managing Director, Blackshaws Mitsubishi (right) collects the award for ‘New Dealership of the Year’ from Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK. Living Local | 29


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