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News that pub giant Wetherspoon is to host a 12-day ale and cider festival will be bringing a smile to the faces of customers this autumn.
From October 10 to 21, 10 of the company's pubs in and around Newcastle will be inviting customers to enjoy a Real Ale & Cider Festival - and with a selection of up to 30 beers on offer from independent British craft brewers, there certainly will be plenty to enjoy.
Each of the brewers involved is a member of the Society of Independent Brewers and some of the beers to be served will be award-winners while others are brewed exclusively for the festival.
Kristopher Lee, manager of The Quayside Wetherspoon branch in Newcastle, said: "The festival is the perfect opportunity to showcase the wonderful range of beers from independent British craft brewers.
"It will give people the opportunity to enjoy a superb selection of the beers that they brew, many of which have not been served in the pub before."
Ales on offer will include Blueberry Classic Bitter, from Coach House; Jurassic Dark (Dorset), Jemima's Pitchfork (Glamorgan), Freddy Brewger (Robinsons), Hope & Glory (Brentwood), Hop Twister (Salopian), Big Job (St Austell) and Wheel of Fortune (Castle Rock).

Northumberland County Council today confirmed that they will build a stand-alone leisure centre in Berwick, separate to the planned new hospital.
Councillor Peter Jackson, Leader of Northumberland County Council said:
“The feedback from the people of Berwick is clear - they don’t want a co-located site - and we’re acting on that.
“We’re fully committed to making sure Berwick gets the very best, and I have promised that the County Council will build a brand new state of the art leisure facility on the Swan Centre site. We will keep our promise, and continue to listen to our residents through the planning stages.”
This announcement replaces previous plans for a joint site. Integrated and coordinated working will proceed where appropriate, but all the services will not be co-located on one site.
This followed strong representations by the three Berwick county councillors and the wider community. Following requests by the three local councillors, additional investment is also being considered for a potential extra care development alongside the new hospital. This would support provision of services to vulnerable and older people in Berwick.
Peter Jackson added: “After 50 years of inaction in Berwick, there will be £45 million invested in the town – our own investment of £20 million in a brand new state of the art leisure centre, and £25 million has been passed onto the Northumbria Healthcare Trust.”

Concerned police are appealing for help to find a missing Romanian woman who went missing from her Bedlington home.
Maria Stoica was reported missing in the early hours of Wednesday morning and officers are urgently appealing for help to find her.
A Northumbria Police statement said: "Officers in Bedlington are concerned for the welfare of Maria Stoica...who has been reported missing from her home in the town since the early hours."
Maria is Romanian and speaks very little English, the statement adds.
The 36-year-old is described as 5ft tall, of thin build with shoulder-length light-brown hair and tanned skin.
She was last seen early on the morning of October 3 and was wearing a two-tone blue coat with a hood and black leggings.

A troubled teenager spat in a police officer’s face the day after her mum’s funeral as “emotions were running high”, a court heard.
Charlie Toner, 19, assaulted the officer in Newcastle when police were called out to a racially aggravated incident on July 24.
Bedlington Magistrates’ Court heard that a man who lived on Beaconsfield Street called police in the early hours of the morning reporting that he was being abused by two occupants of a neighbouring house.
When they arrived, Toner is said to have used racially aggravated language saying to the officer: “Tell the p**i downstairs to f*** off.”
Prosecutor Rebecca Gibson said Toner then spat in the policeman’s face hitting his cheek and chin.
Toner admitted the assault and public order offence on Friday as well as one charge of being in possession of the class B drug Spice at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in January.

Bobbies who brought down a slave master and a PCSO who helped snare a rapist have been recognised at a glittering police awards ceremony.
Northumbria Police’s officers were honoured at the force’s Pride in Policing Awards on Tuesday night.
The Chronicle sponsored the top gong, the Outstanding Contribution Award, which was awarded to veteran bobby PC James Desmond.
The long-serving officer was nominated for his efforts to “humanise” policing for mental health staff and patients in his role as Hospital Liaison Officer ar Newcastle’s St Nicholas’ Hospital.
PC Desmond, who is due to retire next month, also picked up another gong at the awards - having won 40% of the public’s vote in the Outstanding Contribution category.
Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: “Occasions such as this are truly humbling – I’m honoured to be able to showcase the outstanding work carried out by our officers, staff and volunteers.

They are the people and places we rely on whether we want to look the part for a special occasion or just enjoy some 'me time' and there were plenty of winners at the first ever North East Beauty Industry Awards on Sunday night.
With a whole host of awards up for grabs to rival even The Grammys in number, competition was fierce, as were the outfits as nominees dressed to impress for the awards dinner held at The Grand Hotel in Gosforth.
The awards seek to recognise and reward the growth of the beauty sector and the success of the professionals working within it, from dentists and doctors to hair and beauty businesses, teams and clinics.
Therefore, the awards acknowledged not only beauticians and hair stylists, but also other talented individuals from the cosmetic sector, who deliver exceptional customer services and work within clinics and practices, where excellence is a standard.
The black-tie event was hosted by Heart Radio Breakfast Show presenter, Kelly Scott, who handed over 26 awards to people from all over the region.
Several of the awards were split into local areas to ensure the diverse establishments from across the North East of England are recognised for their impeccable work.

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