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Two Bedlington students have started an online campaign to give a well respected local man the chance to turn on the Christmas lights.
Not wanting to be brushed off with a cliche Z-list celebrity event, Sian Darbyshire and Luke Charlton have taken it upon themselves to make sure a real local celebrity takes on the role.
"Tommy the Egg Man", as he is affectionately known, is regularly seen walking the streets and is known by almost everybody in the town.
Speaking on the specially formed Facebook group which now has over 350 450 600 1200 members, local resident Claire Bartie, said: "i think this is a brill idea tommy is lovely and always says hello ever since i was in middle school he always spoke to us all i defo vote for tommy!!!!!"
One of the groups creators, Sian Darbyshire, said: "I (and many others) feel this legend of a man deserves to turn the lights on in Bedlington. If Tommy does get the chance to turn the lights on because of this group we will all have made an old man very happy"
We caught up with Tommy on the street and asked him for comment. He very modestly played down his new found fame and instead wanted to chat about how the town's kids were a "great lot" who often received unnecessary criticism. He did agree to pose for a photo.
This years event promises to be an extra special affair following the completion of the Market Place regeneration scheme. The lights are due to be switched on at 5:30pm on Thursday 3rd December.
Do you think Tommy should switch on the lights this year? Join the Facebook group,, have your say on the online poll or leave your comments below.
Update: 30th November 2009, 3:10pm
We are pleased to be able to report that Tommy Will be switching the lights on this year. Congratulations to all involved!
Special thanks go to Northumberland County Council and this years event organisers Benet Enterprises. Set up by St Benet Biscop High School, Benet Enterprises aims to to encourage enterprise in young people. Without the understanding of these two groups and the performers themselves (Local student group EVENTUAL) none of this would be possible.

Following on from our previous article regarding the adjournment of the Bedlington Old School enquiry, a date has now been set for Tuesday, December 15th at 10am.
The public will not be allowed to speak at the meeting unless permission is sought before the event, however a public viewing gallery will be available for any residents wishing to observe.
Commenting on the proposed development, Bedlington.co.uk visitor Sarah, said: "Bedlington doesnt need more housing it needs more community spirit a youth club and some better shops. I have lived in Bedlington all my life and would like to see it go up in the world not down."

Details of Christmas events in Bedlington are starting to come through thick and fast with the Christmas lights switch on set for 5:30pm on Thursday 3rd December.
There have also been unconfirmed reports of live entertainment in the form of Sally Rivers and the Big Bash Band.
Perhaps most excitingly there will be a FREE ice rink including free skate hire on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December!
Both live music and the ice rink proved to be popular choices in a recent poll in the Bedlington Community Discussion Forums.
There is also talk of a weatherproof bouncy castle called Blizzard Mountain too. More pricing information and dates to follow!
Know of any other events planned over the festive season? Perhaps you are hosting something yourself? Why not add them to the Community Calendar for all to see.

Bedlington Terriers FC face their biggest game of the season (so far hopefully) when they entertain high flying Spennymoor Town in the FA Vase on Saturday 14th November. With the FA Vase being the Holy Grail for the club, a visit to Wembley would give the Terriers a massive opportunity to avenge their 1999 defeat at Wembley in the final, but there are many hurdles between then and now.
The game on Saturday could not be tougher, with big spending Spennymoor coming to town backed by a large travelling contingent. The outfit from County Durham will be hell bent on revenge following Bedlington's 2-1 league victory at Welfare Park in October.
With the increased interest in this week's game and the resultant traffic, the club will be working with Northumbria Police to provide extra signage asking all supporters to park in the car park behind Tescos.
So get behind your local team as they chase the dream of a Wembley appearance. With a bit of luck and plenty of support, the glory days could be on their way back"¦..starting Saturday!

Bedlington based travel agency Prana Travel have teamed up with Northumberland Greyhound Rescue to raise funds for retired greyhounds
The charities website www.northumberlandgreyhoundrescue.org.uk is being funded by Prana Travel and a donation to the charity is being made whenever a client books and mentions Northumberland Greyhound Rescue. The scheme aims to raise hundreds of pounds to help towards the rescue and re-homing of these wonderful dogs.
Aled Evans of Prana Travel, said: "We are delighted to help support Northumberland Greyhound Rescue by sponsoring the hosting of the website. In addition, we are offering donations to the charity when anyone booking with us mentions Northumberland Greyhound Rescue (NGR):
As the owner of two retired greyhounds myself, I know what great pets greyhounds make. The work that Northumberland Greyhound Rescue are doing is vital in giving these dogs a caring and loving home once their racing careers are over. "
The donation scheme is expected to become an ongoing source of revenue for the charity, securing kennel places for dogs waiting for homes and helping towards the neutering and micro-chipping costs of each of the dogs.
Donations to the charity will be made as follows:
Package Holidays: £10
Flight only booking "“ £5
Cruises "“ £25
Tailor-made holidays "“ £25
Aled and his wife decided to start the Bedlington based travel business in 2008. In addition to the more traditional package based holidays they provide the business has managed to succesfully combine Aled's 15 year experience in the travel industry with his wife's interest in yoga to provide a range of bespoke relaxing Yoga holidays.
For more information please call Prana Travel on 01670 828521, e-mail info@pranatravel.co.uk, or visit the Prana Travel Website

No matter what your age or artistic ability, this Thursday 22nd October, Meadowdale Middle School needs your help to turn the gym floor into a massive illustrated map of Bedlington.
Come along with friends and family and make your mark by drawing yourself, house, car, shops, pubs, churches, playgrounds etc., whatever is important to you! Feel free to bring photos to copy or work from memory. Marker pens will be provided.
Arrive anytime between 9.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you"¦

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Plessey Woods Country Park will once again play host to the popular annual woodland Halloween event on Saturday 31st October.
The show, produced by the Rabbit Damage live performance company based in South East Northumberland, will feature "The wicked witch Baba Yaga and her evil exploits amongst the trees" as well as a custom made spooky soundtrack, live drummers, singers and flaming torches.
Despite the large turnout for the walk in 2007, the event wasn't very well received by Bedlington.co.uk members but the format this year has changed somewhat and promises to offer great entertainment on an epic scale. The night will now feature a 45 minute staged performance at 5pm which will be repeated at 7pm and 8:30pm.
Fancy dress is encouraged but visitors to the event are advised to dress in warm, waterproof clothing with sensible shoes. Hot drinks and hot dogs will be available from the visitors centre.
Andy Northey, Area Countryside Officer at Northumberland County Council said: "This is one of our most popular events in our calendar "“ we started receiving enquiries about Halloween back in January! It promises to be a fantastic night "“ if a little spooky!"
Tickets are available from the Plessey Woods Visitors Centre and are priced at £3.50 for children and £4.00 for adults. For more information call (01670) 824793.

Northumberland LINk, the organisation "set up to monitor, evaluate and influence change and improvement in health and social care services in Northumberland", is to hold a public meeting relating to transport services in Northumberland.
The event is to take place on Friday October 16th between 11:30am and 2pm at Stannington Village Hall where lunch will be provided.
The meeting will provide background to Northumberland LINk and the Transport and Access Involvement Project as well as explore how best to engage with individuals, communities and groups to gain a stronger voice on transport and access issues.
Speakers will include Stephanie Varah on behalf of the Community Development Foundation and Kirsten Francis for Northumberland County Council.
For more information on how to register for this event please call (01434) 600599 or email info@northumberlandlink.org.uk

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Zuenziga hairdressers situated on Front Street West is now thought to be the fifth target in a string of break-ins in Bedlington. The latest incident is believed to have occured on the evening of Sunday 11th October or during the early hours of Monday 12th October and follows on from four previous break-ins at a local fish & chip shop, KK's hairdressers on Vulcan Place and Synergy Healthcare and Glow Tan Studio on Front Street East.
Glow Tan Studio was targetted between 7.45pm on Friday 2nd October and 8.30am Saturday 3rd October and KK's hairdressers was hit between 4.30pm on Monday 5th October and 8.00am on Tuesday 6th October.
Earlier in the week, Neighbourhood Police Inspector Ross Davidson, is quoted as saying: "We have suffered a number of burglaries over the past few weeks and are working hard to trace suspected offenders and recover property.
"The local policing team has been visiting residents and businesses and offering crime prevention advice.
"Whoever is responsible for these break-ins is causing a lot of people a lot of distress, and it is not only affecting the owners themselves but the whole of the community in Bedlington."
Anyone who was in the area at the time of any of these incidents or who has any information is asked to contact police in Bedlington on 03456 043 043 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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