Yule Help campaign gets cash boost from Steph McGovern.

The Yule Help Campaign has had a cash boost thanks to BBC Breakfast Presenter Steph McGovern.


BBC Breakfast Presenter, Steph McGovern.

The Middlesbrough- born BBC Breakfast News Presenter has donated £100 to the  campaign which is being led by second year journalism students.

In a retweet Steph said: ‘Teesside folk: “Help a family in need this Christmas by donating non-perishable foods to @Yulehelp or donate.”



The retweet and quote from Steph McGovern.


The campaign has been set up to raise money for local food banks in Middlesbrough.

It has so far raised £500 in just over two weeks.

Teessider Steph  donated £100  on the campaign’s Just Giving Page and left  an encouraging message: ‘A really important cause- good luck.’


The donation and comment left by Steph.

The target for the campaign is £1,000 and the students need to raise another £500 in just 20 days.

The students are working closely with national charity Trussle Trust, in a bid to raise awareness about foodbanks and raise money for non-profitable organisation.

Campaign news editor, Kieran Homer, 20, said: “I think its great that someone who grew up in the region is giving back, even though she isn’t necessarily in the region all of the time, it is important that she is giving something back to the area that made them who they are today.”



The second year Journalism Students at the Foodbank.




If you would like to donate to Yule Help, please visit the Just Giving page: http://ift.tt/2fJ4SGp








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Great: Restaurant review

Great , Unit 1, 248 Linthorpe Road TS1 3QP. Meal for two, including drinks: £25-£40.

Tuck In: Trying a taste of Greece

Tuck In: Trying a taste of Greece

The interior brings a rustic Greek-diner vibe which is cool and slick, a lot like the owner Dimi Konstantopoulous.

The Middlesbrough promotion-winning goalkeeper has produced a gem in this little eaterie which brings a slice of Greece to Teesside.

The patterned floor tiles are beautiful and provide a solid centrepiece to the restaurant – close to where Dimi’s shirts hang proudly on the wall.

The menu is crisp and clean and very reasonably priced, ranging from £2.10 to £11.90.

Halloumi brings a lovely strong cheese taste, but even if your not a cheese fan it’s not too overpowering.

There is just enough oil and the texture is as you would expect from Halloumi, it’s rubbery – but in a good way.

Trying to save money? Portion sizes are spot on, you could easily share as you get about five pieces of a decent size.

If you love Nandos Halloumi, this is a fantastic competitor.

Greek Sausage brings a big portion with fantastic presentation.

The smoky taste of the sausages work well with the spicy paprika sauce, which isn’t too hot.

Four pitta breads come with the meal alongside a few pieces of pork.

The succulant, juicy taste is gorgeous and sits lovely on the tastebuds.

Very filling, bargain for the price of £7.95.

Greek Sausage: One of the mains at Great

Greek Sausage: One of the mains at Great

The Kebab wrap arrives in a pitta bread, with a choice of sauce.

Two kebab sausages fill the pitta along with chips and salad.

The herby, hearty sausages are tasty and juicy.

Well worth the £4.95.

Chips Comple is a side which can easily be shared between two people.

The homemade chunky country style chips are topped with ‘Great sauce’ and parmesan. The sauce is a kind of mild curry, very moreish.

We went during the day, it was quiet but nice, it’s probably a lot busier on a night with a different vibe.

Takeaway is available though so there’s no issue with waiting for a table.

Can’t fault it.

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Foodbanks: An in depth look


The time of year where we over indulge on too much turkey, have one too many glasses of Sherry and eat a year’s supply of chocolate.

And we think nothing of it.

For some people, this could not be any more wrong.

Being the most expensive holiday on the calendar, it’s often difficult to keep on top of the expenses. Even for basic things such as, food.

This is when foodbanks are used.

Foodbanks are non-profitable, charitable organisations, set up for people who are finding it difficult to afford food.

Trussell Trust is the UK’s largest foodbank organisation, with over 400 foodbanks and 40,000 volunteers all over the country – five being located in Middlesbrough.


Some of the food that is given out to the foodbank users.

Since starting three years ago, the Middlesbrough Trussell Trust foodbanks which are located in Central Middlesbrough, Linthorpe Road and Hemlington, have helped over 3,500 clients.

Local Trussell trust volunteer Soroush Sadeghzadeh said: “The foodbank in Middlesbrough is important as a lot of people needed access to it at different times throughout the year, it’s a life line to many people and they would go hungry and sometimes people don’t know about us.”


MANAGER: Soroush, Middlesbrough food bank.

The foodbank works via a voucher system whereby; the clients are issued with a voucher before they collect their food parcels.

“The voucher system is there so people don’t become reliant on the foodbanks and so they get the help and support they need to allow them to get back on their feet as soon as possible. The voucher system is also a good way to keep a record of the person who is using the foodbank and why they are using it, and how we can help them move forward.” Said Soroush.

Trussell trust work with over 130 agencies in the Middlesbrough area, to help identify the people who are in difficulty. Which means, that the clients are not only issued with notorious, non-profitable food but, are also gaining specialist help and advice they need.

Since starting three years ago, the Middlesbrough Trussell Trust foodbanks which are located in Central Middlesbrough, Linthorpe Road and Hemlington, have helped over 3,500 clients.

In the year 2015-2016, 1,109,309 million three-day emergency food parcels were given out by Trussell Trust, an increase of nearly 25,000 parcels the previous year.

“The foodbank in Middlesbrough is important as a lot of people needed access to it at different times throughout the year, it’s a life line to many people and they would go hungry and sometimes people don’t know about us.


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“The greatest thing for me is seeing people restore their lives, people who had no hope of getting help and they came to us and we were able to do something in order to restore their home, but also to reassure them, that they aren’t the only one in that situation, and we accept them regardless of who they are and what background they are in. The encouraging thing is that some of our clients have become volunteers.”


Manager, Saroosh, educating our news team about the Warehouse.

“Thank you so much for helping in whatever way you are helping, whether it’s large or small does make a difference in the community. Also, it’s not just about giving, it’s about raising awareness and trying to make people aware of what’s happening in the community.

Imagine not waking up to basic things on a morning, or not coming home to a decent meal on the table.

If you ever think that families near you aren’t struggling, they are. This is the proof.

So please, do something good this Christmas.

Donate whatever you can and give a family in Teesside a Christmas.

Please donate here at our Just Giving page:


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What Are The Worst Christmas Songs Of All Time?


The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York


Cliff Richard Mistletoe and Wine

We all know Christmas starts early, decorations go up and Christmas songs play on constant repeat in every shop from the beginning of October.

There are those Christmas songs we love to hate, that once stuck in your head set up camp and claim squatters’ rights.

We spoke to students round campus and here are some of the Christmas songs that didn’t jingle their bells:

White Christmas by  Rick Astley; Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin’ Stevens; Santa Baby by Kylie Minogue; All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey; Proper Crimbo by  Bo’ Selecta!; Mistletoe, by Justin Bieber; Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer by Destiny’s Child; Walking in the Air by Aled Jones; Lonely This Christmas by Mud; Mistletoe and Wine by Cliff Richard; Dominick the Donkey by Lou Monte; Santa Claus has got the Aids by  Tiny Tim.

The Christmas songs Teesside University students what the most also include:

Craig, 21, studies Indie Games Development and  said his most hated Christmas song was Lonely This Christmas by Mud.









Megan, 21, studies Nursing, said that Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl is her most hated Christmas song because it is too overplayed.



Anna, 20, studies Mental Health Nursing and said the worst Christmas song is Proper Crimbo by Bo’ Selecta!


Andrew, 51, studies Mechanical Engineering and said that Rick Astley’s version of White Christmas is the worst Christmas song he’s ever heard.


Jack, 20, who studies Mechanical Engineering said that he hated every Christmas song! Apart from the Rock ‘N’ Roll banger Christmas Time by The Darkness.


As much as we hate to admit it we all have those moments where we find ourselves accidentally singing along to Christmas songs, even if it is the worst Christmas song out there!

Look forward to another long, hard month of the constant sound of Christmas!

Written by: Natasha Marshall, Rob Small, Jade Baxter, Meg Johnson.


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Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day


With less than three weeks to go, it’s time to dig out your favourite Christmas jumper.

Christmas Jumper Day is Friday December 16 and everyone is welcome to get involved!

Let’s get silly for a serious cause, whether you’re at home, school or work, wear a Christmas jumper and give as little as £2 and you could help save a child’s life.

Save the Children gives children from the Surkhet district, Mid-Western Nepal access to after school clubs which help educate them about the dangers of child marriage.

It could also bring essential healthcare, education, protection and food to millions of children around the world.

Don’t have a Christmas jumper?

Why not try getting creative with the family by making your own or head down to your local high street stores for these bargain buys…

Jumpers from George
Jumpers from George
Jumpers from George

Tesco Pom Pom Reindeer Jumper - £18
Tesco Kids Light Up Reindeer Jumper - £12
Tesco Mens Reindeer Light Up Jumper - £20
Newlook Teens Pug Jumper - £17.99
George - Mens Chirstmas Cardigan £18

Sign up online here to get your starter pack!

Don’t forget to share your pictures on social media using the hashtag #ChristmasJumperDay

Let’s have fun, look great and raise lots of money for a good cause this Christmas!

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Breakin’ Outta Hell: After a three-year wait, Airbourne fans get their fix of hard, loud metal

Album Breakin’ Outta Hell
Band Airbourne
Genre Hard Rock
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ECCENTRIC Aussie rockers Airbourne are back with their latest record, Breakin’ Outta Hell.

Kicking things off with the title track ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’, the band are out to prove once again that they are Down Under’s hard rock kings.

It’s a trend that continues for the majority of the album, only dipping slightly over the course of the record.

Airbourne have never strayed too far from their raw, AC/DC-style, sound, and the trend continues with their newest release.

Despite this, the album resembles earlier work such as ‘Runnin’ Wild’ more than that of the band’s previous effort, ‘Black Dog Barking’.

Expect to hear fast, palm-muted open notes thrown in alongside the usual power chords and melodies.

Joel O’Keeffe’s vocals are as strong as ever, and still infuse growls and roars not dissimilar to the late, great Bon Scott.

Guitar work continues to be simple yet powerfully effective as tracks vary from fast to mid-tempo, but always remain loud.

Airbourne frontman Joel O'Keeffe performing in Prestatyn, Wales.

BLACK DOG BARKING: Airbourne front man Joel O’Keeffe performing in Prestatyn, Wales.

It’s a tried and tested formula that has always worked for the band – and it’s clear they have no intentions of mixing it up just yet.

Unlike ‘Runnin’ Wild’, a record that doesn’t let up from start to end, ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’ slows things down a couple of times, which shows that the band are attempting to slightly diversify their style, but unfortunately they haven’t quite got it yet. Slower tracks such as ‘Rivalry’ remain hard and loud, but just don’t sound as intense when driving or at the gym.

Though it’s not their greatest work to date, the record still contains enough adrenaline and firepower to give fans the Airbourne fix they’ve waited three years for, and is certainly a worthy successor to 2013’s ‘Black Dog Barking’.

Track Listing:

No. Title Length
1. “Breakin’ Outta Hell” 3:53
2. “Rivalry” 4:03
3. “Get Back Up” 3:38
4. “It’s Never Too Loud for Me” 3:24
5. “Thin the Blood” 3:29
6. “I’m Going to Hell for This” 3:45
7. “Down On You” 4:19
8. “Never Been Rocked Like This” 3:07
9. “When I Drink I Go Crazy” 2:41
10. “Do Me Like You Do Yourself” 3:58
11. “It’s All for Rock N’ Roll” 3:39

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‘Everything good about the North East is here in London, but in a bigger abundance’: why one musician headed South to achieve success in the music industry

Although the North East has seen some major success in the music industry in the past, it can’t be denied that the region is often overlooked in favour of other parts of the United Kingdom.

It would seem that some major acts are no longer interested in playing Newcastle’s Metro Radio arena, and it’s getting harder and harder for local musicians to find venues willing to host original, live music.

Aidan O’Shaughnessy, 22,  from Sacriston, County Durham, is a producer who has worked in both the North East, and west London. He was asked to describe how much difference a region can make to working in the music industry.


Aidan O’Shaughnessy playing live.

Q: How do you find working in London compared to working in the North East?

The biggest difference for me is that I get a lot more clients compared to when I was in the North East. Especially as a producer. But with more clients, more competition tends to follow. I’m a moderately priced musician and producer, but people tend to go for the cheaper options. Whether that’s someone with a smaller portfolio, maybe not the same level of equipment as me, maybe someone who is under valuing themselves, or maybe, just maybe, they’re not very good at their job and found the only way to pull in clients is through extremely low prices.

As an example, I got a pretty decent artist, who had a moderately large fan base and then moved away from me to a less qualified and cheaper producer. From my experience, that happens more often than not.

This would rarely happen in the North East. From my experience, we have some form of respect for each other in what we do. There’s less under cutting, it’s still there, but nowhere near the amount that there is here in London. 

Q: Is there anything about the North East that you just haven’t been able to find while you’ve been in London?

Manners and cheap beer. 

In all seriousness, there isn’t much I miss about the North East. Everything good about the North East is here in London, but in a bigger abundance. Venues, musicians, bands, clients, promoters, managers, agents, record labels. In the North East you may find a handful of each, that are decent at what they do, but here in London, you’ll find hundreds. It seems like everyday a new label or a new band come out of the woodworks. To be honest, it’s a bit hit or miss, but still way more than up North. 

Its a shame really, because there’s some great talent in the North East and I personally want to see all of that talent come out and do well in the music industry.

Q: What could be better about working up here? What has the South managed to do a bit better than us?

Venues. There are so many more venues here than in the North East, especially these days. I still have friends in the North, who are gigging musicians, and from where they tell me things have become a bit scarce in the north. 

Even when I lived back home we’d have difficulty finding venues to listen to live music, never mind trying to find somewhere to play ourselves. Where as, here in London, you are only ever a stone’s throw away from a pub that will have a band on from time to time. 

If you want to have a jam, maybe find some other musicians to start a band, almost every pub in my area has a house band and a jam night at least once a week. I think in the North East I only ever heard of one ‘jam’ night. Even then, it didn’t have a house band and you’d be expected to drag all your equipment along, drum kit and all, in failing that, a backing track. I wouldn’t count that as a jam night personally, but from what i remember, that’s how it was described. 

If you’d like to follow Aidan, you can visit his website at http://ift.tt/2fOQmfu.

Have you had a similar or different experience while working in the north east or down south? You can post your thoughts with the Comments board below.

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‘Not very rock ‘n’ roll’: Martin Sharman tells the story of Gateshead band Ten Degrees of Pitch

Ten Degrees of Pitch are a Gateshead-based rock band who draw influence from many sub-genres, including alternative, grunge, American Country and British Blues.

After playing the circuit in the North East for almost three years, the band have released their EP, entitled ‘Shed These Skins’, and frontman Martin Sharman was keen to speak about Pitch’s origins.

Q. What inspired you to form the band?
All three of us have been in bands for most of our adult lives.  Ben and Jon were in a band together before, and I had a few songs I wanted to try with a full band, after I’d been playing solo acoustic for a few years.  It’s the first time I’ve been a proper frontman playing my own stuff rather than guitarist in someone else’s band, which makes things much simpler because we don’t have to deal with singers’ egos.  I met Jon because our kids are a similar age and our wives knew each other first.  Not very rock ‘n’ roll, but from such humble beginnings doth the rock emerge!

 Q. Who are your primary influences?
Let’s count the decades.  I’m a sucker for 70s singer-songwriters, so Billy Joel and Elton John’s 70s stuff is in there somewhere.  Pink Floyd features heavily.  I’m into R.E.M.’s 80s stuff, in fact everything they did up to and including Monster.  The 90s was when I got properly into guitar, just catching the end of the hair metal period, studying Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Slash.  But Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme is my number one influence.  I don’t think Extreme have ever been cool, but he’s a genius guitarist and composer.   Of course a year later came Nirvana’s Nevermind, which changed the world and is an inescapable influence for any rock band – we use the classic quiet-loud song structure quite a bit, so thanks Kurt.  And then came Britpop, the better bits of which are timeless – loads of Blur stuff is brilliant, and Suede’s Dog Man Star is on my desert island list.  I don’t think you can be influenced by anything released after your 21st birthday – that’s just copying.
As for the others, bassist Jon is also an analogue synth nut, he’s worked in computer gaming for years and has made loads of noise on soundtracks for stuff like Grand Theft Auto.  his hero is Edgar Froese, from Tangerine Dream, which might explain one or two of our more proggy moments.  And drummer Ben likes – and plays – pretty much anything.  Good lad.
Q. What is it like being an originals band in the North East?
The great thing about Newcastle and Gateshead is there’s a lot of venues out there that put on live music.  Without them the scene would be dead.  The venues in the Ouseburn Valley are a great resource, and there’s loads of pubs in both in the city and the suburbs that put on busker’s nights for those who are just starting out.  It does take some effort to break into the scene, and I think Ten Degrees are still close to the beginning of that process, but nobody is going to make it happen except you so you just have to keep plugging away.  Guys like Phil at Insangel are quite happy to take risks on new acts, giving them a platform right at the beginning of their careers which is a huge help.  I’ve previously played in bands in Leeds, and I don’t think there’s anywhere near as many venues in total there, never mind those that are willing to put on young bands.  Not to mention the help that’s available round here from people like Generator, and also the local music magazines like NARC and NE Volume are always willing to publicise new music.  So if you put the effort in, and seek out those who can help you, the North East is a great place to start a band.

A picture of band members who make up Ten Degrees of Pitch
Q. Has there been anything happen during a gig / practice that was ‘rock n roll’ / crazy? 
At an early gig at the Three Tuns in Gateshead, we got talking to another band on the bill, who called themselves “crust punks” all the way from Redcar.  They seemed like normal lads until they got up on stage wearing balaclavas and women’s underwear and made an almighty racket.  They were very merry all through our set, and quite happy to shout our band name, except they got it wrong.  I’ll never forget the chants of “Ten Degrees Of Bitch!  Ten Degrees Of Bitch!”  Thankfully the name change didn’t stick.
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