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Hello, welcome to Thursday's Look North.

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Tonight: Forced to live in bare and unfurnished houses.

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16 months after Storm Desmond tore through parts of Cumbria -

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more than 300 families still have nowhere to call home.

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I sometimes go to the swimming baths so I can get a shower, or go to

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someone else's house for dinner, sometimes I get paid. -- I get a

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bed. Town centre traders who refused

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to pay a business levy because they claim it

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doesn't help them. How a bid to see the largest number

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of people dancing at one time, Brendan Foster announces his

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retirement after nearly 40 years Staying with sport, I've been

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with the Boro head coach Steve Agnew ahead of two of the biggest games

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of the season. And we ask a former Premier League

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boss whether he can prevent another of the region's clubs dropping out

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of the Football League They're the images many people

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in Cumbria will never forget. And almost a year and a half

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after the floods of Storm Desmond, nearly 300 householders

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in the county are still Others have been forced to return

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to bare and unfurnished property because insurance companies will no

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longer pay for temporary Some say it's left them

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feeling stressed and ill. Cold, bare houses with the comforts

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of home stripped out were a common sight in the weeks

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after Storm Desmond...except this is Debbie Kirsopp's Carlisle terrace

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in April 2017, 16 months on. But I needed to get home, because my

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rent that the insurance was paying has stopped, and I couldn't afford

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to pay a mortgage and rent as well, so I have had to come home and make

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the best of a bad job. Debbie tells me she's struggled

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with constant headaches, high blood pressure,

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the frustration of not knowing when she'll stop living

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rough in her own home. I sometimes go to the swimming baths

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so I can get a shower in the morning. Apple will maybe go to

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somebody's house for IT, my brother or my mother, anyone that will have

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me that has got a shower. Sometimes I will get eight read there as well,

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so it's a bit more comfortable. Cases like Debbie's leave some

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to fear the real numbers of those still out of their homes after storm

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desmond are higher We are seeing unbelievable problems

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with people trying to manage that sort of experience on top of being

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flooded originally, so at the moment they are not coping well at all.

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Entre expedients, we're looking at probably a minimum of two years

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before they agree to be home. Tash before and they will be home.

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Another is Ann Hume, who's riverside cottage

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After floods 12--years ago, her insurance leapt to ?1,000

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She's now relying on the goodwill of friends.

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At which point it will be well overrated even have since you were

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flooded. I thought I'd be back within six or seven months, but it's

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been over a year now, so we've got to fight on and see what I can do

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myself. returned home after the latest

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floods is better than in the past - but that's little consolation

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to those still waiting. And Mark is in our Carlisle

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newsroom tonight. Is there one single,

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biggest reason why some people There are a number of reasons, I

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don't think there's one you could point out and say the single biggest

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cause. In many cases, work has not been completed and people's homes,

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which kicks away. Some may have got better accommodation as a result of

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the floods and may prefer to stay there. Some do have problems with

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insurance and and conflict with builders. Then the raised this

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question and you have praised tonight that some insurance payments

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for rents have stopped and that has forced people back into homes that

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have not been finished. The Association Of British Insurers

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denies that is a widespread problem and wants to see the figures on

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that. We're not saying it's a lot of people, but the problem is there.

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The bottom line is that some people are likely to face a wait of two

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years before they are back in their homes.

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Tough times ahead. Thanks very much for that.

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A soldier - accused of the murder of his ex-girlfriend -

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has told a court that a knife slit her throat as he tried

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Lance Corporal Trimaan Dhillon told Newcastle Crown Court he'd gone

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to Alice Ruggles' flat in Gateshead in October last year,

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She'd ended their relationship after discovering he was cheating on her.

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Lance corporal Trimaan Dhillon told the court he had gone to see Alice

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Ruggles the day she died, because he wanted to get his belongings back.

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But he told the court that after searching for his things, he went to

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leave her flat in Gateshead, but found Alice holding a carving knife.

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Trimaan Dhillon described a struggle in which Abbas lost consciousness

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and dropped the knife. The defendant said that when Alice came he told

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her she was -- he was going to meet another woman that night. He said

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this infuriated Alice and she grabbed the knife and came towards

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him. He said he tried to defend himself with his arm and this sent

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the knife across her throat. Alice fell to the floor and the defendant

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said he had to remove the knife from her neck. He said, this was the

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point where I held the knife on my chest and the initial thought was to

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stab myself. Trimaan Dhillon said panic stopped him for bringing the

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help. He told the court that Alice had been violent to him and accused

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him of looking at other women, ending the relationship went she

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found out he had been unfaithful. The prosecution alleged that Trimaan

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Dhillon had been stalking Alice Ruggles, but he told the court he

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had turned up at her house and unannounced just weeks before her

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death because he thought she was testing him. The defendant admitted

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hacking Alice Ruggles's Facebook account to find out if she was

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seeing other people, because that would be the last role for their

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relationship. Tomorrow, he will be cross examined by the prosecution.

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The MP for Blaydon, Dave Anderson, is the latest to announce he'll NOT

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be standing as a Labour candidate in the General Election.

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He's served in Parliament for 12 years but says he's "reluctantly"

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decided to stand down for reasons of health, age and his

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He says he'll be campaigning hard with the new candidate,

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and the policy platform put forward by Jeremy Corbyn.

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Plans to sell off Northumberland County Council headquarters

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for housing have collapsed after the developer -

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Police have named the victim of a fire as Teresa Boreham.

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Plans to sell off Northumberland County Council headquarters

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for housing have collapsed after the developer -

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The council had approved proposals for shops,

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a school and two hundred houses on its County Hall site.

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A council spokesman said it: "remained committed to progressing

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The John Lewis store is to close its distribution centre in Carlisle.

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The depot in the city's Kingmoor Park Industrial estate

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The firm blamed "changing shopping habits" for the decision,

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which will see around 30 jobs being lost.

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A group of Hexham traders have been fined by magistrates after refusing

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The Hexham Business Improvement District is designed to boost

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the town's economy - it's paid for by charging traders

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But more than a hundred firms have refused to pay it -

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saying the new scheme won't help them.

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And today Northumberland Council took them to court.

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Our Correspondent Mark Denten is in Hexham tonight.

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Listing two lives, that the objective of this business

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improvement district. But it's been controversial in this town. It's

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divided traders and today, it all ended up in court.

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All small business owners from Hexham.

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Today, they were heading for a courtroom instead,

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because they have all refused to pay a new business charge in the town.

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They say it simply won't help them, so today, they were summoned

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It feels like a bullying tactic, actually.

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I don't really want to be here and away from my

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At the heart of this row, Hexham's Business Improvement District -

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it's a scheme to boost the economy and the town.

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But it's also an extra charge for businesses on top

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Northumberland Council says 89% of it has been paid

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by other traders in Hexham, but not these ones.

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There was then an extraordinary stand-off for an hour and a half.

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The usher of the court wanted the traders come

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They refused unless they could come in all together.

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Eventually, the traders were allowed into the courtroom together.

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They were each given liability orders of ?185 for the original

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Basically, what it means is that the council insist we owe

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them the money and they sent a liability order off,

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which gives us a certain amount of time to pay the liability order.

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And if that's not the case, they will send debt collectors in.

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So you are prepared to see debt collectors come round, are you?

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If that's how far the council want to take it, then I'm afraid so.

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Northumberland Council says it has taken the traders

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to court with regret, but the Business Improvement

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District in Hexham has already generated ?102,000 to boost

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Now, it's not just any waltz - it's a Teesside waltz.

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The traders have 14 days to pay the fines, but one footnote to this,

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some of those traders in court today have invoiced the council themselves

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by the time they say they have lost attending court today and PCB will

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pursue their claims as vigorously as the council has pursued bears. We'll

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follow that with interest. This might get you up on your feet.

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Now, it's not just any waltz - it's a Teesside waltz.

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And now volunteers are being asked to help set a world record

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for the largest number of people up and dancing at the same time.

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To make history, the organisers need more than 3,000

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people to step forward in Saltburn next month.

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But, as Peter Harris found, it has a more serious purpose as well.

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In a rehearsal room in Middlesbrough, they are preparing

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to waltz their way into the record books.

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Organised by Age UK Teesside, it's about more than just dancing.

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We wanted to raise the issue about loneliness and isolation

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It's not just at Christmas, it's all year round.

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And taking the first step to engage in the community can be difficult

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for a lot of people, so using the waltz was taking

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The current waltzing record was set in Bosnia in 2010.

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Saltburn's attempt to smash it has attracted the backing

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We're going to take the world-record back from Bosnia, back to the Boro.

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Now, in order to beat the world record, they will

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need 1,510 couples - that's obviously more

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than 3,000 people - to do this for five minutes

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I'm finding this harder than it looks.

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Those signed up for the seafront plans include 96-year-old war

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veteran Eddie Straight and then there 87-year-old Netta.

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How does it make you feel when you dance?

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I don't think age has anything to do with it.

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Age UK's world record waltz attempt takes place in Saltburn on May 19th.

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Plenty more to come on Thursday's Look North.

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And Harrogate Flower Show gets underway, with visitors asked

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Will the weather impress? Tomorrow looks mostly cloudy. Join me later

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for the full forecast. Just ahead of the sport with Mark -

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news that Brendan Foster is to leave his post as the BBC's

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athletics commentator One of the best-known voices

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on the box, Brendan - the founder, of course,

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of the Great North Run - turned to TV when his own career

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on the track ended, back in 1980. I caught up with him

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before he headed off to cover his final London Marathon,

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this weekend. Leaving the BBC commentary box

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after the World Athletics Championships will be a bit

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of a wrench, but actually, You sometimes have to know

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when the time is before they bump you off and say,

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that's no good, wait till you make some error in the commentary,

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which I have done many, many times. How did you become

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a commentator, then? Was it something you thought

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about while you were running? I was running in 1980

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in the Olympics, my last Olympics, And I was disappointed

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with my performance And then Alan Hart, head

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of BBC Sport said to me, would you like to stay on and come

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into the commentary box? So I then was in Moscow with

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the British Olympics Association, and I said, the BBC have asked me

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to stay on and do And they said, "Oh,

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that's fantastic." They said, "You are here with

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the British Olympic Association. You now go home to London and get

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on a plane and come back I said, no, I'll just go across,

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they'll pay my accommodation, But I was told, you have

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to go home first. So I got on an aeroplane and then

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and promised Alan Hart that when I got to London,

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I'd ring him and tell him what I was going to do,

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and I rang back and said, So my first commentary would have

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been the Coe/Ovett 1980 Olympic You also shared the commentary

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box with Steve Cram. He retired and we joined together

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in the commentary box. And we often have a little comment

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or two about Newcastle and Sunderland, which has been

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in his favour for the last couple of years, but I might give a little

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mention in my last London Marathon Your last Great North Run as well,

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you'll be commentating on. A couple of years ago, they had

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Mo Farah, Haile Gebrselassie And at one point, I was commentating

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and they were running past Gateshead Stadium,

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and I thought, I never thought I'd see the day when three

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of the greatest distance runners of all time are running together

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in a race we conceived many years ago, next to the stadium

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where my own athletic career was. So I probably should

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have resigned that day, So is there anything

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left in your career that When Newcastle get promoted,

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maybe I should come on Team Talk and give you my proper analysis

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of the match, with bias. You should be careful what you wish

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for, Brendan. As one for the boss. Was he misty eyed? No. Some football

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news. The Middlesbrough head coach

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Steve Agnew has confirmed that midfielder Grant Leadbitter

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and goalkeeper Victor Valdes will be side-lined for Saturday's crucial

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Premier League game at Bournemouth due to hamstring and rib injuries

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respectively, although defender Agnew's been given the task

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of making the Teessiders a more potent attacking force but,

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although they're creating more chances they still haven't won

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a league game this year. It's difficult to actually put your

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finger on why it has not gone in. I think what we can do is continue to

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put the ball into dangerous areas, work on numbers into the box, work

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on various different ways of scoring a goal. That final touch is

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something that we'd like to see more frequent.

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No Middlesbrough OR Sunderland players in the PFA Premier

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But promotion-chasing Newcastle do have three members of their first

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team squad in the Championship team voted for by the Professional

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No surprise that striker Dwight Gayle and midfielder

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Also included - despite recent criticism about his form -

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defender and captain Jamal Lascelles.

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The Magpies take on Preston at St James's on Monday.

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And Carlisle midfielder Nicky Adams is named in the League Two team.

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Now at the wrong end of League Two, Hartlepool United are scrapping

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against relegation for the FIFTH season in a row.

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Pools are just one point above the drop zone

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And do Pools have enough to save themselves from dropping out

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It wasn't just the result but the manner of the defeat.

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Three days ago, Pools lost 2-1 at rock bottom Leyton Orient.

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This is a dogfight. How much do you want it? How much are you wanting to

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make sure we stay in this division and we then can go on and build? I'm

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not used to it, I don't like it, because if it doesn't, there are no

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good to you. What we did on Monday as to hurt us.

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They've three games to give relegation the brush off -

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starting with Barnet at home on Saturday.

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Admission prices for the match have been slashed.

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None of the players want to be in this situation, with all fighting to

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get out of it. None of the fans want to be in it either. We it in our

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hands to make our fans happy and make sure things are done right on

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the pitch, because we have let yourself down for quite a bit of the

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season. Since

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they fell out of League One in 2013, Hartlepool have found themselves

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in a seemingly perpetual Why does this keep happening at

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Hartlepool? If I had that answer from the start, I it from day one.

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You have to look at it, work at it, change it. We're trying to change

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that culture. Keep all the good things, make sure you keep them and

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develop them and grow them and add the things that are hopefully not

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going to get you to where -- are hopefully going to get you to where

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you want to be. And still in the Football League

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next season would be a good start. The former Newcastle United player,

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the late Gary Speed, has been inducted into

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the National Football The ex-Wales captain and manager,

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who died six years ago, receives the award posthumously

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for his dedication to the game. He made 285 appearances for

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the Magpies between 1998 and 2004. Before the weather -

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thousands of people have been heading to North Yorkshire

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for the first day of Yes, they've been treated

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to eye-popping displays And if there's a plant

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you fancy, chances are There is only one phrase for it,

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blooming marvellous. The Harrogate Spring Flower Show

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really cocks a snook at the winter with a gorgeous

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celebration of what is to come on They say florals are in fashion,

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so how about these leafy waistcoats? And specially for this show,

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these amazing floral costumes Some of them take about

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three months to make. I had to do this one in a hurry,

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because this is actually meant to be the York Rose,

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and I was actually doing the stamens at about four o'clock the night

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before we left. This was one of the short garden

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plots last week, just look at It is to be a memorial garden

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for the Royal Logistic Corps. The military wives

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choir was on hand to fill this can template

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of space with music. The forestry

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displays are inspiring. Thousands have enjoyed

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them today and will Time for the weather now. I heard we

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had some nice weather somewhere in Northumberland today.

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Yes, some unexpected sunshine today, but there was a real split, as

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displayed by our viewers. This was the Cumbrian coast, but the

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Northumberland coast that are plenty of blue sky and sunshine and 18

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Celsius this afternoon. Tomorrow, I don't it will be quite as much

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sunshine. Cloudy skies and a few spots of rain, breezy as well. In

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routine now and then, we have some bright spells, but the cloud will be

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thick enough for light patchy rain and drizzle, especially in the West.

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Temperatures will not drop any lower than about eight or nine Celsius

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during the night. Tomorrow, a little brightness and eastern areas, but

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that will tend to feed through the day as the weather fronts sink

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slowly southwards. The temperature is just a bit cooler than they were

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today, picking tomorrow at about 14 Celsius, maybe 15 in somewhere like

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Whitby. The breeze could be quite brisk at times. Things will turn

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cleaner and cold out tomorrow night. Into Saturday, high pressure starts

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to build again, so we should have the fine, dry day for most of us on

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Saturday. This weather front will bring thicker cloud and patchy rain

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in and a breezy feel for Sunday. Temperatures mid-teens at best.

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Quite a breezy day on Friday. After a cold night tomorrow night,

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Saturday looks essentially dry and bright, but a bit cooler. It will

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still feel quite warm when you add in the sunshine. Another cold night,

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and then a fine, dry start. Clouding over during the day, some rain at

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times, that westerly breeze picking up again. Overnight at the weekend,

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temperatures will be cold enough for some frost in places. Chilly over

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the night-time. Frost? I've just put new plants in!

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We'll be back at half past ten, join us then.

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In two weeks' time, voters will be choosing the first directly elected

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Later tonight from Middlesbrough on BBC One, we'll be hearing

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from the four candidates who want this job.

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And they'll be facing questions from an audience of local people

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from across the area that they are seeking to represent.

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Now, public awareness of this job is probably pretty

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limited at the moment, because it's new.

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But they will have millions upon millions of pounds to spend

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on a series of powers, over the likes of housing,

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So, if you want to find out what impact that person might have

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on your life and who you might want to do the job, then join me

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me Richard Moss later tonight after Late Look North at 10.45

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on BBC One, as we debate who should be the first mayor

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