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New Nissan Leaf Production In Sunderland

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Prime Minister David Cameron has visited the Nissan car plant in Washington Road, Sunderland, SR5 3NS for the official launch of production of the Nissan Leaf. The new version of the 100% electric car has more than 100 modifications and will roll off the line at the company’s record-breaking Sunderland plant.

In 2012 its factory floor produced more than 500,000 cars, a first for a car plant in the UK. The Sunderland factory will now produce every single Nissan Leaf that is sold in Europe. It marks the culmination of a £420 million investment in the model by the Japanese company and around 2,500 jobs in the North East are supported by the production of the car in Sunderland.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Nissan’s record-breaking year last year is a success story for UK volume car manufacturing and demonstrates how our automotive industry is competing and thriving in the global race. I warmly welcome the production of the new electric LEAF model and battery plant at Sunderland.”

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Sunderland Empire X Factor Auditions

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Sunderland Empire Theatre hosted X Factor auditions today but there will be no Tyneside auditions this year – I think maybe we’ve had more than our fair share of talent competition winners from Tyneside?! You can read more about the Sunderland auditions here…

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Sunderland Empire Theatre bosses are preparing themselves as The X Factor rolls into town. The ITV show is hosting mobile auditions in the city’s famous theatre tomorrow, and general manager Ben Phillips said he is ecstatic to be welcoming the audition trail to the city. “Sunderland Empire are thrilled to be hosting one of the X Factor Mobile Auditions this Thursday as they hit the road on their search for the next winner,” he said. “The X Factor Mobile Auditions will be a great opportunity for inspiring talent from across the area to shine. Good luck to you all.”

The mobile auditions – open to all members of the public – are separate to the larger auditions which take place in front of The X Factor judges later in the year. A spokeswoman for the show said that they are set up to give the maximum amount of people possible the chance to display their talents, and take place in towns and cities where the usual auditions don’t reach.

There will be three X Factor Mobile Audition vans travelling across the country this year throughout March to kick off the search for the next big talent. Last year’s winner was Middlesbrough’s James Arthur, who first showcased his talent at the mobile auditions. James, who had the fastest selling single of 2012 with his cover of the song Impossible, said: “If the X Factor audition van had not come to my town, I don’t think I would have auditioned. “Auditioning for The X Factor has completely changed my life”.

Auditions will take place at the Sunderland Empire tomorrow from 10am to 3pm for people to turn up and show off their talents. They will also stay open until 4.30pm for those in full-time education. Last year auditions were held in front of the judging panel – including Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow – at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, but this year bosses said they will not be returning to the city. A spokeswoman for The X Factor said: “Last year we found some great talent in Newcastle including our winner James Arthur. However this year we won’t be returning. Each year we have to make sure we visit a range of different cities across the UK in order to give everyone the best opportunity to audition.”

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Ten Years Of EasyJet At Newcastle Airport

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The low-cost budget airline EasyJet operates eleven flights per day departing from Newcastle International Airport. That’s more than 450,000 passengers each year flying direct to and from Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast International, Bristol, Faro, Geneva, Jersey (as of yesterday 26th March 2013), Málaga, Malta, Minorca, Nice and Palma de Mallorca.

Low-cost airline EasyJet has celebrated its tenth anniversary at Newcastle International Airport, Woolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 8BZ with its inaugural flight to Jersey. Since it began operating from Newcastle upon Tyne in 2003, more than 13 million passengers have travelled through the airport with the airline. It initially served just seven destinations, but Jersey is now its thirteenth.

Newcastle International Airport believes the success of EasyJet has made air travel more accessible to people in the region and encouraged other airlines to set up routes to and from the city. Newcastle Airport’s operations director Richard Knight said: “The market’s quite young for low-cost travel, it wasn’t that long ago when we couldn’t afford to go on our summer holidays all over Europe. I think EasyJet and other airlines have really opened up those opportunities to people in the North East. EasyJet have proven there is a market and that has helped attract other airlines to the region.”

Hugh Aitken, EasyJet’s UK commercial manager added: “We’re proud of what we’ve done to make travel easy and affordable in the North East. We’ve been growing a lot in the last year, Newcastle upon Tyne is absolutely in the middle of that as we look at new opportunities.”

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Three Nights Standard Single Room Review

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We received a new customer review today from a guest who stayed in one of our standard single rooms for three nights earlier this month. You can read what she wrote about us here… South Shields Standard Single Room For Three Nights March 2013

Excellent and friendly service, beautifully kept rooms with kettles, irons etc. Very comfortable beds, TVs in the rooms, free wifi, no need to carry keys as doors were opened with codes, the shared bathroom was fantastic. Provided really nice, fluffy towels too. Easily one of the loveliest B&Bs I’ve stayed in for a long while. Extremely good value for money in my opinion too. 9.6/10

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