It’s been a week of exciting highs and incredibly sad lows in North East news this week. The same week that saw Beyonce fans excitedly clamber to get tickets to her recently-announced show at the Stadium of Light this summer, saw sad news about some local legends.
Brendan Healy (above), the well-known comic and musician, passed away sadly at the age of 59. He had been battling cancer. Ant and Dec and Jimmy Nail led tributes to their fellow Geordie. Ant and dec tweeted: “Goodnight Bren. We will miss you xxx #RIP”. Nail gave a statement saying he was “deeply saddened” calling Healy a “fine man”. Healy’s family released a statement praising the way he dealt with cancer.
The post said: “His strength, dignity and humour throughout his illness is an inspiration to all his friends and family.
On the same day Healy’s death was reported, This Morning‘s resident agony aunt Denise Robertson also revealed she was battling cancer.
The Sunderland-born TV star announced via ITV1 show’s Facebook page that she has pancreatic cancer but remained positive about her diagnosis. “We know that many others have suffered and dealt with this condition and I don’t plan to give up without a fight,” her post read. TV magician Paul Daniels, from Middlesbrough, also revealed this week that he is battling an incurable brain tumour. His wife Debbie has asked for privacy for her, Paul and their family. Our thoughts are with them all.
In other news, it was revealed that global megastar Beyonce’s summer gig at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland would bring millions of pounds to the local economy. The tickets for the show, all 52,000 of them, have now sold out. Rihanna on the other hand will not be gracing Wearside with her presence – she announced that she would be cancelling her show at the venue due to “logistical reasons”.
The Rocky Horror show also rolled into town this week, taking up residency at the Sunderland Empire. Read our review here! It was certainly an experience.
And last but by no means least, the Hoppings WILL return to the region this summer! The historic fun fair will set up shop on Newcastle’s Town Moor from June 17-25. After being cancelled in 2013, we are delighted the 130-year-old tradition is still alive and well. Hoorah!