‘I got it wrong. Since the changes it’s become more vibrant’: life in an LTN

November 16, 2020

Acorn Road, Newcastle upon Tyne When Newcastle city council planned to reduce motorist access to Acorn Road in the leafy suburb of Jesmond back in 2014, hardware store owner Steve Robson helped to raise a petition against the £350,000 scheme, organised meetings to oppose the plans and told a local newspaper that the proposed changes […]

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Red Arrows flypasts marking VJ Day cancelled due to ‘appalling weather’

August 15, 2020

Britons eager to see the world-famous Red Arrows fly over London, Edinburgh and Cardiff commemorating VJ Day were left disappointed after they were cancelled due to cloudy skies. In what would have been a first since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, the RAF’s Red Arrows planned to fly over the four nations’ capital […]

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Mass anti-racism protests take place in cities across UK

June 7, 2020

Tens of thousands of people attended protests across the UK on Sunday – including one where a statue of a slave trader was pulled down – after a week in which growing numbers defied calls from politicians and police to avoid mass gatherings to rally against racial injustice. In London, thousands gathered outside the US […]

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John Cumming obituary

May 20, 2020

While the economy of jazz has always been a fragile thing, the music’s inner resilience is founded on its practitioners’ shared belief in the human value of their work. As the co-founder and presiding spirit of the London jazz festival, John Cumming, who has died aged 71 after suffering from cancer, fully understood that and […]

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