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Park's new attractions.

A flower park in the heart of a former Northumberland mining town is about to roll out the welcome mat to visitors following a pounds 275,000 facelift.

Hirst Park was opened in 1915 by the town's former urban district council.

Now its attractions have been enhanced by a new pavilion with changing rooms and a large meeting room.

On Sunday morning, Wansbeck civic head Coun Tom Roll will formally declare Hirst Park open again.

Great outdoors

ROYAL Quays Outlet Shopping Village is celebrating one of the hottest years on record by hosting a showcase of products associated with al fresco living.

The outdoor event will run from Sunday to Wednesday, incorporating demonstrations, advice and new ideas for shoppers.

Footprints trail

PREHISTORIC footprints are to direct visitors from a busy train station to an exciting exhibition.

The giant Tyrannosaurus Rex prints will guide people from Newcastle Central station to the Centre for Life in Times Square, where an exhibition will explore whether the dinosaur really was a dangerous predator ( or just a scavenger.

Extreme driver

A STUNTMAN has returned home to the North-East for a guest appearance at an extreme driving show.

Blaydon-born Ian Batey, the 2004 European Monster Truck Racing Champion, will tonight be at Blaydon Rugby Club for the Extreme Stunt Show.

Admission is pounds 8 for adults and pounds 5 for children. The show starts at 7.30pm.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2006
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