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So how much do bank holidays, Secret Santa gifts, your Christmas bonus and the office party really cost business in time and money?

Time and money spent on Christmas parties, personal presents and colleagues’ Secret Santa gifts whilst at work is costing UK businesses a sizeable £10.7 billion, according to new research.

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MP Emma Lewell-Buck joined Save South Tyneside Hospital campaigners in South Shields town centre.

MP joins Save South Tyneside Hospital campaigners in town centre fundraising drive

MP Emma Lewell-Buck joined Save South Tyneside Hospital campaigners in South Shields town centre today as they raised funds for the cause.

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Stephen Lincoln is missing.

Parents of missing South Shields man urge him to call home

The worried parents of a South Shields man who has been missing for more than a week have urged him to call home and let them know he is safe.
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She said yes! Happy outcome to frosty proposal

Andrew Owen was overjoyed when his girlfriend agreed to be his wife following a romantic ice rink proposal.

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Maximo Park on stage

South Tyneside students get advice from band frontman

The singer of hit North East band Maximo Park gave a musical masterclass to students in South Tyneside.

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Adrian Cheesman

South Tyneside recruitment firm boss is aiming high

A specialist business in South Tyneside is looking ahead - with a view maximising its growth potential.

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St Peter's and Paul's RC Primary School

Top marks for South Shields primary school from inspectors

It’s all good at a primary school in South Tyneside after an inspection by education watchdogs.

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The senior group at The Customs House Youth Theatre who are preparing to take part in the National Theatre Connections event.

South Shields performers get ready for the big stage

A group of young actors from South Tyneside are preparing to tread the boards in a national festival of youth theatre.

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A mini moto rider

Parents warned not to buy mini motos for South Tyneside kids

Parents are being advised to think twice before buying their children and teens mini motos or off-road quad bikes for Christmas.

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(Top left) Ferry worker Stephen Beck, Karen from Metro Radios breakfast show, with Santa, ferry manager Carol Timlin,  Daimon Hunter, seven,  Jacob Clifton, four, with Steve from Metro Radio,  Ashya Clifton, two, with mum Stacey Ward.

Youngsters meet Santa on magical Shields Ferry ride

Scores of excited youngsters got the chance to meet Santa on board the Shields Ferry as they took a festive trip onthe Tyne.

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South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck

MP hits out over woman’s home birth

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck claims that an expectant mum - due to give birth at South Tyneside District Hospital - ended up delivering her child at a friend’s home after being told she was “not in labour” at another hospital. .

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St Bede's RC Primary School on top for league table.
 Front headteacher Nicole Park. Back from left Year 6 Maths teacher Nicola Mackley and English teacher Carol Devine.

South Tyneside primary youngsters above national average

Youngsters across South Tyneside are celebrating a good set of results.

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Rescuer describes 'dramatic' operation to save man from South Shields cliff edge

A rescuer has described how a man was plucked to safety from 50ft-high cliffs during a dramatic emergency operation in South Shields yesterday.
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Shaun Rundle, left, and Stephen Richardson, right, from Urban Fades Barber Shop, with Jo Benham Brown from the Key Project, set about cutting the hair of Kevin Hall from the Key Project.

South Shields barber shop set to give free haircuts to homeless

A South Shields barber shop is set to offer free haircuts to the homeless this weekend.

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Stephen Lincoln is missing.

Police plea to trace missing South Shields man

Police have today appealed for information to help trace a missing man.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving at the Nottingham Contemporary. Picture: PA.

Date announced for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 2018 wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding is to take place on Saturday May 19, Kensington Palace has announced.
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Emergency services at cliffs in Marsden as they carry out a rescue operation.

Rescue operation underway at cliffs in South Shields

Emergency services are on the scene to carry out a rescue of a person who is on cliffs at South Shields.
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Lead Member for Independence & Wellbeing at South Tyneside Council Coun Tracey Dixon, Colin Shevills Director of Balance and Lead Member for Area Management & Community Safety Coun Moira Smith

People in South Shields urged to ditch booze for Dry January

South Tynesiders are being urged to ditch the booze and lead healthier lives this January.

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Sunderland boss Chris Coleman meets seven-year-old Abi Smith during a Christmas visit to Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Sunderland AFC boss Chris Coleman and players spread Christmas cheer to young fans on hospital visits

Chris Coleman thanked families and staff for an ‘amazing welcome’ as he and his Sunderland squad visited children’s wards across the North East.

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