Sarah Bailey

Northern Lights Awards 2014 – North East success story of the year

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Long has it been known that the marvellous North East has been the producer of some equally marvellous talent, but somehow, in 2014, the stellar careers of some of our favourite local exports have reached even starrier heights.

And folks, this isn’t just about Cheryl Cole (or should that be Tweedy?), our specially selected success stories focus on those people who have achieved significant and spectacular things over the past year, sometimes in spite of their critics.

In our effort to be less spangly and altogether more down-to-earth than our American cousins the Oscars, here our Northern Lights’ nominations for our favourite home-grown North East Success Story of the Year:



Nabbing both a second series on BBC Two and a series one stint on Gold this year, Hebburn has become one of those sitcoms that is well-loved across the country, despite its niche (by which, I mean untranslatable Geordie) set-up. Despite the announcement of no third series, the series premise has also made its merry way across the Pond.


The 1975

Though technically from Manchester, the North East claims lead singer Matthew Healy (son of Denise Welch and Tim Healy) for our own (you can’t get more Geordie a heritage than that, surely?) The band have gone from strength to strength this year with a number one album and worldwide tours, there’s no stopping them. We even reviewed them when their tour came up north.


The Globe

To save it from disaster, the Pink Lane Jazz Co-op bought The Globe through a £240,000 programme of over 200 members, and are set to spruce it up to become one of Newcastle’s premier jazz (and other genres, they insist) music venues.

Sarah Millican

Sarah Millican

Whilst we’ve always been proud of South Shields’ own girl and here tele and tour success, we were fit to burst after she eloquently (and hilariously) crafted a stultifying put-down to the cave-dwelling critics of her 2013 Bafta dress, just in time for this year’s ceremony – going on to wear ‘that dress’ anyway.

Who should win the award for North East Success Story of the Year? Take part in our poll below, tweet us @North_Lights_ or leave us a comment.

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