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Winners and Losers was the theme I chose for last Tuesday’s Poetry with Friends at The Mission. I chose it because our meeting was two days ahead of the general election.

The evening, like the Poetry with Friends at Whitley Bay five days before it, was filled with thought-provoking debate, claps and cheers, tears, David’s homemade biscuits and great poetry.

There was a record amount of poetry written by group members: Linda, Elizabeth, Alan, Harry, Rowland adding to the work shared at Whitley Bay’s session by the two Geoffs and Rowland. This ongoing creativity is impressive and inspiring.

We’re all winners at Poetry with Friends at The Mission and Whitley Bay. Together we have created a safe haven which remains open to newcomers. Don’t be shy! Email gail@happyplanetcreativearts.org.uk  to book yourself in to one of our sessions.

And there are more winners in North Tyneside! North Shields beat Glossop North End  in the FA Vase final at Wembley this afternoon!

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Alan Campbell, who was re-elected as Tynemouth MP on Friday, was among those who went to watch the game at Wembley.

He said: “Congratulations to North Shields. Great supporters in a sea of red. You’ve done our town proud!”

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