Siemens Energy Awareness Boat Race of the North

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Oxford and Cambridge may have the UK’s most famous university boat race, but Newcastle has its own North East version with a day of rowing races on the Tyne with fierce competition between local University rivals, Newcastle and Durham. Called the Boat Race of the North and sponsored by Siemens, the event is to be held on Saturday 17 March.

Ten North East rowing teams will compete for a range of coveted race titles and to be crowned the Siemens Boat Race of the North winners 2018.  The showcase event on the day will be the races between local Universities, Newcastle and Durham.

Newcastle University with support from NE1 Ltd, the business improvement district company for Newcastle City Centre and Siemens who are sponsors of the event, have all worked hard to bring the Boat Race of the North back to the Tyne.  The event was a feature on the river in the 90s, the first event was held in 1997. Newcastle University and NE1 were keen to see it return as an annual event.  In 2015, the event was reinstated and this year organisers hope the event will attract more spectators to the Quayside.

All the action is centred around NE1’s Newcastle City Marina, with the races taking place between the Gateshead Millennium and the Redheugh Bridges.  Rowing teams from both Durham and Newcastle Universities will take part alongside teams from Tyne Rowing Club.   Races start at 2.30pm and will be held every 10 minutes until 4pm.   Presentations, medal ceremonies and an after event barbeque will be held on Thomas Cook Airlines Quayside Seaside at 5pm.

The event provides a great day of rowing and racing action.  Commentators provide race analysis on a tannoy throughout the day with supporters from local rowing clubs and from the Universities gathering on the Quayside.

During the Boat Race of the North, NE1 will be organising fun rowing challenges and competitions for the public to ‘have a go’ on rowing machines located on the pop up beach, Thomas Cook Airlines Quayside Seaside.


Colin Henry, Head of Digital Grid Automation Systems of Siemens said:

“Siemens is a proud North East employer and has a great energy technology partnership with Newcastle University. We are committed to driving innovation in our cities and energy systems to help cities like Newcastle continue to be such an exciting city now and sustainable for the future. We are delighted to sponsor events which raise energy awareness and conservation issues and thought a great way to engage the public in how much energy different everyday activities use would be to set energy targets for the rowing machines on the quayside. We’d encourage everyone to come down and row to generate enough energy to light a light bulb or power a toaster!

Tariq Albassam, Director of Operations at NE1 Ltd said:

“We are delighted to play our part in bringing the Boat Race of the North back to the Tyne and to have NE1’s Newcastle city Marina at the heart of the action.  The event is a great spectator event and exciting for the crowds that gather on the Quayside.   We are keen to support events and activities that give a new lease of life to the Tyne and bring events and people to the Quayside.  It all helps make Newcastle a vibrant, dynamic European regional capital city.”


Colin Blackburn, Director of Sport, Newcastle University said:

“The Siemens Boat Race of the North will be a great spectacle for the public to enjoy as well as a fantastic opportunity for our rowing teams to showcase their talents and hopefully bring back the Siemens Boat Race of the North title and trophy.  We’re grateful to both NE1 and Siemens for supporting the event and helping to bring it back to the Tyne.”


Race timetable
Starting at 2.30pm – every 10 minutes until 4pm
JW8 Tyne vs Durham
JM8 Tyne vs Durham Freshers
8 Women NUBC vs DUBC Freshers
8 Men NUBC vs DUBC
W8 Tyne vs Durham
M8 Tyne vs Durham
2nd 8 Women NUBC vs DUBC
2nd 8 Men NUBC vs DUBC
1st 8 Women NUBC vs DUBC
1st 8 Men NUBC vs DUBC

(“JW8” refers to junior women’s eight and “JM8” is junior men’s eight)

NE1’S Quayside Seaside Returns to Newcastle Earlier than Ever Before

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For the 7th year running, NE1 is bringing back the Quayside Seaside to the banks of the Tyne, one of the most popular city beaches in the UK.  This year it returns a month early with Thomas Cook Airlines on board as sponsor for the 2nd year.

The summertime attraction is returning earlier than ever before in time for the Easter Holidays.

The first sign that the Quayside Seaside will be returning is barriers being erected on the usual site located on the Quayside between the Tyne and the Gateshead Millennium Bridges.  Beach construction will get underway and usually takes two weeks to complete.  The beach will remain in place until the end of October, after the Great North Run in September.

NE1 was keen to install the beach early this year in time for a packed programme of events and activities in and around Newcastle and the Quayside starting in the Spring.

This year, the pop up beach returns with all its usual elements; 350 tonnes of sand, 5 candy-striped beach huts, 50 deckchairs, climbing wall and palm trees but this year there will be a fun, new addition in the shape of a playground area equipped with a slide and a fireman’s pole, which is sure to be a big hit with children aged between 3-7 years.

The beach will also have the added bonus of a new resident restaurant, the much-loved Little Fishy, which will open in the container restaurant, previously home to Riley’s Fish shack and Barrio Comida.

Little Fishy has made a name for itself at events and markets across the North East offering locally sourced fish.  The team is looking forward to serving over 500k visitors who frequent the Thomas Cook Airlines Quayside Seaside each summer come rain or shine.  Fish and chips and fish finger sandwiches are a speciality along with Cajun cod and halloumi fries, which earned the restaurant a place in the finals of The National Fish and Chips awards 2017.

Throughout the summer there will be a packed programme of events and activities happening on and around the Thomas Cook Airlines Quayside Seaside.  Full details of the activity programme will be published on


Tariq Albassam, Head of Operations at NE1 said: “We are so delighted to be working with Thomas Cook Airlines to bring back the Quayside Seaside earlier than ever before.  It is one of NE1’s most popular summertime attractions and signals the start of the season.  This year the season starts early and the Quayside will be at the heart of the action with events like the Great Exhibition of the North and the Great North Run. We love to bring events and activities to the beach and will be working with organisations throughout the city to make full use of this wonderful and well loved open air space.”

Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Thomas Cook Airlines Quayside Seaside back and are thrilled that one of our airline partners is sponsoring it again this year, demonstrating its on-going commitment to the North East. This iconic summertime attraction on one of the most internationally recognised quaysides in the UK is the perfect way to showcase the exciting range of destinations available with Thomas Cook Airlines from Newcastle Airport in a fun and engaging way that can be enjoyed by everyone.”


Chinese Memorial Arch gets makeover in time for Chinese New Year celebrations

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Newcastle’s Chinese Arch, which marks the start of Chinatown and takes pride of place at the entrance to Stowell Street has undergone a make over thanks to a collaboration between the Chinese community, NE1 Ltd, the Business Improvement District Company for Newcastle city centre and Newcastle City Council.

The memorial arch, which in Mandarin is called Pai Fang, has had its commemorative boards restored and replaced.  The boards list the names of the members of the Chinese community who contributed to its construction and are written in both English and Mandarin.  The boards were blessed before being repositioned on the arch during a commemorative ceremony including lion dancers, which was attended by a group of local dignitaries including Sean Bullick of NE1 Ltd, Councillor, Kim McGuinness and members of the Chinese Festivity Group.

NE1 Ltd helped finance the renewal of the commemorative boards and has been working with the Chinese community to offer help and support to develop the celebrations for this year’s Chinese New Year festivities which will take place from the 16- 18 February.

Public generosity through a crowd funding appeal coupled with support from both NE1 Ltd and Newcastle City Council, have allowed the Chinese Community to extend the celebrations in Newcastle this year which will celebrate the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Sign of the Zodiac.

The activities will start on Friday 16 February with celebrations in intu Eldon Square followed by the traditional Chinese dragon parade on Sunday 18 February.  This year, the parade will be extended and will be bigger than ever.  Starting at Old Eldon Square the parade will take place in the heart of the city for the first time ever featuring traditional Chinese dragons, lion dancers and drummers working its way from Old Eldon Square to Stowell Street.


Sean Bullick, Chief Executive of NE1 Ltd said: “We are delighted to have been able to support the Chinese community and ensure the Chinese Arch is looking its best for the celebrations on the 18th of February. We are looking forward to this year’s Chinese New Year especially as more of the city will be involved in the festivities.  We are proud to be sponsoring the parade and are committed to working with the city’s Chinese community to help grow the event in the future.”


Councillor Kim McGuinness, cabinet member for culture and communities at Newcastle City Council, said: “It’s great to see the sign on the fantastic Chinese arch cleaned up and refreshed in time for February’s Chinese New Year festivities, and the Great Exhibition of the North later in the year. This is a great, buzzing part of town where people can see not only this arch but parts of the original City Walls, St James’ Park and some really fantastic restaurants and venues. There’s some wonderful events and festivities planned in Newcastle to celebrate Chinese New Year and we really hope that people enjoy it.”


Amanda Chan, Chair of Chinese Festivity Group
“It is great to see the Chinese Arch and the commemorative boards restored and back in place for the start of the Chinese New Year.  We have enjoyed working with NE1 and NCC over the preparations for the New Year celebrations and welcome and are thankful for their continued support for our business community here in Newcastle.

“The New Year celebrations are a major event in the Chinese calendar and we’re delighted that more of Newcastle will get to enjoy and take part in the festivities.  Kung Hei Fat Choy to everyone.”


Itinerary for Sunday 18 February:

11.20am                 Parade starts at Old Eldon Square with lion dancers and drummers.
11.45am:                Parade scheduled to arrive at the Chinese arch at 11:45
12pm:                     Lion, unicorn, dragon dance starts at the arch.

NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week delivers £1/2 million boost to business

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January’s NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week held between the 15-21st January delivered a £1/2 million boost to business for the 100 plus restaurants that took part.  Results from participating restaurants showed an 11% year on year increase in trade during the week making this January’s NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week the most successful to date.

Record numbers of diners enjoyed the traditional Newcastle Restaurant Week offer of dining out for only £10 or £15 per head with some restaurants reporting sales up 50% on the same week last year.  Many of the restaurants were fully booked throughout the week, which prior to the Restaurant Week event would have been one of the quietest times of the year.

A number of the restaurants also reported record numbers of bookings for Restaurant Week even before Christmas.   Diners doing ‘Dry January’ and ‘Veganuary’ were well catered for in many restaurants with mocktails and vegan dishes exceptionally popular options on Restaurant Week menus.

Restaurants across the city were packed for the week-long event which has become a staple in Newcastle’s foodie calendar since its launch in 2011 with one event in January and another in August.

For those who missed January’s event – there is only another six months to wait before the next Restaurant Week event gets underway.  NE1 has announced the dates and NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week in August will take place between the 6 – 12 August.  Diners are encouraged to register for updates on Newcastle Restaurant Week at


Stephen Patterson, Director of Communications at NE1 Ltd said:

“The people of Newcastle love NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week.  It didn’t take long for it to become a well-established and well-loved event in Newcastle’s event calendar.  As soon as we announce the dates diners are quick to make their bookings to secure their place at one or more of Newcastle’s top restaurants. A number of restaurants were almost fully booked for January’s Newcastle Restaurant Week even before Christmas.”


Gary Hutchinson M.D. of chrysalis leisure group said:

“January was Fat Buddha’s first NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week under our new management and we were bowled over by the success of the event.   We did 2,111 Newcastle Restaurant Week covers, more than double the number of diners than last year.  It is such a great event not just for our restaurant but for the whole restaurant community in Newcastle – it gives us all a common focus and turns the spotlight on what the city has to offer as well as being a great offer for diners.  We’re already looking forward to and planning for August’s event.”


In 2011, NE1 Ltd came up with the idea for Restaurant Week in consultation with the restaurant community of Newcastle in a bid to support the industry at traditionally quiet times of the year.  The event now has its own momentum and the weeks are among the most popular in the year and one of the most popular events in the NE1 calendar.

From an original cohort of only 13 venues, over 100 restaurants now take part in the event.

Cash for Kids and Geordie Jackpot

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Cash for Kids and NE1’s Geordie Jackpot are currently looking for local groups in need of funding. Do you help local disadvantaged children and need investment to carry out your work in the community?

Anyone in the Newcastle city centre area can apply for a grant of up to £1,500 but we are looking for groups that specifically help children proactively improve their situation or those groups requiring funds for specialist equipment and experiences.

Geordie Jackpot was set up by NE1 to fund exciting city centre improvements and events in Newcastle, as well as helping the region’s kids. A proportion of funds raised are donated to Cash for Kids who support local children who are disabled, disadvantaged, sick, or suffering from abuse or neglect.


Dan Slee from Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids said:
‘We’re delighted to be working with NE1 in allocating these funds which have been generated through the Geordie Jackpot. We’re looking for groups to apply who aim to help disadvantaged children through training and development or provide specialist equipment for young people facing challenging situations. The money has been generated through a local initiative and with NE1, we are eager to see what exciting projects in the Newcastle area could benefit from our funding’.


Sean Bullick, Chief Executive of NE1 Ltd said:
“We’ve reached an exciting time in the Geordie Jackpot’s short history.  We’re nearly on target to unveil our first project in the city centre and we are now in a position to invite local groups to apply to Cash for Kids for a share in the money raised by the local lottery.  The Geordie Jackpot is delivering a win/win for Newcastle, funding exciting new developments and improvements in the city centre and helping our city’s young people.”


If you are a local charity or community group and wish to apply for this funding, please visit the website below and complete the form before 23rd February:

Newcastle businesses welcome US Ambassador to the city

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Newcastle NE1, the city’s Business Improvement District, is continuing its work to strengthen the relationship between Newcastle and the United States by hosting the American Ambassador to the UK on what is his first official visit to an English city outside London since taking office.

Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson, a member of the Johnson & Johnson dynasty and owner of the New York Jets, met with key business leaders in the city.

Mr Johnson visited The Reece Group, which manufactures for the defence, oil and gas, power generation, construction and subsea sectors, at its Armstrong Works in Newcastle. The group includes Pearson Engineering, which develops and supplies defence equipment to armed forces in the United States.

With his particular interest in medical research, the Ambassador also toured Newcastle University’s Institute of Genetic Medicine based at the Life Science Centre. Here he met researchers who work alongside NHS staff, with the latest genetic and developmental techniques to understand and treat human diseases such as Muscular Dystrophy, mitochondrial diseases and cancer by developing and implementing new therapies.

Prominent local businesses with trade links with the United States, including Sage, Womble Bond Dickinson and Venator, had the opportunity to meet with Mr Johnson at a networking lunch hosted by NE1 and the North East England Chamber of Commerce at Blackfriars. The Vice Chancellor of Northumbria University, Andrew Wathey CBE, Bruce Shepherd OBE, and Louise Robson the Business and Development Director at NHS Newcastle, were also among the attendees.

At the lunch, a range of opportunities intended to strengthen links between the US and Newcastle were discussed, including ways to help create opportunities for business, investment and trade, knowledge transfer and learning.


Newcastle NE1 Chief Executive, Sean Bullick, said: “In this post-Brexit world, a time when the UK is looking to build relationships with countries outside the EU, we are trying to get ahead of the curve by further developing trade and investment links with countries including the United States.”


The trip, arranged to coincide with Martin Luther King Day in the US, involved Mr Johnson visiting Newcastle University earlier in the day to see a statue of the American civil rights leader. The statue was unveiled in November 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr King’s visit to the University to accept an honorary degree.

While at the University, the Ambassador also met Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Day and a number of senior academics to hear about how the University is forging strong links with business, as well as universities in the United States.


Professor Day said: “It is fitting that Ambassador Johnson has chosen to visit the statue of Dr King on the day that the US remembers him and the values he stood for. The statue is a lasting tribute to him and a unique record of one of the most significant moments in the University’s history.

“One of our key priorities is to deliver teaching and research projects that address the needs and challenges of a global society, and our collaborations with partners in the US and elsewhere around the world are a huge part of that.”


This is the second high-profile US dignitary visit to Newcastle in the space of a year, as Acting Ambassador Lewis Lukens, visited in summer 2017.

Geordie Jackpot Ticket To Dubai

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There’s never been a better time to buy a Geordie Jackpot ticket than this week. Get your ticket before midnight on Friday 12 January and not only could you be in with a chance of winning the guaranteed £1K weekly prize, not to mention the £25K jackpot – but for one week and one week only your ticket could take you to Dubai!  One lucky lottery winner in this Saturday’s draw will win two return tickets to Dubai courtesy of Emirates airlines.

To beat the January Blues – NE1 has teamed up with the luxury airline, Emirates to offer a lucky lottery winner two return tickets to Dubai travelling from Newcastle airport.

With temperatures expected to plummet in Newcastle this month, and ice and frost almost guaranteed, who wouldn’t want to jet away to Dubai, the millionaire’s playground, where the average temperature for January is a balmy 24 °C (75 °F).

The winner will be drawn at random and will be contacted by NE1 on Saturday 13 January.  To claim their prize all they need do is book direct with Emirates knowing that they are the exclusive Geordie Jackpot winners.

Getting behind the Geordie Jackpot this January will also help nudge NE1 over the line for the first lottery project to transform the city.  NE1 hopes to unveil its plans for the first city centre project at the start of next month.

Sean Bullick, Chief Executive of NE1 said:

“It’s a win/win this January.  What better way of supporting Newcastle and playing your part in transforming the city by buying a Geordie Jackpot lottery ticket.  Not only will you be in with the chance of winning the lottery, a trip to Dubai could also be yours.  All this and you will have contributed to improving the city’s future!”

The return tickets to Dubai are the latest in a series of special prizes that have been available alongside the Geordie Jackpot weekly payout since the Geordie Jackpot launched in September 2017.  Many of the prizes have been money can’t buy opportunities offering Geordie Jackpot players additional incentives to play the local lottery which raises funds for both city centre projects and for the local children’s charity Cash For Kids.

Before Christmas, the Geordie Jackpot made its first donation to chosen charity, Cash for Kids with a cheque handover, more of which are planned for the upcoming months.

All the details of what’s planned for 2018 and the special prize give-aways  will be announced via the Geordie Jackpot website at

The Geordie Jackpot has received tremendous support from across Newcastle and many famous North East celebrities including NUFC and football legend Alan Shearer, who gave his backing to the Geordie Jackpot:

“All Newcastle fans have the chance to make the city even greater by buying Geordie Jackpot lottery tickets.  I’m delighted to be backing NE1’s Geordie Jackpot and it is fantastic to see that the money raised goes directly into new and exciting projects in the Toon and to the local charity, Cash for Kids.’

Dine Around The World During NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week

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NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week returns on 15th– 21st January and NE1, organisers of the popular event, are challenging people to enjoy cuisine from around the world without leaving the city centre.

With over 100 restaurants taking part in the upcoming event, NE1 believes that diners can experience flavours from each of the four corners of the globe all within the heart of Newcastle.

When it first launched in 2011, only 13 of the city’s top restaurants took part in Newcastle Restaurant Week. Now as it celebrates its 15th event, the city boasts more restaurants per square mile than any other Northern city – a true testament to how the event has shaped the city’s restaurant scene.

From Chinese cuisine to Spanish Tapas, Brazilian to Korean and flavours from a whole host of countries and continents in between, this January’s Restaurant Week promises to be one of the best yet.

The event allows people to dine in the city’s finest restaurants for only £10 or £15 per person.  Inspired by New York, which holds its own Restaurant Week twice a year, the event is designed to boost trade at two traditionally quiet times of the year.  NE1 was quick to adopt the idea and since the first Restaurant Week was held in 2011, the event has gone from strength to strength and is now an eagerly anticipated date in the calendar.

Visit for details of participating restaurants, information on individual menus and offers, and to download your vouchers.

Stephen Patterson, Director of Communications at NE1 Ltd said:

“Newcastle was the first city in the UK to launch a Restaurant Week.  We are really proud of our restaurant scene here in Newcastle which has grown in tandem with the Restaurant Week event.  There are not many cities in the UK where you can enjoy food from around the globe.  With over 100 restaurants taking part this January diners will be able to choose the continent they would like to dine in while remaining within Newcastle city centre.”

Nicole Hope, South Shields who claims to be Restaurant Week’s biggest fan said:

“I love Newcastle Restaurant Week and try to dine out at least three times during the week because it allows me to try new restaurants without the pressure of a huge bill at the end of the meal.  Participating restaurants put on such a great show to encourage new customers so you get to enjoy the best of the best for a fraction of the usual cost. This year, I’m planning to get my Restaurant Week passport stamped in Thailand, Italy and Mexico – happy food travels!”

Tony Harding, General Manager, Las Iguanas Quayside said:

“Restaurant Week is a firm favourite in Las Iguanas Quayside diary – we’ve only been open for 18 months so the event has helped us attract new customers who have since become regulars.  Once people sample the food and enjoy the Latin American fiesta vibe created here on the banks of the Tyne they are hooked.   Restaurant Week gives people the chance to try out restaurants without breaking the bank.  We’re geared up and ready for this January’s event.”


All the fun of the Festive Fair – Newcastle at Christmas

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NE1 is bringing all the fun of the Christmas fair to town adding a new dimension to Newcastle’s Christmas festivities.

From Friday 8th December until the New Year, Northumberland Street will be lit up with the twinkling lights of traditional fairground rides, which will remain in place for the whole of the Christmas period and into 2018.

A beautiful, early 20th Century Helter Skelter will take pride of place at the south end of Northumberland Street, positioned alongside a smaller children’s ride with further additions to be announced shortly.

The rides are suitable for young and old alike, whilst younger children will particularly enjoy the ‘Toy Set’ outside Natwest bank.  The rides will add to the Christmas celebrations, and the festive cheer in the city.


Stephen Patterson, Director of Communications at NE1 said:

“As the number one retail destination in the North East of England, Newcastle’s offer is constantly changing and improving. The city has bold and ambitious plans for the future and it is important that as a city, we don’t rest on our laurels and continue to improve the experience for those that live, work and visit, especially during the festive season.  The new additions to Northumberland Street this year, combined with the Hadrian’s Tipi winter village, the ever-popular Christmas Market at Grey’s Monument, the Christmas Lights and Fenwick’s window all provide a great foundation for further developments in the future.

“We have so much to offer as a city and Christmas provides a fantastic opportunity to shout about what Newcastle does so well. We’re already planning for next year and we look forward to developing these plans with the City Council, the city’s businesses and the people of Newcastle so collectively we can deliver an outstanding Christmas experience for 2018 and beyond.”

Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Cllr Ged Bell, said: “The city council and its partners are determined to make Newcastle a world class city for shopping and leisure. We recently announced a £3m package of improvements to the city centre – but this is just the start of a much bigger plan to make Northumberland and Blackett Streets, and the surrounding areas, cleaner, greener and safer.

“The helter skelter and fairground rides are a lovely attraction by NE1 and will contribute to the festive atmosphere in the run up to Christmas.”

Wallsend Wins In The Geordie Jackpot Stakes

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Wallsend is officially the luckiest place in Newcastle – according to NE1 Ltd, the organisers of the new Geordie Jackpot.

Since the first ever Geordie Jackpot draw nine weeks ago, 3 of the 9 winning lottery tickets for the weekly draw have been bought by people living in the NE28 postcode area.

The first Geordie Jackpot winner, announced with much fanfare, was Wallsend’s Sharon Armstrong.   To commemorate the first lottery win, NE1 held a champagne and confetti celebration on the top of Newcastle’s Castle Keep with a cheque presentation conducted by Triple Jump World Record holder, Jonathon Edwards.

Since then, two more lucky Wallsendians have come forward to claim their lottery prizes – one in week five, the other in week seven.  Wallsend winner Mr Codd won the £1k weekly draw in week 3 and has already spent his money on wedding rings for his nuptials in the New Year.  In week five, George Forster, who lives less than a mile away, was another Wallsend winner

Ticket sales for the Geordie Jackpot have also revealed some interesting geographical differences.  Certain areas of the city are clear winners in the lottery ticket buying stakes.  The Gosforth postcode area is the biggest supporter of the local lottery so far.  To date, 12% of all tickets have been purchased in the NE3 postcode area closely followed by NE6, Walker.

Together, these two areas account for 20% of all Geordie Jackpot tickets sold.

Under represented in ticket purchasing are the Benton and Fenham areas of the city.


Sean Bullick, Chief Executive of NE1 Ltd said: “There must be something in the water in Wallsend.  3 of the 9 winners of the £1000 prize so far have come from this neck of the woods.  It has been very heartening to see ticket sales doing so well in Gosforth and Walker and we urge people across the city and further afield to get involved and support the Geordie Jackpot.  We need all expat Geordies the world over to support the Toon by buying a Geordie Jackpot ticket wherever they now reside.”


NE1 hopes to announce details of the first Geordie Jackpot funded project in the New Year and the first donation to Cash For Kids will be made before Christmas.

As well as the opportunity to win the £1,000 weekly lottery pay out, Geordie Jackpot players also have the chance to win £25,000 if they match all six numbers in the right order, a feat more than 140 times more likely than scooping the Euromillions big money payout!  The £25K jackpot is payable to all players who match the numbers in the correct order and is not divided regardless of how many winners there are.


Additional special prizes in the Geordie Jackpot also add to the excitement.  Last weekend, one lucky winner won tickets to the special, sold out Polar Express film screening at the Tyneside Cinema, where the audience dressed in their PJs and dressing gowns, enjoyed hot chocolate and gingerbread men before the film, and a visit from Father Christmas at the end of the show.


At the start of 2018 the Geordie Jackpot will be accompanied by a major special prize give-away, courtesy of Emirates Airlines, two return airline tickets to Dubai.  NE1 is lining up other prizes for the Geordie Jackpot throughout 2018 and all the details of these prizes and how to buy tickets can be found at


Money raised from the Geordie Jackpot will be used to fund events and projects in Newcastle City Centre as well as helping the region’s most disadvantaged children, with a proportion of the funds raised donated to local charity, Cash for Kids.


Newcastle is officially one of the top ten luckiest places in the UK.  Recent figures released by organisers of the National Lottery showed that Newcastle was in 8th place in the lucky rankings having more major prize-winners per head of adult population than anywhere else in the UK.


Top of the league table was Romford in Essex and Harrow was 10th.

The full top 10 is:

1. RM – Romford
2. TS – Cleveland
3. WA – Warrington
4. L – Liverpool
5. IG – Ilford
6. ME – Medway
7. NP – Newport
8. NE – Newcastle Upon Tyne
9. WN – Wigan
10. HA – Harrow