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“If there’s one thing David Miliband can’t do it’s belt out a ballad.”

South Tyneside’s Labour Council Leader, Iain Malcolm talking about the chances of Joe McElderry winning the ITV X Factor this weekend, “we have got a Foreign Secretary as our MP, but this puts us on the map for completely different reasons” he said.

The whole town is now getting wound up for this evening’s edition of X Factor willing Joe to go on to tomorrow’s decider, (well most of us just know that Joe will win) and the attendant publicity that an X Factor winner will bring to South Tyneside cannot be underestimated.

The Tyne Tunnel, Newcastle international airport and the town hall are all sporting Vote Joe lights and flags amid hopes that his success may lift the fortunes of a region that has suffered badly through the recession. Iain Malcolm, the council leader, is already planning a marketing strategy to be implemented in the event of a McElderry victory, and an open-top bus procession to welcome him home.

I wonder what route around South Shields that will take then?

I’m about to go offline for the rest of the day, some important skirting renewals to do and some cables and leads to be hidden under floor, then we hope to be back to live Tweat during this evening’s show, I understand that Temple Park will be oversubscribed for the live broadcast link up, so if you have a ticket get along early.


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Written by curly

December 12, 2009 at 11:18 am

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