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Matt is back to his roots ; CELEBSPOT

August 25, 2013


LOCAL lad Matt Baker will be back in his homeland this week as The One Show comes to the banks of the Tyne.

The BBC One tea-time favourite is filming in Gateshead for its second two-day Summer Festival, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

County Durham-born Matt and co-host Alex Jones will present a live hour-long One Show from right outside Sage Gateshead in Gateshead Quays at 7pm on Wednesday.

Matt said he had been enjoying the "champion" sunny summer this year and a few days back to the North will be the icing on the cake.

"I'm so proud to be taking the One Show summer festival up to my neck of the woods, the North East," said Matt, who grew up on a sheep farm in the Durham countryside.

"We'll be in Gateshead next to the Sage on the River Tyne, so you'll see for yourself what a vibrant part of Britain it is."

The Summer Festival will be made up of zoned areas, consumer finance, history, art, sport and science.

Visitors to the main stage, hosted by Angellica Bell, can join Carrie Grant and The One Show choir in a Geordie-themed medley, plus pick up some Bollywood dance moves in The One Show dance class.

Science presenter and comedian Steve Mould will share his own brand of interactive experiments and awe-inspiring feats of scientific knowhow to make science fun and approachable.

And Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew extend their Summer Rocksteady Reggae Tour to take in Gateshead, as co-creator Michael De Souza presents a musical extravaganza of rhythm, reading, storytelling and music.

There's also a chance for children to get hands on in the Rocksteady Reggae School.

Drawing on his own personal interest in history, Larry Lamb will be inviting visitors to share their stories of the region's industrial heritage. Declan Curry and Jasmine Birtles tackle the essentials of consumer finance head-on and help North folk make their finances work to their advantage.

Christine Walkden will be giving advice on gardening in the North East and sharing ideas on autumn planting.

And Olympian Iwan Thomas will help to illustrate how the North East's glorious sporting heritage can benefit personal health.

Executive producer for BBC Learning, Moray London, said: "We're excited to bring the second One Show Summer Festival to NewcastleGateshead. It will be a true celebration of the area and we can't wait for people to join us."

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