New restaurant turns youngster into a star

Real Radio's Sibbers helps James Powell cut the ribbon with representatives from Blyth Spartans looking on.

Real Radio's Sibbers helps James Powell cut the ribbon with representatives from Blyth Spartans looking on.

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A youngster helped open a new restaurant in Cramlington after winning first prize in a competition.

James Powell was assisted by Real Radio’s Sibbers to officially cut the ribbon at Frankie & Benny’s, alongside mascot Sketch the dog and a number of Blyth Spartans players.

The youngster won a competition run in the News Post Leader after writing a poem to the restaurant on why he should be their ‘local celebrity’ for the day.

The New York Italian restaurant officially opened its doors for business on Saturday amid a celebration of balloon modelling and magic tricks.

The newly built facility, based in the heart of Cramlington, is now open every day for breakfast from 8am, with offers on lunch and evening meals.

There is also free wi-fi and unlimited refills on hot beverages.

A spokesperson for Frankie and Benny’s said the company is delighted to be in Cramlington.

And it is dedicated to supporting local communities and charity initiatives across all of its 200 strong restaurants throughout the UK including sponsoring children’s schools books, community award schemes and fundraising, which it will be looking to do locally.