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Chuckle Brothers to help edit paper
The Chuckle Brothers have been asked to help edit one of the country's biggest regional newspapers.
Northern Echo editor Peter Barron has asked the duo to chair Monday's lunchtime news conference ahead of the Christmas Eve edition of the newspaper.
The brothers are starring in Aladdin at Darlington Civic Theatre and will be asked to judge the paper's Christmas cracker joke competition, which is raising funds for St Teresa's Hospice in the town.
One of the brothers, famed for their "to me, to you" catchphrase, will sit in Mr Barron's chair, while the other will sit in the seat once used by William Stead, a pioneering and somewhat fearsome editor in the late 19th century, and who died on the Titanic.
Mr Barron said: "They are in panto here and I thought it would be a chance to have a bit of fun.
"Obviously if something major happens, they understand the news will have to take priority.
"I went to see them in pantomime and I was in tears laughing at them, they were hilarious.
"There is a perception that there is too much bad news around so this is an opportunity to lighten the mood a bit.
"They will sit in the editor's conference and they will take part in discussions about what's going in the paper."
Mr Barron has previously offered guest editing duties to the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who at the time was Bishop of Durham.