Cherie Blair sitting down on the job at Wearside factory

Cherie Blair with Michael Stephenson owner of Herrington Gate furniture at the new factory opening.
Cherie Blair with Michael Stephenson owner of Herrington Gate furniture at the new factory opening.
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CHERIE Blair arrived on Wearside to do a favour for a friend.

 Mrs Blair, a long-time client of bespoke furniture company Herrington Gate, opened the firm’s new base at Rainton Bridge. She is pictured with owner Michael Stephenson.

 “Herrington Gate is a great British success story with great British craftsmanship,” she said.

 “Quite simply, they make beautiful furniture. And as someone with strong links to the North East, I’m especially pleased that the expansion of the company will mean more jobs for local people.”

 Michael, who founded the company from his home 17 years ago, said: “I am thrilled to be able to welcome Cherie Blair to open our new production base. She has been an important client of ours for a number of years.”