WIN TICKETS: Great North Run Million Ceremony

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LOCAL hero Mark Knopfler will rock this year’s Great North Run.

The rock legend, who penned the iconic song Local Hero, will be performing on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside for the Great North Run Million Ceremony.

The Dire Straits guitarist will open the ceremony on September 4 to mark the Bupa Great North Run becoming the first event in the world to achieve the millionth finish at this year’s half marathon.

The event will feature live music, film and a huge dance performance, as well as other high profile appearances.

Also contributing to the evening’s musical line-up are Northumberland-based folk group The Unthanks as well as nationally acclaimed multi-platinum selling dance duo, Chase & Status.

North East-born Jill Halfpenny, who won an Olivier Award for her performance in Legally Blonde, will be telling the story of an impressive history of North East “world firsts’ as written by acclaimed local author David Almond.

The event will also feature a stunning fireworks display over the Tyne as well as a special performance from internationally renowned Lords of Lightning with their spectacular light display .

•Tickets for the event are on sale at ,priced at £12 for adults and £7 for children.

Win tickets

We’ve teamed up with the Great North Run to give away five pairs of tickets to the opening ceremony. To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: which band was Mark Knopfler in?

A) Dire Straits

B) Status Quo

C) Guns ‘n’ Roses

Email your answer and contact details to

Closing date: August 28.