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Tyneside children’s entertainer trumpeting about health checks

Tommy the Trumpeter, pictured, who is set to retire this year after entertaining South Tyneside youngsters for 25 years, took some time out for an NHS health check.

The campaign is being run by South Tyneside Council, which has taken on new responsibilities for promoting public health following the abolition of primary care trusts.

The free checks, targeted at men and women aged between 40 and 74, help people to recognise hidden symptoms like high blood pressure or cholesterol, and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and other preventable conditions.

Tommy, otherwise known as Ray Spencer, executive director of the Customs House in South Shields, said: “It’s really essential that every opportunity is taken to prevent the development of serious illnesses in this age group, and the opportunity to have a free health check is one that I’d recommend everyone to take.

“It’s a painless, speedy and pleasant process.”

The 20-minute check involves questions and measurements such as age, family history, height, weight and blood pressure, plus a simple blood test to measure cholesterol.

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