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Tyne triumph

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This year's Stirling Prize was the best event since it was held in Glasgow in 1999; it always seems to work better outside London.Dominic Williams' Baltic was a terrific venue, the food and drink were excellent and a late-night licence ensured a jolly time for those with the stamina. A champagne reception was concluded with the raising of the illuminated Millennium Bridge, a most spectacular sight and a clue to the Stirling winner - except that the only person who knew the result was the RIBA's Tony Chapman.Voting was by secret ballot, and until Paul Hyett announced the winner, none of the judges knew the result. A hometown win ensured an ecstatic reception for Wilkinson Eyre, Giffords and Mick Henry from Gateshead council.

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