Council leaders and local enterprise partnership chairman Paul Woolston (right)

North East Party hits out at civic structures 'developing by stealth' as devolution edges up agenda

Chairman of the NEP Hilton Dawson says councillors on North East Combined Authority do not have a mandate for regional governance

Archaeology probe on cannons ship wreck off Northumberland

Peta Knott with the Tyneside divers
The Farne Islands site will be one of the projects outlined on Saturday at the North East Maritime & Coastal Archaeology conference in Newcastle

Kielder Forest is venue for artwork bus tours

The Kielder Head
Visitors to Kielder Water & Forest Park can enjoy a tour of the forest's artworks by minibus this Sunday

Full steam ahead at Newcastle College's Rail Academy for next generation of engineers

The new Rail Academy in Gateshead, students from left Laim Barrass, Brandon Foster, Antony Walker, Andrew Bell
The state-of-the-art £5m training facility is the first of its kind in the North East and opened its doors to more than 70 students in September

AMA Group eye second manufacturing facility

Paul Watts and Julie Price of the AMA Group in Peterlee
A director at the clothing manufacturer believes the "sky in the limit".

Two tier school switch moves a step closer at Ashington in Northumberland

Ashington Head teachers Andrew Roberts, David Godfrey and Rob Kitching come together to discuss plans to merge education into a two-tier system
Proposals to change from three to two tier schooling at Ashington have moved a step closer

Leading contractors sign up for Energy: A Balanced Future conference

NOF Energy is on course to attract even more delegates to the conference than last year, when more than 400 attended
There are five months to go but the NOF Energy conference at Sage Newcastle is already drawing in big names

20 North East buildings join English Heritage risk list

The Fulwell windmill in Sunderland, which is the only working survivor of over 180 windmills
Twenty buildings in the North East have joined English Heritage’s at-risk register including a landmark windmill, medieval churches and an 18th Century country house

Hexham hospital changes hands as Private Finance Initiative pay-out deal is finalised

Hexham General Hospital
Hexham General Hospital has transferred to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust after PFI pay-out deal is completed

60 jobs created as Port of Blyth and IHC Engineering Business reveal construction project

The two Northumberland businesses have joined forces to supply international oilfield engineers, Petrofac

60 jobs created as Port of Blyth and IHC Engineering Business reveal multi-million pound offshore construction project

The two Northumberland businesses have joined forces to supply international oilfield engineers, Petrofac

Music industry heavyweights head to North East for Music Futures conference

Chief executive of music development agency Generator, Jim Mawdsley
The line-up for the fourth Music Futures conference being held at the Baltic gallery in Gateshead has been announced

North East sees one of the country's biggest increases in new home registrations

New homes
The growth reveals builders are more prepared to construct homes but experts warn housing shortages are still an urgent matter

New study passes verdicts on changing face of Tyneside over the last 25 years

Millennium Bridge
Book singles out ups and downs of Newcastle and Gateshead's redevelopment

Billy Elliot playwright Lee Hall brands Newcastle City Council's culture pot 'a white wash'

Playwright Lee Hall
Lee Hall calls the council's £600,000 a year culture investment fund a 'white wash' as council reveals no North East celebrities have offered support

Newcastle University aims to bring together researchers from across the North

Chris Day pictured at Newcastle University Medical School
A new northern powerhouse for health sciences is set to become a ‘Crick of the North’, explains Professor Chris Day, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Newcastle University

Google man tells North East entrepreneurs that failing fast will speed up success

Joe Faith, product manager at Google UK
Joe Faith, a product manager at Google, talked to Venturefest North East about how the search giant goes about innovation
Jason Manford who is to play Leo Bloom in The Producers

Jason Manford to star in musical The Producers at Sunderland Empire

Recruits gather in the Great Hall of The Co-operative Society in Newcastle, now Discovery Museum

New Discovery Museum exhibition tells Tyneside's First World War story

An exhibition of work by Thomas Bewick at Gateshead Civic Centre

North East artistic great Thomas Bewick on the menu at restaurant

Vera Baird, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Vera Baird: The Human Rights Act is badly needed - and we have ample proof

Auckland Castle's head curator Dr Chris Ferguson with a newly restored portrait, Christ Carrying the Cross, which is usually displayed in Raby Castle's private chapel

Art experts gather for major conference in County Durham

George Osborne MP

The Journal Opinion: Good news that we're looking at a second northern powerhouse

Nicky Parfitt-Parker of Anderson Garland with valuable marvel comics which are for auction

Rare comics hit high prices at Newcastle auction

Northern Ballet dancers Giuliano Contadini and Lucia Solari in David Nixon OBE's Cinderella

Review: Cinderella, Northern Ballet, Newcastle Theatre Royal

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The Top 200, 2014

Business Supplement: The Top 200, 2014

Joe Plumb outside the newly-built "Pan de Vida" (Bread of Life) Bakery

Joe Plumb gave up priesthood for marriage and dedication to social work in Peru

The Kielder Head

Kielder Forest is venue for artwork bus tours

Visitors to Kielder Water & Forest Park can enjoy a tour of the forest's artworks by minibus this Sunday

Archaeology probe on cannons ship wreck off Northumberland

Peta Knott with the Tyneside divers
The Farne Islands site will be one of the projects outlined on Saturday at the North East Maritime & Coastal Archaeology conference in Newcastle

New Discovery Museum exhibition tells Tyneside's First World War story

Recruits gather in the Great Hall of The Co-operative Society in Newcastle, now Discovery Museum
When the Lamps Went Out is the title of a new exhibition which opens at Discovery Museum in Newcastle on Saturday and runs until June 28

North East Party hits out at civic structures 'developing by stealth' as devolution edges up agenda

Council leaders and local enterprise partnership chairman Paul Woolston (right)
Chairman of the NEP Hilton Dawson says councillors on North East Combined Authority do not have a mandate for regional governance
Greggs on Neville Street, Newcastle City Centre

Who ate all the pies? We find the Greggs capital of Britain

Geordies and city bankers like Greggs, accoring to official figures

Newcastle business fund manager Rivers Capital opens Middlesbrough office

Rivers Capital partners launch of their Middlesbrough Office in Royal Middlehaven House. Left to right, Jonathan Gold, Peter Hiscocks and Dr John White
Newcastle business fund manager Rivers Capital is now aiming to help more Teesside firms to grow

Music industry heavyweights head to North East for Music Futures conference

Chief executive of music development agency Generator, Jim Mawdsley
The line-up for the fourth Music Futures conference being held at the Baltic gallery in Gateshead has been announced

£5m Alnwick housing scheme gets underway

Stephen McCoy, Councillor Allan Hepple, Keith Loraine and Michael Farr
The groundbreaking ceremony in Alnwick represents the start of construction of 58 new homes
Sunderland have had twelve mangers since Arsene Wenger took over at Arsenal - here's how they rate

Sunderland have had twelve mangers since Arsene Wenger took over at Arsenal - here's how they rate

Arsene Wenger is the longest reigning manager in the Premier League, we look at the twelve faces to manage Sunderland in that period

Durham's international links are benefiting the coaches as well as the players

Durham's international links are benefiting the coaches as well as the players
Neil Killeen and Paul Collingwood are two classic examples of how coaching at international level helps raise Durham's standards

Newcastle Eagles are back where they belong, says Charles Smith

Newcastle Eagles are back where they belong, says Charles Smith
Newcastle Eagles star Charles Smith is confident his side can keep their place at the head of the BBL
Jason Manford who is to play Leo Bloom in The Producers

Jason Manford to star in musical The Producers at Sunderland Empire

The comedian Jason Manford is to take the lead role of Leo Bloom in one of the big musicals coming to Sunderland

Bestselling author Rachel Joyce brings her new book to the North East

Author Rachel Joyce
The author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry talks about her new companion book and its North East links

Art experts gather for major conference in County Durham

Auckland Castle's head curator Dr Chris Ferguson with a newly restored portrait, Christ Carrying the Cross, which is usually displayed in Raby Castle's private chapel
A collaboration between the North East and leading art galleries could result from links being forged over three days
The Blyth Boathouse

Secret Diner Review: Blyth Boathouse, Quay Road, Blyth, Northumberland

The Secret Diner made his debut in Blyth with high hopes for an evening of sea food

Jesmond bar Osbornes joins forces with Ninety Nine for new boxing venture

Osbornes and Ninety Nine are joining forces
International dishes will be on the menu - and served innovatively in a box which turns into a plate.

Wallington Food and Craft Festival brings countryside and culture together

(l-r) Annalise and Sydney from Barmston Village Primary School collecting hazelnuts in Washington Old Hall's nuttery
Both Wallington House, Gardens and Estate and Washington Old Hall will be celebrating autumn’s rich bounty this weekend
A small protest was held outside the newsagent after word of the refusal spread online

Shop refuses to sell cigarettes to serving soldiers because they wearing uniform

Worker apologises saying he believed he was legally required to refuse people in combat uniform

Morning news headlines: EU seeking £1.7bn more from UK, David Cameron pledges £80m more for Ebola

EU Heads of State pose for a group photo, during the EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels
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An exhibition of work by Thomas Bewick at Gateshead Civic Centre

North East artistic great Thomas Bewick on the menu at restaurant

Nicky Parfitt-Parker of Anderson Garland with one of the marvel comics

Rare comics hit high prices at Newcastle auction

Northern Ballet dancers Giuliano Contadini and Lucia Solari in David Nixon OBE's Cinderella

Review: Cinderella, Northern Ballet, Newcastle Theatre Royal

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