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Virgin Trains and Stagecoach win East Coast mainline rail franchise

The controversial takeover has seen the firms promise to invest £140m in the route over the next eight years

Ed Balls warns: Spending cuts will have to continue under Labour

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
Next government will inherit budget deficit and failing economy, Labour's shadow chancellor warns

Urgent action needed on North East housebuilding as demand is twice of supply

Roberta Blackman Woods, MP for Durham City
Key figures say funding is needed to clean up brownfield sites and dormant housing stock should be brought into use

North East UKIP MEP says selective education could help bridge attainment gap between state and private schools

Jonathan Arnott
UKIP's North East MEP Jonathan Arnott said selective education is one of the ways to give bright kids from poor backgrounds an opportunity

Bike recycle venture opens new outlet in Durham City

The opening of Recyke y’bike shop in Durham
New Durham base for Newcastle social project Recyke y’bike which gives bikes new life

Family of fallen Tyneside solider pay tribute at Tynemouth war ceremony

Relatives of First World War soldier Thomas Stephens Charlesworth and Irish piper Joe Crane at the plaque ceremony
Plaque honours fallen First World War soldier at his former home in Tynemouth as family members pay tribute

Improved Northern transport links among FSB's Autumn Statement wish list

FSB North East regional chairman Ted Salmon
Infrastructure, rate relief, taxes and improved broadband speeds addressed in submission to Government

MP calls for funding to dual A69 as region looks to Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Closure warning on the A69 just west of Hexham
Hexham MP Guy Opperman met George Osborne to push the case for improving the road at a meeting in Westminster

Alnmouth community comes together for launch of traditional rowing boat

The Duchess of Northumberland launches Alnmouth community boat
The Duchess of Northumberland officially names The Pride of Aln and praises 'extraordinary public spirit' behind the project

£1.3m funding boost for Holy Island from the Heritage Lottery Fund

The view from St Cuthbert's Isle, with Lindisfarne in the background
Lottery windfall gives green light to £1.8m project to enhance Northumberland historic and natural environment

Pay's going up in the North East but men earn £100 a week more than women

Trades Union Congress TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady
The region's pay rise is the best in the country but may still lab behind the cost of living - and public sector workers had their salaries cut

Great North Fitness Revolution: New study shows older runners 'remain vigorous'

Keen photographer Ken Clasper, right, who suffers from Alzheimers, in Durham City, with Rob Stewart
Study reveals that older people who go running regularly have the same vigour as a typical 20-year-old

Hooters applies for Newcastle city centre late licence

Hooters
The controversial bar and restaurant chain could open in premises at the City Quadrant on Westmorland Road

Gateshead green transport firm Sevcon starts manufacturing in Malaysia

Matt Boyle, President and Chief Executive Officer of the electric vehicle control manufacturer Sevcon
The new contract is also set to increase the headcount at Sevcon’s Team Valley headquarters over the next 12 months

Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes warns 'impossible' funding cuts foster extremism

Nick Forbes
Newcastle leader Nick Forbes says the public is losing faith in mainstream politics as council prepares to unveil £90 million funding cuts

Bid to save 1960s Killingworth listed Ryder and Yates building

The Ryder and Yates building at Kilingworth
Campaign is launched to prevent demoltion of latest Ryder and Yates building to face threat of demolition
Keen photographer Ken Clasper, right, who suffers from Alzheimers, in Durham City, with Rob Stewart

Great North Fitness Revolution: New study shows older runners 'remain vigorous'

Study reveals that older people who go running regularly have the same vigour as a typical 20-year-old

Ed Balls warns: Spending cuts will have to continue under Labour

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
Next government will inherit budget deficit and failing economy, Labour's shadow chancellor warns

Urgent action needed on North East housebuilding as demand is twice of supply

Roberta Blackman Woods, MP for Durham City
Key figures say funding is needed to clean up brownfield sites and dormant housing stock should be brought into use

Bike recycle venture opens new outlet in Durham City

The opening of Recyke y’bike shop in Durham
New Durham base for Newcastle social project Recyke y’bike which gives bikes new life
Quantum Pharma

Quantum Pharmaceutical reveal AIM flotation with hopes to raise £106m

The Burnopfield-based manufacturer has confirmed its intention to float on December 11, after six months of preparation

North East manufacturing leaders call for greater sector support

L-R Andrew Moorby Tait Walker, Ian Malcolm ElringKlinger GB, Paul Stewart Chirton Engineering and Greg Robson, from Caterpillar
Hosted by accountancy firm Tait Walker, the People Agenda roundtable event saw issues such as industry perception, the education experience gap and upskilling of existing workforces take centre stage

Entries are open for the Services category at the North East Business Award

The North East Business awards night at Hardwick Hall, Co Durham 2014 Winner Anthony Warren from John Warren ABP with sponsor Massimo Stanghellini from Npower
Prize recognises those companies who can make a difference to the regional business community

Hooters applies for Newcastle city centre late licence

Hooters
The controversial bar and restaurant chain could open in premises at the City Quadrant on Westmorland Road
Heaton primary school kids discover what people in the area did during WWI

Heaton primary school kids discover what people in the area did during WWI

Pupils at Chillingham Road Primary School have been investigating what people who lived in nearby streets got up to during the First World War.

North East's unsung heroes set to be honoured at our Chronicle Champions awards

North East's unsung heroes set to be honoured at our Chronicle Champions awards
Inspirational parents, children, teachers and businesses are to be celebrated this evening at a ceremony at The Biscuit Factory, Ouseburn

Benwell residents upset at school's proposal to fence off community green

Benwell residents upset at school's proposal to fence off community green
The proposal to build a fence around a green that has been shared by the school and the community for almost a century has upset residents
Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt warns that Chelsea will be out for revenge

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt warns that Chelsea will be out for revenge

Liam Bridcutt says Chelsea will be wounded by last season's defeats against the Black Cats - but he believes Sunderland can upset the odds once again

Newcastle United facing battle for striker target Andre-Pierre Gignac

Newcastle United facing battle for striker target Andre-Pierre Gignac
Newcastle United face competition for Andre-Pierre Gignac, with Dynamo Moscow readying a bid for the France international

Seb Larsson predicts Gus Poyet will put an end to Sunderland's 'rollercoaster' ride

Seb Larsson predicts Gus Poyet will put an end to Sunderland's 'rollercoaster' ride
Sunderland's relegation battle went right to the wire last season, but Seb Larsson believes there will be no repeat this time around
Sting, left, and producer Jeffery Seller

Sting steps in to give his musical a boost on Broadway stage

Sting is taking over Jimmy Nail's role in The Last Ship, his musical inspired partly by his Tyneside upbringing

Review: Chris Cross at the Montana Lounge, Prima Ristorante, Newcastle Quayside

Globetrotting Geordie Magician and Escapologist Chris Cross
Self-styled 'Geordie magician and escapologist' Chris Cross offered an appetising side dish of tricks and gags on Newcastle Quayside

Jo Brand wants everyone to have a Christmas party in aid of homeless charity Crisis

Jo Brand is supporting the Crisis Christmas appeal
The comedian and actress suggests karaoke and a festive bake off as great party themes which put the fun into fundraising
Restaurant owner Peter Smith from Grapevine, Whitley Bay is taking part in the Streetsmart campaign

How to dine out and help the homeless with StreetSmart scheme

Sixteen North East restaurants are participating in the StreetSmart scheme to help the homeless over the festive season. Bridget McClean reports

Secret Diner Review: Electric East, St James Boulevard, Newcastle

Electric East
Our candid restaurant critic visits Electric East to sample its promised innovative dishes from Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand

Northern Alchemy brewing a name for itself among Newcastle's top bars and pubs

Carl Kennedy and Andy Aitchison (wearing cap) of Northern Alchemy Brewing Company at their brewery at the Cumberland Arms, Byker
Northern Alchemy makes unusual and wickedly flavoured craft beers from its similarly unusual home

Phillip Hughes dies: Latest updates, tributes and reaction as cricket world mourns loss of Australian Test star aged just 25

Cricket Australia confirmed the tragic news in the early hours of Thursday that the 25-year-old had passed away after being hit by a ball on Tuesday

Videos & Photos

Lawyer of the Year: L-R Graham Lowes, Helen Ager,Nigel Barnes, Verity Dobbie, Paul Dunn, Allan Devine and Lewis Pearson

Lawyer of the Year shared by nine campaigning North East solicitors

Lady Gaga performs onstage during her artRave: The Artpop Ball tour

Review: Lady Gaga Artrave: The Artpop Ball, Metro Radio Arena

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Humewood, 16 Argyle Street, Alnmouth, Northumberland

Property gallery: Alnmouth home provides the perfect seaside retreat

 
 

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