The new Rail Academy in Gateshead, students from left Laim Barrass, Brandon Foster, Antony Walker, Andrew Bell

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

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

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

Bitter path row at Melkridge in Northumberland is heading for public inquiry

Melkridge Hall in Melkridge near Haltwhistle
A bitter row over a blocked path at Melkridge is heading for a public inquiry next year

Sound recordist Chris Watson takes groups on Kielder Forest expeditions

Chris Watson in Kielder Forest
Kielder Forest in Northumberland is to stage a sound artwork event led by top sound recordist Chris Watson

North East Councils one step closer to taking control of bus services in transport shake-up

A Stagecoach bus in Newcastle
Members of the NE Combined Authority voted unanimously for a Quality Contract Scheme for Tyne and Wear

North East LEP plans to work with Scotland to boost North East economy

North East LEP chair Paul Woolston
North East local enterprise partnership exploring joint projects with counterparts north of the border

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

NHS spending on private ambulances has soared in the North East

An ambulance
North East Ambulance Service’s spending on private ambulances has risen a staggering 353% in just three years

Barnard Castle venue honoured by planners at awards ceremony

Wooler Hub
The Royal Town Planners Institiute in the North East has been handing out gongs
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 North East Coast Exhibtion, 1929

New pictures emerge of historic North East Coast Exhibition

Information Technology supplement

Business Supplement: Information Technology

An exhibition of work by Thomas Bewick at Gateshead Civic Centre

North East artistic great Thomas Bewick on the menu at restaurant

Thomas Bewick is celebrated at Gateshead Civic Centre's restaurant with the Bewick & Back: Wildlife, Walks and Art exhibition

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

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

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
NOF Energy is on course to attract even more delegates to the conference than last year, when more than 400 attended

Leading contractors sign up for Energy: A Balanced Future conference

There are five months to go but the NOF Energy conference at Sage Newcastle is already drawing in big names

Newcastle firm's 'Attenborough documentaries' help understanding of child development

Left to right: Wendy McEvoy, Siobhan Weatherstone, Katrina McEvoy, Suzi Robinson
Newcastle-based Siren Films has been producing child development films for the last 20 years

DNA of North East business landscape revealed in new data anaylsis

CPI & TATA open £5 million research centre at the Teesside Technology Centre, Grangetown
New analysis of Companies House data reveals some surprising traits of the North East business community

Johnson Partners aims for more big business

The 60 tonne generator packed for shipment by Johnson Partners
The Teesside firm has taken on more than 100 new clients in the last three years - and the list is growing
LIVE: Future of Boardwalk Cafe on the agenda at North Tyneside Council meeting

LIVE: Future of Boardwalk Cafe on the agenda at North Tyneside Council meeting

At the North Tyneside Council meeting tonight, members and mayor Norma Redfearn will hear from protesters who want to keep The Boardwalk Cafe at Watts Slope in Whitley Bay open. Live coverage from 6pm

LIVE: Delays as train is derailed on Tyneside

LIVE: Delays as train is derailed on Tyneside
We are hearing reports of disruption on Northern Rail services at Newcastle due to derailed train. Northern Rail expect some disruption for the rest of the day

North Tyneside Council will hear from campaigners behind a petition to save the Boardwalk Cafe

North Tyneside Council will hear from campaigners behind a petition to save the Boardwalk Cafe
Campaigners fighting to save The Boardwalk Cafe from demolition launch last-ditch attempt to make council change their minds
Gus Poyet hoping for international clearance to play Anthony Reveillere against Arsenal

Gus Poyet hoping for international clearance to play Anthony Reveillere against Arsenal

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet wants to have new signing Anthony Reveillere  available to face the Gunners this weekend

Newcastle United could benefit from Tottenham's Europa League exertions this week

Newcastle United could benefit from Tottenham's Europa League exertions this week
Newcastle United don't need to be reminded of the pains and strains of the Europa League, but they can benefit on Sunday

Tottenham v Newcastle: Watch Lee Ryder look ahead to Newcastle United's game against Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham v Newcastle: Watch Lee Ryder look ahead to Newcastle United's game against Tottenham Hotspur
Chronicle chief sports writer Lee Ryder looks ahead to Newcastle United's clash Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane
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

A collaboration between the North East and leading art galleries could result from links being forged over three days

Review: Rowan McCabe, North East Rising at Northern Stage

Poet Rowan McCabe in North East Rising
Performance poet Rowan McCabe has some stereotypes to dispel and some new heroes to celebrate in his debut show

Review: Cinderella, Northern Ballet, Newcastle Theatre Royal

Northern Ballet dancers Giuliano Contadini and Lucia Solari in David Nixon OBE's Cinderella
A magician, pyrotechnics and giant huskies add to the appeal of a Northern Ballet production with much to enjoy
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
Alvin Stardust

Alvin Stardust dies: Glam rock singer dies aged 72 after short cancer battle

Stardust had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his family around him

Top tips on how to stay healthy as the weather gets colder

Allergic to autumn? If you're suffering with sniffles it might not be a cold

Videos & Photos

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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