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

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

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

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

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

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
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 North East Coast Exhibtion, 1929

New pictures emerge of historic North East Coast Exhibition

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

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

North East artistic great Thomas Bewick on the menu at restaurant

An exhibition of work by Thomas Bewick at Gateshead Civic Centre
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

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

Nifco director's call to manufacturers at Durham Oktoberfest

Oktober Fest Durham in Newton Aycliffe
Nifco UK's managing director says government money through the Employer Ownership Fund is going untouched

Growth Capital Ventures smashes crowdfunding target

Norman Peterson (left) and Craig Peterson
The market leading crowdfunding venture smashed its target and closed at £235,000

Top internet engagers crowned at North East Blogger Awards

The North East Blogger Awards
The best of the region's bloggers have been recognised at the inaugural North East Blogger Awards
Recap: Future of Boardwalk Cafe on the agenda at North Tyneside Council meeting

Recap: 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

Recap: Delays as train is derailed on Tyneside

Recap: Delays as train is derailed on Tyneside
A Freightliner Heavy Haul wagon derailed from the track close to Gateshead earlier this afternoon causing Northern Rail to cancel services between Newcastle and Sunderland

Wish 2014: Tanfield Lea Countryside Group in Wish tokens appeal

Wish 2014: Tanfield Lea Countryside Group in Wish tokens appeal
Tanfield Lea Countryside Group has signed up to the Wish campaign as it looks to discover more about the environment by installing cameras
Newcastle United board plead for extra time after poor start to season

Newcastle United board plead for extra time after poor start to season

Magpies chiefs feel that bringing in so many new players this summer was always going to take time

I could have been sacked in another country says Sunderland AFC boss Gus Poyet

I could have been sacked in another country says Sunderland AFC boss Gus Poyet
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet says he might have faced the axe had he overseen an 8-0 defeat in another country

Blaydon shake up selection in search for intensity

Blaydon shake up selection in search for intensity
Director of Micky Ward has freshened up his side for Saturday's visit of Old Albanians
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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