Rail Minister Claire Perry makes an East Coast rail announcement at Central Station

Investment of £140m planned for East Coast mainline after private sector takeover

Government says move a "fantastic deal" but RMT union brands re-privatisation of line from Edinburgh to London as "an act of utter betrayal"

Case for Culture: What it means for the future of the North East

Sage Gateshead
Following the Case for Capital, the new Case for Culture aims to keep the region's many cultural assets high up the agenda

Devolving air levy to Scotland could mean 1,000 North East jobs are placed in jeopardy

Prime Minister David Cameron
Smith Commission proposal to devolve Air Passenger Duty to Holyrood is described as 'a slap in the face for North East business'

Virgin Trains and Stagecoach win East Coast mainline rail franchise

Rail Minister Claire Perry makes an East Coast rail announcement at Central Station. updated
Direct links to Sunderland and Middlesbrough and more trains from Newcastle to London planned under Inter City Railway bid

Jarrow Brewery eyes growing American beer market

Mikaela Finnigan, head brewer at Jarrow Brewery
Jarrow Brewery has marked a heady first year in its new base - and now has its sights set on US customers

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

Seahouses Middle School children's game culinary creations prove a hit

Children game for creating winning pheasant recipes for Great British Game Week
Northumberland children were challenged to create their own dish to mark Great British Game Week

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

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, left, 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
Rail Minister Claire Perry makes an East Coast rail announcement at Central Station

Investment of £140m planned for East Coast mainline after private sector takeover

Government says move a "fantastic deal" but RMT union brands re-privatisation of line from Edinburgh to London as "an act of utter betrayal"

Kate Fox: We're not getting a true picture because we are distorting it ourselves

Labour MP Emily Thornberry, Shadow Attorney General, posts an image from Rochester, Kent, on Twitter on polling day in the by-election triggered by Mark Reckless's defection to UKIP. The picture and its snobby implications were widely condemned, and angered leader Ed Miliband forcing her resignation from her Shadow post. Twitter screen grab @EmilyThornberry
Poet and Journal columnist Kate Fox on the saga of Emily Thornberry's career-ending tweet and the falliut from it

Devolving air levy to Scotland could mean 1,000 North East jobs are placed in jeopardy

Prime Minister David Cameron
Smith Commission proposal to devolve Air Passenger Duty to Holyrood is described as 'a slap in the face for North East business'

Bernard Trafford: Was I there for the 1970s? I don't think I'm quite sure...

Dr Bernard Trafford Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, Jesmond
Newcastle headteacher and Journal columnist Bernard Trafford on why he's forsaken a midlife crisis in favour of a nice cup of tea
Artist's impression of Boho Five

Opus Building Services starts work on landmark Teesside building

The Boho Zone acts as a commercial quarter for Middlesbrough’s digital media, digital technology and creative sectors

Nigel Wright confident of profit return after two international closures

Nigel Wright
The Newcastle firm last year closed offices in Holland and Switzerland, resulting in four redundancies

Jarrow Brewery eyes growing American beer market

Mikaela Finnigan, head brewer at Jarrow Brewery
Jarrow Brewery has marked a heady first year in its new base - and now has its sights set on US customers

Half of student flats sold - before Newcastle block is even built

A CGI to show how Vita's student development in Newcastle will look
The 259-bed block will include a communal hub with a cinema and gym amongst other impressive amenities.
Black Friday 2014 live: Updates as Newcastle bargain hunters spend in high street sales

Black Friday 2014 live: Updates as Newcastle bargain hunters spend in high street sales

It's Black Friday. Follow live updates from Newcastle with details of bargains, offers and scraps as shoppers scramble to get the best deals

Chloe Beaney: Cramlington teenager is saved after having a successful heart transplant

Chloe Beaney: Cramlington teenager is saved after having a successful heart transplant
On Thursday afternoon Chloe Beaney, from Cramlington, underwent a life-saving heart transplant at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital

North Shields music pirate Kane Robinson planning to appeal length of jail term

North Shields music pirate Kane Robinson planning to appeal length of jail term
Friends of the North Shields music lover have already pledged £3,000 towards his legal bills as he bids to have his 32 month jail term reduced
Mathieu Debuchy could return to face old club Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium

Mathieu Debuchy could return to face old club Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium

Former Newcastle United full-back Mathieu Debuchy is in line for return when Arsenal head back to St James' Park

Newcastle United RECAP: All the latest news and views on everything NUFC

Newcastle United RECAP: All the latest news and views on everything NUFC
Keep up to date with everything Newcastle United in our live blog, featuring news, views and opinions from around the world, for November 28, 2014

Newcastle Falcons make one change for the visit of Sale Sharks

Newcastle Falcons make one change for the visit of Sale Sharks
George McGuigan is the only new face in Newcastle Falcons' team to face Sale Sharks, as Dean Richards opts for consistency in selection
The Chocolate Smiths, Aimee Carroll, Steffi Smith and Amy Francis

The Chocolate Smiths have put zing into a favourite confection

The entrepreneurs behind The Chocolate Smiths explain how they found a market for smoky bacon-flavoured chocolate

Case for Culture: What it means for the future of the North East

Sage Gateshead
Following the Case for Capital, the new Case for Culture aims to keep the region's many cultural assets high up the agenda

Art auction: Newcastle University students raise money for degree show

'Untitled', collage on paper by Liliane Lijn, 2014
Art lovers with an eye for a bargain will flock to a special auction today where some distinctive work will go under the hammer
The Chocolate Smiths, Aimee Carroll, Steffi Smith and Amy Francis

The Chocolate Smiths have put zing into a favourite confection

The entrepreneurs behind The Chocolate Smiths explain how they found a market for smoky bacon-flavoured chocolate

How to dine out and help the homeless with StreetSmart scheme

Restaurant owner Peter Smith from Grapevine, Whitley Bay is taking part in the Streetsmart campaign
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

Live: Black Friday 2014 - updates as bargain hunters spend millions in high street sales

It's Black Friday - the biggest shopping day of the year. We've got all the bargains, special offers and scraps as shoppers scramble to get the best deals

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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