Durham County Councillor Neil Foster discusses the County Durham Plan with business leaders

Durham County Council to claim planning inspector was 'irrational' in rejecting its plan

Coun Neil Foster, Durham County Council's cabinet member for economic regeneration, has vowed to keep up the political pressure

National Trust estate Cragside unveils Magical Music Box attraction for visitors

The Musical Box interactive art installation in the Labyrinth at Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland
Artists have worked together to create a treat at National Trust Northumberland attraction Cragside

Northumbria University academic claims Scottish referendum saw a boom in border inspired art works

Ysanne Holt, Professor of Art History in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University
Northumbria University Professor of Art History, Ysanne Holt, believes the Scottish referendum brought 'borderland' life into focus

Heaton councillor Doreen Huddart talks about life as an international election monitor

Newcastle Lib Dem councillor Doreen Huddart
From land mines to intimidation, the North East councillor talks about life in the world's trouble spots as an international election monitor

Berwick woman's legacy will fund Northumberland otter project

Stacey Smith, from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust with silver coins donated through a legacy
A donation of £20,000 from the late Vera Wainwright to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust will improve the health of the county's otter population

Northumberland confectioners set out plans for expansion into South of England and Ireland

Matthew and Cathy Stephenson of Sweetdreams, based in Cramlington
Sweetdreams is celebrating its 30th anniversary as it sets out ambitious plans for growth over the next five years

Conservative Party may abandon boundary review plans

Prime Minister David Cameron
The Prime Minister is reportedly facing a backbench rebellion while Labour figures say boundary changes are an attempt to gerrymander vote

Rory Stewart believes 'we will give rural communities enormous strength'

Rory Stewart arrives in Downing Street
Newly-appointed Defra minister pledged to help small businesses innovate and empower parish councils to influence planning policy

Former Berwick vicar and wife mark 100th anniversary of Britain's deadliest ever rail crash

Firemen hose down burnt out carriages at Quintinshill 100 years ago
The Rev Canon Alan Hughes and artist Susan are taking part in services to commemorate the Quintinchill collision which killed 227 people

Shake up on De La Rue board as Gill Rider to leave in summer

De La Rue products
The bank note printers are bringing two new non-executive directors on to the board as Dr Rider steps down as chairman of the Remuneration Committee

Northumberland County Show 2015: Thousands flock to Bywell Hall for annual event

Visitors were treated to a wide range of attractions in Northumberland, ranging from champion livestock to tug-of-war competitions

Mary Poppins due for seven-week run at Theatre Royal in Newcastle next year

A scene from Mary Poppins by the North American Touring Company - Jolly Holiday
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh have announced a Newcastle run for their award-winning Mary Poppins production

Morpeth park's historic at-risk buildings saved by cash boost

Owner Tim Maxwell at the old greenhouse in the grounds of Felton Park Hall in Northumberland
A greenhouse structure at Felton Park is one of only two surviving examples of its kind in the North East and was placed at risk by Historic England

North East motor dealerships Jennings and Springfield Cars drive up sales and profits

(l-r) Nas Khan, MD of Jennings Motor Group, John Mason from Mitsubishi Motors UK, and Norman Shepherd, franchise manager of Jennings Mitsubishi
Despite growing turnover 18%, Jennings' director Nas Khan described last year as "a game of two halves"

Northumberland in top five national parks in world thanks to magazine Condé Nast Traveller

Best in the world Northumberland National Park tops Condé Nast Traveller's list of worlds best National Parks
Northumberland has been rated as one of the world’s top five national parks from top world travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller

Devolution is best opportunity yet to tackle North East skills problem, says CBI chief

John Cridland addressed an audience of business people at Northumbria University
CBI chief John Cridland thinks increased decision making in the region could be improve productivity and reduce inequality

Thinking Digital embraces 'extreme capitalism' at Sage Gateshead

Jennifer Morone speaks at Thinking Digital 2015
Talks from the woman who turned herself into a corporation and the man who encourages childlike creativity feature on final conference day
The Musical Box interactive art installation in the Labyrinth at Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland

National Trust estate Cragside unveils Magical Music Box attraction for visitors

Artists have worked together to create a treat at National Trust Northumberland attraction Cragside

How do we solve the North East's housing problem?

A housing estate
Alison Thain and Paul Fiddaman, two experts in their field, on the measures needed to address the misfiring housing system in the region

Europe is anxious about how we will vote in the EU referendum

Paul Brannen, North East Labour MEP
North East Euro MP Paul Brannen says the campaign to stay in the European Union must be able to counter emotional arguments

We are using the environment as a cost-free dumping ground

People enjoy the mild weather at Alnmouth, Northumberland
Kate Thick says our North East beaches may be wonderful, but it's a different story in the world's oceans

Northumberland County Show 2015: Thousands flock to Bywell Hall for annual event

Visitors were treated to a wide range of attractions in Northumberland, ranging from champion livestock to tug-of-war competitions

Business Supplement: Constructing Excellence

Constructing Excellence
An 8-page report on the recent Constructing Excellence Awards 2015, the highlight of the year for the North East construction industry

Beth Farhat: The importance of good industrial relations

Beth Farhat, regional secretary at the Northern TUC
Regional secretary of the TUC Beth Farhat says good employers recognise that unions are an asset to support them

Teesport operators grow pre-tax profits to £6.3m on increased cargo volumes

Teesport
Brookfield Ports saw revenue increase to £133.43m as the group's North East business enjoyed increased volumes
Ben Stokes and Mark Wood can provide the spark the England Cricket Team need

Ben Stokes and Mark Wood can provide the spark the England Cricket Team need

Recently England's cricket has become conservative, safe and samey. The Durham pair of Ben Stokes and Mark Wood can change that

Worcestershire CCC v Durham CCC LIVE: Updates, action and analysis from New Road

Worcestershire CCC v Durham CCC LIVE: Updates, action and analysis from New Road
Keep up to date with all the action from Durham CCC's LV= County Championship clash with Worcestershire CCC at New Road

Newcastle United RECAP: Latest news and views from the club after yesterday's survival

Newcastle United RECAP: Latest news and views from the club after yesterday's survival
All the latest news and views on Newcastle United after the Magpies secured their Premier League safety yesterday with 2-0 win over West Ham
Peter Davison

Peter Davison shares his Doctor Who memories as Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular comes to the Newcastle

The fifth 'Time Lord' is to perform the narrator's role as the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular comes to the Arena

Concert pianist Yoshie Kawamura on 'friendly' Newcastle

Japanese pianist Yoshie Kawamura
Rising stars of classical music and ballet will join forces in a special performance at a Tyneside architecture firm

Something fishy at our Taste of the County marquee at Northumberland County Show

The new Northumberland Seafood Centre at Amble
The fruits of the sea as well as the land will feature in the Taste marquee at Northumberland County Show
The new Northumberland Seafood Centre at Amble

Something fishy at our Taste of the County marquee at Northumberland County Show

The fruits of the sea as well as the land will feature in the Taste marquee at Northumberland County Show

Three years in for Three Kings - and the signs are good in North Shields

Ewan McCann from Three Kings Brewery
Three Kings Brewery is looking to expand for the second time in three years. Ewan McCann talks us through the development

Newcastle vegan cheese company about to launch unique product in the UK

Ami Tadaa, of Heaton, Newcastle, who is launching the UK's only cashew nut cheese company for vegans called Tyne Chease
A vegan cheese that tastes as good as its dairy cousin? Ami Tadaa believes she’s cracked the secret with her cashew nut-based varieties
Civil partners of four years Paul Higgins (right) and Richard Lucey, who have been in a relationship together for 19 years, arrive to cast their votes at their polling station in Cabra, Dublin for the referendum on gay marriage

Emigrants return to Ireland as polls open in gay marriage vote

More than 3.2 million voters in the Republic have been asked for their say, with polling stations open from 7am to 10pm

Tory MP Eric Pickles to be given a knighthood

Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles
Former Communities Secretary to be made Knight Bachelor in recognition of public service as an MP, a former Cabinet minister and his time in local government

Videos & Photos

Hotspur House, The home of Jo Dixon in Allendale, Northumberland

Property gallery: Historic Allendale home is hot property

Mark Knopfler, in concert at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Review: Mark Knopfler at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

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Dennis Jobling at The Gallery of Wonder on Tour exhibition at Newcastle University

A Gallery of Wonder is to tour agricultural shows

 
 

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