East Coast

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

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

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
Dr Bernard Trafford Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, Jesmond

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

Newcastle headteacher and Journal columnist Bernard Trafford on why he's forsaken a midlife crisis in favour of a nice cup of tea

What does it mean to be a Geordie: Newcastle-born writer's book deconstructs the Geordie identity

Author Joe Sharkey who has written a book titled, ' Akenside Sydrome' about the Geordie identity
Is hailing from Tyneside a blessing or a curse? This dilemma is explored in a new book by Newcastle-born writer Joe Sharkey

Is Band Aid is need of a re-tune? Why charity singles don't always sound the right note

Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure (left) attend a press conference where they announced that they will produce a record to help fight Ebola
Northumbria University academic  Dr Lee Barron looks at the place of charity singles in popular culture

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
Lord Robert Winston at Dräger's 125th anniversary celebrations

Dräger celebrates 125 years in business

Lord Robert Winston among those marking milestone date for technology company, which has a site in Blyth

Number's up for Sunderland gaming firm at awards event

Tombola chief executive Phil Cronin is flanked by comedian Ed Byrne (left) and David Hunter, CEO of sponsor Ukash
Tombola was named bingo operator of the year for the third year running

EU urged to act fast on electric vehicle investment as Juncker provides investment hopes

Nissan Leaf production line
Sevcon's Matt Boyle says the EU needs to "get its skates on" as €315bn investment programme revealed

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

Quantum Pharma
The Burnopfield-based manufacturer has confirmed its intention to float on December 11, after six months of preparation
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 27, 2014

Remembering Newcastle United legend Gary Speed - three years on from his untimely death

Remembering Newcastle United legend Gary Speed - three years on from his untimely death
Neil Cameron remembers the former Newcastle United player as genuinely one of the most popular figures in football

Why Newcastle United need to play emergency loan deadline day perfectly

Why Newcastle United need to play emergency loan deadline day perfectly
Newcastle should get Gael Bigirimana a club if they want him to follow in the footsteps of the other black and whites who benefited from loans
Sam Ferriday, Stephen Webb, Matt Corner and Lewis Griffiths in Jersey Boys

Review: Jersey Boys at Sunderland Empire

The music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons sends a Sunderland audience into nostalgic raptures

The Noble art of Freewheeling: Comic Ross Noble is loving being on home turf

Comedian Ross Noble
Cramlington-born comic is playing a five-night residency at Newcastle City Hall and you can be sure no two nights will be the same

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

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