Watch: Parents at Durham Free School on why they're fighting to keep their school open

Pupils, parents and staff at Durham Free School signed a giant 'Save our School' banner which was then hoisted up a crane in the school car park

Northumberland County Council members accused of 'undesirable' behaviour by peers

Conservatives protest at County Hall, Morpeth
Northumberland County Council members have been accused of 'undesirable' behaviour in a report compiled by representatives from other authorities

DeepOcean to shed North East jobs as oil industry crisis spreads

Equipment at DeepOcean
The subsea engineering specialists confirmed expected redundancies amidst falling oil prices and lack of renewables work

North East school leaders spark debate over making school day longer

Dr Bernard Trafford, headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, and Kieran McGrane, headteacher at Ponteland High School
A new online forum has shown headteachers have come out largely in favour of a longer school day, but some have their reservations

Plough Inn makeover to form part of major Punch Taverns investment

The Plough in Alnwick, Northumberland, which is reopening as a boutique inn
Punch Taverns are spending £45m on updating their portfolio of pubs - including the Plough Inn in Alnwick

Northumberland County Council's £2m for Sill Centre could be better spent, locals say

View from the north east showing first floor café with panoramic views
Northumberland County Council's £2m for the Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre could be better spent, people in the area say

Sports Direct increases Debenhams share option

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley
Mike Ashley's company now has the right to buy 16.6% of department store, but will remain a 'supportive stakeholder'

Holy Island shoe discovery's possible link to witches and demons

Holy Island Roger Andrews with the ladies boot he found at the bottom of his fireplace during renovations
An old shoe found on Holy Island could have been used to keep witches and demons at bay

Lottery cash plan to aid North East historic churches and take on new roles

St Thomas' Church, Haymarket, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Scheme aims to create new community uses for 18 churches in region

Thieves steal Allen Banks camera set-up to capture antics of otters in Northumberland

An otter family captured on video by rangers at the National Trusts Allen Banks in the Tyne Valley
The National Trust camera, which just days ago captured the first video footage of a family of otters, was stolen from the banks of the River Allen

Glass House champagne bar: A first look at work on the Newcastle venue

A CGI of how the Glass House champagne bar in Newcastle will look when complete
Panoramic photos show how the luxury champagne bar on Dean Street is gradually taking shape

Malhotra Group buys Whitley Bay's Rex Hotel out of administration

The Rex Hotel in Whitley Bay
The landmark Rex Hotel on Whitley Bay's seafront had fallen into administration due to "spiralling" debts

Abolish fees to get more North East young people into universities, say education leaders

MP Pat Glass
Labour MP for North West Durham Pat Glass said fees of up to £9,000 a year are putting off many North youngsters from going to university

ScS private equity owners line up £35million stock market listing

ScS
The Sunderland-based furniture retailer ScS is set to float on the London Stock Exchange at the end of January

Lord Beecham: Thatcher's government cared more about local democracy than the Coalition

Lord Beecham
Lord Beecham says pressure on essential services is "palpable" and he has never seen councils in a more 'desperate plight'

Pressure on North East foodbanks could be eased by £22m EU fund, politicians tell PM

Maureen White (third from right) with volunteers at the East End Food Bank
The Prime Minster David Cameron was criticised by Labour MEPS for allegedly rejecting the money for 'ideological reasons'
Conservatives protest at County Hall, Morpeth

Northumberland County Council members accused of 'undesirable' behaviour by peers

Northumberland County Council members have been accused of 'undesirable' behaviour in a report compiled by representatives from other authorities

Holy Island shoe discovery's possible link to witches and demons

Holy Island Roger Andrews with the ladies boot he found at the bottom of his fireplace during renovations
An old shoe found on Holy Island could have been used to keep witches and demons at bay

Les Walton: A little more PE, a little more woodwork, a little more world peace

Teacher Mr A L Douglas giving a little help to pupil John Crump aged 14 during a woodwork lesson at a Birmingham School. 2nd March 1971
Journal columnist Les Walton, chair of the Northern Education Trust, on the grand ambitions some had for the raising of the school leaving age

Lottery cash plan to aid North East historic churches and take on new roles

St Thomas' Church, Haymarket, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Scheme aims to create new community uses for 18 churches in region
Equipment at DeepOcean

DeepOcean to shed North East jobs as oil industry crisis spreads

The subsea engineering specialists confirmed expected redundancies amidst falling oil prices and lack of renewables work

Plough Inn makeover to form part of major Punch Taverns investment

The Plough in Alnwick, Northumberland, which is reopening as a boutique inn
Punch Taverns are spending £45m on updating their portfolio of pubs - including the Plough Inn in Alnwick

Sports Direct increases Debenhams share option

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley
Mike Ashley's company now has the right to buy 16.6% of department store, but will remain a 'supportive stakeholder'

Beth Farhat: Time to include workers on company boards

Beth Farhat, regional secretary at the Northern TUC
Regional head of the TUC Beth Farhat wants better worker representation in the boardroom
Watch: Parents at Durham Free School on why they're fighting to keep their school open

Watch: Parents at Durham Free School on why they're fighting to keep their school open

Pupils, parents and staff at Durham Free School signed a giant 'Save our School' banner which was then hoisted up a crane in the school car park

Ralph the labrador puppy left limping after hit and run in Forest Hall

Ralph the labrador puppy left limping after hit and run in Forest Hall
Julie and Michael Stephenson are appealing for the driver who hit their pet to come forward after Ralph was left needing expensive surgery

Carol Vorderman helps boost Girl Power at digital event for schoolchildren

Carol Vorderman helps boost Girl Power at digital event for schoolchildren
The profile-raising event at the Sage, Gateshead hoped to encourage more girls into the buoyant North East technology sector
Steve Watson says Lee Clark has what it takes to be Newcastle United manager one day

Steve Watson says Lee Clark has what it takes to be Newcastle United manager one day

Ex-Newcastle United Steve Watson believes Lee Clark has what it takes to succeed at the very top, and says he can return to St James' Park

Newcastle United LIVE: John Carver confirmed as Magpies head coach

Newcastle United LIVE: John Carver confirmed as Magpies head coach
Join us for our Newcastle United blog with all the latest on John Carver being appointed as the coach until the end of the season

John Carver reveals pride after being appointed Newcastle United boss for rest of season

John Carver reveals pride after being appointed Newcastle United boss for rest of season
Newcastle United interim coach John Carver says knowledge of the city and fans will steer him through last 16 games
John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle

Folk trio Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are bound for the North East

Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are joining forces for a rare tour coming to County Durham

North East new music: Five gigs to keep you entertained in February

Coquin Migale
If you love live music here's a round-up of North East gigs taking place in February

Half term at Beamish Museum will be filled with fascinating North East tales from the First World War

Beamish Open Air Museum
From a Victoria Cross hero to a footballer-turned-soldier, visitors to Beamish will discover amazing stories from the region's WW1 history
Adam and Lucy Riley with their Fish Shack

Seafood couple seek backers for new Tyneside venture

The Tynemouth couple behind Riley's Fish Shack are seeking crowdfunding support for more substantial premises

The Raby Hunt recipe for Yorkshire rhubarb and vanilla panna cotta

Yorkshire rhubarb and vanilla panna cotta
Michelin-starred chef James Close of the Raby Hunt Restaurant on the merits of Yorkshire rhubarb

Gateshead's Six restaurant celebrates being ... six!

One of the chef team at Six, Baltic's top floor restaurant
Baltic's acclaimed top floor restaurant has announced a series of special dining experiences to mark its sixth birthday

Costa Concordia captain sentence plea

Francesco Schettino being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship

Greek singing star Demis Roussos dies aged 68

Demis Roussos
70s star's flamboyant style inspired satirists

Videos & Photos

Police Marine Unit recover a body from the river Wear in Durham

Journal opinion: A night out cannot end like this

A CGI of how the Glass House champagne bar in Newcastle will look when complete

Glass House champagne bar: A first look at work on the Newcastle venue

From left, Lee Hardy, Toby Marshall-Robertson and Centre Manager Richard Toynbe at the launch of the Durham Street Food Project

The Durham Street Food Project makes a welcome return

 
 

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