Prime Minister David Cameron

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

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, 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

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
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

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

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

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
Mikaela Finnigan, head brewer at Jarrow Brewery

Jarrow Brewery eyes growing American beer market

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.

Centre for Process Innovation praised for role in ensuring manufacturing growth

CPI chief executive Nigel Perry
Business secretary stresses role of innovation in securing long-term future of sector, which CPI has boosted by £2.3bn

London links to provide support for North East Institute of Business Ethics

The Rev Glyn Evans of St Andrew’s Church, Newcastle
The London-based Institute of Business Ethics is keen to support its North East counterpart after being impressed with the Pay Fair campaign
Tim Krul could miss a month after training ground ankle injury

Tim Krul could miss a month after training ground ankle injury

Newcastle United's influential stopper Tim Krul injured in training after landing awkwardly on his ankle

Sunderland AFC set for further transfer plan talks

Sunderland AFC set for further transfer plan talks
Gus Poyet and Lee Congerton will firm up the Black Cats' January plans in the next few days

Alan Pardew predicts Andy Carroll will return to Newcastle United

Alan Pardew predicts Andy Carroll will return to Newcastle United
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew admits he is still a big fan of Andy Carroll and suggests there may even be interest in the next transfer window
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

Football icon Pele fighting for life: Updates and reaction as Brazilian legend enters intensive care

According to reports in Brazil, the legendary striker's condition has deteriorated after he was re-admitted with a urinary infection

Heroic uncle throws himself in front of bus to save twin toddler

Ethan Tait helped save twins Ruby and Lennon Clews
Little Lennon was left with head injuries and a broken leg after the incident but it would have been worse if it hadn't of been for the heroic actions of Ethan Tait

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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