Sir Richard Branson and seals on the Farne Islands

Virgin billionaire Richard Branson offers seven figure sum to buy the Farne Islands

He wants to rename it Lafi Island and build a luxury lodge for him to stay in when he visits Virgin Money at Gosforth in Newcastle

North East Manifesto: Devolution of power emerges as a top priority for North East people

The North East Manifesto - six key demands
Just 12% of people think Westminster does a good job for the North East while 88% want more locally-held control

Letters by former Newcastle reporter tell of life in the North East in the forties

Olga Franklin, former reporter at The Chronicle, who wrote of her experiences in a collection of letters to family members which are now being printed in a new book A Letter from Oggi
Book to be published in April compiles colourful accounts of life by late Newcastle journalist Olga Franklin

Save Druridge campaigners star in anti-mining music video

Supporters of the Save Druridge Campaign take part in Brian English's new music video
The protesters, who oppose a new open-cast scheme near Druridge Bay, are extras in the music video for Brian English's track, Druridge

Pilgrim Street picture provides echoes from the days when the street was hive of Victorian activity

The 19th Century photograph of Pilgrim Street in Newcastle by local photographer Edward Lyddell Sawyer
The image of the hard life in the area of lower Pilgrim Street was sold last week for £200 by Newcastle auctioneers Anderson & Garland

Sage boss says 'Northern Powerhouse' is right here in the North East

Stephen Kelly, the new CEO of Sage
Stephen Kelly called on North East small businessess to 'knock on his door' to develop collaborative working

Sir Alan Beith thanks Liberal Democrats voters as he retires

Sir Alan Beith
Sir Alan Beith has thanked voters as he bows out of politics after more than 40 years as Liberal Democrat MP for Berwick

Lord Shipley: 5% of Northern Rock's 'bad' bank mortgage sale should reach charity

Lord Shipley
The Liberal Democrat peer believes there is a "strong moral case" for 5% of any profit raised to go to the Virgin Money Foundation

Progress accelerates at Newcastle drug discovery firm E-therapeutics as R and D spend increases to £8.5m

Professor Malcolm Young, chief executive of e-Therapeutics updated
The AIM-listed firm said operating losses have widened to £10.175m but that it is making progress, both clinically and in discovery

Liberal Democrats are announcing plans to boost spending on mental health by £3.5bn

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg told ChronicleLive political editor Jonathan Walker : 'One in four of us will experience mental health problems'

Grainger chief executive Andrew Cunningham announces retirement plans

Andrew Cunningham, chief executive of Grainger Plc
Andrew Cunningham, who has been with Grainger for almost 20 years, plans to step down as CEO at the next AGM in 2016

New uses identified for up to 90 sites in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth
New uses have been identified for up to 90 sites in Northumberland as part of a council asset review

Name in lights for Metro Radio as firm confirms sponsorship deal extension

Dominic Munnelly, Marketing Director at Metro Radio, with Nichola McKenna, Marketing and Commercial Manager for the Metro Radio Arena
New signage has been installed at the Metro Radio Arena, as the media business renews its sponsorship of the venue for a further two years

Learning Curve Group sold in multi-million pound deal backed by private equity funds

Judith Moran
Co-founders Judith Moran and Tony Outhart exit the business as management trio take over

Two thirds of North East law firms 'could close' as Legal Aid contracts are slashed, lawyer claims

Barristers and solicitors outside Southwark Crown Court, London, during a nationwide strike against Government plans to cut fees as part of a bid to slash £220 million from the legal aid budget
North East criminal lawyers say government cuts to Legal Aid could lead to "reduction in firms and in justice" in the region

Ferschl Tubeform Limited falls into administration causing 44 redundancies

Ferschl Tubeform factory on South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee
Administrators said the Peterlee-based manufacturer had suffered losses for around six years

Wilderness and its appeal explored at Newcastle University conference

Nature reclaims an old industrial site at Blaydon Burn in Gateshead
Delegates arrive on Tyneside from across the world for wild event which has lured experts in landscape and the wilderness
Sir Richard Branson and seals on the Farne Islands

Virgin billionaire Richard Branson offers seven figure sum to buy the Farne Islands

He wants to rename it Lafi Island and build a luxury lodge for him to stay in when he visits Virgin Money at Gosforth in Newcastle

Save Druridge campaigners star in anti-mining music video

Supporters of the Save Druridge Campaign take part in Brian English's new music video
The protesters, who oppose a new open-cast scheme near Druridge Bay, are extras in the music video for Brian English's track, Druridge

Pilgrim Street picture provides echoes from the days when the street was hive of Victorian activity

The 19th Century photograph of Pilgrim Street in Newcastle by local photographer Edward Lyddell Sawyer
The image of the hard life in the area of lower Pilgrim Street was sold last week for £200 by Newcastle auctioneers Anderson & Garland

Letters by former Newcastle reporter tell of life in the North East in the forties

Olga Franklin, former reporter at The Chronicle, who wrote of her experiences in a collection of letters to family members which are now being printed in a new book A Letter from Oggi
Book to be published in April compiles colourful accounts of life by late Newcastle journalist Olga Franklin
Regent Centre in Gosforth

Regent Centre in Newcastle could be turned from a office complex to 400 homes

Developers Omnia said they are "exploring options" and that no plans have been set in stone

Sage boss says 'Northern Powerhouse' is right here in the North East

Stephen Kelly, the new CEO of Sage
Stephen Kelly called on North East small businessess to 'knock on his door' to develop collaborative working

Cold brew coffee hits Fenwick's shelves thanks to Ponteland-based entrepreneur

Josh Thompson of The Speciality Coffee Company
Josh Thompson, who runs The Specialty Coffee Company and is co-founder of Lola's Coffee, has launched Point Blank Cold Brew

Civil engineers Southbay to double workforce after major contract wins

Southbay's Swan Hunter project manager Graham Taylor, company managing director Paul Stephenson, and Southbay's Port of Tyne project manager Andrew Georgeson
North Shields firm will undertake major projects at Port of Tyne and the former Swan Hunter site
The Chronicle launches Geordify app to translate speech into Geordie

The Chronicle launches Geordify app to translate speech into Geordie

The exciting new smart phone app allows anyone, anywhere in the world to turn their own speech into traditional Geordie dialect

North East news: Five things you might have missed today, Tuesday, March 31

North East news: Five things you might have missed today, Tuesday, March 31
Five things you might have missed in the North East from hail showers to Alan Barnes fundraiser Katie Cutler's new campaign

North Tyneside unclaimed lottery win: Are you a millionaire?

North Tyneside unclaimed lottery win: Are you a millionaire?
A North Tyneside ticket-holder won £1m in the lucky Friday 13 draw this month but the cash has not yet been claimed
Mark Wood: 'The last lad from Ashington to go out to the Caribbean took 7-12'

Mark Wood: 'The last lad from Ashington to go out to the Caribbean took 7-12'

Even at less than six foot tall, Mark Wood has always looked more like an England bowler than a Durham one, writes Stuart Rayner

Dartford 1-1 Gateshead Match Report: Tom Allan's goal earns Tynesiders a point

Dartford 1-1 Gateshead Match Report: Tom Allan's goal earns Tynesiders a point
Tom Allan's first start of the year for Gateshead saw him hit his second goal for the club, but it wasn't enough to beat Dartford

Newcastle United ultimate derby XI: The hardest choice - picking just six midfielders from these classy customers

Newcastle United ultimate derby XI: The hardest choice - picking just six midfielders from these classy customers
Rob Lee, Nobby Solano, Kieron Dyer, Tommy Cassidy, Lee Clark - who are you going to leave out of your ultimate Newcastle United derby XI?
There are plenty of egg hunts for kids to get involved in

Easter 2015: 10 things to do in the North East during the Easter holidays

From eggs hunts and egg rolls to Basil Brush and the Emerald City, there's a wealth of family fun stuff to make the holidays go in a flash

Review: The Best of British Musicals, Hall One, Sage Gateshead

Royal Northern Sinfonia
The Royal Northern Sinfonia and David Firman collaborate for a memorable night including songs from Matilda, Les Mis, Oliver and Mary Poppins

Wrestler-turned-comedian Lee Kyle looking forward to first full show at The Stand, Newcastle

Wrestler-turned comic Lee Kyle
Having spent nine years on the wrestling circuit, the popular comedian has put together a comedy show to clothes-line the competition
Davey Babooram of Cafe Bowes, Barnard Castle

Café Bowes has a special way with a Teesdale lamb steak

Chef Davey Babooram shares his very special recipe for a mouth-watering lamb dish served at the Bowes Museum

Top chef Daryl Chadwick furnishes Barker and Stonehouse shoppers with food

James Barker, Daryl Chadwick and Nathan Baker
A new Chadwick & Co Coffee House and Kitchen is opening at a North East branch of Barker and Stonehouse

The Feathers Inn is tickled by the rise of the brewsters

Pictured from left Laura Jayne Burlison, Pia Castleton Annie Ball and Helen Cradock
The achievements of women in the food and drink sector will be celebrated at a popular festival in Northumberland
Top Gear presenters James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond

Jeremy Clarkson to appear on Top Gear live tour with former colleagues James May and Richard Hammond

Sacked presenter to take part in series of live shows all around world later this year

Strangers help dying mum's dream wedding come true

Kind donations enable Lorraine May, 44, to marry partner Ronnie De'Munnik at Liverpool hospice

Videos & Photos

Zoe Birkett is playing Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard when it comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal

Zoe Birkett emotional at her success playing Whitney Houston's role in The Bodyguard Musical

Aileen Brewis and her property, 4 The Granaries in Offerton Village near the Penshaw Monument

Property gallery: Penshaw barn conversion offers the best of both worlds

The Maker Faire UK 2015 takes place at the Life Science Centre on April 25 and 26

Maker Faire UK will celebrate inventions at the Centre for Life in Newcastle

 
 

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