Jim Cockburn Head Teacher at Longbenton community college who is retiring after 37 years teaching

Retiring Longbenton head teacher's warning over 'fractured school system'

Jim Cockburn urges Government to get grip of schooling 'free market' and work with teaching profession going forward

Newcastle Live Theatre is out to grow its role on world stage with ambitious projects

Jim Beirne MBE, chief executive, Live Theatre
Live Theatre chief executive Jim Beirne looks ahead to an action-packed New Year and beyond

Gateshead girl follows in mum's footsteps with fashion website

Jessica Thomas, founder of Overmybody.com
Jessica Thomas has set up a website specialising in importing US and Australian brands

Blyth Workspace at Commissioners Quay set to open for business

A CGI of how the Blyth Workspace will look when completed
The landmark building forms part of a wider scheme at Commissioners Quay being developed by Arch, the Northumberland development company

Mental illness sufferer tells of her long journey away from the panic attacks

A woman showing signs of depression
Emily Mirren, a sufferer of mental illness, tells of her journey away from the panic attacks and towards a better and stronger future

MH17 tragedy: Why it was the Dutch Government which helped a Tyneside family through its darkest hours

Barry and Lesley Sweeney
Barry Sweeney and his wife Lesley reflect on the MH17 tragedy five months on and explain their hope for a British memorial

Home Group chief believes political will is needed to end the housing crisis

A housing estate
Chief executive of Home Group says tens of thousands of more new homes are needed to meet the growing demand

NHS is in rude health reveals exclusive Journal poll

An NHS logo
Our survey of people in the North East and the UK suggests backing for the NHS has remained strong

Central Newcastle High School headmistress calls for action on attainment gap

Hilary French, headmistress of Central High School in Jesmond, Newcastle
Hilary French, headmistress at Central Newcastle High School, has called for the North East Schools Challenge to be put into action

Eric Pickles urged to intervene in 'crisis' hit Berwick Town Council

Eric Pickles has been urged to intervene in the 'crisis' which is said to have embroiled Berwick Town Council over the 'Portas Pilot'

Brain drain fears after 21,500 knowledge economy jobs lost in North East since 2009

Chi Onwurah MP at her childhood home at Hillsview Avenue, Kenton
Concern is mounting more research funding could be heading to 'golden triangle' of universities in the South East rather than the North East

South Shields property boss makes fresh calls for housing minister to visit North East

Ajay Jagota, KIS managing director
Property boss Ajay Jagota believes national policy on housing often overlooks the region

North East set to establish itself at forefront of NHS international volunteering

Brenda Longstaff and Nurse Paul Smith both of Rake Lane Hospital
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust secures £25,000 to expand its award-winning international volunteering work

Petards secure £1.5m contract extension to supply CCTV for Gatwick Express trains

Petards
The Team Valley-based manufacturer will provide further units on top of a 2013 order

Speed limits outside more than 30 schools in County Durham due to be cut to 20mph

A 20mph speed limit sign
Durham County Council has launched a consultation on introducing 20mph zones outside 34 schools across the county

Felling workers face uncertain New Year as Akzo Nobel lines up redundancies

Akzo Nobel factory in Gateshead
The North East site's Dutch owners, Akzo Nobel plan to make 50 redundancies as part of a global cost cutting exercise

Newcastle experts set to deliver world-leading project in fight against cancer and rare diseases

Sir Leonard Fenwick
Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is chosen as one of 11 centres in country to lead breakthrough genomics project
Jim Cockburn Head Teacher at Longbenton community college who is retiring after 37 years teaching

Retiring Longbenton head teacher's warning over 'fractured school system'

Jim Cockburn urges Government to get grip of schooling 'free market' and work with teaching profession going forward

Newcastle Live Theatre is out to grow its role on world stage with ambitious projects

Jim Beirne MBE, chief executive, Live Theatre
Live Theatre chief executive Jim Beirne looks ahead to an action-packed New Year and beyond

MH17 tragedy: Why it was the Dutch Government which helped a Tyneside family through its darkest hours

Barry and Lesley Sweeney
Barry Sweeney and his wife Lesley reflect on the MH17 tragedy five months on and explain their hope for a British memorial

Home Group chief believes political will is needed to end the housing crisis

A housing estate
Chief executive of Home Group says tens of thousands of more new homes are needed to meet the growing demand
A CGI of how the Blyth Workspace will look when completed

Blyth Workspace at Commissioners Quay set to open for business

The landmark building forms part of a wider scheme at Commissioners Quay being developed by Arch, the Northumberland development company

Gateshead girl follows in mum's footsteps with fashion website

Jessica Thomas, founder of Overmybody.com
Jessica Thomas has set up a website specialising in importing US and Australian brands

Newcastle engineers create Rio 2016 Olympic whitewater course

Earthworks underway at the site of the Olympic whitewater course at the Deodoro Olympic Park in Brazil
A team of five engineers from Newcastle-based consultancy Cundall have helped to design the canoe slalom course in Brazil

Gospelware moves into Newcastle premises ahead of planned recruitment drive

App developers Gospelware
The mobile developers and digital product specialists have moved to loft premises in Newcastle
East Boldon Sainsbury's raider jumps for freedom but shatters leg by landing on police car

East Boldon Sainsbury's raider jumps for freedom but shatters leg by landing on police car

David Hawkes, of Sunderland, will never walk properly again after breaking his leg in four places jumping off the roof as police closed in

Freed Ashington pirate-hunter faced his second Christmas in India without his family

Freed Ashington pirate-hunter faced his second Christmas in India without his family
Nick Dunn's sister Lisa is demanding answers as to why her brother was forced to spend yet another Christmas away from home

Cramlington transplant teen Chloe Beaney gets toy heart in Christmas cracker

Cramlington transplant teen Chloe Beaney gets toy heart in Christmas cracker
As the brave 14-year-old was sitting down at home to have her eagerly-awaited Christmas dinner, she found a little plastic heart in her cracker
John Calton from the Staith House, North Shields

Our list of lucky foods for the New Year

Everyone hopes 2015 will be better than 2014 and here are some tasty food items that could make that more likely

Review: Playhouse Whitley Bay's Beauty and the Beast Panto

Roxanne Pallett and fellow cast members serve up a seasonal treat as Beauty and the Beast pulls in the seaside panto punters

Review: Starring Vivien Leigh at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind by Clarence Sinclair Bull, collection National Portrait Gallery
The beauty and determination of Vivien Leigh are encapsulated in an exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery
John Calton from the Staith House, North Shields

Our list of lucky foods for the New Year

Everyone hopes 2015 will be better than 2014 and here are some tasty food items that could make that more likely

Four top chefs offer their Christmas dinner tips

Jesmond Dean House head chef Michael Penaluna
Christmas is a busy time in the restaurant kitchen for our top chefs but how do they like their own Christmas dinner served?

January sees the return of Newcastle Restaurant Week

Restauranteur Terry Laybourne
Restaurants across Newcastle will be luring diners with special deals as part of NE1's Newcastle Restaurant Week from January 19-25
Lorraine Sweeney and granddaughter Erin McQuade

Mum survived Glasgow lorry tragedy that killed her parents and daughter because she stopped at cashpoint

Erin McQuade, 18, and grandparents Jack Sweeney, 68, and Lorraine Sweeney, 69, were three of the victims killed in the tragedy

Bryan Ferry's son Merlin fighting for his life after horrific head-on car crash just before Christmas

Handout photo from Wellington Fire Station, part of the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service of the mangled wreckage following a car crash which left Merlin Ferry, the son of Bryan Ferry, trapped for almost an hour
Firemen fought for 45 minutes to free Merlin, 24, from mangled wreckage of car

Videos & Photos

Little London Green ,4 is a patient at the Bubble Unit in Newcastle

Bubble boy is only second in the world to be diagnosed with rare immune condition

Oil rig selfies... at Christmas

Brunswick House in Whalton

Property gallery: Whalton house was home from the first view

 
 

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