Training is just up our street

Two familiar faces arrived on Tyneside yesterday to tell businesses how to get the training they need to stay ahead of the competition.

Shopping made safe

Shoppers visiting the new Waterloo Square complex in South Shields are finding it easier - and safer - to get there.

Do partners please for the next dance?

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Baby Spice Emma Bunton, ex-Bad Girls star Claire King and EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton have signed up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Free parking

More than 400 town centre car parking spaces in North Tyneside will be free at weekends from October to persuade people to shop locally.

TV provides showcase for stories of success

The cream of the North's acting, writing and artistic talent have joined forces for a TV series exploring the magic of the written word.

Jill adds her voice to charity gig

Jill Halfpenny is the latest addition to the 3 Bandstand line-up, set to fill The Sage Gateshead with music and laughter next month.

Superdog takes rescue plaudits

Superdog Boz woke up as a hero yesterday after staying by the side of his owner for two nights before guiding rescuers to him with a series of barks.

Dress like a celebrity

An auction is giving one lucky man the chance to dress like a celebrity.

`Burping' soap star over limit

A coronation Street star was found guilty of drink driving yesterday after magistrates dismissed his claim that a police error invalidated his breath tests.

Benefits cheats costing us £28m

Calls were made last night for tougher sentences for benefits cheats after shocking new figures revealed they are costing the North-East £28m every year.

Quarry fall girl critical

A 16-year-old girl suffered serious head injuries last night after it is believed she tried to jump off a 30ft drop at a North-East quarry.

Ambulance crashes on 999 call

A paramedic was taken to hospital last night, and four other people hurt, after an ambulance answering a 999 call was involved in a collision with a car.

Was any soap exit less traumatic?

Soaps are all about make believe but David Whetstone explains how fate has brought two real-life brothers together on Emmerdale.

£5bn for Halifax

Halifax Bank of Scotland has said it is on course to deliver annual profits of more than £5bn.

Stars out for Sammy

The venue may have changed but the sentiment remained heart-warmingly the same as the curtain came down on Sunday For Sammy 2006.

Man run over after collapse

A man was seriously ill in hospital last night after a bizarre accident outside a garage forecourt.

TV's new Mr Nasty

Wearside-born programme-maker Chris Cowey followed in the footsteps of Simon Cowell last night as a judge on ITV1's latest tuneful reality show.

A real fan after all

Tony Blair sought to lay to rest his reputation as a "fake" Newcastle United fan on Saturday.

Russell making room for a long-term view

Ayoung Darlington entrepreneur and part-time model hopes to become hot property in the world of estate agency having realised his ambition to set up his own business.

Less of us are doing the Pools

The waning popularity of the football pools continued in the first half of this year with the Littlewoods owner yesterday revealing a 15% fall in sales.

Top 10 ranking for Port of Tyne

The Port of Tyne is now the 10th largest vehicle handling port in Europe, Automotive Logistics Magazine reported.

Is this the way back to the top?

Tony Chrisite was watching Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights on satellite TV at his home in Spain when his singing career was brought back to life before his very eyes.

Whitebred Shorthorn bull fetches 900gns at sale

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd conducted the spring sale of Whitebred Shorthorn Bulls on behalf of members of the Whitebred Shorthorn Association on Friday February 25.

Village life is right up Ian's street

Former Coronation Street star Ian Mercer is making a new name for himself - as a willing supporter of grassroots events in the rural North-East community where he lives.

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