Scot is pleased by this rare honour

A Scotsman who has helped drive some of the biggest regeneration projects in the North-East is now a fully-fledged Northumbrian.

Broadway comes to Tyneside

The Ravenswood Singers and Opera Live perform Broadway Melodies at Whitley Bay Playhouse this weekend.

Musical magician sets sights on Vegas

Some law graduates are called to the bar. Matthew Dowden found a very different calling, as Alastair Gilmour explains.

Slipping the Net slips along

This third and final play in The Customs House New Writing Festival, billed as an hilarious comedy that would appeal to fans of The Office, fails to match its promise.

Hot news as Arcade Fire make Newcastle debut

The Arcade Fire, currently one of the most talked about groups in the world, will play Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena later this year, it was announced yesterday.

Shake out the security blanket

From three mature ladies looking for love to three security guards looking for anything suspicious.

Making a difference

A Tyneside church has benefited from the fundraising efforts of a Barclays charity programme.

Her music fills eyes with wonder

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Her musical voyage started with playing classical flute, but has led Kate Beasley to teaching the boisterous art of samba drumming.

Watch find ticked all right boxes

When Garry Hunter was a boy growing up in South Shields, he occasionally heard mention of John Gaffney, a great-uncle who had served with the Durham Light Infantry and died in the Second World War.

Potted Potter, Customs House

While Harry Potter fans eagerly await the release of the seventh and final book, the first six tales can be heard in just an hour this Sunday on Tyneside.

Satirical end for Mrs T

With plays like Dirty Dusting and Waiting For Gateaux, they've been making us laugh for years.

Ann gets set for 24 hour relay marathon

A PE teacher who has lost a friend and her father to cancer is spearheading a sporting marathon lasting more than 24 hours and culminating in this year's Race for Life.

Pal Svensson Exhibition at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

An exhibition of work by Pal Svensson, the artist who has developed proposals for the Durham Sky Bowl, will take place at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery from the June 9 until July 15.

Shock of the new

Not all new writing is great, but all great writing was once new.

£70,000 boost for sky at night

Plans to build an observatory to take advantage of the dark skies above Kielder Forest in Northumberland have been given a £70,000 boost.

Gas affects householder

A householder suffered carbon monoxide poisoning during a leak yesterday.

Pictures open up history's window

Journal Culture Club members were last night treated to a sneak preview of the stunning exhibition of photographs going on display to mark our 175th anniversary.

Privileged look into minds of designers

Members of The Journal's Culture Club last night had a sneak preview of the best new fashion design in the North-East.

Peter serves up a helping of GSOH

Peter Drake's first play was called The Prisoner's Friend and it was about the execution of a First World War soldier.

Crackdown on Metro

A crackdown on disorder and damage on the Metro system has seen 36 people fined for riding without a ticket between last Saturday and Tuesday.

Spend an evening with Lionel Blue

Anyone who doubts that religion and humour can't rub along should spend an evening with Lionel Blue.

Tasteful, and it's food for thought

In a world obsessed with size zero models and obese children, artist Jac Scott examines a subject close to many of our hearts - food.

School case delayed

The case against a mother whose children barely attended a single school lesson has been adjourned a second time because she is too ill to attend court.

Miliband throws down the gauntlet

Environment Secretary David Miliband yesterday challenged North-East councils to play a crucial role in the battle against climate change.

Trust's pics are warning

One of the North-East's top photographers has contributed to a project to highlight the impact of climate change which will be unveiled in the region this weekend.

Letting the genie out of the bottle

Exactly four weeks from now David Ducasse will be nervously counting down to the biggest performance of his career as he attempts to convince 150 million TV viewers to vote Britain to Eurovision Song Contest success.

Flower plans bloom

Businesses in South Tyneside are being urged to help the borough's efforts in this year's Northumbria in Bloom contest.

Diversions to bridges

One of the main approaches to the Tyne and Swing bridges has been closed for two days to allow for repair work on a leaking gas main.

Feast your eyes on this

This month's EAT! Festival- which runs until April 15 - may have done much to satisfy the appetites of North-East food lovers.

Helen plays in her own write

The first play written by 82-year-old stage and television actress Helen Russell has already sold more than 1,000 tickets.

Police plea over car

Police are trying to trace the driver of a black Citroen C2 car that crashed on the A684 near Kendal in Cumbria at 5.50pm on Sunday and then left the scene.

Flat is hit by arson

Firefighters tackled a blaze after a flat was deliberately set on fire early yesterday.

In brief

Last night's attraction at the Alnwick Playhouse proved a resistible attraction for most of the town's theatre-goers with only 30 tickets sold out of a possible 262.

Waving a wand to give a great display

A truly magical experience is coming to the North East this weekend.

Tour of the UK for musicals-mad Kate

Teenager Kate Smiddy is truly mad about the musicals Homegrown talent Kate, from Billingham, is about to embark on a tour of the UK with hit show Mad About the Musicals after leaving the Sage Academy of Performing Arts in Byker, Newcastle.

Excellence conquers all in this production

The last time I was here I watched a play about a disturbing and dysfunctional relationship set within four walls with a war taking place outside.

End of the Peer show it is not!

It is nearly 50 years since an upper class puppet made his TV debut.

Car and bus crash

A driver had to be cut from his car after a smash involving a bus in Sunderland.

Boost on passports

Berwick mp Alan Beith has welcomed news that the town has been selected as an interview centre for people applying for a passport for the first time.

Shocking play not for faint hearted

"A disgusting feast of filth" wrote one critic when Blasted was first performed in London in January 1995.

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