Superyacht the Sovereign arrives at Newcastle Quayside

Review of the year: We look back at the biggest stories from July to September

July to September saw the North East lead the way in a 'three-parent babies' project to protect unborn infants from congenital genetic defects

South Shields' Sarah Millican is flying the flag for girl comics, but I do long for the day when no flag is required

Curious Georgie: Of course girls are funny... how could anyone have ever doubted it?

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New ticket numbers show more people are going to see girl comedians than ever before... but the gender gap is still ridiculous

Alun Armstrong as Brian Lane in the BBC's New Tricks

Home-grown TV star Alun Armstrong is to make special visit in support of a small County Durham theatre

Famous actor surprises Stanley venue with strength of his support

Michelle Dockery who plays Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey which is being filmed at Alnwick Castle

Downton Abbey star captured as filming comes to an end in Alnwick

Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery, smiled to the crowd as filming for the Christmas special wrapped up

Fake snow covers Bailliffgate in Alnwick during filming of Downton Abbey

Wintry scenes in Alnwick as fake snow laid down for Downton Abbey filming

Snow was laid near Alnwick Castle despite the summer sunshine as filming of the popular period drama continues

Jeremy Forsberg and Matthew Scott, directors of Navada Group, enjoy beers on the 58th floor of a hotel in Shanghai

From Shanghai nights to Qingdao TIF-In - Navada Group's journey continues

Newcastle-based Navada Group continue their reports from their trip to China

Auctioneer Jim Railton with a selection of items from country houses up for auction

Downton Abbey style auction to be held in Northumberland

A unique sale of items from two country homes is taking place next week at the Northern Auction Centre in Wooler, Northumberland


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