Shops expecting high street sales to improve after improved trading

The high street's recovery is expected to step up a gear after CBI survey reveals sales are up on a year ago

Review: St Matthew Passion at The Sage Gateshead

Rob Barnes went along to The Sage Gateshead to catch a compelling performance of St Mathew Passion

Review: The AniMotion Show at Durham Cathedral

An inspiring marriage of art and music created something new and beautiful for Easter as David Whetstone reports

Easter bank holiday sunshine gets region taking part in events

Sunshine smiled on the region for the Easter bank holiday and thousands of people across the region took part in events

Region's arts celebrated at BBC's Great North Passion event in South Shields

Cultural spotlight shines on the North East as community art is showcased live in BBC Easter broadcast the Great North Passion

Newest arrivals welcomed to WWT Washington Wetland Centre

24 Chilean flamingo chicks moved in with their new family after being hand reared by humans

Great North Passion takes shape in Bents Park, South Shields

Coming together in Bents Park, South Shields, is the dramatic arena for the Great North Passion

North East farmers warned of rash of Easter flytipping

The CLA in the North is demanding action over people who think it acceptable to dump their rubbish on farmers' fields, gateways and hedges

Biscuit Factory in Newcastle showcases Scottish artwork in art exhibition

Dumfries and Galloway’s Spring Fling arts organisation has brought the D&G|OUT exhibition to the city, and it is being hosted in the Biscuit Factory

Art and music to animate Durham Cathedral cloister on Easter Monday

Russian artist Maria Rud and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie are to premiere AniMotion at Durham Catherdral on Easter Monday

Northumberland biker's funeral procession to go ahead thanks to the Journal

Beloved husband, father and biker Keith Turner will get the funeral he deserves after The Journal helped source a Harley Davidson bike for his procession

Great North Passion art project taking shape for Easter

An extraordinary art project involving hundreds of artists and volunteers across the region is taking shape as David Whetstone finds out

Marks & Spencer trebles Silverlink store size

Marks & Spencer will unveil the modernisation of its Silverlink store to customers on April 17, which will see the store increase in size by 20,000 sq ft to 60,000 sq ft, just in time for Easter

The Great North Passion project gets underway at South Shields

Work has started on a project to tell the Easter story using shipping containers near Souter Lighthouse in South Shields

Collaboration set to see music meet art at Durham Cathedral

Art, music and animation will make it an Easter Monday to remember at Durham Cathedral

Murder accused Adrian Muir changed story, alleged victim's son says

The son of a woman allegedly murdered then buried on moorland 120 miles from home said her alleged killer changed his story when police started asking questions

UK inflation to remain high as fuel and air fares rise

CONSUMERS face continued financial pressures as the rising cost of fuel and increasing air fares keep inflation stubbornly high.

Northern Alliance

HEATON Stannington will not relish the prospect of a trip to Shankhouse as they have held the Indian sign on the black and whites in the past.

Relaxed Greg Abbott looking to get across safety line

GREG Abbott insists Carlisle United are taking a ‘relaxed’ view of the traditional 50-point safety benchmark.

Hartlepool United facing their day of reckoning

AN outcome which has looked unavoidable for six months could today become a reality for Hartlepool United.

Late change in management is rarely a change for the better

PREMIER League history, such as it is, shows locking the stable door after the horse has bolted is never a good thing.

Manchester United have the luxury of squad depth

MANCHESTER United could field a virtual reserve team at Sunderland today, but Martin O’Neill is not expecting them to be a soft touch if they do.

Recipe: Rump of Lamb, Confit Neck, Wild Garlic and Shallots

Wholesome, traditional spring lamb is a very British thing. Andrew Wilkinson serves up a delicious lamb dish with wild garlic and shallots

Boro can succeed where Barca and Bayern failed against Blues

TONY Mowbray is by his own admission not an especially religious man, and yet the sweet-toothed Middlesbrough manager has for the past few years forgone chocolate for Lent.

Ups and downs and overall progress for Sunderland

Martin O’Neill’s first year in charge has been a mixed bag but, viewed in context, still a reasonably successful one.

Mowbray wary of Gills’ physicality

TONY Mowbray warns Middlesbrough must withstand the physical threat posed by Gillingham in tonight’s Capital Cup second round tie.

Middlesbrough 2 Crystal Palace 1

TWO wins in a week at the Riverside may not make Middlesbrough title favourites, but it does offer grounds for optimism in a reshaped team.

NUFC loud crowd is crucial says Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew has appealed for the support and understanding of the Tyneside public as his Newcastle United side look to take a giant step towards European football.

James Perch won't sulk if he's dropped

JAMES Perch knows that he may not ever be guaranteed regular first-team football at Newcastle United, but he is desperate to stay and play a part in the club’s bright future.

Tim Krul ready for Newcastle United Euro push

TIM Krul has ramped up the pressure in the race for the Champions League by claiming that Newcastle United do not deserve a top-four place if they can’t beat Stoke City and Wigan over the next fortnight.

Wearside League

WITH both teams still having six games to play, the two-horse race between Ryhope CW and Redcar Athletic for the championship could go right to the wire.

Teams fear Newcastle United says Ryan Taylor

RYAN Taylor has admitted he loves being part of a Newcastle United team that are feared by the rest of the Premier League.

Evo-Stik First Division North

DICKIE Ord has challenged his ‘Jeckyll and Hyde’ Durham City side not to let their standards drop in the final fortnight of their league campaign, writes JAMES HUNTER.

Job security is David Vaughan’s motivation

DAVID Vaughan will be as keen to prove a point as the Wolverhampton Wanderers players fighting relegation at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

Top eight is a great target for Craig Gardner

CRAIG Gardner is targeting the top-eight finish which will turn this into a "great" season for Sunderland.

Papiss Cisse hopes to be a worthy No 9

WHILE he's a hard man to emulate, Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse told Neil Cameron he wants to follow the same path as Alan Shearer.

Everton FC 4 Sunderland 0

MARTIN O’Neill has achieved near-miracles in less than five months at the Stadium of Light, but even he cannot reverse Sunderland’s Everton hoodoo.

It's make or break time for Ian Bogie's Gateshead

TODAY is “critical”, Monday “pivotal”. In football, you don’t need eggs to tell when it’s Easter.

Winning and fitness this week's issues for Mowbray

TWO thoughts will be on Tony Mowbray’s mind ahead of today’s crunch Championship clash against Cardiff City at the Riverside.

Martin O'Neill: Sunderland are accelerating now

MARTIN O’Neill has promised to go “full steam ahead” tomorrow in a game which could have an important bearing on both North East top-flight clubs’ seasons.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer