Guests enjoy their haggis at the Blackfriars Restaurant Burns night in Newcastle

Keith Hann: The only Burns Night we need in England is on November 5

Journal columnist Keith Hann, who bemoans the growing trend to celebrate other people's festivities

Corrine Kilvington, Lauren Waine and Paul Dunn - three of the cast of Ed Waugh's play, Dracula: Die Laughing

Tyneside playwright gets his teeth into Dracula

Tonight, we'll get first bite at a new play that is destined for next year's Whitby Goth Weekend, as a comedy spin on Dracula makes its debut

Martin O'Neill

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill reveals reasons for admiring Newcastle

Whisper it quietly on Wearside, but Sunderland could learn a thing or two from Newcastle United, according to Martin O’Neill.

Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet hopes fans can inspire in Wear-Tyne derby

SIMON Mignolet is expecting the Stadium of Light crowd to make his job more difficult on Sunday, but the Belgian also hopes they can play their part in earning a much-needed win for Sunderland.

Juice Festival art jam

Half-term welcomes Juice Festival again

IN the short time since it arrived to test the waters in 2008, Juice Festival has become somewhat of a bells and whistles safety net for parents all over Newcastle and Gateshead.

Blyth Spartans 2 Droylsden 1

IN the wake of Halloween, bring on the Bogie men. Blyth beat Droylsden at the second time of FA Cup asking last night, and now host Gateshead in the first round ‘proper’ a week on Saturday.

Teaser: Kate Emmett

Interview: Cake-maker Kate Emmett of Jesmond

Formerly in investment banking, Kate Emmett now makes a living from baking cakes – and her sweet creations are selling like the proverbial hot cakes.

Connor Wickham in action for Sunderland against Bolton

Bolton Wanderers 0 Sunderland 2

WHATEVER Steve Bruce said to his players at half-time clearly worked as a fine second-half display finally gave Sunderland their second win of the season.

A carved pumpkin

Seahouses schoolchildren learn about Pumpkins on Holy Island

THE king of the veggie patch, the pumpkin, is much in demand at this time of year.

Steve Bruce

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce keeps a cool head

STEVE Bruce is determined to keep his head while others are losing theirs following derby defeat.

Alan Pardew

Reputation boost for Magpies' boss Alan Pardew

FROM danger derby to dreamland, the outlook had changed drastically for Alan Pardew by the time Howard Webb brought a crackling Wear-Tyne tussle to a close .

John O'Shea

John O'Shea rated at 50-50 for Wear-Tyne derby

SUNDERLAND go into the earliest-ever Tyne-Wear derby buoyed by a positive pre-season, Newcastle United on the back of a warm-up which has lurched from one crisis to the next.

Sunderland v Newcastle United

Experience a key factor for NUFC and SAFC this season

NEWCASTLE United’s derby supremacy last season was built on a firm foundation of experience.

teaser: Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew's hopes high for a derby repeat

EVER since last Halloween, dvd players on Tyneside have run the risk of extreme meltdown as Newcastle fans continually reminded themselves of a certain local derby.

Darren Bent in action against Notts County

Sunderland 1 Notts County 2

THE last thing you want to do with tired legs and battered bodies is chase a game in the FA Cup against lower league opposition and Sunderland were always struggling in this match.

Derby defeat helps push for Europe: Bardsley

PHIL Bardsley believes Sunderland are back in a position to push for Europe after chewing the fat on their demolition derby.

A horror show on Steve Bruce's big day

EIGHTEEN thousand, 201 days Steve Bruce had waited for this. Little more than half an hour into his first Tyne-Wear derby, the Wallsend-raised manager must have been wishing he had waited a little longer.

Carlisle United 3, Charlton Athletic 1

CARLISLE United fans were treated to a few tricks from veteran midfielder Graham Kavanagh as he led the celebrations at a Brunton Park Halloween party that brought a second consecutive home win for Greg Abbott’s side.

North East poltergeist hunter is hoping books fly off shelves

A NORTH EAST poltergeist hunter is hoping to see books flying off the shelves this Hallowe'en.

teaser: pumpkin, halloween

Pumpkins and bangers come into their own

WITH the clocks going back and Halloween just around the corner come comforting treats in the form of those outsize orange veggies – pumpkins.

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