The Northumberland Plate is a flat handicap horse race run at Newcastle over a distance of 2 miles and 19 yards (3,236 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June or early July. The event was established in 1833, and the inaugural running was won by Tomboy. The Northumberland Plate is one of the richest two-mile handicaps in the world and has been sponsored by John Smith's since 2003.
Competition now closed: The Journal has teamed up with Britain's favourite ale John Smith's to celebrate the running of the 2014 John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday June, 28
There's a week to go until our pinnacle flat-season fixture, the BetFred Northumberland Plate Festival, and there’s a buzz around High Gosforth Park as preparations take shape for the prestigious three-day event, which begins on Thursday
THE MacOrville pub in Elwick, a village near Hartlepool, is named after a famous stallion who toured around the North-East for 20 years on a weekly basis throughout the summer carrying out his stud duties.
It's been an exciting week for Welsh diva Dame Shirley. A triumphant set at Glastonbury last weekend saw her delighting the mud-soaked crowds with renditions of Hey Big Spender and The Lady Is A Tramp.