In pictures: Prince William and Harry attend wedding of Lady Melissa Percy

High society came North at the weekend as Alnwick hosted the wedding of the year.

Alnwick gets ready for Duke of Northumberland's daughter's wedding

DETAILS have been announced of the North’s society wedding of the year, which is set to take place this weekend.

Duke of Edinburgh leaves hospital in good spirits after operation

He received numerous visits from his family, including the Queen, after being admitted for exploratory abdominal surgery

Ponteland TV and film director Gavin Taylor dies aged 72

TELEVISION and film director Gavin Taylor, who worked with some of the greatest stars in music, has died at the age of 72.

A view from the Gallowgate: Next season will hopefully be different

As A flight of fancy last Bank holiday, I decided to waste two hours of my life. I went to the pub and watched the Queen’s Arms, Watford play the King’s Head, Crystal Palace

Too much information is not good

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THIS may not be the first time I’ve said this, but I wouldn’t thank you for being a toddler hailing from the House of Windsor.

STC Consortium signs landmark deal with Malaysian conglomerate

An educational recruitment business said it is destined to become a firm with a £10m turnover within five years after signing a landmark deal with a Malaysian conglomerate to supply thousands of teachers to Asia

Skin Salveation products to be sold by royal store

A SKIN care specialist has secured an exclusive retail contract with the Queen’s pharmacist after teaming up with a logistics firm in a deal potentially worth £7m to the two businesses.

Time called on football clubs' ‘improper transactions’

A COUNCIL of Europe committee has called on Uefa to outlaw “improper transactions” like the sponsorship deal which saw Manchester City’s stadium renamed.

Focus on Premier League clubs favouring franchise scheme

YOU have to take your hat off to Richard Bevan, the publicity-hungry chief executive of the League Managers’ Association.

Shepherd defends his United record

FREDDIE Shepherd has moved to defend his stewardship of Newcastle United, rejecting claims made by Mike Ashley that the club was heading into meltdown on his watch.

Terry Deary on his plans to change the world

CHILDREN worldwide clearly know it already but Terry Deary is a very entertaining chap.

The rise and fall of Tyne’s shipyards

WITHIN a lifetime, the unthinkable happened along the River Tyne. The noise and seemingly ceaseless activity of the shipyards which lined the riverbanks has been replaced by relative silence, green parkland, new homes and commercial and leisure developments.

So many reasons for a celebration

A CHRISTMAS bumper crop of baby joy was delivered across the North.

Two injured in A1 crash

TRAFFIC came to a standstill today after four vehicles crashed on the A1.

Plea to palace as rates bill is given the bird

FEATHERS are flying in a Northumberland village after a group of pigeon racing enthusiasts were told they will have to pay a £150 rates bill for their tiny wooden shed.

WHEN the Government decided to spend almost £2m on establishing the Team Valley Trading Estate in the 1930s, it was initially planned as a landscaped industrial environment for around 15,000 workers.

It was officially opened in 1939 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and initially housed a central headquarters, now used by English Partnerships, a bank, post office and some smaller industrial buildings and start-up units.

Nurses want more hospital protection

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NURSES are calling for more protection in busy hospital wards after a police presence in Newcastle General Hospital has brought down the number of attacks on staff.

Brave North soldier collects Military Cross

A HERO soldier from the North has collected a Military Cross for his bravery in fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

No room at market for top meat farmer

ONE of the region’s top organic farmers cannot get a stall on a farmers’ market in Newcastle – because there are too many people selling meat.

Tributes unite the generations

VETERANS and their families stood side-by-side with serving soldiers yesterday to remember those injured and killed in the line of duty.

Universities celebrate the great and the good

THIS week marks the 40th anniversary of one of the important events in the recent history of the North-East.

£10.6bn Sainsbury’s buy-up bid collapses

THE second attempt to buy supermarket giant Sainsbury’s in six months collapsed today.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

When Gwyneth Paltrow sobbed her heart out as she accepted the 1999 Academy Award for Best Actress In A Leading Role, a more deserving winner sat serenely in the audience

Decorations banned in fight against bugs

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BANNING Christmas decorations on wards is the latest weapon in the fight hospital bug MRSA at a North hospital trust.

Day of pride for city

ONE of the country’s finest war memorials was re-dedicated yesterday as a royal visit capped its £35,000 restoration.

Victim should not have seen killer alone

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A PARANOID schizophrenic who killed a mental health worker should not have been visited by a lone member of staff, it emerged last night.

Questions asked on fate of stabbed careworker

QUESTIONS were being asked last night about why a young mental health worker stabbed to death by one of her patients was allowed to visit a man with a violent past alone.

Schizophrenic admits killing health worker

A paranoid schizophrenic who knifed a young support worker to death in his home admitted killing her today.

Ben's a royal head turner

HE MIGHT not have the purest blood-line, but Ben the mongrel is a dog with royal approval.

It’s all kicking off on big day

WORLD Cup fever was last night gripping the North-East, as fans across the region gear up for tonight’s historic final between England and South Africa.

Prince shows off footballing skills

Prince William showed off his footballing skills today during a kick about with youngsters on his visit to a sports development project.

Royal visit in North

Prince William will today will be in the North today in his role as president of the Football Association.

Mass pub fight man is critical

A MAN left fighting for his life following a violent brawl in a Northumberland pub has been visited in hospital by two of his children after having emergency surgery.

Anger over soliders left off memorial

THE father of a North-East soldier who died at the Deepcut army base reacted angrily yesterday when his son’s name was not included on a new national Armed Forces Memorial.

Prince is king of castle with soldiers

HUNDREDS turned out to see Prince Charles as he visited Northumberland at the weekend.

Royal unveiling for restored memorial

RESTORATION work has started on what is rated as one of the country’s finest war memorials.

Sainsbury’s agrees to open books to suitor

THE takeover of Sainsbury’s moved a step closer yesterday after the supermarket chain agreed to open its books to a bidder led by the prime minister of Qatar.

A full agenda for our mutual friend

KEEPING up with business trends is as much as some companies can do, but Alastair Gilmour talks to one chief executive whose financial institution is setting an increasingly hot pace.

The business that goes with a bang

IT could be hell living next door to someone who says: “Fireworks are what get us up in the morning.” So, if you take Alan Hillary’s quote literally, it’s perhaps time to move.

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