Glowmobiles to light up New Year celebrations

A VAN covered in shining metal pillows will feature in an eye-catching parade on New Year’s Eve.

Pickles and pie for breakfast

Hannah Davies asks people who’ve featured in The Journal’s My Place over the past year how they will be spending this festive season.

A winter festival full of enchanting adventures

WHEN Alderman Sir Charles Hamond succeeded in creating Leazes Park in 1872, he observed: “Everyone who sees it ought to be proud that Newcastle has such a park.

Team dig deep in park clean-up

STAFF from FHM North-East have showed they are the salt of the earth by helping to tidy up Gateshead’s Saltwell Park.

Here’s a long running attraction

DAYS before the participants make their way to the start, one Bupa Great North Run record is already about to be broken, writes David Whetstone.

Homes for the future

PLANS have been unveiled for a major new housing development on the site of one of the region’s most well-known colleges.

Walkers and walkies all in a good cause

DOZENS of energetic walkers braved the hot sunshine to cover five miles for good causes yesterday.

Steady hand in stormy waters

From an early age Nick Spurr has been fascinated with the craft of boat building, harbouring a romantic notion to own his own yard.

Our park’s one of the best in Britain

THE seeds of recovery sown by parkie Gary Plant and his ranks of helpers bore fruit yesterday when an inner-city park scooped a national award.

Heroes cast a long shadow in their village

TWO pitmen heroes who won the Victoria Cross have been honoured in their home village.

Postcode focus - NE9

Situated between the Angel of the North and the Tyne Bridge - a great view is never far away for the residents of Low Fell.

Passport to happy, healthier lifestyle

Getting fit and healthy is not the only reason to get active this summer, as a new Gateshead scheme is planning to reward people in the area for their efforts.

The great outdoors

A campaign is to be launched to "prescribe" the outdoors to boost people's mental and physical health in the North-East.

Passport frees the way to fitness

Gateshead Council is launching a `Summer Hearts' campaign to encourage residents to get active over the summer months.

An attractive place to settle

The industrial period of the mid 1800s brought thousands of migrant workers to the North-East, anxious to develop their skills and make new lives for themselves and their families.

Janis leads the 3,000

Cancer patient Janis Barrett yesterday sounded the hooter for 3,000 women to take part in the Race for Life.

Mum's quest after tragedy

When mum Mandy Curry lost her two-year-old son to a devastating lung condition, she became determined to help other parents in her position.

Readers race to help our birthday appeal

The Journal is marking its 175th birthday by raising money for one of the region's most deserving charities.

Run for nun but the brave

Nuns got into a healthy habit running for fun and raising money for a Newcastle hospice yesterday.

My Place

Baltic director Peter Doroshenko gives The Journal his "My Place".

Gran going on run - dressed as a nun

Grandmother Joyce Guy has signed up to a fun run to say thank you to St Oswald's Hospice.

Nuns flock to join fundraising habit

Scores of "nuns" have signed up to run in support of St Oswald's Hospice.

St George's Day celebrates togetherness

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A world premiere by leading musicians from across Europe was at the heart of the region's St George's Day celebrations.

Nuns on the run get the fundraising habit

Nuns on the run really will be getting into the fundraising habit when they turn out to support St Oswald's Hospice.

Sound of Europe in park

A talented orchestra of folk musicians from across Europe will be performing at St George's Day celebrations in Gateshead tomorrow.

City to cut emissions

Measures to reduce Sunderland's carbon footprint over the next five years have been unveiled.

In my view

There is nothing more positive than a bridge. Bridges bring people together, help us to travel and can often connect and create communities.

Cash boost for cancer fight

Cancer Research UK is set to receive a four-figure cash boost, thanks to a year-long fundraising effort by staff at a Newcastle fund management firm.

'Fight to keep our culture-led revival'

Government spending policy came under fire at a major cultural launch in the North-East yesterday.

Local heroes beat the freeze

Many of the region's sporting fixtures were hit by the weather last weekend, but the Signals Road Relay Championships still managed to beat the elements.

Putting artists in the picture

Gateshead has the Angel, Baltic and The Sage and, as conspicuous symbols of renaissance, they could hardly be bettered.

Favourite places seen in a new light

Some of the most famous landmarks in the North-East were drenched in an entirely new light last night as the international Glow festival was launched.

Power goes on for light festival

A light festival which is set to bring a Christmas glow to Tyneside got off to a bang last night.

Historic Saltwell race to continue

Against all odds, a battered and bruised Saltwell Harriers plan to host the 84th running of their road races next month.

Park and sculpt is a big hit with hundreds

Hundreds of families descended on a North-East park yesterday to spend a fun-packed day knocking their artistic aspirations into shape.

Poets to go Dutch

Two North-East poets will travel to the Netherlands later this month to take part in a series of readings in schools, libraries and pubs.

Who's in the frame?

Celebrities will experience life on the other side of the lens after being asked to get behind the camera for next weekend's Great North Run.

Gardeners' diary

Keep in touch with North-East gardening and floral events through this column every Thursday.

141,000 GNR photos wanted

It's the visual equivalent of citizen journalism. Photographer Julian Germain wants everyone with a camera to contribute to a giant artwork he is making about the Great North Run.

Music that just drives

Some are just born to have interesting lives. Take Tom Russell, for example.


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