Widdrington is a village located approximately 5.8 miles (9.3 km) north east of Morpeth in the county of Northumberland. The local parish church is Grade I listed and dates to the Norman era commanded by elevated ruins of the 18th-century Widdrington Castle. A traditional speciality dish local to the area is beer battered black pudding.

Richard Dunkley, group financial director at the Banks Group

Durham based Banks Group sees pre-tax profits shoot up to £21.6m

The Durham-based mining, energy and property firm reported strong trading across all its divisions

A wind turbine

Wind farm bosses given more time to tackle radar issue in Northumberland

Bosses of a planned wind farm at Widdrington have been given more time to tackle the impact of their turbines on Newcastle Airport

Toby Henderson

Autistic sufferer Toby Henderson moves into his own Northumberland home

Toby Henderson was diagnosed with autism at the age of five and his mum Lesley set up the Toby Henderson charity in his name

Dennis Fancett chairperson of SENRUG

Government under fire from transport campaigners over rail investment

The government has come under fire for failing to accept the case for investment in the region's rail network

L-R Jane Mills, Renira Barnes, Judith Goodfellow, Lyndsay Stanton, Helen Grierson and Mary Mewett

Doomed Felton village pub reborn as a sanctuary for artists

Artists who have moved into the former Stag's Head, on the Main Street in Felton, are hoping that the change of direction for the Victorian building will mean new orders for their work

Druridge Bay anti-opencast petition signed by more than 1,000 people

A thousand people have signed a petition which seeks to save Druridge Bay from becoming a "victim" of opencast mining

The nearby Stobswood opencast site where mining has also now finished

Opencast company UK Coal fails to meet restoration deadline of Northumberland site

UK Coal has still to carry out restoration measures at a Northumberland opencast site, more than a year after the deadline

The Duchess of Northumberland in Alnmouth to unveil superfast broadband

The Duchess of Northumberland launches superfast broadband project

The Duchess of Northumberland has launched a superfast broadband project in the county

Greg Davies, Chris Davies and Den Davies of Active Leisure Resort at the site near Widdrington which is to be transformed into the Blue Sky Forest holiday and leisure park

Planning application for £50m Northumberland leisure park nearly ready

Plans for a £50m leisure resort that could bring 700 jobs to the site in Northumberland are nearing submission

Barry Crackett with Ryan Compton

Bone marrow donor's special bond with child whose life he saved

Northumberland man Barry Crackett gave American boy Ryan Compton the give of life through a bone marrow donation

Buy local this Christmas for a fantastic feast

Christmas Dinner on your doorstep

It's time to start thinking about your Christmas meal. This year, give North producers some seasonal cheer by going local. Jane Hall reports

Jonathan Rodger is objecting the plans

Sand extraction plans at Druridge Bay face opposition

Proposals to extract almost 70,000 tonnes of sand per year from farmland close to a popular Northumberland visitor spot are facing opposition

Widdrington opencast mine plan changed amid local concerns

Changes have been made to a proposed opencast mine near Widdrington Station in Northumberland following consultation with the local community

Wind turbines

North council urged to heed wind farms guidance

Campaigners have called on a North council to "urgently" heed the latest national planning guidance on wind farms, and exercise its obligation to "conserve our historic and unique environment"

The Northumberlandia earth sculpture near Cramlington

Druridge Bay opencast mine ‘could boost tourism’

Tourism bosses hope that the proposed 1,700-acre opencast mine proposed near Widdrington could boost visitor numbers in the area

A map of showing where the planned opencast will be

Massive opencast mine planned near Druridge Bay

Proposals have been unveiled by Banks Mining for a massive new opencast coal mine near Druridge Bay in Northumberland

All of the winners at the Love Northumberland Finals at Alnwick Gardens

Community groups honoured at Love Northumberland awards

The Love Northumberland awards honoured 11 organisations and two schools at a ceremony held at The Alnwick Garden last night

Ryan Compton with Barry and pilot Jon Evans

USA transplant boy makes new friends on trip to visit Widdrington donor

The eight-year-old Ryan Compton is on the mend after bone marrow was donated by Barry Crackett, of Widdrington Station, two years ago

The site near Widdrington of the proposed Blue Sky Forest adventure holiday park. Insest, artist's impression of the ski slope

Northumberland holiday park developer vows to allay fears

Developers behind the multi-million pound leisure resort planned for Widdrington in Northumberland are disappointed at a delay to start the project

The proposed Blue Sky Forest holiday and leisure complex near Widdrington, Northumberland

Waste ash importation plan approved for Widdrington leisure complex site

A stockpile of more than 400,000 tonnes of ash which is planned to be made into an artificial ski slope near Widdrington looks likely to be approved despite protests

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Richard Dawson performs at the Culture Awards 2014 at Sunderland Minster

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