Wooler is a market town on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and Cheviot Hills. A popular base for walkers, the town is referred to as the "Gateway to the Cheviots". Early visitors included Daniel Defoe, Sir Walter Scott and local heroine Grace Darling. The area is mentioned in the opening scenes of Shakespeare’s Henry IV.

Singing shepherdess Sophie Armstrong

Shepherdess Sophie looks forward to album launch

Having moved from the world of TV to farming, Sophie Armstrong is breaking into music as one half of Summerland

Neill Maxwell from Doddington Dairy

Doddington Dairy collect BBC Food and Farming Award at top national ceremony

The Wooler cheese and ice cream makers pipped some of the UK's top food producers to the prestigious award

Jackie Maxwell from Doddington Dairy near Wooler in Northumberland which has been announced as a finalist in the 15th BBC Food & Farming Awards

Doddington Dairy in Northumberland makes shortlist for a national award

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Cheese and ice cream-maker gets set to whip the competition after being shortlisted in BBC Food and Farming Awards

Pennine Way

The Pennine Way is a 'success story for the North' on trail's 50th anniversary

Reporter Adam Luke explores what the route has to offer for walkers and how it has boosted local businesses

A sinkhole in a road

David Banks: Beware, old man in the road

Journal columnist David Banks on the dangers on relying on just one source of information

Sally Hutt on Warlaw Pike

Northumberland climber ascends 50 hills to raise funds for schools charity

Sally marks 50th birthday year with same number of hill climbs after visit to Kenyan school in need

Rob Harrison, NFU dairy board chairman

Milk price cuts are a growing threat to the dairy industry

Farmers from the North East say recent milk price cuts cut see more and more people leaving the industry

Dr Bernard Trafford Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, Jesmond

Bernard Trafford: Was I there for the 1970s? I don't think I'm quite sure...

Newcastle headteacher and Journal columnist Bernard Trafford on why he's forsaken a midlife crisis in favour of a nice cup of tea

Berwick’s Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Julie Pörksen

Northumberland students having to stand on buses, would be MP claims

Would be Lib Dem MP for Berwick Julie Pörksen has claimed Northumberland County Council's rules on post 16 transport cause problems

Autumn ride on the Sandstone Way, Northumberland National Park

Berwick and Hexham to be linked by new 120-mile cycle path

'The Sandstone Way' will be the first long distance linear mapped and promoted mountain bike route in England

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

Anger over George Osborne's promise of £22.5m for North East rural businesses

The Northern Landowners and Farmers Group has called for an update on £22.5m funding for the Rural Growth Network, announced by the Chancellor in July

Simon Bainbridge

Event in Northumberland aims to help farmers plan for 2015

Meeting in Wooler will discuss a range of issues for the agricultural sector

Alfreda Hindmarsh of Wooler relaxes at Wooler Common

Wooler named as one of top 20 places in England and Wales for families

Wooler in Northumberland has been named the 11th best place for families to live - with Newcastle and Sunderland featuring in the city list

Julie Pörksen and Sir Alan Beith at Berwick Ambulance Station

More than 1,200 in a week back Berwick petition for increased ambulance cover

Sir Alan Beith and Lib dem campaigner Julie Porksen have led a campaign for improved ambulance cover in Berwick

Wooler Hub

Barnard Castle venue honoured by planners at awards ceremony

The Royal Town Planners Institiute in the North East has been handing out gongs

Ian McKie, Andrew Proe and right Timothy Wyndham Basil Smalley

Northumberland huntsmen on trial 'encouraged hounds to chase fox' court hears

Three members of the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt, including the Joint Master and Huntsman, are on trial

A rural farming scene

Would-be tenant farmers in Northumberland to receive coaching from the NFU

Agricultural body offers advice for those interested in securing mixed arable/livestick farms and developing upland farming businesses

The new Guides site at Kirknewton

'Noisy' girl guides' new building to open in Northumberland

A new site for Girl Guides is to open at Kirknewton, where they were once deemed a menace by residents

Objects up for auction from Ayton Castle. Chris Wilkinson with huge wardrobe

Ayton Castle historic treasures go under the hammer at Railton's auctioneers

Hoarde of antiques from Ayton Castle in Berwickshire going up for sale at Railton's auctioneers in Wooler

A red squirrel, with a nut in it's mouth at Kielder Forest

Survey gives hope as red squirrels hold their own

North East's red squirrels hang on to their territory in face of grey advance, a new study suggests

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Richard Dawson performs at the Culture Awards 2014 at Sunderland Minster

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