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Auckland Castle's head curator Dr Chris Ferguson with a newly restored portrait, Christ Carrying the Cross, which is usually displayed in Raby Castle's private chapel

Art experts gather for major conference in County Durham

A collaboration between the North East and leading art galleries could result from links being forged over three days

Zoe Birkett preparing to take on Whitney Houston's iconic role in The Bodyguard

Zoe Birkett
The Consett-born Pop Idol star can't wait to play her idol's most famous part when The Bodyguard musical comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal

Byker Grove 25th anniversary celebration at the Tyneside Cinema is announced

Former cast members during the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the television programme Byker Grove in 1998
The popular children's drama, which launched the careers of Ant and Dec, will be toasted at a special event in Newcastle

Rowan McCabe on what's good about the North East

Poet Rowan McCabe
Rowan McCabe is on a mission to banish clichés about the North East. He tells Jemma Crew about the curse of Geordie Shore and the time he dressed as Cheryl Cole

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