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Mick Potts, landlord of the Free Trade Inn, Ouseburn, Newcastle

North East drinking buddies become community heroes

Brought together by beer, Team Booze is using its beer skills to raise charity funds in the region

All the North East food festivals to rub your tummy to in July

It’s shaping up to be a hot July on the region’s food festival front. Take a look at some of the tasty treats coming your way

Music legend Gladys Knight wows the assembled audience at Sage Gateshead

The multi-Grammy Award winner was delighted to get such a warm reception from the Tyneside crowd who were just as thrilled to have her

Culture Awards 2014

Culture Awards 2014: All you need to know

The Journal Culture Awards 2014 take place at Sunderland Minster on June 30, 2015. Here's a rundown of all the finalists hoping to take the trophies home

Culture Awards Arts Council Award nominations

Culture Awards Arts Council Award finalists: AV Festival, Great North Passion and Steamsong

A trio of top drawer nominees are up for the award, which is supported by Arts Council England

Culture Awards Writer of the Year nominations

Culture Awards Writer of the Year finalists: Alison Carr, David Almond and Peter Mortimer

The writing talents of the finalists were on show respectively in The Soaking of Vera Shrimp, The GNR Million Opening Ceremony and Death at Dawn

Culture Awards Best Event Durham nominations

Culture Awards Best Event Durham finalists: Ed Carter's False Lights Seaham, Mallard 75 and Steamsong

A grand art installation, a cracking farewell to a cherished locomotive and a multimedia opera all thrilled audiences in Durham in 2014

Culture Awards Best Event Northumberland nominations

Culture Awards Best Event Northumberland finalists: LS Lowry in Berwick, The 150th Northumberland Miners' Picnic and 3Run

Free running in Hexham Abbey, Berwick through Lowry's eyes and the best and biggest of anniversary picnics made the shortlist

Culture Awards Best Event Sunderland finalists

Culture Awards Best Event Sunderland finalists: Show Me The Money at the NGCA, Summer Streets and Sunderland Stages

Singing in the streets, finding new places to perform and charting the art history of finance caught the eye of the judges in Sunderland

Culture Awards Best Event Teesside finalists

Culture Awards Best Event Teesside finalists: Jabberwocky Market, Chance Finds Us at mima and Homecoming from Periplum theatre

A moving and commemorative drama production, a unique festival of theatre and an exhibition from eight North East artists are on the menu

Culture Awards Best Event Tyneside finalists: The Late Shows, GNR Million Opening Ceremony and Great North Passion

A world class celebration on the Quayside, a late night culture crawl and a wonderfully memorable Easter which put the North East on the map

Culture Awards North East Museum of the Year finalists: The 1940s Farm at Beamish, Stand Up for Woodhorn and Wor Life 1914-18

Judges were on the look out for innovation, delighted visitors and the revelation of seeing collections and resources in a new light during 2014.

Culture Awards Visual Artist of the Year nominations

Culture Awards Visual Artist of the Year finalists: Joseph Hillier, Magdalene Odundo and Wolfgang Weileder

A piece for the Great North Passion, a work made up of a thousand glass pieces and a nine-metre cone all caught the eye of the judges

Culture Awards 2014 Best Arts and Business Partnership finalists

Culture Awards Best Arts and Business Partnership finalists: Simpsons Malt and BVA; PoT and Various Partners, and Northern Stars and Intu Eldon Square and Intu MetroCentre

Bringing L.S. Lowry to Berwick; inspiring documentaries by young people; and a melting pot of culture projects to benefit the North East

Culture Awards Newcomer of the Year finalists

Culture Awards Newcomer of the Year finalists: Heather Carroll, Magali Pettier and Sunderland Stages

Death at Dawn actress Heather Carroll, film maker Magali Pettier and the Sunderland Stages project made their presence felt in 2014

Culture Awards Performance of the Year finalists

Culture Awards Performance of the Year finalists: Death at Dawn, I Left My Heart in Roker Park and Mamela

It's all about the theatre this year. Three very different productions caught the eye of the judges

Twice Brewed elderflower jelly dessert

Tasty trails recipe: Elderflower Jelly with Brambles and Vanilla Tuilles

Our series of recipes from the North East continues with chef Connor Wilson, from The Twice Brewed Inn at Bardon Mill

Paul Currie, founder and managing director Lakes Distillery

New Lakes Distillery in Cumbria wins renovation award

The four-year refurbishment of what is England's largest distillery, which opened at the end of last year, has been recognised

Morpeth Food Festival

Morpeth Food and Drink Festival to return in October with 60 extra stalls

Bridge Street will be joining the Town Hall and the Market Place for an autumn day of good food, drink and entertainment

Northern Writers Award winners

Winners of the Northern Writers' Awards announced

Twenty seven writers shared a prize fund of £46,000 in the biggest year yet for the Northern Writers' Awards