Holidaymakers in Northumberland are being urged to use their local library to swot up on their destinations before jetting off for the sun this summer.
They can take advantage of a wide range of travelogues and rough guides at their branch libraries to find out more about all sorts of countries or resorts before leaving.
CLEVELAND Fire Brigade will be driving home messages aimed to keep children safe as part of National Child Safety Week, which takes place from Monday.
The Brigade has organised a series of events throughout the week to spread fire safety and road safety messages to parents, teachers and children.
PLANS for a new mental health centre in Middlesbrough have taken a step forward with the appointment of a developer to build the £75m project.
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust has appointed the John Laing consortium to design, build and operate the new, privately-financed scheme on the St Luke's site.
The new 312-bed hospital will have a wide range of accommodation appropriate to the diverse mental health and learning disability services.
Chef moves on
A LEADING Northumberland hotel has enhanced its reputation for quality food with the appointment of a top chef.
Mike Jameson, 33, the former executive chef at Oldfields restaurant in Jesmond, is the new head chef at Longhirst Hall Hotel near Morpeth.