The North-Eastern Co-op has donated £1,000 to help children and young people in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea act out the past at the village's annual summer pageant over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The grant to the Simonside Youth Theatre will pay for costumes, props and production costs for the event, which will re-enact the presentation of the villages's Royal Charter in 1204.
It comes from the Co-op's Community Fund, which hands out more than £100,000 to charities and community groups in the region every year.
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A COMMUNITY radio station run by students and staff at Morpeth's King Edward VI School has been awarded £5,000 to allow it to run a second external broadcast this year.
The cash will pay for the licences and equipment required for KEVI Radio's five-day broadcast scheduled for September.
Castle Morpeth Council donated £2,000, the school came up with the same amount from its One NorthEast allocation and a further £1,000 has been secured from the Department for Education's enterprise fund.
YOUNG people are celebrating international culture and learning new languages at a festival this week.
Primary school pupils from across Newcastle will be at the Civic Centre for a Festival of International Culture on Wednesday.
SOUTH Tyneside Council has been presented with a prestigious accolade for its work in protecting the health of its employees.
The authority has received a National Clean Air Gold Award - which recognises employers who implement effective no-smoking policies in the workplace - for South Shields Town Hall.
SUNDERLAND university is to play host to 1,500 sixth-formers who will take part in a "masterclasses" and workshops to help them discover which courses suit them best.
COUNTY Durham has launched its first ever VIP Passport, giving holders the freedom of the county, with exclusive entry into almost 30 attractions.
Created by the Durham Attractions Group, the pass is aimed at a nationwide audience of travel writers and Tourist Information Staff.