A cutting-edge sports centre in North Tyneside is one step closer to opening after work on a six-lane swimming pool was completed.
The £9m development in Killingworth is due to be completed by May 21 and interest in the centre is already growing, with people signing up for preview tours. Other facilities that will feature at the centre are a six-court sports hall, two dance studios and a gym.
FOOD watchdogs are set to target schools and leisure centres in County Durham in a bid to improve the health of youngsters.
Durham County Council's food enforcement plan aims to prevent food frauds, ensure nutritional standards are met and monitor the quality of low cost food.
And in a bid to protect children, the service will take a significant number of food samples from schools and venues such as theme parks and leisure centres to see if healthy options are available to young people.
NEW winter flights to Spanish holiday destinations have been announced at Durham Tees Valley airport.
The airline flyglobespan will offer three flights a week to Malaga, two to Tenerife, two to Alicante and one a week to Palma and Lanzarote between November and the end of March 2008.
THE Hexham Farmers' Market will take place this Saturday.
It runs from 9am to 1.30pm in Market Place in the town.
ARTIST Louise Bradley will be exhibiting a new show called Freeflow at Gateshead Council's Central Library Gallery from May 18 to July 7.
Her paintings are inspired by nature, including underwater landscapes from the west coast of Thailand, which she visited after the tsunami hit the area.
PUPILS are being shown how to "go green" by creating their own eco-friendly homes.
Housebuilder Bellway helped youngsters from Tyne View Primary School in Walker Riverside, Newcastle, understand environmental issues and create models of their own green homes as part of National Science and Engineering week.