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Churchill's funeral train on display in York

The funeral train that carried Winston Churchill from Waterloo to Oxfordshire in 1965 is going on display at the National Rail Museum in York from today.

The Battle of Britain class locomotive named after the statesman, plus the carriages, were restored at Shildon in County Durham and in parts of Hampshire.

James Lester, the fireman on the footplate of the locomotive hauling the train back in 1965 was present to witness the funeral train brought back together half a century later:

It's been great working with the museum on this display to mark this anniversary and for me; it's like turning the clock back 50 years.

I'm a little more hard of hearing than I was back then but the sound of that whistle and seeing the locomotive and train, together again, has brought it all back to me, the huge crowds watching us go past and the deep sense of sadness that was evident on the occasion."

– James Lester

They train and carriages are part of a special display to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Churchill's state funeral.

Work beginning on £160,000 Captain James Cook statue

Work is getting under way on a project to create a statue to one of Middlesbrough's most famous sons.

The tribute to Captain James Cook will be built at Stewart Park close to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.

Middlesbrough Council have contributed £25,000 for the statue as part of the council's capital programme proposals.

The total cost of the statue, which is yet to be fully funded, is expected cost roughly £160,000.


REPORT: John Carver before landing his dream job

Geordie John Carver says he's proud to be Newcastle United's head coach and that he'll fight to keep the job on a permanent basis.

Speaking today for the first time since being confirmed as head coach until the summer, Carver admits it's a dream come true.

Our Sports Correspondent, Simon O'Rourke went back to where his dream of leading the Magpies began - the Montagu and North Fenham Football Club.

Watch the full report here:

Neil Rowan, the Chairman of Montagu and North Fenham FC hopes to find out from the Newcastle City Council if their planning applications to move will be approved.

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