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Military engineers show off their skills in Ripon

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Displays highlighting the skills of military engineers are taking place in North Yorkshire today.

The local regiment are celebrating the anniversary of the Freedom of Ripon being granted to the Corps of Royal Engineers.

Soldiers from 21 Engineer Regiment, based at Claro Barracks in the city, are manning the displays, which will include two 30-tonne Terriers and a multi-terrain armoured digger.

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Direct flight to New York leaves Newcastle

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A non-stop service between Newcastle Airport and New York got off the ground this morning.

The direct flight to Newark Airport was the first in a trial being operated by United Airlines that will run till September.

The airline says that if the route proves popular it could become a more permeant service.

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Newcastle Airport is largely owned by seven local authorities in the North East, known as the LA7.

Councillor Iain Malcolm is leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders. He said: "The route arks an important milestone for the North East and will further enhance regional connectivity, grow the regional economy, attract inward investment and encourage tourism."

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Missing Teesside man

Police on Teesside appealing for help in tracing man from North Ormesby.

47 year old Del Charlton has not been missing since 20th May.

He is described as white, 5’7” tall of slim build and short dark brown receding hair.

He has many tattoos on both his hands and arms, wears a gold hooped earring in his left ear and has a local accent.

Mr Charlton is known to have links to the North Yorkshire area as well as Cleveland.

Volunteers save Fawdon Library

Volunteers have saved the library, based at Fawdon Community Centre, after it faced closure due to cutbacks in the council's budgets.

The library will reopen on Tuesday 26 May as a volunteer-run service.

The volunteers have formed a collective called Friends of Fawdon Community Library, and will keep the facility open five days a week, Monday to Friday.

Councillor David Faulkner, who helped organise and champion the volunteer takeover, said: “Our volunteers have come together with a shared purpose to operate and develop the library, as well as promoting reading, literacy, learning and the enjoyment of books in this part of the city.

“We hope to welcome new and returning visitors to this much-loved community library, and we’d welcome anyone who wants to volunteer for us in any capacity.

“We’re grateful for the support of our landlords at Fawdon Community Centre, Newcastle Tenants and Residents Federation, and for the help of staff at Newcastle City Libraries who kindly transferred the existing book stock to us and provided helpful advice.”

The library will be open: Mondays 12pm to 5pm Tuesdays 10am to 1pm Wednesdays 10am to 1pm Thursdays 2pm to 5pm Fridays 10am to 1pm.

Further information, including membership forms, can be found on the library’s new website athttp://fawdoncommunitylibrary.com/

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