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Jumpin' Jack due to parachute jump - at age of 91

A 91-year-old World war 2 veteran is due to parachute jump over County Durham, to raise money for a dementia charity, in tribute to his wife.

Jack Watson has had medical clearance for the jump from Peterlee

Jack Watson, from Sunderland, said skydiving was one of his lifelong ambitions, and he decided to do it to raise money for Action on Dementia Sunderland, which has supported him and his wife Norma since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease seven years ago.

Mr Watson, a former Signalman with the Shropshire Yeomanry, now volunteers at the charity's Memory Cafes, for dementia patients and their carers. He said he was "lucky" to be able to do the jump, which will take place at Shotton Airfield, County Durham.


Fleet of Dutch racing yachts arrives on the River Tyne

A fleet of 58 Dutch racing yachts has arrived on the River Tyne as part of a friendly race around the North Sea.

The yachts and their crewmen set sail from Ijmuiden in the Netherlands last weekend and have already visited Hartlepool Marina. They will be moored in Newcastle until Saturday.

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The 58 Dutch racing yachts are moored in Newcastle
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The yachts look stunning against the backdrop of the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle
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The racing yachts will be moored for three days while their crews tour the area
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The yachts set sail from Holland last weekend and have also visited Hartlepool

Northumberland pupils in mass sports day

The event is held in Cramlington Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A mass sports day has been held in Northumberland to celebrate National School Sport Week. Over 1500 children from schools around the county travelled to Cramlington for the two day event.

Over 1500 athletes are competing in 14 sports including trampolining Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The event incorporates the Northumberland Para Games with sports like wheelchair basketball Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
It's hoped this will become an annual event Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
These pupils were representing Guidepost Middle School in the netball Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Ashington High School pupil Connor was one of the first to recieve a medal following his success in the cricket. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Children from year 3 to year 12 joined the games Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The whole county was represented with schools from Berwick to Hayden Bridge Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police warn Parkour could be "life-threatening"

Police in Durham have issued a warning against Parkour, or freerunning, saying that the activity could have "life-threatening" consequences.

A child practises Parkour on a rooftop, but Durham Police are warning against it Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA

A statement released by the force said the activity was becoming increasingly popular - but warned that the city's monuments, ancient walls and buildings could be structurally unsound because of their age.

It said: "Please think you are not only causing damage to the buildings but the risk to yourself whilst taking part in these activities is extremely dangerous."

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Labour leader Ed Miliband took part in an organised Parkour event in London in 2010 Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA

Parkour, which began in France in the 1980s, involves moving quickly through an urban area by running and jumping over obstacles.

It is now respected as a sport, with its own qualifications and coaching ladder. In 2010 Ed Miliband, as Energy Secretary, took part in a Parkour event in London.

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