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Laurel letter sells for £1,400 at Newcastle auction

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend has sold for £1,400 today in Newcastle.

The letter was sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

A spokesman for Anderson and Garland said they are "delighted" with the sum.

Laurel of Laurel & Hardy was 'a Geordie at heart'

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend goes under the hammer today in Newcastle.

The letter is being sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

Fred Wyrley-Birch, an auctioneer at Anderson & Garland, says Laurel always had strong North East connections.

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Letter from Stan Laurel goes on sale in Newcastle

Letter from Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend goes under the hammer today in Newcastle.

The signed and dated note from Stan Laurel was sent to Margaret Miller in 1960, 70 years after the star went to school with her husband Arthur in Tynemouth when they were both young boys.

The letter, on letterhead paper from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California, is dated March 24th and thanks Mrs Miller for her belated Christmas card calendar.

Stan Laurel letterhead Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The letter is being sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

The letter was sent from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Northern Lights: Top photography tips

Tonight is the best chance to see the Northern Lights in our region for a long time.

No guarantees - but if it does happen you might want to know how to photograph it.

Viewer Alison Leddy has given us her top tips for capturing the phenomenon on camera.

Go as far away from any light pollution as possible and look to the north for clear dark skies.

The coast is generally the best.

Be prepared for a long wait and keep taking photos and checking on your camera.

– Alison Leddy
Alison captured this shot earlier this year Credit: Alison Leddy

A lot of the time it isn't visible to the naked eye but because you are doing a long exposure, your camera's sensor picks up the light and colours.

Best tip ever is to wrap up warm, it could turn into a long night.

– Alison Leddy

If you do get a picture you can email me your pictures to:

weatherpics@itv.com

Or Tweet me:

@Ross_Hutchinson

And good luck!!

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Flowers bloom for the opening of the Harrogate Show

Florist Lucy Hutton Smith finishes off her fruit and vegetable flag which is dedicated to the Scottish independence referendum Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
Exhibitors prepare their stands for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Gardeners and growers from across the country are in Yorkshire for the Harrogate Flower Show.

The gates for the Autumn show open today (Friday, 12th September) and thousands are expected to flock to the exhibition tents for everything from geraniums to giant pumpkins.

Lucy Hutton Smith (top picture) is just one of many florists creating special displays for the event.

She has made a fruit and vegetable flag which is dedicated to the Scottish independence referendum.

It shows the top half as the Saltire and the bottom the Union flag and is made up of over 3,000 fruit and veg including mushrooms, garlic, tomatoes, onions , aubergines and blueberries.

Chrysanthemums on show as exhibitors prepare their stands Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
Preparations under way for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

North Yorkshire town builds art school from stockroom

A community in North Yorkshire has pulled together to convert a former shop stockroom into a performing arts school in just six weeks.

The principal of Upstage Academy in Ripon, parents and local businesses have helped raising money and donating both goods and time.

Anne Bricombe, a parent, has spoken of the "surreal" feeling now that the school is complete.

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