David Watkins playing the harp in front of locomotive

Harping on about trains

The world of classical music met a classic locomotive at Gateshead's Tanfield Railway as a son paid tribute to his father.

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NHS staff trained as beekeepers to produce honey

NHS staff been trained as beekeepers and installed a beehive at an office in Newcastle as part of a commitment to making the most of their land.

The biodiversity project plans to open more rooftop hives in Newcastle city centre to produce honey.

Staff are training as beekeepers to fulfil their commitment to make the most of the land


Teesside couple "shocked and stunned" to win lottery

A couple from Stockton say they're 'shocked and stunned' after winning more than £100,000 playing the National Lottery.

Emma Coulson and her partner Robert Silcox, were presented with their cheque after placing the bet whilst on holiday.

They won just days after an 80-year-old woman from Middlesbrough won £500,000, meaning there have been two winners from Teesside in the space of a week. Jonny Blair reports.

£111,000 lottery win for Teesside hairdresser and builder

Robert and Emma raise a glass
Cheers! The lottery winners celebrate Credit: ITV News

A couple from Teesside are celebrating after scooping more than £100,000 playing the National Lottery. Emma Coulson and her partner Robert Silcox bought the winning ticket during a holiday in Cumbria. They didn't realise they'd won until four days after the draw was made.

We both let out an enormous scream and burst into tears of joy... We just didn't know what to do with ourselves at first, apart from sit there in a state of shock.

– Emma Coulson

Emma, who's a hairdresser, and Robert, who's a self-employed builder, plan to spend some of the money improving their home.

National award for one-eyed County Durham cat

by Rachel Sweeney

A cat from County Durham has been selected as 'National Cat of the Year'. Nelson, owned by Andrea Huntley-Crow, of Seaham, has also won the Most Incredible Story award.

Nelson, 20, has had struggles. He was thrown into the sea in a sack, lived rough on the docks, lost an eye and suffered a heart condition.

We caught up with Nelson before he was announced as the winner.


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