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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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Roker Pier closed till the end of the year

Roker Pier is one of our best loved landmarks. But there are only so many times you can carry out repairs and we've now got to the stage where we need to replace the entire surface to protect the pier for future generations to enjoy.

"Undoubtedly people who regularly use the pier will be disappointed about the disruption but hopefully carrying out the work now will mean there's less need to close it for temporary repairs in the future.

"We've already made a good start with the restoration of the lantern house at the top of the lighthouse last Autumn and if we're successful in our bid for Heritage Lottery Funding we hope the next stage will be to restore the lighthouse and pier tunnel and open them for public tours."

– Councillor Mel Speding, Sunderland City Council

Roker Pier closes for refurbishment

The pier will be closed till the end of the year Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Work starts today to resurface Sunderland's Roker Pier for the first time in it's one hundred and eleven year history. It's part of a 1.3 million pound restoration of the Grade II listed pier. The work is being undertaken during the summer to minimise disruption from the weather.

Roker Pier closes for first time in 111 years

Roker Pier closes on June 22 for the first time in its 111 year history. Restoration work will be carried out as part of plans to restore the landmark.

The work is part of a £1.35m project for the Grade II listed pier announced by Sunderland City Council last February.

"Undoubtedly people who regularly use the pier will be disappointed about the disruption but hopefully carrying out the work now will mean there's less need to close it for temporary repairs in the future."

– Cabinet Secretary, Councillor Mel Speding


110-year-old man explains the secret of long life

by Julia Barthram

I spoke to Nazar Singh a few days after his 110th birthday. He is still able to walk, see and hear and has never had an operation. It is hard to believe he is 110, as he looks so well, but he has three passports from over the decades which all record his date of birth as 8.6.1904.

Nazar's son, Chain Singh Gill, who he lives with in Sunderland, says he now frequently claims not to be able to remember things but then will correct others about things they forget.

He was born in India and moved to England when he was already in his sixties. He doesn't speak English but, speaking with his son as an interpreter, was utterly charming.

He told me he believes the secret to his long life is a good diet. He eats a mixture of nuts ground together with ginger, drinks plenty of milk and fruit and takes fish oil supplements. He also says having his many children, grand children and great grand children around him keeps him young.

Queen's Commonwealth Baton arrives in North East

The Queen's Commonwealth Baton Relay is due to arrive in the North East today. It passed though Yorkshire yesterday and will make its way through Gateshead and across the Millennium Bridge over the River Tyne before being carried to Alnwick Castle.

The tour is designed to inspire young people to make more time for sport.

The Commonwealth Baton Relay arrives in the North East from Yorkshire
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