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Happy to make others happy: Inspirational people recognised

Inspirational people from the North East have made it onto a national list of people that make others happy.

Al and Paula Coates, from Cramlington, Kenneth Davidson from Benton, and Andrea Parkin, from Sunderland, were all nominated on the Independent on Sunday's 'Happy List'.

They appear on the list of 100 people who give back and help others.

Adoption champions Al and Paula, became foster carers after adopting two sisters in 1999. They now have six children.

Kenneth makes the list due to his bravery, as he has twice detained burglars and has received two bravery awards.

And Andrea set up Animal Krackers in 2002, where she works for the city’s abandoned animals, rescuing and re-homing them.

Saltburn 'yarnbombers' strike again

A topless fan is one of the creations by the Saltburn yarnbombers.
A topless fan is one of the creations by the Saltburn yarnbombers. Credit: ITV

With less than a month to go until the World Cup in Brazil, Saltburn's mystery knitters have been getting delighted fans in the mood.

The collection of figures stretches along the beach railings, and includes both footballers and their armies of fans.

A woollen player warms up in Saltburn.
A woollen player warms up in Saltburn. Credit: ITV
Some of the multi-coloured creations by the mystery knitters.
Some of the multi-coloured creations by the mystery knitters. Credit: ITV
Let's hope Brazil's hotter than this! A fan relaxes with a World Cup magazine.
Let's hope Brazil's hotter than this! A fan 'sunbathes' with a World Cup magazine on a cloudy day in Saltburn. Credit: ITV
Tug of war: Teams fight over the World Cup. Next month, they'll do it for real.
Tug of war: Teams fight over the World Cup. Next month, they'll do it for real. Credit: ITV

This isn't the first time the so-called 'yarnbombers' have decorated the town - but their identity has always remained a secret.

Do you know the Saltburn yarnbombers?! Email pamandian@itv.com

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Mystery knitters bring World Cup fever to Saltburn

Football's coming home: An optimistic woollen figure of an England player holding the World Cup.
Football's coming home: An optimistic woollen figure of an England player holding the World Cup. Credit: ITV

Mystery knitters have been busy in the run up to the Bank Holiday - delighting a seaside town with World Cup inspired creations.

The pop-up exhibition appeared in Saltburn yesterday morning.
The pop-up exhibition appeared in Saltburn yesterday morning. Credit: ITV

The railings along the beach in Saltburn are adorned with wool figures from different nations playing in the World Cup.

Yarnbombers bring World Cup fever to Saltburn.
Yarnbombers bring World Cup fever to Saltburn. Credit: ITV

Among them, an optimistic England player clutching the World Cup.

Maradona's infamous Hand of God from the 1986 World Cup quarter final has also been recreated.

Hand of God: The infamous Maradona move from the 1986 quarter final against England.
Hand of God: The infamous Maradona move from the 1986 quarter final against England. Credit: ITV

Others playfully poke fun at national stereotype - the Frenchman has a striped jumper and a beret.

MORE: Saltburn 'yarnbombers' strike again

The Ivory Coast player, cheered on by an elephant and a frog.
The Ivory Coast player, cheered on by an elephant and a frog. Credit: ITV
The Frenchman in a striped beret.
The Frenchman in a striped beret pokes fun at national stereotypes. Credit: ITV

This isn't the first pop up exhibition by the clandestine creators - they also made figures for the Olympics, Queen's Jubilee and the Royal Wedding.

MORE: Mystery knitters choose Olympic theme

Their identity remains a closely guarded secret.

Tiger cubs take first steps outside in North Yorkshire

One of the tiger cubs, born in March in North Yorkshire.
One of the tiger cubs, born in March in North Yorkshire. Credit: Flamingo Land

Three endangered tiger cubs have been born at Flamingo Land Resort in North Yorkshire.

Two female subs and one male were born on March 22nd to mum Surya and dad Bawa.

Recent estimates suggest there are only 400 Sumatran Tigers in the world and Flamingo Land say they are "extremely proud" of being part of a boost of a nearly 1% increase in world population numbers.

They have yet to be named, and will venturing outdoors for the first time today.

Take in tuition with your tipple

Scientists from the University of York are heading to local pubs this week to share their knowledge.

They hope to attract people to their talks who would not consider going to a lecture at the university. It is the first time the city has held the international Pint of Science Festival.

Academics specialising in biology, chemistry, psychology and others will give talks in local pubs Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

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Quayside Seaside opens early because of sun

A mini beach created on the Newcastle Quayside has opened a week early because of the summer weather. The free attraction, called the Quayside Seaside, looks out onto the River Tyne.

It has deck-chairs, beach volleyball and buckets and spades.

Build sandcastles or just bury your friends on the Newcastle Quayside
It may not be Cannes or St Tropez but it will do for us
With high temperatures over 20 degrees, summer starts here

Read more: Saturday's weather forecast

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