A survey to mark 40 years of postcodes also found the North East had areas with the highest average age and proportion of married couples.
Zeus the Teesside rottweiler has been included on the electoral role to vote in the coming elections for Euro MPs
The family owners of a traditional sweet shop in Newcastle believe it is the oldest in the North East, as it turns 115 years old.
A commonplace book containing messages, drawings and poems by more than 120 injured servicemen during World War One is on sale in Newcastle.
They were collected by a nurse, called F.L. Maguire, from soldiers she treated between 1916 and 1919 at three hospitals: Norbury and Croydon in the UK and Rouen in France.
In addition to the soldiers' names, the book records their ranks and serial numbers, so their stories could be traced by archivists or family members researching their ancestors.
The book is now owned by a family from Corbridge, Northumberland, and is going on sale at an auction house in Newcastle.
On the day scientists in the United States announced they may have detected echoes of the Big Bang at the start of the universe, researchers in the UK showed off a unique image of the cosmos in more recent times.
The team from Durham University used data from telescopes and satellites to put together a detailed map of thousands of galaxies, which Dr Peder Norberg compared to the view Captain Kirk and his team in Star Trek would have from their flights around space:
Penguins at Scarborough's Sea Life Centre hit the headlines last month when they were given a course of anti-depressants to cheer them up after several weeks of wet weather.
Now their owners have the best sign yet that spring has made the penguins happier - they have found a freshly-laid egg.
“Our prayers were finally answered and the arrival of spring has certainly worked its magic on our penguin family,” said Lyndsey Crawford, a supervisor at the centre.
“There is no surer sign that they are feeling chipper again than the resumption of breeding activity.”
The egg was laid by a female called Pinky and is the first this spring, although there are signs that another female, called Piglet, may be about to produce the second.
If the eggs are viable it should be about 40 days before the centre hears the patter of tiny penguin feet.
A 32 year-old parrot from North Yorkshire is to become the swashbuckling face of Legoland's Castaway Camp.
Charlie, the blue and gold macaw, saw off competition from three other birds to land the role at Legoland in Windsor in the Castaway Camp, which is part of a new pirate adventure play area:
Bosses at a major UK tourist attraction are attracting swashbuckling visitors to a pirate camp - by enlisting a pet parrot from North Yorkshire.
Charlie the 32-year-old blue and gold macaw saw off competition from three other birds to land the role at Legoland in Windsor in the Castaway Camp, which is part of a new pirate adventure play area.
Charlie's owner Peter Bloom, 55, from Pickering, has had the bird for 30 years since he bought her in Scotland where she was hatched.
Mr Bloom said he believed the macaw was chosen for the role as she can roll over and play dead.
Lauren Moss from Legoland said: "Picking the perfect parrot for the post was incredibly tough. The resort and this hotel is all about colour, fun, surprises and, of course, making children smile, which any one of these birds could do.
"But Charlie just had that extra touch of piratey mischief and we think she will fit right in when she takes up her special Lego parrot perch next month.
She'll meet and greet guests here in our reception area and we know they will love her."
This model of St Pancras railway station in London is made out of 180,000 Lego bricks and took its creator Warren Elsmore, 37, more than 500 hours to build. It is five feet tall and even has details such as a guest in a hotel bath.
The St Pancras model is one of 70 models at a Lego exhibition at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, which also features miniature versions of London's Olympic Park and Buckingham Palace - with a tiny Duke and Duchess of Cambridge waving from the balcony.
The annual pancake race in Ripon dates back to medieval times, and hundreds of people take part.
Frances Read reports.
Weather, waves and more than a century of work have taken their toll on Roker Pier, in Sunderland, which is now to be resurfaced along its entire length for the first time.
Sunderland City Council said it would apply for planning permission to restore the pier as part of a £1.35m rolling programme, which also saw repair work to the lighthouse.
Last autumn, a large chunk of the concrete surface was torn up by waves. The council said that patches of the pier have been repaired in the past, but it has never all been done at once.
It is not possible to do the work over the winter, so if permission is granted, it would happen over the summer and reopen in November.