Martin Jackson spotted a lump of wood haggled the seller down from £6 to £3.50. He later discovered it was worth quite a lot more.
Leather-bound comfort, chilled drinks and even on-board washing machines: ITV News takes a tour on board the Team Sky bus.
Jack Watson jumped to raise money for a local dementia charity, in tribute to his wife Norma, who has the illness.
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.
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.
This isn't the first time the so-called 'yarnbombers' have decorated the town - but their identity has always remained a secret.
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Mystery knitters have been busy in the run up to the Bank Holiday - delighting a seaside town with World Cup inspired creations.
The railings along the beach in Saltburn are adorned with wool figures from different nations playing in the World Cup.
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.
Others playfully poke fun at national stereotype - the Frenchman has a striped jumper and a beret.
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.
Their identity remains a closely guarded secret.
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.
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.
A beach built on the Newcastle Quayside has opened early because of the hot weather. These people were enjoying sun, sand and stotties on what cold turn out to be one of the hottest weekends of the year.
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.
Hundreds of North East children have been taking part in their own version of the Eurovision Song Contest. They sang songs in everything from Polish to Lithuanian.
The event in Durham was aimed at improving their language skills, as Derek Proud reports.
Children taking part in a Eurovision-style singing contest at the Gala Theatre in Durham have told ITV News Tyne Tees that they were "gobsmacked" by the audiences' reaction.
Children from Hotspur Primary school, Newcastle, demonstrate their Norwegian.