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The Queen opening the second Tyne Tunnel crossing. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

On September 9, Her Majesty the Queen will have reigned for 63 years and 217 days making her the longest-serving monarch in British History.

To mark this occasion, we'd like to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II by sharing your memories of her.

If you have footage you filmed of the Queen during one of her many visits to our region over the last six decades, then we'd like you to get in touch.

Perhaps you have photos or video of the day the Queen came to your school, town or workplace?

If you'd like to join in our celebration then email us at or send us a message via our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Sir Tom Jones: 'Very upsetting for fans at Alnwick and myself'

Sir Tom Jones has tweeted his disappointment after a power failure cut short his concert at Alnwick Castle on 8th August.

In a statement via his website, he said:

Tom Jones would like to sincerely apologise to all his fans for the abrupt ending to his concert at Alnwick Castle on Saturday evening.

A loss of generator power supply at the beginning of the night meant a delayed start to the concert and unfortunately, after continuous problems during Tom’s performance, a further loss of power meant the concert ended abruptly.

Tom really enjoyed performing to the North East crowd and was extremely disappointed that the concert ended in this manner.

Tom looks forward to returning to the North East for a concert in the future.

– Sir Tom Jones

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Award-winning play hits Sunderland

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Credit: National Theatre

The National Theatre's award-winning production of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time makes its debut in Sunderland tonight (August 11).

The play, which won seven Olivier Awards, is also running at the Gielgud Theatre and has just won five Tony Awards on Broadway

It is directed by Marianne Elliott, who co-directed the globally successful production of War Horse for which she also won a Tony Award. It played to full houses in Sunderland when it toured there in April and May 2014.

War Horse is now in its eighth year in the West End.

The play will be on at the Empire Theatre until Saturday.


Five-foot Python found in Kirkleatham Woods

The snake found in Kirkleatham Woods

A five-foot long python has been found by a member of the public in Kirkleatham Woods, the fourth snake on the loose in Teesside in the past month.

It has been temporarily housed while investigations continue.

In recent weeks, two snakes were found in the Wilton Lane area of Guisborough, with a third discovered in a car park near Cineworld in Middlesbrough.

Police say while there is no information to suggest there are any more snakes loose in the area, if any are found, they should not be disturbed and people and other animals should keep a safe distance.

Parents with children should also remain vigilant.

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