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Newcastle's answer to Oktoberfest

A Bavarian actor holds two double-pints of beer at the Oktober Fest in Munich. Credit: PA

Newcastle is hosting its first international craft beer festival this weekend, 24th-26th October.

More than 50 of the leading craft breweries from all over the world will be selling hundreds of National and International cask and keg beers.

The Festival, hosted against the industrial backdrop of Newcastle's Boiler Shop will feature ‘Meet The Brewer’ sessions, an artisan cider cellar, gin bar and a street food market.

During the three days world class DJs are expected to play, including special guests Greg Wilson and Mr. Scruff.

The lineup includes drinks from all corner of the globe and still incorporates many regional delights, such as, Wylam Brewary from Allendale, Tyne Bank from Three Kings and Jarrow from Durham, to name a few.

Here is a full list of the offerings:

220 jobs to go as Middlesbrough Council slash £14.1m

Another 220 jobs are being cut at Middlesbrough Council as the authority plans to slash its budget by a further £14.1million for the year 2015/16.

Mayor Ray Mallon outlined 51 cost saving proposals to councillors. They include reducing administrative support teams and transferring some staff, as well as services, to other organisations.

There are also plans to raise council tax by 2%.

Mayor Ray Mallon Credit: PA

Mayor Mallon insists that as many of the job losses as possible will be made up from voluntary redundancies and early retirement. He hopes to protect frontline services.

Since 2011, Middlesbrough Council has made £60.5million cuts to try and balance the books. That has resulted in 728 job losses, with a further 600 more expected up to the financial year 2019/20.

The latest proposals go out to consultation until December.

Ray Mallon also told councillors that a rise in the demand for children's and vulnerable adult services meant that by 2020, it is likely that 73% of the council's budget will be spent on those areas.

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Over 200 jobs to go at Middlesbrough Council as part of £77m saving cuts

At a council meeting last night, Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon outlined plans to lose up to 230 jobs and slash just over £14 million from the council budget in the next financial year.

He says he needs to make cuts of £77 million by 2020 and to lose hundreds more jobs by then. The council has already made similar savings in the last 4 years. There is now a six week consultation period.

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£200m plant will turn rubbish into electricity

The plant is under construction on Teesside. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A £200m plant which will take in all of Merseyside's landfill waste and use it to make electricity is under construction on Teesside.

The Wilton plant will create 50 jobs, produce enough power for 63,000 homes and reduce landfill and pollution.

The £200m plant will use landfill waste to make electricity. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

When operational in late 2016 the residual household waste - minus things that can be recycled from it - will be brought to Teesside by train and will be used as a fuel at the plant where it will produce steam and electricity for site and, in the case of the electricity, export to the National Grid.

The plant will create 50 jobs on Teesside. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Essentially we take domestic waste that cannot be recycled, we burn it to create steam and we use that steam to drive a turbine to make electricity and the electricity is exported into the National Grid to power people's homes.

– Phil Stevens, SITA manager

Newcastle United fans win bid to protect St James' Park

Newcastle United's ground St James' Park will be formally listed as an Asset of Community Value, after a successful application by a fan group.

The new status means fans have the right to bid for the ground if it were ever put up for sale Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The title is seen as an opportunity for football fans to protect their grounds and make sure it remains a focal point of the community.

It also means the Newcastle United Supporters' Trust has the right to bid for the ground if it were ever put up for sale.

It follows high profile applications to protect grounds including Anfield and Old Trafford.

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NHS staff say strike action is 'last resort'

NHS workers at Leeds General Infirmary who have taken part in today's four hour strike have said industrial action is a last resort.

Edward Barr from Unite, Matthew Barker who is a porter, Fiona Powell, an NHS worker and midwives Liz Furness and Anita Marshall, have been speaking to ITV Yorkshire about why they chose to strike.

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Second day of NHS strike action

Today is the second day of action for NHS staff in our region - including midwives, who walked out on strike for the first time ever yesterday in a row over pay.

Today, union members from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will follow yesterday's four-hour walk-out with four days of "work to rule".

Tony Pearson, from Unison Yorkshire and Humberside, explains that it is to demonstrate NHS workers often work through their breaks.

Trade unions want a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff, but the government says that will cost too much.

'Enough is enough. We need to make a stand'

Nurses and hospital workers across the North East NHS have been striking this morning in a dispute over pay. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Cat Rowney, an NHS midwife at Newcastle's RVI hospital, has spoken of the anger she and fellow hospital workers across the North East feel.

It has got very bad in the last few years, we're in a decade long baby boom at the moment so there's more and more babies being born with less and less staff.

People aren't encouraged to come into midwifery anymore because of all the issues that are going on. We work very long hours, we often work unpaid overtime, we don't get breaks, we don't get to have anything to eat, we don't get to go to the toilet.

It's got to the point where enough's enough and we need to make a stand and let everyone hear our voice.

– Cat Rowney

Eighty people on RVI picket line

Turnout at the entrance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary is about 80 people.

80 people protest at the RVI Credit: ITV

"I'm really impressed with the turnout. The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic and everyone is pulling together to make it clear to the Government that we deserve this pay rise."

– Rebecca Banks, who has been a midwife for 18 years
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