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Hoppings funfair returns to Newcastle

The annual Hoppings funfair has returned to Newcastle's Town Moor and will be getting underway later today.

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The historic show's in its one hundred and thirty fourth year. As well as the usual fairground attractions, this year there will be a military show involving tanks and other armoured vehicles.

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Organisers say they have over 300 attractions this year, making it one of Europe's biggest fairs.

It runs until Sunday 25th June.

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County Durham's Bowes Museum hosts V&A shoe exhibition

A new exhibition opens this weekend at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, charting the social and artistic aspects of footwear over the centuries.

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The exhibition comes from the Victoria and Albert Musuem in London and is the only venue outside the capital, before the items are taken to the USA and China.

It charts two thousand years of footwear, from a pair used for foot binding in China, to a modern trainer selection.

Helen Ford reports:

Lumiere festival brought £9.6 million into Durham's economy

Last year's Durham Lumiere Light Festival brought almost ten million pounds to the local economy - nearly four million more than in 2013 - according to an independent report.

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Two hundred thousand visitors from around the world turned out last November to see art installations, including the Whale in the Wear and the history of the universe projected onto the Cathedral. Next week county councillors will be asked to spend

600 thousand pounds to bring Lumiere back for a fifth time in 2017.

Do you know your afternoon tea etiquette?

Preparations are underway in the region ahead of street party celebrations to mark the Queen's 90th birthday this year.

There'll be bunting, a buffet, and a drink or two no doubt!

When it comes to a right royal knees-up - our best behaviour and perfect manners are also essential, after all there could be a chance encounter with Her Majesty!

One leading etiquette expert has been giving our reporter Matt Price a quick rundown of how to behave - and make OUR celebrations fit for a Queen.

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Redcar hosts sand sculpture spectacular

Redcar has hosted an international sand sculpture event as part of a campaign to bring more visitors and new businesses into the town. The community event aims to boost tourism and help regenerate the town after the closure of its steelworks.

The local action group, Friends of Redcar, has staged "Kick off the Summer", putting on activities and entertainment in a bid to attract visitors. Sand artists from around the world have been crafting spectacular creations.

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Redcar was left reeling after the collapse of the SSI steelworks last year which resulted in more than two thousand workers being made redundant and hundreds more losing their jobs in the supply chain.

Redcar & Cleveland Councillor, Carl Quartermain, whose brief includes Jobs, Skills and Leisure said he hoped the event to kick start the summer season would encourage both visitors and new traders:

What Redcar has lacked for some time is a bit of a visitor economy. We want to try and attract new traders in so that once they see this is a vibrant town, they might come here and want to trade."

– Redcar & Cleveland Councillor, Carl Quartermain

Northumberland County Show attracts thousands

The Northumberland County Show has attracted thousands of visitors to its site in Bywell, near Stocksfield.

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As well as the traditional showjumping and best in show exhibits, attractions include sheep shearing, wrestling and an alpaca competition.

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Organisers are hopeful that 20,000 people will attend.

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