The Rugby World Cup trophy tour gets underway today as the countdown until the start of the tournament reaches 100 days to go.
The Webb Ellis Cup enters the North East on July 30 and travels to the following destinations:
- Close House, Heddon-on-the-Wall - July 30
- Newcastle City Centre - July 30
- Alnwick Castle - July 30
- Tynemouth - August 1
- Northumbria University - August 2
- Gateshead International Stadium - August 2
- The Angel of the North - August 3
- Darlington Mowden Park - August 3
- West Hartlepool RFC - August 3
Click the link for more information about the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.
The North East Credit Union is opening its first town centre branch in Gateshead.
For the first time, they say, they will be able to offer the same facilities as rival banks and building societies on the High Street.
The NEFirst Credit Union is a merger of smaller credit unions in the region, which have provided savings and loan accounts for more than 20 years.
A young football fan will attempt 10,000 'keepy ups' in a month to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.Read the full story ›
Sting and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini have made it onto a list of the richest musicians in the UK.
Sting, who was born in Wallsend, is joint 8th on the Sunday Times Rich List of Musicians, with an estimated fortune of £180 million.
Cheryl, who grew up in Newcastle, is second on The Times' Young Musicians Rich List. She is said to be worth £12 million.
Newcastle United's controversial shirt sponsor, payday lender Wonga, has announced huge losses.
The business has posted a pre-tax loss of £37.3 million in 2014.
It is not clear whether the results will affect Wonga's sponsorship of Newcastle United.
Last year, the company was ordered to pay compensation of more than £2.5 million by the Financial Conduct Authority after sending threatening legal letters from fake law firms to 45 thousand customers.
Newcastle Airport say that they are expecting nearly 190,000 passengers to pass through the airport during the busy Easter holidays.Read the full story ›
The scheme takes off 5p per litre at petrol stations in Hawes in North Yorkshire, and around Bellingham and Kielder in Northumberland.Read the full story ›
Projects for diagnosing, treating and caring for cancer patients across Yorkshire are to get a major funding boost.
It's been announced that Yorkshire Cancer Research, based in Harrogate, is to invest £5 million in nine projects to address what the charity describes as a North-South divide in cancer outcomes.
We're extremely proud to be funding such vital research in Yorkshire thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
This is a very substantial investment in projects with a huge regional significance which will take us one step closer to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on people who live in Yorkshire."
As part of the funding the charity will invest £1.5m in a five-year project aimed at improving the survival of bowel cancer patients through better quality surgery, radiology and pathology.
Newcastle United has made profit for the fourth successive year. This cements Newcastle's position, in financial terms, as one of the most successful clubs in the top flight.
The club's debt remained static at £129million in the form of an interest-free loan from owner Mike Ashley - none of the debt has been repaid.
"I am pleased to report a positive set of results which confirms the healthy financial position the club now finds itself in and is a reflection of the prudent and measured manner in which we operate.
"The club benefits from a supportive owner and is financially stable. This gives us a strong platform from which to grow, both on and off the pitch, a result of which means, as we move forward, we are able to net spend on the playing squad and invest in other areas of the business.
"The most pleasing aspect in this set of accounts has been the growth in our commercial revenue and it has been our strongest year yet in that respect."
Newcastle United has announced record profits of £18.7m due to increases in television income and new sponsorship deals.
The club also saw revenues increase by 35% from £95.9m to £129.7m.
More than half the club's income (£78.3million) came from the new Premier League television rights deals.
"Most significantly, the club reported strong commercial revenue growth delivering £25.6million in 2014, up from £17.1million in 2013. This 49.7 per cent increase was largely the result of two lucrative new deals with the club's principal sponsors, Wonga and Puma."