The Most Rev Justin Welby said it has come as 'a complete surprise' to find his real father is the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne.Read the full story ›
A poster with a racist slogan about refugees has been put up outside a hospital on South Tyneside.
Groups in the region who work with refugees say it's trying to create tension where there isn't any.
Our reporter Kris Jepson has been looking into the incident.
Young patients in the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle have had a bit of an Easter surprise....after the Clown Doctors paid them a visit.
They delivered Easter Eggs and treats to children who will spend the Bank Holiday in hospital.
“It’s always hard for children in hospital but it’s especially difficult on special occasions like Easter.
Anything we can do, even simple things like sharing Easter eggs, helps lift the children and gives them something new to focus on.
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman gives a message of hope and love this EasterRead the full story ›
The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham has issued an Easter messages talking about the smells of Easter.Read the full story ›
Children will get on average five Easter eggs each over the Easter holidays.
That's according to research from the website MummyPages.
The survey of Mum's shows that most are worried about the amount of sugar their sons and daughters will consume over the Bank Holiday, some chocolate eggs containing up to 60 teaspoons of sugar.
- 59% of mums regularly intercept or take away some of their child's chocolate Easter Eggs without them knowing
- 63% of respondents think parents should be consulted before an adult gives their child a gift of a chocolate Easter Egg
Popular alternatives to chocolate Easter Eggs for children include:
New clothes (57%)
Home-made gifts (43%)
Special family day out (40%)
Gift vouchers (33%)
Home baked goods (33%)
56% of mums think Easter Eggs should be limited by law to just one aisle or display in supermarkets
19% of mums think there should be an extra 'sugar tax' on Easter Eggs
Mums average Easter Egg spend: Up to £10 (28%), £11-20 (48%), £21-30 (14%), £30-40 (7%), £40-50 (3%).
Police are appealing for information after World War 1 headstones were damaged at a cemetery in Houghton.
On Tuesday (March 22) it was reported five gravestones had been damaged at Hillside Cemetery in Stanley Street.
The damages happened between Wednesday, February 17 and Monday, March 21.
A further ten have also been knocked over.
It's estimated the damage caused will cost around £15,000 to repair.
Newcastle's Central Mosque has been hosting an open day to allow the community to find out more about their religion.Read the full story ›
The first woman bishop in the North East has said that 2016 must be about looking forward with hope.
Christine Hardman took up the role of Bishop of Newcastle a few weeks ago.
She's been reflecting on the last year with our correspondent Frances Read:
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu will visit Kirklevington Grange Prison today. He will lead the Christmas Day morning services and spend time with staff and prisoners as part of his 6-month Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing across the Diocese of York.
I was a Prison Chaplain once and as Bishop for Stepney used to go into the two local prisons on Christmas Day. I was reminded of Matthew 25: ‘I was in prison and you came to visit me’. On Christmas Day, I will be telling all at Kirklevington of the love of God in Jesus Christ for each one of us. For those who are in prison, who are lonely, who feel lost or abandoned– they are all stand-ins for Jesus Christ.
HMP Kirklevington is an open prison for adult male offenders, focused on developing links with families and the wider community. Its aim is to prepare prisoners for their release, addressing offending behaviour and encouraging responsibility for actions.
We are delighted to welcome the Archbishop – it is a particular pleasure to have His Grace here on Christmas Day which is always a challenging day for both those residing and working in prison, separated from family. I am sure he will see the atmosphere of hope we provide here, with opportunities to prepare for successful release into the community and we wish him well with his onward pilgrimage in the North East
Following his visit to the prison, the Archbishop will continue his Pilgrimage and will be visiting Ayresome Court Nursing Home. Prayers outside Yarm Town Hall at around 1pm – to which all are welcome.