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Royal backing for York Mystery Plays

His Royal Highness the Duke of York and the Archbishop of York have been confirmed as Patron and President for the York Minster Mystery Plays 2016.

Prince Andrew has been named patron of the 2016 York Mystery Plays

Prince Andrew and the Archbishop have been long standing supporters of the Plays, which return to the Minster in May 2016 for only the second time in their near 700 year history.

The cathedral’s Nave will be transformed into a 1,000-seater theatre for the production, which runs for five weeks from 26 May to 30 June.

In keeping with tradition, a community cast will be at the centre of the production with just one professional actor, and recruitment for key roles including Adam, Eve, Noah and Satan is taking place this autumn.

Duke of York to visit North East today

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His Royal Highness the Duke of York, will be in the region today. He is visiting the Children’s Foundation in Newcastle as part of its 25th-anniversary celebrations.

The Duke will launch a new campaign, which aims to raise two million pounds for children’s mental health services in the North East and Cumbria.

The Children's Foundation Chief Executive, Peregrine Solly said:

We are absolutely delighted that, as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, The Duke of York will becoming here to attend this extra-special event and support our campaign.

We hope the Duke's visit will help to raise both awareness and vital funds for our campaign. We want to put children's emotional health at the centre of everyone's awareness and thinking. The evidence is worrying as it says that at least one in 10 of our children has a diagnosable mental health challenge or emotional difficulty, and I suspect the real figure is worse than this.

– Peregrine Solly

Money raised from the new fundraising initiative will focus on a range of challenges from depression to self-harming and even suicide. The North East currently has the highest levels of self-harming and suicide in the country among young people.


Send us your pictures and memories of the Queen

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.

Historic charter to on display in Durham

An historic charter issued by King John in 1201 will go on display at Durham County Hall on Thursday Credit: Durham County Council

An historic charter issued by King John just a few years before the signing of the Magna Carter is going on display in Durham.

The document, which dates back to 1201, describes the granting of Teesdale Forest to Henry fitz Hervey. Written on parchment in latin, the charter has remains of its original wax seal which is attached with silk thread.

Members of the public will be able to see the charter during a free drop-in session at Durham County Record Office, in County Hall, on Thursday 30 July.

Princess Royal officially opens Durham Police HQ

Princess Anne unveils a plaque. Credit: ITV News

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne has officially opened the new £15m Durham Police headquarters.

The Princess Royal was given a tour of the building and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

The new HQ, situated in Aykley Heads on the outskirts of Durham city, has been open since August 2014.

It replaced the former headquarters, also located at Aykley Heads, which is awaiting demolition.

The Princess Royal also took part in a tree-planting ceremony to mark the 175th anniversary of Durham Constabulary.


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