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Queen's Commonwealth Baton arrives in North East

The Queen's Commonwealth Baton Relay is due to arrive in the North East today. It passed though Yorkshire yesterday and will make its way through Gateshead and across the Millennium Bridge over the River Tyne before being carried to Alnwick Castle.

The tour is designed to inspire young people to make more time for sport.

The Commonwealth Baton Relay arrives in the North East from Yorkshire

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£5m development approved for Alnwick

What Weavers' Court will look like Credit: isos housing

Plans for a new development for older people in Alnwick have been given the green light.

The project, to be known as Weavers’ Court, will provide 58 one and two bedroom apartments.

The development site is on the southern edge of Alnwick.

The aim of the new Extra Care scheme is to promote independence in older and vulnerable people, and to sustain those with chronic and other health conditions in the community.

Developers say it could help prevent admissions to residential care.

Developer Isos Housing say it has been working alongside Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to develop its plans.

Work will start on site in May with completion expected in autumn 2015.

Honorary Degree for Duchess

Duchess of Northumberland Credit: ITV News

The Duchess of Northumberland will receive an honorary degree from Northumbria University in recognition of the work she does for charity.

She is patron or president of more than 70 charities in the region. She is also responsible for creating the North East's largest visitor attraction, Alnwick Garden.

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