Owners hoping County Durham site will become world-class visitor attraction
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Tragedy has struck a family a third time after the death of their son who drowned in a river in County Durham at the weekend.
Thousands of people attended this year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival over the weekend.
The event aims to boost tourism and the economy in County Durham. Organisers were hoping for crowds of thirty thousand. Suppliers and producers from across the North were involved.
Food producers and stallholders from across the North East and Cumbria are taking part in this wekend's Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
Simon Lacey, a cheese-maker from Richmond in North Yorkshire, says the event is the highlight of the year:
The Bishop Auckland Food Festival generated £300,000 last year but organisers are hoping to beat that this year.
For the first time, the food, beer and wine festival is being staged over two days.
Kate James, Festivals manager for Visit County Durham, has spoken to ITV News Tyne Tees about what it means for the area:
Thousands of people are expected at the Bishop Auckland Food Festival this weekend.
Organisers are staging the event over two days and hope it will attract up to 30,000 visitors.
Food producers from across the North of England are taking part. Visit County Durham says it is a huge boost for the area's economy.
An investigation is underway after a person died in a caravan that was on fire at Witton Castle in Bishop Auckland.
Police and fire services were called to the area in the early hours of this morning, and a postmortem was due to take place this afternoon.
– Statement from fire brigade
"The intensity of the fire was such that there had been a complete structural collapse.
"Additional appliances were despatched but despite the fire being extinguished quickly one person was discovered trapped under the collapsed structure and was pronounced dead at the scene."
The MP for Bishop Auckland, Helen Goodman, is coming to the end of a week of living on a food budget of £2.53 per day to highlight the strains of living on benefits money.
The MP has been taking part in the week of living on a food budget to protest against the benefits cuts that are being proposed and will affect her constituents.
Police are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of a 65-year-old man last seen on Friday lunchtime in Bishop Auckland town centre.
Wilfred Ainsley-Weighell has failed to return to his home at Etherley Lodge, Bishop Auckland.
He is known to visit local betting shops, pubs and use public transport.
Mr Ainsley-Weighell is described as white, with a pale complexion and blue eyes.
He is 5ft 10ins tall with a North-East accent and was last seen wearing a brown leather jacket, blue jeans, a brown flat cap and brown checked scarf with white trainers.