10:30 am, Mon 24 Dec 2012
Love them or hate them - they're an essential part of Christmas dinner.
Sprouts will be in demand this week as shoppers stock up ahead of Christmas Day.
And that means the busiest time of the year for sprout farmers as they rush to supply the vegetable for millions of Christmas dinners.
7:00 am, Mon 24 Dec 2012
Another busy shopping day
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It's due to be another busy day at the region's shops this Christmas Eve.
On Sunday thousands queued at supermarkets across the region to be sure they were able to get those last minute items.
The busiest time is predicted to be just after 12 noon on the 24th.
4:00 am, Fri 21 Dec 2012
Busy Christmas getaway
Newcastle Airport has announced that it is expecting thousands of visitors to tread the waiting rooms and arrivals halls of the airport over the festive period,
Around 800,000 passengers are expected to travel to or from the airport between December 23rd and January 2nd - with some seeking warmer climes whilst others are returning home to the region.
Newcastle, in particular, also sees an increase in skiers heading for the slopes around Christmas.
"We are expecting a very busy few weeks over the Christmas period with families and friends all over the region making use of our services.
As well as people travelling elsewhere, we also have thousands of people returning home to the region for Christmas.
Our arrivals hall is full of well-wishers and people calling in to collect relatives and friends."
– Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport
9:04 pm, Thu 06 Dec 2012
A study by the charity Age UK says one in three elderly people in our region suffer from loneliness.
It is a particular problem at this time of year, with thousands expected to spend Christmas Day on their own.
The charity is urging people to volunteer their time and pay a visit to someone who needs it.
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6:30 am, Fri 30 Nov 2012
Police launch their Christmas drink-drive campaign
Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Cleveland and Durham Police forces are warning drivers to think twice before getting behind the wheel as they launch their annual clampdown on drink driving today.
Random spot checks will take place across the region today, with police concentrating particularly on younger drivers.
8:00 am, Sat 24 Nov 2012
Loveable Rogues backstage at the Barclaycard Wireless Festival 2012 at Hyde Park in London.
Credit: Ian West / PA
Finalists from Britain's Got Talent 2012, Loveable Rogues, will be switching on the Christmas lights in South Shields town centre today.
Band members Eddie Brett, Sonny Jay and Té Eugene, will be pushing the button to illuminate the town centre as part of the celebrations.
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7:00 am, Wed 14 Nov 2012
The Christmas lights switch-on in 2008.
The Mayor of Sunderland will be joined by Emmerdale's Tom Lister who is playing Captain Hook in panto at Sunderland Empire, and the city's Olympic women's footballer Jill Scott and Olympic trampolinist Kat Driscoll for the switch-on at the civic centre.
Music will include performances from Castletown Primary who were overall winners in this year's annual 'City Sings' school choral competition, and 'Farra Cappella' from Farringdon Community Sports College who were winners in the secondary school category.
The event begins at 6pm with the evening brought to a close with a firework display at 7pm.