A charity which uses volunteers to deliver blood is appealing for volunteers to expand the service to more hospitals.
A statue of the world's first black professional footballer, Arthur Wharton, will be erected at the National Football Centre.
A North East volunteer police officer is among a select few from around the country to be honoured for their work.
Police have named a woman who died in a house fire in Darlington on Saturday. She was 32-year-old Louise Hardisty. The fire is not being treated as suspicious.
An investigation is underway into how a fire started at a house which resulted in the death of a woman in Darlington.
A 32 year old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a house fire in Brunton Street this morning. Neighbour Amy Lindsay describes the scene:
A woman has died in a house fire in Darlington, according to reports from the Great North Air Ambulance.
Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the terraced property on Brunton Street at around 11am.
– Great North Air Ambulance spokesman
All efforts were made to resusitate the patient on scene but very sadly the lady died.
Our thoughts are with the family.
Police, fire and ambulance services in Darlington have launched a joint investigation following a house fire.
Officers and emergency crews were called to Brunton Street at around 11am following reports of a house fire.
A joint investigation is working to establish a cause. The street is still closed.
Fire crews are working to put out a house fire in Darlington.
Police and the air ambulance are also on scene near Nesham Road.
It is believed to be serious.
More to follow.
Sightings of a mysterious pink bird have puzzled locals in the North East this week.
The bird has been spotted by several passers-by attempting to blend in among pigeons, but its true breed has remained in doubt - spouting much speculation.
However, Nik Shelton of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), believes the pink plumage can be easily explained.
"The bird has clearly been dyed," he said.
"It is likely to be a captive dove and we have had reports of these being dyed strange colours and released at special events.
"This one has clearly not returned to its owner afterwards," Mr Shelton added.
Durham Police officers are the latest to spot a bright pink bird, which is making a name for itself in the skies of Darlington.
The force posted a picture on Twitter of the pigeon on a rooftop, apparently trying to blend in.
After examining the pictures Nik Shelton of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said: "The bird has clearly been dyed. "It is likely to be a captive dove and we have had reports of these being dyed strange colours and released at special events.
"This one has clearly not returned to its owner afterwards."