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'Hope for everyone' as death rates from cancer fall

John Hardy fell ill with a stomach problem and days later his bowels exploded under the pressure of a 7cm tumour. But now, two years on he has had his first cancer clear.

He speaks of the progress in cancer treatment after it has been announced by Cancer Research UK that the number of people dying from the most lethal cancers in our region has fallen by nearly a quarter over the last 20 years.

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Death rates from cancer fall in the North East

And the number of people dying from the most lethal cancers in our region has fallen by nearly a quarter over the last 20 years.

The charity Cancer Research UK says thousands fewer patients die from lung, bowel, breast and prostate cancers nowadays, compared to the 1990s.

Eleanor Barrie from Cancer Research UK has spoken about what are the biggest factors in cutting death rates from cancer:

Top 20 most visited paid attractions in the North East

Visit England has released summary tables of the most visited attractions across the UK in 2013. Here are the top 20 most visited paid attractions in the North East:

  1. Beamish - The Living Museum of the North
  2. Cragside House, Gardens and Estate
  3. Gibside
  4. Wallington House, Gardens & Estate
  5. Adventure Valley
  6. Bamburgh Castle
  7. The Bowes Museum
  8. Housesteads Roman Fort
  9. Lindisfarne Castle
  10. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
  11. Lindisfarne Priory
  12. High Force Waterfall
  13. Warkworth Castle
  14. WWT Washington Wetland Centre
  15. Chesters Roman Fort
  16. Eggleston Hall Gardens
  17. Dunstanburgh Castle
  18. Raby Castle
  19. Souter Lighthouse and The Leas
  20. Tynemouth Priory and Castle

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Top 20 most visited free attractions in the North East

Visit England have released summary tables of the most visited attractions across the UK in 2013. Here are the top 20 most visited free attractions in the North East:

  1. Durham Cathedral
  2. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
  3. Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
  4. Laing Art Gallery
  5. Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon
  6. Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
  7. Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve
  8. Hexham Abbey
  9. Saltholme Wildlife Reserve & Discovery Park
  10. The Cathedral Chuch of St. Nicholas
  11. Flodden Battlefield
  12. Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
  13. Monkwearmouth Station Museum
  14. Bill Quay Farm
  15. Bessie Surtees House
  16. St Michael & All Angels Church
  17. Escomb Saxon Church
  18. Washington ‘F’ Pit
  19. Ankers House & St Mary and St Cuthbert's Church
  20. St Mary the Virgin Church

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Visitor numbers to the North East increase by 6%

Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral is just one local attraction that has seen an increase in visitor numbers Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The North East has seen visitor numbers to local attractions increase by 6% in 2013 compared to 2012.

Visit England have released figures that suggest people are prepared to pay to see England's tourist attractions, with a rise in numbers of people visiting admission-charging sites greater than for those that are free.

The North East saw particularly strong increases in overseas visits to local attractions, with visitor numbers to sites such as Durham Cathedral increasing by +18.7% in 2013 compared to 2012.

REGIONAL BREAKDOWN

Regions and the % change in visitor numbers from 2012 - 2013

  • South East +4%
  • East Midlands +5%
  • North East +6%
  • East +4%
  • South West +4%
  • West Midlands +1%
  • Yorkshire / The Humber +4%
  • London +8%

To see what the Top 20 most visited free attractions in the North East are, click here.

Commonwealth athletes invited to Downing Street

Team England at the opening ceremony in Glasgow
Team England at the opening ceremony in Glasgow. The athletes are invited to meet the Prime Minister. Credit: Dean Lewins/AAP/PA

Athletes from the North East of England will join their national teammates at Downing Street later at the invitation of the Prime MInister. David Cameron is hosting a reception for the teams from the home nations to celebrate the success of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Competitors from the ITV News Tyne Tees region won 17 medals in total at the games.

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