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Rugby World Cup trophy tour about to kick off in region

The Webb Ellis Cup. Credit: ITV News

The Rugby World Cup trophy tour is about to kick off in our region as the Webb Ellis Cup enters the North East on Thursday (July 30) and will be travelling to the following destinations:

  • Close House, Heddon-on-the-Wall - July 30
  • Newcastle City Centre - July 30
  • Alnwick Castle - July 30
  • Tynemouth - August 1
  • Northumbria University - August 2
  • Gateshead International Stadium - August 2
  • The Angel of the North - August 3
  • Darlington Mowden Park - August 3
  • West Hartlepool RFC - August 3

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More doggie donors needed for vital service

Marie with her labrador, Bramble. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Bramble may look like any black labrador - but he is actually a record life saver.

This unassuming canine has helped 104 dogs in the past 8 years.

Bramble, from Durham, has just given blood for the 26th time, making him Pet Blood Bank UK's most prolific donor.

He donated just under a pint, the same as his human counterparts - enough to treat four dogs.

Bramble's owner, Maria Craddock says she loves him all the more, knowing he has saved the lives of other people's precious pets.

Maria says the blood bank provides a vital service.

Weather: Today

Credit: Met Office

An overcast and wet day with persistent rain affecting most parts, occasionally heavy and sometimes turning more showery.

Cloud will be low at times so hill fog is a possibility.

Feeling cool for July.

Breezy along the coast. Maximum Temperature 13°C.

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