Flags were flying at half mast across the country today - but the councils in Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham and York did not lower their flags for the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
In Easington, ex-miners celebrated - to mark the 20th anniversary of the closure of Easington Colliery - and the death of the woman they say led to its decline.
Miners outside an event held in Easington in County Durham said they are celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher. An event was planned on this day even before the death of the former Prime Minister, marking 20 years since the pit closed.
However, one man who was arriving at the event said it was now "100% celebration for Thatcher."
He added: "Thatcher treated us with bad taste, closed all our mines, decimated our villages, and stopped our youth getting jobs."
The Labour MP for Easington, Graeme Morris, has explained to the Commons why he made an all-expenses paid trip to Venezuela.
Graeme Morris was one of a number of MPs criticised by a national newspaper over foreign trips.
He said he apologised if he had misled the House, but that he had been open about - and written about - the study trip to Venezuela, and had put a question about the country's elections to the Foreign Secretary William Hague.
The Deputy Speaker Nigel Morris said no Commons rules had been broken.
The Easington MP Grahame Morris has called on ministers to stop the outsourcing of public services to private operators. Mr Morris, who previously worked in the NHS, claimed the acceleration in outsourcing deals would open the way to fragmented public services and the end of universal access.
He also said there was an agenda to force through regional pay deals.