David Cameron is cutting short his visit to Europe to return to Britain after the death of Margaret Thatcher.
More than a hundred youths from across Europe have joined teenagers from North Tyneside for the Friendship Games.
Youths from Germany, Poland, France and Slovenia are taking part in the Olympic-style event at North Shields.
The day, organised by North Tyneside Council, is aimed at improving links between twin cities across Europe.
More than one hundred young people from across Europe will be joining students from North Tyneside in the Friendship Games.
Youths from Germany, Poland, Slovenia, and France will team-up with pupils from four schools in a weekend of sporting activities at The Parks Sports Centre, in North Shields.
Around 20 members from Burnside Enterprise College, Churchill Community College, Longbenton Community College, and Whitley Bay High School are taking part.
The games are organised by the North Tyneside Council, with the aim of bringing together young people from towns across Europe.
The competitors, all aged 16 to 19, will enter a series of Olympic-style events themed around famous North East landmarks.
More than 200 jobs are being created over the next three years on Wearside.
Vantec Europe will spend £22.5m on a new warehouse in Sunderland to supply car parts to the Nissan plant.
A Japanese company has announced it will invest millions of pounds expanding the work it does on Wearside.
Vantec Europe handles the storage and supply of parts for the Nissan car plant in Sunderland. The company now plans to spend £22.5m on building a new warehouse four times larger than the current base.
230 jobs will be created between now and 2015.