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"When you get in the middle it is your time to shine"

Thousands of children from 72 schools performed at the Sage Gateshead in the annual Gateshead Schools Dance Festival.

The event is organised by Gateshead Council to encourage youngsters to express their creativity and get fit.

These children told us they enjoyed it a lot.

Pictures: Children take to the Stage

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Regional school meals map released

Regional school meals map
Map to show where school meals are sourced in the North East Credit: Gateshead Council

Gateshead Council say its regional food map highlights high welfare standards as well as where ingredients for school meals are sourced.

The council serves lunch to 10,000 pupils every day.

It says its policy to use local suppliers whenever possible is boosting the regional economy.

Healthy school meals to boost regional economy

Gateshead Council say their policy of using local food suppliers wherever possible for school meals is providing a boost to the local economy.

The council spend £1.8 million on raw ingredients each year.

They have published a map to show parents and children where their school meals come from.

"Our policy of buying all of our ingredients from local suppliers not only means they are fresher and we know exactly where everything has come from, it ensures that local farmers and local businesses benefit from the money we spend. That’s got you be good news for the North’s economy."

– Councillor Angela Douglas, cabinet member for Children and Young People

Volunteers take over libraries in Gateshead to save them

Low Fell Library
Low Fell Library on Durham Road is one of five libraries being handed over to volunteers Credit: ITV

Volunteers are taking over control of five libraries in Gateshead from today to ensure they remain open for the future. A formal handover will take place at Low Fell Library. The other four are at Lobley Hill, Sunderland Road, Winlaton and Ryton.

Gateshead Council says the move is necessary because of government cuts to its budget and should prevent libraries closing.

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Community farm saved from closure

A community farm in Gateshead has been saved from closure.

Bill Quay Farm in Pelaw was originally facing closure due to cuts in government funding.

However, councillors instead agreed to defer their decision on the farm's future to allow its management time to develop a business plan to keep the farm open.

Gateshead Council today announced that it was happy that a way has been found for the farm to be run without its financial support.

The responsibility for operating the Bill Quay Community Farm has now been transferred from the council to the Bill Quay Community Farm Association.

Full report: Gateshead Council criticised over payout to top executive

A list of top local authority earners reveals the chief exective of Gateshead Council,

Roger Kelly, retired with almost £400,000 last year.

Durham County Council has also been highlighted in the Town Hall Rich List, as having more than 20 executives earning £100,000 a year or more.

Councils have criticised the way the list has been compiled.

Gateshead Council says the figure included Mr Kelly's pension payout accrued over 25 years and that its senior management costs are actually coming down. But the Taxpayers' Alliance though insists the figure is still too much.

Gateshead Council criticised over payout to top executive

As council's continue to face hefty cutbacks and redundancy programmes the latest town hall rich list shows one chief excutive from the region walked away with almost £400,000 last year.

Gateshead's Roger Kelly came in at number seven in the top 10 highest renumerated council executives in the country as he retired last year.

The authority stressed the figure included his pension payout accrued over 25 years and that its senior management costs are actually coming down.

But the Taxpayer's Alliance insists the figure is still too much.

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