The man who commissioned the Angel of the North and led the development of the BALTIC art gallery in Gateshead has died.
Sir Les Elton served as chief executive of Gateshead Council for 20 years and helped to transform the town, including helping with the development of the Metrocentre and later the Sage Gateshead.
He was awarded a knighthood for services to local government in 2004.
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.
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.
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.
A council is beginning an extensive public consultation today on how it can meet an estimated £45m pound funding gap.
The shortfall could mean Gateshead residents see major changes to council services.
Residents will be asked be asked which services they value the most.
400 Gateshead Council jobs are expected to be cut.
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.
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.
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.
Eleanor McGrath, Taxpayers' Alliance.