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Big Sing for North East schools

More than three thousand pupils from nearly sixty schools have been performing in this year's Big Sing at the Sage Gateshead.

Joining in the Big Sing at the Sage Gateshead Credit: North News and Pictures

The Big Sing (for 7-16 year olds) and The Big Sing for Mini Singers (for 4-7 year olds) have become annual music events.

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This year the music included Our House by Madness, True Colours by Cindy Lauper and We Are The Champions by Queen.

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Body of Tunisia victim Lisa Burbidge to be flown home

Lisa Burbidge from Whickham in Gateshead was among the British victims of the terrorist attack Credit: Family photo

The body of Lisa Burbidge from Whickham, who was killed in the terrorist shootings in Tunisia, is being flown home to the UK.

Thirty-eight people - including 30 Britons - were killed when gunman Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire in the resort of Sousse.

The final five bodies of the British victims are being flown to RAF Brize Norton.

A minute's silence was observed across the UK yesterday to honour the victims.

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Couple re-live the horror of Tunisian massacre

Julie Duffell and Ian Jennison. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A couple who survived the Tunisian attack have been talking about their horrific experience after returning home to the North East.

Julie Duffell and Ian Jennison, from Cramlington, were staying next door to the Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse when the gunman opened fire.

The couple say the resort staff risked their lives to help protect guests, and now they have begun a fund raising campaign to help them in return.

Scenes of chaos filmed in Tunisia

Ian Jennison and Julie Duffell love the Bellvue Park Hotel and its staff so much they've been four times, but this year their holiday took a devastating turn. As they enjoyed themselves last Friday (June 26) they heard gunfire.

We were sitting round the pool on the Friday and there was a lot of cracks and pops and we originally though it was fire crackers going off but we soon realised that it wasn't firecrackers it was actually gunfire.

There was a lot of panicking and we even texted out children in case it was going to be the last one wee were going to send. It was pretty horrific.

– Julie Duffell and Ian Jennison

The couple say that terror and panic in the resort was unimaginable. But as the gunman made his way along the beach the staff were incredibly brave.

They recall that a few members of staff were there right on the front line.

They were there up close we realised that they had actually chased the gunman away.

The couple have also started an online campaign to raise money to help the Tunisian heroes.

They are hoping to hit a target of twenty thousand pounds.

Despite the horror that the couple experienced they say that they will return to the resort.

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