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British Transplant Games begin on Tyneside

The British Transplant Games are due to begin on Tyneside today.

More than 600 transplant recipients will take part in the four-day event which will see more than 20 sporting events taking place at venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

More than 600 transplant recipients will take part in the event Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The opening ceremony will be held in Newcastle City Centre this evening. The event, which runs until Sunday, was last held on Tyneside in 2000.

Some events will take place at the Gateshead International Stadium Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

"The Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register and discuss their wishes with their families. They also seek to thank and celebrate donor families and the gift of life."

– BRITISH TRANSPLANT GAMES

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North East culture campaign launches 15-year vision

A campaign has been launched to make the North East the UK's leading cultural capital.

The 'Case for Culture' manifesto outlines the region's cultural vision for the next 15 years. It says investment in culture will benefit people, places and the economy in the North East, helping to build and sustain a better future for the entire region.

The 'Case for Culture' manifesto has been launched by the North East Culture Partnership, which is formed of 12 local authorities alongside arts and cultural organisations, sport and tourism, and businesses and educational organisations.

The partnership aims to spread the benefits of arts, culture and heritage across the region by reaching an extra 500,000 people per year, boosting economic growth and job creation.

It is hoped the campaign will increase access to culture for young people across the North East.

The partnership says they will achieve their aims by increasing the planned funding from £100 million to at least £300 million over the next five years.

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