The London Olympics saw Team GB achieve its best medals haul in over a century. Much of that success has been put down to athletes getting started from a very early age.
So after two sisters from Haltwhistle in Northumberland achieved some remarkable success, they are raising high hopes for future Olympics Games. Richard Wilson reports.
Imagine the year is 1940. Winston Churchill is Prime Minister. Britain is at war and food is being rationed. That's more than 70 years ago, but a group of school-children have spent five days living life as evacuees in World War Two.
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The finalists for the Cat of the Year Award have been announced, and two of the brave felines come from our region.
Alfie, from Hartlepool, has been nominated for the Best Friend Award for his constant companionship to owner Bethany Groom. Bethany has been forced to spend long periods at home as she lives with an autoimmune disease.
The second nominee is Charley, from Haltwhistle, who is in the running for a Hero Award after being put forward by her diabetic owner Susan Marsh-Armstrong. Charley ran for help when Susan collapsed in a hypoglycaemic attack that could have been fatal.
A cat from Haltwhistle has been nominated for a Cat of the Year Award.
Charley has been nominated in the best friends category after she ran for help when her diabetic owner Susan Marsh-Armstrong collapsed after a potentially fatal hypoglycaemic attack.
Blenkinsopp Castle, which lies on the border of Cumbria and Northumberland is up for sale.
Its owner says after living and working on the estate for more than half a century, it's time to move on.
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