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£3m restoration work on Hexham Abbey has been completed.
The first visitors to the newly restored medieval monastery will be given a tour later today. The building is over 1300 years old.
A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend goes under the hammer today in Newcastle.
The signed and dated note from Stan Laurel was sent to Margaret Miller in 1960, 70 years after the star went to school with her husband Arthur in Tynemouth when they were both young boys.
The letter, on letterhead paper from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California, is dated March 24th and thanks Mrs Miller for her belated Christmas card calendar.
The letter is being sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.
Sol Campbell talks to ITV News Tyne Tees exclusively about the day he was racially abused in Hexham.
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The charity Show Racism the Red Card says it's sadly not surprised at the racist abuse suffered by Sol Campbell.
It works in communities to address the issue among young people and says education is key to changing how people act.
One of the things it's important to recognise is that anybody is capable of exhibiting prejudice. It's something that is almost human nature to people and it's how we deal with that and what we do when we feel that prejudice.
Sol Campbell has spoken exclusively to ITV News Tyne Tees after he was racially abused in Hexham. The incident has been reported to the police.
Former England footballer Sol Campbell has spoken publicly for the first time about being racially abused in Hexham. In an exclusive interview, the former Arsenal and Newcastle defender told ITV News Tyne Tees about a confrontation with a man who commented on the colour of his skin. The star, who now lives in Northumberland, says he has reported it to the police.
Former Newcastle United player Sol Campbell has tweeted about being racially abused while walking through a market square in Hexham:
In the market square a man passed me & said 'I like your tan'. He didn't think I'd react. I did. I told him to stop racially abusing people.
He openly admitted he had & didn't care. He offered a fight. His wife asked me to stop drawing attention to them. He didn't know who I was.
If he had, would he have done it? How often does this happen to people not in the public eye who don't fight back or question it?
It doesn't matter about wealth or where you're from. No one should have to put up with this kind of abuse.
And this was in the centre of Hexham market square. It was not a figment of my imagination.