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Campbell announces London Mayor campaign

Former Newcastle United defender Sol Campbell Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Former Newcastle United defender Sol Campbell has confirmed his intention to run for Mayor of London.

The 40-year-old has signed up for a hustings with rivals in the contest for the Conservative nomination to become Boris Johnson's replacement.

The former England international, who now lives in Hexham in Northumberland, said he could "bring something new to the table" but acknowledged he is not going to be a "frontrunner" in the race.

Campbell will take part in an event alongside other candidates for the Tory nomination on July 4.

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Full report: watch 700 youngsters run for fun in Hexham

Latest figures from Public Health England reveal that a third of ten and eleven year old children are overweight or obese.

And that's one of the reasons why a series of fun runs for youngsters is taking place all round the country.

Today (April 14) the 'Go Run for Fun' event was in Hexham.

There was no shortage of enthusiasm from the youngsters themselves. 700 of them had gathered on the Sele in Hexham to take part in the latest Go Run for Fun event.

If they needed warming up any more step forward the 60m hurdles world record holder Colin Jackson, drawing perhaps on his old Strictly Come Dancing skills from ten years ago.

50,000 youngsters have already enjoyed it and who knows this may be a stepping stone to a much more famous North East running event.

Watch Derek Proud's film below, including interviews with Colin Jackson and Brendan Foster, the founder of the Great North Run.

700 youngsters run for fun in Hexham

Youngsters at the start line in Hexham. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
And they're off! Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

More than 700 youngsters have been taking part in a 2k fun run in Hexham.

World record 60m hurdler Colin Jackson was there to encourage them in the Go Run for Fun event.

50,000 children have already taken part in various runs throughout the UK, with that number rising to 55,000 when the event is staged in Stockton.

During the next year the total should rise to more than 100,000.

The organisers say it will spur youngsters on to exercise more.

Here's Colin Jackson:

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Letter from Stan Laurel goes on sale in Newcastle

Letter from Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

Stan Laurel letterhead Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

The letter was sent from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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