The Paralympic swimming champion Josef Craig has helped children on Tyneside open a new local landmark.
He opened a wooden amphitheatre at the Bede's World museum in Jarrow.
The structure is a copy of an anglo-saxon auditorium and was designed from archeological remains found nearby.
It will host plays and concerts over the summer.
Children from three schools attend the opening of a new amphitheatre at Bede's World in Jarrow.
The structure recreates a similar one built more than 1,000 years ago at Yeaveringham Auditorium in Northumbria.
Fire crews are working to discover the cause of a gas explosion at a house in South Tyneside.
Six people were hurt, and two required hospital treatment, in the incident in Jarrow yesterday morning.
The emergency services were called to ta gas explosion in a property in Jarrow just before 8 o'clock this morning.
Jonny Blair reports.
Six people were hurt in a gas explosion at a house, a senior fire officer said today. Two of them required hospital treatment after the blast at a semi-detached property in Regent Road, Jarrow, South Tyneside just before 8 am.
Fire crews, one which was on the scene within three minutes of the 999 call, arrived to find five injured people in the garden. A sixth casualty, thought to be a neighbour who had come to assist, was also hurt. All are believed to have burns, but are not thought to be seriously injured.
The emergency services and gas engineers remain at the scene of a gas explosion in South Shields.
A woman and a man were taken to the Royal Victoria infirmary for further treatment to burns.
The next door neighbour was at work when the explosion happened early this morning.
Two people have been injured in a gas explosion at a house in Jarrow, South Tyneside this morning. Homes around the address on Regent Road were evacuated as a precaution. Police say a woman has been injured and a man suffered minor burns. They've been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Firefighters and gas workmen are the house which is near the Tyne and Wear Metro line and the busy A19. The living room window and another downstairs window appeared to have been blown out into the garden.
Two people have been injured in a gas explosion in Jarrow, South Tyneside.
It happened at 7.54 am on Sunday, June 23, at a house in Regent Road.
Nearby houses in the cul-de-sac have been evacuated as a precaution.
A man from Tyne and Wear has been charged with producing cannabis and abstracting electricity following the discovery of a cannabis farm.
Police executed a search warrant at an address on Russell Street, Jarrow, where they discovered around 15 cannabis plants.
27-year-old Dean Martin Glover, of Russell Street, was charged and will appear before South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on July 16.
From April, 50,000 council and housing association tenants will lose a percentage of their housing benefit, if they have a spare room in their house. It is designed to free up bigger houses for the families who need them - but in many areas, a shortage of smaller homes means moving is not an option.