St Peter's Church sunflowers

Stockton's sunflower tribute

More than 1200 sunflowers are being put on display in a church garden in Stockton to commemorate the local people who died in World War One.

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From the football field to the battlefield: the story of West Cornforth Football Club

Across the region projects have been reflecting the impact the war had on communities.

In the village of West Cornforth, in County Durham, the historical society has been reflecting on the impact the war had there by telling the stories of the men in the local football team.

See Kenny Toal's full report here.


Ripon remembers: ceremony at racecourse

A remembrance service has been held at Ripon Racecourse to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The parade at Ripon Racecourse
The parade at Ripon Racecourse

The service was especially poignant Ripon was one of three racecourses which raced on the day war was declared - and was a base for training pilots.

The day was also the course's annual Children’s Day, allowing younger generations to be educated about the historic event.


North East wins £1m Heathrow advertising campaign

The region last night won a competition to win £1million worth of advertising across Heathrow Airport, with over 19,000 votes or ‘likes’ for in the Facebook campaign.

Heathrow has been running a competition where the public can vote for their favourite British region to receive £1m worth of free advertising at the airport.

The North East secured four advertisements which will then be shown across digital screens in all terminals at Heathrow from the end of August until the end of November 2014.

“The competition in total received over 40,000 votes for all four regions so the North East should feel proud to receive this prestigious prize. Heathrow is the gateway to Britain and sees around 73 million passengers a year travel through the airport. With seven flights a day from Heathrow to Newcastle we hope the winning images will inspire passengers to explore the beautiful North East during their visit to the UK."

– John Holland Kaye, Heathrow’s CEO

"The whole region really rallied behind the competition and there was a tremendous last push to secure a win for the North East."

– Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative

'Lights out' to remember the fallen

People across the region turned out their lights and lit a candle in memory of the fallen heroes of WW1.


#LightsOut candle burning - my street in darkness - thinking of the 1000s of graves I've seen this year #lestweforget


Rail plan would "deliver growth for region's economy"

"One North is a demonstration that the great northern cities can work together to shape transport plans which would transform the economic competitiveness of the north - linking people to jobs, goods to customers and our businesses to international markets. Ensuring that Newcastle and the north east are part of an integrated approach to transport is essential to delivering our vision for economic growth in the region.”

– Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council

£15bn rail plan for the north

Five cities in the north of England, including Newcastle, have combined forces to draw up plans which would transform the rail network in the region.

The "One North: Superconnected Cities" plan has been presented to the Chancellor, George Osborne, today.

It is the result of an alliance between councils in Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield.

If adopted the 15-year plan would make journeys between those cities up to 55% faster - and would improve Newcastle's links with ports and airports.

It would also deliver new trains running on a dedicated 125mph trans-Pennine rail route.


How Pals battalions impacted on communities across the region

The story of the Pals battalions is a story that is reflected in towns and communities across the country.

Thousands of men joined up to the war effort, spurred on by Lord Kitchener's rallying call.

The names on the war memorials in towns and villages across the region reflects the impact they had. Sons, fathers, brothers, friends and relations served together and died together.

In this report Kenny Toal reports from the Somme and reflects on the impact they had on communities here and talks to the relatives of soldiers who served.


David Cameron: We are indebted to WW1 generation

David Cameron has paid tribute to the "extraordinary sacrifice" of the First World War generation as Britain commemorates the 100th anniversary of WW1.


PM: It is right to remember extraordinary sacrifice of a generation. We are indebted - their most enduring legacy is our liberty #WW1Aug4

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North East remembers WW1 - A guide to services

1101 sculpture of soldier in Seaham.
1101 sculpture of soldier in Seaham. Credit: Daniel Dent, Consett

Commemorations are being held across the region to mark 100 years since the outbreak of WW1.

Sunderland Minster: 10am - Service led by Bishop of Durham.

Thirsk Market Place: 10am - Open air concert and poetry readings.

Beamish museum - 11am - The Last Post will sound followed by a minute's silence.

Metrocentre, Gateshead - 2pm - Service followed unveiling of poppy chandelier.

Richmond - 9:45pm - March from Town Hall to St. Mary's church for a commemorative service.

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