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ParalympicsGB medal winners return to heroes' welcome

The ParalympicsGB team have begun disembarking from the airplane at Heathrow Airport to be greeted by a heroes' welcome from flag-waving fans.

Cameras were ready for the arrival of the British medal winners at Heathrow's Terminal 5. Credit: British Airways
The Paralympians sported their medals as they began the walk through the airport arrivals. Credit: British Airways

Fans of all ages have gathered to welcome the success-laden British team home from Rio 2016.

James Arthur in running for official number one spot

James Arthur Credit: PA

The X Factor winner James Arthur’s new single could reach the official number one spot.

The Teesside musician’s new track, Say You Won’t Let Go, debuted at number 25 in last week’s Official Singles Chart.

Say You Won’t Let Go is the most downloaded track of the chart week so far. It has already been announced that the track hit number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart (based on iTunes).

His comeback follows some controversial moves by the singer from Saltburn who admits he has been on 'self destruct'.


Almost £70,000 raised after bride-to-be dies just hours before her wedding

Anna Swabey and her fiancé Andy Bell Credit: North News and Pictures

A young woman who battled a brain tumour has raised more than £67,000 - with donations pouring in since the sad news of her death was annouced.

Anna Swabey had planned to marry fiancé Andy Bell, 26, in a dream ceremony on Saturday, but died just hours before she was due to walk down the aisle.

The 25-year-old passed away on Friday at home surrounded by family.

Anna, from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, had described 2015 as the "worst and best" of her life after being diagnosed with a grade three brain tumour - which she named 'Trev the tumour'.

She was told by doctors in February 2015, when she was 23-year-old, that she had just months or at most three years to live.

After being diagnosed, Anna dedicated her time to raising awareness about the issue and fundraising for brain tumour research.

"The total raised so far is climbing steadily towards the £100,000 target which she had set herself.

"Andy and all of Anna’s family are so touched by the outpouring of love and admiration for this remarkable young woman.

"Sadly, Anna’s story is not unique. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer … yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to this devastating disease.

"In addition to raising money, Anna wanted people to be more aware of brain tumours and the underfunding of research into the disease.

"The news of her death, all the more tragic as it came the day before she and Andy had planned to marry, has been reported around the world. She would have been pleased with that."

– Wendy Fulcher, founder Brain Tumour Research Campaign and chairman of Brain Tumour Research

Other movies shot in our region - who knew?!

Transformers was filmed on Grainger Street Credit: Stephen Huntley

This weekend Transformers was filmed this weekend in Northumberland and in the centre of Newcastle.

There have been lots of films and TV series shot in our region.

Most just spend a few days shooting scenes for a movie but some spend months in the North East with crews and extras shooting whole series.

Here are just a few - can you think of any more?

  • BFG - Filmed at Bamburgh Castle
  • Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender - filmed at Bamburgh Castle
  • Harry Potter (of course!) - Filmed at Alnwick Castle
  • Transformers - Filmed in Newcastle and at Bamburgh
  • Downton Abbey - Filmed in Northumberland
  • The Railway Man starring Colin Firth - Filmed in Berwick
  • Sherlock Holmes - Filmed at Darlington train station
  • Atonement - Filmed on Redcar beach
  • Vera - Filmed in and around North Shields and Tynemouth
  • i Daniel Blake - Filmed in the North East
Vera was filmed in and around North Tyneside Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Sir Anthony Hopkins stopped by police... for a selfie!

Hollywood is in the region as the Transformers cast and crew film the new blockbuster.

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