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

Snowdogs art trail appears across the North East

'Snowberry' Credit: Great North Snowdogs

Great North Snowdogs, the largest, free, public art trail ever to take place in the North East, will be unleashed on Monday morning.

The trail, which consists of 61 individually decorated large Snowdog sculptures and 97 smaller ones, is the brainchild of Newcastle-based St Oswald’s Hospice.

To celebrate the launch of the project, key staff from the hospice and some of the families who will benefit from this initiative, will embark on a short tour of the trail.

'Houndstooth' Credit: Great North Snowdogs

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Power restored to more than 35,000 homes

Lightning photo sent in by Paul Maddison Credit: Paul Maddison

Power has been restored to more than 36,000 homes after lightning strikes caused a massive powercut.

The lightning, which struck parts of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Teesside, caused power cuts for around 38,000 customers.

Engineers from Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for running the power network across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, said they have now restored power to more than 36,500 customers.

Northern Powergrid’s helicopter has carried out patrols to help spot any damage and its front line staff are carrying out emergency repairs to the damage caused by the lightning.

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