South Shields dance teacher Stuart Hatton is entering Mr Gay Europe after taking the Mr Gay UK title. He's been speaking to Rachel Sweeney.
North East soul singer, Lulu James, is back in the region to perform in Sunderland. She's been speaking to Rachel Sweeney.
Nineties acts top the bill at South Shields' Sound Waves Festival in 2014 - plus one-off concerts by B*Witched, 10cc and Heather Small.
Katy McClean, captain for the England women's rugby team, says now is the time to look ahead and think of ways to prolong interest in women's rugby:
Katy McClean has spoken of her immense pride at captaining and winning the Women's Rugby World Cup against Canada:
Ken Reay, family friend and former chairman of the club where Katy used to play, says her success could be down to a chance encounter at Newcastle train station:
Ken Reay is a family friend and former chairman of Westoe Rugby club, where Katy used to play. He says, even as a youngster, her talent was clear to see.
South Shields rugby star Katy McLean has already received an MBE for services to rugby. Now, she's captained the England team that won the Rugby World Cup in Paris.
England have won the Rugby World Cup in Paris.
The side, captained by Katy McLean, from South Shields, beat Canada 21- 9 in the final on Sunday, August 17.
Katy's dad Dave McLean spoke to ITV News while traveling back from the French capital.
He said: " It's been amazing. Absolutely fantastic.
"I've been here for the whole tournament and they're worthy winners.
"I was here when they lost four years ago so this is brilliant. I am so proud of her.
"An MBE at the start of the year, a World Cup Winner's medal now, what can we expect at the end of the year? Brilliant."
Sarah Clark, who won a gold medal in her weight class in judo at the Commonwealth Games last Friday (25th July), says she hopes people in South Shields are proud. She is originally from the town but now represents Scotland.
The head of a South Shields college says the death of one his students in Tanzania has left the community "devastated".
Sir Ken Gibson, Executive Headteacher of Harton Technology College, added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends".
– Sir Ken Gibson, Executive Headteacher, Harton Technology College
We were devastated to hear the awful news about one of our sixth form students. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with the students and staff who are still in Tanzania. I have been in touch with the family and the parents of the other students, and will be keeping in close contact with the staff in Tanzania. We are hopeful that they will be flying home as soon as possible and we will have professional support in place for all concerned."
Enquiries are set to continue today after an 18-year-old student from South Shields was found dead whilst on a school trip to Africa.
The student, from Harton Technology College in South Shields, was in Tanzania on an expedition.
A spokeswoman from South Tyneside Council confirmed that counselling will be offered to anyone affected by the incident.
– South Tyneside Council spokeswoman
Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time. We will be offering counselling and any other support that we can to those affected by this tragic incident.”
A student from Harton Technology College in South Shields has died while on a school trip in Tanzania.
The student, who was 18 years old, died yesterday (Tuesday 22nd July). The circumstances of his death are currently unknown.
– Foreign Office spokesperson
We are aware of the death of a British national in Tanzania on July 22. We are providing consular assistance at this sad time.”