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.
The official signing of a deal that could help to crate 5000 high tech manufacturing jobs takes place later today. Sunderland and South Tyneside have been awarded City Deal status, unlocking millions of pounds of Government money.
A teenager who cut his neck when he fell onto a sun bed has died in hospital.
17-year-old Grant Adams was airlifted from a flat in South Shields to the RVI in Newcastle on Sunday.
It's understood he cut his neck on one of the light bulbs on the sun bed.
He then fell down the stairs.
A man's been airlifted to hospital with life threatening injuries after being being pulled out of the North Sea.
The emergency services were called to South Shields just after 4pm to reports of a man in the water near Marsden Grotto.
He was flown to the RVI hospital in Newcastle.
A teenage boy whose struggle with an eating disorder took over years of his childhood is sharing his experiences on the internet to support other youngsters with the same illness.
Kyle Carter, from South Shields, developed anorexia in primary school after bullies mocked him for being overweight. Lucy Taylor met him.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt says the drug, which is thought to have contributed to a man's death in South Shields, could be in circulation in the area.