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.
A man aged 34 has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following a five vehicle crash in South Shields.
He is currently helping police with enquiries.
The crash happened at around 6.30pm on Tuesday March 4, on the westbound carriageway of Leam Lane, near to the Lindisfarne roundabout.
A four year old girl injured in the collision remains in a critical condition.
Police are keen to speak to any motorists who were in the area and who may have seen what happened.
A ceremony has been held to mark the official unveiling of an historic lifeboat which has been lovingly restored.
The Tyne lifeboat, which was based in South Shields, was built nearly 200 years ago.
it helped to save more than 1,000 lives at sea during 60 years of service.
It was first placed on display on the town sea-front in 1894 but now has been fully renovated as a reminder of the bravery of the the men who risked their lives at sea to save others.
A ceremony has been held to mark the restoration of an historic lifeboat which was built nearly two hundred years ago. The Tyne lifeboat served South Shields for more than sixty years and saved in excess of a thousand lives. Thirty volunteers helped to renovate the structure as a permanent reminder.
The recently refurbished Tyne Lifeboat will be blessed on Friday morning.
The vessel is the world's second oldest lifeboat.
The ceremony will take place in South Shields with special guests from the North East's maritime and lifesaving community at 1130am.
The Grade II Listed boat, which was built in 1833, served the town for more than 60 years and saved 1,028 lives.
It was placed on public display at South Shields seafront in 1894 as a permanent reminder of the skill and bravery of the men of the Tyne Lifeboat Institution.
Girlband Little Mix have done what so many other British bands have tried and failed to do - and cracked America.
Two of the band's members, Jade and Perrie, are from South Shields and we have been following their successes since they won the X factor just over two years ago.
They are now being called the biggest girlband in the world.
Katie Oakes looks back at their journey to the top.
Watch her full report below.
Little Mix's album went to number one in the iTunes album charts earlier this month in America.
They are on tour there at the moment and their name has been up in lights in New York's famous Times Square.
For those who have followed them since their first auditions on X Factor in 2011, like Metro Radio DJ Dan Black, it's little wonder they're making their mark across the pond.
The girlband Little Mix have done what so many British bands have failed to do - and cracked America.
Half of the band are from South Shields and just over two years since becoming the first group to ever win the X factor, their album is number one in the US iTunes charts and their name is up in lights in New York's Times Square.
The man was attacked with what is believed to be a hammer while riding his bike along the street.
He was left with injuries to his face and is being treated at South Tyneside hospital.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.
Police have arrested three people following an assault in South Tyneside that happened just before 1.30am this morning.
Officers were called to the West Park Road area of South Shields following reports that a 20-year-old man had been attacked.
A 20-year-old woman and 19-year-old man have also been arrested on suspicion of affray.
All three are currently in police custody.
Officers are keen to speak to any witnesses to the attack and anyone who saw the assault or has information is being asked to contact police on 101.
A five million pound scheme to transform a beach in South Shields is now complete.
A new promenade and sea defences have been created at Littlehaven Beach, between South Groyne and the South Pier of the River Tyne.
The improvements are part of a long term scheme to encourage more visitors to South Shields.
New lighting has been installed along the promenade to allow people to enjoy the seafront walk after dark.
The promenade and seawall will be officially opened in April.
Police are renewing their appeal over a fatal shooting on South Tyneside eighteen years ago.
Kevin Nightingale was killed while returning home from work. He was shot several times near his front door.
Now, detectives are making a new appeal for information.
They have also teamed up with the charity Crimestoppers to offer a £5,000 reward for information which leads to an arrest and conviction.
Mr Nightingale was well known in South Shields, as a doorman, amateur boxer and footballer.
Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett said:
"We know there are people out there who hold answers to the questions which remain around Mr Nightingale's death."