A dance teacher from South Shields has been crowned Mr Gay World at the competition in Rome. Stuart Hatton competed after winning Mr Gay UK. He is the first UK contestant to win Mr Gay World. Before flying out, Stuart said it would be hugely important to him to take the title. Now, he leaves Italy a winner.
"I am overwhelmed to be Mr Gay World and the first ever winner to be from the UK. I am now able to use my voice to help those in countries around the world who have no voice or equality rights such as people in Malaysia and Iran. My plans are to show the world that it doesn't matter if you are gay or if you are straight, if you have brown eyes or if you have green eyes, we are all the same. We are all human and all gay people around the world deserve the same human rights as each other. This is just the beginning."
A summer craft fair is making a one-day return to South Shields riverside.
The Harton Quays Park craft fair hosts over 40 stalls selling confectionary, baked goods, paintings, textiles, ceramics and handmade jewellery and gifts created by local arts people.
The fair was originally held over July as part of the South Tyneside summer festival but is returning for one day, due to its popularity with visitors and stall holders.
It takes place today (Sunday, 31st August) between 10:30am and 4pm.
All Saints, Gabrielle, Texas and Lulu James performed at SoundWaves 2014 in South Shields. Rachel Sweeney was backstage for ITV Tyne Tees.Read the full story ›
A South Shields dancer, who won the Mr Gay UK title, is heading to My Gay World with the dream of becoming the first UK contestant to win.Read the full story ›
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."