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 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."
The Tyne Lifeboat, the world's second oldest lifeboat in existence, is back in South Shields. She has been away for six months undergoing renovation work.
Small demonstrations have been held outside council offices across the North East.
Trade union members were demanding a pay rise of £1.20 an hour, claiming this would provide many of the lowest paid with a living wage.
The protests were also opposing continued council funding and spending cuts.
Rallies were held on Tuesday outside the headquarters of various councils, including the following:
Northumberland, County Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, South Tyneside, North Tyneside,
Merv Butler is secretary of the South Tyneside local government branch of Unison:
Joe McElderry from South Shields has won skiing TV show The Jump. This is his third competitive TV show success after previously winning The X Factor and Popstar to Operastar.
Wow wow wow what a night!!! Buzzzing!!!!!!
Thankyou to all crew, production, medics, physios, trainers for helping us all to get through the show was soo much fun!!
Popstar Joe McElderry, from South Shields, was crowned champion of Channel 4's ski challenge show The Jump tonight.
He became a substitute in the competition filmed in Austria because others were injured by the sporting challenges.
In tonight's final, Joe McElderry jumped 17.5 metres off the highest jump. He beat journalist Donal MacIntyre who jumped 13.5 metres off the middle jump.
Former South Shields MP, David Miliband, returns to the region later today to chair a lecture.
The politician set up the talks in 2001 and has continued them after he stood down as an MP.
The speaker this evening is playwright Alan Bennett.