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Lifetime Achievement Award for Pam Royle

Pam Royle

Pam Royle, the face of ITV Tyne Tees for more than 30 years, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Chronicle Sunshine Fund.

The annual Glass Slipper Awards honours the achievements of exceptional women in the North East.

The Chronicle Sunshine Fund provides specialised equipment to children with disabilities in the North East, and Pam Royle is a patron of the charity.

Two arrests over house fire on Tyneside

Police are investigating a fire at a house in North Tyneside, which left two people requiring hospital treatment.

It broke out at around 12.40am Friday in Horton Avenue, Shiremoor, North Tyneside.

Two people were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and have since been discharged.

Police say considerable damage was caused to the inside of the property and an outhouse.

It's believed the fire was started deliberately and police are treating the incident as arson.

A 45-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of arson and are in police custody.

Vicar in a trolley celebrates mining heritage

Buy One Get One Free? Credit: Diocese of Durham

Although these children appear to have picked up more than any normal supermarket bargain, they are actually celebrating Wearside's mining heritage.

Groups in the Silksworth and Doxford area are decorating fourteen shopping trolleys as coal trucks to take part in the passion play The Great Community Passion, organised by the Church of England parishes of Silksworth and Doxford in the Diocese of Durham.

The trolleys will be placed around St Matthew’s Field, opposite St Matthew's Church, in Silksworth for the even on Good Friday.

Each trolley will be one of the stations of the Cross during the passion play.

Trolley good Credit: Diocese of Durham

The local colliery closed more than 40 years ago but people who live here still consider themselves part of a colliery community so we thought it would be a good idea to decorate the trolleys as coal trucks. We want to spark interest and the wackier the design the better.”

– The Revd David Tolhurst vicar of St Matthew’s, Silksworth

We wanted to pick up on the area’s mining heritage and the idea of coal trucks is ideal. We are asking people to be creative and are looking forward to seeing the amazing creativity that comes back on the day. On the day, the 14 coal-truck shopping trolleys will come together to form the outline of the cross as the passion unfolds."

– Revd Susie Thorp, Priest in Charge, Doxford St Wilfrid

So what is the Tory economic plan for the North East?

As the Chancellor George Osborne tours the North East, he's being monitored by Paul Brand, ITV Tyne Tees' Political Corrspondent Here are his latest tweets:

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Osborne promises 50,000 North East jobs in five years

George Credit: PA

George Osborne is expected to outline ambitious plans to create 50,000 new jobs in the North East over the next five years.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer will visit businesses across the region today to set out the government's long-term plan, which he said would boost the regional economy by £6billion.

He will also promise more investment in transport in the North East.

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