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North East culture campaign launches 15-year vision

A campaign has been launched to make the North East the UK's leading cultural capital.

The 'Case for Culture' manifesto outlines the region's cultural vision for the next 15 years. It says investment in culture will benefit people, places and the economy in the North East, helping to build and sustain a better future for the entire region.

The 'Case for Culture' manifesto has been launched by the North East Culture Partnership, which is formed of 12 local authorities alongside arts and cultural organisations, sport and tourism, and businesses and educational organisations.

The partnership aims to spread the benefits of arts, culture and heritage across the region by reaching an extra 500,000 people per year, boosting economic growth and job creation.

It is hoped the campaign will increase access to culture for young people across the North East.

The partnership says they will achieve their aims by increasing the planned funding from £100 million to at least £300 million over the next five years.

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Sunderland Echo sign to be auctioned off for charity

The 10ft Sunderland Echo sign has been removed from the company's former Pennywell headquarters Credit: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

A familiar sign from the former headquarters of the Sunderland Echo newspaper has been removed and is being auctioned off for charity.

The 10ft red letters, which were clearly visible to motorists on the A19, have been taken down from the company's former office at Pennywell by the site's new owners, Tecaz.

The bathroom and kitchen retailer is auctioning off the sign on eBay tonight, with the proceeds going to North East cancer charity, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Catherine Porteous, manager from Tecaz, said:

We didn’t want to see the signs go to waste and decided to give people the opportunity to bid for them with the money going to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The signs are huge but we’re hoping someone out there will be able to recycle them.

We’ll be happy to help by delivering them locally and all the money raised will go towards Sir Bobby’s cancer charity.

– Catherine Porteous, manager from Tecaz

The auction begins at 7pm tonight on eBay.

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