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Hotel to host party for firefighters who helped tackle blaze

A wing of Crathorne Hall near Yarm went up in flames on 1st October Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A historic hotel that was damaged by fire earlier this month is hosting a party for the firefighters who helped save it.

Crathorne Hall near Yarm is due to reopen in mid-November after the fire destroyed most of the east wing. Around 100 firefighters were at the scene.

Watch: Firefighters trying to force roof in to contain blaze

Bride in tears as part of wedding venue burns down

A bride due to be married on Friday says she spent a day in tears after learning that part of her wedding venue has burnt down.

One wing of the Crathorne Hall Hotel near Yarm went up in flames earlier.

And it means Catherine Plant's wedding to Jonathan Cook can't go ahead.

The couple are now forced to make last minute plans to move the ceremony and reception.

MORE: Smoke and flames engulf historic hotel

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Meeting called for Yarm to leave Stockton for Yorkshire

A meeting is being held to discuss whether the town of Yarm can formally apply to leave the Borough of Stockton and become part of Yorkshire.

The meeting follows a poll in May which found 9 out of 10 people in the town were in favour of shifting the boundary.

Stockton Borough Council Cabinet is considering the request but the costs of an application to the Boundary Commission are around £100,000 and there is currently no budget for it.

Read More: Will Yarm return to North Yorkshire?

Investigations into fire at former nightclub

The blaze happened in a former nightclub on the Tall Trees site Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Investigations will begin in earnest this morning into the cause of a fire at a former nightclub near Stockton.

At its height, fifty firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze on the site of Tall Trees hotel in Yarm.

Nine firecrews helped to tackle the blaze Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The hotel closed last year and plans are in place for a housing development on the site.

A spokesman for the hotel said:

"We would like to thank the fire brigade for their prompt and efficient response. "We will be assessing the situation, but at the moment it is too early to say how this may affect our plans."

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