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Fire service: Port of Tyne fire was 'particularly challenging'

Fire crews will remain at the Port of Tyne for 'some time' in case the large fire re-ignites.

Around 50 firefighters were called to the site at South Shields at around 3pm today to reports of a fire in a conveyor transfer tower.

The tower is used to transfer wood pellet from the main storage facility to the rail loading silo.

At the peak of the fire, crews applied six cooling water jets to dampen down the fire.

It was a particularly challenging incident and we had to re-assess how we tackled the fire due to the difficult conditions our fire crews faced.

Fire crews who were mobilised from all over Tyne and Wear should be praised for their professionalism and swift actions which helped to get the fire under control quickly.

Firefighters will remain on-site for some time to ensure the fire does not re-ignite and we would like to thank the Port of Tyne for their assistance.

– Group Manager Keith Trotter, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Ugandan choir sing for schoolchildren at York Minster

The Archbishop of York has had a taste of home as the voices of a Ugandan children's choir raised the roof of York Minster.

They sang as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of All Saints Church of England Academy in Ingleby Barwick.

They're on a fundraising tour around England and say they've loved performing in the North East.

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Academy celebrates 10th anniversary

A choir performed during the 10th anniversary celebrations. Credit: ITV news

An academy in Ingleby Barwick is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

All Saints Church of England Academy marked the milestone with a service at York Minster.

Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu spoke at the Service of Thanksgiving earlier today, which was attended by the whole school community.

York Minster arrest

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after temporarily disrupting the start of a General Synod service at York Minster.

The Church of England said the man, who was held at the back of the Minster before being removed by police, was not a protester.

A man was restrained within yards of the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu as they processed in for the beginning of the Holy Communion service.

A spokesman said two people suffered minor injuries in the scuffle - a member of Dr Sentamu's staff, Dave Smith, who had a bloodied face and a steward who suffered a bump to the back of his head.

"We received a call just after 10 O'Clock with a report of an assault on a male at York Minster.

"We were there within minutes and one male was arrested on suspicion of assault."

– North Yorkshire Police spokesman

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New attraction tells 2000 year story of York Minster

The new Undercroft at York Minster tells the story of the building's 2000 year history from the days of the Romans to the present. The contemporary chambers which now fill the below-ground area use the space which dug out during emergency excavations in the 1970s to shore up the susbiding tower.

The team behind the new exhibition describe it as an immersive and interactive journey featuring artefacts never before on public display that will allow visitors to see, touch and hear the building's history.

The land upon which the cathedral now stands has been a centre, military, political, social and theological [for centuries], influencing not only regional but national history. For the first time, 'Revealing York Minster' brings together the archaeological discoveries and the written archives, dating back to the 7th Century. It will provide visitors with an insight into the evolution of the city and York Minster's central role within that, right up to the present day with a glimpse at the people who work being the scenes, making use of the very latest technology.

– The Very Rev Vivienne Faull, Dean of York.

York Minster exhibition

A new exhibition will show off the 2000 year history of one of our region's most famous buildings for the first time.

Finishing touches are being made to a series of a chambers underneath York Minster.

The displays show the archaeological remnants of buildings that used to stand on the site and use the latest technology to show how they have transformed into the famous building that stands there today.

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