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Tyne Tees Weather - Saturday

Waves blowing at at Blyth Credit: SUE RUTHERFORD

Starting mild but wet and windy, with gales in exposure as occasionally heavy rain sweeps eastwards. Gusts 50-60mph.

Remaining windy, but becoming brighter and fresher into the afternoon, with blustery showers possible (more likely in the west).

Away from the wind and showers, it will feel warm, with highs to 13°C.

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New body to promote region's automative industry

Assembly line at Nissan. Credit: PA

A major new body to promote and support the growth of the North East's automotive industry officially opens for business today.

The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is an industry-led organisation which brings together major names including Nissan, Nifco, Komatsu, Sevcon and Hyperdrive.

The industry generates £7 billion in sales for the NorthEast and is responsible for £5.1 billion in exports.

The sector directly employs 26,000 people and impacts on a further 141,000 jobs.

A spokesman says around 8,500 people in the industry are due to retire in the next 10 years, leaving skills gaps - and this is one of the areas NEAA will be working to address.

It will also work at attracting new companies and jobs to the region, supporting business excellence and best practice.

There are many opportunities ahead for companies in the automotive industry in North East England to win new business in the UK and from overseas and to improve their competitiveness and capability. The North East Automotive Alliance will provide the platform for making sure companies in the North East are able to take full advantage.”

– Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK

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