A teenager who was almost killed when a school bus careered off the road is hoping his band will win a competition which could land them a record deal. Ben Conroy spent weeks in intensive after the crash outside his school in Hartlepool in July 2007.
Dozens of pupils were making their way home from English Martyrs School at the time and a number were injured.
Now 16, Ben devotes his life to music and plays in several bands, including one at school.
He and his friends have made it to the regional finals of the 'Live & Unsigned' competition in Newcastle next month. If their band Broke the Stereo makes it through to the national final, a record deal and festival gigs are on offer to the winners.
More top news
Over two thousand men from the North East were killed in the battle. St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle is hosting today's commemorations.
The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed a Government report that says soliciting sex workers should be decriminalised
Ahead of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, we have travelled out to Belgium and France with people to whom it means so much.