Rio Tinto's John McCabe, has given his responded to Ian Lavery's criticism. He said: “The workforce has known since June 2011 that the plant was under review and that closure was an option. We had to keep searching for a buyer for the plant for as long as we possibly could."
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2,000 children from more than 100 primary schools flocked to Sandhaven at South Shields for the annual Sandcastle Challenge.
Sunderland is set to welcome the world famous Tall Ships race in July 2018. Now, it has been given the honour of starting the race.