The daughter of PC David Rathband has carried the olympic torch blindfolded through the streets of the North East in honour of her late father. He died earlier this year after being shot and blinded in 2010.
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At Ayresome Primary school in Middlesbrough Lego is being used to teach children as soon as they start school.
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Local football legend Jack Charlton turns 80 this week and he began his celebrations at a Newcastle fundraising event.