David Wilson, vice chairman of the Newcastle Freemen, welcomes the opening of the Hoppings. It was delayed by two days after heavy rain left the Town Moor site waterlogged and muddy.
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Police investigating an attempted dog theft in Dalton near Thirsk have issued an e-fit of one of the suspects.
People are setting their festive spending budgets higher in the NE than anywhere else in the country.
After a wet start to the Christmas week things will slowly improve.