An extension to Newcastle International Airport will be officially opened this morning by Transport Minister Theresa Villiers. The £3.2 million improvements aim to make it easier for passengers to go through security. It's considered to be a major investment in the North East's biggest airport.
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A series of special pop up performances in Newcastle will mark the start of the Battle of the Somme.
Sir Peter Bazalgette will be among leading industry figures to be honoured by Sunderland University
Over two thousand men from the North East were killed in the battle. St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle is hosting today's commemorations.