The decision to cancel the region's biggest agricultural show is likely to cost the local economy at least £3 million.
Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show called off the three day event after the first day for safety reasons. Car parks which were already saturated by heavy rain turned into quagmires, leaving many vehicles stranded.
The show has been taking place for more than 100 years. It's only ever been cancelled before because of foot and mouth disease, or war.
More top news
Cycling levels in the North East are among the lowest in the UK, so to tackle this the council are launching 'Cycling in the City' posters.
Many pictures of medieval, Georgian and Victorian streets of Gateshead are to be shown to the public for the first time in a new exhibition.
Sir Michael Wilshaw has said there was "very bad homophobic bullying" at free schools in Durham and Sunderland and parents deserve better.