The man behind Gateshead's iconic 'Angel of the North', Antony Gormley, will be made and honorary Freeman of the town today.
The sculptor will be given the honour alongside the founders of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Sune Nordgren and Alan Smith, at a ceremony later.
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Hundreds have left the Civic Centre in Sunderland as this year's Sunderland Pride gets underway.
It happened after yesterday's football game, which saw Barrow win 2-0 against York City.
All of the fires were extinguished but police are appealing for information. They believe they may have been started 'maliciously'.