The Superstar winner Ben Forster said his return home to the North East will be "special". The performer from Sunderland plays the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, which arrives at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Friday.
More top news
Martin Bain, chief exec of Sunderland AFC, has said the £30m received for keeper Jordan Pickford is being used to pay for past mistakes.
A local wildlife group has raised concerns about a seal colony, which they say is being disturbed by humans.
On the second anniversary of the closure of the SSI steel plant in Redcar, the local MP says many families are still struggling.