Construction work has begun on a new multi-million pound hospital for Northumberland. It will only treat emergencies - making it the first of its kind in the country.
There was a first too for the Duchess of Northumberland - climbing aboard an excavator to officially start the building work.
More top news
A dry day with bright or sunny spells. Rain comes through overnight into Sunday morning, before drier yet fresher weather develops
A look ahead at the forecast for the Tyne Tees region.
A businessman who ran three international export companies from his County Durham home has been jailed after an investigation by HMRC