Flag carrying crowds are gathering at Newcastle Civic Centre to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge, who will greet members of the public later this morning.
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A North Yorkshire teenager is raising money for the Air Ambulance after they tried to save her friend.
He was told he was being let go by the Magpies in May.
A joint bid could see Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, Darlington the region become a cultural capital.