The owners of Durham Tees Valley Airport say they're committed to creating a huge freight operation even though it looks like they've missed out in the latest round of the Regional Growth Fund.
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A look ahead at a lively start to the weekend
2,000 children from more than 100 primary schools flocked to Sandhaven at South Shields for the annual Sandcastle Challenge.
Sunderland is set to welcome the world famous Tall Ships race in July 2018. Now, it has been given the honour of starting the race.