The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, is poised to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury. The Government has confirmed that an announcement will be made on Friday morning.
Frances Read takes a look at the man who's been tipped as the prime candidate for the job.
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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.