The Countess of Wessex has been visiting the region.
As well as visiting community projects across Teesside and County Durham, she also officially re-opened Billingham Forum to mark its fifth decade in the town. It was originally opened by the Queen in the 1960s.
But today it was given another royal seal of approval after a multi-million pound revamp.
More top news
Newcastle United legend Andy Cole is campaigning for a change in the law to organ donations after his nephew gave him his kidney.
The former Smiths frontman is performing at the Newcastle Arena, but the staunch vegan has placed a ban on meat.
A major review criticised the approach of authorities in Newcastle before 2014, but praised their response once victims came forward.