Two of the region's best known landmarks could be 'sponsored' next Christmas, as Newcastle City Council tries to make savings.
The Tyne Bridge and Grey's Monument could be supported by companies to pay for the running of Christmas lights.
The council says it's been forced to make cuts of more than 90 million pounds and can no longer afford the 175 thousand pounds which the lights cost.
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Middlesbrough's survival hopes were seriously dented after slipping to a 1 nil defeat at the hands of relegation rivals Crystal Palace.
The 2-0 defeat - their sixth in 11 league matches - for bottom side Sunderland saw them slip four points from safety .
Ciaran Clark's 82nd-minute header earned a huge point in the race for promotion after the Robins had gone in at half-time with a shock lead