The French naval ship Primauguet has docked on Tyneside to commemorate the loss of two French ships, the Bastiaise in 1940 and the Tadorne in 1913.
In both cases locals in the North East were involved in rescuing the sailors on board.
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Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand has been examining the snapshots for Berwick-upon-Tweed, a marginal seat in this year's election.
Blyth Tall Ship has received grant of £777,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to buy and restore a 100 year old wooden tall ship.
There are 37 constituencies in our region - 26 Labour, nine Conservative and two Liberal Democrat - but three of particular interest.