Singer Joe McElderry has been speaking about receiving a very special award from the Variety Club.
Joe will be awarded the Silver Heart award at an award ceremony tonight.
The Silver Heart award is the charity's highest honour.
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A series of special pop up performances in Newcastle will mark the start of the Battle of the Somme.
Sir Peter Bazalgette will be among leading industry figures to be honoured by Sunderland University
Over two thousand men from the North East were killed in the battle. St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle is hosting today's commemorations.