Students at the University of Northumbria were joined by an England and Durham cricket star at their graduation ceremony. Paul Collingwood MBE was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law in recognition of his sporting achievements.
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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.