GCSE results: How did we do?

Students across the region collected their GCSE results yesterday, which have fallen for the second year in a row.

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Man with no qualifications becomes author

Rik Stone has published his first book despite getting no qualification at school Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

If your results weren't all you were hoping for don't despair.

Many people have been in exactly the same position and have gone on to make a success of their lives.

Rik Stone left school aged 15 with no qualifications, but he overcame this to become a published author.

Rik grew up in North Shields on North Tyneside and went to work at Clelands shipyard before joining the merchant navy.

He thinks it's never too late to learn.

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