Staff at Northallerton Prison say they have been "up all night worrying" after learning that the prison is to close.
They said they had no idea about thegovernment’s closure plans, and that they were shocked and left in tears on hearing the news.
The prison is due to close, along with three others, as part of a modernisation plan.
Prison officer Colin Badgery spoke about how staff reacted.
More top news
Internationally renowned superstar Katherine Jenkins will be performing at Herrington Country Park in Sunderland on Friday 6th May.
A charity plans to distribute bunches of flowers across the region promoting the idea of "The Lonely Bouquet" as a goodwill gesture.
Labour have held Sunderland, Newcastle, Hartlepool and South Tyneside - but UKIP and the Lib Dems make some gains