Cheryl Cole makes Steve McDonald's jaw drop as she makes her entrance into the Rovers Return on Coronation Street. The pop star from Newcastle is making her cameo appearance as part of ITV's Text Santa appeal, to raise money for a selection of charities.
The scenes featuring Cheryl Cole will be broadcast tonight at 8pm on ITV.
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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.