January 15th,1959, was the opening night of Tyne Tees Television.
Eileen Brennan, now Eileen Grinsell, performed on the first ever show 55 years ago.
Derek Proud has been to meet her.
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His Royal Highness rounded off his visit to the region by giving a speech at Virgin Money headquarters in Newcastle.
Sunshine and showers tomorrow - but it is the calm before the storm.
Prince Harry joined Steve Cram and Jonathan Edwards in training those taking part in the London Marathon for charity Heads Together.