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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Thousands of Newcastle fans are expected to boycott today's game against Tottenham at St James' Park.
Fine and mostly dry with some sunny spells for the first half of the new working week
A man has died after a car was overturned on the A1 this morning.