Hundreds of people have turned out for X Factor auditions at the Sage Gateshead.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Simon Cowell was returning to the ITV programme.
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2,000 children from more than 100 primary schools flocked to Sandhaven at South Shields for the annual Sandcastle Challenge.
Sunderland is set to welcome the world famous Tall Ships race in July 2018. Now, it has been given the honour of starting the race.