The weather may be far from warm but RNLI lifeguards begin their summer patrols on North East beaches this weekend.
They will operate at stretches of beach on Tyneside and Wearside, as well as Redcar and Saltburn.
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Production has started on Nissan Sunderland's new extra-large press. The £37 million project can create 2.5 million car panels a year.
The annual event, which has attracted upwards of 50,000 people, is back in Centre Square on July 15 and 16.
Sunderland are just three points behind sixteenth placed Middlesbrough despite a 4-0 home defeat to Southampton in their last league outing.