The Great Yorkshire Show starts today celebrating the region's rural heritage. Thousands of visitors, including the Countess of Wessex and the Princess Royal are expected at the three day event, as well as ITV News Tyne Tees presenter Pam Royle!
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The 60-year-old takes charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.
What has the weekend got in store for the Tyne Tees region?
The operation took around three hours to complete, with the remains being disposed of by a specialist animal by-product company.