Two friends from Newcastle are cycling 3,000 miles across the USA from LA to New York to raise funds for a sensory room at the primary school site in Forest Hall in North Tyneside, Newcastle Upon-Tyne.
Jonny Connop and Martin Kay have undertaken the 'Pedal for Percy' challenge, which involves cycling the 3000 miles coast to coast in America in 30 days from L.A. to New York. So far, they are on day 15, exactly half way through their journey.
They hope to raise enough money to buy equipment for a new sensory room which will be required for the children of The Percy Hedley Primary school who have cerebral palsy. The school is moving premises and some of the older equipment will not be able to be moved.
The cycling chums set off each morning at 8am USA time, 7 hours behind the UK. They hope to finish on the 4th October in Manhattan New York.
To support the boys you can go to their website: www.pedalforpercy.com
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A new three part drama about the life of Liverpool's favourite songbird Cilla Black starts on ITV tonight at 9pm.
'Cilla' stars Sheridan Smith and was filmed in Liverpool earlier this year.
Harry Sanson served with the Durham Light Infantry and was actually one of the buglers who played at the end of the Korean War in 1953. That moment is captured by a new statue in Durham's market place. He shares his memories of that historic moment:
Hundreds of people - including veterans and serving soldiers - attended a dedication service this morning for a new statue marking the contribution of The Durham Light Infantry. The now defunct regiment recruited largely across the North East and was involved in many major conflicts, including the First and Second World Wars. The statue stands in the city's market place and was paid for entirely by donations.
The new statue depicts a lone DLI rifleman and bugler, who sounded the ceasefire in the Korean war in 1953:
A dedication ceremony was held in Durham this morning for a new statue commemorating the efforts of Durham's Light Infantry regiment. Col The Hon James Ramsbotham says the regiment remains strongly tied to the region:
Emergency services across the North East remember the lives lost on September 11th 2001.
13 Years on, taking the time to remember those who needlessly lost their lives at the hands of terrorists. RIP. #911 http://t.co/xooDbykqeN
The first report has been published into the plane disaster in which two Newcastle United fans were killed.
Flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine in July. Liam Sweeney and John Alder were among 298 people who were killed.
Investigators say the plane was hit by a "large number of high energy objects", causing it to break apart in the air.
Julia Barthram reports:
A report compiled by Dutch crash investigators on flight MH17 has found the plane was punctured by a "large number of high-energy objects" which lead to it falling apart in the air.
298 people were killed in the disaster, including Newcastle United fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney who were travelling to support their team at the time.
Barry Sweeney, father of Liam, has spoken to ITV Tyne Tees following the release of the report, saying he is glad that Liam and John "didn't have a clue" when the plane broke apart.
He spoke of the family's relief that "Liam didn't feel anything" but says the end result of the report is irrelevant as he "still can't do anything about it."