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Melanie welcomed home from spinal surgery in Barcelona

A 27 year-old from Cramlington says she feels like a 'new woman' after returning home from life changing surgery in Spain.

Melanie Hartshorn has a genetic condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which has seen her spend years confined to a bed.

She had her neck and spine fused in an operation in Barcelona which means she can now sit up, use a wheelchair and finally play with her young niece.

After almost three months in Spain, she says she's looking forward to a future she'd previously only dreamed of.

Our reporter Amy Lea went out to Barcelona to follow Mel's progress, and now has been to welcome her home.

Four festive flights from Newcastle Airport to Barcelona

Vueling Airlines has launched the first of four flights from Newcastle International Airport to Barcelona over the festive period.

Arriving under a traditional water cannon salute, the Spanish carrier is offering the chance to discover the capital of Catalonia this Christmas and New Year, before returning with a summer service in March.

We are delighted to welcome Vueling Airlines to Newcastle Airport.

This new service offers extra choice and more opportunity for passengers looking to travel to Barcelona and beyond.> Vueling's extensive route network allows through-ticket connections to onward Spanish destinations such as Bilbao, Ibiza, Madrid and Seville."

– Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport