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UK Weather Forecast: The North East set to bask in warm sunshine over Easter

This Evening and Tonight:

Staying fine through this evening with some hazy sunshine.

Remaining dry overnight, with a few patches of mist, fog and low cloud forming.

Becoming chilly with a touch of grass frost possible in some rural areas by dawn. Minimum temperature 3 °C.

Good Friday:

Any mist and low cloud soon clearing, leaving a dry and bright day with sunny periods.

Feeling a little warmer than on Thursday inland, although still rather cool near coasts. Maximum temperature 20 °C.

Credit: Hilary Baines

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Dry and bright throughout the weekend and on Easter Monday with sunny periods at times.

Increasingly warm or very warm, although some coasts remaining cooler, while locally chilly inland overnight.

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Clown Doctors bring Easter treats to Newcastle hospital

(L-R) Andrew Skelton (Director, SOS Group Ltd.), Dr Jamima Jamjuggle, Lara Bewick (7) from Consett, Jack Steabler (18 months) from Houghton-le-Spring, Dr Tammy Teacosy and Libby Nolan (The Children's Foundation) Credit: Longstone PR

Young patients in the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle have had a bit of an Easter surprise....after the Clown Doctors paid them a visit.

They delivered Easter Eggs and treats to children who will spend the Bank Holiday in hospital.

(L-R) Dr Tammy Teacosy, Dr Jamima Jamjuggle, Andrew Skelton (Director, SOS Group Ltd.), and Finley Thompson (4 months old from Seaham) with mum, Kay Credit: Longstone PR

“It’s always hard for children in hospital but it’s especially difficult on special occasions like Easter.

Anything we can do, even simple things like sharing Easter eggs, helps lift the children and gives them something new to focus on.

– Libby Nolan, fundraising manager at The Children’s Foundation

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Bishop of Durham: We need to change low levels of aspirations among young people

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler has called for more to be done to help young people in the North East to achieve their dreams in his Easter message.

Unfortunately, as some children get older, their hopes and aspirations tend to reduce. The difficult truth is that the North East of England has the lowest levels of aspirations among young people in the whole country, which is a sad statistic and one that should be hard to accept for all of us.

This is something that we need to change. We all need to give our children and young people a sense of hope that their aspirations can be met rather than a sense that they will fail to achieve their dreams.

– The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler

The Bishop is the Church of England's lead bishop for children and young people.

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