Three areas of the region are to receive a million pounds each from the Big Lottery Fund.
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We're travelling around the region, asking for your views on the issues that matter.
A shopper whose life was saved by two sales assistants has returned to the supermarket where they work to say thanks.
Former Newcastle United footballer Peter Beardsley will not be part of FA celebrations for England's 1,000th match.