These are the top 15 signs of success for Brits

Being happy, healthy and having well-behaved children are the true signs of success - far ahead of being rich, according to new research.

Has your child's name made the list?

Revealed: The top 10 girls' and boys' baby names of 2016

The most popular names for your little bundles of joy have been announced for another year - but is your chosen name on the list?

(left) Viv Watts, Chief Executive of Hope for Kids, is presented with toys by Sainsbury's Silksworth Lane staff (left to right) Helen Williamson, Helen Brown and Rob Fraser. Picture by FRANK REID

Toys flooding in for our Christmas appeal - there is still time to give

You have already been so generous in supporting our drive to help make Christmas special for some of the most disadvantaged and special needs children in our area.

Have you been good this year? Santa Claus could be on his way ...

11 things you said about keeping the magic of Santa Claus alive

Christmas is coming - the goose is getting fat. And in just over a month, Santa Claus could be on his way!

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Big queue as Coca-Cola Christmas truck arrives in Sunderland

Hundreds of families are turning out to see Coca-Cola's festive truck after it motored into Sunderland.
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Billy pictured by our photographer at this year's Durham Gala.

In search of Big Meeting Billy: One of Durham Miners’ Gala’s most colourful characters

He was as much a part of Durham Gala as the banners and the bands.

The Coca-Cola Truck

Where and when to see the Coca-Cola Christmas truck in Sunderland and Newcastle

This year people will be able to see the Coca-Cola Christmas truck in person as it will be stopping off in Sunderland and Newcastle.
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When do you put your decorations up?

When should you put your Christmas decorations up?

We're not even into December and we've already spotted a few houses with their Christmas decorations up.
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Do you want to see shops closed on Boxing Day?

Poll: Do you back the petition to close stores on Boxing Day?

Scoffing leftovers with loved ones in front of a roaring fire, or hitting the High Street in search of post-Xmas bargains - what will you be up to this Boxing Day?

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Battle of the Christmas adverts 2016: Which is your favourite?

With less than six weeks to go until Christmas Day, the annual round of festive adverts are now in full swing.

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Do you spend a small fortune on your pet?

How much do you spend on your dog? Pet pooches cost Brits an average of £1,200 a year

Britain's owners of 8.5 million dogs spend an estimated £10.6 BILLION on their pets every year, according to a new report.

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Hope4kidz Viv Watts and Illusions Nightclub's Joe Gullis are joined by youngsters from Sunningdale School to launch the Toy Appeal.

Echo Toy Appeal: Can you help a child smile this Christmas?

Today sees the launch of our annual toy appeal and once again we have teamed up with Wearside charity Hope 4 Kidz in the hope of making Christmas Day just a little bit more special for the many disadvantaged and special needs children in our area.

Last year's Junior Black Cat Christmas Party

Your chance to get your claws into Black Cats Party family tickets

Christmas comes early for young Black Cat fans with our competition to join an SAFC festive party.

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The Royal Mail's new Christmas stamps.

Royal Mail reveals its 2016 Christmas stamps

It's that time of year again, when the Royal Mail issues a set of festive stamps to brighten up the envelopes containing your Christmas cards.

See Fenwick's Christmas window display for 2016

This year's Fenwick Christmas window in Newcastle has opened in front of a crowd of thousands of people.

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The Coca-Cola truck.

Holidays are coming! Coca-Cola truck heading to Sunderland and Newcastle this Christmas

The appearance of the Coca-Cola truck advert has become a modern-day Christmas tradition.
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Experts agree that sufficient sleep is necessary for children of all ages

Anti-monster spray to favourite stories: Nine steps to help your child go to sleep

It can be one of the toughest tasks a parent faces - quite how to persuade a child to just lay down and go to sleep.


Boo! Our favourite Spooky Snaps this Halloween

What a spooky lot you turned out to be!

Nuna Rebl i-Size child car seat in rearward-facing mode and right, image of the Nuna Rebl seat base when it broke, sending the seat backwards in some of Which?s frontal-impact tests. Images courtesy:

Product recall demanded on child’s car seat as customers urged 'don't buy'

Campaigners are demanding a recall of the Nuna Rebl i-Size car seat after it failed the Which? safety tests.
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