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The Alnwick Garden unveils its magical Christmas celebrations

Skating rinks, fairy lights, carols and Father Christmas himself – there’s nowhere more majestic to get into the Christmas spirit than The Alnwick Garden.

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Remembering the miners at Wearside’s collieries

The pits that were once a major employer in our area have long gone.

Meconopsis Lingholm (Himalayan blue poppy). Picture by: Plant World Seeds

Gardening: Get free seeds with Plant World Seeds’ new catalogue

The Plant World Seeds offers have always been very popular – and here’s a new one to celebrate the company’s new catalogue.

The opening of the new school library with children's author Rob Lewis in 1993 - but who are the children with him?

Sparkling memories of Sunderland’s Diamond Hall school in the 1990s

Bless! Don’t you just love an old school photo.

Morecambe Sailing Club.

Travel: Morecambe on comeback trail to reclaim title as ‘Naples of North’

There was a time when Morecambe was known as the Naples of the North.

Iris, Vi and Ken. Can anyone tell us more about them?

The pilots who defended the skies above Sunderland

A First World War pilot - and the Sunderland airfield he flew from - gets the attention of Wearside historian Trevor Thorne.

Hunter Red Original Tall Gloss Boot

Gardening: 4 of the best wellington boots

We look at 5 of the best boots for the garden

Ching-He Huang

Food and Drink: It might sound crazy but we’ve being doing stir-fries all wrong, says Ching-He Huang

How many of us have lumped for a supermarket stir-fry mix, complete with sickly packet sauce, dumped it all in a wok, burned the bottom, and wished we’d just ordered in chow mein? We’re betting this happens a lot.

Bill's Restaurant, Durham City.

Culinary treat tops off an afternoon trip to historic city

I was walking around Durham City taking in the beautiful history and culture and fancied a bit of a culinary treat.

The Battle of the Somme.

The family which rose to power before war wiped them out

From eloping couples to encounters with highwaymen - one of the North-East’s most influential families has been investigated by retired teacher Maureen Taylor-Gooby.

Ken Barker who told the Echo all about his time at Blacketts.

The Sunderland salesman who loved his time at Blacketts

A grandad has recalled the good old days when he told a Sunderland store director to take him on - or miss out on the best young salesman on Wearside.


How did you help Children in Need?

Where does the year go?

How were your tomatoes this year?

Gardening: How were your tomatoes this year?

It’s November and the last of the tomatoes have been used – so what’s the verdict on this year’s crop and varieties?

A busy Sunderland in Edwardian times.

Who were the VIPs of Sunderland’s Edwardian era?

Here’s a pub question for you.

Picturesque views of Boston.

Travel: Boston – home of ball games, seafood and lots of boiled treats!

There are three things that I love about Boston and Massachusetts – the sport, the history and the food.

When two Sunderland-built ships became the centre of an intriguing Cold War dispute

When two Sunderland-built ships became the centre of an intriguing Cold War dispute

A contract won by Bartram and Sons in 1948 to build two motor tankers for Gdynia America Shipping Lines (later Polish Ocean Lines) lead to an intriguing Cold War dispute.

The ballroom at the Seaburn Hotel.

The story of one woman’s life - and how the Seaburn Hotel played a key part

It’s been a fascinating life for Brenda Graham.

Picture by PA

Six ways to stay happy and healthy in winter

We can all find the motivation to throw on our trainers when the pavements are hot and eat healthily when the days are long.

The Blacketts store in Sunderland in 1972, shortly before its closure.

The family favourite which stayed in Sunderland for 140 years

It was a favourite with shoppers in Sunderland but who remembers Blacketts.


The 12 predicted top-selling toys this Christmas as parents set to spend an average of £121 on each child

The latest Nerf blaster, the original Stretch Armstrong action figure and the sequel to last year's Hatchimals are the must-have toys this Christmas as British parents prepare to spend an average of £121 on each child.
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