New claims Jack the Ripper was noted poet who studied as a priest in the North East

A new book makes the explosive claim that Jack the Ripper was the poet Francis Thompson, who studied as a priest in County Durham.

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ANZAC Day is remembered at the John Simpson Kirkpatrick statue, South Shields. Picture: TOM BANKS

South Shields’ ‘Donkey Man’ Kirkpatrick honoured in Anzac Day service

War heroes were remembered in South Tyneside with a special Anzac Day service.

Model Hannah Jo Orrell, wearing some of the clothes which will feature in The Bridges fashion shop event Picture: DAVID WOOD

Sunderland Fashion Weekend returns to the city

Forget the catwalks of Paris and Milan - Sunderland is gearing up for its own fashion spectacular.

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Wonderlands is returning to the city in June.

Sunderland’s graphic novel expo hopes to draw in the crowds

Sunderland will turn Wonderland when a UK Graphic Novel Expo returns to the city.

Creative Age artists Pat and Eddie Robinson, Brian Heath, Barbara Wildsmith, Reg and Anne Walton, with their Penshaw Monument sculpture.

New exhibition showcases work of those living with dementia

An exhibition of work by people living with dementia and their carers opens at Arts Centre Washington this weekend.

Durham University student Hannah Blevens

Texas student lands placement at historical Jarrow site

A student from Texas has landed a placement in Jarrow - almost 5,000 miles away from her hometown.

South Tyneside Summer Parade 2016

Carnival fever to sweep the streets of South Tyneside at Summer Parade

High profile carnival artists are poised to bring South Tyneside’s annual Summer Parade to life in vibrant fashion.

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Breech! by Benjamin Sullivan which is on the shortlist for the BP Portrait Award 2017, which features an all-female line-up of sitters. Picture by Benjamin Sullivan/National Portrait Gallery/PA Wire

Painting of breastfeeding mother heading to Sunderland as part of National Portrait Gallery exhibition

A painting of a mother breastfeeding her baby daughter has been shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2017 which this year features an all-female line-up of sitters.

Private Alfred Campin of the 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry during battle training in Britain, March 1944.

Image of Durham Light Infantry soldier to feature in groundbreaking war book

An extraordinary collection of rare colour photographs reveal the Second World War as the people living through the conflict would have seen it.
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Classical Indian dance show heads to Sunderland Minster

A classical Indian dance show is set to raise the roof at Sunderland Minster.

Sophie Lisa Beresford

Super Sophie: Meet Sunderland’s Arts Superhero

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s an Arts Superhero!

Jarrow Hall will be celebrating its first Easter since closure this weekend.

Jarrow Hall is reborn in time for Easter

A popular historical South Tyneside tourist attraction is gearing up to celebrate Easter and a new era.

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Models taking part in fashion week in York

Calling all fashionistas - six days of style takes over York

Top designers, bloggers and retailers feature in Six Days of Style in York for the return of the city’s fashion week.

Dancers Tim Rubidge and Rosie Macari in Frederick Street, Sunderland

Sunderland streets feature in striking dance exhibition

The image of a dancer leaping through the air at Frederick Street, Sunderland, forms part of a new exhibition which captures dancers at unusual locations across the North East.

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How many of these top 20 books have you read?

Top 20 books Brits claim to have read (but probably haven't)

Four in ten Brits claim to have read a book they've never picked up in order to appear more cultured in front of friends.

The grammar vigilante at work, correcting an errant apostrope. Pic: BBC News.

'Grammar vigilante' tackles the scourge of rogue apostrophes

A self-confessed 'grammar vigilante' has been secretly correcting bad punctuation on street signs and shop fronts for more than a decade.

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Five-year-old Elsie Crone who has made a banner in an effort to save Bunny Hill Library from closure.

Meet the five-year-old fighting to save her Sunderland library

A pint-sized campaigner has vowed to save a Sunderland library under threat of closure.

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Women in the shipyards in July 1941

Novel celebrates Sunderland’s female shipyard workers

An author who breathes new life into the story of Sunderland’s oft-forgotten female shipyard workers has released her second novel.

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Penshaw Monument in memory of Westminster attack victims

Penshaw Monument lights up red, white and blue after Westminster attack

Penshaw Monument has been lit up in red, white and blue after yesterday's terrorist attack at Westminster.

Women admit they never wear some of their purchases, but buying things makes them feel better.

How much we spend on clothes every year - and why we go on shopping sprees

The average Brit spends more than £1,000 a year on new clothes every year, new research has revealed.
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