Jam and Jerusalem: Celebrating 100 years of the Women's Institute in the North East

Women’s Institute members will gather for centenary celebrations at Beamish Museum this weekend.
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Ministry of Defence file phot of a Spitfire P7350 (front) flying alongside Hurricane LF363 (back) from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, over RAF Conningsby.

Sunderland Airshow stars grounded: Battle of Britain Memorial Flight plans hit by safety fears

Historic aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) have almost entirely been taken out of action over engine-related safety fears.
Jennie Brewis and Laura Brewis at Fausto Coffee

Sunderland pop choir and African Caribbean group among art projects to get funding

Sixteen local community groups have shared in more than £10,000 distributed by an award-winning arts and culture project.

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The Watch House on the South Pier. Photo by Alec Jones.

South Shields Watch House wins public vote to be turned into Lego model

One of South Shields best-known landmarks is to be immortalised in Lego after winning a public vote

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will be screened to launch Durham Book Festival.

Harry Potter screening in Durham Cathedral lined up as part of book festival

A 10-day celebration of literature will launch with a screening of a Harry Potter film set within the cathedral which became a backdrop for Hogwarts.

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Treasures of St Cuthbert display at Durham Cathedral.
From left Exhibition officer and Curator Marie-Terese Mayne, Cultural Historian Dr Janina Ramirez, The Very Reverend Andrew Tremblett Dean of Durham and Canon Rosalind Brown at Durham Cathedral with St Cuthbert's coffin

The coffin of St Cuthbert goes on display in Durham Cathedral

Some of the world’s most significant Anglo-Saxon artefacts have gone on display in Durham, including the 1,300-year-old coffin of St Cuthbert.

The Galleries shopping centre at Washington

River Island to open new store in Washington

Fashion chain River Island has announced it is heading to Washington.

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Fulwell Library.

Volunteers bring closed Sunderland library back to life

People power has ensured a fresh chapter for a Sunderland library.

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Beamish Museum

Eight things to do at Beamish Museum this summer holidays

From explosive experiments, football and falconry to storytelling, secret letters and Home Guard drills, there’s plenty going on at Beamish Museum this summer.

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Thousands of spectators defy the weather at Sunderland airshow

Sunderland Airshow bosses finally lost the war with the elements today, with the final display of the day cancelled as the clouds opened.

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Thanks to reader Andy Graham for this photograph.

Sunderland International Airshow: More of your reader pictures

You've been quick to send us your pictures from Sunderland International Airshow.
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An artist's impression from Ainsworth Spark Associates showing how the Old Fire Station in High Street West might look like.

Opening date announced for Sunderland’s Old Fire Station development

The multi-million pound Old Fire Station development will open its doors on November 23, the Echo can reveal.

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From left, Kristian Foreman from Sunderlands 2021 City of Culture team, Keith Merrin, chief executive of Sunderland Culture, and Rebecca Ball, director of Sunderlands 2021 City of Culture bid.

Sunderland's delight after city is shortlisted for UK City of Culture 2021

Sunderland’s politicians, arts chiefs and business leaders have reacted with delight after it was shortlisted in the final five in the bidding to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

Dance City in Newcastle

Do you have what it takes to be a dance teacher at Sunderland’s Old Fire Station development?

The hunt is on for dance teachers as the development of Sunderland’s Old Fire Station hots up.

Vintage vehicles were on show at last year's Festival of the 50s.

Let's go retro with Beamish's celebration of the 1950s

Four days of fabulous food, fashion, hair dos and parade floats is lined up as one of the region's top attractions celebrates the 1950s.

The stunning image of Kayra Cinar's son, Sam, which won her the award.

Sunderland photographer snap happy after winning national award

A Wearside mum is snap happy after capturing a national award.

Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone is 20 today.

Harry Potter anniversary quiz: 20 questions to test your knowledge

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally successful series.

Fitness expert Katie Bulmer-Cooke launching her fitness clothing range at Club Zest

Sunderland fitness trainer launches women’s gym wear range

City fitness expert Katie Bulmer-Cooke has taken a step up in her career by launching her own range of workout wear for women.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released on June 26, 1997. Picture: PA.

Harry Potter fans celebrate anniversary of first book being published

Harry Potter fans around the world will today celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first book about The Boy Who Lived.

Three days of events were kicked off last night at Seaburn Recreation Park, when an Armed Forces Day flag was raised and a concert took place.

Families come together to start Armed Forces Day celebrations in Sunderland

Sunderland is marking Armed Forces Day – after a patriotic sing-along event was attended by families tonight

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