FIREFIGHTERS from all over the world have arrived in the North-East ahead of two days of sporting competition.

Teams from across Europe and America are taking part in the 40th International Sports Tournament, which is being hosted by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service in Newcastle.

It is being staged at the Royal Grammar School in Jesmond and will be raising money for local cancer charity Daft as a Brush.

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Station Manager David Linsley said: “Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is proud to host this year’s 40th International Sports Tournament.

“We are all looking forward to a great weekend of sport, camaraderie, competition and friendship.”

Teams from Boston and Denver in the USA, Dublin, Chrudim in the Czech Republic and Gothenburg in Sweden are all travelling to compete with a host of UK national fire services in events including boxing, cycling, clay pigeon shooting, golf, cross country running, football and swimming.