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BOOST: Jonathan Ruffer (left), chairman of Auckland Castle Trust, pictured with Chris Mullin, chairman of Heritage Lottery Fund North-East, which has just awarded a £9m grant to help transform the castle in Bishop Auckland

Auckland Castle renovation project wins £9m grant

HEALTH: Lord Foster with County Councillor's Rob Yorke and Brian Stephens plus members of the Health Express team

Former Shildon MP visits project to improve health of town's residents

GOLD: Dot Butler (centre right) and the team at Reach Out Care Fostering Services  celebrate being re-awarded Investors in People gold status

Newton Aycliffe fostering agency strikes gold for the second time

CHALLENGE: Cllr Jan Blakey is pictured with John Phillipson and Cllr Peter Brookes as they prepare to cycle 270 miles for charity

Councillor gets set for 270 mile cycle for autism charity

OPEN VERDICT: Sarah Clerkson

Girl found hanging at party had been 'playing drinking game', inquest hears

PERFORMANCE: Sue Ferris

Sue Ferris set to perform at The Witham

MEET: A vintage London bus joins the Richmond parade

Barnard Castle and Richmond Meet weekends bring in thousands

OPEN: The High Force Hotel has re-opened picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Teesdale hotel reopens for Middleton-in-Teesdale spring show

FESTIVAL: Butterknowle Village Hall will host the beer and music festival next month

Beer and Music Festival set to raise funds for Butterknowle Village Hall

GRANTS: Children are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £8,000

Ferryhill and Chilton children encouraged to apply for grants

BOUNCERS: John Godber's play Bouncers was performed by students Kyle Ferguson, Lara Hockney, Millie Hall, Tom Howe, Jamie McDougal, Shannon Tobbell, Ashleigh Straughan and Luke Morris

Teesdale School students put on a show for A Level assessment

ANNIVERSARY: CDCF supporters Lewis Stokes and Lesley Fairclough talk to youngsters at the centre

Bishop Auckland grants organisation visits projects to mark 20th anniversary

PLAYING: A toddler tries out the new pre-school play area at Locomotion

New pre-school area launched at Shildon's Locomotion

FESTIVITIES: Children from Green Lane Church of England Primary School make banners for the weekend's events

Barnard Castle set to hold medieval weekend to celebrate life of Richard III

INSPIRATION: Jane Graham, of Crook, holds a picture of Mandi Welsh, whose campaigning and courage before her death inspired friends to take part in a charity fun run

Wacky walkers to do charity fun run in memory of campaigner and friend Mandi Welsh

RIDE: Jackie Gee, of Fishburn, organised a charity motorbike ride from Newcastle toFerryhill Jackie pictured with her dad, Ray Gee, who has Alzheimer's disease  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Bikers ride for Alzheimer's charities

PERFORMANCE: Michael Jackson by Ben PICTURE: David Langley

Bishop Auckland's Wannasee Live Music Tribute Festival draws in crowds

FLOWERS: Nine-year-old Ella Patterson at St. Mary's Church flower festival in Staindrop Picture: STUART BOULTON

Staindrop church's flower festival inspired by women of faith

DEVASTATED: Rachel Hetherington, from Newton Aycliffe, with her daughter, Briannah, who is terminally ill Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Mother of terminally ill baby pleads for routine GBS screening

AWARENESS: Sandringham Care Home staff Lauren Beasley (Minnie Mouse), Heather Evans (Oliver), Siobhan Viggars (Wicked Witch of the West) and Emma Mundy (Mamma Mia) Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Bishop Auckland care home gets musical

HELP: Alan Hardwick, a disabled pensioner asked CAB for a home visit to help him fill in a complex form Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Citizens Advice apologise after disabled Sedgefield pensioner told he could not have a home visit

RESCUE: The pensioner was rescued from the river at about 12.30pm

Pensioner rescued from Bishop Auckland river after Good Samaritan comes to her aid

RETRIBUTION: Suleiman Mustafa

Muslim prisoners attacked Deerbolt inmate in shower in revenge for alleged racist abuse

MAYOR: Matthew Burdess has been elected as Shildon’s youngest ever Mayor Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Youngest Shildon mayor follows in the footsteps of campaigning great granddad

MAYOR: Matthew Burdess has been elected as Shildon’s youngest ever Mayor Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Youngest Shildon mayor follows in the footsteps of campaigning great granddad

ANNIVERSARY: Sue Snowdon, Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, speaks to volunteer Lisa McBride to help mark the second anniversary of Foundations Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Project to improve life in Shildon praised by Lord Lieutenant of County Durham

TRAINING: Actresses Olivia Ledden and Charlotte Wood, with Richard Pearson, workshop manager at Locomotion, on the footplate of a steam engine Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Actors cast in new role as steam engine drivers at Shildon railway museum

APPEAL: Police are appealing for information following an attack on a woman

Young woman sexually assaulted between Evenwood and West Auckland

FESTIVAL: The Harambee Pasadia festival will come to Barnard Castle this weekend. Pictured is organiser Hannabiell Sanders playing the trombone.

Barnard Castle festival this weekend

RIDER: Cavalryman Barbaratus and his trusty steed Blue

The Romans are coming

ACTIVITIES: A range of family fun activities is on offer at Shildon's railway museum

Captain Barnacles leads the family fun at Shildon railway museum

WINDLESTONE: Garry Moat (right) and project manager John Gibson at Windlestone Hall. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

Sale of historic hall set to collapse amid bitter legal dispute

TRIP OF A LIFETIME: Rebecca Daniel and Alan Bennet of Bishop Auckland are trying to raise money so that their son Ryan Bennett (4), who suffers from a muscle wasting condition can go to Disneyland.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Community fundraisers hoping to send 4-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy to Disneyland

PARTY: Resident Ena Johnson dons 1940's style clothing with staff from Redworth House care home for a vintage street party Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Wartime memories evoked at Shildon care home to help mark national Dementia Week

FOOTBALL: Former players Bob Thursby, Mike Greenwood and Derek Lewin help launch a display on Bishop Auckland Football Club Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Former players help reveal hidden history of Bishop Auckland Football Club with a new display

THRILLS: Mountain cyclists enjoy the new OddSox trail at Hamsterley Forest, which opened at the weekend

Forest's mountain bike trail grows

SAFETY: PCSO Sam Stephenson on parking patrol near King Street Primary School

Spennymoor parents urged to think about road safety

FUNDRAISER: Sue Charlton gives Shildon AFC manager Gary Forrest and club chairman, Brian Burn, £1,150, raised in memory of John Hay

Widow raises £3,500 for good causes in memory of former Shildon AFC director who died at match

SQUAD: The Bishop Barrington School footballers who are on tour in Spain

Bishop Auckland school trip to Spain kicks off

SENTENCED: A general view of Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

Thief who tried to escape police by running across his neighbours rooftops is jailed

PLANS: Plans to restore King James I Grammar School have been exhibited in Bishop Auckland

Two million pound plans for Stan Laurel's old school go on show in Bishop Auckland

AWARENESS: Appleton Lodge in Spennymoor held a Dementia Day to raise awareness. Housing management worker Sally Edwards chats with residents Jean Robson and Valerie Jones Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Spennymoor shines the spotlight on dementia

PRAISE: A charity's report has praised facilities for helping prisoners' families at HMYOI Deerbolt

Charity praises facilities for prisoners' families at Barnard Castle's HMYOI Deerbolt

CRASH: Police and paramedics were called to a road collision in Spennymoor this afternoon

Bike and car crash in Spennymoor

LAUNCH: The Launch of Alzheimer’s Society Brain Game project for dementia sufferers in County Durham and Darlington at Spennymoor Leisure Centre Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

New scheme launched in Spennymoor to help people living with dementia

Village set for ex-footballer's funeral

RECITALS: The Parish Church of Saint Mary, in Newgate, is hosting a series of organ recitals this summer

Barnard Castle celebrates organ music this summer

PARADE: The grand parade is the highlight of Barnard Castle Meet

Barnard Castle all set for fun-filled town meet

CRASH SCENE: Two car accident closes road

Road reopens after two-car accident near Bishop Auckland

POLICE: Lauren Wray who has joined Durham Police

Police recruit seeks to improve residents safety in Shildon, Sedgefield and Ferryhill

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