PEOPLE across the region joined together on Friday as part of a global climate change strike to express a mutual feeling of worry and frustration about the crisis.

As millions of people around the world took part in what is expected to be the biggest climate protest in history, demonstrations were staged in the North-East and North Yorkshire.

In Bishop Auckland Market Place, the town's MP Helen Goodman told campaigners: "This is the most dangerous moment. We have to stop making excuses and start taking action."

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MP Helen Goodman joins young protesters in Bishop Auckland

Durham County Councillor Joy Allan, who is the town’s mayor, took inspiration from young environmentalist Greta Thunberg.

She said: "Today I have already seen how people are taking to the streets throughout the world demanding immediate action to address this climate emergency.

"As Greta Thunberg would say 'no one is too small to make a difference' and in Bishop Auckland we are demonstrating that no town is too small to make that very important difference.

"I hope everyone here today becomes part of our movement to make Bishop Auckland a carbon neutral town."

The UK Student Climate Network said more than 200 events are taking place across the UK, with adults encouraged to join the youngsters on strike for the first time, as happened at the demonstration in Durham City today.