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North East could see thunder and lightning during Bank Holiday weekend

The North East could see thunder and lightning during the Bank Holiday weekend, forecasters are predicting.

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Families on all inclusive holiday packages are spending hundreds of pounds on extra items, say researchers. Pic: PA.

Families on all-inclusive holidays are spending a fortune on extras, say researchers

Families on all-inclusive holiday packages are spending hundreds of pounds on extra items, according to new research.

Travel
Keukenhof Gardens come alive in Spring

Guide to Holland’s Keukenhof gardens + win a DFDS mini cruise worth £300

Tulips as far as the eye can see in a kaleidoscope of colours is the sun-drenched spectacle which greets you at Keukenhof.

Travel
A forerunner of the modern supermarkets.

Looking back at shops you may remember

Shopping has undergone something of a revolution in a relatively short period of time, with some of us having witnessed considerable change in the world of retail within our lifetime.

Nostalgia

Take a trip down memory lane to South Shields’ shops of yesteryear

We thought you would like to take a look at a bit of retail therapy from the past this week.

Business
Garden Gnome House - Toadstool, B&M, 6.99

Gardening: 5 of the best garden gnomes

We look at 5 of the best garden gnomes

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LG Minibeam PH150G HD Ready Mini Projector, 259.99, www.pcworld.co.uk

Gadgets: 5 of the best projectors

We look at 5 of the best projectors
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South Shields Operatic Society's  The Sound of Music.

Stage shows you may remember

Thanks to Ken Lamb who got in touch following the recent amateur stage shows article to tell us about the photo to the right.

Nostalgia
Father and daughter David and Samantha Sinclair are off to Vietnam for a 400km charity bike ride.

Dad and daughter team up for 400km charity cycle challenge

A dad and daughter are to cycle through Vietnam as they join a charity challenge to give children a better start in life.

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Westgate House, Beach Road where Eileen spent most of her South Shields life.

She was a ‘brilliant, independent’ South Shields woman

As mentioned yesterday, author George Orwell had a major driving force behind his success – a fellow writer from South Shields named Eileen O’Shaughnessy.

Nostalgia

School days in South Shields: Memories of Mortimer Comprehensive

They say they’re the best years of your life.

Nostalgia
An artist's impression of the new observation wheel, nicknamed the Whey Aye, planned for Newcastle. Pic: World Wheel Company.

Whey Aye! Europe's biggest wheel could be new riverside landmark

Plans have been announced to build Europe's biggest observation wheel in Newcastle - dubbed the Whey Aye.
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Eileen and baby son Richard.

The South Shields lass behind George Orwell

Author George Orwell is famous the world over, but the woman behind the man – a South Shields lass – is less well known.

Nostalgia
Vehicles face a tougher new MoT test from today.

Drivers face tougher MoT test and £1,000 fine if they ignore failures

A tougher and updated MOT comes into force in Britain today to improve air quality and make roads safer.

Lifestyle
Ajay Jagota

Good news for home owners in South Tyneside who are looking to sell

Home owners in South Tyneside have had a spring boost - with up to £5,000 being added to the value of their houses.

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Sunflower Sunbelieveable Brown Eyed Girl. Picture: RHS

Plenty of new plants set to be unveiled at Chelsea Flower Show

One of the most eagerly anticipated parts of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which runs from May 22 to 26, is seeing which new plants are introduced.

Lifestyle
Ralph Porter.

Treasured letter home as South Shields soldier heads for war

It’s poignant to think that 100 years ago this week, a young soldier, waiting to go to France to fight in the First World War was sitting down to write a letter to his sister in South Tyneside – especially as just a few months later he was to die of his wounds.

Nostalgia
The Fallbarrow holiday homes border the eastern shore of Windermere.

Travel: Fantastic family adventures on the picturesque shores of Windermere

For one reason or another, taking a family trip to explore the splendour of the Lake District had always eluded us.

Travel
Could you become a foster carer?

Foster Care Fortnight: Could you take on this important role in a child's life?

Do you think you could open your home and become a foster carer?

Family
Lucy and Jack Grewcock, from South Shields,with their son Terence, shortly before he and his fellow crewmen were lost at sea. Inset below, the Jeanie Stewart.

Remembering the men who were lost at sea

Behind the many tragedies that befall fishing communities are the stories of family loss and grief.

Nostalgia
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