16:19 UK time, Monday, 7 April 2014
Pressure is growing for a Hillsborough-style inquiry into the Miners' Strike and an amnesty for those convicted of crimes.
Thousands of people take part in an Easter event on South Tyneside broadcast live on national television.
The body of a man in his 70s is found in the River Wear.
A head teacher in County Durham denies sexual offences against a boy 25 years ago.
Jamie Chandler rescues a point for Gateshead against 10-man Southport in the Conference Premier.
Gateshead came from behind twice against 10-man Southport, with their second late equaliser securing a point at the Gateshead International Stadium.
The game had few shots, Gateshead having nine against Southport's four, however the away side made 22 fouls and saw five yellow cards (two for Emmanuel Monthe).
Newcastle United have lost their last four Premier League games on the spin without scoring a goal. And to make matters worse, their most recent defeat came courtesy of a fluke goal at Stoke. Hear what Tim Krul has to say about that on BBC Newcastle's Total Sport from 17:30.
The Royal Netherlands Navy has arrived at the Port of Tyne with the submarine HNLMS Walrus.
The 68m-long sub will spend four days at the Port's Northumbrian Quay in North Shields while her 50-strong crew enjoy time in the North East.
It will stay dry and mostly clear overnight. It will become chilly again with light winds. Temperatures will fall away quickly towards freezing with a widespread frost forming by dawn. Minimum temperature: 0C (32F)
Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club has been awarded a £50,000 grant to boost its facilities and encourage grassroots participation.
Southport are down to 10 men after Emmanuel Monthe was sent off for his second yellow card.
But seconds later Jason Walker regained the lead against Gateshead with a right footed shot from a difficult angle. Gateshead 1-2 Southport.
One lane is blocked and there's slow traffic on the A179 Marina Way northbound in Hartlepool at the Maritime Avenue junction because of an accident involving three vehicles, reports BBC Travel News.
A dozen artists, 12 shipping containers were transformed to represent the Stations of the Cross. See what each of the containers represents and meet the artists behind them.
After going behind after two minutes, with Southport's Luke George finding the back of the net early on, Gateshead's Jamie Chandler levelled the score after 27 minutes, taking the score to 1-1 at half-time.
Southport are storming ahead with the number of fouls however, with 14 in the first half compared with Gateshead's three.
Gateshead's Jamie Chandler scores with a right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Gateshead 1-1 Southport.
Carr Hill Road in Gateshead is closed in both directions between the Warburton Crescent junction and the Listers Lane junction because of an accident involving a car and a motorbike, reports BBC Travel News.
Southport have taken the lead against promotion-chasing Gateshead in the first two minutes at Gateshead Stadium.
Luke George scored with a left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.
Singer Alexandra Burke, who performed at the Great North Passion in South Shields, has said she was "honoured" to be involved in the event, which was presented by Fern Britton.
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Officials at one of South Tyneside's leading football clubs have cried foul after being left to repair damage caused by a would-be burglar.
Hartlepool mountaineer Ellis Stewart has taken to the internet to confirm he is safe and well after an avalanche swept down the slopes of Mount Everest, killing nine Sherpa guides with more feared dead.
It is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion. So why is it called Good Friday? BBC Magazine Monitor has the answer here.
African women worked with musician Maurice Dezou, who has an African origin but now lives on Teesside, and made up a song which is about leaving a place for a stranger when you cook a meal.
Find out more about the BBC's Great North Passion.
Graeme Danby, who performs regularly at the Royal Opera House, sang Searching in South Shields as part of the Great North Passion.
Watch the show live right now on BBC One.
Each installation was created in a different location in the North East before the container was transported to Bents Park in South Shields.
This, with the theme of exhaustion and being alone, was created at St Cuthbert's Church, Red House, Sunderland.
The body of a man who was found in the River Wear at about 12:30 on Thursday has been identified by police.
The 72-year-old from Durham, who has not yet been named, was recovered from the river at Fatfield in Washington. He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. There is no suspected third-party involvement.
X Factor winner Alexandra Burke opened the Great North Passion in South Shields by singing Amazing Grace. Watch live on BBC One.
Fern Britton, who is presenting the Great North Passion right now on BBC One, said she had to fight back the tears after watching the rehearsals.
She said: "I'm going to cry again, because there's one scene where Mary, Jesus's mother, sees him and she knows her son is going to die."
Local school children joined in the final rehearsal preparations for Great North Passion ahead of the live broadcast on BBC one at 12:00.
The gates have opened and it's nearly time for the Great North Passion. Alfie Joey and Charlie Charlton are broadcasting live from South Shields on BBC Newcastle until 12:00.
The Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre has reopened for four days this Easter Bank Holiday weekend offering a sneak preview of the new Bridging the World exhibition.
The exhibition, part of the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project, celebrates the role played by Cleveland Bridge and Dorman Long in the development and construction of landmark bridges across the globe.
BBC director general Tony Hall (pictured), was backstage in South Shields yesterday watching the rehearsals of the The Passion.
Lord Hall said: "I believe taking part in the arts is a really good thing. When the BBC acts as enabler, a friend, to help people to do things they want to do, I think that's brilliant."
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Dancers will perform in front of the eleventh box, on the theme of forgiveness, which was decorated while stationed outside the Sage Gateshead. See more pictures.
Durham Police RPU tweets: RTC Newton Lane, Darlington. Minor injuries only!! 1502/2025
Hardwick Youth Club has been a repeat target for thieves and vandals and secretary Andie Ruddy says the club has now been left with nothing.
Charlie Charlton and I are broadcasting live from South Shields until 12:00 and there's lots of camera crews and performers, so it's going to be a splendid spectacle.
Paralympian Stephen Miller tweets: Happy Good Friday - It's a good time of the year to reflect and remember what's truly important in life - family, friends and happiness
BBC One will screen The Great North Passion live from Bents Park in South Shields today from 12:00. Singer and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke will be on stage and says she is "really honoured" to be performing.
She added: "The BBC are putting on such a beautiful show to bring everyone together."
A Dutch naval submarine arrives at the Port of Tyne later. The 68-metre (210ft) sub will spend four days at the Northumbrian Quay at North Shields.
HNLMS Walrus will be the first submarine to visit the Quay in 10 years. It won't be open to the public but you'll be able to see it sail away on Monday morning at 11:00.
BBC One is marking Easter with an ambitious live show today from South Shields, South Tyneside. A "pop-up cathedral" has been created from more than 50 shipping containers in Bents Park. See more pictures.
Twelve containers have been given over to artists who have customised them with the help of local communities across the north-east of England.
In their second match in four days, Gateshead will take on Southport in a bid to hold on to their play-off place in the Football Conference.
There will be full match commentary on BBC Newcastle (online) from 15:00.
A chilly start with an early frost in places. It will be a dry and sunny day, although there may be a little more cloud near coastal areas mainly in the morning. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).
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