EDITORIAL

Botanist David Bellamy presents the Making a Difference award to the Brandon Village Resident’s Association.

Motorcycle enthusiasts inspect a 1937 Norton International during the Bike Wise event at Aykley Heads in Durham.
Cast members from Avenue Q arrive at the Empire Theatre in Sunderland.
Traction engine owner Kieran Collins displays his 1917 Fowler T3 Tractor during the rally at Beamish Museum.
Designs by Bishop Auckland born milliner Joel Alexander go on display for the first time during the event at Auckland Castle.

Volunteers take part in the world record mattress topple event at Your Homes Newcastle.
Visitors  take  a closer look at some of the buses on show during the vintage vehicle rally at Seaburn in Sunderland.
Cycling enthusiast Glenn Johnstone from Stanley, County Durham with his state of the art prosthetic leg.
Sunderland legend Niall Quinn meets with students during his tour of the school’s new chemistry labs ahead of the official opening at Wellfield School in Wingate.
Thrill seekers take part in a charity fundraising event in Darlington.
Funeral of 100th serviceman to die in Afghanistan at Sunderland Minster, 2008.
Mud runners charity event at Herrington Country Park in Sunderland.
Competitors take part in the regional heat of the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) at the Federation Brewery in Gateshead.
Angel of the North creator Antony Gormley OBE is made Honorary Freeman of Gateshead during the event at The Baltic.
Retired engineer Jeffrey Allison celebrates his return at Hartlepool Marina after his voyage to circumnavigate the artic circle.

Former chorus girl with the Gordon Ray Dancers Ellen Bourguet, celebrates her 100th birthday.
Members of the Darlington Lions Club meet with pupils during their tour of the Education Centre for Children with Down Syndrome at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe.
Durham County cricketer Paul Collingwood walks down Sadller Street with the Olympic torch after leaving Durham Cathedral ahead of the 2012 Olympics  in London.
Choristers practice their pancake flipping at Durham Cathedral ahead of Shrove Tuesday when the Undercroft Restaurant will serve up pancakes using a 250 year old recipe.
Animal-lover Linda Charlton appeals for people to help feed the swans during the winter at the Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street, County Durham.