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At 8.30am on 13 July, the colliery bands of Durham began their march towards the city's market place. The miners' banners went with them, signposts to the past, a visible display of pride in the region's history. From there followed a slow march towards the County Hotel on Old Elvet. The bands played, the march went on to the racecourse, and the banners were strapped to the surrounding fences.

The resigning MP for South Shields, David Miliband

South Shields residents react with shock to David Miliband's decision to quit as their MP

Is Colmans fish and chip shop about to lose its most famous customer?

David Miliband's letter of resignation

David Miliband has sent the following letter to Alan Donnelly, Chair of the South Shields Constituency Labour Party

David Miliband with his brother, Labour leader Ed Miliband

The Miliband 'soap opera' ends with departure: David Miliband quits politics to work for charity in US

Decision to move to New York to work for charity will mean by-election in South Shields constituency and disappointment for Blairites who hoped return would boost Labour's election chances

Man remanded over Facebook comment which kept 3,000 American kids away from school

Comment suggested something violent might happen at high school

British man charged over Facebook threat to kill 200 people in America

A 24-year-old man has been charged with threatening to kill after allegedly posting on Facebook he would kill 200 people in America.

HMV has announced it will close 66 stores

HMV to close 66 stores

Retailer HMV has announced it will close 66 shops nationwide.

The News Matrix: Thursday 20 December 2012

War has so far cost taxpayer £17.4bn

Lifetime achievement - Sebastian Coe: Helped win the Games and then ran them. Also received recognition for his own sporting career, winning gold in the Moscow and Los Angeles Games

Sports Personality of the Year roll of honour: the night's other winners

Lifetime achievement: Sebastian Coe

No one wants ‘little Englander’ MPs, but they leave themselves open to allegations of impropriety

If we don’t want our MPs to become “little Englanders” with no experience of life beyond our shores then it is not unreasonable to expect them to travel. But as today’s examination of the £1.5m of free foreign trips that MPs have taken in the last two years shows, something is not quite right with our current system.

Barbour began life as a shop selling waterproof oilskin outerwear for the local fishermen, sailors and dockyard workers

Fashion conscious urbanites hand British brand Barbour a profit hike

Before the Kate Middleton effect had retailers chasing their tale to cater to the middle market, another Kate had the ability to send shoppers stampeding. A certain Miss Moss must in part take credit for the recent revival of British brand Barbour after the supermodel wore one of the brand's signature jackets to Glastonbury in 2009. 

Judo: Olympic hopes for judo team take a tumble with defeats for Sarah Clark and Daniel Williams

Britain's hopes to end a 12-year medal drought in judo competition took a tumble today with defeats for both Sarah Clark and Daniel Williams.

Africa link good for Sunderland says vice-chairman David Miliband

Sunderland vice-chairman David Miliband is confident the club's foray into Africa will help secure its financial future.

Cheap as chips ship sets sail, but the only way is Essex

Europe's biggest holiday firm has launched a £100 austerity cruise for the peak summer season – with all meals and tips included. But hard-pressed customers who sign up for this recession getaway aboard a fully-fledged cruise ship will discover that the only way is Essex: the Thomson Spirit sails from South Shields to Harwich, taking only 16 hours and venturing no further than 30 miles from the English coast at Skegness.

The 1,250 passengers will have a choice of three restaurants, two pools and five bars

A trip on a luxury cruise liner for just £100? There must be a catch...

Thomson launches its deluxe voyage of discovery – from South Shields to Harwich

Pedestrian dies after police crash

A pedestrian has died after being struck by a police vehicle.

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