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  1. Live updates from across the region for BBC Music Day

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By Rebecca Turner

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's the end of our extended live page today - thank you for joining us.

It's been a day filled with music as bridges across the North East were brought alive with performances.

It's all been part of the second BBC Music Day and Take it to the Bridge. 

You can find out what's been  going on around the country on the BBC Music Day page.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel from around the North East. We hope you can join us then.

Watch: Highlights from the Transporter Bridge performances

Wow - it's been quite a day in Middlesbrough with continuous performances since this morning.

Take a look back at some of the highlights.

Video: Watch some of the performances from Take it to the Bridge

Bridges across the North East and Cumbria have been the venue for musical performances throughout the day as part of Take it to the Bridge and BBC Music Day.

Take a look at some of the highlights here.

Watch: Drone footage of the Transporter Bridge

Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge has been alive with the sound of music all day.

Our camera has been out above the bridge capturing some footage from a drone.

Bridge musical perfomances covered more than 100 miles

BBC Newcastle's coverage of BBC Music Day today involved a journey of almost 12 hours and covered more than 100 miles performing on three bridges and one soon-to-be built bridge from the Scottish Borders to County Durham.

First up it was the Union Chain Bridge in Northumberland with a Coldstream Piper and the Spittal Pipers.

Next was North Tyneside Steel Band on Gateshead Millennium Bridge, then The Cornshead Sisters on the site where the New Wear Crossing is being built in Sunderland.

The station's coverage was rounded off with performances by Chloe Castro (pictured) and Durham Voices of Recovery on Prebends Bridge in Durham.

Chloe Castro on Prebends Bridge

Vintage cars with musicians at Transporter Bridge

BBC Tees

There have been vintage cars at the Transporter Bridge throughout the day along with the musicians.

Here are some of the scenes this evening.

Car and musicians at Transporter Bridge

Transporter Bridge performances 'at the next level'

Tonight's edition of The One Show is coming from the Eden Project in Cornwall where the finale of BBC Music Day is being held.

It has just shown a montage of some of the performances from around the country including in the North East.

Presenter Alex Jones said the performances on Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge had taken things "to the next level" - high praise indeed.

Live with Look North at the Transporter Bridge

Teesside University's pro-vice chancellor Mark Simpson was at the Transporter Bridge this evening to watch Look North being filmed.

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'It's been an absolute dream of a day'

Transporter Bridge supervisor John Ivison said it had been a "marvellous day" to see so many musical performances for Take it to the Bridge, as part of BBC Music Day.

The bridge's gondola has been operating as normal around the musical performances.

He said: "It's been an absolute dream of a day."

He said he hoped the day had shown off Middlesbrough to people around the country and would encourage people to visit."

Performers on the Transporter Bridge

Day 'brightened by musical performances'

Carol Malia

BBC Look North

"Ignore the grey skies. We've had a lovely day at the Transporter Bridge which has been brightened by some fantastic musical performances.

"The musicians have been performing their hearts out. 

"It's been quite interesting to see the faces of people using the Transporter Bridge gondola being serenaded by music throughout the day."

Transporter Bridge

Photos capture action around Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge

On tonight's Look North: All the sights and sounds of BBC Music Day

Carol Malia

BBC Look North

We'll be live from the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough where we've been celebrating BBC Music Day 2016 since this morning.

We'll bring you a flavour of the many different performances here and on other bridges around the North East and Cumbria.

Join me on BBC One at 18:30 to see what it's all been about.

Carol Malia on the Transporter Bridge

Bridges across the North East venues for live music performances

We're running an extended live page this evening to carry on bringing you updates on BBC Music Day.

It's the second time the event has been held and this year a key part of the events has been Take it to the Bridge - with live music performed on 40 bridges around the UK.

Bridges in the North East which have been the location for performances have been the Union Chain Bridge, in Northumberland, Gateshead's Millennium Bridge, the New Wear Crossing in Sunderland and Prebends Bridge in Durham.

The major focus has been Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge's gondola where musicians have been counting down the decades from the 1910s to the present day since this morning.

And the performances will carry on into the evening. We'll bring you updates here and you can listen on BBC Tees.

Take it to the Bridge graphic

Crowd on Prebends Bridge in Durham for The Voice's Chloe Castro

BBC Newcastle

Durham's Chloe Castro was hotly tipped to make the final of The Voice, but had to leave ahead of the quarter finals due to "personal health reasons"

However, she was back for BBC Music Day and a crowd gathered on the Prebends Bridge in Durham to listen.

Durham Prebends bridge

Joe and Jake ready to perform at the Transporter Bridge

BBC Tees

Look who's here at the Transporter Bridge - it's Joe and Jake who sang the United Kingdom entry in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

They're readying themselves for the Teesside crowd.

Joe and Jake

Durham Voices of Recovery perform in Durham

BBC Newcastle

Durham Voices of Recovery, a choir made up of those in recovery from addiction problems and their workers, performed on Prebends Bridge in Durham this afternoon.

Here they are preparing for their performance.

Voices of Recovery

Nouveau Wellbeing 'putting on their disco pants' for BBC Music Day

Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge has been a hive of activity throughout the day with performances as part of the Take it to the Bridge events, which are part of BBC Music Day.

Here are Nouveau Fitness, a North East community interest company who do dance and fitness sessions, who certainly brought a splash of colour with them.

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BBC Tees reporters go live on Facebook

Musical performances are being held on bridges across the country including in the North East.

Earlier there was a Facebook Live from BBC Tees catching up with some of the action behind the scenes.

Watch it on Facebook here.

BBC Music Day: What we've seen so far

So far we've been bringing you some of the moments from BBC Music Day across the North East.

There's been a lot happening, with a series of musical moments on bridges for Take It To The Bridge

Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge is one of 40 taking part across the UK - and it's already played host to a whole host of bands, singers and stars.

X Factor hopeful from last year Josh Daniels is set to perform - but one of the biggest crowds was for CBeebies star Mr Bloom (pictured below).

Mr Bloom

We'll be following the events taking place all the way up until the grand finale on The One Show at 19:30 tonight.

MP questions whether Mike Ashley is 'frightened'

A Hartlepool Labour MP has questioned whether the boss of Sports Direct is "frightened" and thinks he is "beyond public scrutiny" after he said he will not be attending a Commons committee.

Billionaire Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley had been ordered to appear in Westminster to give evidence about working practices.

Mike Ashley

Mr Ashley told MPs today he would not be at the hearing because his legal representative is unavailable.

BIS chair Iain Wright MP said it was "entirely reasonable" for the committee to ask Mr Ashley to respond to allegations over working practices at Sports Direct and comment on how a review of those practices is progressing. 

The committee will decide its next steps at the hearing on Tuesday.

Josh Daniel in Middlesbrough for BBC Music Day

BBC Tees

The man of the hour is here. Josh Daniel is ready to perform live on the main stage later this evening:

Josh Daniel

Police on the lookout for human trafficking victims

Police are visiting workplaces to try and identify potential victims of human trafficking and those who may be being exploited.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: "It’s important we all realise that trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries, it can happen right here on our doorstep."

They are also speaking to homeless people who may have also been a victim of this crime and need help.

Sunbeam Tiger perform on the gondola of the Transporter Bridge

BBC Music Day: The Mee Cats live on the gondola

BBC Tees

Here's some great photos from earlier of the band The Mee Kats getting ready to play on the Transporter Bridge:

The Mee Kats
The Mee Kats

BBC Tees' Bob Fischer scales the Transporter Bridge

Children injured in hit-and-run in Sunderland

Two children have been injured in a hit-and-run in Sunderland.

It happened a week ago on Gorse Road in the city. The pedestrians, a boy and girl both aged 13, were hit by a black vehicle similar to a Peugeot 207.

Police say the girl suffered considerable bruising while the boy suffered a hairline fracture to his foot.

The driver drove off without stopping. She is white with blonde hair and in her late 20s. There was also a black male in the front passenger seat. 

The Cornshed sisters on the new Wear Bridge

Video: Drone footage shot over Northumberland

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Here's some stunning drone footage shot for BBC Music Day in Northumberland.

It focuses on the Union Bridge over the River Tweed.

Stunning drone footage for BBC Music Day in Northumberland #TakeItToTheBridge

Mr Bloom thrills youngsters in Middlesbrough

CBeebies (and crowd) favourite Mr Bloom is in Middlesbrough for BBC Music Day:

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Classic cars: Guess the era

BBC Tees

BBC Tees Sport

There's a classic car to represent every era since the Transporter Bridge was built as part of BBC Music Day's Take It To The Bridge event today.

Can you guess which one this is from?

Classic car

Video: Ukulele group on the Transporter Bridge gondola

Claire Neale denies owning Blyth park attack dog

A woman has denied being the owner of a dog dangerously out of control after 12 people were attacked in a play park in Blyth.


Nine youngsters needed hospital treatment after the incident with a brown-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier dog at the park in Burns Avenue on 20 May.

Claire Neale, 37, of Chasedale Crescent in Blyth, denied the charge at Newcastle Crown Court.

A trial date has been set for February.

Ms Neale was granted bail on the condition she lives in South Tyneside, does not enter Blyth and does not own a dog.

Wait for examination of Deepcut death 'too long'

A coroner has said the parents of a soldier found shot at Deepcut barracks in Surrey have waited far too long for a proper examination of her death.

Pte Cheryl James, from north Wales, was found dead with a bullet wound to the head in 1995.  

Geoff Grat

The 18-year-old was one of four recruits to die at the base in seven years, including Pte Geoff Gray from Seaham (pictured).

He was found with two gunshot wounds to his head in 2001.

Would-be new North East mayor resigns from Conservative party

Meeting to discuss Mike Ashley after he refuses to appear in court

Mark D'Arcy

Parliamentary Correspondent

After Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley refused to give evidence to MPs in their inquiry into workplace practices, the Commons Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee will meet on Tuesday to decide its next move.

Mike Ashley
Getty Images

Mr Ashley, who also owns Newcastle United, has told the committee his lawyer will not be available - but committee sources believe he was given plenty of notice.

Their next step could be to bring the issue to the floor of the Commons and put down a motion referring Mr Ashley to the Privileges Committee, the guardian of the rights of the House.

They would then have to decide if his refusal amounted to a breach of privilege. 

BBC Music Day: The North Tyneside Youth Steel Band performing Titanium

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

The North Tyneside Youth Steel Band performing Titanium (originally by David Guetta featuring Sia) on the Millennium Bridge.

The North Tyneside Youth Steel Band performing Titanium

Benitez: Steven Taylor has 'always been positive including in difficult times'

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez says Steven Taylor "has been a very good player for this club for a long time and his character and personality has always been very positive, including during difficult times".

Managing director Lee Charnley added: "I have known Steven since he first joined the club as a teenager and during that time his enthusiasm and love for the club has never wavered.

"He has always shown great commitment over the years.

"He has also been a superb ambassador for the club, representing Newcastle United at countless community and charitable events across the region during his time with us. I wish him all the very best for the future."

Taylor made his first-team debut on 25 March 2004 against Real Mallorca in the Uefa Cup and then made his Premier League bow against Bolton three days later.