A historic Northumberland village is being catapulted into the digital age.
For 50 years, residents in the Grade II listed cottages of Blanchland, near Consett on the Northumberland-Durham border, have relied on a single, unreliable television aerial set up in nearby woods.
But now, they will be thrust into the 21st century as they connect to Sky and cable TV for the first time.
The technology is being installed ahead of the analogue TV switch-off next year.
Since the mid-50s, residents have been banned from putting up their own TV aerials or dishes on their 12th and 18th century homes.
This year's Champion of Champions judge at Northumberland County Show will be Matt Robinson, who recently retired as the chief steward of the event's agricultural horse section.
Mr Robinson, who farms at Humshaugh, has been a show committee member for more than quarter of a century and is a major force in the heavy horse showing world.
His Clydesdales, kept as a hobby separate from the Holstein cattle and Blue Faced Leicester sheep on his farm, once won 13 championships in 13 shows in the same year.
Watercolour artists are exhibiting their work this Easter.
The Eggleston and Edmundbyers Watercolour Class is holding a joint exhibition on Sunday at Blanchland Sports Hall.
Almost 100 paintings covering a wide variety of subjects and styles will be on view and art teacher Gordon Lamb will be giving demonstrations and mini workshops.
All profits from are going to MacMillan Cancer Support. Entrance fee of ÃÂ£1.50 includes tea/coffee and cake.
Some of the country's best cyclists took on gale force winds as a national competition was held on the roads a North East reservoir yesterday.
The 97 competitors from across the UK had to fight against the harsh weather as they raced at the Derwent reservoir near Consett, County Durham.
The Northumbrian Water Tour of the Reservoir Road Race was the first event in the 2010 premier national British Cycling road race calendar, with riders setting off from Blanchland, in Northumberland.
Tynedale and Blaydon both powered to five tries in National One action yesterday - but only the Corbridge men could ultimately turn that scoring prowess into a victory.
Tom Borthwick's men eased past Cinderford at Tynedale Park 33-19 to record their fourth straight win since losing to their fierce rivals Blaydon at Crow Trees.
Blaydon meanwhile had no such luck down at stubborn Cambridge, narrowly losing out in a 42-31 thriller.
A couple had a lucky escape after the car they were in burst into flames.
The Polish man and woman were driving home to Consett, County Durham, from work in Hexham, when they noticed smoke coming from near the passenger airbag.
They pulled over on the A68, near Allensford, and leapt out the car.
By the time firefighters arrived flames were jumping from the car. The blaze was extinguished and no one was injured.
Police attended to help control the traffic.
Three oak saplings donated by a Corbridge company will be planted on a Mediterranean island this weekend in honour of Tyneside naval great Admiral Lord Collingwood.
After the Battle of Trafalgar, Collingwood was given command of the British fleet in the Mediterranean for what proved the last five years of his life.
His shore base was a large house - now the Collingwood Hotel - at Port Mahon on Menorca.
Drunken attackers in an historic Northumberland town got more than they bargained for when they attacked an Australian tourist.
Yobs Jamie Duddin and Adam Bolam set upon Tim Spring outside a pub in Corbridge.
When Mr Spring refused their request for a cigarette the pair attacked him.
John Shotton has warned his Tynedale players they will have to raise their performance levels to produce a fourth straight comfortable National One win against Cinderford.
Tynedale host the Forest of Dean men in Corbridge tomorrow (3pm kick-off ) looking for their fourth win on the spin since their disappointing 13-11 Crow Trees defeat to Blaydon.
Still just five points behind third-placed Launceston with six games to go, Tynedale can overhaul their Cornish league table rivals - but rugby chairman Shotton has warned his men they must sustain their winning run to have any chance.
Wildlife reserves across Northumberland will benefit from a share of an ÃÂ£800 donation.
The Joicey Trust's money goes to Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Northumberland Native Woodlands Appeal.
The Appeal aims to preserve Northumberland's cherished woodlands for future generations.