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Run, fun & a little sun.

Byline: By KERRY WOOD

SOME had fun while others went for a run during a busy North East weekend.

In Durham folk were out to pound the streets and celebrate the county's mining history.

The 124th Durham Miners' Gala took place on Saturday as more than 30 colliery bands paraded through the city.

Along with family fun, crowds gathered at Durham Racecourse.

Guests of honour included ex-Labour politician Tony Benn and actor Ricky Tomlinson, a well-known union activist.

Police reportedly arrested six people during the gala for a series of offences.

A 61-year-old man was arrested for assault, two men 25 and 27 for possessing a knife and men 21 and 17 for being drunk and disorderly and a 17-year-old girl for a public order offence.

Meanwhile, in Tynemouth revellers were dazzled by the quirky sights of Australian stilt walkers and fired up dragons A colourful Latin American street parade kicked off the Mouth of the Tyne event which had families on both sides of the river enjoying themselves.

Hundreds of children took part in the opening parade with singer Beverley Knight performing the closing concert.

While in Newcastle 4,000 women took part in Cancer Research UK's Race for Life.

Runners took part in the two 5k courses round Exhibition Park and Town Moor.

The race, hoping to raise pounds 240,000, was started by cancer survivor Kirsty Foster, five, of Ashington.

Crossing the line first in the morning event was Louise Hayes of Whitley Bay in 18 minutes and 50 seconds. Claire McKinnon crossed first in the second race in under 20 minutes.

Janet Cooper, North East Regional events manager, said: "The atmosphere on the day was fantastic. It was emotional as a lot of women were running for loved ones.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2008
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