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Poets from the North-East have until June 30 to become regional representatives in an annual best of UK poetry collection.

Organisers of the National Poetry Anthology say they are hoping to select winners from all over the region to be included in this year's book, which is a showcase for new writing talent.

To enter, send three unpublished poems on any subject (up to 20 lines and 160 words each) to United Press, Admail 3735, London EC1B 1JB. Regional winners will receive a copy of the book, with the overall national winner being awarded a u1,000 cheque.

Model chance

A MODELLING contract will be handed out to two lucky competition winners later this week when the new Metroland theme park at Gateshead MetroCentre holds a Mr and Miss model search.

Twenty hopefuls aged between 10 and 18 will be strutting their stuff on Thursday, and the winners will be given a one-year contract with Tyne Tees Models agency.

Makeovers, giveaways and live music will all feature throughout the day.

Holiday class

HUNDREDS of teenagers are giving up some of their Easter holidays to go back to school and improve their GCSE prospects.

From today, about 250 pupils will spend three days at a revision conference at Belmont School, in Durham City, to brush up on subjects such as maths, English, sciences and languages.

Beating racism

A GROUP set up to fight racism on Tyneside will meet tomorrow night.

The public are invited to attend the second meeting of the South Tyneside Coalition Against Racism at Jarrow Town Hall at 6pm.

The group was formed amid fears that the British National Party was planning to stand candidates in the borough council elections in June.

Larks about

SKYLARK numbers are rising on land managed by Durham County Council.

The creation of 445 acres (180 hectares) of flower-rich grassland on the coast, with backing from Defra's Countryside Stewardship scheme as part of the Turning the Tide reclamation project, has been a major factor.

County council community wildlife officer Ian Armstrong said: "People can now see skylarks in the numbers that used to be common 50 years ago and we hope to continue our work on other sites inland."

Nationally skylark numbers have fallen 54pc since the late 1960s because of intensive agriculture.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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