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Vote: Would you take your children out of school for a holiday?

Almost half of parents have taken their child out of school to go on holiday, with many saying it is too expensive to go away during the summer break, a poll suggests.

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Jessie McQuillan reading a birthday card on her 104th birthday with senior care assistant Chelsea Winship at Lindisfarne Care Home. Picture by Frank Reid.

Jessie’s busy life hailed after she celebrates her 104th birthday

A woman who left her Hartlepool home to work in houses in some of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods is celebrating her 104th birthday today.

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One in four homes will be bought with the help of parents during this year.

North East parents stump up average of £12,000 to help children on property ladder

The 'Bank of Mum and Dad' will be behind one in four house sales during this year - with warning signs parents are increasingly feeling the pinch.

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Could you become a foster carer?

Foster Care Fortnight: Could you take on this important role in a child's life?

Do you think you could open your home and become a foster carer?

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Dorothea and Peter Harker with their framed card from The Queen on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding. Picture by Frank Reid

Diamond couple are still a perfect match 60 years on

A couple who met at the match were surrounded by their friends and family as they marked six decades of married bliss.

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Former Cleveland Fire Brigade Divisional Fire Officer Frank Huntley 1986. Picture by Frank Reid

Hartlepool firefighters to form guard of honour at former officer’s funeral

Tributes have been paid to a former fire chief and war hero as his friends and loved ones prepare to say their final good bye tomorrow.

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Legal Eagle: The grounds for a divorce needed to end a marriage

My husband and I have been married for three years. Over the past year our relationship has gone downhill due to my husband’s alcoholism which has resulted in heated arguments witnessed by our young children. I have ensured that the house is in my sole name, how do I get a divorce and does he have any financial right to the home where the children and I live?

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Legal Eagle: The grounds for a divorce needed to end a marriage

My husband and I have been married for three years. Over the past year our relationship has gone downhill due to my husband’s alcoholism which has resulted in heated arguments witnessed by our young children.

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Alison Foster posing with a pair of snowmen.

How to build the perfect snowman - according to science

Kids young and old have welcomed this week's snow as an opportunity to indulge in a favourite winter pastime - building a snowman.
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When is World Book Day 2018?

It's undoubtedly one of the biggest days in the school calendar - and it's almost arrived for another year.

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We asked you if employers should be able to ask women about their plans for having children.

'It's discrimination' - you have your say on bosses questioning women over plans for children

As a study shows that some employers think it's acceptable to question women about their plans to have children during an interview, we asked you what you thought.

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It's nice to have some bank holiday plans in the diary.

When are the 2018 bank holidays?

It’s been a damp and dreary start to the year - and this cold weather certainly has you reaching for your calendar in anticipation of the warmer months.

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Is the Trinc your favourite place to visit?

Vote: Where's your favourite place to visit in Hartlepool?

Middle of winter or peak of summer - there are plenty of ways to fill your day in Hartlepool.
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Parents are struggling to cope with the strain of long hours.

Parents 'buckling' under the strain of long working hours, study warns

Work is taking a "heavy toll" on parents, affecting their health and family lives, as they struggle to cope with the strain of long hours, a new study reveals.

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Do you think smacking should be banned?

'You should be able to discipline your own kids' - readers react to proposed smacking ban

It's a controversial topic - and one which got dozens of you talking.
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Were any of these TV shows your favourite?

These are the best children's TV shows of all time - how many have you watched?

Blue Peter, Grange Hill and Newsround have been named the best children's TV shows of all time.
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Huw Irranca-Davies Minister for Children and Social Care in Wales with a group of children.

Should smacking your children be banned?

The physical punishment of children is already banned in Scotland - and now those living in Wales are being asked to share their views with their government.

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There is a spike in the number of couples considering ending their marriage after the festive period.

'Divorce Day' looms with sharp post-festive rise in couples considering split

Lawyers have dubbed January 8 "Divorce Day" because of the spike in couples considering ending their marriage after the festive period.

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Emma Clarke and husband Jack Kane with her daughter Lola on the couple's wedding day.

Couple’s double big day joy as groom reveals illness is not terminal

A man who was told he had just weeks to live got nurses to lift him out of his wheelchair so he could propose to his girlfriend.

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Where will you be watching the fireworks this year?

What's on in the North East this Bonfire Night?

Remember, remember - it's not long until the fifth of November!
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