In Northern England:
- 25th March 2008: founding of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation for cancer research.
- 22nd May 2008: reopening of the Tyneside Cinema, following a major restoration.
- 6th September 2008: Floods in Morpeth requiting over 400 people to be evacuated.
- 2008: opening of the new building of Academy 360 in Sunderland.