SIR Ian Botham has risen to the challenge to become chairman of Durham County Cricket Club. He talks to PETER BARRON about his ambitions for the club - and his love of the county
WHISPER it quietly but we might just be finding our mojo again. After the positive performance and result at Chorley, there was a danger following a week off due to a soggy pitch at Blackwell Meadows that we might have gone back into our three-month…
AN investigation into the death of a woman, whose husband was initially suspected of murdering her, has failed to determine how she came by her fatal injuries.
IF anybody told you that Durham County Cricket Club could secure promotion this season you would be forgiven for shooting them an incredulous look.
A FORMER chef in the Armed Forces committed suicide after finding himself facing repossession orders, an inquest has heard.
A GRADUATE has been recognised for her hard-hitting storytelling after animating the plight of a young refugee in a news report aimed at six to 12-year-olds.
THE future of a popular animal sanctuary is hanging in the balance after its owner was diagnosed with a rare condition and told to stay away from the very creatures he has sworn to protect.
NORTH Yorkshire has the highest proportion of convictions for drug driving of any region in the country, according to a new report.
A COUNCILLOR has sent a letter to the government in a bid to defend her village from “ruthless developers”.
THE grieving family of a “phenomenal Royal Marine” have paid tribute to their 26-year-old son who committed suicide following two tours of Afghanistan.
“WE are not idle,” says the chief executive of Auckland Castle Trust, David Maddan, “although to the casual observer, it may not look like that. After five years of planning, we are now entering the hard hat phase, where there’s lots going on…
A DRINK driver who crashed his car and then fled the scene has been fined.
COUNCILLORS have granted a licence for a new restaurant and music venue in Northallerton despite some objections.
A NORTH-East musician is launching her debut album on Saturday, February 25.
RESIDENTS are facing an additional council tax burden as an increase of almost four per cent was approved by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.
MEMBERS of a pool league are joining the fight to help save men’s lives by raising money for Prostate Cancer UK.
WHAT is the most important person or place in local music history? The BBC is hoping to unveil 40 blue plaques around the country – one for each of its local radio stations – on its Music Day on June 9, and is asking its audience to come up with…
HENRIK IBSEN’S 1891 masterpiece is adapted and directed by Greyscale artistic director Selma Dimitrijevic.
A FORTNIGHT ago Echo Memories told of the Battle of Stanhope, when the leadminers of Weardale gave a bloody nose to the Bishop of Durham who tried to stop them poaching “the bonny moor hen” – the famous red grouse which lived on the bishop’s…
A CLASSICAL music event is returning this weekend.
A BUILDING society is encouraging children to save with the help of train inspired money boxes.
A PLANNING application for a multi-million pound dual-carriageway into Sunderland city centre has now been lodged.
ONE of the boys got me the box set of more than 150 episodes of my favourite TV series, Malcolm in the Middle, an American sitcom about a family with five boys, which we all used to watch together when they were younger.
A CAR dealership has won a regional award for its work helping people with disabilities to stay mobile.
A YOUNG powerlifter has been selected to represent Great Britain.
THE annual celebration of the flora and fauna of the Yorkshire Dales is about to get underway, as the Flowers of the Dales Festival returns for its ninth year.
FARMING Minister George Eustice will be quizzed by farmers in the Yorkshire Dales next month.
DAVID MOYES has spent the week pondering whether it is the right time to bring Jordan Pickford back into the first-team picture to help Sunderland’s fight to stay in the Premier League.
A TOKEN scheme to support community groups and charities in need has awarded hundreds of pounds to life-saving volunteers.
MEMBERS of the public are being called on to help save a youth club on the brink of closure.
A DRUG driver who claims he only used cannabis for pain relief has been fined.
STUDENTS have taken part in a competition to design a new burger,
REMEMBER the razzamatazz a few years back when appropriately named American biscuit billionaire Bob Rich sought to see how the cookie crumbled with Bedlington Terriers? There’s a small world sequel.
A WOMAN who was left paralysed following a horse riding accident in Egypt has met some of the team who helped get her home.
A TEENAGER burgled a Darlington house twice while the family who lived there were asleep upstairs, a court has heard.
IT'S the Met Office to blame. Careless talk about England being warmer than the Mediterranean and the North-East collectively casts a clout. Hibernation’s hijacked, Spring sprung.
I WAS hoping when the Post Office moved to WH Smith in Durham things would improve but no, they have not.
CAMPAIGNERS have lodged a formal complaint over the latest delay in Darlington Borough Council’s plans to cut and change library services.
WHEN it comes to transfer of services from Darlington’s Crown Street library to the Dolphin Centre, one of the main arguments used by Cllr Nick Wallis is that only one-in-12 of Darlington residents use the lending library. As usual this is a very…
COUNCIL tax bills are set to increase to help pay for care for elderly and disabled people, according to latest news reports.
A NEW supermarket could be a catalyst for the regeneration of an entire town centre, councillors heard.
IN response to ‘Tree Planting’ (HAS, Feb 8). We are sorry to hear about Mr O’Brien’s concerns regarding Clarence Wood.
I FIND it inconceivable that the government have committed £200 million in foreign aid to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan and Somalia.
Cressida Dick has been named as the first female commissioner of the Met – the country’s most senior police officer. Hannah Chapman reports.
A SUB-POSTMISTRESS who was at the forefront of a major national campaign surrounding pensions and benefits has retired.
HARROWING stories of cruelty and torture inflicted on pets undermine Britain’s claim to be a nation of animal lovers.
A DERELICT community centre has been put on the market as part of efforts to improve a village.
A FAMILY-OWNED cheese maker providing pizza toppings has revealed plans to create jobs in a £3m expansion.
BRIEFING sessions are being held for anyone thinking about standing as a candidate in this year’s local government elections in County Durham.