The period between today and May 14 is known as the Ice Saints' days or sometimes the Frost Saints' days. There are four saints whose feast days occur during this period - St Mamertus (May 11), St Pancras (May 12), St Serviatus (May 13) and St Boniface (May 14) - and the reason for this unseasonal name is that very cold weather is likely to arrive around this time.
PLANNING approval is being sought for a third mobile phone mast in Heighington, and there are fears that many more will follow as technology leaps ahead.
Foster's North East Premier League - NORTON II scored almost 200 but still lost in Division Two when they met Benwell Hill. Chris Thomas top scored with 79 and Geoff Kean added 57 as Norton compiled 193 for five.
LOCAL people must get together to plan repairs to a battlefield memorial disfigured by vandals near Northallerton, it was said this week.
Three junior squash players have astounded coaches, fellow players and themselves with a fantastic performance in the Durham and Cleveland Squash League.
Brandon manager Kenny Lindoe blamed his side's finishing for their failure to win the Durham Challenge Cup on Monday.
THE shake-up in local government was intended, among other things, to put a stop to the political point-scoring talking shops which many council meetings had become.
THE people of Thirsk were given reason to celebrate this week as the recipients of two Government cash windfalls.
ON THE day Mr Tony Blair confirmed the General Election will be on June 7, two Cleveland councillors switched to Labour.
MINERS champion Pat Daglish has welcomed the 'excellent progress' being made towards ending the suffering of thousands of compensation claimants.
THE book of the famous people of Stockton, if it exists, is a slim volume, a local equivalent of that apocryphal classic of the English language, Belgians Who Are Household Names.
things are looking up for Guisborough's Hutton Lane Playgroup, thanks to intensive fundraising over Easter.
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THE largest recruitment campaign for drug workers in Darlington and County Durham will be launched next week.
The NE Counties senior and junior long course championships which are staged at Sheffield this weekend, also include many of the top British internationals from outside the area. This is at the request of the GB ASA who wish to use the event as phase two of the World championship team selection for Japan in July, writes ERIC WILKINSON.
A clothing company is turning to e-commerce as a way of avoiding the worst of the foot-and-mouth outbreak.
Bishop Auckland King's Head lost 2-1 against Shuttle and Loom in the Third Division Cup final at the RA ground.
THE future of the North-East will be put in the spotlight at a public lecture later this month.
MR ROGER Etherington is waxing lyrical after a successful business trip to New York.
RETURNING to books proved the best course for Mrs Sylvia Notarianni, aged 56, of Darlington.
PROVISION should be made for a business park in the Redcar area, according to the Tees Valley Joint Strategy Unit.
BEING urged back into the countryside left two Darlington walkers in a heap on the road after a brush with a car.
RARE breeds of sheep and hefted flocks can now be exempted from culls in contiguous areas or from 3km culls.
THE mayor of Loftus has handed his civic chains over and picked up the borough chains.
A SUPPORT network for disabled youngsters and their families is stepping up a gear.
RESIDENTS were baffled when a hole appeared outside their homes, only to discover that the real mystery is who takes responsibility for filling it in.
MOTORISTS have been left fuming after vandals sprayed 11 cars with paint in an overnight spree.
A COUNCILLOR has voiced concern over an incinerator likely to be sited in Teesdale to dispose of 2,000 carcases awaiting exhumation.
AN Army veterans' association has come under fire after sending one of its members a newsletter featuring his own obituary - almost two years after his death.
POET laureate Andrew Motion is to be the star name at the forthcoming Whitby Literature Festival.
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a nightspot in Durham's disused Palladium cinema look likely to go to a public inquiry.
A COUNCIL last night defended plans to buy a luxury limousine for its mayor.
GUISBOROUGH player-manager Mark Forster bowed out after four years in charge of the Priorymen on Saturday with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Bedlington.
DARREN Smith from Thornaby was in tremendous form at the Stainsby Grange junior championships where he scored a double win.
IT was a bad day at the office for Cricketers Hotel who were dominated by Post Boy from the kick-off and were 4-1 down at the interval.
TEACHING children how to cope in an emergency and what to do to save their own lives and ensure the safety of others in just ten minutes, is a daunting task.
If cricket's your game there's plenty of online action to keep you entertained this summer.
COMMUNITY centres are being asked to help a support group.
an environmental scheme on a stream in Newton Aycliffe has been approved.
DRUG workers are being invited to hear about career opportunities at an event next week.
BEDALE Sharks have started the new season with a bang. In previous years they had been bottom of the Moors swimming league, being the smallest and newest club.
TO the casual observer wandering down the narrow and winding country road the scene is one of rural bliss.
A PATIENT in a North-East nursing home ended up covered in trifle after an angry outburst with a male nurse, a disciplinary hearing heard.
IT is a fear every parent shares - that their children may become involved in drugs.
FOR reasons that few understand, but which are thought to involve Admiral Lord Nelson and to be rude, superstitious cricketers regard the figure 111 as unlucky. Mr David Shepherd, the celebrated and somewhat portly test match umpire, is even in the habit of standing on one leg whilst the total remains on that number, remaining thus imbalanced until someone further troubles the scorers.
Their season has not even started, yet one local cricket club's hopes of defending their title successfully have already been hit for six.
POLICE arrested seven people in a series of dawn raids yesterday in connection with the murder of man shot twice in front of his wife.
POLICE ended weeks of speculation last night by confirming that the Land Rover driver who triggered the Selby rail disaster would face criminal charges.
Four candidates will contest a by-election for a vacant seat in Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council's Loftus ward on Thursday, June 7.
TEN equipment cabins are to be connected to a mobile phone mast in Thornaby, to eliminate the need for a new mast.