MORE than 1,000 people visited a North Yorkshire church as it held a harvest festival with a difference this weekend.
ONE of the region's top hotels has made an immediate impact by being named Newcomer of the Year in the 2002 Good Food Guide.
BIDDERS at a charity auction can literally walk away with a new home, when a meticulously created dolls' house goes under the hammer.
PLANS to create a sixth-form college to boost staying-on rates in East Durham have run into opposition from the area's main college.
THE future town crier of Chester-le-Street is to be picked with the help of the townspeople.
VOLUNTEERS will be joining forces with students to take part in a series of events to improve their local communities in Teesdale.
PETER KING, for many years one of the best-known figures at Scarborough railway station, has died at the age of 74.
A ROMAN Catholic college run by Benedictine monks confirmed yesterday it has sacked a house master at the centre of allegations of improper conduct with a pupil.
Bishop Auckland manager Brian Honour was heartened by his side's display even though they lost 1-0 at Witton Albion on Saturday in the UniBond League.
A GANG of armed raiders escaped with thousands of pounds after holding up a North-East social club at gunpoint, it emerged last night.
POTENTIAL gymnasts from the region gathered for a festival aimed at getting youngsters interested in the sport.
THE mayor of a North-East town who was spotted at a lesbian strip show may be suspended from office following an official complaint about his conduct.
THE scheduled reopening of a community's theatre has been postponed after severe rising damp was discovered in the walls.
IN the tightest finish of the show season in Weardale Mick Emerson emerged as winner of the annual leek show at Rookhope Workingmen's Club at the weekend.
THE Rotary Club of Crook presents Arthur Kay and the AK Chorale with soloist Alison Snell and pianist George Hetherington in a Gershwin Night concert at Cockton Hill Methodist Church, Bishop Auckland, at 7.30pm, on Friday.
CIVIC dignitaries and leading members of the community are being offered an insight into Army life tomorrow.
WHITBY-born author Peter Frank who became a university lecturer teaching Soviet and Russian politics, has return to his home town to write a new book, Yorkshire Fisherfolk.
GREEN-FINGERED residents helping to brighten up their neighbourhood were rewarded with flowers for their gardens at the weekend.
YORK shoppers had to run the gauntlet at the weekend as gangsters did battle at one of the city's shopping malls.
RESIDENTS are calling on a council to think again after it refused to consider their suggestions for parking restrictions.
YOUNGSTERS are taking part in after school activities after the launch of a community centre club.
THE next generation of detectives are being honed in a pioneering course being tested by a North-East police force.
TELECOMS companies have been urged to make "fundamental adjustments" or risk going under amid stiff worldwide competition.
VOLUNTEERS with 126 years experience between them were presented with long service awards at the annual meeting of Sedgefield and District Citizens Advice Bureau.
Whether or not Sven-Goran Eriksson reckons himself lucky in love, he certainly cannot complain about his team's fortune.
POETRY based on the legend of a native American girl's encounter with a British sailor was read to an eager audience by a distant descendant at the weekend.
THE country's first rural learning centre is being set up at Fylingthorpe, near Whitby.
THE Millennium Bridge over the Tyne is earning a reputation as one of the country's modern architectural gems.
THE number of arrests and solved crimes is continuing to soar in east Cleveland as the result of a major police clampdown.
A NEWTON Aycliffe school is able to offer the next stage in a word processing course.
Q WHY is Welsh classed as a Celtic language when it is about as akin to Gaelic as chalk is to cheese? - A Jones, Bridlington.
A Valuation day and art exhibition will be held at a North-East church on Saturday to raise funds to help provide for the disabled.
Paula Radcliffe hit a new high in a magnificent year yesterday as she shattered the world record marathon time in Chicago.
THE Captain Cook Festival 2002 gets under way on Friday and culminates in a gala celebration at Middlesbrough's Stewart Park on Sunday, October 27.
ANTI-RADIATION pills have been distributed to scores of factory workers around Hartlepool nuclear power station because of heightened fears of terrorist attack.
MECCANO enthusiasts descended on Darlington at the weekend for a major exhibition.
IRONING - that most hated of household chores - is on the verge of being banished to the dustbin of history, thanks to researchers at a North-East university.
THE death-knell of the once mighty Durham coalfield was delivered in a single crushing announcement ten years ago this week.
NIGHT bus services have been withdrawn on a troubled housing estate after a gang of yobs stormed a bus and attacked passengers.
POLICE are trying to trace a youth who risked the lives of motorists by throwing a metal grill at an oncoming car on a dual carriageway.
TWO surfers caused a scare when they were reported stranded in the North Sea, off the Cleveland coast, yesterday.
AT least six Britons were last night feared to have been among the 187 people who were killed when two bomb blasts ripped through a crowded tourist resort on the paradise island of Bali.
TWO goals in the dying minutes turned triumph into frustration for Quakers at Gigg Lane.
NORTH-East MP Peter Mandelson has brushed off threats to oust him by local party members.
Q WHY is Welsh classed as a Celtic language when it is about as akin to Gaelic as chalk is to cheese? - A Jones, Bridlington. A GAELIC and Welsh are noticeably different because they belong to two distinct branches of a group of languages known as Celtic. The confusion arises because Celtic is sometimes thought to be a language in itself. It is, in fact, a group of languages. Similarly, Germanic is also the name given to a group of languages, as is Romance - a group that includes French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian and Portuguese. It might help to compare Celtic languages to Germanic languages. Germanic languages include Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, German, Flemish, Dutch and English. The Germanic languages are also often as different as 'chalk and cheese', but some are very closely related. For example, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and Icelandic are often mutually intelligible. This is because they developed in a specific geographical area. Celtic languages were once spoken across the whole of Europe as far to the east as Turkey, where a tribe known as the Galatians spoke a Celtic tongue. Other ancient Celtic languages included Celtiberian in Spain and Gaulish in France. The only Celtic languages to survive today are in the British Isles and Brittany. Welsh belongs to the British or Brythonic group of languages, along with the Breton language of Brittany and the ancient Cornish language of Cornwall. In ancient times most of what is now England spoke a Brythonic language similar to Welsh. The Gaelic language spoken in Scotland and Ireland, along with the ancient Manx language of the Isle of Man, belonged to the Gaelic or Goidelic branch. The Celtic people originated in the upper river Danube basin of Austria during the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age and their language and influence spread from there. In central Europe, Germanic and Romantic languages eventually replaced the Celtic language but some Celtic languages survived in Britain and France. Many waves of settlers arrived in Ireland and Britain during the ancient times and some of these people may be described as Celts and may have brought the Celtic language with them. The Celtic language and Celtic people are not necessarily the same thing. If you have a Burning Question, or can improve on any of the answers above, please write to Burning Questions, The Northern Echo, Priestgate, Darlington, DL1 1NF or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
BUILDINGS at an all-girl college have finally acquired names - 50 years after the institution moved to its present site.
A MAN suffered severe burns in an explosion which destroyed his caravan at a riverside site.
A FRIENDLY EAR: A listening service is offered by the Bridge Women's Education and Support Trust from 10am until noon, and from 1pm to 3pm, Mondays to Fridays in the Sulgrave Support Centre. Appointments can be made on 0191-417 0218.
INVESTIGATIONS into a house fire, which occurred in the early hours of yesterday, are under way.
THE long-term effects of cancer treatment on young patients is to be the subject of a new study by York University.