Sir, - The writing is on the wall. The introduction on the first page of the Yorkshire & Humber Assembly (YHA) booklet Time for a change?, reporting its public consultation, says 2the central conclusion from this work was: There is clear support in Yorkshire and Humber for holding a referendum on establishing a directly elected regional assembly".
In the Premier Billingham CGS Wanderers lost 2-0 at home to Steels Social Club who now top the league and with games in hand on the clubs below them look odds-on favourites to win the title. It was a very even game with very little between the two sides. The only difference was that Steels took their chances whereas Billingham failed to capitalise on this. The first half ended goalless but after the restart it was Steels who broke the deadlock and also settled the issue courtesy of Peter Stronach who scored a brace to give a 2-0 away victory. Outstanding player of the match was Colin Steer (Billingham) who was tireless both in attack and defence.
Durham League: The penultimate week of the season brought an end to all of the important issues surrounding the various league title challenges. In Men's Division One Middlesbrough College Academy A retained the championship trophy which they won last year with a 99-81 victory over Hartlepool HQ Engineering Hornets.
A SERGEANT from Guisborough is leading a team of Army recruiters from the Green Howards.
FROM this newspaper 100 years ago. - Street Betting. Allegations have been made that bookmakers are in the habit of receiving slips of paper and money, not only from men, but also from women and children in the public streets of Richmond. To prevent this practice, a bye-law has been adopted by Richmond Town Council making it penal for bookmakers to bet with women and children. Richmond authorities have received communication from the Home Office broadly hinting that they should make the bye-law more general and suppress street betting altogether. The question as to whether a man has not the right to do what he wills with his own seems hardly to enter the case.
Saints set about reducing the deficit at the top with two victories this week, but they had to battle harder than anticipated for all the points.
THERE are some obstacles you face in the course of your life and you just wish someone would invent or market an enlightening product that would solve them.
by Robin Twizell
Redcar Town Under-15s progressed to the final of the TJFA league cup after beating Riverside Rovers 3-2 despite playing with ten men for the last 30 minutes.
A MULTI-MILLION pound public private partnership is to build five new schools on Teesside.
Durham and Cleveland SRA Principia Cups: Chester-le-Street successfully defended their Principia Women's Cup title with a 3-1 win over Darlington recently at Nunthorpe SC.
The referee has a duty to enforce the Laws of the Game and although players will not always agree with his decisions, they should be accepted, however, as we know, it doesn't always work out this way.
RYALUX is entered in tomorrow's Scottish National at Ayr and gives our Fifteen to Follow some hopes of the big time this year.
THERE was no-one more sceptical than Hugh and Jane Kemp when a forester told them they had red squirrels in their woods.
Durham Youth Under-17s gave a good account of themselves at the Warrender Baths Club Invitation Tournament in Edinburgh despite losing all three games in their qualifying group.
B&H Kings Head 3 v 2 Thornaby Vill.: Kings Head followed up their 4-0 midweek win over Bull's Head with another three points but they were made to battle all the way by a Thornaby Village side that could very easily have taken a point from this game.
Seventeen-year-old Edwin Jowsey from Whitby has registered back-to-back wins at the beginning of the Formula 2.
ANYMORE for Spennymoor? If it comes to bad luck then it's definitely a case of 'certainly not' - the Brewery Field outfit have had more than their fair share.
SPECTATOR has received a plea for help from the leader of Richmondshire District Council after an April Fool joke in a community newsletter was taken seriously.
WHEN your admission has been met with blank stares for decades, you eventually become convinced you're a freak. Finding that, in every 200 people, there's one like you is very comforting indeed.
HOWZAT! Cricket umpire Graeme Smith has his sights set on the big time after recieving a national honour, writes NICK LOUGHLIN.
Richmond and Zetland Harriers: The females from Richmond and Zetland Harriers pulled out all the stops in the NYSD Road Relays on Sunday, March 30 at Locke Park, Redcar. They placed second, fourth and first in their three races and won three out of six fastest lap awards. But there was disappointment, firstly with no boy's teams and subsequently when the Men were unable to raise a team to defend the Trophy won last year, leaving the Veterans as the only male team.
A WOMAN involved in a number of international adoption disputes once worked in the North-East as a council social worker - despite having no relevant qualifications.
A NEW home is being sought for a pony born to a mare which was rescued en route to a slaughterhouse in Europe.
A HUGE wave of protest is expected to take place later this month when steelworkers will demonstrate over the threat of redundancy which is hanging over them.
Apollo Doors Gateshead Youth League: Heworth are still out on top of the Under-11 division after seeing off the challenge from Winlaton by a 4-0 margin.
Derek Fox delivered another classy performance leaving the rest fishing for second spot as the Eden Meadows star put 25.8.0 onto the scales for victory during Saturday's event.
ALMOST £7m will be injected into communities across east Cleveland over the next three years thanks to Government grants.
TV LICENCES: ONE correspondent (HAS, Apr 5) addressed the issue of concessions available on TV licences for the over-75s.
The North East Christian Fellowship League: The championship countdown has started as all three top teams won and also had a player score a hat-trick. Consett Churches held on to top spot with an 5-0 away win at Ryton Churches.
Sunday Invitation Ladies Hockey League - Norton 3 v 3 New Dales: What turned out to be one of the most entertaining games of the season with both teams in mid table and eager for points, it was the visitors who took early possession and opened the scoring when Hannah Phillips beat Norton's defence and keeper Sarah Whitelock. New Dales continued to apply pressure, however, Norton soon recovered when teenager Laura Whaley rounded New Dales defence to fire a shot past their keeper Gill Brine. This goal breathed new life into Norton and it was not too long before in-form Laura Whaley added a further two goals to give her her first league hat-trick of the season. The second half saw New Dales commence strongly with some great runs down the right pulling a goal back after Nell Dinsdale brought New Dales back into the game. In an exciting and skilful period by both teams, New Dales' Sandra Kinchen scored the equaliser. The remaining time saw both teams continue to pressure in an attempt to score the winning goal. Unfortunately, for both teams the score remained a well deserved draw. Player of the match for Norton, Laura Whaley, for New Dales Gill Brine.
45 years ago: In the Darlington and District League Gainford beat Whessoe Reserves 10-2 with Alf Watson (4), Denis Tallentire (2) and Ron Rogerson (2) among the scorers. Doug Clark and Ray Hill both notched hat-tricks as Bishopton beat the College of Education 6-3.
Areas 2 & 4. - Tomorrow: Team SJ at Northallerton EC, details from Hilary McKenna, 0191 4206921.
FIRST, to follow up a report from my last article, I have now seen pictures of the reported little bunting and it was indeed this rare Scandinavian species. It visited a bird table in a Constable Burton garden on a number of occasions over the winter and all credit to the householders for realising they had a rarity on their hands.
MARCH was a marvellous month - dry, warm and very sunny. After a sunny January and one of the sunniest Februarys, we have now had the sunniest March since reliable records have been kept, that is, for at least 100 years.
Billy Bell, among the most successful managers in North-East football - and sometimes one of the most argumentative - has died after a long illness. He was 71.
Division One - Nunthorpe Ath 3 v 1 Fishburn Park: Nunthorpe Athletic stay top of the league, but only courtesy of a plus one goal difference.
THE creation of at least 1,000 new jobs is being pledged in work hungry East Cleveland.
A MAJOR campaign to help reconnect people with the countryside is being launched in Yorkshire and the North-East next week.
GRANT Tuer's Son of Anshan (Hurworth), a faller in the Aintree Foxhunter's, gained some compensation when taking the four-mile Grimethorpe Gold Cup at the Middleton point-to-point at Whitwell on the Hill last Sunday.
Colin Wake must rank as one of Chester le Street's best-ever signings, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
THERE will be 151 candidates contesting 59 seats in 22 wards in Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council's first postal ballot.
This week's action was dominated by The Northern Echo League Cup second round, and it was business as usual for Peppers Draughting Services as they ran up a 13-1 victory against third division rivals Emcor.
SEVERAL chiffchaffs arrived in our part of Yorkshire some three weeks ago, for I could hear their distinctive singing as I enjoyed my morning walk.
Consett Sunday League: Stateside have suddenly turned from champions elect to a side fighting to hold on to top position.
NEWS of an action plan to tackle illegal meat imports is just what the industry wants to hear says Stewart Houston, British Pig Executive chairman.
TRANSPORT company boss Peter Cook has taken up an historical ceremonial role to add to his busy workload in the coming year.
Tyne Tees Girls Youth League - Under-12s - Barnard Castle 4 v 2 Seaton Girls: The home side got off to a good start with goals from girl of the match Danielle Scarr and Stephanie Hutchinson in the first period of play.
Just a few weeks ago it was doom and gloom at Jarrow and secretary Sue Scott admits she could not see the side winning a game all season.