What happens if the Queen can't make her Speech...

5:20pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

I KNEW the fallout from this tightest of general elections could be complicated when I found myself wondering if Helen Mirren will play a part in it…

Top Ten songs for Sir Paul McCartney being inspired in the loo

The Northern Echo:

9:31am Wednesday 1st April 2015

A story about Sir Paul McCartney finding song-writing inspiration in the loo generated a record entry for our daily Headline Challenge.

Moors not merrier due to the menace of off-roaders

3:01pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

A MONTH or two back, my wife and I had our worst experience ever walking the North York Moors. And since we’ve been wandering the moors for more than 60 years, I think that statement carries some weight.

The Headline Challenge 2015

The Northern Echo: Headline Challenge

1:00pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

The Headline Challenge is played out every week day between The Northern Echo and BBC Tees. You can play along by following @echopeterbarron and @alibrownlee on Twitter.

Labour's business plan promises more devolved power for the region

The Northern Echo: CRUCIAL: Mark Stephenson

4:39pm Monday 30th March 2015

LABOUR vowed to go further and faster than the Conservatives in devolving power and money to the region, as it launched its ‘business manifesto’.

Blankety-Blank... the Tory candidate's gaffe that acts as an election warning

The Northern Echo:

2:49pm Monday 30th March 2015

WITH the General Election just weeks away, editors are being hit by a snowstorm of press releases from eager candidates.

It's not touchy-feely, but Lubitz should never have been allowed near a cockpit

2:21pm Monday 30th March 2015

GERMANS are renowned – and sometimes heavily satirised –for their excessive efficiency and their capacity for obeying orders. So why was a man with a history of mental illness allowed to fly a passenger jet?

Londonderry heir

The Northern Echo: Mary Wilson. Picture: Ian Wright

10:41am Monday 30th March 2015

FIFTY years ago this Thursday, the band Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames joined the first Tamla Motown tour of the UK at a one-night stand at the celebrated Globe Theatre in Stockton.

Great to connect with the community in a live Facebook Q&A

The Northern Echo:

12:11pm Friday 27th March 2015

Thank you very much for the positive feedback following my first column. This week I took part in a live Facebook Q&A. It was great fun.

It's a dog's life...

The Northern Echo: It's a dog's life...

10:46am Friday 27th March 2015

SO why do people keep dogs as pets?

14 ties that bind Richard III to northern hearts

The Northern Echo: 14 ties that bind Richard III to northern hearts

2:33pm Thursday 26th March 2015

RICHARD III has been reinterred in Leicester in a ceremony that feels as if it has lasted longer than the 25 tumultuous months he spent on the throne in the late 15th Century.

Keeping mum

The Northern Echo:

9:55am Thursday 26th March 2015

I DIDN'T know my 16-year-old son was singing at a concert until I found out by accident: “Roscoe, you didn’t tell me you were performing,” I complained afterwards.

Will former SNP leader Alex Salmond have Ed Miliband dancing to his tune?

The Northern Echo:

7:30pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

A SILLY YouTube cartoon by the Conservatives features Alex Salmond tooting away on a recorder, while Ed Miliband leaps around like a demented Rudolf Nureyev.

Is this the most tenuous local angle on the Clarkson sacking?

The Northern Echo:

5:07pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

WE all like to try to get local angles on big stories but I can't help feeling the Cheddar Valley Gazette has stretched things a bit too far.

The Maori the merrier!

The Northern Echo:

3:41pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

Me and my big mouth...

Flypaper practice is unfair

3:15pm Monday 23rd March 2015

I’M not a big fan of the radio presenter Paul Gambaccini but I deplore the disgraceful way he has been treated by the police.

Spring in the step

The Northern Echo: POINT MADE: Peter Freitag with wife Valerie and daughter Wendy in South Park, Darlington near their home      Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

10:03am Monday 23rd March 2015

VERY early one morning, two Saturdays back, an 85-year-old gentleman carrying an ivory-topped walking stick climbed with some difficulty onto the almost empty first train out of Darlington. It was 5.18am.

A glorious glimpse through a symphony of grey

The Northern Echo: A glorious glimpse through a symphony of grey

2:24pm Friday 20th March 2015

THERE was light grey. There was dark grey. There was shiny grey. There was mid grey. There was thin wispy grey. There was heavy rainy grey.

Death, taxes and the solar eclipse

The Northern Echo:

1:31pm Thursday 19th March 2015

IT is said that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. This morning will put a third certainty to the test: it is inevitably cloudy when there is a solar eclipse.

Make it a market

The Northern Echo: Borough Market, London

10:09am Thursday 19th March 2015

MARKETS are good. In a world of shopping malls where every high street in the country has the same shops selling the same stuff, markets are a chance to do something different.

Columnists

The Northern Echo: Peter BarronPeter Barron
From The Editor's Chair and Dad At Large columns from The Northern Echo's editor.

The Northern Echo: Mike AmosMike Amos
Stories of the characterful people and colourful places that make the North-East.

The Northern Echo: Rob MerrickRob Merrick
Weekly political commentary from our man in Westminster.

The Northern Echo: Chris LloydChris Lloyd
Strange and trivial fascinations in a quest to understand today’s world.

The Northern Echo: Peter MullenPeter Mullen
Topical and controversial weekly column from The Rev Dr Peter Mullen.

The Northern Echo: Sharon GriffithsSharon Griffiths
Opinion from the region's best known woman columnist.

The Northern Echo: Ruth CampbellRuth Campbell
Ruth on the heartaches & belly laughs that go with being a mum.

The Northern Echo: Harry MeadHarry Mead
An offbeat view of the week's events and how they affect the region.

The Northern Echo: Richard MasonRichard Mason
An irreverent look at life as an increasingly-middle aged thirtysomething.

The Northern Echo: Mike BartonMike Barton
Durham Constabulary Chief Constable Mike Barton's monthly column on policing.

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