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SALTED READY: A new salt grinder is not headline news but it was a historic moment in our house

A device that is worth its salt

MEDICAL HISTORY: Graeme Armstrong is recovering from having half his placenta removed, according to The Northern Echo

Health editor application rejected

Rail and roads plan - just smoke and mirrors?

Rail and roads plan - just smoke and mirrors?

HEADLINE CHALLENGE: The Headline Challenge is played out every week day between The Northern Echo's editor Peter Barron, left, and BBC Tees's Ali Brownlee

Headline Challenge - the year so far in quirky headlines

John Cornish and John Adamson in front of a Norman Cornish painting. Picture: TOM BANKS

A Cornish cornucopia

A man places a wreath of flowers during a gathering at the scene of the attack in Sousse, Tunisia

Fear the enemy at the gates

Glastonbury from the armchair is the best way to do it

Glastonbury from the armchair is the best way to do it

FAVOURED: Great Britain’s Andy Murray with his mother Judy Murray during the Champions Ball at the Intercontinental Hotel, London

Mummy's favourite

Sore eyes only

A swan – not Hardwick Park's 911

Ducking and diving with a swan

TAX CREDIT CUTS: David Cameron is rumoured to be planning £5bn of tax credit cuts for next month's Budget. Picture: Matt Dunham/PA

Poor will be made poorer by Cameron

HARRY MEAD: Yorkshire is still south of the Tees

Yorkshire is still south of the Tees

Still life type writer (29706167)

Funerals - funny or frightful?

NEIGH LAUGHING MATTER: Horse racing at Ascot

Getting around my complete lack of horse racing knowledge

The Skerne Bridge, in north Darlington, today

Bridging the past and the future

MUM AT LARGE: Good bad cop

Good bad cop

The Royal Barge Gloriana on the River Thames passes through Old Windsor Lock to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Picture: PRESS ASSOCIATION

The day I was part of select band

An evening in the sun with Redworth Women's Institute

Guess how Jim McMillan won the prize for the best pressed wild flowers?

TOP TRIO: Martin Hughes-Games, Michaela Strachan, Chris Packham

Springwatch highights the threat facing Britain's wildlife

CHOCOLATE: Wendy Thompson of Jennybeth chocolates in her back garden with the giant ice cream she bought on ebay. Picture: STUART BOULTON

Sweet talk – and Wendy Thompson definitely has a hand in it

OFFENSIVE: What if foreigners came over and spat in the font in Westminster Abbey? That would be deeply offensive, surely?

What would you find offensive?

TFI HOST: Chris Evans during the show's heyday

Episodes that are best forgotten

Stop trying to re-live the past

Stop trying to re-live the past

WEIGHT FOR IT: Obesity is a national crisis

Well-rounded children but the wrong kind


Getting to the point of an obelisk

MR INVISIBLE: I'm beginning to feel like the invisible man

The Invisible Man

BANG TO RIGHTS: I'm a serial offender when calling on the boys in blue if all other threats of punishment have failed

Calling on the boys in blue when all else fails

Still life type writer (28652333)

Comment: Could you survive on £70k?

SITE: This area of Bishop Auckland is to be transformed by the Eleven Arches project

Will the Eleven Arches bid live up to the hype?

Adam Faith. Picture: Ian Wright

More stars than a medium-sized constellation, North-East clubs were once very much centre stage

Don't be beastly to the French

Don't be beastly to the French

TREAT: Corned beef

The price of corned beef

Mum's the word: Young women are faced with a dilemma about giving birth in their 20s

A question of timing

Mouth of the Tees: Patrick Bamford

A right old tongue-lashing

St Thomas Church

This is the road to nowhere

SEMI-FINAL: Andy Murray beats David Ferrer to go through to the semi-final of the French Open. Even more impressive however is the story of the man the venue is named after.

Game, set and match to Roland Garros

CHILDCARE: Mums and dads are being promised twice as much free childcare - so what's not to like?

There's no funds for the freebies

The Queen: Not dead

Killing The Queen... and getting Camilla pregnant

GRAZE CONCERNS: The growth of massive dairy herds whose cows are kept permanently indoors has raised concerns

Don't turn cows into machines

NAME GAME: John Rusby with the Addax nameplate

Once again upping the ante, the column returns to the rails

Geriatric bovver on a brilliantly sunny day in Eastbourne

Geriatric bovver on a brilliantly sunny day in Eastbourne

BIG-HEARTED: Caspar Clyde, who earned his fundraising badge with the Scouts by making balloon animals at the Best of Darlington Awards

Bursting with pride

Theme park capers

Theme park capers

PALACE SELFIE: Chris Lloyd and his wife, Petra, on the Buckingham Palace balcony

My big day out at the palace

Innocent but in the dog-house

Innocent but in the dog-house

BIG HEARTED: Caspar Clyde

No wonder Caspar's bursting with pride

Rob Merrick: the Tories take aim at traditional Labour voters

The Fiesta Nightclub in Stockton in 1967

New book recalls Stockton's Fiesta nightclub which drew the biggest names in show business


Stoking the ire of a cricket fan

CHANGE NEEDED: Between 2003 and 2013 the number of hospital beds in England fell by 30 per cent from 3.7 per thousand of population to 2.6

Things need to change with health service

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