Saving grace

The Northern Echo:

10:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

On the track of a forgotten hero, and an unexpected meeting with a lion

Does no one still believe in God?

10:24am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

OOH that Justin Welby he does say some strange things. The Archbishop of Canterbury says: “I sometimes wonder whether God exists.” He added: “There are moments when you think, ‘Is there a God? Where is God?’”

A victory on all sides of our Roman fort

8:20pm Monday 22nd September 2014

THE historic importance of the Roman site at Binchester, in County Durham, cannot be underestimated.

Cluff through the ages

6:45pm Monday 22nd September 2014

IT was an honour to say a few words tonight at the opening of an exhibition of the work of The Northern Echo's cartoonist John Longstaff, alias Cluff.

The Headline Challenge 2014

12:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

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.

North's newspapers join up in a united call for fairness in wake of Scottish referendum

The Northern Echo:

10:50am Friday 19th September 2014

SEVERAL of the major newspaper titles across the north of England have joined forces in a united call to the party leaders in the wake of the Scottish referendum.

Delivering real change in the north

3:40pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE people of Scotland have spoken and we welcome their rejection of independence.

Is life too loud?

The Northern Echo:

10:38am Friday 19th September 2014

A CITY in China has introduced pedestrian lanes on pavements just for people using mobile phones. Brilliant.

It’s all about the booze

The Northern Echo:

10:37am Friday 19th September 2014

SORRY if you’re already worrying yourself witless about your departing 18-year-old – but in York, the university and the students’ union hired a private ambulance to look after new students as they drank themselves stupid in Freshers’ Week.

Backchat: How to keep everyone happy

The Northern Echo:

10:36am Friday 19th September 2014

DEAR SHARON, LIKE most men, I regard shopping as a chore – something to get over with as quickly as possible.

Bridge over troubled waters

10:08am Friday 19th September 2014

BY the time you read this, one of the most curious corners of the North- East may be the last upholder of the Union.

Student life

The Northern Echo:

11:14am Thursday 18th September 2014

WE couldn’t see out the back windows of the car on Saturday for pillows and bedding, boxes of groceries, pots and pans, laptop and docking station, suitcases and bags full of clothes, shoes and sports gear. There was just about enough room to fit in a 6ft 4-and-a-bit inch student too.

The UK will never be the same again

10:54am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE referendum result is just one day away and only one thing is certain: that whatever happens, Britain will never be the same again.

A heart-felt plea to our neighbours

The Northern Echo:

6:51pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

PERHAPS more than any of the other English regions, the North-East has reason to understand the frustrations of the Scottish people. Just as the Scots didn’t vote for a Conservative-led Government, the majority of people in the North-East – in Middlesbrough, Darlington, Durham, and Newcastle – are also governed by an administration they didn’t choose.

A change of direction on parking in Darlington

10:46am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Car parking has been a thorny issue in Darlington for some time. I'm still trying to get my head round the fact that the council's enforcement department even went to the lengths of doctoring the date on a document used as "evidence" when I appealed against a parking fine a couple of years back.

Six sports stars who beat testicular cancer

10:29am Wednesday 17th September 2014

As Newcastle United star Jonas Gutierrez reveals he is fighting testicular cancer, here are six sportsmen who overcame the disease...

Break from Union will help no-one

9:49am Wednesday 17th September 2014

HOW has it come to this? By tomorrow night part of this tight little island, known for millennia as Britain, could have chosen to become a foreign country.

A bedtime nightmare

7:22pm Tuesday 16th September 2014


A beer with Mayor Boris

The Northern Echo:

10:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014

So what does one of the most famous names in politics make of the Scottish independence debate?

Last word

The Northern Echo:

10:11am Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE Methodist Church is said to have lost a third of its members in the past decade.

Whatever happened to quiet, like?

9:49am Tuesday 16th September 2014

I HAVE always loved trains. From the age of five, I was taken into Leeds Central or Leeds City to catch the steam train to Scarborough or Morecambe. On a good day, you didn’t even have to go all the way into town, for the train stopped at Armley Junction, just around the corner from our house.

Publishing in the name of justice

9:38am Monday 15th September 2014

A FEW years ago, I was interviewed under caution at a police station and it was not a pleasant experience.

The last days of the United Kingdom

The Northern Echo: The Union flag

12:01pm Thursday 11th September 2014

HEARTS are pumping faster, shivers are running down spines and some are waking up in cold sweats, no doubt. With one week to go, it’s a full-on panic.

Life coach to the stars

The Northern Echo:

10:04am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Michael Heppell has helped more than a million people – including celebrities such as Chris Evans and Davina McCall – transform their lives. With the re-launch of his best-known book, he talks to Sarah Foster

Layers upon layers of rottenness

9:49am Tuesday 9th September 2014

SOMETHING is rotten in the state of England. At the highest level, a rigid political policy which declares that ethnic and religious minorities must not be offended has ensured that for decades untold thousands of children have been sexually abused.

20 years of open days

The Northern Echo:

9:55am Thursday 4th September 2014

There’s a great chance for the public to look behind the scenes of some of our most interesting historical buildings next weekend

Jessica’s suffering shames MPs

9:34am Thursday 4th September 2014

IT was, said the MP, a “heartbreaking”

Driven to distraction

The Northern Echo:

9:58am Thursday 4th September 2014

ONE of the reasons, I’m sure, that human beings were designed to grow up with two parents and not one was so that there would be someone else available to share the driving.

The poetry of war we’ve seen before

10:08am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

IN the present international crisis, I’m surprised not to have seen quoted a twoline poem by the late Philip Larkin, written in 1969: When the Russian tanks roll westward, what defence for you and me?

Growth industry

The Northern Echo:

9:59am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

An awful lot of hard work has gone into 75 years of flower cultivation

Our failure to resist is a fatal error

9:40am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

YOU read it here first. I wrote last week: “The West doesn’t do foreign policy. Obama makes slick speeches and Cameron operates PR stunts.”

Home alone

The Northern Echo:

10:18am Friday 29th August 2014

DON’T laugh – there really is an illness called Retired Husband Syndrome.

Ice bucket challenge

The Northern Echo:

10:16am Friday 29th August 2014

WELL done to all those people raising oodles of money in the ice bucket challenge.

The macbre world of Dahl

The Northern Echo:

10:14am Friday 29th August 2014

CHARLIE Bucket’s Grandpa Joe always seemed a bit of a dodgy character. Maybe he should have drowned in chocolate in Willie Wonka’s factory.

Life through a lens

The Northern Echo:

10:13am Friday 29th August 2014

HOORAY for Kate Bush who’s banned the use of cameraphones from her current series of triumphant comeback concerts.

A brave decision

10:12am Friday 29th August 2014

ROBERT and Amanda Stewart have released pictures of their 12-year-old son Dylan as he lying dying in hospital. He’d hanged himself having been bullied at his school.

A day many will never forget

8:07pm Thursday 28th August 2014


A wreath to remember a hero

The Northern Echo:

12:05pm Thursday 28th August 2014

IT was a great honour this morning to lay a wreath on behalf of the readers of The Northern Echo at the feet of the statue of war hero Andrew Mynarski.

Hot stuff

The Northern Echo:

10:42am Thursday 28th August 2014

SO there I was, in the leisure centre changing room, after another hour spent on the treadmill, desperately trying to hold back the ravages of time.

Powerhouse on faulty foundations

9:58am Thursday 28th August 2014

IF you ever feel unloved by this Government – with its power base 200 miles to the South – then George Osborne is on a mission to change that.

Remembering the heroism of Andrew Mynarski

9:04am Thursday 28th August 2014


Sticking up for Stockton - an alternative view of Benefits Street

8:22pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

The Northern Echo:

A dubious way to make pots of cash

9:57am Wednesday 27th August 2014

SINCE leaving Downing Street in June 2007 Tony Blair has accumulated untold wealth. Literally untold, since establishing its exact scale among a web of business enterprises centred on Mr Blair virtually defies analysis – at least outside HM Revenue and Customs, which one hopes (not with great confidence) is on top of the job.

No, sorry, I can't sell your meteorite

8:41pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

As a newspaper editor, I find myself writing the most surreal letters.

All Blacks deal is just reward for a brave vision

7:12pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE landmark sporting arena which stands on the outskirts of Darlington has had its ups and downs – but mainly downs.

Races track

The Northern Echo:

10:09am Tuesday 26th August 2014

The Waxman is warming to his task in a 450-year-old ceremony

We cannot stand by and do nothing

9:49am Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE West doesn’t do foreign policy. Instead, President Obama makes slick speeches, David Cameron performs PR stunts, the EU issues memoranda of intent then does nothing, while the best that Theresa May can come up with is “Asbos for extremists” – making murderous terrorists go stand in the naughty corner for half an hour.

Sympathy for Gazza

8:43pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Tomorrow's Northern Echo editorial comment....

Holidays are for sharing

The Northern Echo:

10:23am Friday 22nd August 2014

FANCY taking someone else’s husband on holiday?

Off to work for a nap

10:20am Friday 22nd August 2014

THE great advantage of a typewriter over a computer – apart from the ability to work through power cuts and not baffle you with idiotic unpredictable behaviour – is that it’s just the right height for a nap.

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