A display of ignorance about mental illness in Darlington town centre

7:47pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DARLINGTON is a friendly town. A good town. A caring town. But there were disturbing scenes today when a vulnerable young man appeared on a fourth-storey hotel window ledge.

Cold The Front Page as Northern Echo editor accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

6:51pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

This is the moment the so-called Sisters of Mercy, from Darlington Operatic Society, used holy water to subject the editor of The Northern Echo to the Ice Bucket Challenge today.

Fifty shades of grey

The Northern Echo:

2:54pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

FROM Fifty Shades of Grey to family sagas, bookworms in Middlesbrough have an insatiable appetite for reading. LUCY RICHARDSON hops aboard the housebound library van to hear why the service is so valued.

Anne rejects limelight for librarians

11:28am Wednesday 20th August 2014

AMID the high-volume worldwide tributes to the much-loved actor and comedian Robin Williams came a quiet voice from Teesdale.

The Headline Challenge 2014

10:50am Wednesday 20th August 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.

Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge - with holy water

8:46pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

OH, how I am indebted to BBC Tees broadcaster Mike Parr for kindly nominating me to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. The nomination was made live on air so I have little option but top accept.

You don’t need to look back for evil

10:09am Tuesday 19th August 2014

IWISH the mass media would stop misusing the word “medieval.” The IS uprising in northern Iraq and Syria is murderous and barbaric beyond words, but it is not medieval.

Action stations

The Northern Echo:

10:09am Tuesday 19th August 2014

From St Pancras to rural west Durham, Jonathan Barker’s still mainlining

High hopes for Prince William

The Northern Echo:

9:54am Friday 15th August 2014

EXCELLENT news that Prince William is off to be a pilot for the air ambulance in East Anglia.

Exams are not the only way

The Northern Echo:

9:51am Friday 15th August 2014

EXAM grades – what do they matter? Not as much as you think.

Backchat: Light benefits are clear to see

9:51am Friday 15th August 2014

Hooray – at last someone else fighting for the cause of brighter lights.

Ten articles you may not find curious

9:37am Friday 15th August 2014

LISTICLES are all the rage – even entering the Oxford dictionary yesterday.

A steamy affair

The Northern Echo:

10:26am Thursday 14th August 2014

MY wife had some devastating news: “I’ve been seduced in the middle of the night,” she gasped, excitedly.

How can a murderer settle here?

9:39am Wednesday 13th August 2014

A SHORT while ago I read an article about the last hangings in Britain.

Pincher salt

The Northern Echo:

10:23am Tuesday 12th August 2014

Chapman Pincher died last week. The cold facts already reported, the column adds a little seasoning

Freedom to take kids on holiday

10:01am Tuesday 12th August 2014

I HAD long thought we live in a proud country, free of all tyranny and coercion.

Honouring Norman Cornish - a North-East genius

7:58pm Monday 11th August 2014


The day I was Mo Farah

12:58pm Sunday 10th August 2014

Whenever I do something out of my comfort zone, I pretend to be someone I admire.

Refreshing honesty

12:47pm Friday 8th August 2014

MODEL Lara Stone – Mrs David Walliams – says she hated being pregnant and had to give up work after a few weeks. Tricky when your body’s your fortune.

Making light of holidays

The Northern Echo:

12:47pm Friday 8th August 2014

SOME people take Marmite on holiday with them. You can only go so far with that risky foreign cuisine. Lots take tea bags and toilet rolls. The Queen takes a pillow and Malvern water. A few take their slippers.

Fitting end to a great statesman

11:16am Friday 8th August 2014

AT dusk on August 3, 1914, having updated the House of Commons on the darkening warclouds in the most famous speech of his career, Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey stood at his window in Whitehall. He watched a lamplighter going about his duties in the streets below, and uttered his most famous sentence: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Best behaviour

The Northern Echo:

10:23am Thursday 7th August 2014

WE were playing a game of pitch and putt when the 15-year-old swung his putter, inadvertently whacking his 18-year-old brother, who was standing close by, right between the eyes.

How I've learned to keep my mouth shut on trains

9:56am Thursday 7th August 2014

So there I was on the train to London and an attractive blonde girl opened the toilet door just as I was passing on the way to the buffet car.

The man who won the National for Bishop

10:54am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Looking forward to meeting Denys Smith, the man who brought Grand National glory to Bishop Auckland with Red Alligator in 1968.

Time to end this empty pantomime

10:09am Wednesday 6th August 2014

ON the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the top item on ITV’s evening news was of yet another strike on a UN refuge – the third to be hit – in Gaza. Ten dead, including children. The final item on the news showed the nightly remembrance ceremony at the Menin Gate, honouring the almost 55,000 British dead from the Ypres battlefield with no known grave. Laurence Binyon’s words “We will remember them” were solemnly intoned.

A tribute from one generation

10:02pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

The Northern Echo: Local schoolchildren were asked to remember Stockton's war dead with messages posted in bottle.

A night to remember at Stockton

9:44pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

It has been my privilege to be involved in some special events during my time as a newspaper editor - and tonight was one I won't forget.

Brave New Row

The Northern Echo:

11:10am Tuesday 5th August 2014

A SUNDAY stroll ends serendipitously in Oakenshaw, a village not visited since the regally- named Henry Tudor was secretary of the workmen’s club, getting on a quarter of a century ago. Good bloke, Henry.

Real truth about the Great War

10:58am Tuesday 5th August 2014

LAST year at this time, I was standing outside a City of London livery hall, looking towards the Tower of London.

Backing Beefy

8:57pm Friday 1st August 2014

THE wonderful fundraising efforts of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation were celebrated in today’s Northern Echo, and tomorrow we turn our attention to another sporting legend with strong links to our region.

Partners in politics

The Northern Echo:

10:17am Friday 1st August 2014

WHAT would Denis Thatcher do?

The question of cash

The Northern Echo:

10:13am Friday 1st August 2014

MORE than four-fifths of wedding couples now just ask for cash instead of presents.

Let children roam

10:12am Friday 1st August 2014

A GENERATION ago, town centres, playing fields and village greens would be swarming with unaccompanied children enjoying the apparently endless freedom of the long school holidays. Many of them would be accompanied by a tribe of small brothers and sisters for whom they were caring to give mum a break. Here’s a jam sandwich. Be back by tea time….

Let's go on doing Sir Bobby proud

The Northern Echo:

3:57pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Today has been designated by the Football Association as Sir Bobby Robson Day and it is a fitting tribute to one of County Durham's best loved sons.

Pooling talents

The Northern Echo:

10:06am Thursday 31st July 2014

DESPITE being 24, 22, 20 and 17, the kids still come on holiday with us — and, for as long as it lasts, we like it that way.

Where are the ‘bold’ politicians?

9:28am Thursday 31st July 2014

BOLDNESS is a quality our politicians are desperate to claim as their guiding light, judging from so many of their speeches.

The end of the line for Esk Valley?

10:33am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE delightful Esk Valley Railway is under threat again. What this newspaper headlined as “struggling stations”

Ghost writing

The Northern Echo:

10:31am Tuesday 29th July 2014

PAUL Screeton’s new book drops, substantially, onto the doormat. It’s his 11th or 12th. Most might broadly be said to concern the paranormal; this one’s about ghosts.

Hamas must go for peace to succeed

9:57am Tuesday 29th July 2014

WHEN the Palestinians in Gaza complain that they have been under Israeli siege for eight years, they have a point. They have no airport and no seaport. The Israelis operate a naval blockade and they control passage between Israel and Gaza by means of seven border checkpoints.

Live news and public mistakes

10:38am Monday 28th July 2014

HANDS up all those who’ve never made a mistake in their working lives. Congratulations if you’re one of those with their hands still firmly by their sides.

Get up and go, life won’t wait

The Northern Echo:

9:55am Friday 25th July 2014

AND you wonder why bosses despair… Some 30,000 teenagers are to be allowed to lie in bed later in the mornings and start school at 10am, or even 11am in the case of sixth formers.

Let mum have a party

The Northern Echo:

9:53am Friday 25th July 2014

SO Prince George is one year old and very bonny he looks too. Just like a one year old. Very reassuring.

Kept in the dark

9:51am Friday 25th July 2014

THE Shafts of Light exhibition at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle is brilliant.

Backchat: In praise of small weddings

9:51am Friday 25th July 2014

What next? Do you remember years ago when people got married the reception was usually in a chapel/ church hall, and the meal consisted of a plate with ham, pease pudding, lettuce and tomato and buttered bread buns, beetroot and pickles etc, cakestands with cream cakes and individual trifles?

Repository just keeps on giving

The Northern Echo:

9:24am Friday 25th July 2014

IN 1872, Matthew Richley, the Bishop Auckland historian, wrote that a field at Binchester was “an inexhaustible repository of antiquities”.

Help us to interview a showbiz legend

The Northern Echo:

5:59pm Thursday 24th July 2014

It’s the interview they all wanted – the chance to quiz a showbiz legend - but it’s The Northern Echo which has bagged it.

End of an era

The Northern Echo:

10:59am Thursday 24th July 2014

WHEN I left primary school what seems like a hundred years ago, I can’t remember anyone marking the occasion.

Thirsty work

The Northern Echo:

10:57am Thursday 24th July 2014

COUNTY Durham lad Keith Bell, long in Canada, detects a familiar accent among the expert World Cup analysts on Canadian television.

The beach boys

10:22am Thursday 24th July 2014

YOU thought that England didn’t cut it on grass? Compared to the beach football team, we were brilliant.

Tories may be in for a big surprise

9:55am Thursday 24th July 2014

AS Westminster packs up for the summer holidays, one of the big parties is grinning and the other is gloomy – but it’s far from clear why.

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