9:50am Tuesday 29th November 2016
BACK in 2001, the At Your Service column pitched up at the United Reformed Church in Darlington and unexpectedly found itself not just in the middle of a christening but the christening of a little girl whose father played football for Shildon.
8:28am Tuesday 15th November 2016
AT Bondgate Methodist Church in Darlington, just across the street from the Britannia, Amy Kilfeather’s funeral was held last Monday afternoon.
9:52am Tuesday 8th November 2016
FIFTY years to the day since the seemingly impossible enterprise was begun, and in the same upper room, the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group began its golden jubilee celebrations.
9:02am Tuesday 1st November 2016
IT was 1974 and may have been a quiet day, as inevitably happened when responsible for five self-starting columns each week.
12:45pm Tuesday 18th October 2016
SMALL wonders, micro-pubs are big. The first, it’s authoritively supposed, was at Herne, in Kent, in 2005.
9:51am Tuesday 11th October 2016
IN what he supposed to be the privacy of the Dragonara Hotel in Middlesbrough, circa 1985, Labour leader Neil Kinnock voiced his fears for the two constituencies of Sunderland, 25 miles to the north.
10:02am Tuesday 4th October 2016
ME and our kidder, who may both plead advancing years for such grammatical infelicity, mark another birthday this Saturday.
9:51am Tuesday 27th September 2016
Leslie Geddes-Brown has seen an awful lot of life since the flat next to the undertaker's.
10:59am Monday 12th September 2016
FORTY years after helping pick Miss Byers Green, we’re invited back to judge the village carnival’s fancy dress parade. Some people have short memories.
9:56am Tuesday 6th September 2016
A MAN of whom truly it might be said that he was once seen and never forgotten, the Rev Roly Bain has died. He was 62.
10:00am Tuesday 30th August 2016
REETH Methodist Church – almost 200 years old, Grade II listed, rich in hope and in history – officially closes today. A misty, moisty morning, its last service was on Sunday.
9:19am Tuesday 23rd August 2016
LET’S not dissemble: Kynren is not a comfortable experience, at least not for those for us who sit 6ft 2in in our Marks and Spencer strides.
10:04am Tuesday 16th August 2016
GARSDALE railway station has marked its 140th birthday. To have missed the party would have been akin to missing the No 1 son’s. (OK, OK, son, but you’ve never been 140.)
3:27pm Tuesday 9th August 2016
JOHN Quinton had flown many wartime missions, been awarded the DFC and was a squadron leader when, in 1946, he returned to Civvy Street and to the company which previously had employed him.
10:08am Tuesday 2nd August 2016
IT was Gordon the blue engine, was it not, who was so pompously puffed up with his own importance – a look-at-me loco, if ever – that his boiler damn near burst?
9:35am Tuesday 26th July 2016
LAST week’s column told how Yvonne Ridley, former Echo reporter and Taliban captive – the events were not contemporaneous – had set up a peafowl sanctuary in the Borders.
12:41pm Tuesday 19th July 2016
(Standfirst) The column’s back from Scotland with tales of preservation – self-preservation, too
9:12am Tuesday 12th July 2016
THE words honourable and honorary are oft confused, but really aren’t synonymous at all. Were titular office to be honourable, it’s doubtful if my name would ever have appeared atop a sheet of notepaper.
9:14am Tuesday 5th July 2016
THE day before Boris Johnson helicoptered into the George Hotel at Piercebridge, Ralph Wilkinson and Ray Wade landed back there, too.
9:26am Tuesday 28th June 2016
KEITH JACKSON – Methodist minister, proud dalesman and lovely chap – has died, aged 86. With sad irony, his funeral was one of the last to be held at his beloved Reeth Methodist Chapel, in Swaledale. Its final service is on August 28.