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.
9:18am Tuesday 7th June 2016
RUTH ANNISON is one of those wonderful, endlessly enthusiastic, community conscious souls who seems to have a hand in everything. Her latest project is a two-day party in August to mark the 140th birthday of Garsdale railway station, high on Wensleydale’s wild and western fringe.
9:07am Tuesday 31st May 2016
WHETHER or not the Express Omnibus Company lived wholly up to its name, it could certainly shift a bit.
9:14am Tuesday 24th May 2016
FURTHER proof of all that’s said about old uns and best uns, County Durham Age UK’s men’s breakfast last Wednesday was entertained by our old friends Paul Hodgson and Terry Schofield, boxing’s answer to the Chuckle Brothers.
8:32am Thursday 19th May 2016
GEORGE Reynolds’s 80th birthday fell last Thursday. George himself fell the day before, involuntarily measured his length, looked like he’d been bare knuckle battling at HMP Durham with Mad Frankie Fraser (deceased.)
8:33am Thursday 19th May 2016
THE piece two weeks ago on former goalkeeper John Hope – Darlington, Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Hartlepool – stirred memories for Joe Coates of their junior school team days together back in Shildon.
9:05am Tuesday 17th May 2016
USUALLY if imprecisely associated with Christmas, Messiah was performed at St Thomas' church on Stanley Hill Top last Tuesday evening.
9:16am Tuesday 10th May 2016
REUNITED after half a century or more, they were four schools from a cheek-by-jowl, close knit – oh aye, even the boys did knitting – coal-fired community near Bishop Auckland.
9:19am Tuesday 3rd May 2016
LORD WALTON of Detchant, plain John Nicholas Walton when a bit bairn at Middlestone Moor primary school, has died, aged 93. He was one of the most remarkable men I ever met.
8:52am Tuesday 26th April 2016
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE died 400 years ago last Saturday: you may have read the reviews.
8:45am Tuesday 19th April 2016
THESE columns march on Taylor’s pies, have done for donkeys’ years. Paul Taylor-Garthwaite, a fourth generation director of the family firm, recalls a football match report in which we concluded that the game was awful but the pies were terrific. There’ve been a canny few like that.
9:33am Tuesday 12th April 2016
EDWARD PETRE’S ambition to become the first man to fly from London to Edinburgh crashed tragically to earth at Marske-by-the-Sea. It was shortly after noon on Christmas Eve 1912.
8:45am Tuesday 5th April 2016
FIRST time in – oh – centuries, we have been to Beamish Museum, and might have aged a few more years in the queue to get in.
9:20am Tuesday 29th March 2016
THE most memorable start to a sermon had hitherto been delivered by Dr
9:34am Tuesday 15th March 2016
DARKNESS was fast falling, the storm furiously rising, when the coble Economy sent up five bright red maroons into the November night.
9:07am Tuesday 8th March 2016
THE story of William Morgan should perhaps be salutary. The way it’s told beneath the portals of Freemasons’ Hall in Darlington is that Morgan was a 19th Century American journalist who infiltrated the Masonic movement, reported rather more than was perhaps good for him, was taken by the Brethren for a “holiday” at the Niagara Falls and there fell, as it were, from grace.