11:40am Tuesday 25th April 2017
WE Shildon lads have a strange but abiding affection for the Prince of Wales tunnel: none other had a black hole, we supposed, at least not this side of Calcutta.
8:30am Tuesday 18th April 2017
ON one occasion beneath the headline “Dawn and dusted”, the At Your Service column (1994-2011) would annually attend what the churches call an Easter Sunrise service, almost always outdoors.
8:06am Tuesday 11th April 2017
THE Metropolitan Police having appointed its first woman commissioner, the Coundon and District Society for the Prevention and Prosecution of Felons has had its first female supper guest in 163 years.
10:11am Tuesday 21st March 2017
THE classified death notices the other day recorded the passing of two of the Hear All Sides page’s most familiar correspondents, part of the essential fabric of the paper.
8:33am Tuesday 14th March 2017
STILLINGTON’S a village between Stockton and Sedgefield, one of those places with its feet in Cleveland and its heart in County Durham.
9:10am Tuesday 7th March 2017
HE won a Raymond Blanc scholarship, trained at the legendary Manoir au Quait Saisons, gained numerous culinary accolades, appeared on the Food and Drink programme and famously cooked for British prime minister Tony Blair and French president Jacques Chirac at his village pub in County Durham.
8:55am Tuesday 28th February 2017
THE song was sarcastic, of course. The Eighth Army counted its casualties in hundreds of thousands, believed that Lady Nancy Astor had terribly traduced them.
9:20am Tuesday 21st February 2017
ON the wall at home, next to the painting of Union of South Africa getting its pipe at York station, is a framed certificate giving all manner of tech-spec for the Tornado.
8:03am Tuesday 14th February 2017
We are the stuff that dreams are made on,
8:55am Tuesday 7th February 2017
MAUNDERING along the military road between Downholme and Hudswell, in North Yorkshire, the column a couple of weeks back recalled being stopped on the same stretch a few years earlier by a driver seeking Bellerby Ranges, about four miles away.
9:12am Tuesday 31st January 2017
Some have meat and cannot eat
8:27am Tuesday 24th January 2017
THOUGH possessed only of a face for radio, the column is now customarily invited to Tyne Tees Television reunions. They’re lovely occasions.
9:09am Tuesday 17th January 2017
NEXT to Lady Bracknell’s anxious exclamation – “A handbag!” – it may become history’s most celebrated reference to that indispensable accessory.
9:35am Tuesday 10th January 2017
AFTER a family visit to Raby Castle, near Staindrop – “Christmas trees, hot chocolate, mince pies” – Shaun Whitehead forwards some attractive images.
9:40am Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Heart and soul, Vin Garbutt has been entertaining North-East audiences for more than 50 years.
8:18am Tuesday 20th December 2016
Five months before its last Amen, 12 days before Christmas, the world’s oldest Methodist chapel in continuous use held its final coffee and carols service last Tuesday.
9:40am Tuesday 13th December 2016
BUS services everywhere reach the end of the road. Use it or lose it, they lament. Down our way they’ve just introduced several new ones.
9:17am Tuesday 6th December 2016
RICHARD GAUNT sends a couple of his books, insists that he’s not seeking publicity, earns it anyway. To ignore them would be dereliction: wonderful Christmas presents, these photographic essays of North-East England in the 1960s are a unique record of how the region has changed.
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.