Hand crafted, as always, the column tucks into a food festival – and a record breaking lunch

The Northern Echo:

10:51am Monday 11th May 2015

IF the British army marches on its stomach, as Napoleon supposed, then so – increasingly, it seems – does the local economy. Food festivals flourish: the latest set out its stalls in Darlington last weekend.

Once upon a time there was a Little White Bus….

The Northern Echo:

11:06am Monday 20th April 2015

THE Corpse Way stretches, lugubriously, the 12 miles from Keld to Grinton, in Swaledale. Since Grinton was the nearest consecrated ground, 18th Century mourners would carry the body in a wicker basket, periodically stopping for liquid refreshment. The funeral procession could take an awfully long time.

Out for a duck

The Northern Echo: Sir Nigel Gresley and his duck

10:51am Tuesday 14th April 2015

YOU read it here first; four weeks ago to be precise. The bronze mallard that was to have stood at the feet of the statue of the great Sir Nigel Gresley has been removed at the request of his grandsons.

A walk through Milk Wood – and up Buttons Bank, too

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12:37pm Thursday 9th April 2015

THE Welsh author Dylan Thomas, who once defined an alcoholic as a man you don’t like who drinks as much as you do, honed Under Milk Wood over many years.

Londonderry heir

The Northern Echo: Mary Wilson. Picture: Ian Wright

10:41am Monday 30th March 2015

FIFTY years ago this Thursday, the band Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames joined the first Tamla Motown tour of the UK at a one-night stand at the celebrated Globe Theatre in Stockton.

Spring in the step

The Northern Echo: POINT MADE: Peter Freitag with wife Valerie and daughter Wendy in South Park, Darlington near their home      Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

10:03am Monday 23rd March 2015

VERY early one morning, two Saturdays back, an 85-year-old gentleman carrying an ivory-topped walking stick climbed with some difficulty onto the almost empty first train out of Darlington. It was 5.18am.

Stocking fillers

The Northern Echo: The old piggery at Fyling Hall. Picture: Landmark Trust

10:19am Monday 16th March 2015

NOT what you’d call a resident president, I retain that high office with the Wensleydale Writers group and thus felt obliged to put in appearance at the annual meeting at the Friends Meeting House in Leyburn. There’d been enough rejection slips.

It may be early March but there's spring in the step of Britain's best seaside village

The Northern Echo: Bamburgh: Voted Best in Britain

10:56am Tuesday 10th March 2015

BAMBURGH has been named by the Sunday Times as the best rural seaside place in Britain in which to live. So it’s official, then.

Laughing matter

The Northern Echo: Andy Fury and Mark Tearney at Wembley

10:13am Wednesday 4th March 2015

The Road to Wembley isn’t an original concept, nor probably the Railroad either, but stand-up comedian Andy Fury had made a highly diverting fist of it.

Welling and able

The Northern Echo: Erith and Belvedere v North Shields (in red)

10:05am Wednesday 4th March 2015

The Railroad to Wembley draws tantalizingly near its destination

A merry dance

The Northern Echo: A merry dance

11:41am Monday 2nd March 2015

IN step with history, last week’s column wondered how South Shields folk came to be known as Sand Dancers – and has had a couple of interesting theories.

Midden men

The Northern Echo: King Edward's Bay, Tynemouth, home to the deadly Black Middens

10:12am Wednesday 25th February 2015

TO North Shields, long nicknamed The Robins, where excitement grows ahead of Saturday’s FA Vase quarter-final at Erith and Belvedere.

Hamlet moment

The Northern Echo: Dulwich, in blue, versus the Metropolitan Police team

10:05am Wednesday 25th February 2015

The play’s the thing….but the memories take centre stage, too

Driven to distraction

The Northern Echo: 28/04/2010
The Rt Revd Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham has announced that he is retiring.
Pic Sarah Caldecott (19113092)

12:12pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

MILDLY outraged, The Times reports that 11 Church of England bishops – including the Bishop of Durham – still have chauffeurs. It prompts affectionate memories of one of our former bishops and a rejoinder from a second.

Folk medicine at the Millstone

The Northern Echo: Mike Amos Feature on The Mill Stone Folk Club at The Mill Stone Pub, South Gosforth, Newcastle on Tuesday 3rd February 2015.
Pictured: audience enjoy the afternoon gig.
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10:53am Tuesday 10th February 2015

GIVEN the familiar verse from the 18th chapter of the Gospel according to St Matthew – you know, the one about its being better that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depths of the sea – the Millstone may seem a surprising name for a pub.

In pursuit of the p-word

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10:45am Tuesday 27th January 2015

ERIC WHITE’S funeral takes place in Aycliffe Village today. Lovely chap, local councillor, old friend, he’d appear occasionally in these columns – mischievously, but never once maliciously.

Saw point at Christmas

The Northern Echo: SAW EARS: Canon Robert Williamson, playing the saw at Darlington Rotary Club's Christmas gathering in St Cuthbert's church hall, Darlington. Picture: TOM BANKS (14750568)

11:10am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

IT’S hard to describe the sound of Away In a Manger being played with a double bass bow on a large wood saw. but the edited highlights of an unanaesthetised procedure at a cat neutering clinic might come pretty close.

Shaken all over

The Northern Echo: Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland  -  Announcement of the building of a new historical leisure park by the castle which will include historical re-enactments.  Jonathan Ruffer pictured near the gateway to the castle - the main benefactor behind the project

5:11pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

WE'RE invited last Friday evening to a do in Bishop Auckland, further to explain John Ruffer’s truly incredible vision for the town.

Gentlemen’s relish

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The New Club in Darlington hosts snooker stars Michael Holt and Nigel Bond.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (13146930)

6:13pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

GIVEN any reasonable definition of the word “gentleman”, it’s wholly unsurprising that it has been 17 years since last I was invited to darken the door of the Gentlemen’s Club in Darlington.

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