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.
9:51am Tuesday 1st March 2016
MICHAEL JOHNSON sends clips from his powerful new film about the storm-tossed night that the George Elmy capsized and nine people were lost.
9:05am Tuesday 23rd February 2016
A WEEK back Sunday, and in the company of our younger son and his wife, the lady of this house flew off to New York with Virgin Airways. Four days later I followed, on the No 309 bus past Sandyford Road cemetery.
8:43am Tuesday 16th February 2016
WEARING the required hats and pearls – and since this isn’t Calendar Girls, other things also – the ladies of Howden-le-Wear Women’s Institute gathered last Monday evening for a slightly premature centenary dinner.
9:41am Tuesday 9th February 2016
SAVE for a bit of a scrum at the bar of the Parcels Yard, the newish – and pricey – pub above the concourse, all seemed peaceful at Kings Cross station last Wednesday.
9:46am Tuesday 2nd February 2016
AS the Campaign for Real Ale would cheerfully confirm, the John Bull in Alnwick is one of the finest pubs in North-East England.
10:16am Tuesday 26th January 2016
STUDENTS of the death notices, which for life affirming reasons means almost everyone, will have noticed a first last Monday. The deceased was quoted.
9:53am Tuesday 19th January 2016
STATIC these days but forever on the move, John Culine MBE was last week elected president of the Showmen’s Guild, the trade association for fairground folk.
9:25am Tuesday 12th January 2016
ONE hundred years ago last Monday, The Times carried a lengthy letter from Herbert Hensley Henson – the Dean of Durham, later its bishop – on the subject, vexed then as now, of total abstinence. On the centenary they published it again.
10:03am Thursday 7th January 2016
MUCH has been written on the passing of Jimmy Hill: none of it mentioned the night he ended up in the briny at Frinton-on-Sea.
10:03am Thursday 7th January 2016
LAST Legs staggers on, four walks around the region since the last report. None has been more lucrative than Shildon to Spennymoor, none more fascinating than that embracing the ascent to Penshaw Monument.
8:56am Thursday 24th December 2015
Quotes of the year, deaths in the family, twenty things that only Backtrack readers might have known and old favourites.
11:33am Tuesday 22nd December 2015
WIND Mill is a half-hidden hamlet formerly known as Pit Green, near the A68 in west Durham. Its Methodist chapel – small, square, wholly wholesome and wonderfully welcoming – opened in 1869.