9:48am Tuesday 4th August 2015
DAVID MCKIE is a very fine writer, though it will be necessary ere the column’s done to take serious etymological issue with him.
12:12pm Thursday 30th July 2015
PELAW Grange Greyhound Stadium is at the top end of Chester-le-Street, alongside the East Coast main railway line and for years was the only dog track in the Good Beer Guide.
9:27am Tuesday 28th July 2015
AMONG the remarkable things about Bishop Auckland Methodist Church is that two of its most faithful members, Lez Rawe and Melvyn McConnell, taught me at the grammar school out the back. As will be appreciated, that makes them Very Old Indeed.
9:49am Tuesday 21st July 2015
DURHAM Miners’ Gala, that annual extravaganza of preaching to the converted, begins in the Voltigeur at Spennymoor with beer and bacon butties at 7am.
10:21am Tuesday 14th July 2015
AT Horndale infants and nursery school, rated “outstanding” by Ofsted and pretty much saturated by superlatives, it’s a day for dressing up – children and teachers – as characters from literature.
9:27am Tuesday 7th July 2015
BACK in the dear gone days of Timothy Hackworth Junior Mixed and Infants, universally abridged to Tin Tacks, a bright young thing called Margaret Wanless was almost always top of the class. The class embraced precisely 50 of us; things were oft-overcrowded in Shildon.
9:13am Tuesday 30th June 2015
NORMAN CORNISH, decorated painter, was again remembered last week when a lounge hung with his work opened at the Ramside Hall Hotel, near Durham. The North-East still hasn’t heard the last of him.
10:38am Tuesday 16th June 2015
SETTING out its stall in the usual quasi-querulous manner, the column on May 12 reported enthusiastically on Darlington Food festival but found the absurd overuse of terms like “hand-baked” rather harder to digest.
10:47am Tuesday 9th June 2015
STAGE-STRUCK as always, the column two weeks ago recalled the heady days and starry nights of Club Fiesta, in Stockton.
12:28pm Tuesday 2nd June 2015
WHETHER the gloriously symbiotic Flanders and Swann had heard of class B1 steam locos is uncertain, but our readers certainly have. Jaunty, the journey continues.
10:21am Tuesday 26th May 2015
GOSH, can it really be 50 years? Half a century since brothers Keith and Jim Lipthorpe opened the Fiesta in Stockton – April 8, 1965 – and created a nightclub to remember?
3:54pm Monday 18th May 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.