A change of direction on parking in Darlington

10:46am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Car parking has been a thorny issue in Darlington for some time. I'm still trying to get my head round the fact that the council's enforcement department even went to the lengths of doctoring the date on a document used as "evidence" when I appealed against a parking fine a couple of years back.

Six sports stars who beat testicular cancer

10:29am Wednesday 17th September 2014

As Newcastle United star Jonas Gutierrez reveals he is fighting testicular cancer, here are six sportsmen who overcame the disease...

The Headline Challenge 2014

9:50am Wednesday 17th September 2014

The Headline Challenge is played out every week day between The Northern Echo and BBC Tees. You can play along by following @echopeterbarron and @alibrownlee on Twitter.

Publishing in the name of justice

9:38am Monday 15th September 2014

A FEW years ago, I was interviewed under caution at a police station and it was not a pleasant experience.

A day many will never forget

8:07pm Thursday 28th August 2014

 

A wreath to remember a hero

The Northern Echo:

12:05pm Thursday 28th August 2014

IT was a great honour this morning to lay a wreath on behalf of the readers of The Northern Echo at the feet of the statue of war hero Andrew Mynarski.

Remembering the heroism of Andrew Mynarski

9:04am Thursday 28th August 2014

 

Sticking up for Stockton - an alternative view of Benefits Street

8:22pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

The Northern Echo:

No, sorry, I can't sell your meteorite

8:41pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

As a newspaper editor, I find myself writing the most surreal letters.

All Blacks deal is just reward for a brave vision

7:12pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE landmark sporting arena which stands on the outskirts of Darlington has had its ups and downs – but mainly downs.

Sympathy for Gazza

8:43pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Tomorrow's Northern Echo editorial comment....

A display of ignorance about mental illness in Darlington town centre

7:47pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DARLINGTON is a friendly town. A good town. A caring town. But there were disturbing scenes today when a vulnerable young man appeared on a fourth-storey hotel window ledge.

Cold The Front Page as Northern Echo editor accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

6:51pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

This is the moment the so-called Sisters of Mercy, from Darlington Operatic Society, used holy water to subject the editor of The Northern Echo to the Ice Bucket Challenge today.

Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge - with holy water

8:46pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

OH, how I am indebted to BBC Tees broadcaster Mike Parr for kindly nominating me to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. The nomination was made live on air so I have little option but top accept.

Honouring Norman Cornish - a North-East genius

7:58pm Monday 11th August 2014

 

The day I was Mo Farah

12:58pm Sunday 10th August 2014

Whenever I do something out of my comfort zone, I pretend to be someone I admire.

How I've learned to keep my mouth shut on trains

9:56am Thursday 7th August 2014

So there I was on the train to London and an attractive blonde girl opened the toilet door just as I was passing on the way to the buffet car.

The man who won the National for Bishop

10:54am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Looking forward to meeting Denys Smith, the man who brought Grand National glory to Bishop Auckland with Red Alligator in 1968.

A tribute from one generation

10:02pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

The Northern Echo: Local schoolchildren were asked to remember Stockton's war dead with messages posted in bottle.

A night to remember at Stockton

9:44pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

It has been my privilege to be involved in some special events during my time as a newspaper editor - and tonight was one I won't forget.

Backing Beefy

8:57pm Friday 1st August 2014

THE wonderful fundraising efforts of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation were celebrated in today’s Northern Echo, and tomorrow we turn our attention to another sporting legend with strong links to our region.

Let's go on doing Sir Bobby proud

The Northern Echo:

3:57pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Today has been designated by the Football Association as Sir Bobby Robson Day and it is a fitting tribute to one of County Durham's best loved sons.

Live news and public mistakes

10:38am Monday 28th July 2014

HANDS up all those who’ve never made a mistake in their working lives. Congratulations if you’re one of those with their hands still firmly by their sides.

Help us to interview a showbiz legend

The Northern Echo:

5:59pm Thursday 24th July 2014

It’s the interview they all wanted – the chance to quiz a showbiz legend - but it’s The Northern Echo which has bagged it.

Cheers Charlie - you're a star

3:31pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Staff here at The Northern Echo would like to say a big thank you to Charlie, the shih tzu, from Teesville, Middlesbrough. Charlie featured in the paper recently after getting his hair dyed in support of England's World Cup campaign. Despite England's failure, Charlie was so pleased with his 15 minutes of fame, he's sent us a thank you card and a box of Continental biscuits. Cheers Charlie!

Sevenoaks isn't ready for sushi

12:14pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Regular readers will know how much I love news bills and I'm grateful to John from the Boro Fishbar for sending me some classics...Brace yourselves.

Wonga and an unethical mismatch

8:51pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

 

Tourism bears fruit in Darlington

5:13pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

There are some people who are always worth chatting to, and Robin Blair - the friendly face of Darlington's Victorian Market - is one of them.

A question of judgement for David Cameron

10:41am Wednesday 25th June 2014

HINDSIGHT is, of course, a wonderful thing and David Cameron would clearly not have appointed Andy Coulson as his chief spin doctor had he known he was engaged in criminal activity.

Wives tales from Newton Aycliffe

9:08pm Monday 23rd June 2014

A great pleasure tonight to speak to the Neville Parade Wives Club in Newton Aycliffe.

By gum, it can be such a chew on...

9:46am Monday 23rd June 2014

THERE are those, I’m sure, who imagine that being an editor is glamorous and exciting. So let me tell you about my visit to the chip shop.

Freedom of speech under attack by councils

2:22pm Thursday 19th June 2014

CAN someone please let me know if we are still living in Britain, where freedom of speech and democracy are supposed to be held dear.

A gift that takes the biscuit

12:15pm Thursday 19th June 2014

Loved spending some time this morning with illustrator Paul Wick at New Marske Primary School.

England til I dye

The Northern Echo:

12:09pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

Meet Charlie, the Shih Tzu, who will be brightening up the pages of tomorrow's Northern Echo as a canine England fan.

10 reasons why I want England to win

The Northern Echo: DECISIONS: England boss Roy Hodgson must decide who to play behind Daniel Sturridge on Saturday against Italy

4:02pm Saturday 14th June 2014

I know it's not very likely but here's 10 reasons why I really, really want England to win the World Cup...

D-Day's lesson in peace

8:45pm Friday 6th June 2014

IT takes a special occasion to bring world leaders together, and the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings has certainly been a special occasion, with many fine words spoken by heads of state.

A day to remember at Saltburn

4:26pm Sunday 1st June 2014

THERE were, of course, light-hearted moments behind the scenes before Saltburn's re-enactment of the Chhristmas Day football match between English and German troops.

Say Happy Birthday to Mary Butterwick...

The Northern Echo: BIRTHDAY GIRL: Hospice founder Mary Butterwick

4:32pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

The Northern Echo has had a long and proud association with the Butterwick Hospice.

How to get an editor to visit your school - offer biscuits

10:49am Wednesday 28th May 2014

The way to an editor's heart is through his stomach - and the pupils of New Marske Primary School appear to know that all too well.

Headline Challenge latest

6:15pm Monday 26th May 2014

Tomorrow morning's Headline Challenge between The Northern Echo and BBC Tees will be the following story...

Ukip - underestimated no longer

1:40pm Monday 26th May 2014

HINDSIGHT is a wonderful thing and it clear now that many of us underestimated Nigel Farage and Ukip - and The Northern Echo is included in that assessment.

Surviving a day of High drama

12:23pm Monday 26th May 2014

IT was arguably the most stressful moment of my career, and all because I hadn't checked my diary properly.

Foxy Farage makes the feathers fly

7:21pm Friday 23rd May 2014

LICKING his lips after productive raids in the council elections, power-hungry Nigel Farage has declared that the Ukip fox is in the Westminster henhouse. And there is certainly enough for each of the main parties to fret about.

A day of High drama

7:37am Thursday 22nd May 2014

The Northern Echo:

My World War One sunflower - coming along nicely

9:05am Wednesday 21st May 2014

I don't like to brag, but look at the size of my sunflower!

Confessions from the hairdresser's...

9:18pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

I HAD to laugh today when I went for a haircut and heard about a female customer who'd been into the salon in preparation for a wedding.

Name the nuttiest footballers

The Northern Echo: Artist Quentin Devine holds up his nutty carvings of Gary Lineker and David Beckham

2:15pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

Today's Headline Challenge is about artist Quentin Devine who is making a name for himself by carving portraits of famous footballers out of Brazil nuts.

Farage - a man of dangerous bluster

6:55pm Monday 19th May 2014

NO matter how much Nigel Farage twists and squirms, his remarks about Romanians during a disastrous radio interview were racist. It really is as simple as that.

Understanding the North-East

The Northern Echo: THE BIG PICTURE: The North-East, seen in all its glory, with an enviable view of Durham City, and England’s favourite building

10:29am Monday 19th May 2014

THERE’S always a danger of over-reacting when a national newspaper journalist sticks the knife into the North-East.

Understanding the North-East

8:14pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

THERE is always a danger of over-reacting when a national newspaper journalist sticks the knife into the North-East.



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