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Royal concerns over the referendum

The Northern Echo:

9:54am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE monarch is supposed to be “constitutionally neutral” in the debate over Scottish independence.

MPs’ wages

9:52am Wednesday 17th September 2014

AFTER so many hiccups with MPs’ expenses the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority(IPSA)was given the job of cleaning up Parliament.

Peasant reading

9:52am Wednesday 17th September 2014

ON reading the article about the medieval fair at St Giles Church in Gilesgate, Durham City, I burst out laughing (Echo, Sept 9).

Lifeboat thanks

9:51am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THANK you to Hannah Bryan for her article on Dave Scott of Redcar RNLI (Echo, Sept 10).

Pens put to test

9:51am Wednesday 17th September 2014

AT the start of the new school year my grand-daughter and the rest of her class have been assessed for their suitability to be issued with a pen. Up until now they only qualified to use pencils – presumably this is the norm in today’s system.

Get bowling

9:51am Wednesday 17th September 2014

I HAVE always enjoyed watching indoor bowls and decided to take up the offer to go to the last open day at Darlington Indoor Bowls Club to give it a go for myself.

Reality bites

9:50am Wednesday 17th September 2014

ERIC GENDLE’S letter (HAS, Sept 13) classing Spain’s General Franco together with Stalin betrays a certain divorce from reality and a singular lack of common sense.

Fly tipping

9:50am Wednesday 17th September 2014

I WAS interested to read the article regarding fly tipping and Durham County Council (DCC) requesting anyone with information to contact them (Echo, Sept 14).

Think twice before launching any military action

The Northern Echo:

9:53am Tuesday 16th September 2014

IN a world of very unpleasant people it seems that Isis are intent on going to new lengths.


9:51am Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE Scottish referendum can be seen as a contest between the ideals of the nation and of the nation state.


9:50am Tuesday 16th September 2014

ON October 27, 1928, Adolf Hitler made a speech in which he said: “We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity. Our movement is Christian”.

NHS matters

9:50am Tuesday 16th September 2014

AS a member of the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, I find it difficult to digest that in its latest Journal “Your Trust”, it is tying to deal with the forthcoming winter under-capacity at the University Hospital of North Durham.

Pub quiz

9:50am Tuesday 16th September 2014

I CHALLENGE anybody, as a first time visitor, to navigate their way into the car park of the Talpore Beefeater pub at the River Tees Barrage.

Pensioner says Durham’s missing bin fine stinks

The Northern Echo:

9:44am Monday 15th September 2014

EARLIER this month someone stole my recycling bin from outside my bungalow. I called the police to report the theft and was given an incident number.

Losing out

9:42am Monday 15th September 2014

THE North-East has lost out in terms of funding compared to Scotland as a result of the outdated Barnett Formula which successive Governments have failed to address.

Let’s go federal

9:42am Monday 15th September 2014

IT is clear that the London based political establishment does not ‘get it’.

Class size error

9:41am Monday 15th September 2014

THE 241 per cent increase in numbers of children being taught in primary school classes of over 30 pupils in North Yorkshire, from 314 in 2010 to 1,070 in 2014, is very bad news.


9:39am Monday 15th September 2014

A PATTERN is emerging on the BBC, ITV News and on Sky News.

Barnardo’s blot

9:39am Monday 15th September 2014

I COULD not help having a wry smile at the article by Wendy Shepherd on behalf of Barnardo’s (HAS, Sept 2).

Scottish referendum

11:47am Friday 12th September 2014

I WOULD rather Scotland remained as part of the United Kingdom and find it hard to understand why the Scots think they have been badly done to by successive Westminster governments.

Put your ideas forward for future of museum

The Northern Echo: HERITAGE SITE: Tim Crawshaw, officer for environment and urban design at Darlington Borough Council, Cllr Chris McEwan, Cllr Nick Wallis and John Anderson, the council's assistant director for regeneration, with Locomotion No. 1 at the Head of Steam M

11:38am Friday 12th September 2014

I’D like to thank Helen Johnson for her suggestions for putting Darlington’s railway heritage firmly on the map (HAS, Sept 8). These are exactly the kinds of ideas we need to help shape plans for the Head of Steam's future.

Clothes shop gone for a...

11:45am Friday 12th September 2014

IT was sad to read that the clothing shop Burtons is to close in Northgate, Darlington, but hardly surprising (Echo, Sept 8).

Green bins

11:37am Friday 12th September 2014

DURHAM County Council is bringing in a tax for green bins, but people have to voluntarily sign up to pay it – well how many folk will do that (Echo, Sept 10)?


11:36am Friday 12th September 2014

I CAUGHT myself nodding in sympathy reading Colin Foster’s letter about the growing influence of Americanisms on English, presumably due to the prevalence of US media (HAS, Sept 2).

Alex Salmond's 'anti-British' vendetta

The Northern Echo: ALEX SALMOND: Scotland’s First Minister is pushing for full independence from the United Kingdom

12:07pm Thursday 11th September 2014

UNTIL recently, I have not taken much notice of the forthcoming Scottish referendum mainly because it did not really bother me which way the vote went.


12:04pm Thursday 11th September 2014

I fail to see why Job Centres exist. A person has to spend up to three hours a day looking at a job search website – that’s seven days not five, like those pen-pushers in the job centres. And all this for £ 72 per week.

Brown bins

12:03pm Thursday 11th September 2014

I THINK that Durham County Council has made a right mess over the brown bin system.

Scottish independence

The Northern Echo: INDEPENDENCE VOTE: The Flags of  St George, the flag of Scotland and the Great Britain flag fly high in North Northumberland not far from the Scotish Boarders.

12:02pm Thursday 11th September 2014

AS a born and bred Englishman, I am having difficulty in understanding, fully, the yvote on Scotland's independence.

Plaintive cry for Scottish independence lives on

The Northern Echo:

9:46am Wednesday 10th September 2014

WITH the vote for Scottish independence drawing near, I recall a fond and amusing memory.

Barnardo’s bid

9:44am Wednesday 10th September 2014

WE all remember the achievements of our childhood. The egg and spoon races; the swimming certificates and report cards, these memories stay with you forever.

Bedroom tax

9:44am Wednesday 10th September 2014

UNDER the Tories’ bedroom tax, an idea born to steal as much money from the lowwaged, poor and disabled as possible, there is no room at the top.

Map error

9:43am Wednesday 10th September 2014

REGARDING Durham Tees Valley Airport. I accept that the name Teesside International had to be changed, but I have not been too happy with its present name (I still recall the name Goosepool in its early RAF days, but I accept that there is no chance that this could be resurrected).

Wrong move

9:43am Wednesday 10th September 2014

IT is with some dismay that I read in The Northern Echo that the companies selected to run North-Eastern rail franchises could be overseen by local authorities (Echo, Sept 1).

Hate preachers

9:43am Wednesday 10th September 2014

“TOO little too late” should be the watchword for our lacklustre Government. By taking a complacent and blind eye approach to hate preachers they have been allowed to spread their hatefilled doctrine unchecked to impressionable young men.

Atheist horrors

9:42am Wednesday 10th September 2014

READERS are aware that C MacArt has a driving social conscience.

Happy days

9:42am Wednesday 10th September 2014

IN the 1950s, during the school holidays, my parents would buy runabout tickets which meant families could travel on the local rail branch lines (most of which Dr Beeching closed down in the 1960s).

What a great Great North Run

The Northern Echo:

9:52am Tuesday 9th September 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who took part in the 34th Great North Run.

House building

9:51am Tuesday 9th September 2014

THE headline ‘Planners to decide on 200 new homes’ (Echo, Sept 2) was misleading.

One North?

9:51am Tuesday 9th September 2014

NEWS of the One North report earlier in the summer was a breath of fresh air, rekindling the hope that a five city alliance between Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield would be developed as a realistic rival to London.

Turbines talk

9:51am Tuesday 9th September 2014

MORE than 100 people took advantage of the chance to see inside one of the Seamer wind turbines last Saturday.

Shadow boxing

9:50am Tuesday 9th September 2014

THE Scots have a vote on September 18 on whether they should become independent or remain part of the United Kingdom.

Inconvenient truth

9:50am Tuesday 9th September 2014

THE dispute about the Darlington covered market public conveniences highlights the great dilemma with local politics; sadly local politicians lack imagination.

Road problems

9:49am Tuesday 9th September 2014

I AGREE with Peter Fens (HAS, Sept 6) about the poor resurfacing work done to the A67 between the Morrison’s roundabout and the Sadberge Road roundabout on the outskirts of Darlington .

Did my two uncles die in vain in the First World War?

The Northern Echo:

1:08pm Monday 8th September 2014

I WAS very pleased with the recent serialisation of the diary of my uncle, Gunner George James, in Echo Memories and would like to thank everyone for their kind comments.

Rail plan

1:07pm Monday 8th September 2014

WHEN I visited Darlington’s Head of Steam museum, I was horrified that its priceless, unique exhibits were so under-celebrated.

End of life

1:06pm Monday 8th September 2014

I AM writing to encourage local residents to contribute to an important national review of choice in end of life care.


1:06pm Monday 8th September 2014

MOST of us take for granted the fact that we can do simple everyday tasks such as walking up and down stairs, getting dressed and applying make-up, throwing a ball or even mastering the art of handwriting.

Open garden

1:05pm Monday 8th September 2014

WE’D like to thank everyone who came and everyone who helped with our open garden in Hamsterley on August 31.

Yarm cost

1:05pm Monday 8th September 2014

I THOUGHT April Fool’s Day had come early when I tuned into my local radio station and heard a representative of the Yarm for Yorkshire campaign describe Stockton Council’s treatment of the town as “persecution” and a breach of human rights.

Our Roman ruins must be preserved for posterity

The Northern Echo:

9:37am Thursday 4th September 2014

I READ with interest the article about the potential sale of the Roman fort remains at Binchester, near Bishop Auckland (Echo, Aug 30). These ruins date back more than 2,000 years and are a very important part of our local history.

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