The Northern Echo: The North-East At War - website commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Newport Bridge engineers faced same challenges as Transporter Bridge counterparts 20 years earlier

The Northern Echo: newp1 BUILDING BRIDGES: The Newport Bridge under construction in 1933. This picture and today's front cover were discovered earlier this year by researchers cataloguing the Cleveland Bridge Collection in the Tees Archive

5:18pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

‘HOW are things going in Darlington?” asked Elizabeth, Duchess of York, as she stepped off her train at Bank Top station on February 27, 1934. Before her, running off the platform, down the steps and through the underpass, lay a red carpet, and next to her was her husband, Prince Albert of York.

The boy who went to war

The Northern Echo:

4:56pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

THE local newspapers of 1915 are full of poorlyreproduced photographs of men who went to war and never came back.

The hat-trick king Ken Bowron

The Northern Echo: SHOOTING PRACTICE: Ken Bowron on the training ground 1963-64

5:17pm Monday 6th October 2014

Five years ago Berwick Rangers Football Club invited their greatest-ever goalscorer back to Shielfield Park, Berwick and introduced him to the crowd at half-time in a home fixture. What is interesting about this player is that prior to joining Berwick Rangers for the 1963-64 season he had done most of his goalscoring in the Northern League, and had started his footballing career as a goalkeeper with Newcastle Juniors.

30 Years Ago: The year that Alan Durban headed West and other sporting memories

5:17pm Monday 6th October 2014

FORMER Sunderland manager Alan Durban was coming to the end of his stint as advisor/coach/manager at Northern League Willington who had won four out of seven league games under the former Cardiff City, Derby County, Shrewsbury and Welsh international.

In the eye of the storm

The Northern Echo:

5:39pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

ON December 28, 1947, the Sunday Times newspaper in Perth, Western Australia, reported: “Manilla, Saturday. Brilliant rescue work in typhoon-tormented seas was carried out by Norwegian mv Samuel Bakke after the Danish mv Kina sank in the Samar Sea yesterday.”

Stranded in the 21st Century

The Northern Echo: (10626101)

5:39pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Last weekend’s Festival of Thrift was held at what was once known as the ‘wonder factory’, opened by Patons and Baldwins in 1947.

Etched with grief

The Northern Echo:

5:39pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

IN Haughton-le-Skerne churchyard on Wednesday morning, a clear autumn day with beech nuts crunching under feet on the path, two second cousins met for the first time and remembered one man from the First World War.

How Percy became a villain

The Northern Echo:

4:52pm Monday 22nd September 2014

ONE of the joys of growing up in South-West Durham was Saturday afternoon when my parents would take me to watch the Crook Town football team.

Park mystery explained

The Northern Echo:

4:44pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Next Saturday, the public are invited to the unveiling of a memorial to an enigmatic engineer who died 150 years ago. Chris Lloyd tells his story

Largely forgotten war hero still honoured in Belgium

The Northern Echo:

4:33pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Lt-Col David Silvertop was killed 70 years ago on Thursday. Practically unknown in his native North-East, he is so big in Belgium that they have a tram halt named after him. Bill Lawrence tells his story

Of myths and legends

The Northern Echo:

4:28pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Some unusual engines will be in steam to mark Locomotion’s tenth anniversary – but they couldn’t go uphill like the Snaiths

A much-loved Mann

The Northern Echo:

3:27pm Monday 15th September 2014

IN the Summer of 1946, Bob Lamb was invited by Wolsingham Steelworks to play for their staff team in the George Mann Cup.

Echo Memories spotlight on Masham

The Northern Echo:

2:58pm Monday 15th September 2014

THE antiquary John Leland described Masham in the early 16th Century as being “a praty quik market town and a faire chirch”.

Strychnine killer hanged

The Northern Echo:

2:49pm Monday 15th September 2014

WHEN Lizzie Pearson was found guilty of murder and hanged in 1875 her husband John might have been expected to move away from their village.

Coming out of retirement

The Northern Echo:

2:45pm Monday 15th September 2014

PLACE of “sweet retirement” is perhaps the most intriguing of all the Heritage Open Days visits on offer this weekend.

Goal to name netball players

The Northern Echo:

2:41pm Monday 15th September 2014

THE subject of September’s exhibition in the Darlington Centre for Local Studies in Darlington library is the Darlington High School for Girls which, if you have been following carefully in recent months, you will know counts Butterflies actress Wendy Craig among its alumni.

Flying the ‘goldfish bowl’

The Northern Echo:

2:39pm Monday 15th September 2014

Pioneering police chief introduced country’s first ‘heli-cop’, but the crime-fighting flights were brought down to earth by cost-cutting

Putting on a brave Front

The Northern Echo:

2:30pm Monday 15th September 2014

A new book tells the stories of 266 gallant County Durham men and women who served at the front in the First World War

Lowe trophy sought

The Northern Echo:

4:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

JOHN Malcolm Lowe, better known as Malcolm Lowe, was born on February 7, 1950, and lived at South Hanging Wells Farm in Eastgate.

A proud family history

The Northern Echo:

3:57pm Monday 8th September 2014

GEORGE WALTON, a 37-year-old quarry worker who was married with five children, set an example to other men when he became one of the first in Upper Teesdale to sign up for service in the First World War.

Time is a relative

The Northern Echo:

3:53pm Monday 8th September 2014

CHRIS McEWAN is a Labour councillor who holds the economy and regeneration portfolio on Darlington council cabinet. But who does he think he is?

Database reveals fate of former mayor’s great-uncle

The Northern Echo:

3:50pm Monday 8th September 2014

MY grandmother, Lily, often spoke to me when I was much younger about her brother called Taylor who died in the First World War,” says Barrie Lamb, the former mayor of Darlington.

When old hall was new

The Northern Echo:

3:45pm Monday 8th September 2014

Foundations of building with classic Victorian architecture – or ‘aesthetic dumbness’ – and details of fallen soldier rediscovered

Going off the rails...

The Northern Echo:

3:39pm Monday 8th September 2014

While he was forward-thinking for his day, a 1960s chief constable had some odd ideas about how to punish the Great Train Robbers

Football’s North star

The Northern Echo:

12:45pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

IN the 1950s if you could get a game of football for Bishop Auckland, Crook Town, Shildon and Durham County then you had to be a decent player.

Blyth join Northern League

12:43pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

BLYTH Spartans and North Shields were elected into the Northern League. Blyth’s first appearance in the League was at home to Tow Law on Saturday August 22.

Four brothers in arms

The Northern Echo:

12:35pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

JOHN Victor Woodhams was a fresh-faced telegraph boy in a 1902 photograph of dale postal workers printed in this column some weeks ago.

Sprawling city sights

The Northern Echo:

12:32pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

NEWCASTLE city centre is a monumental sprawl with more than 240 listed buildings in the Grainger Town area alone.

Bringing down a legend

The Northern Echo:

12:14pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A pilot is pulled from the wreckage of a plane crash. But what few knew was that the man in hospital brought down the Red Baron

She was sum rider

The Northern Echo:

12:36pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE British Best All-Rounder time trial began in 1930 with riders from all over the country competing annually for an individual trophy worth £26 and a shield for the winning team.

Hall ahead of its time

The Northern Echo:

12:30pm Monday 18th August 2014

THERE does not appear to be much controversy surrounding the current proposals to turn one of Durham’s most distinctive and domineering buildings into a luxury hotel.

Mr Bean’s cover story

The Northern Echo:

12:09pm Monday 18th August 2014

LAST week, we questioned the truth of an old rumour that said that Darlington’s exotic-sounding Estoril Road, in the Eastbourne area, was named after its builder’s holiday destination.

Women urged to sew for victory

10:59am Monday 18th August 2014

“WHAT can a woman do in a crisis such as this?” asked The Northern Echo on Monday, August 18, 1914.

Recording armageddon

The Northern Echo:

10:56am Monday 18th August 2014

‘ARMAGEDDON is actually beginning,” wrote Hensley Henson, the Dean of Durham, in his diary on July 29, 1914. He was a good prophet. Six days later, Britain joined the First World War.

Dales Diary: Weardale bequests, commercial Cotherstone, the 1951 Cockfield 11, workhouse budgets, the case of after-hours boozy farmers and historic grumbles over Barnard Castle parking

The Northern Echo: A scene in the centre of Stanhope, where poor people and education were helped by money left in wills

10:21am Saturday 16th August 2014

POOR folk in various parts of the dales had a chance of an occasional cash handout in the old days, thanks to well-off people who remembered them in their wills. There were a series of these bequests in Stanhope. Ralph Barrick left £20 in 1689, with instructions for the interest to be paid every Whit Monday to the most destitute residents. It would mean a welcome shilling or two, or perhaps just a few coppers, for some of those in dire need.

Photo Archive: 10 pictures of Darlington in the 1960s

The Northern Echo:

1:50pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

HERE, we delve into The Northern Echo’s photo archive to see what images of yesteryear in Darlington it contains.

Twenty not out

The Northern Echo:

3:47pm Monday 11th August 2014

IT IS 20 years since Durham’s Riverside ground hosted its first match and even then prominent figures in the game predicted big things for the Chester-le-Street venue.

Running wild in Weardale

The Northern Echo:

3:27pm Monday 11th August 2014

EVERY summer, my parents would take us to spend the school holidays with my aunt Vi and uncle Willie Iley at White House near Eastgate in Weardale.

Underneath the arches

The Northern Echo:

3:14pm Monday 11th August 2014

JOHN WINTERBURN in Darlington writes to pose one of those questions that have been bothering Memories for many years.

Together again at last

The Northern Echo:

1:41pm Monday 11th August 2014

SHORTLY before my gran Lizzie died in 1963, she said to me that if I ever found him, I had to take the wedding photo and bury it in the grave. She said to me, tell him how very much I loved him, says Geoff Tweddle.

Barber really cut it

The Northern Echo:

2:19pm Monday 4th August 2014

HE is remembered as one of Darlington’s best goalkeepers – and now Fred Barber is preparing to return to the North-East in the hope of finding the next big thing.

Children’s mugs marked Versailles peace treaty

The Northern Echo:

11:18am Monday 4th August 2014

MEMORIES 184 contained an article about a commemorative china mug from “the Great World War” which was inscribed with the date June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, formally concluding the First World War.

Opposing war outbreak

The Northern Echo:

11:17am Monday 4th August 2014

ONE hundred years ago, every reader of The Northern Echo would have known that war against Germany was now inevitable. You’ve just seen the front page from August 4, 1914, with the main headline picking up the words of the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey: “We are quite prepared.”

The friendliest of folk...

The Northern Echo:

11:01am Monday 4th August 2014

NEXT weekend, celebrations will be in order on Teesside to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance.

Full list of First World War events throughout the region as nation commemorates centenary of outbreak of war

The Northern Echo:

5:00am Friday 1st August 2014

Events will be held throughout the region over the next few days to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Neil Riddell, high scoring left-hander

The Northern Echo:

3:43pm Monday 28th July 2014

WHEN it comes to North-East batting records, there are few that come close to Neil Riddell’s statistics.

Keeping up appearances

The Northern Echo:

3:13pm Monday 28th July 2014

LAST week’s Memories mentioned the horrific Crawleyside Bank bus crash of August 14, 1969, in Weardale, in which 20 people connected to the Blackhall Colliery Veterans’ Bowls Club were killed on their way home from a match in Consett.

When a butterfly found her wings

The Northern Echo:

3:06pm Monday 28th July 2014

WENDY CRAIG’S schooldays are taking some unravelling. We’ve been on with this particular topic since Memories 180 more than two months ago, but some fascinating photographic evidence is now turning up.

Miners who dug Methodism

The Northern Echo:

2:57pm Monday 28th July 2014

MEMORIES readers have incredible eagle eyes. Tucked away in an unobtrusive corner last week was an anonymous photograph. It was taken in November 1959 when the photographer had only written “Swaledale”. It showed a distant building set in a bleak moorland.

‘Well, Kenny, you’re a hero’

The Northern Echo:

2:44pm Monday 28th July 2014

HAVING read their poem to their war hero that day in 1916, the Durham children then presented him with a marble clock, a pipe and some tobacco.



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