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12:35pm Monday 14th April 2014
SATURDAY, April 10, 1954, was the day that southwest Durham “moved” to Wembley as 100,000 spectators armed with corncrakes, bells, trumpets, banners, rosettes and decorated hats took their place inside football’s famous stadium to watch Bishop Auckland play Crook Town in the FA Amateur Cup Final.
12:25pm Monday 14th April 2014
12:13pm Monday 14th April 2014
SIT still children. Adjust your best clothes and hide any marks on your ultra-white smocks. Place your work on the desk in front of you. Sit up straight. Both arms behind your back. Look at the camera and, whatever you do, do not smile.
11:58am Monday 14th April 2014
FIRE! Flames were licking through the roof of the new Co-op store in Spennymoor when Mr Curry, watchmaker, raised the alarm. In fact, it must have been burning merrily as the gas meter had been destroyed and the gas was still blazing into the grocery shop.
5:07pm Monday 31st March 2014
AS some of the world’s fastest bikes race through the Yorkshire countryside this summer, as part of the Tour De France’s Grand Depart, there will be some bicycles of a slightly different nature on display in Ripon.
3:29pm Monday 31st March 2014
ON the morning of July 14, 1977, about 1,500 people gathered at Newcastle airport to welcome royalty. The Queen was in the middle of celebrating her Silver Jubilee, but it wasn’t Her Majesty who people were waiting for, or why 17 youth jazz bands lined the entrance to the airport.
3:02pm Monday 31st March 2014
2:59pm Monday 31st March 2014
ANNE WALL is writing a book about the First World War VAD hospitals of the North Riding of Yorkshire. She has recently uncovered this splendid picture of VAD nurses at Masham, but still would like more information.
2:58pm Monday 31st March 2014
MEMORIES 169 continued the story of the Hartlepool bombardment – that staggering day in December 1914 when three enemy ships appeared out of the mist and shelled the coastal town. About 123 people died in Hartlepool, and a further 70 were killed in simultaneous attacks on Scarborough and Whitby.
2:52pm Monday 31st March 2014
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3:31pm Thursday 27th March 2014
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3:05pm Thursday 27th March 2014
ON February 6, 1894, The Northern Echo reported that at the annual meeting of the Weardale and Shildon District Waterworks Company, held the day before in the Mechanics Institute in Darlington, John Rogerson of Croxdale Hall had been re-elected as one of four directors. The shareholders had also voted to increase the expenses the directors were allowed to incur each year from £250 to £500.
2:56pm Thursday 27th March 2014
IN Memories 162, we were on the trail of the Naafi in Darlington. The Naafi – or Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes – was formed in 1921 to provide recreational activities for servicemen and to sell them goods.
2:14pm Thursday 27th March 2014
“He lies beneath the ocean – no more fitting resting place for men of our race. His body is separated from us by half the world, and he and his gallant comrades lie far from the pleasant homes of England. “Yet they have their reward... “Theirs’ is an immortal place in the great roll of naval heroes whose work has built up the Empire and has secured the freedom of mankind…”
12:35pm Monday 17th March 2014
12:20pm Monday 17th March 2014
NEARLY 120,000 turned out to see the six surviving A4 railway engines from the 1930s at Shildon’s museum recently, so it is not surprising that the Memories inbox has been full of memories of the streamlined dreamliners.
12:16pm Monday 17th March 2014
12:07pm Monday 17th March 2014
Since Christmas, Memories has been serialising the First World War diary of Gunner George James, a miner from the Durham pit village of Littletown. We are following his war on the Western Front as it unfolded exactly 98 years ago.
11:52am Monday 17th March 2014
Meet the founder. These are the first photographs of Charles Samuel Craven ever to appear in The Northern Echo even though he is the man who created Darlington FC – the mighty Quakers – and the man who founded the Northern League – the second oldest league in the world which was known as the Craven League.
3:19pm Monday 10th March 2014
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2:59pm Monday 10th March 2014
Unless they are halted by rabbits, trains now run unhindered from Northallerton to Yarm along the Leeds Northern Railway. Once upon a time, though, the trains clattered through three stations and over a couple of level crossings. The stationmasters and crossing keepers all had their houses beside the line. Signalmen had boxes galore, and railwaymen lived in lineside cottages.
2:50pm Monday 10th March 2014
2:36pm Monday 10th March 2014
Early morning on December 16, 1914, Mary Stainthorpe, 13, was among an excited hubbub of children boarding their usual train taking them from their colliery homes in Durham to their grammar school at the coast.
2:25pm Monday 3rd March 2014
ARNOLD ALTON was a tough, nononsense centre half who followed famous amateur names like Ray Tate, Bobby Davison and Colin Bainbridge in wearing the number five shirt for both Bishop Auckland and Crook Town.
2:13pm Monday 3rd March 2014
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12:39pm Monday 3rd March 2014
At 2am on August 4, 1916, Private William Bailey, rose up out of his trench and launched himself over the top. Suddenly, he felt a terrible stinging sensation in his right leg which caused him to topple into the mud of the Somme. A machine gun bullet had smashed through his right thigh. He attempted to dress his wound, but a shell exploded perilously close to where he lay, burying him almost completely in soil.
3:26pm Monday 24th February 2014
THIS weekend marks the 58-year anniversary of Newcastle United making footballing history as they were the first ever club to win a Football League game under floodlights, with victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
2:59pm Monday 24th February 2014
3:35pm Monday 17th February 2014
3:08pm Monday 17th February 2014
THE Great Goodbye starts this weekend at Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon. As we told last week, the six surviving A4 steam locomotives from the 1930s will gather for what will probably be the last time in our lifetimes before two of them return to their north American homes.
2:58pm Monday 17th February 2014
2:49pm Monday 17th February 2014
‘OF all the terrible consequences of war in the way of personal disfigurement and incapacitation, none can compare with the distress of total blindness,” began an article in The Northern Echo on March 7, 1916.
2:47pm Monday 17th February 2014
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3:10pm Monday 10th February 2014
YOU couldn’t tweet from the trenches. You couldn’t text, email or Facebook. You just had to postcard. Younger readers will find it amazing that 100 years ago a soldier would buy an attractive piece of card and write, using a pen or pencil, a message on it.
2:49pm Monday 10th February 2014
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12:23pm Monday 10th February 2014
Next weekend, six historic steam engines will gather at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon. More than 70,000 people from all over the world are expected for the week-long Great Goodbye, which will be the last reunion of the six surviving A4 Pacific locos before two of them disappear back to their homes in north America
3:20pm Monday 3rd February 2014
3:07pm Monday 3rd February 2014
THE people of Middlesbrough are said to have been so impressed by the singing potential of a teenager growing up in their midst that they collected enough money to send her to the Royal Academy of Music in London.
2:58pm Monday 3rd February 2014
2:51pm Monday 3rd February 2014
HAVING been badly injured twice down Mainsforth Colliery, Joseph Weston decided to join up in 1917. Then, instead of being injured by the enemy, he found himself subjected to the torture of Field Punishment Number One by his own side.
2:49pm Monday 3rd February 2014
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3:57pm Monday 27th January 2014
WITH Sunderland returning to FA Cup action this afternoon as they take on non-league Kidderminster Harriers in the fourth round of the competition, thoughts will turn to the heroes of 1973, who were the last players from the club to lift the trophy.
- Barnard Castle
- Bishop Auckland
- Crook & Weardale
- Durham City
- York & Harrogate
- Newton Aycliffe
- Richmond & The Dales
- Tyne & Wear
- Whitby & Scarborough