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

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.

Women at war

The Northern Echo:

4:56pm Monday 21st July 2014

WITH glossy, white hair and wearing a floral knee-length fitted dress and heels, Kate Adie looks very different from the flak-jacketed war correspondent who first appeared on our TV screens in the Eighties.

Wonderful career

The Northern Echo:

11:34am Monday 21st July 2014

ON Wednesday July 21 1954, 21-year-old Keith Hopper, in his first season with Bishop Auckland Cricket Club, strode to the wicket at Grangefield Cricket Ground in Stockton to join his skipper, Bill Proud, at the crease against Middlesbrough in the final of the Kerridge Cup.

Scholars and scandals

The Northern Echo:

11:07am Monday 21st July 2014

WOLSINGHAM school opened on June 19, 1614, after William James, the Bishop of Durham, had given land to nine eminent local men for the buildings. The nine men became trustees, and each was allowed to nominate two local poor boys, aged more than eight, to receive three years of education in the Christian religion and basic grammar.

The deadly crash of 1969

The Northern Echo:

10:48am Monday 21st July 2014

FRED HENDERSON was doubly delighted to see the picture in Memories 185 of the ANSA garage at Langley Moor, near Durham City.

When religion was treason

The Northern Echo:

10:33am Monday 21st July 2014

NOWADAYS, the churches in Trimdon are very ecumenical. They get on very well with each other. Today, both Protestant and Catholic churches are open to the public to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Catholic church that was built on land given by the kindly Protestant landowner.

Projects to commemorate First World War centenary awarded £100,000 by Heritage Lottery Fund

The Northern Echo: WAR AT SEA: The damaged bow of the ship Firfield after the German bombardment of Hartlepool. The ship was later torpedoed

6:02am Monday 21st July 2014

SEVEN projects that will see the centenary of of the First World War commemorated in different ways across the North-East have been awarded more than £100,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A grand aristocrat, by George!

The Northern Echo:

4:14pm Monday 14th July 2014

SHE may have been the daughter of the King of Greece, the cousin of King George V and have married into Russia’s Imperial family, but this was one Grand Duchess who didn’t mind getting her hands dirty.

Golden memories

The Northern Echo:

1:06pm Monday 14th July 2014

WITH the 2014 Commonwealth Games fast approaching, we look back at the achievements of a man our North-East athletes will be looking to emulate in Glasgow On August 6, 1978, all eyes were on the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada.

Pull over for exhibition

The Northern Echo:

12:51pm Monday 14th July 2014

AT the end of this month, Lingfield Point is celebrating 60 years of its existence on the edge of Darlington by staging an exhibition.

Paying a heavy price

The Northern Echo:

12:24pm Monday 14th July 2014

HUTTON MAGNA is a little place on which the First World War had a big impact. One hundred years ago, it and its neighbour, West Layton, comprised 55 houses. Even in those overcrowded days, the population of the two villages cannot have been more than a few hundred.

Readers help put us in the picture again

12:12pm Monday 14th July 2014

MEMORIES 183 took us over to Spout House at Bilsdale on the North York Moors, where there has been a pub called the Sun Inn since time immemorial.

Telling the Hole story

The Northern Echo:

12:09pm Monday 14th July 2014

IN the summer of 1964, the Hole in the Wall colliery was winding down. Men were being laid off and, although there had been no official announcement, test borings for a new seam had been poor, so the writing was on the wall.

Sport Memories: When the Milk Race came to the North-East

The Northern Echo: ON YOUR BIKE: Spectators gather as The 1972 Milk Race goes through Hetton-le-Hole

11:38am Monday 7th July 2014

THOUSANDS of spectators are expected the line the route of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart this weekend, but in years gone by the region has played a big part in the most prestigious cycling event in the British calendar.

Feared in the classroom

The Northern Echo: IMPOSING EDIFICE:  A pre-First World War postcard of Darlington High School for Girls in Cleveland Terrace

11:38am Monday 7th July 2014

MEMORIES 184 told the extraordinary tale of Bentley Beetham, who was born in Darlington, became a schoolmaster in Barnard Castle and, amazingly, took part in George Mallory's fateful expedition up Everest in 1924.

Wealth creator or crook?

The Northern Echo: PEIRSE'S CREST: A bookplate found in a gardening book from Thomas' 18th Century library

11:36am Monday 7th July 2014

Building a port 26 miles from the sea may seem like folly, but it very nearly worked for 18th Century entrepreneur Thomas Peirse

And so the final chapter...

The Northern Echo: SOME SHELLS: These are French shells, as pictured in the Echo on July 12, 1916 – something like these shells accounted for poor George

11:34am Monday 7th July 2014

The diary of Gunner George, which has charted the relentless horror of war, reaches a tragic conclusion on the bloody fields of the Somme

Diary of Gunner George James: Over the top and into battle

The Northern Echo: DIARIST: Gunner George James

2:13pm Monday 30th June 2014

AT 7.30am on July 1, 1916, the guns stopped, the mines exploded, the whistles blew and the British soldiers climbed up out of their trenches and walked into no man’s land towards the German lines.

High-born and the ordinary man - everyone suffered as the fighting raged on

The Northern Echo: WAR MEMORIES: Diane Bell and Jennifer Priestley  pictured inside next to the war memorial prior to the village’s WW1 remembrance exhibitionStaindrop Church. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT 


2:12pm Monday 30th June 2014

FROM the castle to the cottage, no family was safe from the First World War. Two years after it ended, on December 12, 1920, villagers from Staindrop gathered to remember those of the 200 they had waved off to fight but whom had never come home.

Rat who left a sinking ship

The Northern Echo: STRANGE CAR: The one in front has a bell on the bumper and a light on the roof

2:09pm Monday 30th June 2014

"THERE can be no doubt that it was to his defaults that the loss of this vessel is mainly due," concluded the official inquiry into the sinking of the SS Clan Macduff in 1881. "In abandoning his ship as he did, he shewed a lamentable want of those qualities which ought to distinguish the master of a British vessel."

Italia upset

The Northern Echo: JOINING TEAM: Roy Aitken signs for Newcastle in January 1990

2:12pm Monday 23rd June 2014

LET’S face it, not many would have predicted Costa Rica to beat Uruguay 3-1 in their World Cup opener last Saturday, except for those who remember Italia 90.

Rude rhymes and ghosts

The Northern Echo: MOST HAUNTED: Darlington’s Civic Theatre, very soon after it opened in 1907

12:28pm Monday 23rd June 2014

MEMORIES appears to have been lead astray, in the nicest possible way, by Kirby Sigston WI. Kirby Sigston is a delightfully hidden part of the world to the east of Northallerton, as we told in Memories 182.

Raising a forgotten hero

The Northern Echo: ON THE 1924 EXPEDITION: Bentley Beetham (1886-1963)

11:56am Monday 23rd June 2014

IT was the end of the third round. We had taken punishment. We were retiring to a corner to recuperate. There was to be another round, or rounds, of course. The mountain could be, and would be, climbed.

Bombardment story to explode in London

The Northern Echo: EXHIBITION POSTCARDS: Unexploded shells collected in Hartlepool after the bombardment of December 16, 1914

11:43am Monday 23rd June 2014

ON July 19, the Imperial War Museum in London will reopen with a major new exhibition about the First World War, utilising the museum’s unparalleled collection of 1,300 wartime items.

Delivering the killer blow

The Northern Echo: Gunner George

11:22am Monday 23rd June 2014

NINETY-EIGHT years ago this week, Gunner George James was in the trenches near Albert, in northern France, writing his diary.

Bede Contingent stuck their oar in

The Northern Echo: ALL THAT WAS LEFT: The Bede Contingent after the First World War

3:14pm Monday 16th June 2014

IT is the premier rowing event at Durham Regatta and in 1910, it was won by a team from Bede College.

Fair enough, it’s a mess

The Northern Echo: IT’S LIKE STAGEYBANK FAIR: A Border Fair by John Ritchie, with Corbridge in the background. The picture is in the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

2:40pm Monday 16th June 2014

IF a child’s bedroom was untidy, a south-west Durham grandmother might be heard to exclaim: “Eee, this place is like Stageybank Fair.”

Into the jaws of hell

The Northern Echo: Gunner George

2:32pm Monday 16th June 2014

GUNNER GEORGE JAMES’ 1916 diary is now reaching its critical phase. Returning from leave in the warmth of his coalming community in County Durham, he suddenly finds that he is a tiny part in one of the largest military build-ups of the First World War.

The unlikely Italian hero

The Northern Echo: IN ACTION: Pino playing for Lazio

1:06pm Monday 16th June 2014

THE 1974 Italian World Cup squad is packed with famous footballing names. There’s Dino Zoff, one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time who is the oldest person ever to win the trophy. There’s captain Giacinto Facchetti, the first great attacking full-back.

Blaydon Race heroes

The Northern Echo: THE OFF: Mike McLeod, wearing number 334, leads the field as the runners set off in the 1992 Blaydon Race

3:38pm Monday 9th June 2014

THE year 1981 was a big one for North-East athletes, none more so than Elswick Harriers member Mike McLeod.

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