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The Vintage Belles take Darlington by storm as they perform sell out gig

The Northern Echo: The Vintage Belles (l-r) Tracy Walker, Illona Stanga, Nikki Jowett, Andrea Lambell, Jacquie Mountain, Amy McAllister and Nicky Broadhurst

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A GROUP of friends who formed a vocal group after meeting in local choirs have performed to a sell out crowd at their first solo gig.

Rubbing shoulders with sporting superstars at Steve Cram's charity event

The Northern Echo: CHARITY MO-BOT: Mo Farah in trademark pose at Steve Cram's charity event in London

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Stars of sport and entertainment gathered in London this week to help raise money for a North-East-based children's charity co-founded by Steve Cram. The Northern Echo was the only newspaper in the country invited, with sports writer Steph Clark in attendance at the Royal Garden Hotel.

Villagers hope to 'Save West Rainton' from 150 new homes

The Northern Echo: Michael Johnson (in white shirt, centre) with villagers who are opposed to building at West Rainton.

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

RESIDENTS say they are fighting to “Save West Rainton” from plans to build 150 homes in the village.

North Tyneside council cited as 'health and safety gone mad'

12:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

A NORTH-East council has been held up as an example of health and safety gone mad by a Government minister.

Children going to school hungry and cold as parents struggle to make ends meet, teaching union warns

The Northern Echo: Teachers may strike for first time at Quest Academy

12:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

CHILDREN are going to school hungry, cold and wearing dirty clothes because their parents are struggling for money, a teachers union has warned.

Missing Stockton woman Barbara Dickinson, 79, found and returned home

7:56pm Friday 18th April 2014

A 79-YEAR-old woman, who had gone missing with her dog, has been found safe and well.

Northallerton man who bought mobile phone stun gun in Turkey jailed

The Northern Echo: Lee David Sams, of Farncombe Terrace, Evenwood, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

4:20pm Friday 18th April 2014

A MAN who bought a mobile phone which had been turned into a stun gun to protect his family while holidaying in Turkey has been jailed.

Man with passion for fishing able to make it his full time job after being taken on by game shooting business

4:46pm Friday 18th April 2014

A MAN with a passion for fishing has been able to make his hobby a full time job after the coaching business he ran in his spare time was snapped up by a regional country pursuits company.

Bishop of Durham takes his place in Good Friday Walk of Witness

The Northern Echo: Bishop of Durham takes his place in Good Friday Walk of Witness

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

TRADITIONAL Easter parades, events and activities have taken place across the region today.

£10,000 boost for sports clubs in Durham and Chester-le-Street

The Northern Echo: Local youth football

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A GRANT of £10,500 will support sports clubs across Durham and Chester-le-Street.

Middleham Stables Open Day a success thanks to glorious weather

The Northern Echo: One of the horses poses for the camera Mark Johnston's stables. Photo: Chris Booth

3:44pm Friday 18th April 2014

THE GOOD Friday Middleham Stables Open Day was blessed with glorious sunshine which drew in crowds looking for an Easter day out.

End of free carrier bags leads to shoppers getting trollied

The Northern Echo: WHEELY FUN: Are shopping trolleys the next trendy fashion for hip young things? Argos thinks so

2:50pm Friday 18th April 2014

COMMONLY associated with grannies, wheeled shopping trolleys hit a popularity peak in the Seventies before the arrival of huge hypermarkets and disposable carrier bags.

Former RAF pilot takes on charity challenges after best friend is diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease

The Northern Echo: Chris Burwell in the Alps ahead of his charity challenges

2:53pm Friday 18th April 2014

A former RAF pilot has pledged to raise £10,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association after his best friend was diagnosed with the disease.

Great North Passion draws the crowds to hear story of Christ's death retold

The Northern Echo: The Great North Passion

5:01pm Friday 18th April 2014

A LIVE broadcast telling the story of the crucifiction of Jesus Christ has been staged in the North-East.

Brigade calling on residents to help cut out arson attacks

The Northern Echo: Youngsters taking part in family fun day as Cleveland Fire Brigade launches it Easter arson campaign.

4:21pm Friday 18th April 2014

FIRE chiefs are appealing to local residents to play their part to help win the battle to stop arson.

Police trying to trace owner of motorbike involved in collision in Hartlepool

The Northern Echo: Firefighters clean up the road following the incident on Owton Manor Lane.

2:36pm Friday 18th April 2014

POLICE are trying to trace the owner of motorbike which collided with a car in Hartlepool after the rider left the scene of the incident.

Netherlands navy submarine spends four days in North Shields

The Northern Echo: Netherlands navy submarine spends four days in North Shields

1:50pm Friday 18th April 2014

The Royal Netherlands Navy has returned to the region with the visit of the submarine HNLMS Walrus.

Diamond wedding anniversary couple say happy marriage is down to tolerance and having a laugh

The Northern Echo: Malcolm and Margaret Laverick on their wedding day in 1954

2:30pm Friday 18th April 2014

A COUPLE celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary said the secret to a happy marriage is to be tolerant of one another – and to be able to laugh together.

Three new faces at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

1:34pm Friday 18th April 2014

THREE new faces have been welcomed to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

No plans to make the Haughton Road throughabout into a normal roundabout, council says

The Northern Echo: Congestion at the Haughton Road throughabout

1:27pm Friday 18th April 2014

COUNCIL officials have insisted that they have no plans to change a much-maligned road junction in Darlington, but have admitted its operation will be reviewed later this year.

Movie prop maker accepted into prestigious fellowship of furniture makers

The Northern Echo: MASTER CRAFTSMAN: Craig Narramore making some tables for the film Hercules

12:20pm Friday 18th April 2014

A MASTER prop maker for some of the biggest blockbusters in the last ten years has now been accepted into an elite group of furniture crafters.

Award for Stanley school

The Northern Echo: North Durham Academy is appealing for community help

12:57pm Friday 18th April 2014

A SCHOOL in Stanley has received national recognition for students’ achievements at GCSE level.

Body of elderly man found in river

The Northern Echo: REG LEAD - Man accidentally stabbed ex-girlfriend

12:08pm Friday 18th April 2014

THE body of a 72 -year-old man from Durham has been recovered from the River Wear.

Funding boost for grassroots teams at Mowden Park Rugby Club

The Northern Echo: SIGN OF CHANGE: The new sign being put in place prior to Mowden Park's first rugby match at the arena

11:50am Friday 18th April 2014

A NORTH-East rugby club has been awarded a £50,000 grant to boost its facilities and encourage grassroots participation.

Picking up knife costs attacked man in Ferryhill £100

The Northern Echo: Lee David Sams, of Farncombe Terrace, Evenwood, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A MAN who picked up a knife to frighten further attackers after being beaten unconscious on a night out has been given a conditional discharge.

Ramblers step out on newly completed section of coastal path

The Northern Echo: Ramblers take in section of new coastal path in the North-East

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

RAMBLERS stepped out with gusto for bracing walks along a newly opened stretch of coastal path in the North-East.

Hotel seeks licence to bring back popular music festival

The Northern Echo: Sharleen Spiteri of Texas during a performance at Hardwick Live in Sedgefield last year

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A HOTEL chain is seeking a premises licence to bring back a popular live music event for a second year.

Flowers and make-up for wedding winners

The Northern Echo: Echo wedding winner Julie Bond with florist Sally Bennett at Nattrass florist in Duke Street, Darlington

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

PREPARATIONS for the wedding of Northern Echo competition winners Julie Bond and Darren Hird are continuing with gusto.

Judge cuts jail sentence on woman who supplied drugs to man before he died

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where the original fraud trial took place

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A JUDGE has cut the sentence on a woman who supplied drugs to a man shortly before his death after admitting it was too high.

Coeliac Disease won't stop 300-mile charity cyclist

The Northern Echo: Gaynor Woodford-Phillips is cycling from London to Paris

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A DETERMINED fundraiser is not letting a digestive disease stop her from pedaling 300 miles from London to Paris for charity.

Willington baker Cassie rises to the top with bodybuilding success

The Northern Echo: Cassie Miller, who finished second in the Ardler Classic

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A BAKER has quickly risen in her new quest to become an elite bodybuilder after being challenged by her fiancée.

Death of popular North-East novelist Benita Brown

The Northern Echo: Popular North-East novelist Benita Brown, who died earlier this week in hospital on Tyneside.

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A NORTH-EAST novelist, who wrote in the regional romantic style popularised by Catherine Cookson, has died in hospital, aged 77.

REG PIC RAF Warrant Officer receives MBE

The Northern Echo: Retired Warrant Officer (WO) Barry McEvoy

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A RETIRED RAF engineer has been awarded his MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Fans flock to meet rugby legend

The Northern Echo: Former England rugby union player Phil Vickery MBE appears at the store to launch his new clothing line.  Pictured perfroming the opening with George Bell (14) who plays for the Darlingtion RFU u-14s team

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

AN ENGLAND rugby legend forged a friendship with a North East club when he visited the region to launch a clothing line.

Darlington table tennis club goes from strength to strength

The Northern Echo: Darlington Table Tennis Academy member Leo Pontone, eight, during training at Longfield School in Darlington

11:36am Friday 18th April 2014

A TABLE tennis club that has introduced more than 400 children to the sport has encouraged more people to take up a paddle .

Estate agents sleeping rough to raise money for homeless people

The Northern Echo: Charity challenge: Hunters’ staff, from left, Brian Briddick, Steve McDonald, Lisa Preston and Georgina Evans prepare to sleep rough for the night.

11:24am Friday 18th April 2014

WORKERS more used to finding homes for people will be spending the night on the streets to raise money for the homeless.

Parents advised to make plans for 1D show at Sunderland

The Northern Echo: One Direction are play Sunderland on May 28

11:19am Friday 18th April 2014

PLANS are underway to prepare for pop superstars One Direction when they visit the region next month.

Council leader setting the record straight over High Street 'myths'

The Northern Echo: Probe into Yarm High Street pay and display judicial review

10:17am Friday 18th April 2014

A LEADER of a council has sought to “set the record straight” about myths surrounding the plan to replace Yarm’s cobbles.

Conditional discharge for Darlington man who argued with stepmother

The Northern Echo: Lee David Sams, of Farncombe Terrace, Evenwood, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A MAN who lashed out at his father’s fence after arguing with his stepmother over his future has been given a conditional discharge.

Good Friday means death, but Easter is about new beginnings

The Northern Echo: The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, the Dean of Durham

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

IN an Easter message, the Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, the Dean of Durham, argues the season is one of change, but also hope and expectation.

Mums organise national march for the NHS

The Northern Echo: Event organiser Joanna Adams speaking at the NHS rally in Darlington

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A GROUP of North East mothers are organising a rallying march for the NHS following in the footsteps of the historic Jarrow March.

£20m student digs plan would create 'totally unbalanced community'

The Northern Echo: Neville House and Sheraton House

12:10am Friday 18th April 2014

RESIDENTS are gearing up for a County Hall showdown with developers who want to build ᆪ20m-worth of student digs on their doorstep.

Choir to pay tribute to First World War fallen at spring concert

The Northern Echo: The stone cross at Gainford

11:13am Friday 18th April 2014

A CHOIR will remember the First World War at its spring concert.

Village groups' joint bid for National Lottery cash to renovate war memorial

The Northern Echo: Village groups' joint bid for National Lottery cash to renovate war memorial

11:10am Friday 18th April 2014

VILLAGE groups are joining together in a bid to secure lottery cash for the renovation of a war memorial.

Russian born Teesdale-based artist plans unique Easter Monday show in Durham Cathedral cloisters

The Northern Echo: LIVE PAINTING: Artist Maria Rud, who has devised the Animotion Show which will be staged at Durham Cathedral

11:06am Friday 18th April 2014

A UNIQUE evening's entertainment of live painting and music will take place at Durham Cathedral.

Dispute over who should look after village green

The Northern Echo: IN DISPUTE: Part of MIddleton-in-Teesdale Village Green

11:01am Friday 18th April 2014

PARISH councillors have decided against challenging a County Durham estate over ownership of a village green.

Work begins on new banner which will take pride of place at Durham Miners' Gala

The Northern Echo: Image for Durham Miners Gala

3:15pm Friday 18th April 2014

A NEW banner to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike will also be a potent symbol of the struggles facing today's workers and those seeking employment, according to union officials.

Easter Monday launch for Teesdale Challenge Walks

The Northern Echo: WALKING CHALLENGE: Ian Tallentire and Lynda Bares, of the Upper Teesdale Tourism Network

10:47am Friday 18th April 2014

A REJUVENATED tourism group is hoping a new series of walks will attract more visitors to rural County Durham.

Fish and chip shop forced to close after Good Friday fire

2:25pm Friday 18th April 2014

A FISH and chip shop was damaged by fire shortly before opening for business on what is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year.

Anglers warned they face prosecution if caught fishing illegally

The Northern Echo: GONE FISHING: A serene spot is at Llanover on the Usk just above Pantygoitre Bridge.

4:37pm Friday 18th April 2014

ANGLERS are being reminded that the coarse fish close season is in operation, as enforcement officers cast their net on illegal fishing.





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