Leading artist to host family event at museum

The Northern Echo: Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry will be at the Yorkshire Museum © Grayson Perry

12:10am Monday 21st April 2014

TURNER award winning artist Grayson Perry is to host a night of bear-themed events at a museum next month.

Outsanding North-East businesses honoured by the Queen

The Northern Echo: QUEEN'S AWARD: Ann Stonehouse

12:10am Monday 21st April 2014

NORTH-EAST innovators, exporters and entrepreneurs have been honoured in Her Majesty The Queens annual business awards, announced today.

Skin cancer rates soar in the North East as the search for the 'perfect tan' continues

The Northern Echo: Warning as skin cancer is on the rise in East Lancashire

12:10am Monday 21st April 2014

SKIN cancer rates in the North-East have more than trebled in the last 20 years, with hundreds of people diagnosed every year, new figures have shown.

Bowls club "in shock" after securing £48,000 grant

The Northern Echo: Northallerton Bowling Club is encouraging more families and young people to try out the game after securing funding. Picture by Stuart Boulton

6:30pm Sunday 20th April 2014

MEMBERS of a bowling club say they are "in shock" after securing a staggering £48,000 grant just 12 months after staring closure in the face.

Councils accused of hoarding millions of pounds worth of art

The Northern Echo: Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives said that large numbers of the city's art collection was rotated or loaned to other museums.

6:07pm Sunday 20th April 2014

COUNCILS across the country are hoarding millions of pounds worth of publicly owned works of art, an investigation has revealed.

Donation to The Prince's Trust will help young people in County Durham set up their own businesses

The Northern Echo: £22M DONATIONS: County Durham Community Foundation

5:32pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A YOUTH enterprise scheme run by the Prince’s Trust has been awarded £75,000 to help young people in the North East start their own businesses.

Hundreds of supporters gather for the 'FA Cup of Bowls' in Darlington

The Northern Echo: The EIBA finals take place at the Darlington Indoor Bowls Club. Stanley (purple shirts) take on Wey Valley (maroon shirts) in one of the mens' semi-finals

5:18pm Sunday 20th April 2014

INDOOR bowls fans have enjoyed a weekend of high-quality action as a North East venue hosted a prestigious national championship for the first time in 20 years.

Police hunt thief wearing Halloween mask after supermarket raid

The Northern Echo: Police hunt masked thief

5:36pm Sunday 20th April 2014

STAFF at a supermarket have been left shaken after a man wearing a Halloween mask and pink gloves burst in and stole money.

Hunting for Easter eggs - on horseback

4:32pm Sunday 20th April 2014

AN equestrian centre hosted Easter activities at the weekend, in aid of a disabled riding club that is based there.

Motorbikers get on their bikes to spread Easter good cheer to elderly

The Northern Echo: From left, unicyclists Laura Aitkin 12 and Erin Jones 13 give a helping hand to fundraising motorcyclists at Thornaby Pavillion.

5:11pm Sunday 20th April 2014

MOTORBIKERS gave up their Easter weekend to raise money for charity before getting on their bikes to take Easter eggs to dementia sufferers.

Family of five rescued from car following collision on moors road

The Northern Echo: North Yorkshire Police - zxc

4:00pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A FAMILY – believed to be grandparents with their grandchildren – had to be rescued when their car ended up in a ditch following a collision.

One day until locos start to head home

The Northern Echo: Easter Monday will be the last chance to see the trains before they are returned to Canada and America

3:05pm Sunday 20th April 2014

TOMORROW (Monday, April 21) is the last chance to see two iconic locomotives from a museum’s hugely popular exhibition before they are shipped home across the Atlantic.

Archbishop's Easter message highlights tax avoidance and human trafficking

The Northern Echo: Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu baptises Beverley Forde outside York Minster

2:31pm Sunday 20th April 2014

THE ARCHBISHOP of York used his Easter Day sermon to highlight human trafficking, child sex abuse, gender-based violence and tax avoidance.

Football club's drive for long range goal

The Northern Echo: Annfield Plain manager Keith Sheardown and volunteer groundsman Marshall Lawson with the plans to revamp the club

1:50pm Sunday 20th April 2014

AMBITIOUS plans to restore an ailing Victorian community football club back to its former glory have been unveiled.

Hundreds of bikers support children's wards with annual Easter Egg Run

The Northern Echo: Some of the hundreds of bikes waiting to set off on the Durham Easter Egg Run

1:51pm Sunday 20th April 2014

HUNDREDS of bikers turned out to make Easter a little sweeter for children spending the bank holiday in hospital.

Taylor raises money for charity

The Northern Echo: Taylor chose to raise money for St Cuthbert's Hospice

2:25pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A SCHOOLBOY has raised over £250 for charity over lent.

Village's affordable housing development named one of UK's best

The Northern Echo: Children from Osmotherley School Primary School celebrate the opening of the award-winning affordable housing development

1:51pm Sunday 20th April 2014

AN affordable housing development in a North Yorkshire village has been named one of the best in the UK.

Bishop gives first Easter Day service

The Northern Echo: This morning's service at Durham Cathedral

12:45pm Sunday 20th April 2014

THE recently enthroned Bishop of Durham has spoken of human fear during his inaugural Easter Day service.

Latest 'free school'-related housing development rejected by council

The Northern Echo: Labour candidate: Louise Baldock

12:38pm Sunday 20th April 2014

YET another plan to build hundreds of new homes on land adjacent to a planned new ‘free school’ in south Stockton has been rejected.

Easter fun in Darlington markets and Elim Church

The Northern Echo: Members of Red Hall Dance School perform at the Easter Eggstraordinary Market

12:01pm Sunday 20th April 2014

THERE was Easter fun across Darlington this weekend as a series of activities took place for families around the town.

Friends and driver helped teenager at roadside

The Northern Echo: ACCIDENT SCENE: Emergency crews attend to a 14-year-old girl who was struck by a car

11:50am Sunday 20th April 2014

FRIENDS of a girl who suffered a serious head injury when she was hit by a van were among those that helped look after her until emergency crews arrived at the scene.

MP gets his hands dirty to improve street

The Northern Echo: James Wharton MP helps fill in pot holes

12:33pm Sunday 20th April 2014

AN MP has got his hands dirty and filled in potholes on a long-neglected road in his constituency.

Multi million pound scheme to move school to new site

The Northern Echo: Headteacher Maggie Collins

10:54am Sunday 20th April 2014

FUNDING of £2.7m has been awarded to a north Durham school for children with special educational needs to allow them to move bigger premises.

Top martial artists at North event

The Northern Echo: TOP LINE UP: International instructors 9th Dan Soke Alan Campbell (Australia) Sensei Trevor Forsyth (UK Rep) 9th Dan Soke Stefano Mancini (Italy) and Sensei Mathew Papallo (Australia) with ju-jitsu students at Newton Aycliffe

10:23am Sunday 20th April 2014

SOME of the world’s leading martial artists ran a training day at a County Durham club.

Museum visitors can get answers about their antiques

The Northern Echo: Bowes Museum

9:50am Sunday 20th April 2014

EXPERTS will offer valuations and advice at a drop-in antiques fair at a North East museum next weekend. (Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.)

Spaceman to land in North

The Northern Echo: WOW FACTOR: This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of Comet ISON was taken on April 10, 2013.

9:33am Sunday 20th April 2014

THE first UK astronaut to walk in space will land in the North East next month to inspire a new generation of scientists.

Conservative MP recommends non-Tory candidates in parish council election

The Northern Echo: 'COMMON SENSE': James Wharton MP

6:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

AN MP has described a parish council in his constituency as “dysfunctional” in a letter sent to Conservative supporters.

Keeping blacksmiths' skills alive - leading authority to give talk

The Northern Echo: Chris Topp, a leading authority on ironwork and blacksmiths' skills

5:23pm Sunday 20th April 2014

ONE of the world’s leading architectural metal workers is to give a talk in North Yorkshire.

Child’s play coming to Consett

The Northern Echo: The cast of Pirate Gran

12:10pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A PLAY for children is coming to the Empire Theatre in Consett.

Store to support Alsatian charity

The Northern Echo: Pets at Home store in Consett has announced Shepherd Support UK is its chosen charity partner.

11:55am Sunday 20th April 2014

A PET store, which recently opened in north Durham, is hoping to make a difference to the lives of German Shepherd dogs.

Volunteers needed for community help

The Northern Echo: The charity, Victim Support, is working with the social landlord, Derwentside Homes, and Durham County Council’s Safe Durham Partnership.

11:16am Sunday 20th April 2014

A PROJECT which supports for victims of anti-social behaviour in north Durham is appealing for volunteers.

Dads invited to play day

The Northern Echo: Crawley girl scalped by toy train

10:04am Sunday 20th April 2014

A PLAY session for dads and their children will be held in Spennymoor next month.

Civic dinner success

The Northern Echo: CIVIC EVENT: Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson with Mayor Ken Campbell and consort Ann Kells

9:11am Sunday 20th April 2014

A CIVIC dinner raised well over £1,000 for a mayor’s charity appeal.

Review of fire stations and engines

The Northern Echo: Flat badly damaged by fire in North Yorkshire town

5:46pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Representatives of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be in Harrogate on Friday, April 25, as they consult with the public ahead of a review of fire cover in the county.

Litter pickers wanted to clean up Redcar beach

The Northern Echo: The stretch of Redcar beach where the woman's body was found yesterday

3:40pm Sunday 20th April 2014

AN army of volunteer litter pickers is expected to descend on a Redcar beach, next week, as part of this year’s national Big Beach Clean Up.

Man has surgery after being glassed in pub

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 70s died

1:04pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A 22-YEAR-OLD man is in hospital after being struck in the face with a glass by a man in a Redcar pub.

Help need for community litter pick

The Northern Echo: Litter pickers needed for park event

11:31am Sunday 20th April 2014

Derwent Valley Partnership is looking for volunteers to take part in an ‘after event’ litter pick following the forthcoming Party in the Park event on Sunday July 20, 12pm-6pm in Blackhill and Consett Park.

Bounce into action

The Northern Echo: TRAMPOLINE CLASS: You don't have to be as good as Great Britain's Katherine Driscoll to try trampolining

10:59am Sunday 20th April 2014

A TRAMPOLINE course for 11 to 16-year-olds will be launched at Teesdale Leisure Centre, in Barnard Castle, next week. (Tuesday, April 22)

North club only one in country that can handle ping pongathon

The Northern Echo: PING PONG: Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club's Matthew Porter, chairman and coaching director, and club secretary Carol Rodway

1:45pm Saturday 19th April 2014

AN endurance challenge in aid of a cancer charity proved too much for sports clubs across the country – with just one North-East club able to complete the feat.

Leader of council defends decision to cut down five established trees in market place

1:20pm Saturday 19th April 2014

THE LEADER of a district council has defended a decision to cut down five established trees in a market town after stunned residents said it had spoilt the appearance of the market square.

Road closure no obstacle for pub landlord

The Northern Echo: Stephen Grabham outside The Spotted Dog in High Coniscliffe

1:10pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A LANDLORD is determined to revive the fortunes of a Darlington pub despite knowing that the main road leading to it will be closed for a year.

Civic award for 102-year-old poppy seller

The Northern Echo: CHARITY STALWART: Carmel Connolly accepts the chairman's medal from Coun John Robinson and consort maxine Robinson

12:30pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A TOWN treasure has been recognised with County Durham’s highest civic award.

Business premises could become homes

12:32pm Saturday 19th April 2014

TWO former business premises in a village centre could be converted for residential use.

Teenager hit by car now in a stable condition

The Northern Echo: The Great North Air Ambulance Service attended the accident on the A167 at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

11:58am Saturday 19th April 2014

A TEENAGE girl who was seriously injured when she was knocked over by a car has improved and is now in a stable condition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New pilates class for all at The Kings Church

The Northern Echo: A pilates class - posed by models

1:11pm Saturday 19th April 2014

PILATES CLASS: A new pilates class for men and women who want to improve their posture and core strength will start at The Kings Church Centre, in Whessoe Road, Darlington, on Monday, April 28, between 11.15am and 12.15pm. The class is for mixed abilities and costs £4 per person. Booking is not necessary. For more information call Mel on 07751067455.

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