PROFESSOR David Parker, of Durham University’s chemistry department, will be honoured by the Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers (Rise) Awards at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June. He will be celebrated as a Rise Fellow.

HISTORY SUMMIT: The Northumberland and Durham Family History Society will host a conference titled WW1 and the People of the North-East at Caedmon Hall, Gateshead, on Saturday, June 14, from 10am to 4.30pm. The cost is £20 per person, including lunch. To book, call 0191-261-2159 or visit

PUNK POET: John Cooper Clarke will appear at the Gala Theatre, Durham, on Saturday (April 5) at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £17, or £15 for concessions. To book, call 03000-266-600 or visit

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