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Retirement village's summer fun day raises hundreds for charity

The Northern Echo: SUMMER FUN: Middleton Hall resident Tom Edge with daughter-in-law Linda

5:07pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE hustle and bustle of a traditional summer carnival was brought to life at a North-East retirement village as residents, staff and family members helped to raise money for charity.

Football team completes sponsored walk to say thank you for new kit

The Northern Echo: SPONSORED WALK: The under 10 Spraire Lasses, based in Darlington, completed a walk around the town to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charity, which provides accommodation for parents of children undergoing hospital treatment

4:06pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A TEAM of young footballers have put their best foot forward to complete a sponsored walk for charity.

Council is killing the town, say self-styled Darlington Liberation Army

The Northern Echo: UNITED FRONT: Posters in the front window of DLA headquarters

3:55pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

COUNCIL chiefs are staying tight-lipped over the launch of a self-styled ‘liberation army’, set up in a bid to encourage transparency and expose alleged town hall wrong-doing.

Man in court over alleged Darlington assault

The Northern Echo: Darlington man arrested on suspicion of assault

1:52pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MAN has appeared in court charged with grievous bodily harm with intent following an incident in which a man was placed in an induced coma after suffering a bleed on his brain.

Work inspired by filmmaker's struggle to flee Iran

The Northern Echo: SCREEN TEST: Work begins on Kurosh Asemani's short film, My Name is Ashti

1:48pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FILMMAKER who fled his homeland after criticising the regime is producing a film inspired by his struggle.

Surprise for golden wedding couple

The Northern Echo: Hilda and Malcolm Woolley who celebrate their golden wedding at Kirkbymoorside.Nigel Holland. (9052095)

12:08pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A COUPLE had an extra special present for their golden wedding anniversary when one of their daughters made a surprise visit from the US.

Breaking news UPDATED 2.30pm Hotel window ledge drama ends safely

The Northern Echo:

12:27pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

CROWDS broke out into spontaneous cheering and applause after a two-hour stand off ended safely.

Police investing North-East telecom scam make arrests

The Northern Echo: PHONE TROUBLE: Owner of the Devonport Country House Hotel in Middleton One Row Kathleen Tillbrook who has  signed up for a phone deal that she thinks is a con. Picture: ANDY LAMB.

6:36am Wednesday 20th August 2014

POLICE are investigating allegations of a telecommunications fraud which has targeted North-East small businesses.

Darlington care home worker stole thousands from vulnerable residents

8:33pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A THIEVING care home worker who stole more than £3,000 from vulnerable adults insisted to a court she hadn't done it as residents "do not have much of a life as it is".

Consultant to run 66k to support NHS marchers

4:38pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A NORTH-EAST hospital consultant and campaigner is to run 66 kilometres to show his support for The People’s March for the NHS which is making its way to London from Jarrow.

Support the people of Gaza, urges Darlington charity shop

1:25pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

OXFAM in Darlington is accepting donations for the national Gaza Crisis Appeal, which supports those affected by the on-going conflict in Gaza.

Darlington nursery celebrates tenth birthday

The Northern Echo: Staff and children at the Big Kids Little Kids nursery in Darlington celebrate its tenth birthday

12:40pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE tenth birthday of a popular nursery was celebrated with a family fun day recently.

Mental health in the workplace focus of new scheme in Darlington

12:29pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

MENTAL wellbeing in the workplace will be tackled as part of an initiative being launched in Darlington.

Rugby club gets pre-season makeover

The Northern Echo: TRY HARD: Volunteers get their hands dirty at Darlington Rugby Club Picture: DAVID BRIDGEN/CLIQUE IMAGES

12:25pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

VOLUNTEERS helped give a Darlington rugby ground a spruce-up as it prepares for the start of the new season and gets ready to welcome new tenants.

'Tour factor' credited with helping inspire rise in cycling in Darlington

The Northern Echo: FLASH BACK: Former Bishop of Durham Justin Welby talks bikes with trainee Tony Riding, at the opening of Bike Stop, in Darlington, in January last year Picture: KEITH BLUNDY

11:29am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE Tour de France has been credited with helping inspire a large increase in the number of people getting on their bikes in Darlington.

Darlington flat on fire

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire Service freed the woman from her car.

7:32pm Monday 18th August 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are dealing with a flat blaze in Darlington.

Marching mums come home

The Northern Echo: PEOPLES MARCH:The Peoples March for the NHS  arrived in Darlington tonight. (9426785)

6:40pm Monday 18th August 2014

LED by its two Darlington organisers, The People’s March for the NHS, entered the town’s Market Square to cheers from supporters on Monday afternoon.

Young couple call for road safety action after walking away from dramatic crash

The Northern Echo:

5:42pm Monday 18th August 2014

A YOUNG couple have told how they feared for their lives after their car skidded, flipped over twice and came to rest upside down in the middle of an unlit road.

Civic reception plan for rugby stars

The Northern Echo: WORLD BEATERS: Captain Katy McLean holds the trophy as England celebrate their World Cup win on Sunday. Her Darlington Mowden Park Sharks team-mate Tamara Taylor is pictured second from the right Picture: AP/MICHEL EULER

5:10pm Monday 18th August 2014

A CIVIC reception will be offered to the North-East players involved in England's winning Women's Rugby World Cup campaign.

Darlington man arrested on suspicion of assault

The Northern Echo: Darlington man arrested on suspicion of assault

4:40pm Monday 18th August 2014

A MAN suffered serious head injuries following an assault at a Darlington home.

Michael McIntyre tickets sell out in two hours

The Northern Echo:

3:08pm Monday 18th August 2014

FANS of comedian Michael McIntyre queued round the block to get their hands on tickets to see him perform in Darlington this October.

Hundreds vote in favour of re-opening Darlington public toilets

The Northern Echo: ENGAGED: The disused toilets in Darlington town centre

2:44pm Monday 18th August 2014

HUNDREDS of readers of The Northern Echo website voted in a poll about disused toilets council chiefs say would costs tens of thousands of pounds to re-open.

Thirteen in a row for charity golf tournament

The Northern Echo: GOLF DAY: From back; Adrian Speir of sponsors Landteam. with Jane Bradshaw of St Teresa’s Hospice. Front; Glenn and Sally Pickersgill of Heritage Healthcare

1:25pm Monday 18th August 2014

ORGANISERS of an annual charity golf tournament are teeing up for the 13th event in the series.

'Still much to be done, despite jobs boost'

The Northern Echo: JOBS WARNING: Councillor Chris McEwan

1:13pm Monday 18th August 2014

A LEADING councillor has warned there is no room for complacency as figures showed almost 75 per cent of adults in Darlington are in employment.

Still time to get involved in garden contest

The Northern Echo: FULL BLOOM: Dennis Woodcock's garden in Darlington

6:03am Monday 18th August 2014

GREEN-FINGERED gardeners still have over a week to enter their pride and joy in the rejuvenated Darlington in Bloom competition.

Canny canines strut their stuff at fun dog show

The Northern Echo: DOG DAYS: Judge Margaret Robson examines a miniature doberman at the companion dog show in Hurworth. Picture: STUART BOULTON

12:25pm Monday 18th August 2014

DASHING Dobermans, pretty poodles and clever collies were among the scores of canines vying to steal the show in Hurworth.

Empty town centre office block to be transformed into flats

The Northern Echo: WORK BEGINS: Coast and Country’s lesley Conroy with site workmen at Regent House

6:02am Monday 18th August 2014

WORK has started to transform an empty office block in Darlington town centre into affordable apartments.

Darlington nursery is officially outstanding

The Northern Echo: Staff and children from the Ferndene Nursery

3:14pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE hard work and happiness of staff and children at a Darlington nursery has been recognised by education watchdog Ofsted.

Tennis tournament raises charity funds

The Northern Echo: CHARITY FUN: Competiton winners Jonathan Boggon and Joan Curran

12:07pm Monday 18th August 2014

A FUN tennis tournament in memory of a club member has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for a hospice.

The life of a Darlington woman who murdered her disabled son nets North-East filmmakers international award

The Northern Echo: INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Darlington film maker Paul Hodgson. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (9380430)

6:29pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A FILM documenting the tragic story of a Darlington woman who murdered her disabled son has netted an international award.

Pupils get taste of life as an MP

The Northern Echo: MP Alex Cunningham with Darlington School of Mathematics and Science pupils George Plumb and Liam Pape

5:49pm Sunday 17th August 2014

NORTH-EAST students got a taste of life as an MP recently.

Darlington boy sets out on sailing adventure to celebrate recovering from leukaemia

The Northern Echo: (9377718)

5:22pm Sunday 17th August 2014

TO celebrate his recovery from leukaemia, a Darlington boy set sail on an adventurous yachting trip.

Strong winds

5:02pm Sunday 17th August 2014

POOR weather interrupted the finale of Darlington's summer market extravaganza at the weekend. Some attractions scheduled to take place as part of the four-day event were cancelled or moved due to strong winds on Sunday, August 17. A host of bands set to play on a stage in the town's Market Square performed indoors at The Forum instead.

Conservatives announce Parliamentary candidate for Darlington

The Northern Echo: Peter Cuthbertson

4:59pm Sunday 17th August 2014

THE Conservative Party has unveiled its candidate to challenge Darlington MP Jenny Chapman at next year's general election.

Plasterer Kimberly is a rarity

The Northern Echo: MAN'S WORLD: Plasterer Kimberley Bourne proves that women can excel at jobs in the construction industry. Pic: Keith Taylor

3:40pm Sunday 17th August 2014

IT was a somewhat leftfield suggestion from a careers advisor that set Kimberley Bourne off on a route that would see her plastering and rendering for a living.

National recognition for Team JJ, volunteers with learning disabilities who run popular Darlington cafe

12:30pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A GROUP of people with learning disabilities could receive a national accolade for their work running a cafe in Darlington.

A frosty reception for planning consultants at Middleton St George parish council meeting

The Northern Echo: DEVELOPMENT OPPOSED: Middleton St George ward councillor and parish council chair, Doris Jones, says the village doesn't need any more homes

6:02am Sunday 17th August 2014

A HOSTILE reception met planning consultants who attended a packed meeting to discuss proposals for a new housing development in Middleton St George.

New look for community centre thanks to volunteers

The Northern Echo: PAINT PALS: A team of volunteers from Cummins at Firthmoor Community Centre, decorating one of the rooms Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:03am Sunday 17th August 2014

A DARLINGTON community centre got a sprucing up thanks to the efforts of a group of volunteers taking part in a decorating challenge.

Darlington council defends temporary reopening of toilets for 10K road race

The Northern Echo: OFF AND RUNNING: Participants in the Darlington 10k last Sunday Picture: TOM YEOMAN

12:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

COUNCIL officials have defended the one-off opening of mothballed public toilets in the town centre during last weekend's Darlington 10k event.

Drunk Darlington louts caused "misery" on passenger flight

The Northern Echo: STAG RETURN: Louts caused misery on Jet2.com flight

8:36pm Friday 15th August 2014

AIRLINE passengers has to endure a nightmare flight with two drunken louts returning from a stag weekend - one of whom bared his buttocks, a court heard.

Objects of curiosity could throw up more questions than answers

The Northern Echo: ROOM OF INTEREST: Objects of Curiosity exhibition at Crown Street Library in Darlington.  Plan of Action near Corunna, Spain (1809) by an unknown artist. (9354733)

6:35pm Friday 15th August 2014

JUST who is that woman with the Aborigines? Is that really Robert Stephenson pensively clutching his top hat in the middle of a Constable-esque landscape? What’s the deal with the almost hallucinogenic clutch of colourful poodles?

Vandals target charity banner

The Northern Echo: BANNER VANDALISED: David Gibson, of GNAAS, with the banner

5:57pm Friday 15th August 2014

A CHARITY has hit out at the vandals who tore down a sign promoting a forthcoming fundraiser.

Wedding gift for cash giveaway winner

The Northern Echo: HAPPY DAYS: Winner of The Northern Echo's July £1,000 cash giveaway, Christine Leslie centre, with grandson Jason, three, daughter Abbie Richards, daughter Joanne Leslie and grandson Shane, one Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:43pm Friday 15th August 2014

A COURTING couple's wedding plans will receive a welcome boost thanks to The Northern Echo's monthly £1,000 cash giveaway.

Ceremonies planned to welcome iconic Lancaster

The Northern Echo: The statue of Andrew Mynarski at Middleton St George

4:35pm Friday 15th August 2014

CEREMONIES are being planned to celebrate the arrival of the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster to the region later this month.

Judge warns brutal boyfriend over domestic abuse - before freeing him

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

1:22pm Friday 15th August 2014

A JUDGE spoke out against domestic abuse today - before allowing a bullying boyfriend walk free from court.

A new chapter for St James the Great Church in Darlington

The Northern Echo: NEW BEGINNING: Revd Kenneth Crawford has been appointed to The Church of St James the Great, in Darlington

6:48am Friday 15th August 2014

A CHURCH that lost its priest and more than 50 of its congregation in protest over the ordaining of women bishops has finally welcomed a new reverend.

Darlington man sentenced for drug offences

The Northern Echo:

5:33pm Friday 15th August 2014

A DARLINGTON man threw drugs over a fence as he tried to flee from police, a court was told.

Darlington College students go the extra mile for top motorcycle rider

The Northern Echo: ROAD RACER: Daley Mathison with his bikes finished by students at Darlington College

1:24pm Friday 15th August 2014

A TOP rider is enjoying race success in part thanks to go-faster livery designed by students from his old college.

New board members for Distinct Darlington

1:21pm Friday 15th August 2014

DARLINGTON’S town centre Business Improvement District company has appointed new board members.

Seaside fun comes indoors at shopping centre

The Northern Echo: FUN TIME: Brian Llewellyn entertains children at a seaside-themed event in Darlington's Cornmill shopping centre. Picture: ANDY LAMB

1:02pm Friday 15th August 2014

SEASIDE-THEMED entertainment was high on the agenda at a fun day in a Darlington shopping centre.



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