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'Mansion tax' proposals to be at heart of Miliband's conference address

The Northern Echo: Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to release his top five election promises on Twitter along with the Liberal Democrats and Green Party

12:02am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

LABOUR will use a ‘mansion tax’ to help plug a looming funding crisis in the NHS, Ed Miliband is expected to announce today.

Dance school success for determined Darlington teenager

The Northern Echo: TALENTED TEEN: Determined dancer Chloe Daly  Picture: TOM BANKS

7:31pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A DETERMINED young dancer who was diagnosed with a potentially debilitating medical condition has refused to let it get in the way of pursuing her dream.

Artist turns trash into sculptures in Darlington town centre

The Northern Echo: TRASH ART: An installation by by  Francisco de Pajaro at the Market Cross monument in Darlington town centre

4:51pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

VISITORS to Darlington were confronted with some weird and wonderful – or some might say rubbish – artworks around the town centre today (Tuesday, September 23).

A new McDonald's for Darlington

The Northern Echo: FAST FOOD: A new McDonald's restaurant and drive-thru is coming to Darlington

5:23pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A NEW McDonald’s restaurant is set to open in Darlington, creating more than 65 full and part-time jobs.

Darlington students enjoy a taste of Africa

The Northern Echo: SOUNDS OF UGANDA: The Pearl of Africa Children's Choir host workshops at Hummersknott Academy, in Darlington Picture: STUART BOULTON

4:07pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

STUDENTS got a taste of Africa as a fundraising tour descended on a Darlington school.

Darlington school opens facility for two-year-olds

The Northern Echo: FUN TIMES: Joseph Watson in the sand pit

3:56pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A DARLINGTON primary school has opened its new facility for two-year-olds, which has been named Lullaby Lane.

Weird and wonderful artwork appears in Darlington town centre

The Northern Echo:

2:41pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

VISITORS to Darlington are being confronted with some weird and wonderful – or some might say rubbish – artworks around the town centre today (Tuesday, September 23).

Cash surprise for Darlington couple

The Northern Echo: COMPETITION WINNER:Pat Dougill of Darlington the winner of The Northern Echo £1000 cash prize. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

2:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A RETIRED couple from Darlington will be splashing the cash on their family this Christmas after wining £1,000 in The Northern Echo's monthly competition.

Warmth scheme reaches out ahead of World Heart Day

1:23pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

TO mark World Heart Day next week, a scheme available to vulnerable residents in Darlington is reminding people about the vital role that warmth plays in health and wellbeing.

Darlington council worker jailed for stealing plumbing gear

The Northern Echo:

3:27pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A TRUSTED council worker stole equipment worth £78,000 to sell on eBay to pay for his gambling habit and spiralling mortgage, a court was told.

Darlington butchers 'revamped' following food hygiene prosecution

The Northern Echo: FOOD HYGIENE: Conditions at the premises, which has since been revamped

5:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

A BUTCHER has reassured customers changes have been made to his business after being prosecuted for food hygiene offences.

Nuns in Darlington to promote charity run

The Northern Echo: SISTER ACT: Fiona Thomas and the Great North Air Ambulance mascot promote Darlington Operatic Society's latest production on the town's High Row. Picture: STUART BOULTON

7:03pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A FUN run featuring singing nuns is taking place a North East park next month – and there is still time to sign up.

Work officially begins on Darlington's £30m cinema and hotel complex as the diggers roll on to site

The Northern Echo: CINEMA ACTION: Building work on Darlington's new cinema is about to begin. Pictured from left are Janice Craig from Vue cinemas, Marie Kiddlee, area manager for HCA, Darlington Borough Council leader Bill Dixon, Simon Hawkins and Duncan McEwan from de

6:33pm Monday 22nd September 2014

BUILDING work on a multi-million pound cinema and leisure development that will create hundreds of jobs for Darlington has officially started.

Convicted sex offender groped schoolgirl

2:59pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A CONVICTED sex offender who groped a schoolgirl is behind bars after a court heard how the attack had a serious impact on her life.

Hurworth Country Fair enjoys biggest and best show yet

The Northern Echo: FEED ME: Owen Calvert, nine, from Darlington, feeds Misty the alpaca at Hurworth Country Fair     Picture: ANDY LAMB

1:57pm Monday 22nd September 2014

VISITORS to a country fair were spoilt for choice as the annual event enjoyed its biggest and best year ever.

Iconic Lancaster may be visible along the North East coast as it heads home to Canada

The Northern Echo: COMMEMORATIVE EVENT: Event held at the St George Hotel and Durham Tees Valley Airport to commemorate Second World War hero Andrew Mynarski and the arrival of a Lancaster bomber from Canada.  The Lancaster bomber in flight.  Picture: Chris Booth

3:16pm Monday 22nd September 2014

EAGLE-EYED residents could catch a last glimpse of the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster tomorrow (Tuesday, September 23) as it heads home to Canada.

Campaign to get people on bikes comes to an end

The Northern Echo: THRIFTY ATTRACTIONS: A rag and bone entertainer at last year's Festival of Thrift at Lingfield Point, Darlington

5:57pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A SUMMER long campaign to get more people on their bikes will come to a creative end at this weekend’s Festival of Thrift.

Hundreds take part in inaugural rainbow run in Darlington

The Northern Echo: RAINBOW RUN: The scene in Darlington's South Park as the Run the Spectrum event gets under way    Picture: ANDY LAMB

3:54pm Sunday 21st September 2014

FUN runners painted a North-East park all the colours of the rainbow as they raised vital funds for a leading autism charity.

Ghoulish gourmet dinner at Rockliffe Hall set to raise funds for Sir Ian's Botham's charity foundation

The Northern Echo: CHARITY LAUNCH: Sir Ian Botham at the launch of the new charity partnership Picture: STUART BOULTON

2:40pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A HALLOWEEN-themed gourmet dinner is set to tantalise tastebuds and raise money for charity as part of a year-long fundraising partnership between Sir Ian Botham and a five-star resort.

Town gears up for Festival of Thrift with make-do and mend event

The Northern Echo: FIX IT: Marek Gabrysch shows Jackie Stonehouse how to solder a broken table lamp at the Fix-It Cafe, in Darlington Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:17pm Sunday 21st September 2014

BROKEN and battered household items were given a new lease of life at a make-do and mend event.

Six-year-old Evie officially opens Darlington's newest soft play venue

The Northern Echo: OPEN SESAME: Six-year-old Evie Grace Watson, centre, cuts the tape at the official opening of Magic and Mayhem Soft Play, on Bondgate, Darlington Picture: ANDY LAMB

11:56am Sunday 21st September 2014

WET and drizzly conditions failed to put a dampener on the grand opening of the region’s newest soft play area.

Council resubmits plans to build on much-loved beauty spot

The Northern Echo: Members of  The Friends of Cocker Beck, who are against plans to develop the land for housing

9:17am Sunday 21st September 2014

CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to redouble their efforts to fight a contentious development, as a local authority re-submits plans to build on green space.

Ballerinas take to the stage at new dance competition

The Northern Echo: BALLET DEMO: Teacher Anthony Coombe coaches dancers at the Memorial Awards Dance Day  held at Polam Hall School, Darlington  Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:08pm Sunday 21st September 2014

YOUNG ballerinas performed their best pliés and pirouettes at an inaugural dance competition this weekend.

Volunteers sought to help Darlington's vulnerable adults and children

The Northern Echo: HELPING HAND: Darlington safeguarding board is appealing for volunteers to help vulnerable adults and children

4:31pm Saturday 20th September 2014

VOLUNTEERS are being recruited to help secure the welfare of vulnerable people in Darlington.

Gurkha concert returns to Darlington

The Northern Echo: HIGH NOTE: Concert sponsor Alasdair MacConachie, managing director of Vauxhall dealership Sherwoods, right, with Yorkshire branch chairman of The Gurkha Welfare Trust Lieutenant Colonel Keith Ryding and the silver encrusted Kukri

2:51pm Saturday 20th September 2014

ONE of the British Army’s most loved regiments will strike up the band once more as it brings its rousing military music back to the North-East.

Villagers blooming with pride after Northumbria in Bloom success

The Northern Echo: BLOOMING MARVELLOUS: Richard Rust, John Weighell, Chris Bayes and Pam Dunn, who all helped Neasham win a gold medal in this year's Northumbria in Bloom competition Picture: STUART BOULTON

10:54am Saturday 20th September 2014

GREEN-FINGERED residents who helped make their village blooming beautiful are celebrating after winning a top horticultural award.

Veterans form a guard of honour to bid goodbye to Alby Burton, Cockney barrow-boy turned community stalwart

5:41pm Friday 19th September 2014

SECOND World War veterans formed a guard of honour to bid a touching farewell to a much-loved community stalwart today (Friday, September 19).

Darlington's newest soft play venue all set for grand opening

The Northern Echo: WELCOME ALL: Sharon Branch inside the new soft play premises at the old Majestic cinema on Bondgate, Darlington    Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:48pm Friday 19th September 2014

A FORMER Art Deco cinema which has been brought back to life for the next generation is throwing its doors open to the public this weekend.

Siblings set to turn run-down pub into community hub

The Northern Echo:

4:57pm Friday 19th September 2014

A BROTHER and sister have pledged to turn a run-down pub into a community hub.

Swashbuckling students launch sustainable transport campaign

The Northern Echo: ALL ABOARD: Children from schools around the region entertained by Local Motion actor Pirate Dave at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington on the launch of this year's Local Motion scheme, coinciding with International Talk Like a Pirate Day Picture: ANDY LA

4:45pm Friday 19th September 2014

YOUNG buccaneers got a taste of life on the ocean waves as they launched a campaign to promote sustainable transport.

Cabaret meets bump and grind for festival performance

The Northern Echo: Ida Barr

4:39pm Friday 19th September 2014

CABARET will meet bump and grind when pensioners and youngsters fuse musical styles to perform at the Festival of Thrift next week.

Open day at Darlington upcycling business, Totes Adore

The Northern Echo: BUSINESS VENTURE: Karen Riley (left) and Donna Feeney who run their own vintage upcycling business, Totes Adore.

2:52pm Friday 19th September 2014

AN upcycling business will throw its doors open for visitors this weekend to see how they turn scrap into quirky home accessories.

Pool closed

1:49pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE swimming pool at the Education Village, in Salters Lane South, Darlington, will be closed until around 5pm tonight (Friday, September 19) due to soiling from a child’s nappy. The incident happened yesterday (Thursday, September 18) outside of school hours and a stringent cleaning process is underway.

Plans for over 55s flats raise objections from local people

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where the Snipe Lane appeal was heard by a government inspector

11:25am Friday 19th September 2014

PLANS for a residential development aimed at the over-55s have been recommended for approval by council officials, despite attracting a large number of complaints from people living nearby.

Darlington playgroup celebrates 40th birthday

The Northern Echo: BIRTDAY CELEBRATIONS: Pierremont Play group is celebrating its 40th year Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

11:21am Friday 19th September 2014

A DARLINGTON playgroup celebrated its 40th birthday in style with a visit from Peppa Pig and Bob the Builder.

Reports of attempted Darlington child abduction found to be a false alarm

The Northern Echo: Parents reassured after alleged Darlington child abduction found to be a false alarm

7:20pm Friday 19th September 2014

DETECTIVES investigating reports of an attempted child abduction in Darlington have reassured parents, saying they believe the incident was a case of mistaken identity.

Darlington College and Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form students injured in head-on crash

The Northern Echo:

10:17am Thursday 18th September 2014

ALMOST a dozen students were injured in a head-on collision involving a college bus and a van.

Police warning as the use of legal highs increases

The Northern Echo: ON SALE: Some of the different types of legal highs that have been on sale, and banned, in the UK

6:32am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE increasing use of legal highs is the next big challenge facing the police and the NHS, a senior police officer has warned.

Meet Cluff, the man behind The Northern Echo's daily cartoon

The Northern Echo: EXHIBITION: John Longstaff, aka Echo cartoonist Cluff, is exhibiting his work. Picture: TOM BANKS (10487645)

6:32am Thursday 18th September 2014

HIS cartoons will be instantly recognisable to readers of The Northern Echo but the man behind the pen has always kept a low profile.

Countdown to major theatrical festival Jabberwocky Market begins

The Northern Echo: JABBERWOCKY: Major theatrical festival Jabberwocky Market launches a ‘festival hub’ as countdown to the October festival begins, pictured Poet Nader Al Hussein (10523154)

4:27pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THE COUNTDOWN to the return of a major theatrical festival has begun.

Female entrepreneurs celebrated at library event

The Northern Echo: WOMEN IN BUSINESS:Women into Business event at Crown Street Library, Darlington. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (10523026)

6:07pm Thursday 18th September 2014

FEMALE entrepreneurs were celebrated in Darlington today (Thursday, September 18).

Bohemian scrapsody as children turn trash into tunes

The Northern Echo: METAL SOUNDS: Children at High Coniscliffe School make music from scrap metal in a workshop put on by musicians Brendan Murphy and Rob Kitchen from The Sage in Gateshead.              Picture: ANDY LAMB (10519758)

5:42pm Thursday 18th September 2014

ANY old iron can be used to make sweet music, as North-East schoolchildren learned today (Thursday, September 18).

Cabinet to debate parking charge changes

The Northern Echo: PARKING TALKS: Proposed new parking charges displayed in Abbots Yard, Darlington Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:38pm Thursday 18th September 2014

COUNCILLORS will next week discuss plans for a raft of changes to parking arrangements in a North-East town.

Will this plump pumpkin steal the show at Hurworth Country Fair?

The Northern Echo: IT'S A BIG ONE: Rachel Dent of Low Dinsdale with a giant pumpkin she is hoping to enter into the Hurworth Country Fair, but only if someone is able to lift it Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:04pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A PARTICULARLY plump pumpkin has been cultivated by a North-East gardener.

Visitors go behind the scenes at organic dairy

The Northern Echo: ECO VISIT: Darlington mayor and mayoress Gerald and Ruth Lee present prizes to mini beast hunters, runner up Rosie Burgess and winner Bethany Lloyd, both seven

3:45pm Thursday 18th September 2014

ECO visitors proved they had a lot of bottle when they went in search of mini beasts at a North-East organic dairy.

School reunion for class of 1960

The Northern Echo: OLD BOYS: Members of Darlington Boys' Grammar School's class of 1960

2:04pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A GROUP of former students of what is now a sixth-form college reminisced about old times during an emotional reunion in Darlington.

New-look for airport's departure lounge

The Northern Echo: NEW FACILITIES: The upgraded lounge at Durham Tees Valley Airport

1:54pm Thursday 18th September 2014

PLANS to upgrade passenger facilities at Durham Tees Valley Airport have taken a step forward with the opening of new catering services.

Cold-callers under scrutiny in Darlington

The Northern Echo: REFORM PLANS: Darlington town hall

1:44pm Thursday 18th September 2014

DARLINGTON trading standards officers are investigating the alleged mis-selling of home energy efficiency assessments.

Sponsorship continues for Vibe Awards in Darlington

The Northern Echo: YOUTH AWARDS: Darlington Building Society chief executive Colin Fyfe with Vibe Awards supporters Bayleigh Firth and Danny Brown Picture: TOM BANKS

1:34pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A DARLINGTON business leader has confirmed that his organisation will continue to sponsor an awards programme that recognises outstanding young people in the borough.

Recovering drug addicts and those affected by substance misuse stage play to raise money for soup kitchen

The Northern Echo: Ben McGill and Clare, volunteers working on Drac and the Rat

12:02am Thursday 18th September 2014

RECOVERING drug addicts and those affected by substance misuse will take centre stage in a quirky production this autumn.



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