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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.

Car parking charges to be slashed in Darlington

The Northern Echo:

6:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

CAR parking charges are set to be slashed and a park and ride scheme introduced in Darlington as its council leader vows to “get shoppers in, get them parked and get them to stay”.

Renewed appeal for volunteers as Festival of Thrift approaches

6:31am Wednesday 17th September 2014

ORGANISERS of the award-winning Festival of Thrift have made a renewed appeal for volunteers as they get set to welcome about 30,000 people.

Three-year ban for Darlington man who kicked his dog in the ribs

The Northern Echo:

6:31am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A MAN who was filmed kicking his pet dog in the ribs has been banned from keeping animals for three years.

Tiny village punches above its weight as hundreds are honoured at Northumbria in Bloom awards

The Northern Echo: BLOOM WINNERS: Kevin and Valerie Porter with flowers in Middleton St. George. The village is one of the winners of Northumbria in Bloom. Picture: TOM BANKS (10445273)

6:04am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE efforts of community gardeners from across the North-East have been recognised at the annual Northumbria in Bloom awards.

Hotel plans set for approval, despite objections

The Northern Echo: ARENA ADDITION: A shot of The Northern Echo Arena, from the approximate site of the planned hotel

4:27pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

PROPOSALS for a five-storey, 68-bedroom hotel in the shadow of a North-East stadium will go before planners next week.

Arthur Wharton statue to be built at St George's Park after long-running campaign

The Northern Echo: ON SIDE: Shaun Campbell hands a smaller version of the Arthur Wharton statue to UEFA President Michel Platini

1:08pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LONG-RUNNING campaign to immortalise the first black professional footballer has achieved its aim with announcement that a statue will be erected at the new home of English football.

Pets go barking mad for dog holidays

The Northern Echo: DREAM TEAM: (L-R) Tracy Johnston, Sue Seward, Tina Young and Carrie Jarvis from Barking Mad

6:06pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

TWO North-East women have swapped their day jobs for a new career offering home-from-home holidays for dogs.

Can you help collect tonnes of clothes for air ambulance charity

The Northern Echo: TONNES OF CLOTHES: Sherwoods in Darlington are helping out with the Great North Air Ambulance's clothing appeal. Pictured are Claire Herworth from GNAAS, Jane Longstaff and Simon MacConachie from Sherwoods and Lian Martin from GNAAS Picture: TOM BANKS

5:01pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN air ambulance charity hopes to collect tonnes of unwanted clothing to keep its helicopters flying.

Nursery children put on their hard hats to visit building site

The Northern Echo: MINI DIGGER: Noyus Butrimavicius, 3, is shown around a digger by Graham Cooper, a project manager with Walter Thompson constuction, who are building the extension to Skerne Park School. Picture: TOM BANKS (10486831)

4:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A GROUP of nursery children fascinated by building work going on close to their playground have been given the chance to visit the construction site.

Jail for Darlington man who failed to complete unpaid work

The Northern Echo: SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Alan Davies, 28, of Selbourne Terrace, Darlington was given a suspended sentence after admitting affray

4:17pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

MAGISTRATES accused a prolific offender of showing a flagrant disregard for court orders as they jailed him for 16 weeks for failing to turn up for unpaid work.

Home Sweet Home for Darlington charity that tackles homelessness

The Northern Echo: CHARITY HELP: First Stop Darlington has a new home thanks to a £105,000 loan

4:06pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A CHARITY which works to end homelessness in Darlington has been able to buy a home of its own thanks to a £105,000 bank loan.

Dog wardens win Gold award for their efforts to help stray dogs

The Northern Echo: WELL DONE: Darlington dog warden Andy with Alfie the dog

1:01pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE dog warden team in Darlington has received an award for its work with stray animals for the fifth year in a row.

Town's most vulnerable will be kept warm this winter as sleeping bag appeal hits target

The Northern Echo: SLEEPING BAGS: Colin Bradshaw with just a few of the 300 sleeping bags bought by the Salvation Army after an appeal. Picture: TOM BANKS (10487759)

5:04pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

HUNDREDS of vulnerable people will be kept warm this winter after an appeal for sleeping bags hit its target.

Make-do and mend at the Fix-It Cafe

1:01pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

MAKE-DO and mend is the ethos behind an event taking place on Saturday (September 20).

Volunteers urged to help transform Darlington churchyard into eco-friendly haven

The Northern Echo: SOWING THE SEEDS: Members of Darlington Friends of the Earth, Durham Wildlife Trust, Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists' Field Club, Darlington Borough Council, mayor Councillor Gerald Lee and Reverend Robert Williamson launch the wildflower project

4:17pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

GREEN-FINGERED volunteers are being encouraged to help transform a town centre churchyard into an eco-friendly haven.

Town centre violence drops in Darlington but alcohol harm continues to cost millions

The Northern Echo: Vandals blight residents' lives with car vandalism attacks

3:17pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE ill-effects of alcohol are costing Darlington’s local economy more than £43m a year, a senior police officer has warned councillors.

Professional darts players to give fan masterclass

The Northern Echo: Darts player Terry Jenkins in action

2:25pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

PROFESSIONAL darts players will show off their skills at a masterclass for fans.

Breast cancer survivor celebrates 37 years since diagnosis at charity fashion show

The Northern Echo: IN STYLE: Helen Haydock, pictured at the pre-fashion show photo shoot

1:05pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A NORTH-East woman who survived breast cancer more than 35 years ago is to take to the catwalk for a celebrity fashion show to launch Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Viewers warned of possible disruption to Freeview services as 4G masts go live

The Northern Echo:

12:55pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

PEOPLE living in Darlington and Stockton have been warned of possible disruption to Freeview television services as new 4G mobile masts are switched on.

Children's theatre

12:58pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

CHILDREN'S theatre specialists Theatre Hullabaloo will present Angel at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington on Friday, October 10. The play, about the relationship between young and old, tackles issues around dementia and memory-loss in a child-friendly manner and is suitable for over-tens. Tickets are £5.50 and can be booked by calling 01325-486555.

Tanker overturns in Darlington

The Northern Echo:

8:47pm Monday 15th September 2014

ONE person has been taken to hospital after a tanker overturned in Darlington tonight.

MP backs call for payday loan ad ban

The Northern Echo: PASSPORT OUTRAGE: Darlington MP Jenny Chapman

6:04am Monday 15th September 2014

A CALL to ban payday loan adverts from television and radio before the 9pm watershed has received the backing of a North-East MP who said she would go even further.

Cockney barrow-boy, war veteran, parish councillor and community leader - the many lives of Alby Burton, who died this week

The Northern Echo:

6:04am Monday 15th September 2014

DURING World War Two, British soldier Alby Burton disobeyed orders to lead a group of German girls in a lively dance through war-ravaged streets.

Office romance led to 70 years of marriage for platinum couple

The Northern Echo: PLATINUM COUPLE: Married for 70 years - Harry and Hilda Rogers Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:34pm Monday 15th September 2014

AN office romance blossomed into 70 years of marriage for a North-East couple who celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16).

Landlords encouraged to counteract terrorism

7:54pm Monday 15th September 2014

LANDLORDS can learn about tackling terrorism at an event tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16).

North-East politician criticises "soft justice" and calls for more criminals to be sent to prison

The Northern Echo: Peter Cuthbertson

6:28pm Monday 15th September 2014

A WOULD-BE MP has criticised "soft justice" and called for more criminals to be sent to prison.

Autism charity prepares for Darlington rainbow run

The Northern Echo: COLOURFUL FUN: Promotion of  the North East Autism Society's Run the Spectrum  in South Park, Darlington, on Sunday, September 21.  Pictured: (L to R): Rhys Dunn (six), James Gannon (15), senior teacher, Steve Wilkinson, Georgia Hutchinson (14), Danic

5:58pm Monday 15th September 2014

A CHARITY is staging an exciting new race this weekend that will turn runners into a blaze of colour.

Darlington Arts Festival launches for 2015 with call for new performers and artists

The Northern Echo: A dance troop perform at the 2014 Darlington Arts Festival

5:18pm Monday 15th September 2014

ARTISTS, performers and businesses who want to showcase their talents to the public have been urged to sign up to the Darlington Arts Festival.

Darlington pensioner's 'ridiculous' ambulance wait

The Northern Echo: AMBULANCE WAIT: Kathleen Milne, aged 80, who was left waiting for an ambulance after she fell near her Darlington home Picture: STUART BOULTON

4:53pm Monday 15th September 2014

AMBULANCE chiefs have apologised after a vulnerable pensioner was left lying on the ground for almost an hour after a fall near her home.

Vandals blight residents' lives with car attacks

The Northern Echo: Vandals blight residents' lives with car vandalism attacks

4:09pm Monday 15th September 2014

POLICE in Darlington have appealed for information after a series of seemingly motiveless vandalism attacks on cars in the Branksome area of town.

Darlington Civic Theatre launches Regeneration book club

The Northern Echo: APPEAL TO READERS: Darlington Civic Theatre marketing officer Rebecca King who is running the book club  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

2:08pm Monday 15th September 2014

BOOKWORMS and theatre fans can combine their interests with the launch of a book club.

Chance to take part in pop-up art event

The Northern Echo: ART EVENT: A pop-up art exhibition will be held in Hurworth in November

2:37pm Monday 15th September 2014

YOUNG art and design graduates will be given the chance to sell their original artwork direct to the public at a forthcoming pop-up event, writes David Huntley.

Students give school's new rewards scheme a thumbs up

The Northern Echo: NEW SCHEME: DSMS headteacher Calvin Kipling

2:32pm Monday 15th September 2014

BEHAVIOUR good and bad is under scrutiny at a North-East school thanks to an innovative rewards scheme which uses the latest computer technology.

Bank staff's mountain trek boosts hospices

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING HIKE: Kay Mackintosh, of Northallerton, and Fiona Allen-Ross, of Richmond, at the foot of Ben Nevis

1:40pm Monday 15th September 2014

A PAIR of bank workers have helped raise more than £80,000 for a charity which supports hospices by climbing the UK's highest mountain.

Serial Darlington fraudster convicted of Raleigh Chopper scam

The Northern Echo: FOUND GUILTY: Philip Quinn at Teesside Crown Court

6:04am Monday 15th September 2014

A JURY saw through the lies of a conman who ripped off ebay customers – and found him guilty in a little over three-quarters-of-an-hour.

Musical celebrating the sounds of the sixties opens its doors in Darlington

The Northern Echo: AMBULANCE MEETING:Middleton-in-Teesdale public meeting about controversial ambulance staffing changes. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT  (10384740)

7:51pm Monday 15th September 2014

THE stars of a new musical celebrating the best hits of the Swinging Sixties have gathered ahead of its opening night in a North-East theatre.

Summertime blues at Darlington festival

The Northern Echo: ROCKING THE SQUARE: Mungo Jerry perform in Darlington market square as part of the annual Rhythm and Blues Festival.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (10330598)

6:26pm Sunday 14th September 2014

HUNDREDS of blues fans gathered for a free music festival, as a North-East town grooved and swayed to the beat.

Winners announced in Darlington garden contest that went from gloom to bloom

The Northern Echo:

4:48pm Sunday 14th September 2014

BRITAIN'S smallest park has been named a category winner in a gardening competition rescued from the brink of cancellation.

Darlington woman is latest to take on ice bucket challenge

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CHALLENGE: MS sufferer Vera Maven did the ice bucket challenge along with members of staff from Quality Carers. She is pictured with Vince Allan, regional manager of Quality Carers Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

4:47pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A WOMAN who lives with a chronic medical condition hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for charity by becoming the latest volunteer for the ice bucket challenge.

Charity champion standing down

The Northern Echo: (10327474)

3:44pm Sunday 14th September 2014

LINDA WOOD, regional manager for Diabetes UK in the North-East and North Yorkshire, is retiring after nearly 16 years of campaigning for better care for people with diabetes in the area.

Darlington teen's baked beans challenge for charity

The Northern Echo: BEAN BATH:Annabel Carvey sitting in a bath of beans to raise funds for Cancer Research UK in support of her mother Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

2:39pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A TEENAGER spent part of her weekend sat in a bath of baked beans to raise funds for a cancer charity after being inspired by her mother.

Hundreds attend free Proms in the Park night in Darlington

The Northern Echo: PARK PRIDE: Musicians performing during th Proms in the Park, in Darlington's South Park, on Saturday evening Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

12:15pm Sunday 14th September 2014

PATRIOTIC music and flag-waving was the order of the day when hundreds of people attended an outdoor proms event in a North-East park.

Mr and Mrs Rockliffe stay at Rockliffe Hall

The Northern Echo: NAMED CONNECTION: Brian (centre) and Freda Rockliffe from Kent have travelled up to Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth just because they share the same name and so are interested in the history of the site.  Northern Echo deputy editor Chris Lloyd (left) presents

12:01pm Sunday 14th September 2014

MR and Mrs Rockliffe were staying at Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth last week in the hope that they might find a family connection.

Specsavers raises charity funds

The Northern Echo: FUNDS RAISED: Staff from Specsavers in Darlington with a cheque for St Teresa's Hospice

10:32am Sunday 14th September 2014

THREE charities will feel the benefits of a month of extensive fundraising by a Darlington shop.

Democracy risk fears raised over parish election costs

The Northern Echo: Parish council raises fears about the future of democracy after borough council stops paying for parish council elections

10:02am Sunday 14th September 2014

CONCERNS have been raised for the future of local democracy in Darlington villages, with the borough council no longer paying for parish elections.

Bookworms enjoy a birthday surprise thanks to Darlington school

The Northern Echo: BIRTHDAY BOY: Longfield Academy headteacher Susan Johnson with year 7 birthday boy Jordan Younghusband

10:02am Sunday 14th September 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN will receive a birthday surprise in a novel initiative designed to boost their reading skills.

World record success for keep-fit enthusiasts

The Northern Echo: RECORD ATTEMPT: Fitness enthusiasts take part in the largest high intensity interval training class world record attempt at Mowden Park rugby club in Darlington Picture: DAVID WOOD

2:43pm Sunday 14th September 2014

FITNESS class members helped set a world record – and warmed up for another record-breaking attempt at the same time.

Budding young art collector uses pocket money to kick-start his collection

The Northern Echo: YOUNG COLLECTOR: Eight-year-old Sam Beukenholdt with Darlington artist, James Paterson, and his painting 'Lego Yarnold' Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:02am Saturday 13th September 2014

FOR most eight-year-old boys, a little extra pocket money means a fresh pair of football boots, a new bike or the latest computer game.

Concerns raised over state of Darlington's landmark railway sculpture

The Northern Echo: THE GREAT TRAIN SHRUBBERY: David Porter and the partly obscured brick train Picture: STUART BOULTON

12:02pm Saturday 13th September 2014

A SUPERMARKET chain has vowed to tidy up the area surrounding a North-East landmark after concerns were raised over the state of the site.



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