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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.

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.

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.

End of free carrier bags leads to shoppers getting trollied

The Northern Echo: WHEELY FUN: Are shopping trolleys the next trendy fashion for hip young things? Argos thinks so

2:50pm Friday 18th April 2014

COMMONLY associated with grannies, wheeled shopping trolleys hit a popularity peak in the Seventies before the arrival of huge hypermarkets and disposable carrier bags.

No plans to make the Haughton Road throughabout into a normal roundabout, council says

The Northern Echo: Congestion at the Haughton Road throughabout

1:27pm Friday 18th April 2014

COUNCIL officials have insisted that they have no plans to change a much-maligned road junction in Darlington, but have admitted its operation will be reviewed later this year.

Funding boost for grassroots teams at Mowden Park Rugby Club

The Northern Echo: SIGN OF CHANGE: The new sign being put in place prior to Mowden Park's first rugby match at the arena

11:50am Friday 18th April 2014

A NORTH-East rugby club has been awarded a £50,000 grant to boost its facilities and encourage grassroots participation.

Flowers and make-up for wedding winners

The Northern Echo: Echo wedding winner Julie Bond with florist Sally Bennett at Nattrass florist in Duke Street, Darlington

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

PREPARATIONS for the wedding of Northern Echo competition winners Julie Bond and Darren Hird are continuing with gusto.

Coeliac Disease won't stop 300-mile charity cyclist

The Northern Echo: Gaynor Woodford-Phillips is cycling from London to Paris

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A DETERMINED fundraiser is not letting a digestive disease stop her from pedaling 300 miles from London to Paris for charity.

REG PIC RAF Warrant Officer receives MBE

The Northern Echo: Retired Warrant Officer (WO) Barry McEvoy

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A RETIRED RAF engineer has been awarded his MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Fans flock to meet rugby legend

The Northern Echo: Former England rugby union player Phil Vickery MBE appears at the store to launch his new clothing line.  Pictured perfroming the opening with George Bell (14) who plays for the Darlingtion RFU u-14s team

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

AN ENGLAND rugby legend forged a friendship with a North East club when he visited the region to launch a clothing line.

Darlington table tennis club goes from strength to strength

The Northern Echo: Darlington Table Tennis Academy member Leo Pontone, eight, during training at Longfield School in Darlington

11:36am Friday 18th April 2014

A TABLE tennis club that has introduced more than 400 children to the sport has encouraged more people to take up a paddle .

Conditional discharge for Darlington man who argued with stepmother

The Northern Echo: Lee David Sams, of Farncombe Terrace, Evenwood, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A MAN who lashed out at his father’s fence after arguing with his stepmother over his future has been given a conditional discharge.

Mums organise national march for the NHS

The Northern Echo: Event organiser Joanna Adams speaking at the NHS rally in Darlington

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A GROUP of North East mothers are organising a rallying march for the NHS following in the footsteps of the historic Jarrow March.

Dozens of applications submitted for community funding from Police and Crime Commissioner

The Northern Echo: Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg

1:35pm Friday 18th April 2014

MORE than 90 applications have been submitted for a share of £130,000 made available by County Durham’s police and crime commissioner to support community safety initiatives.

Nursery children celebrate Easter with creative bonnets

The Northern Echo: Some of the High Bank pupils with their bonnets

1:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

CHILDREN at a nursery near Darlington have been getting creative to take part in an Easter bonnet making competition.

Police warn youths against anti-social behaviour during school holidays

The Northern Echo:

12:43pm Friday 18th April 2014

POLICE WARNING: Young people in Darlington have been warned by police that officers are on the look-out for acts of criminal damage and anti-social behaviour during the school holidays. During the last holiday period a number of incidents where ball bearings were fired at properties in the Northgate area of town were reported. A police spokesman said: “The number of incidents was small, and no-one was hurt, but this kind of activity carries with it a risk of injuring someone.” Anyone who witnesses an incident or has information is asked to contact Darlington Police on the non-emergency 101 number.

Darlington restorative justice scheme praised for its effectiveness by Ministry of Justice

The Northern Echo: Bill Dixon

2:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A SCHEME to tackle low-level crime and anti-social behaviour through restorative action in Darlington has out-performed other similar initiatives elsewhere in the UK, figures have shown.

Final touches put in place as indoor bowls club prepares to host 'FA Cup of Bowls'

The Northern Echo: Members of Darlington Indoor Bowls Club play in front of the new electronic scoreboard

1:58pm Thursday 17th April 2014

INDOOR bowls enthusiasts are looking forward to a weekend of high-level sport as a North-East club prepares to host the sport's equivalent of the FA Cup.

Axed motorcycle Easter Egg Run is revived

The Northern Echo: Bikers will start the run from Tesco at Dragonville, Durham

11:58am Thursday 17th April 2014

MORE than 200 bikers have pledged to attend a replacement Easter Egg Run after the original event was cancelled by Durham Police.

Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

Vintage sale stalls available

The Northern Echo: Vintage style: Invest in some fashion history

2:56pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Stalls can now be booked at a vintage fashion fair being held at the Dolphin Centre this summer.

Dance Festival on its way

The Northern Echo: KFA Moves members on their sponsored walk in Low Coniscliffe in aid of Macmillan

12:39pm Thursday 17th April 2014

KFA Moves are presenting their annual festival show A Panorama of Movement and Dance at the Dolphin Centre next month.

Fire crews called to blazes across County Durham

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

9:38pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIRE fighters across County Durham have been called to a series of blazes tonight, including incidents in Darlington, Willington, Peterlee, Horden and Newton Aycliffe.

Judge issues warning to 'pain relief'' cannabis smokers

The Northern Echo: Police seized six cannbis plants from an address on Coleman Road, Belvedere

5:25pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN who began growing his own cannabis in order to smoke the drug for pain relief has been given a suspended jail sentence.

South Park cafe reopens under council management after winter closure

The Northern Echo: Cafe in the park.

4:37pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A POPULAR cafe in a Darlington park has been taken over by the council to keep it open after a private operator pulled out.

Work begins on £38m national biologics centre in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Work takes place at the Centre for Process Innovation, at Wilton, near Redcar

4:32pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

WORK on a medical research centre hailed as a coup for technology and industry in the North-East has started with a ground-breaking ceremony.

New initiative delivers free online research papers

The Northern Echo: Epsom residents are visiting online porn websites hundreds of thousands of times a year

2:56pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THOUSANDS of the world’s best academic papers are now available for free at Darlington libraries thanks to a new initiative.

Marathon brass band breaks world record

The Northern Echo: Natalie Davies (front left with red trombone) with the Huddersfield Marathon Band

2:33pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A DARLINGTON trombonist has played her way into the record books by completing the London Marathon whist performing with a brass band.

Award-winning journalist and devoted family man dies at the age of 81

The Northern Echo: Brian Edwards, a former Echo journalist, has died aged 81

2:09pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A FORMER Northern Echo journalist who won a prestigious award for exposing abuse at a Sri Lankan psychiatric hospital has died at the age of 81.

Bar to reopen after revamp

The Northern Echo: FAMILY AFFAIR: Carl Williams, right, with his father, John

1:52pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A FORMER assistant bar manager and DJ has turned licensee and is reopening a Darlington town centre venue under its former name.

Road closed after water tanker crash

The Northern Echo: TALKING POINT: The water tanker on its side. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

9:43am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A NORMALLY-BUSY stretch of road is closed to traffic this morning, after a water tanker toppled over and came to rest on its side.

'Amazing, appalling, shocking' - the reality of Foodbank Britain

The Northern Echo: Bishop Seamus Cunnigham and Bishop Mark Bryant at Gateshead Foodbank

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

“AMAZING, appalling, shocking.” That was the verdict of Durham Foodbank co-ordinator Peter MacLellan on new figures, released today, revealing a 463 per cent rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months.

463% rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months

The Northern Echo: The Right Reverend Justin Welby, left, packs a parcel with Alan Bell, centre, of Emmanuel Church and helper Peter MacLellan

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

DOZENS of bishops and hundreds of faith leaders including the Bishop of Durham will today (Wednesday, April 16) demand the Government take urgent action to tackle the growing food crisis engulfing the UK.

Easter fun in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Great Malvern Easter Egg Hunt starts tomorrow (Saturday)

2:12pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A WEEKEND of family activities has been lined up to celebrate Easter in Darlington.

New dog training class

The Northern Echo: FRIEND: Ten-year-old Jake was brought to Dogs Trust in March.

12:57pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Skernedale Dog Training Club starts a new eight-week basic dog obedience training course for beginners on May 1.

Family of Darlington murder victim say their faith in justice has been restored after killer is jailed for life

The Northern Echo: Daniel Dodsworth

7:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE family of a man bludgeoned to death with a claw hammer said their faith in justice has been restored after his killer was sentenced to life in prison.

Waterways project aims to clean up streams

The Northern Echo: Grant for reserve work

1:37pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WATERWAYS project held a fun day with a serious message in Darlington.

Easter treat for Darlington shoppers

The Northern Echo: CELEBRATIONS PLANNED: The Cornmill shopping centre, in Darlington

12:39pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

DARLINGTON shoppers are set for an egg-stra special treat over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Veteran's plea for information about lost comrade

The Northern Echo: RESTING PLACE: ThCanadian War Cemetery at Bretteville-sur-Laize, in Normandy, where Sgt Bill Hampseed, from Stockton, is buried

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A SECOND World War veteran has appealed for help tracing relatives of a friend who was killed in action.

Upmarket bar 'will create up to 100 jobs'

The Northern Echo: BRANCHING OUT: The Keys in Yarm. Another outlet is planned for Darlington

5:56pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

WORK is under way on a seven-figure project to convert a 160-year-old grade II-listed building into an upmarket nightspot, which will create up to 100 jobs.

Property firm gives its backing to new legislation to allow agricultural buildings to be turned into homes

The Northern Echo: CONVERSION: Ministers appear to have listened to barn concerns

5:37pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A NORTH-East property firm has given its backing to new legislation that allows disused agricultural buildings to be turned into residential homes.

Parish council adds its objections to plans to merge rural Darlington council wards

The Northern Echo: The draft ward boundaries for Darlington Borough Council as proposed by the Boundary Commission

2:39pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

MEMBERS of a parish council have described plans to merge two of Darlington’s rural electoral wards into one as ‘ludicrous’.

Charity coffers swelled by Grease run

The Northern Echo: GREASED LIGHTNING: Selena Blain (Sandy) and Michael Hirst (Danny) with Jenny Chapman MP presenting a cheque to St Teresa's Hospice Operations Manager Brian Campey

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A THEATRE society handed over a cheque for £3,000 to St Teresa's Hospice following a successful ten night run of Grease at the Darlington Civic Theatre.

Lauren going for gold in Miss England contest

The Northern Echo: Lauren Abel

5:27pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

REIGNING Miss Durham Lauren Abel is hoping to represent Darlington in the finals of Miss England.

Police on the hunt for thief who stole from Darlington market stall

The Northern Echo:

2:56pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

MARKET THEFT: Police are appealing for information after a pipe and a tobacco tin were stolen from a market stall in Darlington town centre. The incident at the regular stall, which stands opposite the Costa coffee shop, happened at noon on Monday, April 14. Two customers alerted the stall holder that a man was stealing goods – the man ran off in the direction of the town clock. The man is described as white, in his 20s and wearing a grey hoodie, which he had zipped up. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Inglis in the Priority Crime Team on the non-emergency 101 number or 01325-742275.

Jury expected to retire in Darlington murder trial

The Northern Echo: Murder accused, Daniel Dodsworth

5:06pm Monday 14th April 2014

A JURY is expected to retire tomorrow morning (Tuesday, April 14) to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of bludgeoning his friend to death with a claw hammer.

Mother's pride as Army captain is awarded MBE

The Northern Echo: Captain Steffan Wright with his MBE and his mother Gisela Taylor

2:11pm Monday 14th April 2014

THE mother of an Army captain who was raised in Darlington has spoken of her pride after he was awarded an MBE.

CCTV released after cars vandalised near Darlington station

The Northern Echo: CCTV RELEASED: A man British Transport Police want to question after cars were vandalised near Darlington Station

11:48am Monday 14th April 2014

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they are keen to question after a high-value car was vandalised.

Budding chef Ruth goes back to school

The Northern Echo: FINISHING TOUCH: Apprentice chef Ruth Hansom

11:32am Monday 14th April 2014

A BUDDING Darlington chef who earned an apprenticeship with a two-star Michelin chef returned to her old school to cook up a treat for her teachers.

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