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Rogue Darlington landlord fined over 4ft bedroom

The Northern Echo:

6:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A ROGUE landlord has been fined more than £30,000 after letting a house that could have killed his tenants and which contained a bedroom with a ceiling less than four feet high.

Work due to start on Darlington's £30m cinema and leisure development

The Northern Echo: FUNDING FOUND: An artist's impression of the Feethams Leisure development, where building work will begin this month

6:02am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

WORK on a highly-anticipated £30m cinema and leisure development for Darlington is set to start in the next few weeks, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Sunday opening hours piloted at Darlington Post Office delivery office

The Northern Echo: Sunday opening hours piloted at Darlington Post Office delivery office

12:37am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE Post Office delivery office in Darlington is to pilot Sunday opening hours, starting this weekend.

A case of here comes the baby as best friend gives birth outside Darlington wedding venue

The Northern Echo:

1:12pm Monday 1st September 2014

A PREGNANT woman turned down the chance to be her best friend’s bridesmaid – only to go into labour on her way to the ceremony.

Darlington man threw bottle which injured former girlfriend

6:02am Monday 1st September 2014

A BULLYING boyfriend who cut his partner's head in a bottle attack has walked free from court.

Theatre festival Jabberwocky Market returns to Darlington with a new line-up

4:25pm Monday 1st September 2014

A POPULAR festival of theatre is set to return to venues around Darlington next month.

Dog of the Month: Nelson the lurcher

The Northern Echo: IN NEED: Nelson, a 16-month-old lurcher, pictured with Dogs Trust volunteer Derek Cornforth

3:44pm Monday 1st September 2014

EACH month, The Northern Echo highlights one of the many dogs looking for a home at the Dogs Trust, in Sadberge, near Darlington.

Lancaster repair work 'progressing' – but another event cancelled

The Northern Echo: NEW ENGINE: Work to replace the engine on the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster is progressing at a steady pace, say owners Picture: DAVID THOMPSON

3:38pm Monday 1st September 2014

OWNERS of a symbol of Second World War history laid up after an oil leak last week say repair work is progressing at a 'steady pace' – but more engagements have had to be cancelled.

Voting opens for Darlington in Bloom online competition

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

3:36pm Monday 1st September 2014

VOTING for the revitalised Darlington in Bloom is underway to find the town’s best outside space.

Last Blues in the Park event of the season

The Northern Echo: FUN IN THE PARK: A Back to the Garden event takes place at North Lodge Park in Darlington with live music being performed in the bandstand.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (9835746)

2:37pm Monday 1st September 2014

AN afternoon of live music in the sunshine marked the end of another Blues in the Park season in Darlington.

Improvement works on Echo building in Darlington

The Northern Echo: RUNNING REPAIRS: Work on The Northern Echo offices in Darlington Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

2:06pm Monday 1st September 2014

CONTRACTORS have erected scaffolding around the outside of The Northern Echo offices as part of ongoing maintenance work on the 97-year-old building.

Engineers hope that iconic Lancaster will be airborne by Tuesday after engine repairs

The Northern Echo: WORKING HARD: Engineers and aviation enthusiasts are working tirelessly to fix the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster. Picture by David Thompson

1:09pm Sunday 31st August 2014

WORK is progressing well on fixing the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster and it is hoped the plane will be airborne again by Tuesday.

Great North Air Ambulance lands in Darlington town centre

The Northern Echo:

1:47pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A CAR park in Darlington served as a landing pad for the Great North Air Ambulance Service this afternoon (Sunday, August 31).

Troubled families are turning their lives around

The Northern Echo: TROUBLED FAMILIES: Criminality, school truancy and unemployment are among the problems faced by troubled families

12:44pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A SCHEME to help troubled families in Darlington turn their lives around is on course to meet its target.

Darlington pensioner expresses concern about overgrown trees

The Northern Echo: TREE PROBLEM: Residents of Alfred Street in Darlington who are worried about the size of the trees around their houses. From left Cllr Anne-Marie Curry, Maria Burns and Glynis Thompson Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:02am Sunday 31st August 2014

A PENSIONER has expressed concerns about overhanging trees near her Darlington flat, describing them as an open invitation to thieves and thugs.

Former councillor enjoys Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut

The Northern Echo: STORY TIME: Chris Foote-Wood from Darlington who took his Dickens show to the Edinburgh Fringe        Picture: ANDY LAMB

12:39pm Saturday 30th August 2014

A FORMER long-serving councillor said he is pleased with the reception given to his debut appearance at a major arts festival.

Man jailed for spying on girl with spy camera

5:15pm Friday 29th August 2014

A PERVERT who used a hidden camera to spy on a girl in the shower was today (Friday, August 29) jailed for 18 months.

Lancaster pulls out of weekend engagements after engine shutdown drama

The Northern Echo:

12:11pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE owners of the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster have cancelled its engagements for this weekend, after it suffered an oil leak which left smoke pouring from one of its engines.

Tributes paid to athletics coach who grew up in Darlington

5:06pm Friday 29th August 2014

STARS from the world of athletics have paid tributes to a respected coach, who has died following a long battle with prostate cancer.

Veterans' leap of faith for Darlington charity

The Northern Echo: INTO THE BLUE: Military veteran Norman Horton during his sky dive with a Skydive St George team member Picture: SKYDIVE ST GEORGE/BLAIR STENT AND DANNY ROWLANDS

5:09pm Friday 29th August 2014

FOUR veterans completed an 11,000ft parachute jump as part of the celebrations surrounding the visit of the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster to the region.

Chance to enjoy Proms in the Park

The Northern Echo: LIVE MUSIC: Jake Tompkins of Modus, Alan Charlton, Peter Radcliffe, members of the Royal Signals (Northern) Band, Hurworth Concert Band, Newton Aycliffe Pipes and Drums and Central and East Yorks Wing ATC Sector 1 Band in the band stand in Darlington'

5:34pm Friday 29th August 2014

PREPARATIONS are under way for a free family-friendly live music event due to be held in a North-East park.

Appeal granted for Darlington Gypsy site

The Northern Echo: APPLICATION REFUSED: Planners have rejected an application to turn a former barber shop in Belvedere Road, Darlington, into a takeaway for a second time

3:31pm Friday 29th August 2014

AN application for a single family Gypsy site has been granted after it was initially rejected on the grounds that it would damage the visual impact of the area.

Book of offers for Darlington shoppers

The Northern Echo: OFFERS BOOK: Distinct Darlington manager Alex Swan

12:25pm Friday 29th August 2014

DARLINGTON shoppers can enjoy big bargains – thanks to a little book of offers.

Architect team will cycle, canoe and climb for charity

The Northern Echo: GRUELLING CHALLENGE: Niven Architects staff prepare for their gruelling fundraiser, L-R, Johnathan Munkley, Marc Warren and Stephen Abbott

1:41pm Friday 29th August 2014

INTREPID fundraisers will cycle, canoe and climb from dawn until dusk on Saturday (August 30) for a charity that changes the lives of critically ill children.

Good Food Guide nod for Darlington pub

The Northern Echo: (9800723)

11:35am Friday 29th August 2014

A DARLINGTON pub is the only hostelry in County Durham and Teesside to feature in the 2015 edition of the Good Food Guide.

Darlington entrepreneurs vie for chance to sell at Liberty of London

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

11:09am Friday 29th August 2014

TWO Darlington entrepreneurs are set to go head-to-head with hundreds of business owners for the chance to sell their wares at one of the country’s most iconic department stores.

Tributes to Darlington's 'king of Grange Road'

10:56am Friday 29th August 2014

SHOPS and businesses in a Darlington shopping street will fall silent in tribute to one of the town's most recognisable characters, who died suddenly this week.

Hundreds gather at memorial service to Second World War airman Andrew Mynarski

The Northern Echo:

1:26pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A SPECIAL service marked the start of a day of events to celebrate the arrival of the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster into the region.

EE Darlington call centre manager was unfairly sacked, judge rules

The Northern Echo: LEGAL ACTION: Mother-of-two Fay Hand claims she was unfairly dismissed by EE.

6:02am Thursday 28th August 2014

A CALL centre manager has won her legal battle with mobile phone company EE after a judge ruled she was unfairly sacked when a worker was kicked in the head.

A fitting tribute

The Northern Echo: COMMEMORATIVE EVENT: RCAF standard bearer Edsel Amlin pays tribute at the spot where Mary Etheridge's ashes were scattered. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

8:39pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE Northern Echo's editor Peter Barron paid tribute to all the readers who supported the campaign for a permanent memorial to Andrew Mynarski to be placed at Middleton St George.

Historic Lancaster's visit is a time for reflection and celebration

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,  Gathering of those who attended the service by his statue.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

8:31pm Thursday 28th August 2014

HUNDREDS descended on Durham Tees Valley Airport to witness the historic visit of the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster and the majestic bomber did not disappoint.

A fitting place for Mary's ashes

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. Phil Etheridge  after laying his mother's ashes before a two

7:33pm Thursday 28th August 2014

PHIL Etheridge travelled from Canada to Durham Tees Valley Airport with a very special mission in mind.

First dance led to 60 years of marriage for Darlington couple

The Northern Echo: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Tom and Shirley Frame from Darlington have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary      Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:29pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A DIAMOND couple who met at a military dance have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Activity festival gets underway in Darlington

The Northern Echo: MEGA FESTIVAL: 3Sixty bike display team perform at the Mega festival in Darlington Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:23pm Thursday 28th August 2014

SHOPPERS in a North-East town had the chance to discover the benefits of a healthy lifestyle during an activity festival.

Darlington poachers caught lamping on farmland are fined

The Northern Echo: WITNESS PLEA: North Yorkshire Police are appealing to anyone who saw a blue Vauxhall Astra crashed near Ferrensby on Sunday night to call them

4:19pm Thursday 28th August 2014

TWO poachers who were spotted hunting nocturnal animals by shining a light into their eyes have been fined.

Man split partner's head open with a ceramic bowl, court hears

4:17pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A DRUNKEN argument led to a man splitting his partner’s head open with a ceramic bowl, a court heard.

Sweet success for Darlington honey company

The Northern Echo: SWEET SUCCESS: Scot Varley, from The Honey B Company, which has won two Great Taste awards.

4:10pm Thursday 28th August 2014

AN artisan food company has tasted sweet success with a second award for its honey.

Darlington councillors raise concerns over government planning legislation

The Northern Echo: NEW FLATS: Northgate House, in Darlington

3:59pm Thursday 28th August 2014

COUNCILLORS have raised concerns over government legislation which could allow a high-rise office block to be transformed into residential flats without consulting nearby residents.

University joins forces with Festival of Thrift

The Northern Echo: FLASH BACK: A stall at last year's Festival of Thrift, at Lingfield Point, in Darlington Picture: ANDY LAMB

3:37pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A NATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED festival has announced a link-up with a North-East university.

Yob who threw rock through moving train window could have killed the woman it hit

3:25pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A YOB who threw a rock through the window of a moving train could have killed the woman it hit, according to the British Transport Police (BTP).

The Northern Echo lays wreath in memory of Canadian war hero

The Northern Echo:

12:22pm Thursday 28th August 2014

The editor of The Northern Echo this morning laid a wreath at the statue of war hero Andrew Mynarski.

Fundraising launch party for Darlington music festival

The Northern Echo:

10:07am Thursday 28th August 2014

FOUR bands will perform live at a launch party next week for a music festival in Darlington.

World Cup base announcement welcomed by rugby rivals

The Northern Echo: FUTURE'S BRIGHT: A group of young rugby players at Mowden Park celebrate the announcement that the All Blacks will train at the arena during the rugby World Cup next year Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:02am Thursday 28th August 2014

RUGBY club leaders in Darlington have welcomed the announcement that the All Blacks will train in the town during next year's World Cup.

Former Black Cats skipper to speak at dinner in Darlington

The Northern Echo: HAPPY DAYS: Sunderland captain Kevin Ball lifts the Division One trophy, as Sunderland celebrate promotion to the Premier League in 1999

1:52pm Thursday 28th August 2014

FORMER Sunderland captain Kevin Ball will be the guest speaker at a sportsman's dinner to raise funds for Darlington FC.

Directors of supported housing company to face fraud charges at crown court

The Northern Echo: Kieran Gough struggled with court guards after being jailed for watching dogs kill a fox

4:51pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

DIRECTORS of a company which helps adults with learning difficulties are facing fraud charges.

Get paid to talk about TV

The Northern Echo: TV TALK: Telly addicts in Darlington are being offered the chance to get paid for sharing their views about what's on the box.

4:39pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

TELLY addicts in Darlington are being offered the chance to get paid for sharing their views about what's on the box.

Swimmer finds youngsters' message in a bottle

The Northern Echo: ON MESSAGE: The message in a bottle she found while training in the Tees

1:37pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

CHILDREN who threw a message in a bottle overboard during a boat trip up the River Tees were delighted when it was picked up by an open water swimmer.

Major search for woman on A66 near Darlington called off

9:23pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A MAJOR search was launched tonight (Wednesday) after reports of a woman in distress on the A66 near Darlington.

Arrival of Lancaster bomber evokes memories for war veterans

The Northern Echo: ICONIC CRAFT: The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster is one of only two flightworthy Lancasters in the world

8:39pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

“When I heard those Merlin engines and I saw her coming in to land, it brought on a feeling of nostalgia. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up and it brought all the memories back of my time on the Lancasters.”

Veterans take to the sky to celebrate flypast

The Northern Echo: TAKING TO THE SKIES: Military veterans Bill sibthorpe and Norman Horton are to take part in a charity skydive as part of the Mynarski Lancaster visit.  They attend a veteran's group at Age UK in Darlington once a week and are hoping to raise money for

8:09pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

FOUR military veterans have volunteered to take part in a charity skydive over Durham Tees Valley Airport to celebrate the Mynarski Lancaster flypast.



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