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MP calls for boycott of Virgin Money, as bank ends funding for Northern Rock Foundation

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LABOUR MPs spoke of their anger tonight (Tuesday, April 22) after it emerged the North-East’s biggest charity, the Northern Rock Foundation, is to close.

Warwick and Co take to the stage in Darlington

The Northern Echo: From a radio advert to a galaxy far, far away for Star Wars actor Warwick Davis

10:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A THEATRE production featuring cast members all under four feet in height has opened in the region.

Mother and sex offender son deny perverting course of justice

The Northern Echo: Fiend: Ian Pritchard

6:05pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A MOTHER and her son will face a trial in June over an allegation that they conspired together to pervert the course of justice.

Flower shop to close town centre store, but business as usual elsewhere

The Northern Echo: BLOOM WOES: The branch of Nattrass, in West Row, Darlington, will shut its doors on Saturday after 20 years. Pictured from the left are staff members -Sally and Katie Bennett and Laura Simpson.

5:45pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A FAMILY-RUN flower shop is closing its doors after 20 years of trading, blaming town centre parking regulations for a drop in footfall.

Centenary of classic novel to be celebrated at North-East event

The Northern Echo: Cafe Create

5:38pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE CENTENARY of a classic novel will be celebrated at an event next week.

Could Darlington be the home of England's best burger?

The Northern Echo: Created by Tom Byng, Byron focuses on hamburgers ‘the way they should be’

4:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A DARLINGTON-BASED company has reached the final of a national competition, giving it the chance to put the town on the map as the home of England’s best burger.

More than 30 anglers caught during Easter crackdown on illegal fishing

The Northern Echo: GONE FISHING: A serene spot is at Llanover on the Usk just above Pantygoitre Bridge.

4:48pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

OFFICERS from the Environment Agency caught 34 people fishing illegally on the region’s waterways over the Easter weekend.

Ditch the meat and reap the benefits, urges campaign

The Northern Echo: A study reveals only 2.5 per cent of cancers can be averted by increased fruit and veg intake

5:36pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

MEAT-EATERS are being urged to reap the benefits of a meat-free diet – both to their health and their bank accounts.

Energy advice sessions to help people cope with rising bills

The Northern Echo: Citizens Advice Bureau

5:20pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

REGULAR advice sessions have been organised to help people cope with rising energy bills.

RSPCA investigates dogs' deaths in Darlington

The Northern Echo: The RSPCA has appealed for information

4:27pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A YOUNG woman could face prosecution after two dogs were found dead in a cage, The Northern Echo has learnt.

Northern Rock Foundation closure a 'massive blow for North-East charities'

The Northern Echo: Justin Welby at Bike Stop, Darlington

5:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHARITIES across the North-East have suffered a major blow with the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation. Mark Tallentire reports.

Pensioner on mobility scooter risks life after accidentally ending up on dual carriageway

The Northern Echo: The mobility scooter found dumped near bins in Halifax Road, Bradford

4:22pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A PENSIONER risked his life when he accidentally trundled his mobility scooter onto a busy dual carriageway yesterday (Monday April 21).

Diamonds not just a girl's best friend, according to expert

The Northern Echo: Gemologist Robert Bolton with the Club President, Ann Williams

3:19pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DIAMONDS are not just a girl’s best friend, as a women’s group found out recently.

Anti-nuclear campaigner to visit Darlington

The Northern Echo: Bruce Kent, vice-president and former CND chairman, before talking at the Time To Scrap Trident public meeting at the Friends Meeting House in York

2:39pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A PEACE campaigner will bring his anti-nuclear weapons crusade to Darlington this week.

Villagers gather to celebrate centuries old egg rolling tradition

The Northern Echo: Villagers partake in egg rolling tradition

2:55pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FAMILIES gathered together in the sunshine to join in a centuries old tradition on Easter Sunday.

Final preparations under way for arts festival

The Northern Echo: LAST-MINUTE arrangements are being made for an arts festival which starts on Thursday (April 24) and runs throughout May.

2:18pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LAST-MINUTE arrangements are being made for an arts festival which starts on Thursday (April 24) and runs throughout May.

Exam success for North-East insolvency practitioner

The Northern Echo: Chris Horner, of Robson Scott Associates, who has taken a major step forward in his career

12:37pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AN insolvency expert has joined an elite band after passing demanding exams to qualify as an insolvency practitioner.

Celebrated artist showcased at exhibition to inspire next generation of artists

The Northern Echo: Publisher Rob Elliott who will be showcasing the work of celebrated artist Tom Wall at the Shout About Art exhibition

12:20pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE work of a painter who inspired a generation of artists will feature at an innovative exhibition designed to showcase creativity.

Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge raises thousands for cancer research

The Northern Echo: Charity walker Peter Dent

11:49am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

STUDENTS have taken fundraising to new heights after their Yorkshire hills trek raised nearly £7,000 for cancer research.

Thousands of dogs rehomed as Dogs Trust Darlington prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary

The Northern Echo: Staff and volunteers at Sadberge Dogs Trust from left Nyla Osborne, Rebecca McKeown, Dave Fish, Eileen Skidmore, Lauren Sutcliffe and Judith Davidson

7:10am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A DOG rehoming charity that has helped thousands of canines to find loving new families is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Lack of council funding means pothole woe will continue for region's motorists

The Northern Echo: A pothole in Orchard Road, Darlington

6:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

COUNCILS across the North East are doing their best to fix the potholes littering our roads but will never repair them all unless the government is prepared to spend billions, according to the AA.

Awards for community volunteers announced

The Northern Echo: Sarah Robinson of Durham Community Action

6:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AWARDS are to be presented to recognise the contribution volunteers make to the communities of County Durham.

Stalls up for grabs at award-winning Darlington market

The Northern Echo: Darlington Sunday People's Market is hoping to be crowned the nation's favourite for the second year running

4:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BOOKINGS are being taken for stalls at an award-winning Sunday market.

Artist to discuss her textile journey

The Northern Echo: Image for Head of Steam Darlington

1:08pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

VISITORS to the Head of Steam railway museum on Sunday (April 27) can hear artist Catherine Howard giving a talk entitled Textile Journey, at 1pm.

PACT meeting in Heighington

The Northern Echo: Police arrest man following serious sexual assault in Runcorn

2:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PACT MEETING A PACT meeting for residents of the West Villages will take place at Redworth Hall Hotel in Heighington, near Darlington on Wednesday April 23 from 7.30pm. The meeting will allow members of the Heighington and Coniscliffe ward to discuss issues with a police representative.

Pet owners warned Easter eggs could prove fatal for dogs

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs could prove fatal for curious dogs

6:22pm Monday 21st April 2014

DOG owners are being warned that their haul of Easter eggs could prove poisonous to curious pets.

Former Blue Peter presenter Hele Skelton officially opens Piercebridge country store

The Northern Echo: Former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton opens a store near Darlington

5:11pm Monday 21st April 2014

A FORMER Blue Peter presenter met tarantulas and snakes plus Easter chicks as she officially opened a county store.

Things are looking up for Distinct Darlington as it prepares to mark its second birthday

The Northern Echo: Alex Swan, manager of Distinct Darlington: "This is going to be hugely positive for the town centre, it is really going to be of benefit to food businesses, retailers might take longer to notice the impact"

2:23pm Monday 21st April 2014

THE manager of Darlington’s business improvement district (Bid) has said she hopes the organisation is starting to become more accepted by traders in the town as it approaches its second birthday.

New look post office in Middleton St George is opened by the Mayor

The Northern Echo: Postmaster Andy Hill with Mayor Charles Johnson and Mayoress Carol Johnson at the reopening of the Middleton St George Post Office

12:09pm Monday 21st April 2014

A REVAMPED post office that will offer some of the longest opening hours in the area has been officially reopened by the Mayor of Darlington.

Mayor to raise a toast in honour of St George

The Northern Echo: People in Southampton are being called on to help mark St George's Day.

11:58am Monday 21st April 2014

A TOAST will be raised to St George at Darlington’s Market Cross on Wednesday, in honour of his Saint’s Day.

Man cut from his car after collision on Croft Road, near Darlington

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

11:12am Monday 21st April 2014

DELAYS are expected at a busy junction near Darlington after a two car collision.

New details of Darlington cinema and leisure development revealed ahead of summer start date

The Northern Echo: New artists impressions of the Feethams Leisure development in Darlington

6:00am Monday 21st April 2014

NEW details of a multi-million pound cinema and leisure complex planned for the centre of Darlington have been revealed as developers look to start building work later this summer.

Skin cancer rates soar in the North East as the search for the 'perfect tan' continues

The Northern Echo: Warning as skin cancer is on the rise in East Lancashire

12:10am Monday 21st April 2014

SKIN cancer rates in the North-East have more than trebled in the last 20 years, with hundreds of people diagnosed every year, new figures have shown.

Mowden Park Rugby Club celebrates promotion push with a family fun day

The Northern Echo: BREAKOUT: Zylon McGaffin of Mowden Park makes a break for it during Saturday’s win over Otley

5:27pm Monday 21st April 2014

THE final day of the rugby season will be celebrated with a family fun day by a North-East team.

Darlington businesses rally round to support MS charity

The Northern Echo: Logo for The MS Society

4:03pm Monday 21st April 2014

A HOST of Darlington businesses have been rallying to raise much-needed funds for people living with MS.

Choir to perform in support of St Teresa's Hospice

The Northern Echo: Piano plan for Brighton station: our top 10 train playlist

12:59pm Monday 21st April 2014

MIXED vocal choir Northern Voices will raise funds for a Darlington hospice at its next concert.

Hypnotherapist offers Darlington taster session for weight-loss programme

The Northern Echo: A salad of heritage tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella and gazpacho of green vegetables

1:04pm Monday 21st April 2014

A HYPNOTHERPAIST who has developed her own weight-loss programme will host a one-off taster session in Darlington next month.

Darlington Lions to hold charity book stall at market

The Northern Echo: Darlington Lions Club member Robert Hillary, bookshop chairman dressed in a lion costume with Tom Peacock and Jenny Lumley at the charity marketstall book sale.

11:47am Monday 21st April 2014

BOOK STALL: Darlington Lions Club will host a bookstall in Darlington Market on Saturday, April 26, between 10am and 4pm. There will be thousands of books available on the stall and at the Lions’ nearby bookshop in Blackwellgate. Books are 50p each. The Darlington Lions bookshop is open every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am until 4pm.

Donation to The Prince's Trust will help young people in County Durham set up their own businesses

The Northern Echo: £22M DONATIONS: County Durham Community Foundation

5:32pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A YOUTH enterprise scheme run by the Prince’s Trust has been awarded £75,000 to help young people in the North East start their own businesses.

Hundreds of supporters gather for the 'FA Cup of Bowls' in Darlington

The Northern Echo: The EIBA finals take place at the Darlington Indoor Bowls Club. Stanley (purple shirts) take on Wey Valley (maroon shirts) in one of the mens' semi-finals

5:18pm Sunday 20th April 2014

INDOOR bowls fans have enjoyed a weekend of high-quality action as a North East venue hosted a prestigious national championship for the first time in 20 years.

Hundreds of bikers support children's wards with annual Easter Egg Run

The Northern Echo: Some of the hundreds of bikes waiting to set off on the Durham Easter Egg Run

1:51pm Sunday 20th April 2014

HUNDREDS of bikers turned out to make Easter a little sweeter for children spending the bank holiday in hospital.

Easter fun in Darlington markets and Elim Church

The Northern Echo: Members of Red Hall Dance School perform at the Easter Eggstraordinary Market

12:01pm Sunday 20th April 2014

THERE was Easter fun across Darlington this weekend as a series of activities took place for families around the town.

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.

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