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Anthem's Mag-nificent journey

The Northern Echo: : Cyclist Steve Brown hands over the commermorative anthem which celebrates the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta to Dr James Lancelot, Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8685989)

6:48pm Monday 28th July 2014

A SPECIAL anthem composed to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta was delivered to the North-East by bicycle today (Monday, July 28).

Summer fun at cathedral

The Northern Echo: Durham Cathedral

6:46pm Monday 28th July 2014

A CATHEDRAL has announced a summer programme of family events.

Pride success leads to further LGBTQ events in Durham

The Northern Echo: Miss Tess Tickle, dubbed the Queen of Durham

6:44pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE success of a city’s first pride festival has led organisers to stage monthly events.

Kenneth closes in on finishing line after 100 days of running

The Northern Echo: : Kenneth Reader (26) who is helping to raise money for the Alzheimers Society by running 10K everyday for 100 days. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8379878)

4:36pm Monday 28th July 2014

SUPPORTERS will gather tomorrow (Tuesday) night as a rugby player completes the final leg of a gruelling charity challenge.

Durham passport workers stage one-day strike

The Northern Echo: : PCS union members John Conway (left), Viv Conway, John Cook, Jeff McGough, Royston Palmer and John Russell (right) picket outside the passport office in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8667462)

4:34pm Monday 28th July 2014

NORTH-East passport workers took part in a national strike against job cuts today (Monday, July 28), risking the wrath of would-be holidaymakers.

Sainsbury's backs re-homing charity

4:03pm Monday 28th July 2014

A SUPERMARKET has named its charity of the year.

Honours shared as school passes first year

The Northern Echo: OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: Prize winners at Durham Free School’s first presentation evening

4:01pm Monday 28th July 2014

A NEW free school has celebrated the end of its first academic year with a prize giving ceremony.

Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after being hit by bus

The Northern Echo:

3:35pm Monday 28th July 2014

A PEDESTRIAN has been airlifted to hospital after being hit by a bus.

Old pupils welcome at school reunion

The Northern Echo: OLD SCHOOL REUNION: Ex-pupils of the Durham Johnston Whinney Hill site are having a reunion. Picture: TOM BANKS (8161541)

2:56pm Monday 28th July 2014

OLD classmates are invited to a school reunion this autumn.

TV star opens park's new attractions

The Northern Echo: : TV presenter Michaela Strachan officially opens the new Farm Yard attraction at Adventure Valley. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8668700)

2:54pm Monday 28th July 2014

CHILDREN’s TV and wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan was the star attraction at the opening of an adventure park’s new theatre.

Teachers sponged for toilet charity

The Northern Echo: Niamh Sykes, Dylan Glenton, Revd Canon Judy Hirst, headteacher Pam Monaghan, Jude Dudley and Gini Stephenson support the Toilet Twinning scheme  (8658623)

2:52pm Monday 28th July 2014

SCHOOL pupils helped set up clean toilets for poor children across the globe by throwing wet sponges at their teachers.

Show is a stitch up

1:39pm Monday 28th July 2014

CRAFTY young people have embroidery all stitched up in a new exhibition.

Hundreds in the pink for Durham's Race For Life

The Northern Echo: : Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8636447)

7:21pm Sunday 27th July 2014

HUNDREDS of women and girls were in the pink as a charity summer race series came to an end today (Sunday July 27).

Passport office staff set to strike

The Northern Echo: File photo dated 08/10/10 of a passport as a union has warned of industrial action over a passport backlog it says has been caused by job cuts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 9, 2014. The Public and Commercial Services union said job cut

5:49pm Sunday 27th July 2014

PASSPORT Office workers in the North-East are expected to take part in strike action tomorrow (Monday July 28).

Big song and dance across city

The Northern Echo: : Members of Slubbing Billy's Morris from North West Yorkshire peform during the Durham Folk Party event in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8636877)

3:43pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A FOLK festival lived up to its billing as a “right old song and dance” over the weekend.

Council's apprentice scheme helps 500th youngster in County Durham

The Northern Echo: APPRENTICE SUCCESS:  Hayley McKenna, of Durham Climbing Centre, Holly Hirst; Durham County Council employability officer Alison Kirk and Cllr Neil Fosternames are l-r

2:20pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A SCHEME to help youngsters gain apprenticeships across County Durham has reached the 500 mark.

Drink driver left trail of damage on street after taking dad's work van

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

1:56pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A DRINK driver left a trail of damage as he careered round a housing estate in his father’s work van.

Durham City to host its first ever comic convention

The Northern Echo: COMIC FANS: Lindsey Brown and Dan Pye from the Dark Matter Comic and Gaming Cafe are organising King Con to be held at the Gala Theatre in October. Picture: DAVID WOOD

12:49pm Sunday 27th July 2014

FOUNDERS of a comic cafe for lovers of all things nerd are planning a city’s first ever convention dedicated to geek culture.

Free debate on future of UK energy

12:58pm Saturday 26th July 2014

POLITICIANS from the main political parties will take part in a free public debate on the future of UK energy at Durham University next month.

Politicians to debate future of energy

The Northern Echo: POWER PLAY: Future of Britain's energy supply to be debated

5:40pm Friday 25th July 2014

POLITICIANS from the main political parties will debate the future of the UK’s energy supply next month.

Come Dine With Me hopes to recruit contestants from Durham

The Northern Echo: DINNER PARTY: A previous edition of Celebrity Come Dine With Me

1:05pm Friday 25th July 2014

PRODUCERS of the popular TV show Come Dine With Me are looking to recruit contestants for their new series.

Children's charity benefits from pub staff's barrel roll

The Northern Echo: ROLL ON: Rosie Holness from The Library in Durham City rolls a barrel for charity around Durham City.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (8578338)

6:07pm Thursday 24th July 2014

STAFF at a Durham city centre pub rolled out the barrel in the name of charity.

Construction of housing development on "blight site" in Langley Park approved

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

4:55pm Thursday 24th July 2014

COUNCILLORS have agreed to the demolition of a derelict youth centre which has become a blight at the entrance of a north Durham village and to allow a high-quality housing development in its place.

Happy returns for diamond couple

The Northern Echo: DIAMOND COUPLE: Ronnie and Betty Baty of Framwellgate Moor who celebrate their diamond wedding       Picture: ANDY LAMB

3:13pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A COUPLE have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a return trip to the area where they first met.

Durham rapist sentenced after sex register fail

The Northern Echo: Bradley Valks appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

3:05pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A CONVICTED rapist has admitted failing to tell police that he was living with his girlfriend and her two teenage children for a month.

Exploring everyday life in the last 10,000 years

The Northern Echo: ROMAN REMAINS: Gemma Lewis, deputy curator of archaeology for Durham University at the new gallery in the library at Palace Green. Gemma is at the roman display holding a cult figurine.          Picture: ANDY LAMB (8562506)

2:14pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A NEW exhibition exploring everyday life in the region over the past 10,000 years opens this weekend (Saturday, July 26).

A knockout of a funday for hospice

The Northern Echo: TEAM FUN: The Knockout Challenge features a host of fun games

2:08pm Thursday 24th July 2014

SPECTATORS are being invited along to cheer on the teams taking part in the St Teresa’s Hospice Knockout Challenge on Sunday.

Ex-chorister steps out for old school

10:32am Thursday 24th July 2014

A FORMER chorister is to undertake a sponsored walk to help other children attend his old school.

Cancer campaign reaches Westminster

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CAMPAIGNER: Nicola McCann, a Cancer Research UK ambassador

10:32am Thursday 24th July 2014

A NORTH-East charity campaigner has taken part in a day of action at Westminster.

Charity appeal in memory of much-loved deputy head

The Northern Echo: Mark Bushnell, whose body was found at Blackhall Rocks, pictured with wife Joanna (8532986)

9:16pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A CHARITY appeal has been launched in memory of a much-loved deputy headteacher of a private school whose body was found on a North-East beach.

New book explores 'Curious County Durham'

The Northern Echo: The cover of Martin Dufferwiel's The A-Z of Curious County Durham (8550781)

5:05pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A COUNTY’S curiosities are explored in a new book.

Bishop blesses new burial ground

The Northern Echo: CEMETERY CONSECRATION: The Bishop of Jarrow Mark Bryant leads a walk around Belmont Cemetery consecrating the two halves of the ground.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (8544954)

4:45pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

NEW ground has been blessed for burials at a North-East cemetery.

Councillor: I didn't know your village existed

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

2:35pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

PLANS to build new homes in a picturesque village have been thrown out after a councillor admitted he had only learned of the community’s existence hours before.

Councillors reject plans to build 44 homes on outskirts of Shotton Colliery

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

12:13pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans to build 44 homes on farmland on the outskirts of a village.

Homes plan for former dairy site

The Northern Echo: A GV of  the former Stonebridge diary site, off the A690, Neville’s Cross, Durham.
Picture by Tom Banks 27-04-14 (8510086)

6:51pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PLANS to build houses on a former dairy site which had been earmarked for a £12.5m business park have been approved.

Thousands enjoy brass festival

The Northern Echo: Jaipur Kawa band perform in Durham City  (8506051)

6:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MORE than 30,000 people attended concerts, events and workshops over a ten-day musical festival.

Weekend return for 'a right old song and dance'

The Northern Echo: Dancers at the Durham Folk Party 2012 (8507821)

6:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN ANNUAL folk festival returns this weekend (July 25-27).

More student digs backed, despite 'gross over-supply' claim

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

4:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have approved another 109 student beds for Durham, despite claims the city is now suffering a gross over-supply of such accommodation.

Bishop's wife heads to Games

The Northern Echo: Rosemary Butler with husband Paul, the Bishop of Durham (8474928)

2:56pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A BISHOP’S wife is heading to Glasgow to provide first aid at the Commonwealth Games.

Lights out to mark war centenary

The Northern Echo: First World War trenches (8448778)

2:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A SPECIAL evening is being planned to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Work to upgrade sewer network due to begin at Newton Hall, Durham City

The Northern Echo:

12:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WORK is due to begin on a £1.1m upgrade to a sewer network on a Durham City housing estate.

More to see at kids’ visitor centre

The Northern Echo: : Colin Dixon (left) with Duke and Keith Martell (right)  from the North East cowboy re-enactor's Martell's Raiders test out the new Wild West indoor play area at Adventure Valley in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8394332)

10:20am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A FAMILY theme park in the North-East has expanded, creating four new areas for children.

Two churches, one priest, two bishops - one faith?

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, with women priests who were ordained in 1994 (8438161)

5:54pm Monday 21st July 2014

A PRIEST tasked with leading one church which accepts women bishops and another which refuses them had to be blessed by two bishops, all in one service.

Durham pilot of bus payment card

The Northern Echo: (8447468)

5:22pm Monday 21st July 2014

DURHAM City bus passengers are helping to road test a new cashless payment system.

Raft race helps charities keep their heads above water

The Northern Echo: Durham Raft Race organisers, contestants and beneficiaries

4:04pm Monday 21st July 2014

A RAFT race has raised more than £2,000 for charity.

Slimmer Michael saddles up for Big Ride

The Northern Echo: Clive Baxter, Shaun Clark, Michael Sinclair and Luke Sinclair. Michael is preparing for his fourth Durham Big Ride (8440355)

4:02pm Monday 21st July 2014

A CYCLIST who has shed nearly four stones is gearing up for his fourth annual community ride.

Good Citizens do their bit for charity

The Northern Echo: : Mayor of Durham councillor John Robinson talks with owner Olivier Bernard during his visit to Durham City Football Club. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8397066)

3:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

A CHARITY day at a Northern League club has been hailed as a success.

Foto-Fest help for young snappers

The Northern Echo: Durham Town Hall

2:30pm Monday 21st July 2014

YOUNG photographers are invited to get advice and tips on entering an inaugural competition at an event this weekend.

Teen volunteer wins national acclaim

The Northern Echo: : Junior Neighbourhood Watch coordinator Andrew Donnelly (16) from Ushaw Moor, Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8426246)

1:27pm Monday 21st July 2014

A TEENAGER, believed to be the country’s youngest Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, has won national praise for his tireless community work.

Masons pledge to build on cathedral backing

The Northern Echo: Durham Cathedral

1:27pm Monday 21st July 2014

FREEMASONS have donated £50,000 to a cathedral.



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