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'Great Escaper' Jimmy gives birthday presents to cathedral appeal

The Northern Echo: : Veteran Jim Mulhall marks his 95th birthday by helping to build part of the DLI Chapel during the event at Durham Cathedral. Picture DAVID WOOD (9692906)

5:58pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A WAR hero dubbed The Great Escaper for his repeated attempts to flee Nazi prison camps has performed another act of selflessness – giving away his birthday presents.

Talks over student digs plan for social club

The Northern Echo: Talks over student digs plan for social club

5:34pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

SHOWDOWN talks are planned over controversial proposals to turn a former social club into student digs.

More buses for commuters

The Northern Echo: More peak time buses(9675319)

4:15pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

EXTRA rush hour buses are being added to an express service between Durham and Tyneside.

Medieval fair returns to St Giles

The Northern Echo: St Giles' medieval fair in 2012

4:14pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

AN ancient church will host a medieval fair next month (September 8).

Rare sighting of tiny mouse raises hopes for species

The Northern Echo: HARVEST HOME: A rare harvest mouse, similar to the one spotted near Durham

3:29pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A RARE mouse has been found in County Durham, significantly further north than usual sightings of the animal.

Thousands expected as popular antiques show is filmed in city

The Northern Echo: EXPERT OPINION: Expert Henry Sandon values items during a previous Antiques Roadshow in Auckland Castle

12:24pm Monday 25th August 2014

HUNDREDS of visitors, many clutching much-loved family heirlooms, are expected in Durham next week as a BBC TV show returns to the city for the first time in 17 years.

Scuba diving teens' underwater litter pick

The Northern Echo: Robbi Waugh and Conor Wilebore on their underwater litter pick (9604005)

12:18pm Monday 25th August 2014

THREE teenagers have organised an underwater litter pick.

Hundreds of cyclists ready for eighth Big Ride

The Northern Echo: Pulman Skoda's Gary Irwin and Ian Jarivs, on the bike, show their support for Durham Big Ride

12:14pm Monday 25th August 2014

A POPULAR community bike ride returns at the weekend (Sunday, August 31).

New group for blind youngsters

The Northern Echo: Rosie Pybus, with the Prince Bishops river cruiser, Durham (9609390)

12:12pm Monday 25th August 2014

A PARTIALLY sighted young woman has helped launch a new social group for youngsters with sight loss.

Big turnout for military vehicle show

The Northern Echo: MILITARY VEHICLES: Visitors take a closer look at some of the vintage military vehicles on display during the event at the DLI Museum in Durham.

4:55pm Monday 25th August 2014

THE region’s biggest display of military vehicles has attracted up to 2,000 visitors over the past two days.

N-ice place for sundae lunch

The Northern Echo: GRAND OPENING: The new Nickles and Dimes ice cream parlour in Durham City.

4:16pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A TRIP to Graceland was the inspiration behind an authentic American ice cream parlour which opened in the North-East this weekend.

Entertainers take to the streets

The Northern Echo: STREET THEATRE: Ernest the Magnifico performs in Durham Market Place as part of The Durham Streets summer festival.

3:10pm Sunday 24th August 2014

PERFORMERS have taken to the streets of the North-East as part of an annual festival of entertainment.

Boy, four, denied entry to autistic brother's school

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL PLACE ANGER: Natacha Simms, pictured with her two autistic sons, Lewis Coughtrey, left, and Oscar Coughtrey, who are being sent to two different Durham primary schools. Picture: TOM BANKS (9597298)

6:32am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A PREGNANT mother-of-two is furious she faces having to send her two young sons, one of whom has autism, to separate schools.

Village takes delivery of defibrillator

The Northern Echo: NEW DEFIBRILLATOR: The Punch Bowl pub in Satley, near Lanchester, has installed a heart defibrillator after money was raised in the village. Pictured are, from the left, Colin Hodgson, Charlie Dobinson, Gavin Clark and David Gibson, all from Satley Parish

4:43pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AN ISOLATED rural community has taken charge of a new defibrillator for use in case of emergency.

Charity boss' ice bucket challenge

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CHILLER: County Durham Foundation chief executive Barbara Gubbins does the Ice Bucket Challenge for charity outside her office in Meadowfield, Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (9596644)

3:53pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A CHARITY boss is the latest to take on the ice bucket challenge.

Council pledges over care service move

The Northern Echo: PRIORY HOUSE: A general view of Priory House, Pity Me, Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (9048325)

2:18pm Friday 22nd August 2014

RESIDENTS angry social services for vulnerable families are being moved into their area have won a string of concessions from council chiefs.

Roads shake-up to tackle city's pollution

The Northern Echo: BUSY ROAD: Traffic crosses Milburngate Bridge, Durham  Picture: ANDY LAMB (9463604)

6:50am Friday 22nd August 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have announced a multi-million pound roads shake-up aimed at tackling a city’s growing air pollution problem.

Bailiff rage driver jailed for nine months for dangerous pursuit

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

5:44pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A MAN saw red when a bailiff turned up at his house, accompanied by two police officers, seeking payment for an unpaid fine.

Great North Runner Stephen's doing it for dad

The Northern Echo: Charity fundraiser Stephen Cronin and his wife Suzanne (9558678)

3:48pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A CHILDREN’S doctor is doing the Great North Run for charity in honour of his father.

Snap yourself a cathedral selfie

The Northern Echo: An aerial view of Durham Cathedral

1:57pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE selfie phenomenon has reached Durham Cathedral.

All rosy as agency boss Andy tours ice rink rebuild

The Northern Echo: Councillor Neil Foster, Homes and Communities Agency chief executive Andy Rose and Neil McMillan, development director at Carillion Developments, laying down a foundation at Freeman's Reach
 (9538523)

10:51am Thursday 21st August 2014

A REGENERATION chief has toured a £27m scheme to replace Durham’s former ice rink with offices.

Parents' horror as boy, three, slips down faulty manhole

The Northern Echo: Parents' horror as boy, three, slips down faulty manhole

6:44am Thursday 21st August 2014

A SHOCKED couple are calling for action after a manhole cover gave way and their three-year-old son narrowly avoided plummeting into a drain.

Wartime food on the menu at Court

The Northern Echo:

6:34pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A RESTAURATEUR is offering a wartime at home menu to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Festival of entertainment takes to streets of Durham

The Northern Echo: STREETS AHEAD: Performer The Space Cowboy

6:28pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

VISITORS to an annual street festival are encouraged to share their favourite moments of the event on social media.

New police HQ ready for Durham force

The Northern Echo: (9529606)

6:10pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A POLICE force is starting the move from its old headquarters to a new £15m base.

Farmers urged to help fight rustling

The Northern Echo: Jane and Mark Gray at Broom House Farm, Witton Gilbert (9094739)

5:32pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A LANDOWNERS’ group is urging rural communities to pull together to combat a rustling rush.

Second crash at Pittington where accidents are 'rare'

3:22pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DETAILS have emerged of a second crash where a young couple had a miraculous escape at the weekend.

Durham Light Infantry Memorial foundations laid as fundraising target is reached

The Northern Echo: STATUE SITE: Col Arthur Charlton at the site in Durham Market Place where the statue will be erected next month.     Picture: ANDY LAMB (9509767)

3:18pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A STATUE immortalising the sacrifices of the Durham Light Infantry took a step closer to reality today (August 20) as workers laid its foundation – and it was revealed that veterans had reached their fundraising target.

Youngsters brighten up Durham unit's grounds

The Northern Echo: GARDEN OPEN: Trust chair Lesley Bessant is shown the new garden at NHS Durham by ten year old Briar Watson from Chester-le-Street.          Picture: ANDY LAMB (9509811)

2:24pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

EVERYTHING in the garden is lovely at a centre for youngsters with mental health issues.

Display of flowers with an eastern twist

The Northern Echo: JAPANESE ART: Erico Natsui with her flowers ball, part of the Japanese flower exhibition at the Palace Green library in Durham City.          Picture: ANDY LAMB (9508410)

1:58pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN exhibition has offered a rare chance to see an eastern take on the traditional art of flower arranging.

Fish and chips treat for Mabel, 103

The Northern Echo: Birthday girl Mabel Raine, 103, with Councillor John Robinson, chairman of Durham County Council, his wife Maxine, left, and vice-chairman Jan Blakey (9493942)

1:50pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

BIRTHDAY girl Mabel is truly old Labour.

Cash boost for centre revamp

The Northern Echo: Framwellgate Moor, Durham City- Colin Hillary (left), chairman of the community association and parish councillor Terry Moderate, pictured outside Framwellgate Moor community centre, where the community association is to take over the council-run communit

12:53pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PROJECT to expand and improve a Victorian community centre has received a cash boost.

Late night robbery victim suffers constant nightmares at ordeal at hands of young mugger

The Northern Echo: Michael Kingshott: Four-year sentence in young offenders' institution for "cowardly" attack on elderly woman

6:57am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PENSIONER left bloodied and bruised after being punched in the face for just £28 cannot forget her terrifying ordeal.

Sacked salesman bought £300k of cars on firm's account

The Northern Echo: Newcastle Crown Court  (8389331)

8:33pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A SACKED salesman has walked free from court despite drunkenly ordering nearly £300,000-worth of cars on his former bosses’ account.

Police hunt Durham bridge flasher

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

4:32pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

POLICE are hunting a man who exposed himself to two girls.

Police hunt Durham bridge flasher

The Northern Echo:

3:58pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

POLICE are hunting a man who exposed himself to two girls.

County Durham council tenants vote for homes transfer

The Northern Echo: Green light for transfer ballot (8309917)

3:52pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THOUSANDS of tenants have voted for their homes to be transferred out of council ownership.

Lanchester Dairies fined £10,000 for safety failings after worker's fall

The Northern Echo:

3:39pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A DAIRY has been fined £10,000 for safety failings after a worker suffered life-changing injuries in a fall.

Flying car nearly struck passing family vehicle

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

12:39pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A PASSING family vehicle was almost hit by a drink driver whose car hit a central reservation and flipped over as it careered up a road.

Food packaging firm expands Durham operations

The Northern Echo: (9421975)

10:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A DANISH food packaging firm has announced growth plans that will double North-East production capacity and increase its workforce by 50 per cent.

Young couple call for road safety action after walking away from dramatic crash

The Northern Echo:

5:42pm Monday 18th August 2014

A YOUNG couple have told how they feared for their lives after their car skidded, flipped over twice and came to rest upside down in the middle of an unlit road.

Flower festival springs into life

The Northern Echo: Flowers

5:34pm Monday 18th August 2014

A NEW two-day flower festival will be held next weekend (August 30-31).

Opening time for Durham beer festival

The Northern Echo: Technical director Nick Young and festival director Lindsey Wright at last year's Durham Beer Festival

4:45pm Monday 18th August 2014

DURHAM’S annual beer festival returns next week (Wednesday, August 27).

Fireman John is fighting back to fitness for Great North Run

The Northern Echo: Polymaygia rheumatic survivor John Robson to do Great North Run Pic Keith Taylor (9416392)

4:43pm Monday 18th August 2014

A SUPER-FIT fireman struck down by a mystery illness is hoping to do this year’s Great North Run in aid of the charity that helped him.

Durham Cathedral among UK's top free attractions

The Northern Echo: Durham Cathedral

1:19pm Monday 18th August 2014

DURHAM Cathedral has been named among the country’s top 20 free visitor attractions.

Three year sentence for motorway missile thrower

The Northern Echo: Missile thrower David Maitland, jailed for three years at Durham Crown Court today.

8:09am Saturday 16th August 2014

A YOUTH who potentially put two drivers’ lives at risk, dropping missiles from a motorway road bridge, has been jailed for three years.

School chaplain will not be charged over sex assault claim

The Northern Echo: Durham School

6:36pm Friday 15th August 2014

A CHAPLAIN from a leading independent school will not face charges over an alleged historic sexual assault.

Launderette burglar jailed

The Northern Echo: TILL STOLEN: The Old Cinema Laundrette in Durham, from where a till was stolen during a break-in. Picture: TOM BANKS (9361475)

6:25pm Friday 15th August 2014

A SERIAL burglar who targeted a locked launderette in an overnight break-in, was jailed for two years and six months.

North East Military Vehicle rally returns to Durham City

The Northern Echo: Tom Cunningham from the North East Military Vehicle Club and Gillian Robinson, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery manager, with a 1942 Austin Tilly. (9357922)

5:21pm Friday 15th August 2014

DOZENS of military vehicles are preparing to descend on Durham City for an event promising plenty to interest and entertain visitors of all ages.

High Pittington woman recovering from surgery sings out for brain cancer research

The Northern Echo: INSPIRATIONAL SONG: Sue Atkinson and Martyn Banks of 2sum

1:38pm Friday 15th August 2014

A WOMAN battling cancer who bounced back from brain surgery to produce an inspirational song will take it on tour again at the weekend.



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