Top jockey Andrew Thornton shocks christening guests - by getting married

The Northern Echo: NEWLY WEDS: Andrew Thornton, Yvonne Dennis and baby Harry in the church

6:51pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LEADING jump jockey and a wedding florist sprang a surprise on guests assembled for the christening of their son – by announcing they were interrupting the baptism to get married.

Jobs at risk as supermaket announces closure

The Northern Echo:

4:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

MORE than 80 people are at risk of losing their jobs after a supermarket announced it will close in November.

£500 film wins horror award at top festival

The Northern Echo: FILM SUCCESS: Dean Midas Maynard and Dan Weatherer

6:31am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A HORROR film co-produced by a North-East man for just £500 has won a prestigious national award.

Steamy date at Shildon museum

The Northern Echo: SPECIAL GUEST: Bellerophon, which arrived at Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon earlier this week ahead of the Tenth Anniversary Steam Gala

3:38pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

GUESTS at a museum’s tenth anniversary event will not just include visitors on foot but also those that travel on tracks.

Spennymoor pub wants to extend hours

7:25pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

COUNCILLORS will consider an application for a Spennymoor pub to extend its opening hours with new measures to prevent underage drinking.

Rail preservation role for former MP

The Northern Echo: RAIL ROLE: Lord Foster of Bishop Auckland

5:50pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LABOUR peer has been named as president of a group of enthusiasts dedicated to promote the world's first passenger railway line.

Man with large collection of indecent child images escapes immediate prison sentence

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

5:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A MAN escaped an immediate prison sentence, despite amassing 1,979 indecent images of children over a three-year period.

Sisters to perform at annual charity ball

The Northern Echo: SINGING STARS: Sisters Alice and Emma Jordan are to perform at the County Durham Carers Support fundraising event Picture: TOM BANKS

4:27pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

TWO talented young siblings will take to the stage tomorrow for a carers support fundraising ball.

Climber Esme scales new heights at world championships

The Northern Echo: CLIMBING CHAMPION: Esme Harte who won an international climbing contest four years after her leg was amputated. Picture: TOM BANKS

1:10pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A YOUNG woman who lost a leg in a life saving operation has enjoyed yet more success as a Team GB climber.

Old Tudhoe schools to be pulled down

The Northern Echo: DEMOLITION WORK: Demolition of the former Tudhoe Grange School's upper school site, on St Charles Road, will start next week, followed by the lower school site, on Durham Road Picture: TOM BANKS (10307190)

5:36pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE demolition of an old school, part of which starred in a television drama, will begin within days.

Pub tribute to colliery

The Northern Echo: NEW LOOK: The Dean and Chapter pub in Ferryhill

4:36pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A BOARDED up colliery pub has reopened and its name pays tribute to the area’s mining heritage.

Sedgefield choir appeals for new pianist

The Northern Echo: PIANIST APPEAL: Sedgefield Lyric Singers desperately need a new pianist to allow them to perform at engagements and concerts in the coming months. Picture: TOM BANKS

2:18pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A CHOIR that has delighted audiences for 40 years desperately needs a new pianist to accompany singers at concerts and rehearsals.

Hundreds attend Norman Cornish memorial lecture in Spennymoor

The Northern Echo: PITMAN PAINTING: Bishops Close Street by Norman Cornish, whose work is on display at the Greenfield Art Centre in Newton Aycliffe

6:18pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

ABOUT 400 people attended a memorial lecture celebrating the life of Pitman Painter Norman Cornish.

Chinese vase brings £10,000 at auction after £40 valuation

The Northern Echo: SHOCK RESULT: A Chinese enamel vase was knocked down for £10,100, in excess of its price estimate of £40-60.

6:04pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A VASE that was expected to bring £40 at auction sold for more than £10,000 earlier this month.

Sporting Tournament in Teesdale to mark school's 100th anniversary

The Northern Echo: SPORTING SPECTACLE: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School winning rugby captain Sam Moore, of Wakefield, with Barnard Castle Prep School captain Sam Metcalfe, of Gilling West

3:04pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

YOUNG athletes battled for honours on the sports fields commemorating the foundation of a school that opened its doors at the outbreak of the First World War.

Sedgefield all set for weekend of sporting fun

The Northern Echo: FUN AND GAMES: Chris Lines and family take part in a three-legged race at the Sedgefield Village Games

12:26pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A TOWN is gearing up for an active weekend, with the return of a popular running race and a free afternoon of fun and games.

Residents object to plans to build 220 homes across two sites in Willington area

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

5:54pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A DEVELOPER has submitted plans to build up to 220 homes on two sites in the Willington area, prompting concerns about traffic congestion, increased flood risk and lack of amenities.

School cooks find the right recipe

The Northern Echo: YOUNG COOKS: Pupils at Newton Aycliffe Woodham Academy in the Let's Get Cooking club under the supervision of catering manager Linda Vipond. Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:56pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A SCHOOL cookery club has gone from strength-to-strength as pupils seek to recreate the healthy meals they enjoy in the canteen.

Family embroiled in party wall battle Durham County Council

The Northern Echo: WALL ROW: Paul Kelley is having trouble with a wall (pictured) owned by Durham County Council that is joined to his West Cornforth home. Picture: TOM BANKS.

6:03am Monday 15th September 2014

A FAMILY embroiled in a two-year legal row with Durham County Council over a defective party wall claim the authority is failing in its legal duty.

Sir Winston Churchill's funeral carriage to be restored in Shildon

The Northern Echo: FUNERAL CARRIAGE: The Southern Railway luggage van no. 2464, which was built in 1931, has arrived in Shildon

5:46pm Monday 15th September 2014

A CARRIAGE, which formed part of a train that carried Sir Winston Churchill from his state funeral to his final resting place, will be restored in the region.

Newton Aycliffe Junior Football Club secures new shirt sponsor

The Northern Echo: NEW SPONSOR: Newton Aycliffe Junior Football Club's under-14s have a new kit sponsor, Co-operative Funeral Care. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:23pm Monday 15th September 2014

A CHILDREN’S football team is sporting a new kit after scoring a sponsorship deal.

Members sought for arthritis support group

The Northern Echo: ADVICE AVAILABLE: Councillor Sam Zair with members of the Wear Valley ArthritisSupport Group

5:21pm Monday 15th September 2014

AN arthritis group is appealing for more people to get involved and receive help and support for their condition.

Concerned residents object to new homes in Teesdale village

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

5:12pm Monday 15th September 2014

PLANS to build eight new homes in Teesdale have prompted 70 letters of objection from concerned residents.

Poems by Newton Aycliffe school children included in First World War commemorative book

The Northern Echo: INSPIRATIONAL READINGS: Greenfield Community College pupils read poetry they have written, inspired by the First World War and appearing in a book created by the Aycliffe Village Local History Society. (L to R) Shannon-Leigh Banks (13) and Rachel Bremner

7:49pm Monday 15th September 2014

POEMS by school children conveying the reality of life in the trenches have been included in a book about the impact of the First World War on their community.

Petition submitted to stop housing development in Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

7:59pm Monday 15th September 2014

A PETITION to stop dozens of homes being built in Barnard Castle has been submitted to Durham County Council.

Hero's daughter pays poetic tribute to fallen soldiers at Durham Cathedral service

The Northern Echo: SPECIAL SERVICE: DLI Reunion and World War One centenary commemoration service at Durham Cathedral.  Ginalee Brownson  reads her poem 'My Country'.  She won a competition organsied by the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, and her father was kille

7:12pm Sunday 14th September 2014

THE daughter of a hero soldier killed in Afghanistan read her own poignant poem at one of the region’s biggest First World War centenary events today (Sunday, September 14).

Pop royalty The Jacksons give unforgettable performance in Sedgefield

The Northern Echo:

10:16am Sunday 14th September 2014

THE stage was lit only by a string of spotlights when The Jacksons made their entrance at Hardwick Live Garden Party in Sedgefield on Saturday night.

Thousands celebrate country life in Bowes and Stanhope

The Northern Echo: STANHOPE SHOW: Pony driving in the main arena. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:59pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A CHEMICAL engineer who dreams of competing on the Great British Bake Off got his first taste of success at a popular agriculture show at the weekend.

Phones 4u to go into administration

The Northern Echo:

10:22pm Sunday 14th September 2014

PHONES 4u is to go into administration - placing more than 5,500 jobs at risk - after network operator EE joined Vodafone in cutting ties with the retailer.

Burnt out house remains a blight on the lives of Trimdon Station residents 18 months on

The Northern Echo: UPSETTING REMINDER: Margaret Carter 's heart and lung problems were exacerbated by the fire and the burnt out house is an upsetting reminder of the terrifying night in February last year

9:29am Sunday 14th September 2014

A PRIVATELY let house that was gutted by fire 18 months ago remains a boarded-up shell, and angry residents are demanding action is taken to repair the eyesore.

Callous vandals set fire to wheelie bin in Cotherstone conservation area

The Northern Echo: CALLOUS BEHAVIOUR: The remains of a burnt out wheelie bin at Kennedy's Pond, a picturesque conservation area in Cotherstone in Teesdale

9:41am Sunday 14th September 2014

A CONSERVATION area that shares its name with its late creator has been targeted by mindless vandals.

Child traumatised after object thrown from bridge near Sedgefield, County Durham, smashes car windscreen

The Northern Echo: Motorist banned for two years for drink driving

9:36am Sunday 14th September 2014

A CHILD was left traumatised after an object was thrown from a bridge and smashed the windscreen of a car.

Great Aycliffe Cancer Support Group celebrates successful re-launch

The Northern Echo: NEW CHAPTER: Peter Beaty, of Neville Parade Community Centre in Newton Aycliffe, and Allison White, founder of Great Aycliffe Cancer Support, officially re-launch the group at a new venue

9:35am Sunday 14th September 2014

GREAT Aycliffe Cancer Support Group has been successfully re-launched in a new venue.

Indian restaurant creates 11 new jobs in Trimdon Village

The Northern Echo: BUSINESS VENTURE: Brothers Sabir Ahmed (pictured) and Mohammed Miah joined forces to transform a run-down bar on the outskirts of the village into the Cinnamon Club and Champagne Bar.

9:39am Sunday 14th September 2014

A CHAMPAGNE bar and Indian restaurant has created 11 new jobs in Trimdon Village.

Man charged with murder in Willington as police name victim

The Northern Echo:

4:25pm Saturday 13th September 2014

A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with murder following the discovery of a body in a field in the early hours of Friday morning.

Stan Laurel letter set to go under the hammer

The Northern Echo:

6:02am Saturday 13th September 2014

A LETTER written by one half of a legendary comedy duo, who went to school in Bishop Auckland, will go under the hammer next week.

Residents speak of shock after man's body found in Willington

The Northern Echo:

7:20am Saturday 13th September 2014

MURDER squad detectives were last night interviewing a 22-year-old man after the discovery of a body in a field close to a North-East town centre.

Hardwick goes live with Simple Minds

The Northern Echo:

1:05am Saturday 13th September 2014

SCOTTISH rock band Simple Minds kick-started a two-day music festival last night (Friday, September 12), as pop legends The Jacksons touched down in the UK to complete a star-studded line-up.

Castle photography project hailed a success

The Northern Echo: Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

5:27pm Friday 12th September 2014

SNAP-HAPPY children have helped put a heritage site in the picture as part of an inspirational project aimed at transforming their lives.

Police dogs' visit highlights community issues

The Northern Echo: A DOG'S LIFE: Guinness the police dog jumps through a hoop for pupils Picture: TOM BANKS

5:13pm Friday 12th September 2014

POLICE dogs paid primary school pupils a visit to teach them about issues affecting their community.

Concerns over plans for children's home in South Church

The Northern Echo: FUTURE PLANS: South Church Nursing and Residential Home Picture: TOM BANKS.

5:11pm Friday 12th September 2014

PLANS to turn a former nursing home into a home for vulnerable young people have been met with concerns by nearby residents.

Fishburn youngsters prove enthusiastic recruits

The Northern Echo: LIFE SKILLS: Ex-serviceman Chris Hall, founder of Thrills and Skills for Life,  held a a team building session for children from Fishburn Primary School. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

3:56pm Friday 12th September 2014

YOUNGSTERS have been put through their paces by an ex-serviceman, as part of an action-packed project to boost confidence and improve team work skills.

Man warned he risks prison sentence if he approaches ex's new partner in next six months

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

6:03am Friday 12th September 2014

A MAN was told he must keep away from the new partner of a woman with whom he had a long-term relationship, or risk facing a prison sentence.

Mother of three missing from home is found safe and well

The Northern Echo:

11:24am Thursday 11th September 2014

A MOTHER-OF-THREE who went missing in the early hours of this morning (Thursday, September 11) has been found safe and well.

Unions pledge to fight hospital trust's plans to make 350 staff redundant

The Northern Echo: University Hospital of North Durham. GV

2:22pm Thursday 11th September 2014

UNIONS have pledged to fight a North-East hospital trust’s plans to make up to 350 staff redundant.

Cornforth residents' lifeline phones off for six weeks

8:03pm Thursday 11th September 2014

ELDERLEY and disabled residents left without their home telephones for six weeks have branded the situation a disgrace.

Roman fort sale “open and transparent” process

6:15pm Thursday 11th September 2014

THE sale of an internationally-important Roman fort is being carried out in an “open and transparent” way, it has been declared.

Sedgefield's golden couple only have eyes for each other

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN WEDDING:Ray and Sylvia Garbutt from Sedgefied celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:55pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A COUPLE who met on a blind date still only have eyes for each other after 50 years of marriage.

Durham Dales provide scenic backdrop for Shakespearean classic

The Northern Echo: MAGICAL PRODUCTION: PICTURE: Drama in the Dale will perform The Tempest on an outdoor stage at Harehope Quarry, in Frosterley, near Stanhope, as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Open Stages Project.Jamie Sproates

5:25pm Thursday 11th September 2014

SHAKESPEARE’S last play will be brought to life amidst a sea of limestone grassland this month.

Sedgefield's golden couple only have eyes for each other

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN WEDDING:Ray and Sylvia Garbutt from Sedgefied celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:17pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A COUPLE who met on a blind date still only have eyes for each other after 50 years of marriage.

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