Six-year-old Zoe's joy at being reunited with George the missing monkey

The Northern Echo: Zoe Storey pictured shortly after being reunited with George the monkey

6:10pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl was reunited with the beloved cuddly monkey that helps her overcome severe shyness after a community rallied round to help find the missing toy.

Business leaders hopes for Teesdale tourism boost with launch of walkers scheme

The Northern Echo: WALKING CHALLENGE: Ian Tallentire and Lynda Bares, of the Upper Teesdale Tourism Network

5:17pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

BUSINESS leaders hope that ramblers are to provide a tourism boost to a rural town with the launch of a new series of walks.

Music festival will help football club improve security

The Northern Echo: Dan Lewis, general manager of Newton Aycliffe Amateur Football Club, at the scene of the burglary

3:35pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A FOOTBALL club that was burgled twice within weeks is holding a music festival to raise funds for a new security system.

Chilli business to feature at Bishop Auckland Food Festival

The Northern Echo: CHILLI MAN: Victor Nwosu's Wiga Wagaa Chilli will be at festival this weekend

3:34pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

AN entrepreneur hopes to spice up the weekend when his chilli based business lines up at a two day food festival.

Cup final winning goalkeeping hero from Willington seeks former Second World War Army pals

The Northern Echo: Cup final winning hero Jack Snowdon is seeking his former Army friends

3:15pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A CUP final winning goalkeeper who won accolades for his Wembley performance is seeking out old friends he fought with during the Second World War.

Museum trustees seek to govern establishment's trust property

The Northern Echo:

2:10pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A MUSEUM’S trustees are looking into a new scheme to govern the trust property held by the establishment.

Police appeal for information about handbag snatch in Seaham

2:20pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

POLICE in Seaham are appealing for information after a handbag snatch yesterday (Tuesday, April 23).

Post office opens in new Ferryhill premises after service upgrade

The Northern Echo: Improved Post Office service for Ferryhill residents

12:09pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

CUSTOMERS will access an improved Post Office service when it reopens following a modernisation scheme in Ferryhill.

Killed workers to be remembered in Stanley service

The Northern Echo: Linda Whelan leads a previous march

6:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

FAMILIES of workers killed on the job will hold a parade and service in a County Durham village next week in memory of their loved ones.

Man and friend stripped boiler and pipes from Willington house when moving out

The Northern Echo: Lee David Sams, of Farncombe Terrace, Evenwood, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

4:07pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A TENANT and his friend caused more than £3,400 worth of damage when they stripped the metal fittings - including the boiler - from his home while he was moving out.

Roddymoor allotments grow success out of disappointment

The Northern Echo: Roddymoor allotments committee member Ron Grogan and secretary Colin Hemingway enjoy the fruits of their labour

3:21pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

VILLAGERS who turned their dilapidated allotments into a thriving success said their triumph grew out of their biggest disappointment.

An evening of dance will raise funds for Spennymoor church

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

2:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

DANCE EVENING: An evening of sequenced dancing is taking place at St Andrew’s Church Hall, on Barnfield Road, in Spennymoor, on Saturday. (April 26) It runs between 7pm and 10pm with entry £3.50. Tickets can be bought in advance from 01388-818709 or on the door. Proceeds go towards church funds.

Vintage cars and motorbikes go on show at Shildon railway museum

The Northern Echo: Vintage cars and motorbikes are to go on show at Locomotion in Shildon

1:03pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

VINTAGE VEHICLES: The Northern Bygones Society has a display of vintage cars and motorbikes at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon. There will be more than 100 vehicles at the rally on Sunday, April 27, between 10am and 5pm. Details can be obtained from 01388-777999, email or visit MEMORIES DISPLAY: The Friends of the National Railway Museum North East Branch have a display of historic paraffin railway lamps on show. It is in the Shildon Memories case at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon until Tuesday, June 3, between 10am and 5pm. Any community group wishing to use the case to show off a collection should contact Pam Porter on 01388-771445 or email

Youngsters can get messy at Willington church

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

3:40pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

South Durham events

Willington councillor to hold surgeries

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

5:19pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

South Durham event

Andrew Christer to play Bishop Auckland Methodist Church organ

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

5:23pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

South Durham events

Village hosts crafts and collectables fair

The Northern Echo:

4:48pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CRAFTS and collectables will be on sale in a Teesdale village on Sunday.

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.

Woman's death not suspicious, say police

The Northern Echo:

4:36pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

POLICE say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a woman in County Durham.

Police dispel ghost myth surrounding dangerous old school buildings

The Northern Echo:

4:11pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

POLICE are seeking to dispel the myth that a village’s derelict school buildings are haunted to discourage trespassing on the dangerous site.

Parents search for distraught daughter's missing cuddly toy

The Northern Echo: Zoe Storey with her beloved cuddly toy George

3:55pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE parents of a heartbroken six-year-old girl who lost her beloved cuddly monkey during a family day-trip are appealing for help in finding the toy.

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.

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.

Plans for Wolsingham school rebuild formally submitted in 400th year

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the new look school submitted to Durham County Council

4:38pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A SCHOOL celebrating its 400th anniversary this year has formally submitted plans for a major rebuild.

Sausages are among the award-winning produce at food festival

The Northern Echo: PRIZE SAUSAGES: Dan Armstrong, from Brockbushes, and Dr Clare Watson-Laney, from The Northumberland Sausage Company.

5:55pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PRIZE sausages will be among the award-winning produce on offer at a popular food festival this weekend.

Ceremony held to knight children

The Northern Echo: SPECTACULAR BACKDROP: Auckland Castle

4:35pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PUPILS were “knighted” in a special ceremony at a Bishop Auckland castle.

£800 funding for indoor cricket league

The Northern Echo: Spec-tacular anniversary

3:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A CRICKET league has received an £800 boost thanks to a national company keen to support projects close to home.

Mysterious giant egg appears in school grounds

The Northern Echo: Police appeal following overnight theft from South Oxhey newsagents

3:59pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PUPILS at a Newton Aycliffe school launched an investigation after a mysterious giant egg appeared in their playground.

Two-day antiques fair at North-East museum

The Northern Echo:

5:11pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A TWO-DAY antiques fair takes place in Barnard Castle this weekend.

College to host first workshops as part of Bishop Auckland Food Festival

The Northern Echo: College to hosts food workshop during festival

6:47pm Monday 21st April 2014

FOOD festival visitors can sample culinary delights when Bishop Auckland College opens its doors for a series of workshops.

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.

Hospice patients handle chick and ducklings in Bishop Auckland Easter treat

The Northern Echo: Debbie Green handles a duckling at the Butterwick Hospice.

5:29pm Monday 21st April 2014

PATIENTS at a Bishop Auckland hospice enjoyed an Easter treat as a chick and two ducklings were taken to the centre.

Charity group buys Ruby with donation

The Northern Echo: Helen Charlton (left) trustee of Wear Valley RDA is presented with a cheque for £1,500 from Ride-away to pay for horse Ruby, pictured

4:10pm Monday 21st April 2014

A RIDING club for disabled people was happy not to look a gift horse in the mouth when a shop donated £1,500 to the group.

Charity which help vulnerable find homes stages Shildon talent-style show

The Northern Echo: Charity holds talent show in Shildon

4:06pm Monday 21st April 2014

A CHARITY which helps vulnerable people at risk of homelessness has held a Britain’s Got Talent-style contest.

Railway museum in Shildon tops charity's national poll for disabled access

The Northern Echo: Railway museum in Shildon heads charity's accessibility table

2:23pm Monday 21st April 2014

A TOURIST attraction has been shown to be on the right track to help its visitors after it received a top rating for its disabled access.

Teenage Spennymoor singer aims to reach talent contest's national final

The Northern Echo: Olivia Irvin is hoping to impress the TeenStar judges

12:40pm Monday 21st April 2014

A TEENAGER is hoping to impress a talent show’s judges as she seeks to reach the national final of the competition.

Theatre groups collaborate to produce bigger and better shows

The Northern Echo: Local branches of Stagecoach Theatre Schools relaunch at The Carriage Museum at Raby Castle, Staindrop

11:10am Monday 21st April 2014

THEATRE groups from across the region have begun working together to produce bigger and better shows.

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.

History group to hear story of famous County Durham son's exploits in America

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

1:21pm Monday 21st April 2014

HISTORY TALK: Crook Local History Society is to hear a talk by George Dixon on his ancestor Jeremiah Dixon of the Mason-Dixon Line fame. The talk is tomorrow (Tuesday, April 22) at 7.30pm. Entry is free to society members and £3 to visitors.

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.

Hunting for Easter eggs - on horseback

4:32pm Sunday 20th April 2014

AN equestrian centre hosted Easter activities at the weekend, in aid of a disabled riding club that is based there.

One day until locos start to head home

The Northern Echo: Easter Monday will be the last chance to see the trains before they are returned to Canada and America

3:05pm Sunday 20th April 2014

TOMORROW (Monday, April 21) is the last chance to see two iconic locomotives from a museum’s hugely popular exhibition before they are shipped home across the Atlantic.

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.

Friends and driver helped teenager at roadside

The Northern Echo: ACCIDENT SCENE: Emergency crews attend to a 14-year-old girl who was struck by a car

11:50am Sunday 20th April 2014

FRIENDS of a girl who suffered a serious head injury when she was hit by a van were among those that helped look after her until emergency crews arrived at the scene.

Top martial artists at North event

The Northern Echo: TOP LINE UP: International instructors 9th Dan Soke Alan Campbell (Australia) Sensei Trevor Forsyth (UK Rep) 9th Dan Soke Stefano Mancini (Italy) and Sensei Mathew Papallo (Australia) with ju-jitsu students at Newton Aycliffe

10:23am Sunday 20th April 2014

SOME of the world’s leading martial artists ran a training day at a County Durham club.

Museum visitors can get answers about their antiques

The Northern Echo: Bowes Museum

9:50am Sunday 20th April 2014

EXPERTS will offer valuations and advice at a drop-in antiques fair at a North East museum next weekend. (Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.)

Spaceman to land in North

The Northern Echo: WOW FACTOR: This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of Comet ISON was taken on April 10, 2013.

9:33am Sunday 20th April 2014

THE first UK astronaut to walk in space will land in the North East next month to inspire a new generation of scientists.

Dads invited to play day

The Northern Echo: Crawley girl scalped by toy train

10:04am Sunday 20th April 2014

A PLAY session for dads and their children will be held in Spennymoor next month.

Civic dinner success

The Northern Echo: CIVIC EVENT: Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson with Mayor Ken Campbell and consort Ann Kells

9:11am Sunday 20th April 2014

A CIVIC dinner raised well over £1,000 for a mayor’s charity appeal.

Bounce into action

The Northern Echo: TRAMPOLINE CLASS: You don't have to be as good as Great Britain's Katherine Driscoll to try trampolining

10:59am Sunday 20th April 2014

A TRAMPOLINE course for 11 to 16-year-olds will be launched at Teesdale Leisure Centre, in Barnard Castle, next week. (Tuesday, April 22)

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