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.

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.

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.

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.

£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.

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.

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)

North club only one in country that can handle ping pongathon

The Northern Echo: PING PONG: Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club's Matthew Porter, chairman and coaching director, and club secretary Carol Rodway

1:45pm Saturday 19th April 2014

AN endurance challenge in aid of a cancer charity proved too much for sports clubs across the country – with just one North-East club able to complete the feat.

Civic award for 102-year-old poppy seller

The Northern Echo: CHARITY STALWART: Carmel Connolly accepts the chairman's medal from Coun John Robinson and consort maxine Robinson

12:30pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A TOWN treasure has been recognised with County Durham’s highest civic award.

Business premises could become homes

12:32pm Saturday 19th April 2014

TWO former business premises in a village centre could be converted for residential use.

Teenager hit by car now in a stable condition

The Northern Echo: The Great North Air Ambulance Service attended the accident on the A167 at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

11:58am Saturday 19th April 2014

A TEENAGE girl who was seriously injured when she was knocked over by a car has improved and is now in a stable condition.

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.

Bishop of Durham takes his place in Good Friday Walk of Witness

The Northern Echo: Bishop of Durham takes his place in Good Friday Walk of Witness

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

TRADITIONAL Easter parades, events and activities have taken place across the region today.

Picking up knife costs attacked man in Ferryhill £100

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

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A MAN who picked up a knife to frighten further attackers after being beaten unconscious on a night out has been given a conditional discharge.

Hotel seeks licence to bring back popular music festival

The Northern Echo: Sharleen Spiteri of Texas during a performance at Hardwick Live in Sedgefield last year

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A HOTEL chain is seeking a premises licence to bring back a popular live music event for a second year.

Willington baker Cassie rises to the top with bodybuilding success

The Northern Echo: Cassie Miller, who finished second in the Ardler Classic

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A BAKER has quickly risen in her new quest to become an elite bodybuilder after being challenged by her fiancée.

Choir to pay tribute to First World War fallen at spring concert

The Northern Echo: The stone cross at Gainford

11:13am Friday 18th April 2014

A CHOIR will remember the First World War at its spring concert.

Work begins on new banner which will take pride of place at Durham Miners' Gala

The Northern Echo: Image for Durham Miners Gala

3:15pm Friday 18th April 2014

A NEW banner to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike will also be a potent symbol of the struggles facing today's workers and those seeking employment, according to union officials.

Village groups' joint bid for National Lottery cash to renovate war memorial

The Northern Echo: Village groups' joint bid for National Lottery cash to renovate war memorial

11:10am Friday 18th April 2014

VILLAGE groups are joining together in a bid to secure lottery cash for the renovation of a war memorial.

Fish and chip shop forced to close after Good Friday fire

2:25pm Friday 18th April 2014

A FISH and chip shop was damaged by fire shortly before opening for business on what is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year.

Dispute over who should look after village green

The Northern Echo: IN DISPUTE: Part of MIddleton-in-Teesdale Village Green

11:01am Friday 18th April 2014

PARISH councillors have decided against challenging a County Durham estate over ownership of a village green.

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