Covering Teesdale, Startforth, Whorlton, Stainton, Cotherstone, Bowes, Westwick, Wycliffe, Boldron and other surrounding villages


£3.78m fund to improve the region's frontline emergency services

6:55pm Sunday 19th October 2014

TWO new emergency service stations will be built in County Durham thanks to a successful bid for a share of a £75m government fund.

Moody Bakers scoop silver in national bread awards

The Northern Echo: BREAD WINNERS: The Bread team at the Moody Bakers in Barnard Castle. From left to right:  Sarah Sawyer (Director) Amberley Elliot, and Owain Davies

6:09pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A NORTH-EAST baker has scooped silver in the World Bread Awards.

German band dedicates song to Teesdale holiday park

The Northern Echo: MAKING MUSIC: fellerband at Hillcrest Park Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:54am Friday 17th October 2014

GERMAN indie-folk band fellerband have written an ode to their favourite English holiday park - after falling in love with it.

Stars tune-in for community radiothon fundraiser

The Northern Echo: RADIOTHON: Actors Shobna Gulati and Joe McGann are guests on Mike Patterson's show on Radio Teesdale, part of the station's radiothon Picture: TOM BANKS

8:25pm Friday 17th October 2014

CELEBRITIES descended on the Radio Teesdale studios today (Friday October 17), to help with their fundraising community radiothon.

Efforts of volunteers recognised at awards night

The Northern Echo: AWARD WINNER: Volunteer of the Year Donna Bruce. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11596672)

11:02pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A WOMAN has been honoured for her dedicated voluntary work helping young people in a North-East community.

Chapel plans submitted

6:43pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Plans to convert a disused chapel into a three-bedroom house have been submitted to Durham County Council.

Greens and big business clash over wind farms

The Northern Echo: From the County Durham Plan

2:48pm Thursday 16th October 2014

GREEN campaigners and big business went head-to-head over how many more wind farms should be built in the region today (Thursday, October 16).

Teesdale captured by aspiring filmmaker

The Northern Echo: CAPTURING MOMENTS: Filmmaker Rupert Ludlow

8:19pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

AN ASPIRING filmmaker has produced a film about Teesdale’s landscape.

Festival celebrates Teesdale's most beautiful views

The Northern Echo: MAJESTIC VIEWS: The Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership’s Festival of the Views will celebrate how the area influenced famous painters and poets and will feature a variety of free activities. A guided walk will set off from The Bowes Museum at 9

6:22pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

TEESDALE’S picturesque views have inspired a new festival.

Parking is 'free after three' during December

The Northern Echo: FREE PARKING: On-street parking in Durham City is included in the offer

5:34pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

PARKING at a council’s car parks will be free after 3pm during December.

Barnard Castle School boys secure silver in rugby tournament

The Northern Echo: TEAMWORK: Barnard Castle School boys win silver

3:11pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

SCHOOLBOYS from across Northern England weren’t afraid to get muddy as they took part in the tenth Tait 10s rugby tournament on Sunday.

Schoolgirl set to be next tennis star

2:20pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL is hoping to become the next tennis star.

Talented student set to be region's next superstar

The Northern Echo: YOUNG TALENT: Singer/songwriter Anna-Leigh Stainton Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:28pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A TALENTED student is set to be the region’s next superstar.

Five members of farming family in court over use of sheep allegedly stolen from 14 other farms

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

6:56am Monday 13th October 2014

FIVE members of a farming family have appeared at crown court accused of making gain from allegedly stolen sheep.


The Northern Echo: Lartington speed limit story (11418939)

4:54pm Monday 13th October 2014

A VILLAGE phone box has become home to a life-saving defibrillator.

School launches new alumni organisation

The Northern Echo: ALUMNI ORGANISATION: Mr John Trevett launching the alumni organisation with former student Tom Sparrow who spoke to current students about life at University at the future progression evening.

11:27am Sunday 12th October 2014

TEESDALE school has launched a new alumni organisation to keep in contact with its former students.

Council housing plans under fire

The Northern Echo: test

7:36pm Friday 10th October 2014

PLANS to build thousands of new homes in County Durham have drawn strong criticism.

Grant means 1,000 kids will learn to ride a bike earlier

The Northern Echo: Pupils at St Joseph's RC Primary School in Gilesgate take part in Bikeability training

6:46pm Friday 10th October 2014

FUNDING has been secured to teach 1,000 more children to ride a bike safely.

Equestrian gear stolen

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

5:02pm Friday 10th October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after equestrian kit was stolen from a farm in County Durham.

New art exhibition at The Bowes Museum

The Northern Echo: SPANISH EXHIBITION: A new art exhibition will open on Saturday, October 11, at The Bowes Museum

2:55pm Friday 10th October 2014

A NEW exhibition showcasing County Durham’s Spanish Art Collection will open on Saturday (October 11) at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

Girlfriend of crash victim discovers she's pregnant two days after his death

The Northern Echo: HAPPIER TIMES: Grant Benson and Lizzy Phillipson

6:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

THE GIRLFRIEND of a man killed in a car crash said she is delighted to hear their miracle baby’s heartbeat for the first time.

Fortnightly bin collections 'help save £5m' says council

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council leader Simon Henig attaches collection day stickers to recycling bins in Chester-le-Street in 2012 (11317923)

5:46pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A COUNCIL says switching to fortnightly bin collections has helped it save more than £5m.

Why spend £136m on zombie roads?, ask council critics

The Northern Echo: Farmer Brian Hodgson (61) from Aldin Grange Farm in Bearpark who is campaigning against Durham's proposed western bypass. (11305814)

7:30pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A CASH-strapped council wants to spend nearly £150m on “zombie roads”, a major inquiry heard today (Thursday, October 9).

Tributes follow death of Barnard Castle's famous bookseller

The Northern Echo: RADIO MAN: Michael Fryer developed a love of radio

7:10pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A WELL-known former bookseller whose shop became rooted in a town’s history has died following a battle with cancer.

Drink driving business student crashed into wall

The Northern Echo: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

6:10pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A BUSINESS student, who believed he was sober enough to drive, abandoned his car after hitting a wall, a court heard.

Euro-cash to tackle social exclusion

The Northern Echo: Delegates at the conference

6:04pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A CONFERENCE has discussed how best to spend £12m set aside to tackle social exclusion.

Council planning 'steroid growth' for Durham, say critics

The Northern Echo: Douglas Pocock, from the City of Durham Trust

8:05pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A COUNCIL masterplan envisages “steroid development” for Durham City, a public inquiry heard today (Wednesday, October 8).

Teesdale school pupils perform at national dance festival

5:48pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

PUPILS of a Teesdale School were the only youths to be invited to a national dancing festival held in Keswick this year.

Builders press council to up 31,400 new homes target

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

4:01pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A COUNCIL is facing mounting pressure to allow thousands more homes to be built – sacrificing green belt land in the hope of securing economic prosperity.

Memorial to Barnard Castle hospital benefactor saved from collapse

The Northern Echo: LASTING TRIBUTE: The restored memorial at St Mary’s Church in Barnard Castle

8:51pm Monday 6th October 2014

A MONUMENT to one of Barnard Castle’s most generous sons has been saved from collapse.

Air ambulance called to Cockfield in aid of Aycliffe rider

The Northern Echo: AIR SUPPORT: The Great North Air Ambulance's Guardian of the North attended an incident at Cockfield

3:58pm Sunday 5th October 2014

A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital after she fell from her horse this morning (Sunday, October 5).

Dig for victory

The Northern Echo: PROJECT PRAISED: Paul Frodsham with some of the Altogether Archaeology volunteers and The Bowland Award

12:45pm Sunday 5th October 2014

AN amateur archaeology project has won a national award for helping to manage of one of the north’s most beautiful landscapes.

Gardening business is blooming says Teesdale man

The Northern Echo: BUDDING BUSINESS: Nigel Hall a gardener who wanted a change after 22 years working in the same nursery has set up his own business  Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:10pm Saturday 4th October 2014

LIFE is rosy for a Teesdale gardener who branched out to set up his own business.

Local produce on offer at annual event

The Northern Echo: (11096907)

6:07pm Friday 3rd October 2014

LOCAL produce was on the menu at a North-East museum for the launch of this year’s Taste Durham Month.

Still time to unearth family roots

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:47pm Friday 3rd October 2014

PLACES are still available on a series of family history courses.

Council slammed for 'importing' 22,000 people, while 22,000 remain jobless

The Northern Echo:

2:25pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A COUNCIL has been criticised for planning to “import” 22,000 extra people by 2030 – the same number of people currently out of work in its area.

School left without electricity after power cut

The Northern Echo:

1:49pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A POWERCUT has left a Teesdale school with no electricity or heating today.

You beauty! Beautiful Durham awards a blooming great success

The Northern Echo:

6:09am Thursday 2nd October 2014

SCHOOLS, pubs, villages and residents have been honoured for their efforts in making their area a pleasant place to live and work.

Barnard Castle hub will become nightclub for one night only

The Northern Echo: CLUB NIGHT: Gabriel Prokofiev, Nonclassical founder, will bring his club nights to Barnard Castle on Saturday, October 18.

4:27pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A TEESDALE community centre will be turned into a nightclub for one night only this month.

Council completely ignores us say objectors, as major inquiry begins

The Northern Echo: Roger Cornwell

1:27pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE North-East’s biggest council was accused of completely ignoring the views of its citizens as a major public inquiry opened today (Wednesday, October 1).

Teesdale church burglary leaves locals feeling violated

7:07pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

BURGLARS who targeted a village church have left the community feeling violated, the warden has said.

Man who crashed his motorbike thanks paramedics who treated him

5:29pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST who dislocated his ribs after he came off his Harley Davidson has praised the paramedics who treated him.

Bishop appeals for more readers

The Northern Echo: David Walker with his wife Judith (10956965)

5:34pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A VICAR’S husband has become the first reader to be licensed by the Bishop of Durham.

Teesdale vet's mercy mission to save Sri Lankan street dogs

The Northern Echo: MERCY MISSION: Janey Lowes in Sri Lanka this summer with a stray dog

2:15pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A TEESDALE vet will swap the North-East for Sri Lanka this weekend to help tackle the country’s stray dog problem.

New homes for birds

5:40pm Monday 29th September 2014

A COMPANY has sponsored 50 new wildlife homes in North Pennines woodlands.

Important painting on show for first time in decades

The Northern Echo: (10760257)

2:58pm Sunday 28th September 2014

A PAINTING of great significance in the history of Spanish art will be seen publicly for the first time in more than half-a-century next month.

Meerkat baby surprise for on the move animal sanctuary

The Northern Echo: BABY SURPRISE: A baby meerkat born at an animal sanctuary in Cumbria, where staff said they had no idea the female meerkat was pregnant until they found the baby in the pen. The sanctuary is the middle of moving premises to a new site in County Durham and

6:03am Saturday 27th September 2014

THIS baby meerkat caused a stir at an animal rescue centre - as shocked workers did not realise she existed until they cleared out her mother's pen.

Show time in Teesdale

5:13pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A COUNTRY show, regarded as one of the region's top sheep shows, will be held this weekend.

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

5:21pm Wednesday 24th 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.

Prisoner hid mobile phone in his cell

The Northern Echo: LOCKED UP: Deerbolt Prison

5:18pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A YOUNG man who was found hiding a mobile phone in his cell at Deerbolt Prison has been sentenced in court.

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