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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Council chairman's 'clothing allowance' scrapped - but has change gone far enough?

The Northern Echo: Cllr John Robinson, the chairman of Durham County Council and Mayor of Durham

6:02am Friday 12th September 2014

A SO-called clothing allowance mockingly dubbed the Geordie Armani by Prime Minister David Cameron has been scrapped, The Northern Echo has learned.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bowburn woman celebrates 100th birthday at Ferryhill home

The Northern Echo: DOLLY'S BIRTHDAY: Dolly Edwards celebrates her 100th birthday with daughtersMaureen Whitfield and Audrey Edson.Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:30pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A ZEST for life and a refusal to feel old are the secrets to longevity for one centenarian.

Alleged mistreatment of clerk partly responsible for resignations at Trimdon Foundry Parish Council

The Northern Echo: STOOD DOWN: Long-serving councillor Jim Grigg resigned as both chairman and councillor for Trimdon Foundry on Wednesday, August 27.

3:18pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE alleged mistreatment of a clerk has been cited as one of the reasons for a series of resignations at a parish council.

Sign up for paid-for garden waste collections

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

12:43pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to sign up to a paid-for garden waste service.

Trimdon Grange Community Centre launches heartfelt fundraising mission

The Northern Echo: HEARTFELT CAMPAIGN: Trimdon Grange Community Centre hopes to raise £800 for a defibrillator

6:04am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A VILLAGE hall at the heart of its community is fundraising for a defibrillator.

Garden waste scheme to expand next year

4:33pm Monday 8th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to join the County Durham garden waste collection service next year.

Popular folk festival attracts visitors from across Europe to Sedgefield

The Northern Echo: FOLK FESTIVAL: Bert Draycott, 83, practices the spoons prior to defending his world championship status at Sedgefield.PICTURE: Keith Taylor

1:25am Monday 8th September 2014

VISITORS from across Europe visited County Durham to enjoy one of the region’s most eagerly awaited folk festivals.

Charity fun day in memory of Sedgefield teenager fundraises for Royal British Legion

The Northern Echo: CHARITY APPEAL: Mary Armstrong, chairwoman of the Durham and Framwellgate Moor branch of the Royal British Legion with Poppy Appeal organiser, Pat Johnson, at the festival. PICTURE: Keith Taylor

5:44pm Sunday 7th September 2014

A FAMILY fun day held in memory of a teenager who died shortly after his 18th birthday has raised money for the Royal British Legion.

Jailed Bishop Middleham businessman ordered to repay £93k

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

9:16pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A BUSINESSMAN jailed for fraud has been given six months to pay £93,443 or else face up to two years jail if he defaults.

Council's flood response praised

The Northern Echo: Flooding near Staindrop, County Durham, in May 2013

6:52pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL has been praised for its response to severe flooding.

Ringing the changes for phone payments

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:34pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL is ringing the changes for making over-the-phone payments.

Celebration of councillor's life

The Northern Echo: CHURCH SCENE: The funeral of Councillor Pauline Charlton at St Wilfrid's RC Church, in Bishop Auckland     Picture: ANDY LAMB (10017037)

5:14pm Thursday 4th September 2014

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered at the funeral of a former council chairman who will be remembered as a redoubtable local politician who was treasured by friends and family.

Motorist shows age is no limit to safe driving

The Northern Echo: SAFE STANDARD: Terence Otter behind the wheel

3:58pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FORMER professional driver proved he still has the golden touch after brushing up on his skills behind the wheel.

Bishop Middleham fun day pays tribute to the heroes of the First World War

The Northern Echo: IN MEMORY: Now in its fourth year, the Celebration of Life festival was launched as a tribute to local teenager Kyle Robinson, who died of a brain haemorrhage in 2010.

3:27pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FAMILY fun day set up in memory of a teenager who died weeks after his 18th birthday will commemorate the heroes of the First World War this year this weekend.

Village set for 200-plus new homes

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:59pm Monday 1st September 2014

MORE than 200 new homes could be built on the edge of a village, under proposals being considered by council planners.

Trimdon Foundry Parish Council loses chairman, two councillors and clerk

The Northern Echo: STOOD DOWN: Long-serving councillor Jim Grigg resigned as both chairman and councillor for Trimdon Foundry on Wednesday, August 27.

3:49pm Monday 1st September 2014

A PARISH council has almost halved in size after the chairman, two councillors and the clerk resigned within weeks.

Sedgefield's most glamorous raceday raises thousands for charity

The Northern Echo: LOOKING GOOD: Women show off their outfits in the best-dressed contest at the Roflow Ladies Evening at Sedgefield Racecourse

5:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

AN evening of thrilling horse-racing and show-stopping fashion has raised thousands of pounds for a lifesaving charity.

Two horses die after car crashes into stable block

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

12:34pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A WOMAN has been taken to hospital after her car collided with a brick built stable on Salters Lane, in Trimdon Grange.

Launch of healing mask gives hope to patients who fear blindness

The Northern Echo: SLEEP MASK: Lorraine Helliwell pictured with Richard Kirk, chief executive of PolyPhonix   Lorraine is using the new electronic light-emitting sleepmask (made by a company based at NETPark, Sedgefield) her eyes greatly improved to the extend that an eye h

8:09pm Thursday 28th August 2014

IT’S an amazing story. The day before 55-year-old Lorraine Helliwell started wearing her Noctura 400 light-emitting sleep mask she underwent a routine eye examination at her local hospital.

Quarry extension recommended for approval

5:21pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A PROPOSED quarry extension that will boost employment but has prompted environmental concerns has been recommended for approval by council planners.

Cyclist seriously injured after lorry collision at Bradbury

The Northern Echo: ACCIDENT SCENE: The Great North Air Ambulance at the site of the accident.

7:19pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A CYCLIST suffered serious leg injuries after he was in a collision with a lorry.

Tributes paid to former Durham County Council chairman

The Northern Echo: Coun Pauline Charlton

6:11pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A FORMER chairman of Durham County Council has died following an illness.

North-East talent joins pop royalty at Hardwick Live in Sedgefield

The Northern Echo: LOCAL TALENT: Teesside’s Cattle & Cane who will perform as part of the Saturday Hardwick Live line-up

5:26pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

NORTH-EAST bands are gearing up to perform alongside pop royalty at one of the biggest music events in the region.

Sedgefield Folk Festival set to be the best yet

The Northern Echo: Spoon playing champion Bert Draycott, centre, holds a workshop at last year’s Sedgefield Folk Festival. Learning, from left Harris Andrews, Sean Davies, Iona Darnton and Diane Dixon

3:21pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

TICKETS are selling out fast for one of the region’s most eagerly awaited folk festivals.

Sedgefield florist sets out to inspire the next generation of flower arrangers

The Northern Echo: FLORAL DELIGHT: Florist Adam Prest is holding a  flower arranging workshop to encourage more young people to take it up and grow flowers. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (9684198)

4:59pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A FLORIST hopes to quash stereotypes about flower arranging and inspire youngsters to take up the art at a workshop next month.

Plans submitted for 42-home development in Sedgefield

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

5:28pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

PLANS have been submitted for 42 homes on the outskirts of Sedgefield.

Sedgefield horse fair passes without incident

The Northern Echo: HORSE FAIR: The Bank Holiday horse fair  in Sedgefield passed without incident, according to police . Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:16pm Monday 25th August 2014

AN unauthorised horse fair that outraged residents when it arrived in their community without warning has been managed successfully, according to police.

Cult TV show starring North-East born actor could return

The Northern Echo: GENTLEMEN REUION: Mark Gatiss

4:37pm Monday 25th August 2014

CULT TV show The League Of Gentlemen could be set for a comeback.

Sedgefield gears up for evening of glamour

The Northern Echo: BEST DRESSED: Guests show off their outfits at a previous ladies evening at Sedgefield Racecourse

4:48pm Thursday 21st August 2014

AN EVENING or champagne, big hats and stylish dresses will bring extra glamour to a North-East racecourse next week.

Smoking ban for play areas considered

The Northern Echo: A man smoking

3:42pm Thursday 21st August 2014

PARENTS could be banned from smoking in play areas under a tobacco crackdown.

Police and council reassure Sedgefield and Fishburn residents following arrival of unauthorised horse fair

The Northern Echo: HORSE FAIR:Travellers on a site on the outskirts of Sedgefield, as they prepare for annual horse fair. Picture SARAH CALDECOTT

7:01pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN annual horse fair has moved to a new location without warning, sparking anger and fear among nearby residents.

Global interest in sight-saving sleep mask

The Northern Echo: MAN WITH THE MASK: Richard Kirk of PolyPhotonix in Sedgefield. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (9458346)

6:38am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PIONEERING North-East company which has developed an innovative way of preventing blindness in diabetics has been inundated with inquiries from all over the world.

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.

Sedgefield park introduces new running routes

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council has launched 3-2-1 Run at Hardwick Park, near Sedgefield, in a bid to persuade more people to take up running

2:35pm Monday 18th August 2014

A NEW running challenge is hoped to get pulses racing.

Remembering global war

The Northern Echo: HISTORY REMEMBERED: A VJ Day memorial service held by Sedgefield Village Veterans.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:52pm Friday 15th August 2014

ON the 69th anniversary of VJ Day, veterans and villagers remembered those who served and lost their lives in the Far East during the Second World War.

Ball to help carers

The Northern Echo: Having a ball (9329166)

3:52pm Friday 15th August 2014

A CHARITY that supports carers is holding a major event to raise money for its work.

Council tenants urged to vote on transfer

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

3:15pm Monday 11th August 2014

COUNCIL tenants are being urged to vote on plans to transfer their homes to a new landlord.



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