• Spectator's Notes: The essence of sport

    An unexpectedly welcome mention for the Darlington & Stockton Times in the pages of the the left-wing weekly newspaper Tribune. Columnist Edward Pearce, former Darlington Grammar School old boy and Telegraph and Guardian political writer, now retired

  • Decision deferred on controversial store plan

    A DEVELOPER'S bid for more time on a controversial store scheme at Eaglescliffe has been branded a red herring. Coun Stephen Smailes was highly sceptical of a request for time to consider the landscaping aspect of a bid to build an Aldi store. The scheme

  • Griffin puts Fishburn on top

    Worthington CIU Summer League Fishburn A moved to the top of the First Division after they won a black ball decider at home to the strong Shotton Palms team. Charlie Hirst put Fishburn ahead but then Jimmy Evans and Dave Swindle moved Shotton in front

  • Fantasy land 'out of character' in park

    A FANTASY park opened in the Yorkshire dales without permission went against all the national park stood for, a planning inquiry heard. The hearing into the future of the popular Forbidden Corner, near Middleham, was told the development undermined the

  • Flood-hit families may lack insurance cover

    FEARS have sprung up about the level of insurance cover for flood-hit people in Skinningrove. Redcar and Cleveland council leader, Coun David Walsh, is worried that some people might have a low level of cover. He has also attacked the way some insurance

  • Drop-in for carers launched in hall

    A GROUP for carers will meet in Consett Methodist Church Hall from 10am to noon every Tuesday, from August 8. It will offer the chance for carers to talk in confidence with a support worker and to talk to other carers. There will also be free expert welfare

  • Patients with a point to prove

    The Millennium Transplant Games come to the North-East next week with the events covering a wide spectrum of activities from fishing to athletics. Tynemouth Sailing Club will host the Sailing Events on Friday, July 28 with five competitors from across

  • End of an era as family sells removal firm

    IT IS the end of an era for Darlington removal company Haward and Robertson. After 80 years in the town, the business will cease to be a family-run operation from the end of the year. Mr Mark Robertson, son of company founder Mr Thomas Robertson, and

  • Combined effort backs abattoir fees change

    MORE than 200 organisations representing food, farming, rural, wildlife and conservation interests have jointly written to Mr Nick Brown, the Agriculture Minister, calling on him to adopt the recommendations of a task force he established. The report

  • Phillips aiming to be the top of the shots again

    Kevin Phillips has warned the country's top defenders that they can expect another Premiership grilling this season. Sunderland hotshot Phillips accepts that his cover is blown after taking English football by storm. But the bad news for stoppers is that

  • Let me try again, says the bungling surgeon

    VICTIMS of disgraced surgeon Richard Neale were reduced to laughter yesterday - when he offered to undergo retraining so he could relaunch his career. Former patients of the gynaecologist - who is almost certain to be struck off next week - were listening

  • Farmer demands Sarah search cash

    A farmer who has lodged a £10,000 compensation claim for damage caused to his cornfield in the search for murdered eight-year-old Sarah Payne said yesterday his actions were "entirely proper". A police source, who has visited the Payne family, said they

  • CD in fine fettle

    A CLASSIC North-East folk band is making its first CDs available to children in the Redcar area. The Fettlers have been playing for nearly 40 years, and in recognition of their achievement, have produced a CD of some of their songs. Front man Stewart

  • Bedale loses another family firm

    ANOTHER family business is to disappear from Bedale as its owners feel the pinch of modern trading conditions. Alan Witty, specialising in the sale and repair of television sets and radios, has been based for the past 31 years in Emgate, but the business

  • Villagers fear asylum seekers will use hostel

    PEOPLE in a County Durham village fear a former nursing home will be turned into a hostel for asylum seekers. A planning application to change the use of the Appletree Nursing Home, in Frederick Street North, Meadowfield, has been lodged with Durham City

  • Letters: The true state of Tees health

    Sir, - Teesside has the sixth highest cancer death rate (D&S 14 July), yet recently it was stated that "the Tees Health Study 1991-95 found little evidence to substantiate residents' concerns"; according to a spokesman for Corus (formerly British

  • Towse making his mark on opposition batsmen

    Guisborough professional David Towse has made an instant impression. He made his debut last Saturday, claiming six wickets for just 37 runs in Guisborough's nine-wicket win against Bishop Auckland, and on Tuesday proved just about unplayable when Northallerton

  • Putting patients' welfare first

    THE arrogance of disgraced gynaecologist Richard Neale knows no bounds. Yesterday, he effectively blamed the media for his downfall, conveniently overlooking his own incompetence. He said: ''Only two of the patients now giving evidence to the GMC made

  • By George, he's got it

    WHAT is it about George Clooney that turns normally sensible people into autograph-hunting photograph-taking fans? And even more intriguing why does the former ER medic put up with it, giving in to requests without any arm-twisting and remaining good-natured

  • 'Difficult day' as head quits

    IT WAS an emotional day for North-East headteacher Tim Gunn yesterday when he finally left his "hectic" £31,000-a-year primary school post for life in the slow lane. Staff and pupils at Wolsingham Primary School in County Durham bade a fond farewell to

  • Durham are undone by Lancashire's spin doctors

    IT WAS always a fair bet that Lancashire's superiority in spin bowling would prove decisive in an intriguing tussle with Durham at Old Trafford. But the modern infatuation with staying positive contributed to Durham's troubles as Jon Lewis and Paul Collingwood

  • Arts News: Look to the east for musical treats

    TOP British orchestras rarely visit provincial towns and cities, apart from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Hall, which may be due to a deliberate pricing policy. This results in us hearing more European ensembles, particularly those from Eastern

  • To Russia, with love and happy memories

    TWO Russian teachers brushing up their English at Darlington college of technology cannot wait to get back home and change the text books. Miss Marina Shevchenko, aged 38, and 41-year-old Mrs Elena Tolmacheva, leave summer school today after a two-week

  • Retired men's group meets

    VARIETY was the spice of life for Cleveland Retired Men's Association. The group has discussed food and farming, stained glass, watched 'The True Glory' - a factual film of the Western Front from D Day to VE Day, considered 'a year down under', looked

  • Thirsk close in on leaders

    Harrogate and District League Thirsk are within a point of Division One leaders Harrogate Racquets in the race for league championship but Thirsk have played two matches more than the top side, and have lost twice and drew one of their nine fixtures.

  • Pony dates

    BCTG.- July 25: Evening dressage competition, open to non-members, tel 01325 332685. Bedale & West of Yore Hunts PC. - Aug 13: ODE at Richmond EC, sae for schedules to Mrs J Raw, West Lodge, Aske, Richmond, N Yorks, DL10 5HB. Bedale Hunt. - Oct 1:

  • NYSD cricket: Seven up again for Thomas

    AUSTRALIAN professional Paul Thomas produced another seven-wicket haul to inspire Darlington RA to victory by six wickets at Northallerton, writes Alan Johnson. His second seven-wicket performance against the same opponents this season followed his seven

  • 'Cheep' care from Adrienne

    IT MIGHT not be as hot as a tropical jungle, but the squawking of exotic birds makes Adrienne Elliott's Redcar home sound like the Amazon. The screeching comes from five hungry baby birds. Mrs Elliott knows what her demanding charges want - and she is

  • Organic farms need help to compete

    IMPORTS will continue to supply the bulk of our organic market unless significant changes are made to the support offered to the UK's organic farmers, says the NFU. Mr Tim Bennett, the NFU deputy president, gave this warning to the Agriculture Select

  • Angling News

    Most of the match action centre around the River Tees last weekend and the North York south Durham Federation's annual Girsby charity event attracted the region's best turnout with 84 anglers. The Over Dinsdale match length proved most consistent delivering

  • Summer fun beats boredom

    A GUISBOROUGH leisure centre is setting up summer fun to banish boredom over the holidays. A programme for five to 13-year-olds is aimed at keeping youngsters busy. Those taking part in Pursglove leisure centre activities, which starts on Monday, will

  • Taylor's medal joy

    Barry Stephenson won the inaugural Harrisons Sports Challenge Trophy at the Croft Autodrome as he won the Pit-Stop race which was run at the racing circuit. Stephenson, 18, completed the 10 kilometre course in 32 minutes 31 seconds, just ahead of Michael

  • Bank job was hard work

    FOR a humble hill, Loftus Bank has created a mountain of a problem. Engineers with Redcar and Cleveland Council say the £1m rebuild of the land slip-hit bank has been the hardest job they have ever tackled. Coun Sylvia Szintai, lead councillor for Environment

  • 'Retirement is my true vocation'

    THE sun shone upon the righteous, and upon the rest of us perchance. The village was verdant, its gardens thrown open to the public and to persuasion, though their excellence was beyond argument. "It's good country muck in't soil that does it," someone

  • 'Exceptional' Natasha wins school cup for achievement

    AN "exceptional" Darlington pupil has been presented with a school's first-ever achievement award. Natasha Levy, 11, is the first Red Hall Primary School pupil to be given the Vernon Malcolm Cup. The cup, which is sponsored by Malcolm Engineering, is

  • Fundraisers needed for Ben

    VOLUNTEERS are needed to help a young boy get treatment for the autism which has taken over his life. Three-year-old Ben Collins developed autism as a baby and his parents, Sandi and Paul, are desperate to take him to America for specialist treatment.

  • Steam lives on in new millennium

    THE 36th year of Masham steam rally proved why it has become such an essential part of local life - though it would not have maintained its success without excellent organisation. Mrs Flo Grainger leads a devoted group which ensures high standards. This

  • 'Stay indoors' asthma warning

    A HEALTH warning was issued last night after danger levels of chemicals were recorded in the North-East's air. Ozone and dust levels breached national safety limits over Teesside. Asthmatics are being advised to stay at home until the alert is over, joggers

  • Beauty in the land of witches

    ON THE green at Dunsop Bridge visitors try to cram into the telephone box for a photograph. It's a popular sport, as this quiet village sheltering among low hills by the side of the River Dunsop, lays claim to being the exact geographical centre of the

  • Go-ahead sought for new schools

    STOCKTON council is to seek planning permission for a 600-place secondary school at Ingleby Barwick. The move is an important step forward for the project. The council is working with the Church of England's York diocese and consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Staff car users blamed for house price backlash

    GOVERNMENT staff are being blamed for bringing down house prices in the West End. A trial bus service introduced last year to alleviate the congestion caused by Mowden Hall staff parking along Barnes Road, Staindrop Road and Claxton Avenue, has done little

  • Mum set for transplant

    A BOY who already has one of his grandmother's kidneys is set to have another transplant operation - thanks to his mum. Nine-year-old Mark Bailey had his first transplant operation five years ago, but recent tests revealed he has started to reject the

  • Countryman's Diary: A village at the religious crossroads

    MY wife and I recently enjoyed a short outing to Osmotherley - perhaps a pilgrimage would be a better description because this beautiful moorland village has such strong and historic associations with our religion. Indeed, the village millennium exhibition

  • Craig's 50 seals win

    Durham Senior League U15 Rain played havoc with the programme and only two games started. South Shields managed to complete their match with Chester-le-Street and won by ten wickets after restricting their opponents to 81 for seven. Redfearn batted well

  • Petiton calls for action

    RESIDENTS are appealing for council muscle to make drivers slow down as they speed through their village. People living at Carlin How are demanding traffic calming measures on the A174 where it runs through the built up area. A covering letter accompanying

  • Football News

    It's all systems go for North Shields who have ambitious plans for both the team and the ground. Terry Paddison, formerly number two to Mick Tait at Hartlepool, has been re-engaged as manager after reviving the fortunes of the club when he was appointed

  • Tournament time

    A FEW places are available for five-a-side teams to take part in Teesside Hospice's annual charity tournament. The event will take place on Sunday, July 23, 10am to 2pm, at Soccer Sensations in Stockton. Teams will compete for a Winners' Shield, a Golden

  • D&S Times Features: One man and his life

    HE'S the original one man and his dog, and Mr Graeme Aldous could not be happier. For an inspired idea to involve the family's sheepdog Nell in his fledgling audio-visual business has been a runaway success. And much of it is down to Nell's natural broadcasting

  • Eight-wicket win for Seasiders

    MARSKE won the toss and had no hesitation in putting Normanby Hall into bat on a pitch that is gaining a poor reputation. Mike Burrows with a personal best contribution behind the stumps helped Stuart Mackay to a personal best bowling performance as Hall

  • Taking cover from Bomb and Jerry

    Whatever the flanneled feats these many years at Tudhoe Cricket Club, the old sward has a more surprising claim to fame - the most northerly place in Britain to be hit by a doodlebug. The V1 flying bomb was aimed, in truth, at Manchester. Jerry had missed

  • 'We will fight again to keep our Applegarth'

    POSSIBLE new shopping developments in Northallerton have prompted calls to preserve the Applegarth. Plans for a major review of retailing opportunities in the town centre have been announced by Hambleton District Council this week. The review could see

  • Runaway success story

    A TEENAGER is celebrating after notching up success after success through her running. Samantha Hart, 13, of Redcar, has become this year's Cleveland cross country champion, as well as taking the equivalent title for North Yorkshire and South Durham.

  • Big pay rises on the way for county councillors

    North Yorkshire County Council is to substantially increase payments made to councillors. The council agreed this week to put in place a new system under which existing allowances for attending meetings will be scrapped and councillors will be paid a

  • Tracing green giant back to castle roots

    OUR neck of the woods must of course shoulder its share of the blame for the national predicament but it is a bit of a shock when the region stands accused of propagating, literally, the end of civilisation as we know it. For, if the emotions raised by

  • Welcome return for the Argus

    THE future of a rare and endangered species of butterfly has been assured by a ground-breaking conservation project at a Durham coastal beauty spot. The Durham Argus was in danger of dying out as its colonies on rough grassland areas of the county's coast

  • Gentleman Jack bids a fond farewell to Open

    Even Tiger Woods stood and watched for a moment as Jack Nicklaus made his way up the 18th fairway for the final time at St Andrews yesterday. The present day great paying tribute to the old master as the galleries stood to attention, their cheers and

  • Depressed regions bidding for £280m

    Development agency chiefs in the North are about to bid for around £280m of extra Government cash over the next three years, it emerged last night. Bosses of the two regional development agencies (RDAs), One NorthEast and Yorkshire Forward, yesterday

  • Farmers need stake in milk processing

    YORKSHIRE dairy farmers were urged to join a national campaign aimed at creating a farmer-owned business which would sell at least a quarter of all British milk. Nearly 300 farmers attended an open meeting in Harrogate, organised by the Yorkshire Holstein

  • Tories look to barrister for General Election win

    TORIES in Durham have chosen a barrister as their candidate for the next General Election. Nick Cartmell, 33, who works in Newcastle and specialises in criminal law, often appears in cases at the city's crown court. Mr Cartmell has never stood for Parliament

  • War pilot urges reconciliation

    AN EX-LUFTWAFFE pilot has come to Cleveland with a message of reconciliation. Former German wartime bomber pilot Heinz Mollenbrok, 80, told air cadets at Redcar that the key to the future was friendship and cooperation with other countries. The pensioner

  • Letters: Leave our LEAs alone

    Sir, - As an ex-teacher and as a school governor, I am most concerned about the misleading and populist phrases emanating from Conservative Central Office and especially from William Hague, our MP, and from John Dennis, the chairman of the education and

  • D&S Times Sport: Monty to open new clubhouse

    ROMANBY Golf Club will be in the spotlight next Friday when Ryder Cup star Colin Montgomerie opens its new £800,000 clubhouse. As well as performing the official opening ceremony, the European No.1 will also hold a golf clinic on the driving range and

  • Sailing News

    The Millennium Transplant Games come to the North-East next week with the events covering a wide spectrum of activities from fishing to athletics. Tynemouth Sailing Club will host the Sailing Events on Friday, July 28 with five competitors from across

  • Homes proposal may be rejected

    A POLICE force's plans to build houses on a green open space are likely to be rejected by planning chiefs following objections from residents. Durham Constabulary has applied to Chester-le-Street District Council to build eight homes on land at Queens

  • Neale campaigners condemn medical -conspiracy of silence'

    CAMPAIGNERS who battled to get Richard Neale suspended and ultimately struck off want to know why none of the gynaecologist's colleagues blew the whistle on him. During a ten-year career at The Friarage Hospital, in Northallerton. the consultant caused

  • Letters: Bainbridge needs this play area

    Sir, - I welcome the decision that the plans for a children's playground are to be considered afresh before a decision is made by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (report, D&S July 14). It would have been wonderful to have a site that all

  • Why your train has been getting later and later...

    TRAIN services in the North-East and Yorkshire are getting later with commuters suffering more and more delays, new figures reveal. Punctuality worsened on routes run by two of the region's main train operators, GNER and Northern Spirit, in the period

  • Cash boost for health problem areas

    HEALTH chiefs have been given a £5.4m cash injection to fight Teesside's notorious bad health problems. With more than 100 local initiatives already in place, the Teesside Health Action Zone is targeting the Government cash at the area's biggest killers

  • Father fined £750 after teenager skips school

    A FATHER whose son clocked up 136 abscences from school between January and April was fined £750 this week. The teenage boy's absences from school were all unauthorised, magistrates in Guisborough were told. They fined the man, from East Cleveland, and

  • River scheme pays dividends

    AN AMBITIOUS scheme to restore the River Esk in the North York Moors national park is paying dividends in major improvements for farmers and their cattle, and anglers. Some £300,000 is due to be invested in the Esk regeneration programme, a partnership

  • Cobbles risk forces blind man to move home

    A COMMUNITY stalwart says he is leaving his home after deciding that "Stockton is no place for the disabled". Mr John Basterfield, who is registered blind, says he has been driven to extreme action because his home village of Norton is "just not suitable

  • Maltby win again

    Langbaurgh League Maltby had a good performance beating Thimbleby by eight wickets when they faced a target of 114. Martin Barber, with four boundaries in 43 and Andy Marrow whose 44 not out included six fours, shared a third wicket partnership of 83

  • Appliance of science wins trophy

    PUPILS from Wheatlands Primary School in Redcar have won a major science competition. The school beat off fierce competition from schools in Yorkshire and Northumberland to win the Science Challenge - a national competition in which more than 7,000 pupils

  • Good quality stock, but changes just not cricket

    BITTER weather, international cricket and a change of venue heralded problems for a popular agricultural show over the weekend. Attendance figures at Durham County Show, which had been held at Lambton Park near Chester le Street for nigh on 50 years,

  • James is two good for England

    IT was just another Saturday last weekend for cricketing prodigy James Beaumont. The 15-year-old Ian Ramsey School pupil shared 17 wickets with his brother Lee as Hartlepool were restricted to 157 for nine from their 50 overs. Then, picking up the bat

  • Surtees secure away win

    Crook League Crook Surtees had a good away win over the Spitfire Club to hold on to their third place in the Second Division. The home side had singles wins from Harry Tait, Kenny Johnson and Eddie Phillipson and they also took both doubles. The Surtees

  • Pensioner's sweet dreams over travellers' pillows

    LONG-distance travel can be a pain in the neck - but not if a Darlington market stallholder has anything to do with it. Mrs Vera Revill has patented a pillow to allow travellers to relax or snooze in comfort and has high hopes it will enable her to expand

  • Top award for Raby keeper

    THE winner of the moorland keeper award from the Jospeh Nickerson Heather Improvement Foundation is Mr Lindsay Waddell of Raby Estates in County Durham. Since being appointed as upper Teesdale estate keeper in March 1976, Mr Waddell has progressed in

  • Equestrian News: Age no barrier for young April

    TEN-YEAR-OLD April Hugill beat all her older rivals as she rode to victory at the Great Yorkshire Show. The youngster from Manor Farm, Great Busby, near Stokesley, picked up the winner's trophy for a first-class performance in the side-saddle class, even

  • School takes honours

    Chorister School's Under 11 Cricket team played in a national Daily Telegraph competition at Old Trafford last week - the culmination of a wonderful year for the school's sportsmen and women. The Durham school's pupils have distinguished themselves at

  • Happy memories for Queen Mother

    A DURHAM author has had her latest book praised by a very special fan - the Queen Mother. The Bowes of Streatlam was written by historian Dr Christine Newman. It deals with the Bowes family - a branch of the Bowes-Lyon family to which the Queen Mother

  • Youngsters hit the beach for contest

    MORE than 200 youngsters took to the sands for a resort's first junior beach volleyball competition. Teams of four competed in seven different age categories for boys and girls on the beach at Redcar on Saturday. The tournament was organised by Redcar

  • Prices at the markets

    BARNARD CASTLE. - Tues. Fwd: 65 cattle. Cow & calf: Lim to £525 TG Brown & Son; AA to £505 GR&SF Wearmouth; Char to £410 P&J Coupland; Herefd to £405 TG Brown & Son. Feeding bulls. - Lim: £470 JS Luck & Son; £440, £435, £430, £425

  • Excitement as cash revives 60-year-old village bypass plan

    ONE County Durham transport scheme which the Government says could benefit from a share of its £180bn was first mooted more than 60 years ago. The first proposal for a Chilton bypass dates back to 1939 when the then department of transport first recognised

  • Swimming News

    North-East swimmers will be attempting to gain selection to the British team for the Sydney Olympic games in September, and also win national titles, when the combined Olympic trials and national championships start at Sheffield on Tuesday and end the

  • Library loss is a sort of gain

    HEAD teachers in Nunthorpe have pledged to make the most of cash windfalls from the winding-up of the library campaign group. The village's one secondary and four primary schools have each been given £985 - proceeds of fundraising to save the library

  • Club wants to put up barriers!

    PROGRESSIVE Guisborough have called a halt to major development at their Fountains Garth ground - until they can fence themselves in. Guisborough, members of the Darlington Building Society North Yorkshire and South Durham League, have completed pavilion

  • Leading article: Turning a corner

    IT SEEMS highly unlikely that anyone would seek to develop a fantasy folly-type tourist attraction, attracting up to 70,000 car-borne visitors a year, in open countryside in the heart of a national park. That's not what national parks are for, as the

  • Professional makes debut

    NEW professional David Towse made his debut for Guisborough on Saturday. He soon made his presence felt with an impressive six for 37 bowling return in their nine-wicket victory. Overnight rain made it difficult for batting as Bishops found when asked

  • Gymnastic News

    Gymnasts from Hemlington are celebrating after they almost swept the board at the North of England Sports Acrobatics Championships held last week in North Tyneside. Club members Alisa Pitt and Julia Pacitto took first place in the Womens Pairs National