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  • Looking Back

    FROM this newspaper 100 years ago. Eaglescliffe Harriers: After the weekly run on Tuesday night a smoker was held at Mr Chesney's Pot and Glass Inn, at which there was a good company present. Mr C E Faber, president of the club, presided and presented

  • Angling News

    Despite the unsettled weather it was nice to get back to normal with matches now on all of the region's rivers, writes JEFF HERBERT. Middlesbrough AC staged their first match since last January's Zetland Trophy so expectations for 2002's Zetland event

  • Tribunal hears of art worker's 'obsession'

    AN art gallery sales assistant was so obsessed with her job that she would become upset if a painting was sold without her knowledge, an industrial tribunal heard yesterday. Angela Davis, 42, also came into work on her day off, frequently turned up unannounced

  • Remembering the past for a better future

    A JEWISH man whose relatives were murdered in Nazi concentration camps shared his horrific memories of the Holocaust with school children this week. Retired engineer Mr George Lobel, aged 75, talked to pupils at West Redcar school who are studying the

  • Time for Burns in the kitchen

    THINK Scottish food and the first thought is probably a deep fried Mars Bar and a pint of heavy. But as it's Burns' Night, let us be a mite more traditional... We have a strange attitude to our neighbours north of the border. Supermarket shelves groan

  • Tributes to soccer club's former director

    TRIBUTES have been paid to a former football club director and prominent businessman who died this week. Brian Hadley, vice-chairman of Darlington Football Club for almost 15 years, died from a heart-attack at his home on Tuesday, aged 74. Darlington-born

  • The UniBond League

    Spennymoor's failure to hold on to a three goal lead against Gretna in midweek cost them a place in the Presidents Cup quarter-finals. Moors were looking good for a financially rewarding away trip to Barrow on Saturday, but poor defending allowed Gretna

  • Extra flights to provide more flexible air travel

    BELGIAN airline DAT is to increase its services between Newcastle and Brussels. The company said it was introducing an extra daily flight from Sunday. They will operate every day, giving four flights on Sundays and three on Saturdays. The new flights

  • Service sector hit by decline in sales

    BRITAIN'S manufacturing slowdown is hitting the service sector where export sales and orders have reached "rock bottom", a survey said yesterday. The quarterly survey, by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), showed service firms' export sales plummeted

  • Chance to have a say on council tax spending

    LOCAL people are being urged to attend a vital consultation exercise on budget pressures facing North Yorkshire County Council and police covering England's largest county. Senior councillors and officers will outline the county council budget for the

  • Pupils get insight into workings of Parliament

    THREE Darlington youngsters got the chance to find out how government works when they visited the Houses of Parliament this week. Gillian Lloyd, Richard Taylor and Adam Ferguson, who is visually impaired, from Hummersknott School and Language College,

  • The top ten cyber-nasties

    IF your PC is a few years old and you spend long periods of time connected to the Internet, the chances are you have been exposed to a virus. Don't believe me? Get yourself a firewall and see how many times someone tries to access your system when you

  • Scuffles part of the show

    IN the good old days, before smoothflow beer and mobile phones were invented, the only things which needed launching were ships. Nowadays everything from books to world heavyweight title fights has to be launched, with a flotilla of PR and marketing people

  • Scuffles part of the show

    IN the good old days, before smoothflow beer and mobile phones were invented, the only things which needed launching were ships. Nowadays everything from books to world heavyweight title fights has to be launched, with a flotilla of PR and marketing people

  • Forum to focus on prosperity of town

    THE future of Hartlepool will come under scrutiny at a business forum today. The town has been transformed during the past few years, but business leaders want to explore how it can be improved further. Leading figures in the town will speak at the Historic

  • Darlington - Zoe's a guaranteed star, says Pop Idol pal Hayley

    SINGING sensation Zoe Birkett has been praised by the latest Pop Idol hopeful to leave the ITV show. Hayley Evetts, 25, left the show on Saturday leaving Darlington teenager Zoe as the only girl in the last four of the competition. Hayley said: "Zoe really

  • Painting finds its way home

    A quest to unravel an art mystery involving one of the region's best known artists has come to a happy end. A children's circus painting donated to the children of her home town of Chester-le-Street by Sheila Mackie in 1958 has finally been returned to

  • Coppice trials extended after positive results

    TRIALS growing willow and poplar coppice have been extended for a further three years. Forest Research has been monitoring a site at Thorpe Thewles for seven years as part of research into using wood as a source of energy. The coppice is cut every three

  • Row as lost kite sparks sea hunt

    AN exhaustive air sea rescue search was launched yesterday when a kite from a surf board was spotted floating out to sea. Four lifeboats, two helicopters and two coastguard teams searched sea and shore in the Redcar area in vain for two hours, yesterday

  • Youngsters in mission to clean up pond

    LOCAL schoolchildren are working hard to clear their school pond of litter before the end of winter. Pupils from Norton School are working with the Tees Valley Wildlife trust to clean up and restore the school pond, which is used to study ecology and

  • Turner signs up James

    LOAN ranger James Coppinger is poised for a return to Hartlepool United. The Newcastle United forward enjoyed a loan stint at Victoria Park almost two years ago when he helped Pool make the play-offs. And now Pool boss Chris Turner is hoping for similar

  • Dominoes News

    Crook League - Crook Belle Vue Club maintained their top position in the First Division with an odd point win over the visiting Crook Travellers Rest A. The Club made their win in the singles where they had points from Jack Walker, Ivor Phillipson, John

  • Do you know what the green bits are for?

    A RASH of green road markings has appeared in Darlington. The green patches which sprang up in the Denes and Cockerton areas of town mark out an advised cycle route from West Auckland Road to the town centre. But as they appear at both kerbsides and in

  • Ancient maps visible on the Internet

    Maps dating back hundreds of year can be viewed on computer thanks to a new venture in County Durham. Pictures in Print, a joint project between Durham University, Durham County Council and Durham Cathedral, brings the collections of the three to a world-wide

  • NFU's report on epidemic shows catalogue of failure

    LITTLE appeared to have been done to prevent foot-and-mouth entering the country again, said the NFU this week in a damning report on the government's handling of the world's worst outbreak. The NFU blamed the crisis on a catalogue of failures, from import

  • The Northern Echo Darlington Sunday Invitation League

    It was arguably the game of the day Coundon Forrester's and East End WMC faced each other in a game between the first and third placed teams in Division One at the start of the days play. Coundon managed to take a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to a well-taken

  • 'Take care' appeal to fans

    POLICE are warning football fans to take extra care on Saturday when York City compete in the fourth round of the FA Cup. A capacity crowd is expected at Bootham Crescent for City's match with Premiership big-spenders Fulham. Chief Superintendent John

  • Doors stolen at disused mortuary

    THIEVES, who stole two 19th Century wooden doors from a disused mortuary have been condemned by local officials. The large arched green doors have wrought iron ornate handles and strap hinges. They are thought to be worth more than £400 and were taken

  • First two schemes flagged up for funding bids

    TWO schemes are to be flagged up to improve Barnard Castle in what has been described as the best opportunity the town will ever have. As the result of discussions with Mr David McKnight, co-ordinator of the Market Towns Initiative, it was suggested that

  • Reduced hours considered to cut Herriot centre costs

    HAMBLETON'S flagship tourist attraction could have the number of days it is open cut to save money. The World of James Herriot centre in Thirsk was hit hard by foot-and-mouth disease last year, which saw visitor numbers plummet by 30pc. Income at the

  • Doomed site fury as sales top £8bn

    FURY erupted last night in a village threatened with unemployment as multinational conglomerate Lafarge announced sales figures of more than £8bn. The news came hours after the company said its Blue Circle cement plant in County Durham was to close, with

  • Time for Burns in the kitchen

    THINK Scottish food and the first thought is probably a deep fried Mars Bar and a pint of heavy. But as it's Burns' Night, let us be a mite more traditional... We have a strange attitude to our neighbours north of the border. Supermarket shelves groan

  • White cashier wins racist sacking fight

    A WHITE cashier who was driven from her job on Teesside and replaced by Asian workers has won her claim that she was a victim of racial discrimination. In a comparatively rare case, petrol filling station worker Janet Rowntree took her former bosses to

  • Durham - Robson's girl: Man charged

    A MAN has been charged with assault after the daughter of former Middlesbrough manager Bryan Robson was hurt in an incident in Durha City. Claire Louise Robson, 21, who lives in the Chester-le-Street area, suffered a gash to the head and needed stitches

  • Concern over sale of care home

    CASH-strapped Durham County Council has been attacked for selling a mothballed Victorian former nursing home "on the cheap". The authority is facing questions over its dealings in respect of Holmfield House, Crook, which closed as part of a shake-up of

  • Emergency Services League

    Frankland extended their lead at the top as a full set of fixtures finally were played this week. They entertained lowly Darlington and ran out comfortable 6-1 winners. Ian Gibson led the way with a hat trick whilst Phil McVay, Malcolm Penney and Peter

  • New proposal to take blood from unconscious drink drivers

    Campaign groups have welcomed a proposed change in the law allowing police to take blood samples from unconscious drink drivers. The move is being introduced under David Blunkett's police reform bill. At present drivers suspected of being over the legal

  • Awesome foursome

    The girls team at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington has qualified for the finals of the National Schools' championships at Crystal Palace on February 8 and 9. The Under-19 team, who are Ruth Fay, Angela Winstanley-Smith, Jill Hunter and

  • Milburn approves more trusts

    HEALTH secretary Alan Milburn has approved the establishment of two new primary care trusts in the North-East. The trusts, in Gateshead and South Tyneside, will be established from April and will be independent NHS organisations responsible for delivering

  • Detective in the dock over damage to village green

    THE village green at Staindrop is being regularly churned up with tyre marks by a policeman "who should know better", according to his local council. Det Con Geoff Wall, who is based at Barnard Castle, parks his car on North Green and also puts out cones

  • College quartet win county recognition

    A QUARTET of talented rugby players from Northallerton college have been selected to play at county level. Three of them - Dan Bird, Mark Robson and Chris Dixon - were chosen for North Yorkshire after attending a trial in York. They represented the county

  • Rail users on track for better trains and stations

    A TWO-YEAR extension to the east coast main line rail franchise will involve private sector investment of £100m, it has been revealed. GNER, the existing franchise holder, and its partners will foot the bill for improvements to train services and rolling

  • Pool News

    Willington League - Howden Australian held on to second place in the table after they beat the visiting Willington Commercial by three points. The visitors got away to a great start and looked likely to cause a major upset when they had wins from Robert

  • Bubble boy takes steps into outside world

    Brave little Alex Herbert made his first tentative steps into the outside world yesterday since undergoing a bone marrow transplant to cure a rare genetic disorder. The four-year-old from Barnard Castle has spent much of the last six months being treated

  • Wear Valley - Accident leads to new safety call

    RELATIVES of a pedestrian killed on an unlit bypass are calling for urgent safety improvements after another man was seriously injured on the same road at the weekend. The 51-year-old man from Middlestone Moor was crossing the A688 near Low House Farm

  • Letters: Avoid contempt

    Sir, - I read with concern of Ms Morton's plan to recruit several fellow councillors to support the plan to pass a by-law for the centre of Leyburn to ban the drinking of alcohol there (D&S, Dec 21). I have spoken to local police about this, and was

  • Durham - Swimmer's star turn

    A YOUNG swimming star recorded two personal bests during her international debut at the weekend. Stephanie Proud, 13, of Durham, made history by becoming the youngest ever to represent Britain in the Fina Swimming World Cup in Paris. The teenager, who

  • Quakers bag a point after missing big prize

    NO goals, but a satisfactory point at Cheltenham Town on Wednesday night brought an end to Darlington's hectic spell of three games in five days. It was a good result against a team who had lost only once at their Whaddon Road ground this season and Quakers

  • Moorland haunts of witch-hares

    WHEN the snow lay on the ground, and when the earth was frozen but devoid of snow, we made sure our bird-feeders were replete with suitable food and our birdbath was full of water and ice-free. The rewards were excellent. The variety of birds which came

  • Table Tennis News

    Darlington and District League - DTTC B began the second half of the season with an impressive 7-3 victory over previously unbeaten, leaders, Henknowle Community Centre. The B team comprising Andrew Leighton, David Meads and Mark Simpson, are the only

  • Discarded jacket could lead to robbers

    DETECTIVES investigating a robbery in a County Durham town are keen to establish how a distinctive jacket similar to one worn by one of the robbers mysteriously turned up close to the crime scene. Police said a red padded jacket with Eisenegger on the

  • Robber attacked bookies' cashier

    A ROBBER who struck at a betting office was jailed for two-and-a-half years yesterday. Paul Boaler, 23, of Bruce Street, Hartlepool, admitted robbing John Joyce Bookmaker, in Winterbottom Avenue, Hartlepool, on April 30 last year. Greg Purcell, prosecuting

  • £22,950 grant for gorge work

    COLLABORATION between environmentalists has brought a £22,950 grant to aid research into the archaeological secrets of the Nidd Gorge, between Harrogate and Knaresborough. Bilton Conservation Group, Knox Valley Residents' Association and Knaresborough

  • Robbery case

    A MAN charged with robbery made a brief appearance at Teesside Crown Court yesterday. Anthony Whittaker, 19, of Proudfoot Drive, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, spoke only to confirm his name. The case was adjourned until March 22 for a plea and directions

  • Consett & Stanley - Clergyman accused of sex assault

    A CLERGYMAN has been charged with rape and indecent assault against teenage boys more than 20 years ago. The Rev Neville Husband, 64, a minister in the United Reformed Church, is alleged to have committed the assaults while working on the catering staff

  • Sixty years of wedding memories

    A PAIR of teenage sweethearts who met in their local park are celebrating 60 years of marriage. George and Hilda Colling, both 78, now live in Redcar, Teesside, but met as 16-year-olds in their local park in Stanley Crook, near Crook, County Durham. "

  • Family flee as home 'burns like a rocket'

    POLICE interviewed residents on a Stokesley housing estate this week after a family was apparently targeted in an arson attack. Fire swept through the Allen Grove home of Mr Richard Wilson, partner Mrs Pat Gunn and her nine-year old daughter, Jodie, early

  • Bird sighted in the North-East gets top billing for rarity

    ONE of the rarest birds to be seen in Britain since the extinction of the great auk two centuries ago has been accepted on to the country's most endangered list after a sighting in the North-East. The slender-billed curlew was spotted among a flock of

  • Bob takes up IT at 88

    MANY of the University of Teesside's short part-time courses are now offered in local community centres. Among those to benefit from this flexible approach to learning is 88-year-old Bob Walker, who gained his university certificate in professional development

  • Park centres need boosting to attract visitors

    National park chiefs are being urged to revamp their network of visitor centres if they want to attract more visitors to the Yorkshire Dales. A report by inspectors called in under the Government's Best Value initiative claims not enough is being done

  • Angry farmers take case to Lords

    THIRSK farmers are so angry at being blamed for the spread of foot-and-mouth disease that they are taking their case to the House of Lords. They claim their names were been unfairly blackened by ministers in the House of Commons. Mr Robin Bosomworth,

  • Wagons gouge tracks across green

    HEAVY lorries in Hutton Rudby have gouged deep tyre tracks on the village green and smashed a new footpath sign, the parish council believes. A coal wagon has been blamed for churning up the green along nearly the whole length of North Side, leaving deep

  • Force launches hunt for new chief constable

    DURHAM Police are looking for a new chief constable after George Hedges announced he will retire in the autumn. Mr Hedges, 60, who has held the post for five years, plans to end his 43-year career, which started as a cadet in Oxfordshire, at the end of

  • Power workers' reunion

    A reunion is being planned for former employees at one of the region's largest power stations. The Wilton Power Station, near Redcar, east Cleveland, has been owned and operated by Enron Teesside Operations Limited (Etol) since 1999. Before that it was

  • Councils locked in £12m 'divorce' fight

    TWO hard-up North-East councils are locked in a £12m winner-takes-all "divorce" row that is destined to end in a costly legal battle. And local council tax payers - already facing double figure increases this year - will have to foot the loser's huge

  • Bogie leads all the way in triumphant Croft return

    SCOTSMAN John Bogie made sure he wasn't denied his second victory in less than a month when he led the Jack Frost Stages Rally from start to finish in the Darlington and District Motor Club event at Croft last Saturday. The Dumfries driver and his co-driver

  • How land lay long ago

    ARCHIVED maps and prints of Durham normally only available for viewing in libraries can now be seen at the touch of a button. Pictures in Print, a joint project between Durham University, Durham County Council and Durham Cathedral, features historical

  • Ex-Tory leader to press for public inquiry

    FORMER Tory leader William Hague is to argue in Parliament for a public inquiry into the Richard Neale scandal. The Richmond MP will use an adjournment debate in the House of Commons to call for a public inquiry into how the NHS handled the case of the

  • Festival will have fizz

    EFFORTS will be made to turn the first-ever Dales Festival of Food into a major regional event. Financial backing for the Leyburn festival is already pouring in from local councils, businesses and organisations. Gerald Hodgson told Leyburn Town Council

  • Frying tonight - after 50-year absence

    FAST food fans in a remote North-East village are celebrating the return of fish and chips - after a 50-year hiatus. Caf owner Gordon Witton couldn't believe the residents of Rookhope, in Weardale, County Durham, hadn't savoured the taste of deep fried

  • Why we need more women at the top

    The Government are worried that too few women are taking up public appoinments and is taking steps to change the situation. Women's Editor Christen Pears reports. MARGARET Thatcher proved that you don't have to be a man to get to the top in public life

  • Hear All Sides

    Letters from The Northern Echo EUROPEAN UNION GUS O'Donnell, the Treasury official in charge of the Government's five euro tests, recently said that there can never be a "clear and unambiguous" economic case for Britain to join the euro and that it would

  • Drugs find jail pledge

    A nightclub worker who was caught with £12,000 worth of cocaine in his home was told by a judge yesterday that he would be going to jail for years. Neil Naylor, 38, claimed at Teesside Crown Court that the cocaine must have been smuggled into his home

  • Damp start for walking scheme

    MORE than 40 people turned up on a damp and windy morning to join in the launch of a health walks initiative in Newton Aycliffe. Despite the weather, the participants enjoyed the 30 minute walk to and from the Pioneering Care Centre, which took in parts

  • Former police inspector dies at 81

    FORMER police chief inspector Bob Young, 81, of Newcastle Road, Chester-le-Street, died on Monday at the Willow Burn Hospice, Lanchester, from cancer. Mr Young, described as "an officer of the old school" by Durham Constabulary, leaves a widow, Mary,

  • Diamond couple celebrate

    A PAIR of teenage sweethearts who met in their local park are celebrating 60 years of marriage. George and Hilda Colling, both 78, now live in Redcar, Teesside, but met when they were both 16 in their local park, at Stanley, Crook. "She was on the swings

  • Hospital service for poorly playmates

    PALE pandas and teddies with temperatures can be checked into a hospital's Well Teddy Clinic. Children can take along their toys to nurses at Bishop Auckland General Hospital's accident and emergency department for a check-up on Sunday. The aim of the

  • Chester le Street - £1m fuel drive is a success

    A MILLION-pound drive to eradicate fuel poverty in Chester-le-Street has been declared a success by council bosses. Four years ago the Government told local authorities to eliminate fuel poverty by 2010, but Chester-le-Street District Council hopes to

  • Valks brothers find winning formula

    AN eleven-year-old Barnard Castle rider is forging his way up the British Show Jumping Association rankings after a string of successes. Adam Valks won the 90cm open on his pony Diego III at Holmeside last Saturday and also the small pony open class.

  • William Hague on TV - by George he's got it

    THERE was an interesting performance from Richmond MP William Hague on BBC breakfast television yesterday morning. It was not so much what he said (on his successor, Labour's record on the NHS and life after the Tory leadership), but the way that he said

  • Tobacco smugglers are costing shop jobs

    A SHOPKEEPER who claims tobacco smuggling costs him £2m a year is embarking on a cross-Channel mission to show how the trade is destroying local shops. According to Customs and Excise, the black market is costing the country £4bn a year in lost revenue

  • Pearson earns a new role

    After two commanding displays, Gary Pearson may have secured a regular place in the Darlington side, although not in his usual midfield berth. With Craig Liddle and David Brightwell in the treatment room, Pearson was paired with Paul Heckingbottom at

  • Pony dates

    BCTG. - Jan 28: Dressage clinic with Patsy Bartram (subsidised for members), open to non-members, tel 01325 332685 for details. For membership details, tel Hilary on 01325 326262. Bedale & West of Yore PC. - Feb 9: Ceilidh, 7-11pm, Bedale Hall, anyone

  • Cutting edge classroom magic

    LESSONS were magic for pupils of two Wensleydale primary schools who had the chance to learn the tricks of the trade from a master. International magician Mr Johnny Hay performed a special show for more than 100 youngsters from West Burton and Askrigg

  • Hear'Say? No thanks

    Singing sensation Zoe Birkett delivered a blunt message to ailing pop band Hear'Say last night: "I'm not interested in joining you." Hear'Say was formed through ITV show PopStars, the forerunner to Pop Idol, but it is now in crisis after it was confirmed

  • Letters: Save this post

    Sir, - I read with interest the excellent article relating to Carol Lewis (D&S, Jan 18), who has recently been working for the Two Dales Partnership as a community development worker in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. This partnership has worked hard

  • Size really is everything, for shopping men

    I BLAME their father. Like most things, it's all his fault. He and heredity have a lot to answer for - including Senior Son's latest phone call. The boys' father hates shopping. He just doesn't have the shopping gene. He's brilliant at presents but for

  • Pupil wins prize for anniversary logo design

    HUNDREDS of youngsters entered a logo competition for a Durham community's anniversary celebrations. Belmont, on the outskirts of the city, is 150 this year and is holding a weekend of events at the start of February. The committee which is organising

  • Post foot-and-mouth, write out the angst

    ASPIRING poets, novelists and scriptwriters are invited to join creative writing sessions at the community education centre in Leyburn from next month. The evening classes, starting on February 21, are aimed at beginners and experienced writers alike.

  • Schoolboy hurt as other pupils fight on train

    A WESTERDALE school boy was injured on an Esk Valley train after apparently intervening in a dispute between younger pupils. John Lillie, aged 15, needed treatment from ambulance men and was then taken to Whitby hospital on Friday of last week. A guard

  • Amazon tribal antics amaze students

    YOUR average Northerner's rite of passage might involve guzzling his first alco-pop or seeing his first football match. But for exotic visitors to the City of Sunderland College yesterday, their entry into the adult world had worldly- wise Wearsiders

  • Store deal offers flowers by e-mail

    A CONVENIENCE store company has secured a deal to fly fresh flowers to the North-East. Mills Group has signed a £200,000 deal with Dutch company Kurt Schrama to bring bouquets into some of their 24 North-East stores, including Darlington, Stockton and

  • Junior Foortball

    New County North Durham Youth League - A couple of goals by Scott Embleton enabled Waldridge Park to finish 3-1 winners over Newton Aycliffe in the U16 division. Stephen Richardson and Mark White were other players to score a couple of goals as Felling

  • Hospital service for poorly playmates

    PALE pandas and teddies with temperatures can be checked into a hospital's Well Teddy Clinic. Children can take along their toys to nurses at Bishop Auckland General Hospital's accident and emergency department for a check-up on Sunday. The aim of the

  • The Albany Northern League

    Shildon have signed former Torquay midfielder Brian Healy after he was released by Darlington. Healy, who also played for Bishop Auckland and Spennymoor, played in two trial matches for Shildon earlier in the week and signed for them after the friendly

  • Bag-snatch victim plea

    POLICE are appealing for the victim of an attempted bag snatch to come forward. Five men chased and caught a thief who grabbed a woman's handbag as she loaded shopping into her car yesterday. The men recovered the bag and handed it back to the victim.

  • Size really is everything, for shopping men

    I BLAME their father. Like most things, it's all his fault. He and heredity have a lot to answer for - including Senior Son's latest phone call. The boys' father hates shopping. He just doesn't have the shopping gene. He's brilliant at presents but for

  • Found in Darlington, a long way from home

    THANKS to a tiny microchip, a woman was reunited with her pet dog, after it was stolen on Christmas Eve and marooned in Darlington. Mrs Jackie Crofter Harris, of Bilsdale, was overjoyed when her dog was found four days after it went missing. She suspects

  • Wear Valley - Village meeting called

    VILLAGERS being given a say in the spending of £75,000 of regeneration cash are invited to a meeting this morning. A range of funding projects is aiming to transform the former mining communities of Coundon and Leeholme, that have been plagued by crime

  • Help needed for service

    THE Teesside branch of the Alzheimer's Society is looking for volunteers to join a befriending service being set up in the Redcar and Cleveland area. Volunteers are needed to work with people who have Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia and their

  • Bins have star quality

    BUSINESSES are being invited to add their backing to a new tidy-up initiative on Redcar High Street. Fifteen large litter bins have been placed around the town centre, supplied free and with a maintenance guarantee to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

  • North Yorkshire - Top dog Bailey is the best

    BELGIAN shepherd Bailey has been named top dog at Olympia, in the country's most prestigious agility contest. The three-year-old won the title for owner and handler Geoff Hollis, of Appleton Wiske, near Northallerton, at the international show jumping

  • Chester le Street - Ex-pupils go down memory lane

    IN their day it was short trousers, bruised knees and conkers in the yard. Times have changed, but they all agreed - it was good to be back. Former pupils joined the current batch at Chester-le-Street's Bullion Lane Primary School to celebrate the school's

  • Cancer drug trials set for North-East

    Cancer patients in the region will benefit from better access to experimental treatments thanks to a new network of Government-funded cancer research centres. At the moment most experimental cancer drugs are tried out in centres in the South-East. This

  • Darts News

    Tow Law Bass - Newhouse Club moved 11 points clear at the top of the table after they beat the visiting third-placed Tow Law New Market A, thanks to an outstanding run in the singles. The Market took both trebles points but then could only manage one

  • Heritage chiefs back £60m shops development

    A £60M shopping development would not be damaging to an historic conservation area, English Heritage chiefs said yesterday. The proposed Coppergate Riverside scheme would not challenge the dominance of Clifford's Tower, in York, historic buildings inspector

  • Blair opens shower firm expansion

    A North-East firm's £1.2m factory expansion was officially opened by the Prime Minister on a visit to the region today. Shower and bath firm Roman Ltd will create 52 new jobs with the extension to its premises on the Aycliffe Industrial Park, County Durham

  • Tuning up for music festival in Portugal

    TEESSIDE is exporting live music to Europe. A festival held in Lisbon, Portugal is a world stage, with famous seaports around the globe invited to perform alongside the best of Portuguese musicians. New Orleans trod the boards at the Ports and Harbours

  • Children learn the lessons of Holocaust

    POSTER competition winners were joined by a host of celebrities for a prize presentation on Wednesday. Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson and players Nolberto Solano and Warren Barton, along with actors from the children's TV series Byker Grove and

  • Family makes plans only grandson may see blossom

    LIKE many farmers in North Yorkshire, the Bosomworths of Felixkirk, near Thirsk, are now trying to plan their future following the foot-and-mouth crisis. Whatever decision they make, and even if it proves successful, it could be that the head of the family

  • Plea over attack

    Police have made a renewed appeal for information about an indecent assault on a woman in Sunderland Street, Newcastle, at 1.30am on New Year's Day. The victim, 35, who has not been named, bit her assailant on the left side of his face. He was described

  • A power challenge

    IT IS to be hoped that an initiative in Teesdale to generate power from renewable sources is successful. The initiative - the Teesdale renewable energy challenge - has a long term, and ambitious, target of meeting all the dale's energy needs locally.

  • Darlington - Baby makes a big impression

    HE may only be a few days old, but big baby Deklan Crowe is already the talk of the town. Weighing in at 12lb 4oz and measuring 24ins, Deklan's size surprised even experienced midwives when he was born at Darlington Memorial Hospital last week. Proud

  • Police HQ parking charges welcomed

    PARKING restrictions and charges introduced at Durham Police's headquarters to cut congestion have been welcomed. All staff at Aykley Heads, in Durham, have had to pay a £2 weekly charge to park on the site since December. The money will pay for the cost

  • The changing face of football

    BIG-HEARTED Sunderland soccer star Niall Quinn, who is handing over the estimated £1m he will earn from his forthcoming testimonial match to charity, highlights just how much football has changed over the past few decades. Footballers, even in top clubs

  • The changing face of football

    BIG-HEARTED Sunderland soccer star Niall Quinn, who is handing over the estimated £1m he will earn from his forthcoming testimonial match to charity, highlights just how much football has changed over the past few decades. Footballers, even in top clubs

  • The top ten cyber-nasties

    IF your PC is a few years old and you spend long periods of time connected to the Internet, the chances are you have been exposed to a virus. Don't believe me? Get yourself a firewall and see how many times someone tries to access your system when you

  • McClaren focuses attentions on securing Yorke signature

    MIDDLESBROUGH boss Steve McClaren last night revealed he is still hoping to bring Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke to the club. After being gazumped in the race to sign Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan last week by United, Yorke is now McClaren's

  • Red Striker takes Haydock spoils for Mason and Guest

    THE Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock last Saturday was amazing, especially for our area. Norman Mason pulled off another fairytale win - almost as good as last year's National - with Red Striker, the brother of Red Marauder. Our interest was chiefly in a

  • We have the technology to build better citizens

    PRIME Minister Tony Blair returned to the North-East yesterday to launch a CD-ROM on citizenship, devised by Rotary International. During the visit to his Sedgefield constituency, Mr Blair was shown how the interactive programme works. Wansbeck Rotarian

  • Consett & Stanley - Suicide shooting fails

    A GAMEKEEPER who shot himself between the eyes in an apparent attempt to take his own life miraculously escaped death. The 30-year-old man fell unconscious on his bed with a gaping head wound and woke up eight hours later, before driving to his mother's

  • Hospital dedication for retiring therapist

    The last roof tile was put into place yesterday at a new community hospital being built in the North-East. The final ridge tile at Sedgefield Community Hospital was laid yesterday by occupational therapist, Angela Bannister. She has worked at Sedgefield

  • The Wearside League

    Wolviston secretary Keith Simpson was not in the least bit suprised when Andy Clark picked up the man-of-the-match award against New Marske last weekend. Clark only came into the Wolviston team a couple of months ago but has already established himself

  • Another day of misery lined up for passengers

    RAIL passengers were last night bracing themselves for another day of disruption today as hopes faded of a breakthrough in the pay dispute crippling Arriva Trains. The train operator was yesterday forced to cancel most of its 1,600 services across the

  • MEP criticises blue carpet

    Tory MEP Martin Callanan has weighed into the debate over Newcastle's controversial "blue carpet" public artwork. Mr Callanan said the structure outside the city's Laing Gallery was "over-hyped and over budget". It was formally unveiled today, two years

  • Wait for results is over at long last

    PUPILS who have waited seven months for their exam results will finally get the grades today. Exam board Edexcel has promised to issue students at the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, in Darlington, with the marks after admitting that the tapes had

  • Crucial flooding work put on hold after survey delays

    A KEY survey into the dangers of flooding in the Northallerton area - due next month - will not be finished until April, it was revealed this week. The Environment Agency survey, called for after the floods of November 2000, will pinpoint areas at risk

  • Letters: Des res or not?

    Sir, - At the meeting of the Darlington Borough Council planning committee, it was decided that Chesterfield in Stanhope Road was not designed for residential use. It was used as a house until the 1970s, part of the ground floor of the eastern half was

  • Improved facilities at new refuge

    A DARLINGTON charity hopes to build a new women's refuge in the town for victims of domestic violence. The Home housing association, based in Middlesbrough, has applied to Darlington Borough Council to build the eight self-contained units plus communal

  • Police plea to missing man

    POLICE are urging a man missing from home for more than two weeks to contact them. Alan Bernard Jackson, 47, of David Terrace, Bowburn, near Durham City, was last seen in the village post office on January 9. Mr Jackson, originally from Bournemouth, is

  • Admission charge for cathedral mooted

    THE most visited cathedral in the country is considering whether to introduce an admission fee for the first time. The Dean and Chapter of York Minster - already looking at the possibility of sponsorship from the US - have launched a feasibility study

  • NFU man's idea bears fruit as advice hits the road

    A NEW mobile advisory service begins next Friday, following a suggestion made by a farmer at a rural recovery seminar. Mr David Maughan, of Morton Tinmouth, who is chairman of the NFU livestock committee for Durham and Northumberland, said what was needed

  • Compromise in the air over Leyburn character

    TWO Leyburn town councillors met with "man-of-the-road" Mel Bird on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of re-opening the town shelter which has now been closed to the public since September. At the town council meeting on Monday evening councillors

  • We know where we live - Leeming

    A FATHER and son who have appeared on the same television quiz show within 14 months of each other know exactly where they live, even if the programme makers are not so sure. Retired storeman Mr Lou Dale, of Leeming Bar, followed his son, Steve, a former

  • 'Painfully slow' cash for miners defended

    THE Government has rejected claims that it is dragging its feet over compensation for sick miners. It accused opponents who have criticised the speed of its procedures of telling "half-truths and lies". Energy Minister Brian Wilson admitted yesterday

  • North Yorkshire - Last-ditch bid to save courts

    COUNTY councillors are making a last-ditch bid to save four courthouses threatened with closure as part of a cost-cutting efficiency drive. The magistrates' courts in Richmond, Whitby, Pickering and Selby all face the axe as part of proposals to save

  • Snooker News

    Worthington CIU Winter League - Old Shildon opened a six point gap at the top of the First Division with an odd point win at Cockton Hill. The visitors went three up with frames from Michael Pratt, Stephen Bennett and Jossie Aldworth. However the Hill

  • Son of Olympic star vows to fight club demolition plans

    THE son of one of Middlesbrough's sporting legends is backing a campaign to stop a club being demolished to make way for housing. Peter Hatfield told a packed public meeting that his late father Jack, an Olympic swimming champion, had donated the land

  • Gale causes damage to famous gravestone

    AN INFLUENTIAL Victorian vicar's grave at Thorpe Thewles was damaged when a decorative stone cross fell from a church roof during a gale. The Rev William Cassidi's grave is in a prominent position next to St James' church, where he was vicar for 41 years

  • Man cleared of attacking friend

    A MAN accused of hitting his friend on the head with the handle of a gun was cleared by jury at Teesside Crown Court yesterday. David Mossman, 20, of Grants Crescent, Seaham, County Durham, denied unlawfully wounding Jonathan Everest, on March 18, last

  • Children learn the lessons of Holocaust

    POSTER competition winners were joined by a host of celebrities for a prize presentation. Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson and players Nolberto Solano and Warren Barton, along with actors from the children's TV series Byker Grove and Newcastle-born

  • Business park given building permission

    PHASE one of a multi-million pound business park which could create up to 1,500 jobs in Hartlepool has been given the go-ahead. Work will begin shortly on the first business units on Queen's Meadow Business Park, owned by the regional development agency

  • Quicker ground should help Ryalux get his nose in front

    HAVING finished second on all three of his outings this season, Ryalux (2.30) surely deserves to get his head in front at Doncaster today. It's been a heartbreaking sequence for Andy Crook's gutsy chaser, who never fails to give anything less than 110

  • Equestrian interests to be aired at top level

    THE British Horse Society has been invited to join the Rural Affairs Forum for England. The forum is designed to put the needs of rural communities straight to the heart of government and the BHS will ensure that the voice of the equestrian community

  • Showing today: Your child is a vandal

    STOKESLEY parents had an eye-opener when police played them a video recording of their children vandalising a hedge. And police are continuing to investigate bad behaviour in Great Ayton, after photographs were taken of suspected teenage vandals. The

  • Take a look behind the scenes at racing stables

    TRAINER Michael Dods is holding an open morning at his Piercebridge stables on Sunday, February 3 for anyone who wants to find out more about racehorse ownership. The trainer, who has ten two-year-olds in a string of 35 horses at his Denton Hall premises

  • Minis magic as local rivals turn it on

    THERE was some excellent mini rugby on show when Darlington Mowden Park visited West Hartlepool recently. Mowden won a close encounter at under-12 level 28-21 with their tries coming from Stephen Reeves (2) and James Park (2), all converted by Daniel

  • George offers to pass on his saving skills

    GOALKEEPING coach George Crow has urged budding Shay Givens and Thomas Sorensens to come and join his sessions. Crow, who has helped Hartlepool United and Horden Colliery Welfare in recent seasons, has set up a training school at Sunderland's Raich Carter

  • Abbey needs chaplains

    A plea is being made for more chaplains to help meet a growing demand from visitors to a North Yorkshire tourist attraction. The Cistercian monastery of Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, founded in the 12th Century, is the National Trust's biggest paying attraction

  • Earth dam to protect villages

    A GIANT earth dam, costing £4m, is to be built to prevent a repeat of the floods that devastated several North-East communities two years ago. Officials have given the go-ahead for an artificial lake, bounded by a 40ft wall, to hold back millions of gallons

  • Power workers' reunion

    A reunion is being planned for former employees at one of the region's largest power stations. The Wilton Power Station, near Redcar, east Cleveland, has been owned and operated by Enron Teesside Operations Limited (Etol) since 1999. Before that it was

  • Star's leap of faith

    Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards is about to make a leap of faith - by fronting Songs of Praise in May. The triple jump hero, a committed Christian, will present the programme from his home city of Newcastle in March. He has often spoken of how

  • Boost to job hopes as 'eyesore' factory finds a mystery buyer

    A DERELICT factory could soon be given a new lease of life by a mystery buyer, who is understood to be about to complete a £650,000 deal. The Camus plant, adjacent to the A1 at Brompton-on-Swale, in North Yorkshire, has been empty for years. Horses were

  • Retailer likely to exceed the £150bn mark

    AMERICAN retailer Wal-Mart is on track to earn more than £150bn this financial year, unseating oil conglomerate ExxonMobil as the world's biggest corporation. "Everyone needs toilet paper and toothpaste, and they are the most efficient at selling it,"

  • Turning from the farm into the fray

    THERE is a saying for people who are often away from home - throw your hat in first when you get back to see if you are welcome. Coun Herbert Tindall wears so many hats, and is away from home so often, he would be hard put to know which one to throw in

  • Anger over travellers' littering

    CONCERNS about litter left behind by camping travellers have been raised by Sedgefield borough councillor Gloria Wills. The council's environment team had been called out to Beacon Lane, Sedgefield, at least three times in as many months to clean up after

  • Council seeks independent adviser

    SEDGEFIELD Borough Council is seeking an independent member to sit on its standards committee. The successful applicant will be required to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members, advise the council on the adoption or revision of the

  • Army targets town for recruiting drive

    THE Army is setting up camp in Barnard Castle as part of a drive to encourage young people to take up forces careers. A team of soldiers will set up a recruiting office at the Galgate car park and will be available to answer questions about the training

  • Borrowed bus fails to bring much fortune

    Darlington RA borrowed Darlington's team coach for the long-trip to Windscale last weekend, but it didn't bring them much luck. The RA had been defeated just once in their previous 12 games - and that was on penalties in a Cup match - but on Saturday

  • Comment from The Northern Echo - Expensive and untimely folly

    WE are told that our local authorities are contemplating tough choices between raising council taxes well above the rate of inflation and cutting services; or both. In these tough times, therefore, we can understand Durham County Council's and Darlington

  • No flagging from Blyth fan Scott after Wrexham farce

    The afternoon when referee Alf Grey backed himself forever into one of football's most infamous corners will be recalled at a book launch next Thursday. Grey had charge of the FA Cup fifth round tie between Wrexham and Blyth Spartans, the Northern League

  • No flagging from Blyth fan Scott after Wrexham farce

    The afternoon when referee Alf Grey backed himself forever into one of football's most infamous corners will be recalled at a book launch next Thursday. Grey had charge of the FA Cup fifth round tie between Wrexham and Blyth Spartans, the Northern League

  • Army recruiting office has temporary home

    THE Army is establishing a temporary recruiting office, in Consett, as part of a recruitment drive. The office, which will be in the precinct in Middle Street at the junction with Wesley Street, will be staffed by a team of recruitment officials who will

  • Plenty to occupy young minds

    WE have many visits to school. We welcome visitors who teach us so much. In June, it was Food Safety Week. Mr Carter, of Sedgefield Borough Council, came to teach us about care with food. He taught us how to wash our hands correctly. The Durham County

  • Drivers warned: Tiredness kills

    A RECRUITMENT agency has warned its drivers to be aware of tiredness at the wheel in the wake of the Selby rail disaster. LMR, in Newton Aycliffe, has a team of temporary truckers who carry out driving assignments for local businesses. Branch manager

  • Win for girls' hockey team

    A CLEVELAND girls' hockey team has reached third place in a national schools competition. The Red House school under-16s team from Norton qualified for the British National aerospace knockout competition in Leeds after a fantastic season. They were Stockton