• Wearside League

    Wolviston moved to the top of the table when they made it four wins out of six at Stokesley SC where they just had the edge following an evenly contested game. Andy Steele gave them a lead with a penalty which was hotly disputed by the home side but within

  • Reyna helps cheer up Macca

    FOR a man whose mood rarely dips below the cheerful, Jason McAteer was alarmingly maudlin on Saturday evening. As the Sunderland midfielder walked through the Stadium of Light press room, Graeme Sharp - the former Everton striker and an acquaintance of

  • Three goes into one at opening sheep sale

    HEXHAM & Northern Marts held their opening sale for Mule ewe lambs, Suffolk and Texel X ewe lambs and store lambs at Hexham auction mart with an entry of 1,950 head. This was a combination of the three opening sales traditionally held at Bellingham

  • The knitting empire which won international acclaim

    IT was founded in a remote, picture postcard village amid troubled times for the Yorkshire Dales economy. In the darker days of the 1970s, with the fortunes of many rural enterprises on the slide, David and Grizel Morris saw their fledgling company as

  • City-based environmentalists should get real

    IT seems a tad ironic that after taking years to convince Whitehall that the A66 was a vital transport artery which was inadequate, slow and downright dangerous, the region faces opposition from another part of London to plans to upgrade the road. From

  • Saint shines in Yarm team's fine effort

    YARM and District Saddle Club fielded a team against stiff competition at the British Riding Clubs annual horse trials championships in Warwickshire. The competition, held over three days, saw a high level of performance throughout. The event attracted

  • Sheep - and normality - back at Ruswarp

    SHEEP have returned to Ruswarp auction mart for the first time since the Whitby area was struck by foot-and-mouth disease more than 18 months ago. Auctioneer Robert Smith said "We are delighted with the number of sheep - nearly 4,000 - which was good

  • European campaign hinges on 'home rule'

    SIR BOBBY Robson added his support to the North-East's campaign for home rule last night when he called for Newcastle United to turn St James' Park into a Champions League fortress. At a time when the region's senior political figures are discussing the

  • Sickening spectacle of the Soham lynch mob

    THE terrible events in Soham continue to hold a grip on the thoughts of Britain. Whether it is through the public expressions of sympathy through a minute's silence or the laying of flowers at churches throughout the country, the loss of these two innocent

  • Performing arts aim at helping moors recovery

    FOLK music, poetry and dance will form part of the first Festival on the Moors organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the North York Moors National Park Authority. It starts next Friday and runs until Sunday, September 15, with the aim of extending

  • Johnston on the mark as Mister Cosmi makes all

    MISTER Cosmi travelled to Germany on Sunday and landed the Listed Preis des Casino Baden-Baden, sparkling in the spa town and making all under Kevin Darley. This gave Mark Johnston his third German win in a month, but stablemate Sir George Turner was

  • Clayton lands top Yarm job

    YARM Tennis Club have appointed experienced player and coach Anne Clayton as head coach. She first represented Durham and Cleveland in 1976 and has continued to play for the county at all age levels. In 2000, Anne celebrated her tenth year as ladies county

  • Longhorn Hardware Darlington and District League

    The new season saw league membership reduced to 11 clubs following the resignation of Carmel FC before a ball had been kicked. Archdeacon got their season off to a flying start with a 4-0 win against East End WMC. The Deacon absorbed all East End's pressure

  • Bowls: Durham and District League

    Ever Ready/Craghead took the runners-up spot in the First Division despite the frantic efforts of the visiting Crook Glenholme to prise the trophies from them. The hosts went into the match leading Crook by ten points but with only a three shot advantage

  • Bedale players pick up club awards

    JONATHAN Sinclair scooped the main awards at Bedale FC's annual presentation evening. The former Bedale High School pupil (pictured above, left) has just finished an eight-week placement in the PE department at Northumbria University, where he is studying

  • Squash: Yorkshire Premiership

    Big-time squash is set to return to North Yorkshire as a revamped team prepares to embark on a challenge in the pressure cooker atmosphere of the Yorkshire Premiership. A strong Harrogate Squash Club side will be led by Anthony Ricketts, the Australian

  • Hide those valuables - the police are on your trail

    MOTORISTS who leave valuables on view in their vehicles may receive a letter from Teesdale police. The move is the latest initiative aimed at reducing thefts from parked cars, especially those left at remote beauty spots, and has been tried successfully

  • Shop Talk: Catch up with the best (and worst) ketchup

    TOMATO sauce is good for you and that's official. Well, sort of... Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which is what makes them red, and which protects against heart disease and prostate cancer - so especially good for men. It works best when

  • Young designer is in the recycling trade

    TEXTILES designer Katherine Stappard has launched her own business making embroidered belts, bags and clothes. The former Egglescliffe School and Cleveland College of Art student is often asked where she buys her clothes - and explains she makes them

  • Success for child caring scheme

    A SCHEME to increase the number of child care places and staff in Darlington has been hailed a success. In the past year, the number of people working in day care and out-of-school clubs in the town has increased, as has the number of places for youngsters

  • Darlington and District League

    The league suffered more than most with the weather, but Haughton were pleased that their game at Lands went ahead. Haughton won by 35 runs to clinch promotion from Division B even though they totalled only 72 not out as Liddle claimed five wickets for

  • Readers Durham County League Juniors

    Brandon clinched the championship of the Under-15 division when they defeated Bishop Auckland in a play-off. Bishops, who had won the south division, managed only 61 for seven as Gary Brown captured three wickets for 17 runs in five overs and Ian Myers

  • Warning of overload on rail route

    PASSENGER groups last night warned of overcrowded trains on the East Coast Mainline as a result of engineering works being planned next summer. The Rail Passengers' Committee said it feared months of track closures on the West Coast Mainline could have

  • MP warns Labour row could lead to North Riding split

    YARM, Ingleby Barwick and Kirklevington could break away from Stockton Council to form a new local authority, the area's Labour MP warned this week. Dari Taylor, MP for Stockton South, said a new authority reflecting the district's old North Riding of

  • Ice Hockey: Junior round-up

    Sunderland Ice Hockey Club started pre-season with three tournaments at U12, U14 and U16 levels over the Bank Holiday weekend. The U12 event was held on Saturday with both U14 and U16 event the following day at Newcastle Telewest Arena. Eight teams were

  • Don't be alarmed - it isn't a snake

    THIS morning's walk revealed a somewhat unusual casualty of the passing traffic. My immediate thought was that it was some kind of snake, but closer inspection showed it was a slow-worm. It had lived up to its name only too well while attempting to cross

  • Marts' new owners all ready for busy season

    REGULAR weekly, fortnightly, monthly and seasonal sales start next week at Harrison and Hetherington's new centres in Cumbria and County Durham. This follows an agreement in principle for the transfer of Penrith Farmers' & Kidd's farmstock business

  • Bowls: SWD Veterans League

    Dean Bank A upset the Championship party of the visiting Sherburn with a four points victory. Despite the defeat Sherburn are still the League Champions, having beaten Spennymoor A by four points. The rink scores (Dean Bank names first) were K. Thompson

  • Simplicity is key for one part-timer

    LOW profits are forcing many farmers to seek additional incomes and part- time farming is becoming increasingly common. Great Broughton farmer Fraser Hugill is simplifying his system to allow him to farm part-time and earn his living as a farm conservation

  • Premier Sports Durham Coast League Under-15s

    Dawdon had 30 runs in hand of Ryhope when the sides met in a rearranged fixture and the game was another personal triumph for Stephen Gale, who has had an outstanding season with Dawdon. He contributed 91 of his side's total of 132 for six compiled from

  • Chester-le-Street Town

    Chester have made it three wins out of three in their opening season in the Fairs Software Tyneside Junior League. Having opened with a 3-1 home victory over Champions Whitley Bay, the Cestrians followed that up with a 2-0 victory at Felling Magpies followed

  • Miracle drug is still on trial

    NEWS that a heart drug helped save a North-East stroke victim is an example of how drugs can sometimes have more than one application. Recombinent Tissue Plasminogen Activator (rtPA) was developed to treat heart attack victims. But doctors in America

  • Qualification music to Speed's ears

    GARY Speed does not claim to be a devotee of composer Tony Britten, yet one of his efforts has a particular resonance to the Newcastle United midfielder. It is called simply 'The Champions', and it is the UEFA-backed theme tune to the Champions League

  • First round falls to waste station opposition

    PROTESTERS who mounted a demonstration earlier this week are delighted to have won the first round in their fight to stop a waste transfer station being built near their homes. Members of Stainton Grove Action Group, who staged a protest as councillors

  • Man arrested in asylum-seeker case

    A fourth man was today arrested in connection with the murder of an Iranian asylum-seeker, police today said. Tayman Bahmani died in hospital from a single stab wound in what police are treating as a ''racially motivated'' attack. An 18-year-old man was

  • Cestrians face up to Southport test in Cup

    CHESTER-LE-STREET Town Juniors, who made a return to the FA Youth Cup last season after an absence of three seasons, are hoping for success when they entertain Southport FC Academy at Moor Park next Thursday evening. Last season the Under 18s were involved

  • Newcastle centre evacuated

    A CITY centre was brought to a complete standstill and hundreds of shoppers and workers were evacuated after a historic building began to collapse. The splendid Georgian building, in the heart of Newcastle's Grainger Town, will now have to be demolished

  • Blakey hoping Tykes will not freeze

    YORKSHIRE wicketkeeper Richard Blakey is hoping to make tomorrow a day to remember as he leads the Tykes into battle against Somerset at Lord's. Blakey was 20-years old and the youngest player in the side when Yorkshire won the Benson and Hedges Cup final

  • Langbaurgh League

    Kirby Sigston maintained their position at the top of the table with a huge victory over Scruton who were all out for just 27. Clarkson did most of the damage to the visitors' innings when he captured seven wickets for a meagre 12 runs and Cowton took

  • Duathlon is a first

    Duathlon THE final round of the national series of duathlon events takes place in Stokesley for the first time this year. The event, sponsored and sanctioned by the British Triathlon Association, will start and finish on and around The Plain, where all

  • Digging in for the world jamboree

    A NUMBER of scouts have become involved in a scheme to tidy gardens in Teesdale in return for funding which will help send them to the world jamboree in Thailand later this year. The scheme, which is available to tenants of the Home Housing Association

  • Athletics: Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

    The Gribdale Gallop was the tenth in the Northern Runner Summer Series of races and was won by M Cara of Middlesbrough in 50.53 Richard Hall was in fifth place in 53.13. Others: Stewart Mechie 8th 55.00, Ernie Huck 30th 64.20, Angela Hayward 31st 64.55

  • Traditional knitters will carry on under new owners

    THE couple who created one of Swaledale's best-known cottage industries have announced their retirement. David Morris and his wife, Grizel, who set up Swaledale Woollens at Muker 30 years ago, retire officially this weekend but will be on hand to help

  • Yorkshire continue the great escape

    Yorkshire continued their Houdini-act in trying to escape relegation by comprehensively beating Hampshire by seven wickets at the Rose Bowl yesterday. Despite a second consecutive Championship win, however, they remain bottom of the First Division table

  • Hill farms get higher allowance

    UPLAND farmers received a boost this week with the announcement of an extra £4m in Government aid. Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael and Hill Farming Minister Lord Whitty revealed plans to increase payment rates from £37.4m to £41.1m under the Hill

  • Darlington devastated as Asprilla leaves

    Darlington Football Club have been left "devastated" by the news that Colombian international Faustino Asprilla has turned his back on the club. The former Newcastle star had agreed a deal with Quakers chairman George Reynolds to return to England and

  • Tow Law League

    Tow Law North Point lost valuable ground in their race for the Championship when they went down by the odd point at Sunniside Comedian. The home side established an advantage in the singles where they had wins from Ray Johnson, John Conley, Morgan Errington

  • Bishop Auckland and District League

    Crook Olde Horse Shoe maintained their lead at the top following a three points win in a tricky home match against Bishop Auckland Football Club. The Shoe had two singles points from Gavin Witton and Cliff Owen with Steve Hunter and Stephen Liddle adding

  • Man jailed for stealing pensioner's bag

    A SNEAK thief who took a pensioner's handbag after distracting her with conversation was jailed yesterday. Paul Williams, 19, approached the 65-year-old as she tended her garden in Park Road, Hebburn, South Tyneside. Newcastle Crown Court heard how he

  • The hurt that won't go away

    THE family of the only North-East victim of the twin towers atrocity are bracing themselves for an emotional trip to New York for the first anniversary of the attack. Terry and Linda McMahon, from Chester-le-Street, plan to attend the memorial service

  • Comment: Sanity in a crazy world

    A WOMAN has successfully sued a ranch in South Africa after she was mauled by a cheetah. She won £90,000 after complaining that no one told her that cheetahs were dangerous. A man in America, the home of the compensation culture, is suing a fast food

  • Bob the Builder show gloom for his fans

    Hundreds of children are being left disappointed over a Bob the Builder show. The trusty handyman has found himself at the centre of a legal dispute over trademarks. The promoters behind Bear in the Big Blue House Show, billed as a "tribute production

  • Grandmother's wall challenge

    A GRANDMOTHER is raising thousands of pounds to take part in a trek in China. For the past six months, Sheila Donaldson of West Green, Stokesley, has been raising funds for the trek along the Great Wall of China to raise funds for Action Aid. Mrs Donaldson

  • Protestor told to keep her distance

    A GRANDMOTHER and long-time peace campaigner has been refused permission to attend weekly demonstrations she helps organise at a United States spy base. Lindis Percy, 60, one of the leaders of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, has

  • 'Crocodile' Marjorie sends robber packing

    A 65-YEAR-OLD shopkeeper sent a startled robber packing when she produced a 10in knife during a raid. Hooded raider Brian Magor, 31, produced a three-inch knife and demanded the takings at the shop in Errington Street, Brotton, East Cleveland. But in

  • Co-op's final meeting

    A FINAL meeting for the liquidation of a defunct co-operative association will be held next month. The Durham Co-operative Development Association went into voluntary liquidation last August and will be officially closed on September 20. The association

  • Burglar who terrified man of 92 is jailed for five years

    A FEMALE burglar was yesterday jailed for five years after a court heard how she confronted a frail householder in an early hours break-in. Sharron Elizabeth Nuttall, who was hooded and wearing dark clothing, startled the 92-year-old victim as he watched

  • Grassroots: Derwentside

    PUPPET SHOW: Rapunzel is being staged by the Puppet Lab at 3pm on Saturday, September 7 in the Stanley Civic Hall. Tickets are £4. ICE WALK: After the ice! Post Glacial Landscape around Riddlehamhope is an eight mile walk being led by geographer and geologist

  • Death of man is investigated

    POLICE have launched an investigation following the death yesterday of a 23-year-old man. Paramedics were called to a house in Station Road, Easington Colliery, east Durham, shortly before 5am, where they found Anthony Moore unconscious. He was taken

  • Football club backs appeal in hunt for murderers

    FOOTBALL giants Manchester United are backing a police appeal for information about the murder of an avid supporter. Glynn Ellis, of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, was killed on Tuesday night after struggling with a gang of men who tried to steal his

  • Hysterical status for hole in road

    FRUSTRATED villagers are so fed up with a hole in the road they have put up signs attracting archaeologists to a "historical landmark". The crater, dug up by various utility companies, has been there for so long residents have created signs pointing out

  • Office smokers offered shelter from elements

    SHELTERS will keep council office smokers covered from the elements when they step outside to light up. Durham County Council plans to install £674 shelters at its County Hall headquarters after banning smoking in nearly all of its buildings. At the start

  • 'Fighters' announce N-East concert

    US rock band the Foo Fighters, who sell albums by the million, have been booked to appear at the Telewest Arena, Newcastle, on November 17. Band leader Dave Grohl is bringing the current line-up of guitarist Chris Shiflett, bassist Nate Mendel and drummer

  • First convictions for annoying 'boy racers'

    A PURGE on "boy racers" plaguing residents in and around a town centre will continue, after scoring its first success. Police have pledged to maintain their crackdown on young motorists and their passengers who congregate in parking areas of Chester-le-Street

  • News in brief: Learn to relax the Buddhists' way

    PEOPLE will have the chance to learn how to really relax as a meditation class is offered in Durham. Atishi Buddhist Centre, of Darlington, is holding an eight-week course in meditation on Thursdays starting next week, at Alington House, North Bailey,

  • Bright starters at new school

    PUPILS about to start at a secondary school have been brightening up the corridors of their new school with murals. A group of new starters at Greenfield School Community and Arts College, in Newton Aycliffe, painted the corridor as part of a four-day

  • Council house tenants to vote on new owner

    TENANTS of Scarborough Borough Council's 5,000 homes on the Yorkshire coast and the National Park, are being encouraged to accept a new landlord. If they give the go-ahead in a ballot later this year, houses at Scarborough, Whitby and Filey and a number

  • Warning as major road delays loom

    DRIVERS face delays as three months of roadworks get under way in the region on Monday. The £1.2m scheme on the A167 at Chester-le-Street, between Blind Lane A1(M) interchange and Ropery Lane Roundabout, will include strengthening the Roman Avenue footbridge

  • Emotional return for French veterans

    FRENCH Air Force veterans paid an emotional visit to their former home yesterday to remember fellow countrymen who were killed during the Second World War. A group of about 70 former airmen arrived at the Yorkshire Air Museum, for what could be the last

  • Wheels of progress for loco project

    WORK on building the first mainline steam locomotive in Britain for 40 years is about to take a major step forward. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the Darlington-based registered charity building the Tornado, is preparing to put the wheels on the train

  • Ian is on track for goal

    THE end of Ian Young's gruelling walk across Europe is almost in sight - on a local athletics track. Mr Young and his dog Sally are in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, completing the missing miles from their 900-mile hike. The pair returned to the town

  • Fight over waste plan for famous battle site

    A MODERN war of words is being waged on an historic battle site in a bid to halt a waste recycling centre being built. Marston Moor, in North Yorkshire, may rekindle memories of one of the most important battles of the English Civil War, but the present

  • Benefits fiddler may face prison

    A NURSING home worker who fiddled his benefits was warned yesterday that he could be jailed. Donald Caunt, 62, pleaded guilty at Harrogate to two offences of deception and two of using a false instrument. The hearing was adjourned until September 19 so

  • Former mining villages in danger of dying, says MP

    FORMER mining villages are dying and will disintegrate in as little as five years if nothing is done to help them, according to a County Durham MP. Kevan Jones, member for North Durham, made the comments yesterday at the launch of a study he had commissioned

  • £4,000 for father over care dispute

    THE father of a severely disabled girl is to get £4,000 compensation after winning his complaint against a council. The money is being offered by Sunderland City Council to the man, whose name has not been released, in recognition of the council's failure

  • Schoolboy mayor takes steps to form council

    A SCHOOLBOY mayor has been doing his homework and picked a team he thinks will help give his town's youngsters a voice. Middlesbrough's Young Mayor, Adam Gallagher, has selected a team of ten youngsters - each with an individual portfolio - to help ensure

  • New line-up for popular rural show

    A LINE-up of alternative attractions will be taking the place of cattle, pigs, goats and sheep at Saturday's 94th Bilsdale Show because of restrictions still in place following the foot-and-mouth outbreak last year. Organisers are hoping for a crowd of

  • Pre-season game at West Mills

    Bishop Auckland rugby club entertained Barnard Castle in their first pre-season game at West Mills last Saturday. The Auckland squad, including several teenagers, played four 20 minute sessions to give captain Peter Sayer and vice-captain Peter Gallone

  • Train crash rescuer achieves recognition

    THE first man on the scene of the Selby rail disaster has achieved national recognition for his bravery. Greg Cooper, 35, went to the aid of dozens of people in the tragedy which left ten people dead and 70 injured. His efforts to help those aboard the

  • Pupils get chance to run £1m centre

    YOUNG people are to get the opportunity to run a £1m youth centre, which they helped to design, when it opens today. A management committee of 15 pupils from both the Thornaby Community School and St Patrick's will oversee the running of the centre and

  • 1,280 object over green belt changes

    Council chiefs who are opposing big development plans have handed over more than 1,200 letters of objection. Roy Jones, of Huntington Parish Council, blasted plans to develop the area at a meeting to discuss changes to the green belt within City of York

  • The hills will be alive with sound of brass

    THE hills of Wensleydale will be alive to the sound of brass band music next weekend. The Hardraw Scar brass band contest will return to the grounds of the Green Dragon Inn, at Hardraw, near Hawes. First held in 1881, the contest is reputedly the second

  • Tees hospital appointment for doctor

    A NORTHALLERTON doctor has been appointed as a consultant with a Cleveland health trust. Dr Joe Tint has joined North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust as a consultant anaesthetist. He will work at hospitals in Stockton and Hartlepool in general anaesthetics

  • Didn't we all do well in exams

    NATIONALLY, the girls may have left the boys well behind, but one North Yorkshire school has reported a dead heat in the GCSE stakes. Top-performing youngsters at Bedale High School defied national concerns over the poor showing of boys, when four were

  • Families urged to aid green campaign

    HOUSEHOLDERS taking part in a waste collection scheme are being urged to take care or else it will not work. Almost 6,000 people within Thirsk and surrounding villages are piloting the project which sees them separate refuse into two bins, one for green

  • Reid lands Flo and Stewart double

    TORE Andre Flo and Marcus Stewart will today join Sunderland in an £8m double deal after Peter Reid finally struck gold in his Search for a Striker. Flo is arriving from Rangers for a club record £7m, while Ipswich Town agreed to let Stewart leave for

  • Man attacked his partner

    A WOMAN who fled to a friend's after an attack by her partner had to spend a night in hospital because of her injuries, Harrogate magistrates were told. David James Berry pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to Elizabeth Anne Cowan at their home

  • Durham Alliance

    On Wednesday League champions Hartlepool Town kept up their winning form with a 3-1 win at home to Seaham The Duke. James Parkinson had them in front in the first half scoring in 44 minutes. David Eglintine made it 2-0 in 70 minutes. Gary Shepherd pulled

  • Car dealer aids young scholar

    A CAR dealership is providing a scholarship for 11-year-old Kate Sayer to attend a private school in Darlington. Kate, who is a pupil at Mowden Junior School in the town, will start at the private Polam Hall Girls' School in September. The Simon Bailes

  • Badger setts attacked by gangs

    POLICE and the RSPCA are investigating two attacks on badger setts in County Durham. The attempts to dig out the animals occurred in villages near Bishop Auckland. Gangs of men were spotted trying to dig out badgers from a sett near a railway line and

  • The Northern Echo Darlington Sunday Invitation League

    This week has seen most teams play twice as the group stage of the First & Second Division Cups got underway last Thursday, along with a full league programme in Division Three. In the Darlington & Stockton Times First Division Cup the big winners

  • News in brief: Countryside walk and talk

    A WALK and talk will take place during a six-mile ramble through the Teesside countryside on Sunday. The walk will start from Hartlepool and stop off at Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park, near Billingham, where a story-telling festival will be under way. The

  • Role switch by Rahilla

    A HOSPITAL decorator has set down her paints and roller to brush up on new skills with the NHS. Rahilla Orr has started work as a therapy assistant at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, working in rooms she has decorated over the past

  • Firefighters win support as strike action looms over pay

    FIREFIGHTERS in County Durham have sought public backing for their pay demands by asking shoppers to sign a petition. Representatives from Bishop Auckland fire station were overwhelmed by the response from people in the town as they collected signatures

  • Sit-down protest by young offenders

    INMATES at a North-East young offenders' institution have held a four-hour sit-down protest over the lack of recreation time they have been given. About 15 inmates at HMYOI Deerbolt, near Barnard Castle, County Durham, held a peaceful demonstration in

  • Castle players

    The grounds of a North-East castle will be alive with medieval atmosphere this weekend. The Queen's Jubilee event at Barnard Castle, County Durham, from 10am tomorrow and Sunday, will feature costumed actors and medieval music. Admission is £5 for adults

  • Green campaigners on shortlist with a difference

    THE shortlist has been announced for The Northern Echo's community environment competition. Yet again, many excellent projects were entered for the annual competition, which is sponsored by regional development agency One NorthEast. Making A Difference

  • Horn player Andrew makes it a family double blast

    TALENTED Andrew Turner is proving that musical ability runs in the family as he prepares to follow his brother to a top school. The 11-year-old, from Hornby, near Northallerton, has won a place at the prestigious Chethams School of Music, in Manchester

  • Hathaway and Cope Stokesley League

    B & H Kings Head won their first game of the season coming from behind to beat Middlesborough Post Office 4-2 despite trailing at half time. Post Office started the game with all guns blazing and raced into a two goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes

  • Why fat camps should be paid for by the NHS

    Health correspondent Barry Nelson visits the country's only camp for obese children and discovers that for most families, despite its proven success, there's only a very slim chance of going there. PAUL Gately is a frustrated man. The director of Britain's

  • Roseberry Group North East Durham League

    East Rainton just about wrapped up the championship of division one when they recorded their 17th win in 19 outings defeating Sunderland Hospitals by ten wickets. After they reduced the home side to 71 for seven, East Rainton romped home when Neil Matthews

  • Darlington area riders excel on national stage

    SIDE-SADDLE riders from the Darlington area have returned from the Keyso national championships in Bedfordshire with a satisfying number of placings and rosettes. Seven Area 2 members competed and two adults achieved a top six placing in the equitation

  • Environmentalists against A66 upgrade

    ENVIRONMENTALISTS were last night at loggerheads over plans to upgrade the road dubbed the most dangerous in Britain. The Northern Echo revealed last week how the Government is to press ahead with a dual carriageway upgrade for the A66. The 50 mile stretch

  • Champions held for point

    Boddy Printers Sunday League Redcar Glazing got away to a good start by holding last season's champions to a 2-2 draw. Paul McCulloch scored both Redcar Glazing goals but Priory hit back with goals from Robert Donnelly and Craig Massey. Jack and Jill

  • Friends plan protest and vigil

    Friends of an Iranian asylum-seeker killed in a street stabbing will today stage a protest march and vigil in his memory. Payman Bahmani died in hospital after two groups of men, one white the other Iranian, clashed in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, on Wednesday

  • Medieval potter's workshop unearthed near Masham

    WORK on a £1.8m water pipeline scheme near Masham has uncovered traces of a medieval pottery. Small fragments were unearthed when preparation work began on the Yorkshire Water scheme to improve the quality of drinking water for villagers in and around

  • Councillors defend cemetery rules over graveside ornaments

    HUTTON Rudby councillors have defended burial ground regulations which discourage the laying of artificial flowers and graveside ornaments, after an annoyed resident suggested they should divert their attention to other matters. Betty Mitchell took exception

  • Europe's finest dogs are coming to town

    A VIRTUAL village of show tents will be set up in Darlington's South Park next week in the run up to the biggest dog show in the North. Exhibitors will be travelling from all over the UK and Europe to be judged by 150 world renowned judges from as far

  • Bee-eaters head home

    THE bee-eaters that have successfully nested at Bishop Middleham quarry over the summer have started their long migration to warmer climes. The family of two adults and two youngsters were last seen flying over the reserve on Wednesday morning, before

  • Last Night's TV: Rick Stein's Food Heroes (BBC2)

    Something fishy about Rick's new show. IN an interview in one of the TV listings magazines chef Rick Stein vents his anger against the growth of what he calls "plastic" food at the expense of locally produced, carefully cooked "real" food. All very worthy

  • Lance a lot, and a hot dog Galahad

    A chance meeting at a cricket club, en route to a football match, leads Mike Amos to former test cricketers Lance Cairs and Wasim Raja, to the curious incident of the police who swooped on a man armed with a hod dog and, by way of ultimate salvation,

  • Club holds annual sale

    THE North of England Shorthorn Club will hold its annual sale of Beef Shorthorn females at Thirsk Auction Mart on Saturday, September 7. Club chairman Fraser Hugill said " After last year it is good to be back working together as a club to market our

  • Looking Back

    FROM this newspaper 100 years ago.- Rather late in the day, but none the less heartily and loyally, was the Coronation of King Edward VII celebrated on Wednesday at Hawes. The knife and fork tea and the presentation of a Coronation mug to each child took

  • Cleveland Billiards League

    In the final week Redcar Literary Institute's A team beat this year's champions 2-1. Mark Andrews (-35) was first to the table playing Phil Hartley (Scr). Andrews soon clawed back the start given to Hartley and finished the game with an unfinished 36

  • Meet faces the end as plea for help falls flat

    HAS Barnard Castle annual Meet, which has been running for 140 years, finally run its course? This was the poser faced by committee members at their annual meeting on Wednesday as they tried to decide the fate of next year's event. Former chairman Andy

  • Auckland and District EBAC Youth League

    League newcomers Newton Aycliffe and Meadowfield have been paired together on the opening day of the season in the Auckland and District EBAC Youth League this Saturday. Newton Aycliffe are based at Chilton Community College, sharing the ground and facilities

  • 'Campaign of hate' in fish farm feud

    A DISGRUNTLED farmer launched a year-long hate campaign against a couple who had outbid him to buy a fish farm, a court heard yesterday. Police who raided his home on the outskirts of Durham City after the couple's 12-year-old son received rat poison

  • Bowman Anderson Accountants Spennymoor Sunday League

    NEWLY-PROMOTED Spennymoor Thorns have taken to the First Division like a duck to water - having won three of their first four League games. Thorns, Division Two champions last year, opened their Division One account with a 6-1 win over Eldon Lane. And

  • Agency exceeds its jobs target

    REGIONAL development agency One NorthEast has met or exceeded all its targets for the last year. But, according to the organisation's chairman, Dr John Bridge, it is still struggling to convince people in some communities that it has their best interests

  • A Hoggarth and Sons Eskvale and Cleveland League

    With the Anchor Inn playing with just ten men Brotton had a clear advantage and won 4-3. Within 15 minutes Brotton took the lead when a good cross was flicked in by Brown. Anchor defended well however and kept the score down until 10 minutes before half

  • Phillipson tops experts at new venue

    THE Consett Motor Club ran their President's cup trial on Saturday at a new venue on Oxenlaw Valley Farm, near Consett, attracting an entry of 69 riders. The club laid out four courses for the various levels of ability and age. On the expert course, the

  • Letters: Poor record

    Sir, - As the Johannesburg summit focuses the mind of the world on sustainable development, it would seem appropriate to check the record of our local councils on green issues. Unfortunately, here in Richmondshire that record is appalling. No initiatives

  • Stepy's Coaches Durham Sunday League

    Last Sunday all clubs in the League took part in the first Round of the Racing Promotions Trophy. As usual it produced some shock results. The biggest casualty of the day was Premier side Hetton Lyons Cricket Club, last season's beaten finalists and much

  • Lewis to stay as skipper despite Durham demise

    THINGS look as bad now for Durham as they did at the end of the 1996 season, when Simon Brown was thrust into the captaincy after Michael Roseberry resigned. The difference this time is that Jon Lewis has not quit and the signs are that he will again

  • Angling

    Turners Tackle ace Graham Skirrey scored his second Swale victory on the trot smashing the middle Swale best with a stunning bag of 63.3.0 during Saturday's Middlesbrough AC Ron Taylor Memorial fished between Maunby and Ainderby, writes Jeff Herbert.

  • Unsuccessful armed robber jailed

    AN ARMED robber who was sent packing by a woman shopkeeper with a bigger knife than his was jailed for three years today. Brian Magor, 31, claimed that he was forced into robbing a newsagent's shop in Brotton, east Cleveland, armed with a three inch knife

  • Water Polo:Sedgefield 75

    Alan Cartner, a legend in the North-East waterpolo world, has died at 48 after a brave battle against cancer, writes George Carpenter. Alan was a very special member of the great Durham City team of 1970-85 period which was one of the leading clubs in

  • Sheep face camera test

    SHEEP face a photo-call if they are to be judged at the 115th Bowes show on September 14. The show is held on farmland owned by Gilbert Guy of Gilmonby, but the show committee felt the land could not be taken out of production for the 20-day period required

  • National Army Museum suffers funding setback

    AMBITIOUS proposals to build a £19m National Army Museum in the region have suffered a huge setback. The Northern Echo exclusively revealed earlier this year that Army chiefs had earmarked Marne Barracks, at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, as the

  • River chiefs say nature should prevail over salmon stocks

    THE Environment Agency this week denied a disagreement between its own scientists and environmentalists at Kielder reservoir had led to the suspension of salmon re-stocking on the River Tees and Wear. It said individual agency employees held their own

  • Public meeting on £2.5m homes and library plan

    MEMBERS of the public are invited to a meeting to discuss plans for a £2.5m sheltered housing and library scheme in Stokesley, which has wide-ranging implications for nursing care, library facilities and voluntary organisations in the district. North

  • Plenty of Mule gimmer lambs from top crop

    AUTUMN sales of North of England Mule sheep - the UK's most popular commercial breeding ewe - have drawn entries of more than 200,000 ewe lambs. The North of England Mule Sheep Association says the number of sheep forward for the imminent sale season

  • Train flagged down just in time after lorry damages bridge

    A RAIL accident was averted after passers-by flagged down a train approaching a North York Moors station bridge which had just been hit by a lorry. The incident happened at Castleton, as a Middlesbrough-to-Whitby train was about to cross the bridge. A

  • Taken for a ride

    THE frustration experienced by Charlotte Sowerby in setting up her horse-drawn carriage business in Hawes will strike a chord with anybody whose business inspiration has been stymied by Government incompetence. The problems of the Criminal Records Bureau

  • Bowls: Darlington Veterans League

    Congratulations go to Brinkburn Dene who, despite losing two points in their game against Woodlands, are now assured of being champions of the A Division. With a shots difference of over 200 better than any other team, they are worthy winners. Hundens

  • Letters: Food for thought

    Sir, - I refer to to Helen Johnson's letter (D&S, Aug23). Sadly, we are hardly living any longer than our forebears. Today, a man aged 45 has a life expectancy of only two more years than his 1920 counterpart. In 1930, heart disease was so rare that

  • Romanby and Bedale

    On Sunday Romanby held its annual Les Craven Memorial Men's Open sponsored by Romanby Golf Course. This year there was a record number of entries in the nett competition which was held in pleasant weather conditions. Jeff Purdy who won the gross competition

  • Games: CIU League

    Newfield pool team produced the biggest shock result for many seasons when from their foot of the table position they beat the visiting section leaders, Ferryhill, for the loss of only one point to throw the Championship destination back into the melting

  • North-East Conference

    The region's interest in the Rugby League Conference finally ended in Sunday's semi-final games. Both Teesside Steelers and Newcastle Knights travelled to Sheffield for the second of two double headers over the weekend, but sadly both fell tantalisingly

  • Rebel councillors criticised by MP over authority threat

    REBEL councillors at a beleaguered authority have been criticised by a Teesside MP after they threatened to form their own council. Stockton North MP Frank Cook yesterday joined the simmering row over the future of the local authority in Thornaby, Ingleby

  • Letters: Hunt question

    Sir. - I have been wondering for quite some time, why there has been a proliferation of notices in the fields of landowners in North Yorkshire and elsewhere, regarding a march in London on Sept 22, 2002. Richard Dodd's letter (D&S, Aug 23) does little

  • Tow Law Area League

    Tow Law New Market B slipped down to fourth place after they went down by three points at Esh McKenna's. The visitors went two up with singles wins from Doris Elsbury and Stephen Umpelby but then the Esh team took over to take the remaining singles through

  • Fairs Software Tyneside Junior League

    Chester-le-Street romped to a 9-0 victory when they visited Cleveland Hall and the game was a personal triumph for Daniel Graham who struck five goals. Two of the sides, Walker Central and Redheugh, found the net on seven occasions. Walker Central defeated

  • Bishop's resignation only option, claims Rev

    A SENIOR clergyman admitted today that internal troubles at a crisis-hit cathedral could only be solved by the resignation of its Dean. The Bishop of Knaresborough, the Rt Rev Frank Weston, spoke out ahead of tomorrow's deadline for the congregation of

  • Justsport Inter-League Trophy

    The competition has been badly affected by the weather and for the fourth successive week some matches were abandoned early when rain arrived. In the Under-13 section the North Yorkshire ACC defeated the Forster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League

  • Sunderland Catholic Club Over-40s League

    Billingham Wanderers defeated Seaton Delaval 4-1 to win the Champions Shield. but it was Seaton who got off to a dream start by taking the lead after five minutes. Then Woods struck a perfect drive from 25 yards to rocket into the top corner of the net

  • Families in late night flood drama

    SCORES of families got an unwelcome early morning wake up call yesterday. Homes narrowly escaped damage after a burst water main produced a deluge which, at its height, was 3ft deep and covered more than 2,000sq m of land. Firefighters pumped away water

  • MPs call for airgun regulation

    PRIME Minister Tony Blair has been handed a petition demanding that children are banned from owning air guns following two tragedies in the North-East. Three Teesside MPs handed the petition into Number 10 Downing Street, yesterday, calling for the weapons

  • Golfers tee up to fight crime

    GOLF enthusiasts are being invited to take part in a charity tournament to help fund crime-fighting measures. The competition, organised by the Durham and District Crime Prevention Panel in conjunction with Durham City's Pub Watch scheme will tee off

  • News in brief: Missing twins found safe

    TWIN children missing from their North-East home have been found safe and well. A police hunt was sparked after 11-year-olds Dean and Dawn Bartley disappeared from the family home in the Lemington area of Newcastle on Wednesday morning. Police picked

  • Hell for Turks in the Light

    ENGLAND want to turn Sunderland's Stadium of Light into their own version of football hell for Turkey next April. The Turks, who stage most of their high-profile games at the fearsome Ali Sami Yen stadium, have been promised a red-hot reception on Wearside

  • Students rewarded for full attendance

    FIVE County Durham teenagers are in the champions league when it comes to going to school. The 16-year-olds have each achieved a 100 per cent attendance record throughout the whole of their secondary school careers. As a reward for their clean sheet of

  • North-East hero grappled with tube line killer, court told

    A PASSENGER on the London tube grappled with a man as he stabbed a woman to death in front of horrified commuters, a court heard yesterday. The North-East born passenger was badly wounded as he tussled with Albanian Vaso Aliu on the platform of Euston

  • Group to continue recycling protest

    MEMBERS of an action group have vowed to continue their protests if plans to build a waste transfer and recycling plant near their homes are approved. Stainton Grove Action Group is angry at plans to build the plant close to their estate, near Barnard

  • Village gardeners vie for show honours

    VILLAGE gardeners across Teesdale are poised to battle for the honours in annual shows at the weekend. Organisers of the Cotherstone Flower and Vegetable Show, being held in the village, near Barnard Castle, tomorrow, have received 487 entries from 60

  • Pub-goers step up support

    PUB-GOERS have put their best foot forward to boost a cancer charity's coffers. Staff and customers at the Glendenning Arms, in Witton Gilbert, went on a five-mile sponsored walk to Lanchester to raise more than £1,657 for Macmillan Cancer Relief's County

  • National titles for rider Joanne

    A TALENTED young horse rider has enjoyed the most successful weeks of her riding career by winning two national titles. After several attempts, Joanne Little, 18, from Howden-le-Wear, near Crook, finally achieved her dream of winning a coveted Pony Club

  • Complaints continue over troubled gipsy camp site

    A GIPSY site given a six-months clean-up deadline is still the subject of complaints from neighbours, councillors have been told. Durham County Council issued the warning to the East Howle site, near Ferryhill, in February, after hearing that neighbours

  • Siemens to reduce size of its plant

    UNIONS fighting to save the jobs of hundreds of workers at a Tyneside power generation business have met with management at the plant. Dave Harrison, regional organiser for the Amicus/AEEU union, representing about 700 staff at Siemens Power Generation

  • Firm invests to beat the forgers

    APPLIED Optical Technologies is investing more than £250,000 in upgrading its facilities in Tyne and Wear. The money is being spent on the new facilities in Washington to upgrade analytical and diagnostic equipment that will be used in the development

  • News in brief: Action group public meeting

    WOODHOUSE Close Residents' Action Group is holding a public meeting next Thursday, at 7pm, in Proudfoot Drive Community Centre, Bishop Auckland. Residents are encouraged to attend to question police and councillors about what is happening on the estate

  • Listed building at centre of row

    A WELL-KNOWN grade II listed building is at the centre of a row over plans to demolish its late 18th Century timber screens. Both the Ancient Monuments Society and English Heritage have objected to the plans to replace the timber at Sunnyfield House in

  • Harry keeps traditions alive

    TO some there is nowt as queer as folk music - but to retired headteacher Harry Davies it is nothing short of inspirational. The 72-year-old former councillor has shrugged off serious health scares and British apathy to travel Europe in search of weird

  • 'Demolition by neglect' row

    COUNCIL chiefs gave the go-ahead yesterday for part of an historic hospital to be demolished, despite strong opposition. Two outbuildings on the site of the former Mount maternity hospital, in Northall-erton, are to be pulled down in a move objectors

  • Workers feeling the strain of long hours

    WORKERS struggling to achieve a decent balance between work and their home lives would prefer to have their hours cut than win the National Lottery, according to a report published today. The study, carried out by the Department of Trade and Industry

  • Eyes down, look in, for a magic caller with winning way

    A BINGO caller with more than a few tricks up his sleeve is hoping his patter could win him a trip to Las Vegas - and his dream wedding. Magician Andy Tate, 28, has been a huge hit with players at Testo's bingo club in Consett, County Durham, since he

  • News in brief: Learn to relax Buddhists' way

    PEOPLE will have the chance to learn how to really relax as a meditation class is offered in Durham. Atishi Buddhist Centre, of Darlington, is holding an eight-week course in meditation on Thursdays starting next week, at Alington House, North Bailey,

  • Reform may spark boom time for bingo

    PLANS to abolish a tax on one of the region's most popular pastimes have moved a step closer. The Government has published a consultation paper setting out proposals to reform the tax on bingo. It follows Chancellor Gordon Brown's announcement in his

  • 'This land I fled to is a living hell'

    As a refugee is stabbed to death in a racially motivated attack in Sunderland, a young African tells Adrian Worsley about the institutional racism he has endured in the North East since he fled here four years ago. TO take his mind off the back-breaking

  • Dry stone walling makes a comeback... as a hobby

    The ancient rural craft of dry stone wall building is making a comeback in North Yorkshire as stressed-out business leaders enjoy a new hobby. The Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Guild, which started with just a handful of members, now has 90 people helping

  • Bass North Cleveland League

    Loftus maintained their interest in the championship with a 77 runs victory over Ormesby Hall who were all out for 75. Dixon was in splendid form with the ball when introduced as second change to the Loftus attack and his six wickets were taken at the

  • Consultant joins trust

    A NORTHALLERTON doctor has been appointed as a consultant with a Cleveland health trust. Dr Joe Tint has joined North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust as a consultant anaesthetist. He will work at hospitals in Stockton and Hartlepool in general anaesthetics

  • Building on a good idea

    DESIGNER of the clockwork radio, Trevor Baylis is a prime example of how simple ideas can make money. Now, Business Link Tyne and Wear is calling for local companies to follow his lead. Paul Crozier, business advisor at the organisation, said: "The North-East

  • Planning Applications

    Planning applications made to Richmondshire District Council RICHMOND Erection of agricultural building for livestock, hay and straw storage, OS Field 6164, Oran Lane, Catterick, for R Hodgson. Erection of conservatory, 11a Penn Road, for Mr and Mrs Norrie

  • Music returns to battle

    INDIAN MUSIC goes straight back on the warpath at Ayr this afternoon having finished a never-nearer third at Catterick two days ago. Poor old Indian Music (4.00) didn't really have a prayer at Catterick where the ultra-sharp five furlong course was all

  • Plea for calm after asylum seeker killed

    POLICE appealed for calm last night amid fears of growing racial tension after an asylum seeker was fatally stabbed in daylight in a North-East street. Payman Bahmani, 28, was knifed outside his Sunderland home in Peel Street, Hendon, at 3.20pm on Wednesday

  • Wellock's World: Radio claptrap

    PRIOR to Tino Asprilla being paraded at Feethams on Tuesday, Radio Five Live announced that he was the biggest thing to hit Darlington since George Stephenson's Rocket. This is claptrap on two counts. Firstly it was Locomotion No 1, not Rocket, which

  • News in brief: After-school clubs planned

    TWO after-school clubs are being set up at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, in Darlington. Football coaching for boys and girls aged seven to 13 begins on Monday, September 16, from 4.30pm to 6pm. A ten-week computer course for nine to 12-year-olds

  • Sure start youngsters join in fundraising fun

    A GROUP of youngsters took part in a sponsored bounce to raise money for the Sure Start project. Children from Darlington jumped for hours on a multi-coloured bouncy castle to raise the money. Sure Start, in McNay Street, Darlington, works with parents

  • Fish farm father falsely branded a paedophile

    A father falsely branded a paedophile in a series of anonymous leaflets allegedly distributed by a businessman who wanted to buy his fish farm told a court how he spent sleepless nights trying to protect his family. Sid Boulter bought the property after

  • Bid for show honours

    VILLAGE gardeners across Teesdale are poised to battle for the honours in annual shows at the weekend. Organisers of the Cotherstone Flower and Vegetable Show, being held in the village, near Barnard Castle, tomorrow, have received 487 entries from 60

  • Protest over learning disabilities home plan

    PEOPLE have launched a campaign to prevent four people with learning disabilities moving into their Darlington street. Pine Grove Residents' Association, in the Carmel Road area of the town, has written to Darlington Borough Council objecting to plans

  • Environmentalists oppose A66 upgrading proposal

    A QUICKER, cheaper and cleaner solution to road safety problems on the A66 trans-Pennine route could have been found, environmentalists have said. Transport 2000, which campaigns to reduce the environmental impact of road traffic, claims the £140m scheme

  • Books were made for talking at library

    A LIBRARY is to host the last of its three brailling days today. Stockton Library has been encouraging volunteers to help put Braille numbers on 10,000 talking books with the help of Stockton Blind People's Voice. The work was started in August 2000 by

  • Big housing development considered

    A BIG housing development planned for a former chemicals factory site in Darlington is expected to be approved at a planning committee meeting next week. Members of Darlington Borough Council's planning committee are meeting on Wednesday to discuss detailed

  • Holidaymakers in copter rescue

    A MOTHER and her two children were airlifted to hospital after becoming stranded on the North Yorkshire coast at high tide. The family were taken to hospital for check-ups by a rescue helicopter from RAF Leckonfield after being found on land south of

  • Once-maligned water firm now hailed 'one of UK's best'

    A WATER company which faced a Government threat of having its licence revoked only a few years ago has been named as one of the best in the country. Five years ago, Yorkshire Water was in crisis following a summer drought which had left thousands of people

  • News in brief: Countryside walk and talk

    A WALK and talk will take place during a six-mile ramble through the Teesside countryside on Sunday. The walk will start from Hartlepool and stop off at Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park, near Billingham, where a story-telling festival will be under way. The

  • Buzz dies down as bee-eaters leave nest

    A REMARKABLE ornithological adventure which attracted thousands of twitchers to a North-East quarry has ended as suddenly as it began. Experts believe the two vividly-coloured bee-eaters, which flew in the face of nature to become the first of their species

  • Cabbies fight to save ranks

    A COUNCIL could be on a collision course with a town's cabbies over plans to move two taxi ranks. Middlesbrough Hackney Carriage Association says it will press for a judicial review, if the district council insists on relocating two town centre ranks.

  • Thoughtful Emma shows tragedy of war

    A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition, aiming to illustrate the sacrifices made by young soldiers in the Second World War, is going on display at a regimental museum. The display, showing men aged between 18 and 24 wearing the types of uniforms their grandfathers

  • Hear All Sides: Durham Cricket

    AFTER retiring I joined Durham County Cricket Club full of enthusiasm and with the expectation of seeing progress towards watching a competitive county side after five years or so. Not to be! After 11 years, I have just watched arguably the weakest championship

  • Grassroots: Chester-le-Street, Birtley and District

    FIRST SPEAKER: Lord MacKenzie of Framwellgate will be the first speaker of the new season of the Sacriston and District Everyman's Club. HARVEST FESTIVAL: A prize leek show and grand auction followed by the harvest festival and hymn singing in the Methodist

  • News in brief: Protests over cycle path plan

    A proposed cycle path at York's new tennis centre could become the focus of drug-users, say objectors. Walmgate Neighbourhood Forum, University of York Students' Union and Woodlands Respite Care Home have all objected to the route ahead of a decision

  • Zetland League End of season positions

    Kirby Sigston maintained their position at the top of the table with a huge victory over Scruton who were all out for just 27. Clarkson did most of the damage to the visitors' innings when he captured seven wickets for a meagre 12 runs and Cowton took

  • Getting ahead

    A DARLINGTON business women who confesses to being mad on hats is opening a new hat hire shop in the town. June Jordinson, owner of June's Hat Hire, said she was out of work after becoming fed up with her job as a secretary, when hats began to enter her

  • All change at Stokesley but jobs are safe

    MAJOR changes to Stokesley's livestock mart arrangements will not cause any full-time job losses. From the beginning of September, sales are being transferred to Northallerton, but Stokesley remains a collection centre for animals. Customers at Stokesley

  • T M Disco Crook and District League

    Stanhope Town top the table on goal difference after an 11-2 victory over newcomers Evenwood White Swan. Andy Lee and Wayne Fletcher both grabbed hat tricks and the other Stanhope goals came from Louis Fraser (2), Clem O'Donovan, Alan Robinson and Chris

  • Stables open new cross-country course

    THE new owners of a former North Yorkshire training yard have built a cross-country course for public use. Langdale Hall, near Melsonby, Richmond, takes in both riding for pleasure horses and racehorses. Manager Susan Balshaw says there has already been

  • Curtain falls on the racing year at Ripon

    RIPON'S final meeting of 2002 - Racing Welfare Day - takes place tomorrow, when racing is scheduled to begin at 2.15. The principal race is the Tote Exacta Handicap Stakes, a £12,000 contest over nine furlongs won last year by Hormuz, trained at Sessay

  • Worthington CIU Summer League

    Spennymoor A threw the First Division Championship race back into the melting pot when they beat the visiting former leaders, Wheatley Hill A for the loss of only one point. This defeat for the Hill, who drop into third place, allowed both Fishburn A

  • The Unibond League

    Bishop Auckland manager Alan Shoulder has told his players not to take part in Sunday football. Shoulder asked his squad not to play on Sundays without his permission before the season started, and he immediately ruled out that reason for Bishops' 4-1

  • The Albany Northrn League: Clubs may face the axe

    The Northern League has warned its Second Division clubs that they could be kicked out of the league if they don't reach minimum ground standards. The League is concerned that complacency is spreading amongst its Second Division clubs, because until now

  • They're harmless, really

    A ZOOLOGICAL expert did his best to dispel myths about snakes, spiders and scorpions when he met an enthralled young audience at Bedale on Wednesday. Children attending Bedale Day Nursery in Sussex Street were given the opportunity of a hands-on experience

  • Checks delay 1,300 teachers

    SCHOOLS across the region are facing severe disruption, with more than 1,300 teachers awaiting police checks days before the new term starts. The Criminal Records Bureau is trying desperately to provide clearance for more than 18,000 staff before the

  • Nursery wins planning battle to expand on industrial site

    THE owners of a Northallerton nursery are celebrating today after finally finding a new home. Looby Lou's has been told it can move to bigger premises in the town to cater for its growing business. A scheme to build a new facility at Finkills Way - part

  • Student grants make welcome return

    A £5M pilot scheme to reintroduce lodging grants for college students could benefit up to 200 young people from the Yorkshire Dales. The move by the Government was welcomed by community figures concerned that changes in the system in 1999 had disadvantaged

  • Quoits: Zetland League End of season positions

    Division A: Barnard Castle Cricket Club 71 points; Staindrop A 63; Croft 49; Buck Hotel 48; Barnard Cattle Quoits Club 46; Hunton. 33; Smallways 26. Division B: Richmond Cricket Club QS 61 points; Boldron A 60; Aldbro. St John 53; Barningham 50; Farmers

  • Payne leaves rivals suffering in his wake

    RIPON dairyman Charlie Payne returned to the ranges with a vengeance when he took the inaugural Specsavers Stages Rally by over a minute after a superb display in his MSR Mitsubishi Lancer. With York co-driver Craig Thorley on the notes, the three-times

  • Businesswoman loses income due to vetting agency

    A FOUR-month wait for police checks has lost a Wensleydale woman a year's potential business income. Charlotte Sowerby had hoped to launch horse-drawn carriage rides at Hawes during the weekend of the Queen's golden jubilee at the beginning of June. She