• Moorsbus in gear for new season

    VISITORS and locals in the North York Moors will find that getting around without a car this year is easier than ever before. The North York Moors National Park has just released new timetables for the Moorsbus Network, which come into operation on Sunday

  • Physical and mental excellence

    TWO black belt karate students at the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington are striving to win a place in this year's British championships. Jenny Cooke, 16, from Ferryhill, and 18-year-old Shaun Dawson, from Woodham, are both in the reckoning

  • Pupils learn computer skills

    PUPILS from a Billingham school have improved their understanding of computers by becoming qualified information communication technology (ICT) classroom technicians. The ICT technician course, which was run at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary RC Primary

  • Agency praised for support after FMD

    A NEW independent report claims the rural economy of Yorkshire and Humberside is getting back to pre-foot-and-mouth prosperity. Much of the recovery is put down to the intervention and support of Yorkshire Forward - actions which should be used as a guide

  • Authenticity of auctioned Cook spear put in doubt

    A spear thought to have killed explorer Captain James Cook belongs in a museum devoted to walking sticks. That is the considered opinion of Cliff Thornton, Britain's leading expert on the explorer and president of the Captain Cook Society. The spear,

  • You could star in your own crime thriller

    There are few things more depressing for a police officer than to have worked hard to secure the conviction of a criminal only to see magistrates hand out a derisory sentence. It is equally depressing for law-abiding residents to see the scourge of their

  • Cash aid guarantees factory jobs

    A CHEQUE which has guaranteed factory jobs is being handed over in east Cleveland today. Prospects looked bleak for workers at the former Trellborg plant in Skelton, just one year ago. Now a lifeline of £50,000 to help keep the plant open has been put

  • Sands plan -shoud go

    CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to turn common land into a car park claim such drastic changes would first need to approved by the Government. The Save Our Sands (SOS) Action Group is opposing proposals that could see nearly half of The Sands riverside area

  • The hero father who will never be forgotten

    The grieving widow of a Royal Marine captain has given birth to a daughter only 10 days after her husband died on active service in the Gulf. Steve Parsley reports. LIKE Goose Green, Tumbledown and Bluff Cove, the significance of names such as Umm Qasr

  • Reformed drug addict is spared jail sentence

    A FORMER drug addict narrowly avoided jail yesterday despite being convicted of theft, drink-driving, benefit fraud and driving while disqualified. When he appeared before South Durham magistrates in Darlington yesterday Robert James Clark, of Cottingham

  • £37,000 taken from building society

    POLICE say a gang of thieves escaped with £37,000 after a building society raid on Wednesday. Four smartly-dressed men are believed to have been involved in the incident, at the headquarters of the Darlington Building Society, in Yarm Road, Darlington

  • Top sheepdog tops 1,000gns at Barnard Castle

    BARNARD auction mart held its inaugural sale of 38 working sheepdogs on Wednesday, March 19. A large company attended the sale, held at South View, Broomielaw, in perfect weather conditions. Dogs were presented from a wide area, including Wales and Northern

  • Magpies chief won't give in to Acuna agent

    FREDDY Shepherd's war of words with Barry Silkman has stepped up a gear with the Newcastle United chairman warning the football agent that he 'won't get a penny out of the club'. Former Manchester City player Silkman is in dispute with the Magpies over

  • Pony dates

    Area 1A. - Tomorrow: Julie Templeton training day, Dalton Piercy EC, ring Alison on 0191 4155257 or Kate on 0191 4153827 to book a place. Members only. Areas 2 & 4. - Apr 12: Team SJ at Northallerton EC, details from Hilary McKenna, 0191 4206921.

  • Firefighter runs to aid brain injury victims

    A FIREFIGHTER is taking to the streets to help people who have suffered brain injuries. John Purdy, of Whaggs Lane, Whickham, Gateshead, who is a firefighter at Newcastle Airport, is running in the London Marathon on April 13 to raise money for brain

  • Skipper's blessing sealed it for Sven

    SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON sought David Beckham's blessing for his decision to make Wayne Rooney the youngest full international in England's history, it emerged last night. The England coach asked captain Beckham for advice on how 17-year-old Rooney had settled

  • Drugs found in plughole

    WHEN police smashed their way into her bathroom, Pauline Smith had to grab a towel to preserve her modesty, a court heard yesterday. But what she did not cover was 7.6 grammes of amphetamine, with a street value of £76, found in small plastic bags beneath

  • Comment: Joy amid the sorrow

    WARS will always invoke extreme emotions, from intense sadness to unbridled joy. This week, those emotions have been encapsulated in two of the most moving human stories so far in the war in Iraq. The dramatic rescue of American prisoner of war Jessica

  • Two city schools share £3m boost

    SIXTH-FORM provision in Durham City has received a huge boost with a £3m windfall shared by two schools. Target Capital Funding grants have been awarded to both St Leonard's RC School and Durham Sixth-Form Centre by the Department for Education and Skills

  • Lock-out threat to England match

    A shadow hung over the North-East's next showpiece England football match last night. UEFA, the game's governing body in Europe, was under pressure to order the fixture between England and Slovakia at Middlesbrough on June 11 to be played behind closed

  • Power firms in talks over energy site

    Firms being asked to invest millions to create an Eco-Disneyland on a former cement works site have been invited to talks today. Power company bosses have been called to Auckland Castle, in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, to hear the latest redevelopment

  • Emma grabs chance to shine on big stage

    A YOUNG rider from Dalton Piercy, near Hartlepool, is looking forward to her first major championship after qualifying for this month's Horse and Hound winter national dressage championships at Solihull. Riding her 12.2hh Welsh section A gelding Moonlight

  • Wellcok's World: Wembley of the North

    AND now it's down to Sonia on the touchline, where our coverage of an absolutely riveting match will be interrupted as she puts a couple of pointless questions to a former player. Well, of course, if Sonia has been pre-programmed she can't be kept waiting

  • Paying tribute to 700-year-old craftmanship

    AN English Heritage ruin paid tribute to the master masons of the 13th Century yesterday with the laying of replica stone slabs. Thirty-one stone insets have been placed around the museum at Rievaulx Abbey, near Helmsley, North Yorkshire, to replace tiles

  • "Terminal cancer won't stop me reaching Land's End"

    Terminal cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson is cycling the length of Britain to raise money for charity. She takes a break from her punishing ride to talk to Women's Editor Christen Pears. JANE Tomlinson and her brother Luke Goward pull up on their tandem

  • Student's film on elections gets the vote

    A NORTH-EAST student's short film encouraging young people to vote is to be used in a national advertising campaign. Christophe Tuck, a 22-year-old business finance student at Durham University, has won The Electoral Commission's national Votes are Power

  • Brothers could be handed estate ban

    TWO brothers could be banned from a troubled North-East housing estate. Middlesbrough Council is hoping to impose anti social behaviour orders (ASBO) youths, aged 19 and 17, from Thornaby, who are serving custodial sentences. The brothers used to live

  • Correction: Catch Monitored Security Limited

    In an article published in The Northern Echo on February 19, 2002 we suggested that the Office of Fair Trading revoked a Consumer Credit Licence for a Teesside residential security company, Catch Monitored Security Limited. We are happy to clarify that

  • When remaking a classic's not a complete waste

    METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SUBSTANCE. Publisher: SCEE. Platfrom: PS2 and Xbox. Price: £44.99. THE TROUBLE with legends is knowing when to quit. Does anyone really believe Mohammed Ali would have been any less well respected had he decided to throw in his gloves

  • Up with the larks to spot the lapwings

    WILF Norman will be up with the lark when he starts a new project to plot the birds which nest on farmland in the North York Moors. He will be on the road before dawn for the next three months, as he carries out a survey of the wading birds breeding or

  • Second health centre for asylum seekers possible

    Health bosses are to open a second health centre for asylum seekers in the region. They believe the new GP surgery for refugees will help lift the burden on main stream doctors' surgeries. The centre - known as the Arrival Practice - is due to open in

  • Conference will debate research

    WARMING patients before surgery and asking critically ill people about their experiences are two projects to come under the spotlight at a research and development conference at a North-East hospital. A conference at the University Hospital of North Tees

  • Therapy at the sharp end

    A pioneering scheme to provide free alternative therapy in one of the region's most deprived areas appears to have been a huge success. Barry Nelson reports. FOR the last two and a half years, patients living in the Benwell area of west Newcastle have

  • Group to study spring fair site

    A WORKING group is to be set up to look into whether it is feasible to site a spring fair away from its current town centre location. Currently John Newsome, who is a member of the Showman's Guild, sites fairground rides and sideshows on the Galgate car

  • Harmonium will bring harmony with Rossini

    A VICTORIAN harmonium is being transported to a chapel from a West Yorkshire instrument museum, for a special concert by Stokesley and District Choral Society. The event, at Stokesley Methodist Church on Saturday, April 12, features Rossini's Petite Mess

  • 200 in trek for rescue team

    FINE weather over the weekend encouraged about 200 people to take part in a gruelling 26-mile trek to raise cash for local lifesavers. This year's Cleveland Survival centred on the village of Moorsholm, near Loftus, and took place on Saturday. Competitors

  • Go for the Gunner

    Precision fencing will be the order of the day in this afternoon's Topham Trophy and when it comes to getting from one side of a steeplechase fence to another Indian Gunner (3.45) represents a true master of his craft. In keeping with tradition the race

  • Wembley of the North

    AND now it's down to Sonia on the touchline, where our coverage of an absolutely riveting match will be interrupted as she puts a couple of pointless questions to a former player. Well, of course, if Sonia has been pre-programmed she can't be kept waiting

  • Partnership may bring new jobs

    Hundreds of new jobs could be created in a hard hit part of the North-East after business specialists and council chiefs forged a partnership for prosperity. Officials believe they can help create 1,000 new jobs with the signing of a partnership deal

  • Tribunal upholds dismissal decision

    AN intensive care nurse accused of deliberately killing patients in her care lost her claim for unfair dismissal yesterday. Former nursing sister Kathleen Atkinson was accused of withdrawing drugs and treatment from terminally ill patients in the early

  • High speed net service benefits children

    HIGH speed internet services have come to Stanley - and youngsters are the first to benefit. Communications giant BT has spent more than £200,000 upgrading the former pit town's telephone exchange so it can provide broadband internet access to 12,000

  • Long haul to make way for Blue Peter

    MUSEUM chiefs were overseeing a major move yesterday - as plans to bring a renowned steam locomotive to Darlington began in earnest. Four exhibits were being removed from the town's North Road railway museum to make way for Blue Peter, one of the country's

  • Reviving a once healthy industry

    FROM time to time, as I have previously mentioned in this column, there are attempts to revive some of Britain's 220 spa resorts. Currently, this is exemplified in a major renovation of the ancient Roman spa in Bath. More than £23.6m has been spent on

  • Splash out for birthday

    MOTHERS and mothers-to-be have celebrated the second anniversary of the East Cleveland Sure Start/Priory midwives aquanatal sessions at Loftus Baths. More than 50 expectant mothers have taken part in the pool-based exercise, launched to promote a healthy

  • Observation and mood in Dover Prize show

    AN ATMOSPHERIC painting of a fairground late at night after the crowds have gone home was the judges' favourite choice in this year's Dover Prize art competition in Darlington. Chris Newbrook's Fairground Embers is one of the smaller pictures on show

  • Comment from The Northern Echo: A crucial and critical stage

    THE war against Iraq has entered its most critical phase. Allied forces are just a few miles outside Baghdad, and their military might will ensure eventual success. It is clear that both the US and Britain are still hoping the Iraqi army will capitulate

  • Two skate parks get the go-ahead

    YOUNGSTERS are celebrating after councillors gave the go-ahead to plans for the first skate parks in North-West Durham. Derwentside Leisure, working on behalf of Derwentside Youth Forum, won planning permission to build the parks, costing £30,000 each

  • Tournament win has Yarm boys celebrating

    PUPILS from Yarm Preparatory School are celebrating after winning the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference under-11 seven-a-side soccer tournament last week. After a 0-0 draw with Silcoates and a 3-1 win over Leeds Grammar School in the first round

  • 'Lolita' prison sentence reduced

    A MAN who claimed he was seduced by a 12-year-old Lolita has had his "manifestly excessive" prison sentence cut. Kim Jacques, of Leeming Lane, Catterick Village, North Yorkshire, was jailed for four years last August after pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown

  • Guisborough boys reach national semi-final

    THE year seven football team from Laurence Jackson Sports College in Guisborough narrowly missed out on international glory last weekend. The team travelled to Manchester for the UK final of the Fox Kids six-a-side competition last Sunday after qualifying

  • Protesters disrupt meeting

    GOVERNMENT Chief Whip Hilary Armstrong was confronted by anti-war protesters who burst into a Labour Party meeting in her County Durham constituency. The North-West Durham MP was addressing local Labour members when several banner-waving campaigners interrupted

  • You could star in your own crime thriller

    There are few things more depressing for a police officer than to have worked hard to secure the conviction of a criminal only to see magistrates hand out a derisory sentence. It is equally depressing for law-abiding residents to see the scourge of their

  • Allied troops storm Baghdad's airport

    US troops captured Baghdad airport last night as coalition forces edged closer to the gates of the Iraqi capital. Tanks and armoured units met almost no opposition from Iraqi forces as they seized Saddam Hussein international airport. ABC television reporter

  • Return of a model favourite

    Trams and buses will stand alongside walking robots and other modern constructions in a Meccano exhibition. The History of Meccano, which is one of the most popular exhibitions staged at Beamish Museum, near Chester-le-Street, County Durham, returns to

  • First aid pupils sweep the board

    YOUNG first aiders at a primary school have won first, second and third place in a competition. The Durham County round of the St John Ambulance National Schools First Aid competition took place at the organisation's county HQ in Langley Moor. Eight teams

  • 'This is not a crusade against Muslims'

    Ashok Kumar, a North-East MP who was born in Asia, explains how, after much soul-searching, he has come to the conclusion that the war against Iraq is right. I WRITE this article as a British Member of Parliament, and a Member of Parliament born in India

  • 04/04/03

    FOOTBALL HOOLIGANISM: THOSE of us who opposed the abolition of National Service in 1960, did so in the belief that, for young men approaching maturity, two years in the armed forces gave them a sense of discipline, loyalty and self-respect which many

  • Ex-wife murdered for sex taunts

    A JEALOUS man who murdered his estranged wife after she taunted him about her new relationship was jailed for life yesterday. Thomas Gallagher, 45, stabbed 34-year-old Elizabeth Gallagher 30 times after she boasted about her sex life with a new lover.

  • Men in court charged with theft from building society

    Two men have appeared in court charged with taking part in a raid on a North-East building society which netted more than £30,000. Stephen McGovern and Brian James McNally, from Liverpool, appeared before magistrates in Newton Aycliffe today. Both are

  • Injury deepens the misery for Flo

    TORE ANDRE FLO'S miserable Sunderland career hit a new low last night when he was ruled out for three weeks with a thigh strain - meaning he will miss tomorrow's reunion with his old club Chelsea. Flo, who was hurt during Norway's 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifier

  • Shildon ace forced to settle for second place

    SHILDON'S Barry Johnson put up a sterling fight, but had to give second best to Shropshire driver Andy Burton on last weekend's Willingham's Recovery North Humberside Forest Stages Rally in North Yorkshire. Driving a hybrid Peugeot Cosworth, Burton and

  • Naylor back with a bang to stun Shakers

    THREE points at Southend United tomorrow will surely ensure Division Three survival for Darlington following last Saturday's exciting 3-1 win over Bury at Feethams. Two goals in the last three minutes helped Quakers chalk up their second successive victory

  • Warnings issued after ground opens up

    FARMER Ken Saddington is having to stop vehicles travelling on to his land after subsidence caused gullies up to 14ft deep to open up. The 72-year-old said the holes - one of which is close to a popular right of way - are deep enough for him to climb

  • Letters: Benefitting wildlife

    Sir, - I hope I can provide some reassurance to Giles Manners who wrote to you (D&S, Mar 21)expressing concerns about Defra agri-environment schemes and in particular whether the new Entry Level Pilot Scheme will benefit wildlife. This scheme has

  • It will be back to basics at the school made of straw

    A £2M "back to basics" farm school in North Yorkshire could soon be attracting attention in Europe. The accommodation block for seven to 11-year-olds is taking shape at Clow Beck in a small valley half a mile from Croft. It has rubble-filled rubber tyres

  • Burton's Bytes: When remaking a classic's not a complete waste

    METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SUBSTANCE. Publisher: SCEE. Platfrom: PS2 and Xbox. Price: £44.99. THE TROUBLE with legends is knowing when to quit. Does anyone really believe Mohammed Ali would have been any less well respected had he decided to throw in his gloves

  • Double baby joy half an hour apart

    TWO colleagues at a housing office became parents within 28 minutes and 28 miles of each other. Paul Mullis and Angela Wood joined the finance department of Durham Aged Mineworkers' Homes Association in Chester-le-Street last year. When Angela and Paul's

  • Musical mystery tells the tale of Causey Arch's tragic creator

    THE mysterious disappearance of the builder of Causey Arch, near Stanley, is to be explored in a musical show in the town next week. Set at the dawn of the industrial age, Arch Enemies recounts the building of the bridge, completed in 1726 and the oldest

  • Royal seal of approval for Dales jobs project

    THE Prince of Wales has heard how a scheme he launched to help deprived and isolated rural areas became a lifeline to local people. Just hours before he was due to undergo surgery for a hernia, Prince Charles hosted a seminar at his Gloucestershire estate

  • Too few for election puts parish council on brink of demise

    A PARISH council wracked by turmoil last year over a code of conduct imposed by the Government is facing a fresh crisis because it will not have enough members after May 1. Lack of public interest in the forthcoming local elections means that the combined

  • Trooper Collins seals Wetherby double for Tuer

    FIRM ground ensured that only 24 runners contested the seven races as Wetherby staged its final point to point last Saturday. Grant Tuer took the day's honours in the Badsworth and Bramham Moor event with a riding and training double. His first success

  • Council's IT specialists 'a shining light'

    A TEAM of specialists set up to make computers accessible to everyone has earned a major national honour. Derwentside District Council has been awarded Beacon Status for its policy of social inclusion through information communications technology. Alan

  • Prices at the marts

    BARNARD CASTLE. - Tues. Fwd: 186 store cattle. Feeding bulls. - Char: £550, £535, £532 K Atkinson. BB: £535 T&G Lee; £505 A&B Herworth. Lim: £515, £495 A&B Herworth; £510, £490 K Atkinson. BA: £508, £455 J&SE Bainbridge. Store steers.

  • Everyday heroes recognised by community

    IT WAS the turn of the everyday heroes who tirelessly do their bit for their community to receive their moment of praise at Redcar and Cleveland Community Achievement Awards last Wednesday. A total of 13 individuals and groups, including Pearl and Lynne

  • Quieter bypass is on the way at last

    THIRSK'S noisy bypass is to be re-surfaced. The work will reduce the effects of noise which has plagued people living in about 450 properties. The concrete section of road on the A168/A19 is also a headache for motorists, and councillors have been pressing

  • Well done Yarm

    AS THE former headmaster of Yarm School suggests this week, that group of "indomitable mothers" who were the driving force behind the early years of the school were a pretty frightening bunch. They clearly needed to be to support an enterprise which was

  • Letters: Status symbol

    Sir, - Richmondshire District Council has won £46,000 for having acquired the status of a "Beacon Council". Before anyone gets too excited about this, it has to be said that the award was made for the council's support of the rural economy only and does

  • More road tolls the answer, say MPs

    Congestion on Britain's roads can only be tackled by bringing in tolls, a House of Commons committee has found. Tony Blair's administration must either bring in widespread road-user charging or accept that congestion will rise, the Transport Committee

  • Bus colleagues reunited

    FOUR pensioners have been reunited 30 years after they last worked together on the buses. Joseph Scott, 80, from Great Lumley, Etta Burrige, 77, and Connie Newton, 87, both from Perkinsville, and Elsie Douglas, 81, of Chester-le-Street, worked for what

  • Liddle backs young Quakers

    Darlington skipper Craig Liddle has backed the club's young guns to come back stronger next season. Liddle believes the likes of Clark Keltie, Ashley Nicholls and Ryan Valentine will return better players after coming through their first full professional

  • News in brief: Provoking war drama

    A thought-provoking play about a war photographer and the tensions between his home and work life is coming to the region next week. Safety was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival last year and will visit Darlington Arts Centre on Wednesday and Thursday

  • Letters: Not strict enough

    Sir, - I have followed your recent reports on school uniform at the Allertonshire School, Northallerton, with interest, as I have a child at the school. The problems you have highlighted have arisen not because the headmistress, Mrs Hart, is too strict

  • News in brief: Role of genes in diabetes

    Professor Mark Walker, from Newcastle University's medical school will address Durham Diabetic Club when they meet on Tuesday, at 7.30pm, in the Diabetes Centre in the University Hospital of North Durham. He will give a talk on the role of genes in diabetes

  • Law may alter job prospects, survey reveals

    NEW rules on flexible working being introduced following the Employment Act 2002 could make women less employable, according to the results of a poll carried out by Croner, the UK's leading provider of business information. Human resources professionals

  • Helping people to quit smoking

    SESSIONS aimed at people wanting to stop smoking are to start in Ferryhill. Smoke cessation councillor Annie Pluse will be at Ferryhill Town Hall every Tuesday, starting on April 15, for nine weeks. The programme is part of the Passport to Health Quit

  • 151 standing for council

    THERE will be 151 candidates contesting 59 seats in 22 wards in Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council's first postal ballot. When nominations closed at noon on Tuesday, there were nine more candidates than the last election in 1999 in which Labour secured

  • Providing advice on health

    A NEW series of free health topic programmes are available each month at a Newton Aycliffe care centre. Funding secured by the Pioneering Care Partnership has enabled the project to run at the Pioneering Care Centre, in the Cobblers Hall area of town.

  • Election candidate stands down

    A MAN who was to stand as a as a candidate in the Grange ward of Stockton Borough Council has stood down. Colin Pollard is standing down to concentrate on leading the campaign for a Billingham Town Council. Mr Pollard said that standing as a candidate

  • Insulation grants will help needy keep warm

    A SCHEME has been launched to try to cut the number of deaths among people who cannot afford to keep warm in winter. It has been estimated that each year an average of 323 people die cold-related deaths in the Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority

  • Dismay at Corus rumour

    UNIONS have reacted with dismay to reports of a possible Corus buy-up involving controversial Indian businessman Lakshmi Mittal. Corus, which employs about 3,600 workers on Teesside, is said to have been in informal talks with Mr Mittal's LNM group over

  • Council sets green target

    STRINGENT waste reduction targets have been adopted by council officials in Hartlepool in a bid to improve the environment. They have pledged to cut their consumption of water, CO2 emissions and waste production by five per cent, by signing up to the

  • News in brief: Pupils secure academy place

    Two schoolchildren who have won places at the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth are meeting their MP today. York youngsters Lucy Rawkins and James Washington, both at Manor CE School, will join the rest of Year 8 to put questions to York

  • Wildlife plea to texpayers

    WITH the budget fast approaching, a wildlife charity is reminding people there is a way to take money away from the Chancellor. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT) is reminding everyone who pays tax about the Gift Aid scheme, and is asking for donations. Charity

  • Seeking new home for lively Buster

    A LIVELY dog called Buster is in need of a new home after his previous owners had to give him up. The one-year-old Jack Russell/Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross would suit a family keen on walking, with children aged over ten. "He's okay with little ones

  • News in brief: Pensioner hurt in collision

    A PENSIONER has been treated in hospital following a collision with a cyclist. The 72-year-old woman was admitted to the University Hospital of Hartlepool after the collision with the pedal cyclist, believed to be in his mid-teens, outside her home in

  • Pupils from big schools make a splash

    YOUNG swimmers, including the competitor above, took the plunge last night, aiming for honours in a major competition. Participants attended the Darlington School Sports Association Swimming Gala for Big Schools at the Dolphin Centre. The event attracted

  • Children celebrate as area is designated a nature reserve

    CELEBRATIONS took place yesterday as an area of Middlesbrough was designated as a local nature reserve. More than 100 local primary school pupils, with banners flying, paraded through Linthorpe Cemetery, marking the burial ground's new status. English

  • News in brief: Funding plea for pensioners

    COUNCILLORS in Darlington will decide on Tuesday whether to provide funding for two pensioners' clubs. The Firthmoor Over 60s Club has applied for £200 towards summer outings for its 51 members. The Wesley Court Community Centre, in Darlington, which

  • Coastal plans

    Delegates are spending their second day today in Scarborough to see major coastal defence works being undertaken along the coastline. Members of the Armourstone Users Group will visit the £33.6m work to protect the Holms, Castle Headland and East Pier

  • Buildings acclaimed in awards

    THREE landmark building projects in a historic city all won prestigious awards at a ceremony last night. City of York Council is today celebrating a hat trick of success as three council-backed projects were awarded prizes for architecture and environmental

  • Border warriors tackle Falcons

    NEWCASTLE Falcons will be up against several familiar faces when they entertain the Borders tomorrow. Former Falcons Doddie Weir, Gary Armstrong and George Graham are all expected to start the friendly match, which kicks off at 2.30. Newcastle's Director

  • Plea to help soldiers in Gulf

    STAFF at a Darlington insurance firm are appealing for help to send more than 200 parcels to servicemen and women in Iraq. Workers at Axa Insurance, in the town centre, want to send packages filled with toiletries and sweets to the 250 soldiers from regiments

  • Orphanage clues

    A woman is appealing for information about St Mary's Orphanage, in Tudhoe, near Spennymoor, County Dur-ham. Joan Statham, 77, lived at the Catholic convent in the early 1930s. She is seeking information about the guardians who ran the orphanage. Anyone

  • Plans to create lake for anglers rejected

    PLANS to turn a grazing field into a lake for anglers and nature conservation area have been rejected by councillors after Teesside Airport chiefs claimed it could put airline safety at risk. The pasture, at Bishopton, near Darlington, was to be transformed

  • Cash boost for Sue's charity

    FRIENDS of a devoted campaigner against homelessness will be "sleeping rough" to raise cash in her memory. Sue Woollhouse, who helped run the Nightstop organisation working with homeless people in Darlington, died suddenly last month. A fundraising event

  • Cash boost for Sue's charity

    FRIENDS of a devoted campaigner against homelessness will be "sleeping rough" to raise cash in her memory. Sue Woollhouse, who helped run the Nightstop organisation working with homeless people in Darlington, died suddenly last month. A fundraising event

  • Beckhan taunted by Tugay

    DAVID BECKHAM revealed last night how he was branded gay by angry Turkey midfielder Tugay. The England captain blew a kiss at Tugay after the Blackburn Rovers man tried to wind him up with repeated taunts. Beckham, married to pop star Victoria and a father

  • Vet attraction's new models

    THE latest models to arrive at The World of James Herriot Centre will be those of Mrs Pumphrey and Trikki-Woo. The much-loved character and her dog will be placed in the Thirsk visitor centre's dining room on Monday as if waiting to see the vet. Mrs Pumphrey

  • Art show will tackle the stigma of mental illness

    AN art exhibition with a difference has opened on Teesside. It features black and white photographs of famous and ordinary people who have experienced mental health problems. Also included in the show is artwork, including masks, produced by people with

  • Deal creates grain marketing giant

    GRAINFARMERS have reached agreement to buy the UK grain marketing arm of Dalgety Arable, in a deal which will make Grainfarmers the largest grain marketing business in the UK. In the deal, effective from April 30, Dalgety has entered into an ex-farm procurement

  • North's shame of B&B families

    A CHARITY has highlighted the "alarming extent" of homelessness among families with young children in the North-East. Shelter said that 649 of the 2,410 people in the region who sought housing help from the charity last year were families with young children

  • Rural teenagers get travel incentive to study

    HUNDREDS of teenagers living in rural areas will be given travel expenses as an incentive to continue their school studies after the age of 16. Almost £200,000 is being made available for youngsters by North Yorkshire County Council's Education Department

  • Special sale

    SKIPTON - Sat. Annual spring sale of poultry & waterfowl. Fwd: 537 head of poultry, 37 sittings of eggs. Large fowl: pair Cream Leghorns £60; trio Cochins £40; trio Barnevelde £44; trio Marans £41; trio Welsummers £60; trio Speckled Sussex £60; trio

  • Porn mailshot causes upset

    PORNOGRAPHIC video catalogues have been posted to unsuspecting residents. Last November trading standards investigated a random mailshot by Continental Videos, based in Amsterdam, after complaints from people who received brochures containing explicit

  • Murder's a mystery

    Darlington Youth Theatre is performing Murder at Manner Manor, a murder mystery, at the town's Arts Centre, on Vane Terrace, on Wednesday, April 23, at 8pm. Tickets cost £4, concessions £2. They are available from the box office on (01325) 486555.

  • Grassroots: Derwentside

    CLASS REUNION: Pupils who attended Leadgate County School between 1953 and 1959 are invited to a reunion at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 12, at Leadgate Cricket Club. For details, call (01207) 502440 after 7pm. HELP WILDLIFE: A build-a-birdbox day for all

  • News in brief: Invite to attend trust meeting

    THE next board meeting of Sedgefield Primary Care Trust (PCT) will be held on Thursday, at 2pm in the boardroom, Sedgefield PCT offices, Merrington House, Merrington Lane, Spennymoor. People are welcome to attend and they will have the opportunity to

  • Golfers want sponsors

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  • Shop Talk: The best of the bubbles

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  • Killer's court appeal rejected

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  • Researchers investigate diners' needs

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  • Chieftain turnover falls but profits rise

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  • Burglaries fall

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  • Jobs lost as tour operator MyTravel looks to future

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  • A cake just for you

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  • Data rules out Dales cancer hotspot

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  • Husband found guilty of manslaughter

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  • Troops to be sent Echo's crossword

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  • Police raid cd counterfeiting operation

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  • 'Our homes are shaking - take away the lorries'

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  • Barney boys put up brave fight

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  • Holiday 'prizes' could cost winners dear

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  • Charity disappears, wrecking poorly Vicki's Disney dream

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  • Gone is the haggard and faintly mad look

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  • The encore's in Carolina

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  • Chiming in the new vicar

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  • Ex-theatre bosses may still face court

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  • Mail order fraudsters may have their home confiscated

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  • Crash driver 'was not to blame'

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  • Community mourns marine killed in action

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  • Warning over lethal vodka batch

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  • Jail sentence plea rejected

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  • £25,000 path offer as Newbus plan is approved

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  • Big-hearted Lisa's in the frame to ring panto changes

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  • Top brass faces interrogation over north-south divide

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  • Girls' poems make mums proud

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  • Lifeboat restorers welcome grant aid

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  • Students' field trip sparks police alert

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  • Mowden office switch could bring parking relief to residents

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  • Creators of hedgehog haven honoured

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  • BNP stands for council

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  • Musical keeps it in the family

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  • Businesswoman hits a high note

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  • £3m grant concentrates minds on college site

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  • New team chase gets off to a flying start

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  • What people will pay for a bit of mythology

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  • England's Riverside visit under a cloud

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  • Youths stone firefighters

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  • Youngsters rally round to help Gulf troops

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  • Workers' fears realised after electronics firm axes plant

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  • Propspects brighter for beef exports

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  • Fairytale for young stars

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  • Military funeral to be held for North casualty

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  • Councillors back bid for village green application

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  • Railway re-opening hopes revived with feasibility study

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  • Grain report

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  • Burning Questions: The monks who were called to arms

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  • A new beginning for a print institution

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  • Women's team will fight ban on shirt logo

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  • Gymnastics trio pipped to medal place

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  • Radio DJ helps to open new service

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  • Travel agents in the running for an award

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  • Court closes its doors to the public

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  • Event to help unemployed

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  • Conmen may be trading the addresses of 'soft targets'

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  • Leisure centre closure

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  • Schools may get share of £2.2bn boost

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  • Recognition for joint project

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  • Helping smokers to kick the habit

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  • Objections to scheme

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  • Anticipation as new school proposal clears first hurdle

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  • Pupils see science brought to life

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  • High street cleaned up by steam power

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  • Villagers honoured for driving down speed on the roads

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  • News in brief: Role of genes in diabetes

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  • 200,000 daffs planted in bid for award win

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  • Logo hints at park's hidden attractions

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  • Calls for car park clean-up

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  • Signed quilt to be raffled off

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  • Youngsters go Stateside

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  • Extra cash to pay for parks renovation

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  • Cabbie seeking council damages

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  • Guides and Brownies' coffee date

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  • Praise for brave pupil who can still smile despite tragedy

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  • Fire Up The Band romps in to land the Ascot spoils

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  • Vandalism problem hastens housing demolition scheme

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  • Fighting success for young experts

    MARTIAL arts youngsters are celebrating competition success after clinching 12 winners trophies. Sixteen students, aged from six to 16, from Spennymoor Tae-kwondo club battled it out in a One to One competition at Aycliffe Leisure Centre against clubs

  • Party launches local manifesto

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  • youngsters take lessons in Eastern culture from an expert

    A SCHOOL has been taking a look at the Far East to learn more about how cultures differ around the world. St Mary's RC Primary School, in Whickham, Gateshead, is playing host to a Japanese student, who as well as having learnt a lot about the region's

  • Success at double for Sir Jimmy's local chip shop

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  • £50,000 lifeline thrown to factory

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  • £50,000 lifeline thrown to factory

    A CHEQUE that has guaranteed factory jobs will be handed over today. A year ago, prospects looked bleak for workers at the former Trellborg plant in Skelton, east Cleveland. Now it has been given a £50,000 lifeline by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council