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  • 'I wasn't particularly good at rowing'

    Still on a high from his Olympic gold triumph, rowing champion Matthew Pinsent is contemplating his future. With his autobiography, A Lifetime In A Race out now, he talks to Hannah Stephenson about his plans for a family. MATTHEW Pinsent is still on a

  • Hospital in top ten for heart success

    A SURGEON has welcomed a report which puts his hospital in the top ten nationally for survival rates in heart surgery. Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital came joint ninth for survival rates in heart valve and bypass operations. A report by

  • Praise for striker Jimmy

    THE apparent sulky personality of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been rubbished by Middlesbrough teammate Mark Viduka. Viduka insists his Dutch strike partner has proved over the past couple of months they have played together that his reputation is unfair

  • Carver's dream of a Newcastle return to take the top job

    JOHN Carver bid an emotional farewell to St James' Park on Saturday night, but insisted: "One day I'll be back to manage Newcastle United." Carver took caretaker charge of the Magpies as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers but, less than 24

  • Former nurse's script for success

    A RETIRED nurse has ach-ieved something most people only dream about - to write a script for a movie. Audrey Barton, 69, took a screenwriting course at the University of Sunderland's Centre for Lifelong Learning. Now she is looking forward to the ten-minute

  • Police on lookout for rustlers

    Farmers and police are keeping a lookout for rustlers after 15 lambs worth £50 apiece were rounded up and stolen from a field. They disappeared from one of Neville Nixon's pastures at Village Farm in Hunderthwaite near Barnard Castle, Co Durham. The Texel

  • Wearside League: Haslam brace keeps Stokesley on top

    Stokesley SC continue to set the pace at the top and they recorded their eighth win in nine attempts comfortably defeating Harton and Westoe. After taking an interval lead through Nathan Haslam, they finished 3-0 ahead with second-half strikes from Haslam

  • Pupils to help give facts on diseases

    North-East schools are piloting a scheme which could improve the treatment of infectious illnesses such as chicken pox and mumps. Hundreds of children across Stockton have joined forces with health experts in a project which is launched this week. As

  • Can this Postman deliver?

    There's no stinting on the sex and violence in Andrew Rattenbury's version of a film classic, he tells Steve Pratt. EVERYONE who's seen the movie remembers the scene on the kitchen table where Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange made mad passionate love.

  • Jodie's day of drama

    AN aspiring North-East actress competed in a national drama competition. Jodie Taibi, 20, of Darlington, took part in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts examinations on Saturday. She did not win, but was pleased with her performances. Jodie

  • Tames to take on Great North

    TV PRESENTER Roger Tames is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for a children's charity when he takes part in the Great North Run later this month. Mr Tames, head of sport at Tyne Tees Television, is strapping on his running shoes in aid of the Yellow

  • Union ultimatum to 'wild ideas' Milburn

    UNION leaders turned up the heat on the Government last night as Alan Milburn quickly discovered how tough his new job is going to be. On the eve of their annual conference, the unions issued an unprecedented warning to the Darlington MP that he must

  • Watching Brief: The cartwheel signing is finally here

    On several occasions in recent years, Darlington have been linked with a big-name signing, someone to put bums on seats who will excite supporters and score a few goals. Paul Gascoigne was perennially linked with the club but most notably Faustino Asprilla

  • Bypass work starts after 65 years

    DIGGERS have moved in to tear down houses in the path of a long-awaited bypass. The empty houses in West Chilton Terrace, Chilton, County Durham, were demolished at the weekend in the £9.1m project. Villagers have had to wait 65-years for the bypass,

  • In the eyes of the beholder...

    Trapped: Beauty (ITV1); Force Of Nature (C4): LORD of the manor Tom Fitzhenry had no illusions about his looks. "I'm an ugly man in a generally beautiful world," he admitted. He's a bit like the Elephant Man "but not bad enough to go on tour". But as

  • Show tent blown away, but organisers delighted overall

    HIGH winds caused chaos at Bowes Show when one of the show tents was blown away. Despite the setback, organisers said they were delighted at the large turnout. There were record entries for the 117th show, which took place at Gilmonby, County Durham,

  • Church to vote on gay rights motion

    A MOTION calling on the Church of England to oppose a Government plan to give more rights to gay couples will be debated by church leaders in the region on Saturday. The Civil Partnership Bill aims to give the same rights as married couples to gay couples

  • Tributes to groundbreaking television boss after death

    THE woman behind groundbreaking North-East TV shows such as The Tube and Byker Grove has lost her battle against cancer. Andrea Wonfor was one of Britain's first female television executives and enjoyed success in a career spanning more than 30 years.

  • Storm hit by strong winds

    GRAEME STORM suffered a severe case of history repeating itself at the Telia Grand Prix yesterday. Just as he found 12 months ago, severe winds cost him dear in the Challenge Tour event when his second victory in a little over a month looked to be on

  • 13/09/04

    VANITY PUBLISHING: IT WAS sad to read that would-be authors are still being ripped off by vanity publishers (Echo, Sept 8). There is a vast difference between self-publishing - that is paying for your book to be professionally produced on the understanding

  • Stewart and Sunderland on the up after emphatic win

    AFTER the nonsense elsewhere of players not wanting to do what their managers demand, threatening to leave if competition is brought in and spitting their dummies out when rightly criticised in the national press, Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy must be

  • £50,000 work on seafront car park

    WORK is under way on a £50,000 car park. The seafront car park is being built by Hartlepool Borough Council on land next to Newburn Bridge, in Hartlepool. It follows last year's improvement of a 600-metre stretch of promenade as part of a £2.5m sea defence

  • Stash of mail up to two years old found

    LETTERS that should have been delivered up to two years ago are at last dropping on doormats, following a major investigation into missing mail. Royal Mail bosses in Darlington revealed that they had discovered a stash of undelivered letters. But they

  • A close shave with getting older

    ABOUT a year ago, I found my first wiry white hair on the left side of my head. I plucked it out and thought nothing more of it. Until it appeared again a few months later with a few friends on the same side of my head. This time round, it felt a little

  • Indian cooking

    LOVERS of Indian food can join a cookery course. The ten-week course will be held in Redcar on Wednesdays, from September 29, and will cost £30, £15 or £5 depending on circumstances. To enrol, call (01642) 490409.

  • Charity night

    The Mayor of Chilton Town Council, Leonard Potts and his wife, Christine, are hosting a charity night on Tuesday, September 21, at Chilton Workingmen's Club from 7.30pm. The Big Bush Band will provide the entertainment. Tickets cost £1.50 and are available

  • Fitness days for toddlers to restart

    FITNESS sessions for toddlers will restart following the summer break. Hartlepool Borough Council's Tuesday Fit Tots sessions, at Owton Manor Community Centre, in the town's Wynyard Road, will begin tomorrow, from 1.30pm to 2.45pm. The Fit Tots scheme

  • Youngsters urged to get snappy for contest

    THE Northern Echo hopes that more children and teenagers will enter its Great North Photography Competition. More than 60 entries have arrived in the 18-and-over category, but only a handful from youngsters. The competition, hosted by The Northern Echo

  • Pupils' delicacies on sale abroad

    TRADITIONAL home-made English delicacies were on sale on the Continent at the weekend thanks to a group of pupils from the North-East. Youngsters at Trinity School in Durham helped to create a 112lb consignment of preserves that was on offer to people

  • GCSE Results: St Leonard's RC Comprehensive School, Durham

    Passes at grades A*-G: J Archer 10; J Atkinson 10; K Baillie 10; C Baldasera 10; P Barkess 10; M Barrigan 10; M Beavis 10; C Bennett 9.5; H Best 10; S Birbeck 1; D Blair 10; H Boulton 9.5; R Boulton 8; L Bowley 10; P Boyle 10; D Brady 10; E Brain 10;

  • Traffic chiefs lay out plans to cut congestion

    RESIDENTS and traders are supporting plans to resolve traffic congestion in Malton and Norton. North Yorkshire County Council's Ryedale area committee was told by Stewart Hurst, the senior highways engineer, that the priority was to complete the junction

  • Run challenge

    IT is 37 years since Paul Richardson tackled long-distance running. The former teenage county runner, now aged 56 and a Tory North Yorkshire County councillor, is preparing for the 13-mile Great North Run on September 26 to raise money for groups which

  • The Hignett Show is proof that future may be bright

    FOR a club which has spent eight-and-a-half months in administration there is little to suggest Darlington have fallen any further behind their League Two rivals in that time. Saturday's draw at Rochdale provided further proof that, if anything, Quakers

  • Ferrets top of the bill for garden festival

    FERRET racing was the top attraction at a garden festival at the weekend. The race was at the fourth Teesside Autumn Gold Garden Festival, Preston Hall Park, Eaglescliffe. Sheila Crompton, who runs Bolton Ferret Welfare, and is a member of the National

  • Balloons go up for landmark's anniversary party

    A BALLOON launch marked the 150th birthday of one of Hartlepool's best-known landmarks. About 150 anniversary balloons were released on Saturday from the tower of the former Christ Church, now better-known as the Hartlepool Art Gallery and Tourist Information

  • Dreams become real for brothers

    TWO brothers have plenty to celebrate after achieving their childhood dream of running a pub. Darren Holmes, of Wingate, and brother Graeme, of Peterlee, have made a success of The Plough Inn, in nearby Haswell, after taking it over six months ago. They

  • Cash crisis can't stop show from bursting into bloom

    A GARDENING show once threatened with closure is blooming again after bedding down in its new home. Durham's Annual Autumn Produce Show has been held for 30 years in the town hall and, recently, the Gala Theatre. The show faced ruin when Durham City Council

  • Off-duty police officer punched in face

    A POLICE officer was taken to hospital after he was punched in the face by a gang. The incident took place at 1.20am on Saturday as the off-duty officer walked with friends along an alley between Moore Street and Bath Street, near the Esplanade, in Redcar

  • Mum passes at the double

    A mother-of-three qualified in just one week to become one of the first high-level teaching assistants in the country. Jan Lewis, of Thirsk, became Northallerton College's 2,000th adult learner when she gained her literacy level two qualification. Mrs

  • Bees on show as part of sustainable environment day

    BEES, spiders and other creepy crawlies were on display at the weekend at an event to promote green living. Durham Beekeepers' Association brought a hive to the Wildlife On Your Doorstep day, which took place in the town hall, Durham City, on Saturday

  • Opposition to be stepped up in battle over 'quiet' estate

    RESIDENTS of a North Yorkshire town have threatened to go to the ombudsman if an engineering firm is allowed to move on to an industrial estate near their homes. RG Hall Engineering is hoping to move from a site in Chapel Street, Thirsk, to new premises

  • Perspex box duo are released

    TWO people emerged yesterday after they spent five days in Perspex boxes. The stunt, at the Gateshead MetroCentre, pitted the pair against each other in challenges to promote the new BT phone book. The pair were each given £1,500 and had to complete tasks

  • Accolade for town library

    A LIBRARY'S efforts to improve its services to youngsters have earned high praise. Crown Street Library, in Darlington, was awarded Investing in Children status for its work. The accolade came after library staff linked up with pupils from Hurworth School

  • Scouts in fresh attempt to raise funds

    A DARLINGTON Scout group is hoping to boost funds after wet weather scuppered its annual fete. The 8th Darlington (Cockerton Green) Scouts usually depends on its summer fete in June for income. But like many events this summer, the fete coincided with

  • Pupils get the blues

    ROCK and pop students have got the blues only a week after starting at Darlington College of Technology. Nineteen students studying the Advanced Rock and Pop course have started working on their first gig. The tunes of artists ranging from Santana to

  • Clean-up continues after mall flood

    SHOP staff will continue with a clean-up operation today, after a flood in a city centre mall. Firefighters were called to Boots the Chemist in Chevy Chase, Eldon Square, Newcastle, shortly before 11am yesterday, after a sprinkler system in the plant

  • Quest to raise funds for new organ more than pipe dream

    A FUNDRAISING appeal to buy a new organ for one of Darlington's oldest churches is to be launched. The 124-year-old pipe organ at St Cuthbert's Church, in the town centre, has been deteriorating badly in recent times and officials are now determined to

  • Bellamy leads rally to stop more wind farms

    LEADING conservationist Professor David Bellamy led a rally yesterday to protest at plans to create wind farms throughout a county. Professor Bellamy is a vocal campaigner against the proliferation of turbines, which he says produce little energy and

  • Union ultimatum to 'wild ideas' Milburn

    UNION leaders turned up the heat on the Government last night as Alan Milburn quickly discovered how tough his new job is going to be. On the eve of their annual conference, the unions issued an unprecedented warning to the Darlington MP that he must

  • Nine-man West crash out of Vase

    West Auckland had two men sent off in a controversial 3-1 defeat against Chester-le-Street in the first qualifying round of the Vase on Saturday, writes Ray Simpson. West were annoyed when an assistant referee appeared to raise his flag for offside from

  • Last chance to see mental health images

    A COLOURFUL exhibition of the final nine pictures in a photography competition is being staged. Tees and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust launched its Open Up campaign last year to tackle the stigma often linked to mental health problems and learning disabilities

  • Boro keep Viduka happy and reap the rewards

    ENVIRONMENT was the operative word at the Riverside as both Steve McClaren and Mark Viduka tried to put a finger on why the Australian centre-forward has adjusted to life at Middlesbrough so quickly. And, fortunately for Boro, Viduka's current working

  • Bypass work starts after 65 years

    DIGGERS have moved in to tear down houses in the path of a long-awaited bypass. The empty houses in West Chilton Terrace, Chilton, County Durham, were demolished at the weekend in the £9.1m project. Villagers have had to wait 65-years for the bypass,

  • Feast of drama to be staged

    A THEATRE group is gearing up for its annual festival. The 29th Sedgefield Players' Drama Festival of One-Act Plays, at Sedgefield Parish Hall, County Durham, from September 28 to October 2 will include eight performances. Opening the festival will be

  • Team backs health scheme

    DARLINGTON Football Club is backing a drive to improve the fitness of the town's youngsters. The Quakers are supporting Darlington Primary Care Trust (PCT) and the borough council's Walk to School Week initiative. Children who take up the fitness challenge

  • 'Billy' steps out on donor recruiting mission

    IF you see a big red blob with legs among the thousands of Great North Runners it will be Mike Livermore. Mr Livermore, 41, from Newton Aycliffe, will be wearing a scarlet "Billy Blood Drop" costume in a bid to recruit 150 new blood donors. The father-of-two

  • Pop concert climax to search for tomorrow's stars

    THE next generation of North-East pop talent will line up for a charity concert this week. The iD Show takes place at the Lamplight Arts Centre, Stanley, on Sunday. It has been organised by Stanley-based companies Genius Entertainment and talentSTAR and

  • Breese makes his mark despite Durham defeat

    DURHAM'S Gareth Breese will return to his hurricane-hit homeland of Jamaica this week happy that he created a bit of a stir in the last two weeks of the season. After his ten-wicket match haul in the win at Scarborough, Breese made his top Riverside score

  • Can this Postman deliver?

    There's no stinting on the sex and violence in Andrew Rattenbury's version of a film classic, he tells Steve Pratt. EVERYONE who's seen the movie remembers the scene on the kitchen table where Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange made mad passionate love.

  • Family pay tribute to 'country gentleman'

    FAMILY and friends have paid tribute to a "true country gentleman" who died in a tragic farmyard accident. William Lax, 80, was killed by a bull on his farm at Carlton Grange, Aldbrough-St-John, near Richmond, North Yorkshire, on Thursday. Mr Lax, known

  • Breese makes his mark despite Durham defeat

    DURHAM'S Gareth Breese will return to his hurricane-hit homeland of Jamaica this week happy that he created a bit of a stir in the last two weeks of the season. After his ten-wicket match haul in the win at Scarborough, Breese made his top Riverside score

  • Today's racing prospects

    Mark Buckley and Tony Culhane, who teamed up successful with Armagnac at Sandown last week, can make a return visit to the winners enclosure with Distant Cousin at Redcar this afternoon. The seven-year-old hasn't won for nearly two years but his resolution

  • 4,200 seek education cash help

    MORE than 4,200 young people from across the Tees Valley have applied for financial aid to boost their career prospects, according to figures released today. The area's Learning and Skills Council said it was delighted with the take-up during the past

  • Boss demands return of mean machine

    NEALE Cooper is demanding a return of the Hartlepool United mean machine. Pool have conceded three times in each of their last two away games, first at Swindon and now at Oldham. And Cooper wants his backline to adapt the strong-arm tactics which brought

  • Fleming backs new boy

    CURTIS FLEMING believes former Middlesbrough team-mate Craig Hignett made the right decision when he returned to the North-East with Darlington last week. And Fleming should know more than anybody, having shunned one final fling in the Premiership to

  • Rubens crowns glory year

    Rubens Barrichello saluted the ''best season ever'' after finally breaking his 2004 duck with a superb victory in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza yesterday. The Brazilian gave Ferrari's home fans the perfect result by winning from pole position with newly-crowned

  • Rescuers handed gift

    A TEESDALE lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes has made a charitable donation to the local rescue team. Members of the Barnard Castle-based King Edward VIII Lodge of the RAOB handed over £500 to the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Rescue

  • Brown's 'deceit' fuels rift with Blair - advisor

    A former senior advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair has added to the growing storm over the reported rift between numbers 10 and 11 Downing Street. Mr Blair's former economics advisor Derek Scott claimed that Chancellor Gordon Brown was "obstructive

  • Race star unaware of paralysis danger

    A YOUNG motorcycle star raced at up to 180mph unaware that the slightest bump could have left him paralysed. Even getting out of bed the wrong way could have left Dennis Hobbs unable to walk after he dislocated two vertebrae in his neck without realising

  • Today's prospects

    Mark Buckley and Tony Culhane, who teamed up successful with Armagnac at Sandown last week, can make a return visit to the winners enclosure with Distant Cousin at Redcar this afternoon. The seven-year-old hasn't won for nearly two years but his resolution

  • Recycling site plans may lead to jobs

    THE proposed relocation of a recycling plant could help regenerate a North-East industrial estate hit by devastating job loses. The County Durham community of Spennymoor was rocked two years ago when power tool company Black and Decker said 950 jobs would

  • Something old as a wedding treat

    NEWLYWEDS Scott and Michelle Todd have struck up a fine romance with heritage railways. The romantic couple yesterday held a champagne buffet reception on Britain's newest line in Weardale, County Durham. After their wedding at St Peter's Church, Croft

  • Start of a new era on Tyneside

    DEFENSIVELY nave, susceptible to set pieces, racked by internal disputes and tensions, and prone to leaking goals in the last ten minutes of the game. A critical commentary on Sir Bobby Robson's Newcastle but, perhaps more pertinently, also an accurate

  • Doubts over starts appearance

    DOUBTS today surrounded whether veteran actor Brian Blessed would be appearing in a major production in the region next week. The 67-year-old 'I, Claudius' and 'Star Wars' favourite was forced to pull out of this week's run of The Haunted Hotel at the

  • Arts centre gig for Mat

    Disabled performer Mat Fraser will be playing a gig in the North-East tomorrow. The star of Channel Four's Every Time I look At You will be performing at Darlington Arts Centre. He will do an eclectic mix of rap, poetry, comedy and songs from his forthcoming

  • £50,000 work on seafront car park

    WORK is under way on a £50,000 car park. The seafront car park is being built by Hartlepool Borough Council on land next to Newburn Bridge, in Hartlepool. It follows last year's improvement of a 600-metre stretch of promenade as part of a £2.5m sea defence

  • Residents' delight as speed limit to be trialled on road

    AN experimental 50mph limit will come into force on a dual carriageway this week after calls by hundreds of residents. Councillors and residents in the village of Lazenby, near Eston, have wanted a 50mph limit and signal-controlled junction with a pedestrian

  • The woman who brought Nefertiti back from the grave

    Dr Joan Fletcher's chance encounter with a wig triggered a 13-year quest ending in the discovery of what she believes to be the mummy of Egypt's Queen Nefertiti. She tells Sarah Foster her amazing story. DR Joann Fletcher watched the workman chipping

  • Raymond celebrates first-class degree

    DEVELOPERS in Stockton can seek advice on designing safer buildings after a council officer achieved the highest grade in a university degree course. Raymond Sullivan, 38, who is a senior building control officer at Stockton Borough Council, achieved

  • Comment from The Northern Echo: No place for dinosaurs

    THE unions have fired a warning shot across Alan Milburn's bows. Quite understandably: an election is on the horizon and the unions will want to get as many of their pet projects into Labour's manifesto as possible. And they undoubtedly have some justifiable

  • Last chance to see mental health images

    A COLOURFUL exhibition of the final nine pictures in a photography competition is being staged. Tees and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust launched its Open Up campaign last year to tackle the stigma often linked to mental health problems and learning disabilities

  • Keep market, says report

    PLANS to reduce a "tatty" town market by half as part of an £80m town centre redevelopment should be rejected, a report says. Earlier this year, planners in Stockton published plans to demolish prominent buildings and redesign the town centre. Part of

  • Pop concert climax to search for tomorrow's stars

    THE next generation of North-East pop talent will line up for a charity concert this week. The iD Show takes place at the Lamplight Arts Centre, Stanley, on Sunday. It has been organised by Stanley-based companies Genius Entertainment and talentSTAR and

  • Man and boy of 15 seriously injured by fireball

    SPARKS from a welder are thought to have caused a fireball that engulfed a teenage boy and a man working at an industrial estate. The two were severely burnt by the fire at Abbey Coaches, Middlesbrough Road East, South Bank, Teesside. Firefighters were

  • Party supporting candidate following reports of affair

    MEMBERS of the UK Independence Party have stood by politican Piers Merchant over reports of another extra-martial affair. The former Newcastle MP, who has been campaigning for the UK Independence Party in Hartlepool's by-election, was photographed in

  • GCSE results: Thirsk School

    C Alderson 6; J Alderson 9; K Alderson 9; R Alderson 7; M Allen 9; S Allen 9; P Ambery-Smith 10; L Ansell 7; K Ayling 10; C Balfour-Farry 10; J Balmain 10; L Barker 10; M Batt 9; M Batty 9; A Beadle 9; D Bendelow 9; L Bickerdike 7; N Blackwell 9; H Bottomley

  • Green group funding to buy machines

    A VOLUNTEER conservation group has benefited from a grant which will allow it to keep running for three more years. The grant has also allowed Teesdale Conservation Volunteers (TCV), in Startforth, near Barnard Castle, to buy some heavy-duty equipment

  • Healthy future for tourism

    A BUOYANT future has been predicted for North Yorkshire's tourism industry following a major re-structuring of the tourist board. The board's chief executive, David Andrews, told its annual meeting at York Racecourse that Yorkshire's tourism industry

  • Army concert helps chapel

    MUSIC lovers who attended a concert at an Army barracks helped to raise £1,020 for charity earlier this year. The concert, held in May at Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe, near Thirsk, was organised by 40th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Lowland Gunners)

  • 'Incredible' support as club holds open day for public

    THOUSANDS of people turned out to support the new-look Darlington Football Club yesterday -to the delight of Quakers chiefs. An open event to bring the club closer to its community roots exceeded all expectations, and will be followed by more positive

  • Eve's marathon effort

    A WOMAN who cycled and walked more than 137 miles around England's largest county has raised £800 for a hospital. Eve Cawood from Hornby, near Bedale, donated the money to the Friarage Hospital's Mowbray suite. In July, she walked more than 37 miles and

  • Pool are hurt by Betsy

    SEVEN days earlier, Neale Cooper was bemoaning the lack of experience on his substitutes bench. As Hartlepool United drew with Barnsley, Cooper had little but youth to call on from his pool of replacements. As United lost at Oldham on Saturday, Cooper

  • I thought of calling it a day, admits Hignett

    Craig Hignett immediately became a hero with his late header for Darlington at Rochdale - but he may not have even been at Spotland had he not been persuaded otherwise this summer. At 34 the former Middlesbrough playmaker left Leicester City at the end

  • Kyle's injury poser

    A BLACK cloud cast a shadow over Sunderland's terrific performance in the rout of Gillingham with the news that Kevin Kyle could be out of action for up to three months. While Mick McCarthy did not cover the topic in his post-match briefing it is understood

  • Ameobi in attempt to reopen court case

    SOLICITORS for Premiership footballer Shola Ameobi will try to have a driving case against him reopened. At Gateshead Magistrates' Court on Friday, the 22-year-old Newcastle player was fined £1,000 in his absence and had six points added to his driving

  • Vision for area's future

    A CONFERENCE looking at work done to improve life for residents in the Chester-le-Street area takes place next month. Vision in Action will be held at Durham County Cricket Club's Riverside Ground in the town on Monday, October 4, 9.30am to 3.30pm. The

  • Conservation area is given approval

    APPROVAL has been given by a National Park authority for a new conservation area. The North York Moors National Park Authority has approved the conservation area at Hutton Lowcross, near Guisborough. Planning officer Judith Ferrier said there had been

  • Vintage hill climb race a success

    ABOUT 85 vehicles took part in the 12th Saltburn Vintage Sprint Hill Climb yesterday. The event, which was organised by the Middlesbrough and District Motor Club, featured motorcycles and three-wheelers racing from the Cat Nab car park up to Toll Bridge

  • Replica plan for final mine banner

    WORK has started on a replica of the last banner used at a North-East colliery before it closed. Ryhope Colliery, near Sunderland, shut in the mid-1960s. The Ryhope Colliery Banner Fund was set up to raise the £6,500 needed to produce a copy of its last

  • Man washed out to sea after jet ski failed

    A MAN was washed out to sea after his jet ski broke down. The man and his partner, believed to be in their late-twenties and from County Durham, were just off Redcar, east Cleveland, when their jet ski broke down on Saturday afternoon. The man attempted

  • Town hails fruits of the harvest

    A CENTURIES-old harvest tradition was carried out in a North Yorkshire town this weekend. The First Fruits ceremony, carried out in Richmond Market Place, is believed to date from the middle ages, when people depended upon the success of each year's harvest

  • Depot explosion leaves boy seriously injured

    A TERRIFIED teenager is fighting for his life in hospital after being turned into a human fireball following an horrific explosion at a bus depot. The 15-year-old was with a 48-year-old man at the compound when it is thought sparks from a welding machine

  • Setback for campaigners in quest for breakaway council

    CAMPAIGNERS hoping to create a parish council for Aycliffe Village have been dealt a blow. Sedgefield Borough Council has decided to halt the review of the parish arrangements and make no recommendation to the Government after considering all submissions

  • Trophy encourages the splish-splash of tiny feet

    THE very young are being urged to take the plunge and compete for a swimming trophy. The Kirsten Trophy is awarded annually to the youngest child under six to complete a length of Thirsk Swimming Pool. The trophy was donated in 1972 by Christina Currie

  • Allotments site may be relocated

    COUNCIL officials are considering relocating an allotment site in Darlington. The Hundens Lane plots may have to be moved as a result of major developments taking place in the Haughton Road area. Darlington College of Technology is to establish a £30m

  • Unwanted furniture charity is flourishing

    A SCHEME which takes people's unwanted furniture and household items for families in need is expanding because of its success. The County Durham Furniture Help Scheme has received valuable help and support from Sedgefield Business Centre and Community

  • Staff nurse's university challenge

    A COMMUNITY staff nurse has completed a university course improving her career prospects. Middlesbrough-born Pat Richardson, 54, started nursing in 1969, in Stockton and Thornaby. She now works for Darlington Primary Care Trust (PCT) as a community staff

  • Revamped site gets sculpture

    THE unveiling of a stone sculpture marks the completion of a £73,500 improvement scheme in Coundon. The upgrade has been carried out at a prominent corner site on the junction of Collingwood Street and Victoria Lane, known locally as Fan Cottage Corner

  • Show to get new secretary

    OFFICIALS of the 163rd annual Stanhope Show breathed a sigh of relief as gales and heavy rain forecast for the weekend failed to materialise. Show secretary Mike Robson said attendances over the two days were about average. "We are well satisfied with

  • Allotment site may have to be relocated

    COUNCIL officials are considering relocating an allotment site in Darlington. The Hundens Lane plots may have to be moved as a result of developments taking place in the Haughton Road area. Darlington College of Technology is to establish a £30m campus

  • Time runs out on Yorkshire

    WHILE Yorkshire have spent long passages of time watching the rain come down at Taunton over the past three days, they have also seen themselves slip further down the Championship's Second Division table following emphatic wins by Essex and Leicestershire

  • Happy Hepples

    REDCAR-BASED Stephen Hepples virtually assured himself of a first Great Britain vest when he finished fourth on his England road debut in yesterday's big Bristol Half Marathon. The 24-year-old North Yorkshireman clocked 65 mins 29 secs, two seconds behind

  • Campaign to cut out salt levels

    A CAMPAIGN is being launched today to reduce the amount of salt eaten by people in the North-East. The Food Standards Agency campaign hopes to highlight the risks of eating too much salt, which can lead to high blood pressure and, in turn, heart disease

  • Family to renew plea over Iraq

    A RELATIVE of a young soldier killed in an explosion in Iraq will make a renewed plea for UK troops to be brought home. Gordon Gentle, 19, of Glasgow, died when a bomb hit his vehicle in Basra on June 28. Fusilier Gentle's death angered his family, who

  • Crowds flock to car cruise

    HUNDREDS of car enthusiasts from across the region have taken part in an all-day "cruise" for modified and customised cars. The event, at Sedgefield Racecourse in County Durham yesterday, was designed to dispel the negative image associated with boy racers

  • Jazz at the opera house

    Internationally acclaimed jazz singer Clare Teal is performing at The Grand Opera House, York, on Wednesday, October 20. For more details and ticket information ring (01904) 671818. Published: 13/09/2004

  • Revamped site gets sculpture

    THE unveiling of a stone sculpture marks the completion of a £73,500 improvement scheme in Coundon. The upgrade has been carried out at a prominent corner site on the junction of Collingwood Street and Victoria Lane, known locally as Fan Cottage Corner

  • Police investigate public school abuse allegations

    POLICE are investigating sex abuse claims at the country's leading Roman Catholic boarding school. Two Benedictine monks who taught at Ampleforth College, near Helmsley, North Yorkshire, are being questioned about the abuse which is alleged to have taken

  • Teesside back on the right road

    DARLINGTON has forged ahead of Teesside on the rugby front in recent seasons, but there were signs on Saturday that it may not last. Promoted to North One, Middlesbrough enjoyed the best result when they won 44-12 at Sheffield, while Stockton edged home

  • Flyball team awarded funding

    Dog handlers who have set up a successful flyball team have been awarded European funding to help establish their club and attract more members. The cash has been given from a Community Chest to the Teesdale team based at Barnard Castle, Co Durham, which

  • 4,200 seek education cash help

    MORE than 4,200 young people from across the Tees Valley have applied for financial aid to boost their career prospects, according to figures released today. The area's Learning and Skills Council said it was delighted with the take-up during the past