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  • Luke prepares for challenges after success

    A TEENAGE badminton player is looking forward to new challenges after a successful year on court. Luke Brudenell, 17, who studies at Northallerton College, was selected to play for Yorkshire U19s, who were representing England. He competed in the Dutch

  • Charity seeks replacement figurehead

    A CHARITY is looking for a volunteer to be its future figurehead in County Durham. The County Commander of the Durham branch of St John Ambulance is due to retire in three years and the organisation is looking for a volunteer to act as his deputy and

  • University to name chancellor

    THE new holder of one of the most important posts in the academic world has finally been chosen - but their identity remained shrouded in secrecy last night. A long-awaited announcement of the new chancellor of Durham University is to be made today, following

  • Respect for a champion of peace and justice

    PEOPLE of all faiths across the region are mourning the passing of Pope John Paul II. Thousands of worshippers gathered at cathedrals and churches across the North-East and North Yorkshire to pay their respects at a series of Masses, and plans are being

  • Police hunt gang after teenage girls are attacked at bus stop

    POLICE last night appealed for witnesses to an apparently motiveless attack on two teenage girls. Charlotte Murish, 15 of Trimdon, County Durham, was waiting for a bus with her friend Stacey Harris, 16, of Langley Park, when they were approached by six

  • Curtain up at theatre group's new venue

    THE curtain will go up next week on a new production by a County Durham theatre club, which was threatened by extinction After 15 months of searching for a suitable hall to stage its productions, the 28-year-old Glenholme Theatre Club, of Crook, has finally

  • Opera stars thrill audience

    THREE international opera stars thrilled an audience with songs from musicals last night. More than 150 people gathered at Auckland Castle, in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, to see mezzosoprano Alison Hudson, baritone David Stephenson and pianist David

  • And never the twain...

    He Says, She Says (BBC2); Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV1): Comedienne Jenny Eclair demands a lot from her men. She likes a man "to look like a man, walk nearest the street, open the door for her, pay at the end of the meal, look good in a

  • Mother's plea over poor rail fencing

    A YOUNG mother is calling for secure barriers to be built along a railway line after becoming frightened as she watched children playing on the track. Tara Horn's fears were heightened after Stuart Adams, 15, and Lee Mullis, 14, were killed on the East

  • Britain's least-wanted rings home to find he's in the clear

    THE mother of Britain's most unwanted man confirmed last night that he was safe and well, but his whereabouts remains a mystery. Police took the unprecedented step of issuing a public appeal to find Ken Teasdale last week after he went on the run for

  • Road barrier yobs are hunted

    POLICE were last night hunting vandals who built a barrier from tree branches and rocks across one of the North-East's busiest roads. Four cars were damaged when unsuspecting motorists ploughed into the barricade on the A174 Middlesbrough Parkway in the

  • Brown is hitting the heights

    AFTER years spent cheering on Sunderland's heroes from the terraces, Chris Brown is now winning fans of his own. The former season ticket holder, whose father Alan also played for the club, idolised Kevin Phillips. Brown draws more comparisons with Niall

  • 04/04/05

    DARLINGTON FC: AFTER the humiliating debacle against Kidderminster, Darlington's assistant manager Mark Proctor was quick to distance any responsibility for the performance from the management team, ultimately blaming the players for the lacklustre performance

  • Fighting duo drag Magpies into the gutter

    ON FRIDAY the country listened to what the whole of Tyneside had been waiting to hear: Alan Shearer had abandoned plans to retire on what became one of the most momentous days in Newcastle United's history. But a little over 24 hours later, the world

  • Cancer survivor Mary to star in show

    A WOMAN who has survived two occurrences of life-threatening breast cancer will step into the limelight at a charity show this week. Mary Lee, from Stokesley, North Yorkshire, will act as compere at a fashion show in aid of victims of breast cancer at

  • Mighty French polish off under-strength Falcons

    THE Parc des Princes stands on the 'Bois de Bologne', an ancient fortification from which the citizens of France would repel a series of European invaders. But, in all of its years as a battleground, the Parisian venue cannot have seen many more one-sided

  • Poll reveals debt concern

    New research by MORI has revealed two thirds of people in the North-East believe buying a home today means taking on too much debt. In addition, 86 per cent believe future generations will find it more difficult to afford their own home. The poll, commissioned

  • Spencer set to score again on Tag Team

    Jamie Spencer has been in tremendous form since parting company with Aidan O'Brien and he can be on the mark again with Tag Team in the Eventguard Handicap over five furlongs at Yarmouth this afternoon. David Flood has really made a name for himself in

  • Fighting duo drag Magpies into gutter

    ON FRIDAY the country listened to what the whole of Tyneside had been waiting to hear: Alan Shearer had abandoned plans to retire on what became one of the most momentous days in Newcastle United's history. But a little over 24 hours later, the world

  • Tourism brings £70m to town

    TOURISM in Darlington is booming. The tourist industry injected more than £70m into the local economy last year and supported more than 1,600 full time jobs in catering, retail, entertainment an the accommodation sectors. Latest figures reveal that last

  • Henry and Pires the St Juste role-models

    LIVING in the shadows of Elland Road, Jason St Juste would have every right to support his hometown club, Leeds United. The 19-year-old's house, which he shares with his mum, dad, two brothers and a sister, is just a stone's throw away from the statue

  • Four-try Darlington ensure safety

    THERE was a big cheer from the fans as Darlington ensured their survival in National Three North with the last move of the match. It earned their fourth try and the bonus point took them 11 points clear of Rugby, who cannot catch them and are firm favourites

  • Could this woman win the National?

    Carrie Ford could become the first female jockey to win the Grand National on Saturday. She tells Women's Editor Linday Jennings why being described as a "brood mare" by a top trainer made her even more determined to win. CARRIE Ford will get up at about

  • Men honoured after saving man's life

    Two men who stopped a man from bleeding to death were today honoured for their actions. PC Tony Slaney of Northallerton Police and Gareth Hare, from Northallerton were presented with certificates of commendation from the Royal Humane Society by the Chief

  • Trust hailed for its flab-fighting figures

    AN area's success in fighting the flab is to be highlighted as an example to the rest of Britain. Large waistlines have been quickly disappearing since weight management groups were launched in east Cleveland. A collective weight loss of 111st 3lbs in

  • Showground development is discussed

    A civic watchdog has welcomed Yorkshire Agricultural Society plans to consult on the future of its Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate. Henry Pankhurst, planning spokesman for Harrogate Civic Society, said his organisation had been briefed on the

  • A debate of two halves

    It may be our national game, but increasingly children find it difficult to play football in the street or the park without provoking complaints. John Dean looks for a sporting compromise. IT is a scene enacted in just about every street in the land as

  • Fears for safety of Chinese teenagers

    Fears are mounting that three vulnerable Chinese girls seeking asylum could beforced into child prostitution after they vanished only days after arriving in the UK. The two 15-year-olds and another, 16, vanished from council care within days of being

  • Fears for safety of Chinese teenagers

    Fears are mounting that three vulnerable Chinese girls seeking asylum could beforced into child prostitution after they vanished only days after arriving in the UK. The two 15-year-olds and another, 16, vanished from council care within days of being

  • Can this woman win the National?

    CARRIE Ford will get up at about 7.30am on Saturday, April 9. The first thing she will do is give her 14-month-old daughter her early morning bottle, before passing her to one of her friends for the day. By 10am, she and her mount, Forest Gunner, will

  • Wave sculpture project to go ahead despite seafront deaths

    A PROJECT to create a wave sculpture is to go ahead despite claims it would be inappropriate after recent seafront tragedies. The £95,000 steel-finned sculpture is to be installed in Marine Drive, Scarborough, to represent the power of the ocean. But

  • Car dealer protests as roadworks hit business

    ONE of the North-East's leading businessmen has claimed that roadworks caused by a major development is affecting his company. Work on the section of road between Portrack Lane and Church Road, in Stockton, part of the £300m North Shore development, has

  • Scaling new heights with rock challenge

    A MINI mountain offered youngsters in the region a chance to try rock climbing. Children in Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, Durham City, donned helmets and harnesses to scale the sides of the 25ft artificial climbing wall. The structure features 200 hand-holds

  • Lucky escape for couple after vehicle overturns

    A couple were lucky to escape with their lives after their vehicle hit a tree and overturned on a stretch of dual carriageway at the weekend. Police said the husband and wife had a miraculous escape when their Suzuki Liana ran off the road on the A66,

  • Voice of youth guides shake-up

    YOUNG people have played a key role in a shake-up of youth services. More than 1,000 young people simultaneously launched 4Youth - Choose It at venues across the county. It was the culmination of an 18-month consultation on services, in which 4,000 youngsters

  • Bird steps back from the brink

    A BIRD that was once endangered is making a comeback on the North York Moors. A detailed survey of the nocturnal nightjar has revealed that its numbers have increased by almost 250 per cent over the past 12 years. The birds are making their homes in Forestry

  • Travel firm makes offer to parents

    A TRAVEL agent hopes to help improve school attendance rates by offering discounts on family holidays taken during official school breaks. Hays Travel is offering the incentive in association with the Stockton Stars project, which aims to improve attendance

  • Teenagers all in a spin

    YOUNG people at a north Durham youth club have received some new equipment. Fifteen children aged 11-16, who attend Chester-le-Street Youth Club, have been trying their hand at mixing music. The aspiring DJs learned their skills on Saturday and recorded

  • Britain's least-wanted rings home to find he's in the clear

    THE mother of Britain's most unwanted man confirmed last night that he was safe and well, but his whereabouts remains a mystery. Police took the unprecedented step of issuing a public appeal to find Ken Teasdale last week after he went on the run for

  • Clinic will offer men screening

    A CLINIC will be launched this week to offer a screening service for men. The Weardale Practice, in Stanhope Health Centre, Stanhope, County Durham, has been chosen to pilot the clinic, starting tomorrow. The move, by Durham Dales Primary Care Trust (

  • Police probe on-pitch brawl

    Newcastle United bosses and players will be questioned by police investigating an on-pitch fight between two of the club's star players. England and Newcastle players Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer were sent off after the brawl in front of more than 52,000

  • Talk to focus on fascination with dialect

    DIALECT expert Dr Bill Griffiths will spell out his fascination with the history of local accents on Friday. Dr Griffiths, who lectures at Northumbria University and has recently had a A Dictionary of North-East dialect published, will be the guest speaker

  • Shark group chairman bites back

    THE owner of an excursion company that brings people face to face with Great White Sharks is threatening legal action against a British tourist who said he was nearly eaten by one. Mark Currie, 32, was cage- diving off the coast of South Africa when he

  • Oil prices increase

    Fears over supply shortages drove oil prices to fresh highs today despite signs oil cartel Opec could move to cool the market. The cost of a barrel of light crude oil rose to a record 57.79 US dollars in New York today - its highest level since trading

  • RAF base approves flight path changes

    RAF chiefs have agreed new flight paths over one of the region's bases following recommendations from councillors. The new pattern around the base at Linton-on-Ouse, near York, has been designed to give the fairest spread of noise geographically. It follows

  • Cats are transformed after McCarthy roasting

    THE decorators may have to be called in to spruce up the away dressing room at Loftus Road after Mick McCarthy admitted to peeling the paint off the walls during a half-time team talk that would have made even Peter Reid blush. The former Sunderland boss

  • Clinic to pioneer diabetes research

    PATIENTS from the North-East could be in line for revolutionary insulin cell transplant operations, it was revealed yesterday. News of plans to link with scientists who carried out the UK's first successful islet cell transplantation last month emerged

  • Mighty French polish off under-strength Falcons

    THE Parc des Princes stands on the 'Bois de Bologne', an ancient fortification from which the citizens of France would repel a series of European invaders. But, in all of its years as a battleground, the Parisian venue cannot have seen many more one-sided

  • Bill Bryson named as Chancellor of Durham University

    Travel writer Bill Bryson was today appointed as the Chancellor of Durham University. The world-renowned author succeeds the late Sir Peter Ustinov as head of the top-rated university. The US-born journalist and author, who has lived most of his adult

  • Fears for safety of Chinese teenagers

    Fears are mounting that three vulnerable Chinese girls seeking asylum could beforced into child prostitution after they vanished only days after arriving in the UK. The two 15-year-olds and another, 16, vanished from council care within days of being

  • Boateng's return helps Boro storm the Palace

    YOU don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out that Middlesbrough's recent fortunes have tumbled because of a crippling injury list. In Steve McClaren's pre-match press conference on Friday he added that the absence of Mark Viduka and George Boateng

  • Finally at rest

    TONY BLAIR last night put off his announcement of the General Election date following the death of Pope John Paul II. The Prime Minister had been expected to go to Buckingham Palace today to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament, signalling the start of

  • Animals killed in arson attack

    Two horses and a pregnant dog died in a fire at a compound which police say is being treated as suspicious. Emergency services were called to the burning stable at Bridge Place, Eldon Lane, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham, on Sunday night. The horse

  • Police examine Newcastle fight

    Police continue to investigate the on-pitch brawl this weekend between Newcastle players Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer. A force spokesman said: "Northumbria Police never condones or ignores violence, wherever it happens. "A senior officer from Newcastle

  • Clinic will offer men screening

    A CLINIC will be launched this week to offer a screening service for men. The Weardale Practice, in Stanhope Health Centre, Stanhope, County Durham, has been chosen to pilot the clinic, starting tomorrow. The move, by Durham Dales Primary Care Trust (

  • Row after exam results fall at schools near academies

    A row has blown up over the revelation that GCSE results have plunged at schools close to Middlesbrough's two controversial 'city academies'. Critics of the academy programme warned the expensive, privately-sponsored academies "creamed off" the most able

  • Shedding light on subject

    A GROUP of students from a North-East university are taking part in an international workshop to promote European collaboration in the study of light. Students will be joined by others from France and Germany who arrived in the region on Saturday to take

  • Doorstep crime chief's honour

    ONE of the men heading a campaign to combat door-step crime is in line for one his industry's top honours. North Yorkshire trading standards chief Stuart Pudney is a strong contender for the title Outstanding Public Servant of the Year 2005. Mr Pudney

  • News in brief

    SCHOOL REUNION: Pupils and staff from Huntcliff School, Saltburn, between 1970 and 1980, are invited to a reunion. A buffet and disco have been arranged at The Spa Hotel, Saltburn, on Saturday, May 21, from 7.30pm. Admission is £8.50. Tickets can be bought

  • UniBond League: Moors dice with future

    SPENNYMOOR won't be sending a team to Leek Town tonight in the UniBond League - and now they are facing possible expulsion. Moors have been charged with failing to fulfil their fixtures against Bridlington last Thursday and Radcliffe Borough on Saturday

  • Fears over garish signs at garages

    Garages and car dealerships are being criticised for having too many garish signs and illuminations at their premises. The attack has come from a civic watchdog which is regularly protesting to planning officers about the signage. Harrogate Civic Society

  • Media students win praise for talent

    MEDIA students at Darlington College of Technology have proved they are tuned into their studies after winning praise from the Royal Television Society (RTS). Quaker Television, a football channel run by the media students for Darlington Football Club

  • Media students win praise for talent

    MEDIA students at Darlington College of Technology have proved they are tuned into their studies after winning praise from the Royal Television Society (RTS). Quaker Television, a football channel run by the media students for Darlington Football Club

  • Health chiefs quizzed by college students

    HEALTH chiefs have vowed to take on board young people's ideas after a grilling by students who want to influence local services. Sedgefield Community College hosted a young people's health forum with four executives from Sedgefield Primary Care Trust

  • Team to help sex attack victims

    TWO counsellors will work with police and other criminal justice agencies to make sure victims of sexual assault are kept up-to-date about the prosecution process. They will also analyse patterns of North-East offending. Their work is overseen by the

  • Hero Queudrue eyes Irish call

    Matchwinner Franck Queudrue dominated Middlesbrough's pre-match preparations with talk of forging an international career with the Republic of Ireland. An earnest Queudrue last week revealed he has an Irish grandfather and admitted should Les Bleus not

  • Cooper's sign from above

    NEALE Cooper was just about to announce he was fed up of hard luck stories, when the ultimate sign of a change came around. After watching his side thump Swindon, Cooper, stood on the Victoria Park pitch, was hit by a seagull emptying its load from above

  • Keeping faith with their father

    Chris Brayshay attended a Mass at St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral, in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, last night. THEY filed quietly into Mass - teenagers, the middle-aged, toddlers in pushchairs, frail pensioners leaning on sticks or pushed in wheelchairs

  • Pool profit thanks to Wearside contingent

    THE Sunderland old-boys network is paying dividends at Hartlepool United. Twenty miles or so down the A19 from the Stadium of Light, an extension of Wearside is forming at Victoria Park. Black Cats' old boy Martin Scott is pulling strings off the pitch

  • Hodgson playing the low risk strategy

    Following Saturday's narrow win over Chester City David Hodgson moved quickly to explain why he left substitute Bobby Petta on the sidelines. With Darlington struggling to make the breakthrough against a struggling Chester City the former Feyenoord ace

  • Mowden play to potential to move clear of danger

    DARLINGTON Mowden Park finally played to their potential, with forwards and backs combining in a fine display, to win 32-8 at Cleckheaton and climb clear of trouble in National Three North. With Blaydon also turning on the style in the second half to

  • Bowyer and Dyer face Shepherd showdown

    ANGRY chairman Freddy Shepherd insists a decision on the futures of Newcastle United's two shamed footballing boxers will not be made until he has held showdown talks at St James' Park today. After digesting the whole shocking situation, Shepherd will

  • Hotel unveils major redevelopment

    The new owner of one of the region's leading hotels today unveiled plans to invest almost £2m in a major redevelopment to capture a bigger slice of the tourist market. A planning application is expected to be submitted in the summer which, if successful

  • Finally at rest

    TONY BLAIR last night put off his announcement of the General Election date following the death of Pope John Paul II. The Prime Minister had been expected to go to Buckingham Palace today to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament, signalling the start of

  • Birthday winner for veteran trainer Hills

    Veteran trainer Barry Hills celebrated his 68th birthday by saddling La Cucaracha to win the Stanleybet Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday. The Lambourn handler had been out of luck on the first two days of the Lincoln meeting, but he rarely leaves

  • RAF base approves flight path changes

    RAF chiefs have agreed new flight paths over one of the region's bases following recommendations from councillors. The new pattern around the base at Linton-on-Ouse, near York, has been designed to give the fairest spread of noise geographically. It follows

  • Moors' sad demise sets alarm bells ringing

    MIKE AMOS gives his verdict on the downfall of Spennymoor United FIRSTLY, it is a great sadness. Spennymoor United had for many years been a smashing club with smashing people, both on an off the field. What would dedicated former officials like Barrie

  • Inquiry as body found in road

    DETECTIVES were last night trying to piece together the last movements of a reveller whose body was found lying in the street in the early hours of the morning. Daniel Adams, 23, was found slumped on the ground early on Saturday by a passing taxi driver

  • There's no time to lick wounds says Noon

    A determined Jamie Noon has urged his Newcastle Falcons team-mates to win their remaining three games so that this season's Heineken Cup adventure is not a one-off. The Falcons crashed out of Europe's leading club competition on Saturday after a resounding

  • Comment from The Northern Echo: The footsteps of a great man

    POPE John Paul II will be an extremely hard act to follow. He was the Pope who took the Catholic Church to the world, and few religious figures can match the impact he made. Using the mass media with rare assurance, and capitalising on the opportunities

  • The Albany League: Eye on treble as Dunston retain the title

    Dunston regained their Northern League title with a 4-0 win at Ashington on Saturday - now they've got their eyes on the treble. Dunston brushed Ashington aside with a powerful display and, with nearest challengers Billingham Synthonia unexpectedly losing

  • Spotlight falls on magical musical stage production

    CHILDREN and adults are preparing to stage a colourful musical production which tells the story of an inventor who can make dreams come true. The show by St Teresa's Parish Productions (Stepps), in Harris Street, Darlington, is called The Magnificent

  • Town to be given £130,000 centre

    GROUPS and individuals are being offered greater support with the creation of a £130,000 community centre. The Thirsk Community Care Association is expanding its efforts for local organisations by creating the centre in the heart of the town. The group

  • US connection strengthens church links

    AN Anglican church has opened its doors to the Lutheran Church for services. St Peter's Church, in Harrogate town centre, is hosting alternate monthly communion services, attended by 20 Lutherans, most of them families with American links. The vicar of

  • Cadets get back to nature in training camp

    ARMY cadets Steven Forth and brothers Nick and Stan Parry experienced what life is like for the professionals. The trio, who are all aged 13, were among 250 youngsters from across North Yorkshire who participated in a week-long camp at Strensall, near

  • Tourism brings £70m to town

    TOURISM in Darlington is booming. The tourist industry injected more than £70m into the local economy last year and supported more than 1,600 full time jobs in catering, retail, entertainment an the accommodation sectors. Latest figures reveal that last

  • £57,000 to set up recycle scheme

    A PILOT project is being set up with a £57,000 grant to recycle old furniture in Darlington. The town has been given the money by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to run the scheme. The project will be run as a joint venture

  • Traders lodge objections to council plan for taxi rank

    PROTESTORS have lodged objections against a plan to create a taxi rank in a town centre. Chester-le Street District Council's licensing committee will consider whether or not there should be a hackney carriage stand on Front Street. The idea is to reduce

  • Bosses to consult public on care plans

    HEATH chiefs are today beginning to consult patients in Stanley about how to provide services to care for them in the future. Derwentside Primary Care Trust (PCT) is asking residents for views on proposals to improve and develop medical facilities. The

  • Teenager is cut above rest

    A 16-YEAR-OLD hairdresser has shown that she is a bright talent by scooping an award for her work after less than a year in the job. April Lippe from Grangefield, Stockton, a hairdressing apprentice at Changes Salon, in Norton, won the Overall Colouring

  • Student's decision no bar to career

    A TEESSIDE teenager who quit her university studies could soon run her own pub. Sharon Cook, from Thornaby, is only 19 but is already helping to manage the Yorkshire Dragoon pub at Maltby, near Ingleby Barwick. The former Thornaby Community School pupil

  • Charity convoy backed by store

    FOR 15-years, Rod Jones has sent hundreds of tonnes of basic living essentials from Teesside to remote communities in Romania. It has always been a struggle until the weekend when a national supermarket chain backed the mercy missions organised by Convoy

  • Tanker team aims to clean up for charity

    CHARITIES are to benefit from a wash and brush-up with a difference. A tanker cleaning firm on Teesside aims to raise £5,000 for Comic Relief this month. Workers at the South Bank yard of Tanktainer Thurroclean already scrub out the insides of approximately

  • Wildlife haven plan at flood site

    AN area that has been hit by floods is to be transformed into a haven for wildlife. An 11-hectare site between West Auckland and Ramshaw has the potential to become a home for otters, skylarks and toads, says the Environment Agency. The site is close

  • Team helps patients

    A health drive has been launched on Teesside to improve the well-being of people with learning disabilities. David Hamilton, a learning disabilities nurse with the Tees and North-East Yorkshire NHS Trust, is leading a team working with GP practices and

  • Changes made to park plan

    A MULTI-million pound scheme that would have changed the look of a park has been amended after reservations were expressed. Harrogate councillors have rejected several proposals for Valley Gardens, in the town centre, including the construction of a teen

  • Triple treat for theatre-goers

    TALENTED young stage stars will strut their stuff in a busy season of performances at one of the North-East's leading theatres. The Gala Theatre Stage School is preparing for three forthcoming stage shows. More than 240 would-be singing, dancing and acting

  • Hospital urged to speed up op

    AN MP is taking up the case of a woman who will have to wait between six and nine months for an operation on a prolapsed disc. Noreen Johnson, 51, is in so much pain that she spends much of her time lying on the sitting room floor of her Guisborough home

  • Golden moment for happy couple

    Leslie and Elizabeth Shoulder celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss this weekend by dancing the night away surrounded by family and friends. About 100 guests gathered at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Saturday to toast the couple at their golden wedding anniversary

  • Singer gets bluecoat role

    A SINGER whose ambition is to perform in front of a packed crowd at Wembley Arena has been chosen to become a Bluecoat. David Ward, of Well Bank, Billy Row, Crook, is among 50 young people who have been chosen out of hundreds of hopefuls who auditioned

  • Ending on high note

    A FLOWER festival will be held at St Michael's Church, Heighington, to mark the completion of the village bells restoration project. The festival, entitled Ringing in the Buds of May, has a gala preview evening on Thursday, April 28, at 7.30pm. Northern

  • Pupils urged to brighten up town with floral displays

    PEOPLE across Darlington are urged to help the town regain its Northumbria in Bloom crown. The town won the title six times in a row, but last year lost out to Stockton. Darlington Borough Council is determined to win the title back and is calling on

  • North experts make cancer breakthrough

    SCIENTISTS from the region have discovered a novel way of using light therapy to kill cancer cells. The breakthrough could open the doors to many revolutionary cancer treatments. The team from BioTransformations Limited, a company with strong links to

  • Badminton club gets on the net

    MEMBERS of Haughton Badminton Club in Darlington have launched a club website. The site, designed by two of the club's members, is to provide information for members of the community. Details of a free ten-week coaching programme can be found on the new

  • Students die in bridge crash

    TWO female university students were killed in a road accident yesterday. Wearmouth Bridge, in Sunderland, was closed for more than four hours after the collision, which involved four cars and a bus at about 2.30pm. The students who died, a 26-year-old

  • Team to help sex attack victims

    TWO counsellors will work with police and other criminal justice agencies to make sure victims of sexual assault are kept up-to-date about the prosecution process. They will also analyse patterns of North-East offending. Their work is overseen by the

  • Students need expedition cash

    A team of adventure-seeking Durham University students are seeking corporate backing for a summer expedition. The team will travel to Zangskar, in the Indian Himalayas, to carry out a geographical and anthropological study of the village of Kumi. The

  • North experts make cancer breakthrough

    SCIENTISTS from the region have discovered a novel way of using light therapy to kill cancer cells. The breakthrough could open the doors to many revolutionary cancer treatments. The team from BioTransformations Limited, a company with strong links to

  • Queen's tribute to man of 'peace and goodwill'

    THE Queen led tributes to Pope John Paul II as she expressed her deep sorrow at his death. Buckingham Palace said: "The Queen has conveyed to the Holy See her deep sorrow on receiving the news of the death of his holiness Pope John Paul II. "Her majesty

  • Fans angry as Bowyer allowed to say at Newcastle after fight

    Fans reacted angrily today as Lee Bowyer was allowed to stay at Newcastle United after the on-field attack that shamed the club. Bowyer's astonishing brawl with team-mate Kieron Dyer during Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Aston Villa led to both being sent off

  • Police probe on-pitch brawl

    Newcastle United bosses and players will be questioned by police investigating an on-pitch fight between two of the club's star players. England and Newcastle players Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer were sent off after the brawl in front of more than 52,000

  • Investment group to meet stricken railway's funders

    A PRIVATE investor running the UK's first independent community railway will meet the debt-ridden Weardale Railway's funders this week. The ECT Group, which includes the successful Dartmoor Railway, in Devon, confirmed yesterday that it was in talks over

  • Entertainment lacking but win is number one priority

    A sterile atmosphere, fast-flowing football a rarity, neither side creating many scoring chances - this victory can definitely be filed in the 'grinded out' category. A none-the-wiser neutral visitor to the Williamson Motors Stadium would never have guessed

  • On TV

    He Says, She Says (BBC2) Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV1) Comedienne Jenny Eclair demands a lot from her men. She likes a man "to look like a man, walk nearest the street, open the door for her, pay at the end of the meal, look good in a hat

  • Parents of tragic soldier pay tribute to 'perfect son'

    MYSTERY surrounds the death by hanging of a popular North-East soldier only two weeks before he was due home on leave from Iraq. Yesterday, the parents of Private Mark Dobson paid tribute to the "perfect son" they described as a fitness fanatic who loved

  • General Election challenge to Cabinet Minister

    AN independent councillor is to challenge a senior member of the Cabinet at the forthcoming General Election. Councillor Watts Stelling, who sits on Derwentside District Council and Durham County Council, will stand as an independent candidate against

  • Triple treat for theatre-goers

    TALENTED young stage stars will strut their stuff in a busy season of performances at one of the North-East's leading theatres. The Gala Theatre Stage School is preparing for three forthcoming stage shows. More than 240 would-be singing, dancing and acting

  • Trust hailed for its flab-fighting figures

    AN area's success in fighting the flab is to be highlighted as an example to the rest of Britain. Large waistlines have been quickly disappearing since weight management groups were launched in east Cleveland. A collective weight loss of 111st 3lbs in

  • Play-off place must be for keeps, Webster

    DETERMINED Adrian Webster last night urged his Darlington team-mates to ensure this time they stay in the play-off places for keeps. The narrow win over Chester on Saturday saw Quakers move into the top seven for the sixth time this season Quakers. Seven