• Match Report: Aston Villa 6 Sunderland 1

    Final Score: Aston Villa 6 Sunderland 1 SO much for achieving safety with three games to go then. It wasn't quite a collapse of Newcastle United proportions, but it was exceptionally close, and Sunderland's heaviest defeat of the season means

  • Rocket Ronnie out to up his game

    HE FELT invincible in sealing his fourth world title 12 months ago but defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan insists he will need to improve if he is to make it five. The 37-year-old entered the draw as the defending champion and top seed despite having

  • On The Whistle Report: Aston Villa 6 Sunderland 1

    Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar opened the home side's account in the 31 minute - only for Danny Rose to reply within a minute for Sunderland. However, in the 38th minute Villa retook the lead courtesy of  Andreas Weimann. Sunderland had the ball in

  • Bardsley and Gardner return for Black Cats

    PHIL Bardsley and Craig Gardner return to Sunderland's starting line-up for this evening's Premier League game at Aston Villa. Bardsley has recovered from a muscular injury to replace Jack Colback at right-back as the Black Cats look for the win

  • Singer Hayley's joy at film soundtracks inclusion

    A NORTH-EAST singer-songwriter is celebrating after two of her recordings were chosen to appear in feature films. Hayley McKay, from Hurworth, near Darlington, has been a performer for a young age. An a-capella version of Amazing Grace, performed

  • Jockey arrested after winning rides

    A JOCKEY from the region was arrested at a racecourse on Monday. Graham Gibbons was questioned by police at Wolverhampton racecourse shortly after winning two races. Mr Gibbons lives in Wetwang, between York and Bridlington, and has ridden

  • Artist to display mining industry at Locomotion: Shildon

    MINING EXHIBITION: Artist Derek Slater is to show off his paintings depicting scenes from the mining industry at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon. The former mine worker’s art will be on show until May 20 at the museum’s Collection

  • Moors exhibition

    PHOTO EXHIBITION: A new exhibition of photographs of the most beautiful locations in the North York Moors national park has gone on display in the Park Centre at Danby. Landscape photographer Ian Burton says he was inspired by the light and life of

  • Well-known printer dies

    Printer dies: Well-known former York printer and publisher Bill Sessions has died peacefully at his home in Clifton, aged 97. A lifelong Quaker who was educated at Bootham School, he leaves a widow Eva and three children, Sallie, Mark and Michael.

  • 400 soldiers parade through Richmond

    MORE than 400 soldiers marked their homecoming today (Monday, April 29) with a march through a North Yorkshire market town. Troops based at Catterick Garrison had their return from a six-month tour of Afghanistan honoured with a march to Richmond

  • Award offered for safe return of stolen dog

    A REWARD has been offered for the safe return of a missing dog after a possible sighting in Darlington. Three-year-old Husky/German Shepherd crossbreed Nanook went missing from Catterick, North Yorkshire, in March. A dog matching its description was

  • Newcastle Lib Dems chose Anita Lower as new leader

    THE Liberal Democrat group on Newcastle City Council has chosen Anita Lower to succeed David Faulkner as its leader. Councillor Lower is the first woman to lead the group. She has been a councillor for nearly 20 years and served on the executive for

  • Historic Richmond theatre launches fundraising appeal

    THE oldest working theatre in the UK is launching a fundraising appeal to secure its future as it marks its triple anniversary. The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire, is desperately seeking funding to help it stay as a performance

  • Rocky Horror Show heading to the North East

    A SPECIAL anniversary production of the Rocky Horror Show is heading to a North-East theatre this summer. The brand new production celebrates the iconic show’s 40th anniversary and will take to the Darlington Civic Theatre stage from July 22 to

  • St Teresa's Hospice Richmond Support Group AGM

    CHARITY MEETING: The St Teresa’s Hospice Richmond Support Group recently held their Annual General Meeting. Chairman Mary Lovell MBE spoke about recent achievements and fundraising support from local companies and individuals. She also gave thanks

  • In a muddle over regional spending

    IT is becoming increasingly difficult to know which way to turn on the Government's plans for how money is spent in the regions. Last October, Lord Heseltine - in a study requested by David Cameron - called for local enterprise partnerships (LEPS

  • All's 'fine' after Durham parking ticket stunt

    SHOPPERS were reassured everything was ‘fine’ after they spotted a car covered in parking tickets. The stunt was to launch a car park loyalty scheme at the Prince Bishops shopping centre, in Durham. A Mini Cooper parked in the Bishops Quarter

  • Railway talks begin on Wednesday

    A SERIES of public talks exploring the history of the railways begins later this week (Wednesday, May 1). In the first talk, Eric Colling will discuss the achievements of Bishop Auckland-born Joseph Firbank, about who he has written a book. The

  • Pledge for action over eyesore field

    A SENIOR councillor has pledged to take action over a field that has become a dumping ground for fly-tippers. Darlington resident Eric Elgie, whose Eastbourne Road home backs onto the field, says he first complained to Darlington Borough Council

  • Parents of child heart patients hold meeting with NHS bosses

    PARENTS concerned about the standard of care in UK child heart units have met with NHS bosses in Leeds. After the meeting, the 15-strong group issued a statement welcoming assurances from NHS England that "they are continuing to review and analyse

  • Durham student wins pollution prize

    A NORTH-East student has won a national pollution challenge. Durham University scholar Edward McEwan devised a scheme to remove mine-water induced iron loading from the River Gaunless, in County Durham. It won him the Environment Agency’s Pollution

  • Appeal after van damaged in hit-and-run

    POLICE are appealing for information to identify a van, which failed to stop following a collision. The incident happened at 5.50pm last Friday, April 26, on Knaresborough Road, Starbeck, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and involved a red Rover,

  • Police hunt suspected drug smuggler

    North Yorkshire police are hunting a suspected drugs smuggler from the region who failed to appear for a trial at Plymouth Crown Court. Robert John Steele, 28, whose last known address was in Tang Hall, York, was charged with illegally importing cocaine

  • Date set for Aycliffe Village history talk

    ANGELA Jobson will talk about Bomber Command at Middleton St George, near Darlington, at the next meeting of Aycliffe Village Local History Society at Aycliffe Village Hall at 7pm on Wednesday, May 8. Tickets are available on the door priced at £1

  • Fans can show support for Spennymoor Town with a car sticker

    SPENNYMOOR Town fans can show their support for the team with a special souvenir FA Carlsberg Vase car sticker from The Northern Echo. Paul Ketley, newspaper sales and audience manager, said: “We’re getting behind Spennymoor Town and it’s to show

  • North Yorkshire couple's joy at £1m scratchcard win

    A SPUR of the moment purchase paid off handsomely for Carl and Amanda Ruddock – after it netted them a cool £1m. The married couple from York have become instant millionaires after scooping the massive win on a lottery scratchcard – at eye-watering

  • Appeal for information after cat killed by dogs

    AN RSPCA inspector has appealed for information about three youths thought to be involved with the death of a cat. The black and white cat, called Luna, was attacked by three dogs in Eden Close, in Hurworth, near Darlington, at about 8am this morning

  • Thirty homing pigeons stolen but only eight know the way back

    A TAXI driver has had his collection of homing pigeons stolen from the shed in his back garden. Around 30 ‘Indian Tippler’ pigeons were stolen from Tariq Hussain’s breeding shed in Acklam, Middlesbrough, last Monday night (April 22). Mr Hussain

  • Charity rugby tournament wins support of Darlington business

    A RUGBY tournament held in memory of a three-year-old who died after a battle with leukaemia has won the support of a local business. The Henry Valks Memorial Cup Rugby Tournament is held each year to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK following

  • Double Gold for Barnard Castle Building Design

    Several North East-based rural enterprise companies are celebrating this week after the Cross Lanes Organic Farm Shop at Barnard Castle, Co Durham, part-designed and built by S and A Fabrications, also of Barnard Castle, was named ‘Building of the

  • Fundraiser has bike stolen ahead of charity cycle

    A FUNDRAISER hoping to complete a gruelling 170-mile charity cycle has had his bike stolen. Arthur Bullock, of Grangetown, left the bike outside a friend’s house in Clynes Road, Middlesbrough at about 4pm on Wednesday (APRIL 24) when someone knocked

  • News of the North

    RUN DATE: The Yorkshire 10k and 2k fun run at Newby hall in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust has been moved from its May date to September 22 to allow more people to enter. For more details visit

  • Plant advice from the experts

    PLANT FAIR: The Royal Horticultural Society will be holding a plant fair at its most northerly garden – Harlow Carr in Harrogate – on May 5 from 10am to 4pm. Visitors will also be able to take advantage of the RHS advisory team, who will be at the

  • Average house price falls below £100,000

    THE average price of a North-East home has fallen below £100,000. Figures from the Land Registry show average house prices for the region dropped by 5.5 per cent during the year to March. The fall was the biggest for any region in England and

  • North-East could miss out on renewable energy revolution - Balls

    THE Government’s “energy policy crisis” is putting at risk a massive opportunity for the North-East to lead a renewable energy revolution, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls warned today (Monday, April 29). The Labour heavyweight said it was “really frustrating

  • Thieves target van over running weekend

    A VAN was stolen during the Marathon of The North in Sunderland over the weekend. Thieves stole a set of van keys from inside a marquee in the garden area at Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery at around 2.50pm on Saturday, The white VW Crafter van

  • Nottinghamshire v Durham (Day One, Tea)

    BEN Stokes was made to pay for his second drop of the day at third slip with former Lancashire player Steven Mullaney on six. Mullaney continued to go for his shots and got away with it in scoring 80 out of a stand of 111 with James Taylor. He

  • Probe launched after Durham prison death

    AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a Nigerian graduate died in a North-East prison. Boniface Umale was found unresponsive in his cell in Durham prison at about 5am on Sunday, March 24, a Prison Service spokeswoman said. Prison staff attempted

  • Steel memories go on show

    A PROJECT to preserve the living memories of the Consett steel industry has been unveiled. The Made of Steel creative heritage project, which began collecting memories in November from former workers and their families, offers a showcase of stories

  • Scheme to encourage a healthy lifestyle

    A COURSE is on offer to help youngsters in Darlington lead healthier lifestyles. The ten-week MEND programme (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it!) was developed by experts at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health

  • Sherburn gears up for Thursday vote

    THE Liberal Democrats, Labour, the Conservatives and an Independent candidate will go head-to-head in Sherburn in Thursday’s Durham County Council elections. The Lib Dems have held both seats in the division until this week’s elections, with former

  • Councillor dies of alcohol abuse at 30

    A CONTROVERSIAL UKIP councillor has died aged 30 just weeks after accepting his life was at risk due to chronic alcoholism which saw him drinking up to 70 units a day. Councillor David Potts passed away at his home in West Boldon, South Tyneside

  • Darlington Ramblers to host evening walk

    EVENING WALK: The Darlington Ramblers will take part in a four and a half mile walk at Shackleton Beacon on Wednesday, May 1. Walkers should meet at Heighington village green at 6.40pm. For more details call 01325-314442. WARD SURGERY: The councillors

  • Band recruitment day hailed a success

    Middleton and Teesdale Silver Band's recruitment day has been hailed as a great success. Around 40 visitors arrived at one point yesterday afternoon at Middleton in Teesdale Primary School. The band played a variety of pieces during the afternoon

  • Bin day delays for Bank Holiday

    REFUSE and recycling collections will be one day late across Hambleton and Richmondshire districts next week because of the Bank Holiday on Monday, May 6. In Hambleton it is a green bin collection week and in Richmondshire there are collections

  • Students tune up for military concert

    A STIRRING programme of military music will raise the roof as two bands join forces for a charity concert. Northallerton College Concert Band will be joined by musicians from Darlington Community Wind Band for a 90-minute performance at the Forum

  • Care homes

    VANESSA REDGRAVE’S recent dramatic monologue on the state of the country’s care homes does little to help anyone – least of all those receiving care. To make the claim that the lives of people in care homes is abominable shows a clear lack of knowledge

  • Milbank Arms

    WITH regard to the article about the Milbank Arms, in Barningham (Echo, Apr 24), in the 1970s, when I was living in Barnard Castle I visited one evening for a drink. We noticed a sign in the bar area advertising egg and chips. Feeling a little

  • Save out jobs shows what we can achieve

    COULD I just add my congratulations to all involved in saving the 480 civil servants jobs at Mowden Hall, in Darlington (Echo, Apr 25). I have been following the campaign in The Northern Echo run in conjunction with my colleague Darlington Borough

  • Debt

    IS it really going to take 400 years to eliminate the nation’s debt? We knew the chancellor George Osborne and his bunch of Tory chuggers were slow, but this takes lethargic to a new dimension. Borrowing last year was down from £120.9bn to

  • VAT

    I HAVE run a building firm for 37 years employing six tradesmen and two apprentices at any one time as well as subcontractors. The introduction of VAT on materials and labour nearly ruined my business. I found all the private work dried up and

  • Miners' Strike

    MARGARET KING (HAS, Apr 24) took time to reply to my comments about the Miners’ Strike and I thank her for that. Due to a combination of my own failings and judicious editing I failed to be more specific over some comments I made. More pits

  • Vintage car rally to visit Darlington

    DOZENS of vintage and classic cars will come to Darlington during the bank holiday weekend for a show remembering a bygone era. Organised by the Northern Bygones Society, the event will take place in the Horsemarket on Saturday, May 4 and Bank

  • Quakers’ title win is Gray’s proudest day

    Delighted Darlington manager Martin Gray described delivering a title in his first season in charge as his proudest day, after Quakers clinched promotion from the Northern League. A year on from a traumatic period for the club, when it was battling

  • North-East steelmaker denies sale reports

    A STEELMAKER, which employs more than 1,500 North-East workers, has denied it is looking to sell a research centre in the region. Tata Steel, with sites in Hartlepool, Redcar, Darlington, Middlesbrough and Skinningrove, in east Cleveland, was responding

  • Mini beef and hummus burgers

    Marcus Wareing is one of many celebrity chefs who’ve teamed up to encourage children into the kitchen. Here is one of his receipes for your children to try. Serves six Ingredients: 500g lean minced beef 1 medium onion, peeled and diced

  • It’s a job to please them all

    LIFE in the editor’s chair has its ups and downs, but there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a campaign which comes to fruition. From the moment the Department for Education declared that it was reviewing the future of its Mowden Hall base

  • Family appeal for Hartlepool man who died at the weekend

    FAMILY APPEAL: The Coroner is seeking relatives of 75-year-old Malcolm Tweddle who died at his home in Orwell Walk, Hartlepool, on Sunday, April 28. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Relatives can contact The Coroner’s Office

  • Appeal after motorist makes off without paying

    POLICE are appealing for a vital witness to come forward after a motorist drove off without paying for his fuel. The incident occurred at the Scotch Corner Pavilion, Middleton Tyas, some six weeks ago but details have only just been released by

  • Looking to the future

    CONGRATULATIONS to Darlington 1883 on winning promotion from the Northern League at the first attempt. It has not been all plain sailing off the pitch, but the team hasn’t put a foot wrong on it and we salute the achievement of manager Martin Gray

  • Rural deprivation seminar

    A SEMINAR focusing on rural deprivation and inequalities will take place at Teesside University’s Darlington Campus on May 21. The event is part of the Rural Services Network seminar programme and will feature speakers from Durham and Teesside

  • High praise for beauty students from industry judges

    BEAUTY therapy students have won high praise from industry judges in an inter-college contest designed to test their skills. Make-up artists and hair stylist Kate Pymm, who works in TV and film and Kerry Lewis, who runs a mobile My Little Beauty

  • Big increase in North-East state schools offering IGCSEs

    THE number of state schools in the North-East offering the elite IGCSE qualification has jumped from 14 to 54 in the last year. It means the region now has more state schools offering the International General Certificate of Secondary Education

  • Prize winning student urges others to have a go

    THE winner of a prestigious national prize has urged other North-East geology students to enter this year's competition. Durham University MSci geology student Adam Pacey received a prize of 2,000 for him and his University department when he won

  • Call for vocational learner of the year to step forward

    EMPLOYERS and colleges in the North-East are being urged to nominate outstanding students who have gained a vocational qualification in the last 12 months for the national VQ Learner of the Year award. For the first time, businesses of all sizes

  • Shortlist announced for new North-East art prize

    NORTHUMBRIA University has announced the 10 finalists for the inaugural Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize 2012-13. The major new arts prize - worth an annual total of 40,000 - offers the winner a 20,000 bursary and a Fellowship at

  • DST T&V town and village

    SANDHUTTON Young fun: A children’s disco is being held at the village hall on May 3 for under-eights between 6pm and 7.30pm, and over-eights between 7.30 pm and 9pm. Admission is £3 on the door and includes a hotdog and drink. A family BBQ is bing

  • Trailer taken in farm raid

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at an isolated North Yorkshire farm. An Ifor Williams trailer, registration number K900 MRB, was stolen along with a steam cleaner and a selection of power tools, from a workshop at a farm

  • Rose KENT

    KENT Rose No cards to send on this your first birthday away. We will never forget you. Our memories will carry on until we meet again. Happy birthday Rose from your loving Husband Jack, Son Colin, Sandra and all Grandchildren.

  • Barry DAVIES

    Barry DAVIES Happy 70th Birthday Barry From Rose, Barry, Lesley, Peter, Brenda, Bob and Family.

  • Shaun Michael BELL

    Shaun Michael BELL Congratulations Shaun on your 18th Birthday From Grandma, Grandad, Auntie Claire and Christina.

  • Ross HUNT

    Ross HUNT Happy Birthday To our 18 year old Grandson You will always be our little boy Gran and Granda xxx

  • Syliva EMERSON

    EMERSON Sylvia April 29, 2012 Treasured memories of a dear Wife. It's lonely here without you Sylvia I miss you more each day for life is not the same to me since you were called away. But among my tears and heartaches there's one thing that

  • June CLAYTON

    CLAYTON June Gloria My Precious Mam A smile can hide my sadness and a tear can be wiped away but the heartache of losing you Mam never goes away. Love and miss you so much Deborah. My Nana Beautiful memories locked in my heart forever. Grant.


    CLAYTON June April 29, 2009 Time slips by and life goes on but from my heart you are never gone. Loved and remembered Ray. x

  • Michael Thomas WALTON

    WALTON Michael Thomas 21.11.1940 - 09.02.2013 A Thanksgiving service Celebrating the life of Mike will be held at St. Mary's Parish Church, Richmond on May 2 at 2.00pm. Cheerful clothing to be worn. If so desired donations to Cancer Research.

  • Stan Foster

    FOSTER Loving memories of our dad Stan Foster who died 20 years ago today Also remembering with love our mam Gladys Foster who died December 7, 1998 Today recalls the memory Of a loved one gone to rest; Those who think of him today Are those who

  • Stan Foster

    FOSTER Stan Foster - Our Granda Always so good, unselfish and kind None on this earth his equal we find. Sunshine passes and shadows fall But love’s remembrance outlasts all Also loving thoughts of our Nana Gladys Paul and Julie, Lee and Claire and

  • John William Hagues

    HAGUES April 24, of Darlington, John William (Jack), aged 90 years. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen Mary, dearly loved father of Gavin and Barbara. Will be sadly missed. Funeral Friday May 3. Service at Darlington Crematorium at 11.15a.m.

  • robert edward gilmore

    GILMORE Robert Edward Peacefully on April 23 in Beechwoods Care Home, Rob aged 91 years of Kepwick.Loving husband of Hilda, a dear father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Funeral service to take place at 11.30am Tuesday May 7 in Kepwick Memorial Chapel

  • david gibson

    GIBSON David Aged 65 years. Retired ambulance man (Newton Aycliffe). Passed away suddenly in hospital on April 19, 2013. Beloved husband of Patricia, devoted father of Sharon, Heidi, Karl, Kimberley and Katrina, much loved grandad of Shoni, Lili-Mae


    BARRACLOUGH Keith In loving memory of our dear Brother Keith accidentally killed at Brusselton Colliery April 29, 1958 When someone you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure that lasts forever Re-united with Mam and Dad

  • Ross HUNT

    Ross HUNT Happy 18th Birthday Son Love always Mam, Dad, Georgia and Brooke. xxxxx


    CLAYTON June April 29, 2009 My Wonderful Mam Thank you for the love we shared the love you gave and the way you cared. A wonderful nature a heart of gold these are the memories we all hold for always and miss you forever. Your loving Daughter

  • Jimmy Gibson

    GIBSON On April 11, suddenly of Sacriston. Jimmy aged 78 years, husband of Betty. Cremation has taken place.


    CAIRNS On April 23, peacefully in Lindisfarne Nursing Home, Chester le Street and of Framwellgate Moor, Thomas aged 74 years. Loving husband of Liz, a loving dad, grandad and father-in-law. Friends please meet for service in Framwellgate Moor Methodist

  • Patricia (Pat) COLLEDGE

    COLLEDGE April 22 (peacefully) surrounded by her loving family, of Esh Winning formerly of Sherburn Village, Patricia (Pat) aged 83 years. Devoted wife of Bob, loving mam of Wilf, Jim, Brian, Robert and Susan, dear mother-in-law, gran and great-gran.


    HEPBURN Nancy Birthday memories to a very special mam, granma and great-granma. No cards to write, or presents to give, Remembered with love as long as we live. From all the family. xxx

  • Charles Edward (Charlie) Toal

    TOAL (Newton Hall) On April 22, peacefully, in hospital Charles Edward (Charlie) aged 69 years, dearly beloved husband of Brenda, dear brother of Moira, Jim and Maureen, brother in law of Tommy and Irene also dear son-in-law of Dorothy and sadly missed

  • Shirley June ROGERSON

    ROGERSON Shirley June, nee Jefferson, aged 65 years of Richmond, died peacefully at The Friary Hospital on April 23. Beloved wife of the late Ian, much loved mum of Gavin, dear mother-in-law to Charlotte and a loving and proud nana to Ollie and Liv.

  • Enid Wreford

    WREFORD Shotton Colliery In loving memory of Enid Wreford, who died on April 24, 2013, aged 70 years. Enid was the widow of the dearly loved Fred, beloved mother of Victoria, Nigel and Alexandra, dear mother-in-law of Shane, Rachel and Lek, also the

  • Harry JACKSON

    JACKSON Harry April 29, 2011. If I could visit heaven, even for a day, maybe for a moment, the pain would go away. Loving you always, Doreen. Missing you, big man, you'll never be above us, never be below us, you'll always be beside us. Love

  • Sylvia EMERSON

    EMERSON Sylvia 29/05/29 - 29/04/12 Much missed by us all. Maurice, Lyn and Nigel, Shirley and Ray, Fiona and Wayne. Stef, Angela, Nathan and baby. James and Kirsty, David, Shannon, Lola, Heidi and Brandon. xxx

  • Free dog microchipping session to be held

    DOG MICROCHIPPING: Dog owners can have their pets micro-chipped at a free event being run by Durham County Council and the Stray Aid charity. The event is in the car park outside livin Sheltered Accommodation, Harrison Close, Shildon, on Saturday (

  • Ramblers' North Pennines rail route trek

    Durham Ramblers are staging a nine-mile walk following old railway routes in Alston and South Tynedale in the north Pennines, on Sunday (MAY 5). All those interested in taking part should meet at the Alston Railway Station at 10.30am for the first

  • Early bird walk to catch the dawn chorus

    EARLY birds are being invited to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Darlington’s Dawn Chorus walks on Saturday, May 4. Darlington Council’s countryside team are organising the five-mile walk which will leave from the Broken Scar picnic area at

  • Nottinghamshire v Durham (Day One, Lunch)

    DURHAM’S bowlers would have appreciated another day’s rest, but after a full day in the field on Saturday they are in line for another one after Paul Collingwood lost the toss at Trent Bridge. On a bright morning with a cold wind blowing there

  • Two women hurt in car crash

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a car crash which left a woman in her eighties needing hospital treatment. The incident happened at 5.15pm on Friday, April 26 on Good Street near the junction with New Front Street, in Tanfield lea, near Stanley

  • Couple flee fire on house boat

    A COUPLE escaped a fire on their houseboat in the early hours of this morning. Fire crews were called out to Hartlepool Marina just after 3.30am today (MONDAY) and spent an hour putting the blaze out. A man in his 40s suffered smoke inhalation

  • Driven by demand?

    Jeremy Gates finds out what is causing the boom in coaching holidays COACH holidays are back in fashion as cost-conscious passengers seek out packages free of hidden extras. More than seven million are booked each year – about four times the

  • Pound stretching

    Our money is going a lot further this year, despite sterling taking a pounding from the euro, says Jeremy Gates BRITISH visitors to Europe may find their money goes further than they expected. According to the Post Office Holiday Costs barometer

  • Laugh knight

    Veteran thespians Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi were the ideal candidates for ITV’s new sitcom, even if they didn’t fancy being Vicious Old Queens. Steve Pratt reports THE new ITV1 sitcom Vicious was originally called Vicious Old Queens. Somewhere

  • No Mitchelin-star eaters

    IF Gordon Ramsay ever visited Walford in search of a decent restaurant he would throw up his arms in despair and scream “Effing hell, what the eff is effing well going effing on in this effing awful place?”. For Walford boasts no Michelinstarred

  • Coogan’s buff

    Paul Raymond was the man who porned the future as we know it. The man known as The King Of Soho has been brought to the big screen by Steve Coogan. Steve Pratt reports STEVE COOGAN and the press have had a love-hate, mostly hate, relationship in

  • Can you read my mind?

    So many people want to see Derren Brown on Wearside that he’s booked for a week at the Sunderland Empire. Steve Pratt finds out why SO, WHAT exactly would you call Derren Brown? “Master of psychological illusion” is how he’s billed ahead of next week

  • Pea and pancetta risotto

    Marcus Wareing is one of many celebrity chefs who’ve teamed up to encourage children into the kitchen. Here is one of his receipes for your children to try. Serves eight Ingredients: 260g risotto rice 2 litres of chicken stock 1

  • Headteacher's delight as school improvement continues

    SPENDING on one of the region’s most improved schools is set to top the £3m mark as the transformation of its fortunes continues. Close to £1m has just been secured which will be spent on renewing roofs and fire barriers at Darlington School of

  • The style angels

    Ruth Campbell meets the no-nonsense fashion consultants who are urging women to try something new. But whatever you do, don’t compare Belinda and Gail to Trinny and Susannah. That’s not their style  BELINDA Alexander and Gail Little are rapidly

  • The gateway Home

    Facebook has a new Home on mobile. It’s as good as building a phone of its own... almost, says Giles Turnbull THE technology industry loves its rumours, and in recent months they were whispering the same thing over and over again: Facebook is building

  • Bacon roly polys

    Marcus Wareing is one of many celebrity chefs who’ve teamed up to encourage children into the kitchen. Here is one of his receipes for your children to try. Serves ten Ingredients: Bacon filling: 8 bacon rashers 1 medium onion,

  • Put pain on the back foot

    Reflexology can be as effective as painkillers in some cases, according to a new study. Lisa Salmon reports FANS of reflexology have long since sung the praises of its benefits. Based on ancient Chinese practices, it involves carefully applying

  • Breathe easy

    School administrator Hayley Bradley tells how losing weight has helped her to relieve her asthma symptoms Hayley, 37, who lives in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, with husband Mark and children Heidi, 16, Sebastian, 14, and Gabriel, 12, lost 9st

  • What does the future hold for Durham's wildlife?

    JIM Cokill, director of Durham Wildlife Trust, will give a talk titled The Future of Durham’s Wildlife in room 141 of Durham University’s Elvet Riverside 1 building, on New Elvet, Durham, on Wednesday, May 8, at 8pm. The illustrated talk has been organised

  • A flying start for Stockton

    ON AN opening day that saw title favourites South North and Chester-le-Street secure expected victories, and Blaydon slump to a shock defeat, Stockton began their campaign in convincing fashion as they won with seven wickets to spare at Benwell Hill

  • New scout hut and community facility for Consett

    WORK to create a community facility that will house two scout groups is taking place in north Durham. The £315,000 project on Constance Street in Consett is expected to be completed by July and will be ready for youngsters to start using by September

  • Happy new savings

    As the new tax year gets under way, it’s time to stow away your tax-free ISAs WITH the start of the new tax year (party poppers at my house), you now have a brand new tax-free savings ISA allowance. The slate’s wiped clean, everyone has a bigger

  • New Durham Cricket League gets off to a impressive start

    FOUR champions made an impressive start to life in the new Durham Cricket League. Brought together primarily by the amalgamation of the former Senior, County and Coast leagues, which were all disbanded, Burnmoor, Esh Winning and Murton were joined

  • China blues

    With the stylish blue and white of Wedgwood chic so in vogue for this summer, Lisa Haynes reveals the best in china-inspired prints WITH each fashion season there are mainstream looks, and then there are niche trends. The latter start off small

  • Awards winnings donated to wildlife trust

    A RETIREMENT village has donated its winnings from an awards ceremony to help community groups look after wildlife sites. Middleton Hall Retirement Village, near Darlington, has donated the £500 cheque to Durham Wildlife Trust after being commended

  • Apology after Darlington power cut

    AN energy company has apologised to Darlington residents affected by a power cut in the early hours of Monday (April 29) morning. About 180 properties in the Neasham Road area of the town were affected by the power cut at 12.30am. A spokesman

  • Darlington gain revenge against the Dalesmen

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  • The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

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  • Vicious (ITV1, 9pm)

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  • The Hoarder Next Door (C4, 9pm)

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  • MP's warning over new health and safety legislation

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  • Town traders get behind Spennymoor as Wembley beckons

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  • Celebrations in full swing for promoted Quakers

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  • Council hopeful suspended after derby day assault

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  • Children injured as inflatable slide blown away in strong winds

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  • Bishop Auckland school set to open rugby academy

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  • Unpaid work for Facebook threat and step-mother harrassment

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  • Warning after thieves steal gas meter

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