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The Northern Echo: The Forresters Arms in Kilburn, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Lunch review at the Forresters Arms pub, North Yorkshire

CONSIDERING its relatively small size, the village of Kilburn, near Thirsk, has an awful lot going for it.

There are the two obvious attractions, similar in fame but very different in stature – the towering White Horse cut into the hillside above, and the historic home of Robert Thompson's Mouseman furniture down in the heart of the village.

These would be more than enough for most rural communities these days, but not so in Kilburn, which also has a newly refurbished Village Institute complete with full wheelchair access and a built-in bar, and the Forresters Arms pub and hotel.


The Northern Echo: Louis believes he's Britain's youngest male landlord after taking over The Cross Keys in Gainford.

The Cross Keys in Gainford, near Darlington, opens with young landlord

A man has swapped doing a PhD for running the same pub he first got a job in aged 15. The new landlord at The Cross Keys in Gainford, near Darlington, Louis Jerrom had his Christening party at the historic pub and even held his 18th birthday party there.

Louis, who thinks he could be Britain’s youngest male landlord, had always dreamt of running his own pub, but planned to do his masters and PhD after finishing his degree in philosophy.


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Motorists convicted of drink driving in County Durham and Darlington

Today we name five people who have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in Darlington and County Durham.

They all appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court where they pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle with an alcohol level above the legal limit.

Liam Faulkner, 22, of Spennymoor, County Durham, was behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Astra on Morley Lane, Brancepeth, when he was apprehended on August 1, 2023.

A breathalyser test revealed a proportion of 59 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath, exceeding the prescribed limit.


The Northern Echo: Locomotion No 1

Research shows no part of Locomotion No 1 dates from 1825

THE iconic steam engine Locomotion No 1 does not have any pieces that date back to the historic opening day of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1825, new research has shown.

The engine which is today on display in Shildon’s Locomotion museum is a looky-likey loco which is very different to the way it appeared when it pulled what is regarded as the world’s first passenger train 198 years ago.

The research shows the famous loco when through a huge evolution during the course of its 15 year working life, even having two chimneys for several years.


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