Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A daily newspaper covering the news, politics, crime, sports, and business of the Newcastle and North East regions of England. Also features profiles of local newsmakers and celebrity news.

Articles from August 29, 2007

Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG EVEN by local authority standards, the failure to sort out the wrangle over free parking for selected staff and councillors at Newcastle Civic Centre takes some beating. It's now eight years since the issue was first highlighted...
Athletics: Laura and Niall Produce Goods
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK THE region's school athletes had mixed fortunes in the second edition of the UK School Games in Coventry. Competing for the North East against the other eight English regions and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland at...
Athletics: Records Tumble in the Sunshine
NUMEROUS meeting records fell thanks to the good weather at Gateshead Harriers' 13th edition of the Tartan Games. Pride of place went to English Schools' 100m champion Richard Kilty, who erased the old 100m and 200m times from the record books,...
Athletics: Tomahawks Cut Down the Predators
WHITLEY BAY Tomahawks were at Ice Sheffield over the Bank Holiday weekend for the annual Sheffield Under-16 Tournament. Tomahawks required penalty shots to defeat North Ayr Predators in the fifth/sixth place play-off tie. It was a thrilling comeback...
BEER WE GO; Trio Help to Re-Create Some of the Region's Iconic Ales at New Brewery
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter IT'S one of the North East's top tipples. The iconic Double Maxim cask beer is back in the region after an eight-year absence. Almost as famous as Newcastle Brown Ale, the former Vaux favourite will...
Bold Move towards Top of the Table; WEARSIDE LEAGUE
BOLDON CA are just a couple of points behind leaders New Marske after winning both games in the last week. First, they comfortably saw off newcomers Silksworth Community, despite conceding the lead to David McKinney. Regular marksman David Hopper...
Bounty Replica Docks in North East
Byline: By ETER TAYLOR A STAR of the seas and silver screen is calling in at the North East. HMS Bounty, famous for the 1789 mutiny between Captain Bligh and Master Mate Fletcher Christian in the South Pacific, was recreated in 1960 by MGM for...
Busting Those Builders Who Leave Poor Customers in the Lurch; the Government Is Planning to Get Tough on Cowboy Builders by Giving Councils Greater Power to Deal with Poor Workmanship, but There's Still No Fall-Back for Those Who Risk Going with Limited Companies That Go Bust
Byline: LIZ LAMB reports FIVE years after Catherine Farrell paid a builder to do work on her home, one room is still an empty shell, and she has had to fork out pounds 3,000 for further work. The 47-year-old, of Burnopfield, had already shelled...
CD Reviews; Music/young Reviewers ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND Young Reviewers 2007/8
DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH?: LET'S MAKE OUT Beginning with frantic squeals of Let's Make Out, Let's Make Out it can be guessed that a whirlwind of a track lies ahead. Sure enough, all expectations are colourfully met, as the track descends into a...
Chris Comes Up Just Short
GREAT Britain suffered a disastrous morning at the World Championships as British record holders Chris Tomlinson and Goldie Sayers both failed to advance from their qualifying in Osaka. Gateshead-based Tomlinson broke his five-year-old British...
Club Death Man Was Set to Wed; Police Probe Continues into Tragedy outside City Strip Venue
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter GRIEVING parents of a man who died following a clash outside a strip club have travelled to Tyneside. Michael Duffin was about to get engaged to his Newcastle girlfriend and friends said he had everything...
Could It Be Our National News Media Are Controlled by the Government in the Interests of Political Correctness?
I AM ringing in reply to RF from West Denton. I was quite disgusted that someone could be so narrow-minded in their views. Just because somebody buys a Day Rider on the bus, it does not mean they are on the dole! I am 24, I live with my fiance and...
Cricket: Chopwell Come Back to Lead the Chasing Pack; THREE COUNTIES NORTHUMBERLAND LEAGUE SCENE AS THE SEASON ENTERS ITS MAKE OR BREAK STAGE
Byline: NICK PUREWAL CHOPWELL forced themselves ahead of the chasing pack with a gritty win over Stocksfield. While Cowgate extended their lead at the Three Counties Northumberland League summit, resilient Chopwell battled past Stocksfield thanks...
Cricket: South North Bank a Double Bonus; LATEST REPORTS FROM THE REGION'S LEAGUE CRICKET Northern Rock NE Premier League
Byline: LEE RYDER SOUTH North chairman Clive Goatman today expressed joy after watching his side come through the weekend safely with two victories to stay in control at the top of the Premier League. Last year's champions pulled off wins over...
Cricket: Tough Choices for Durham Fans
Byline: JEFF BOWRON DURHAM fans will have a difficult choice to make this year when they vote on the Riversiders' top performer in what has been a memorable and historic season, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Durham started today's LV County Championship...
Cricket: Whitburn Keep Title Race Alive in Style; FORSTER'S DURHAM SENIOR LEAGUE SCENE AS THE SEASON ENTERS ITS MAKE OR BREAK STAGE
AT THE end of the double Bank Holiday programme the race for the title is still very much on, with Whitburn having cut Burnmoor's lead by 10 points over the two matches. The two heavyweights, who sport identical playing records of 10 wins, 10 draws...
Drunken Thieves Fled by Golf Buggy; Trio's Bizarre Getaway after Crashing Their Car
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY BOOZY raiders gave themselves a hole lot of trouble - staging their getaway on a stolen golf buggy. Michael Bellerby, David Francis and Alan Tams saw their downfall begin when they ran out of drink on a Northumberland...
FA Looking into Chants at Mido; Alleged Abuse at Striker
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN THE FA will look into chants directed at Egyptian striker Mido by a section of Newcastle fans. The 24-year-old Boro striker - who arrived on Teesside from Spurs earlier this month - was a target for sections of the travelling...
Family to Hold Tribute to Stab Victim; Memorial Night for Animal-Lover Will Benefit Pet Charity
Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN RELATIVES of murder victim Keith Weightman have organised a fundraising evening in his memory. Father-of-three Mr Weightman was known for his love of animals and so, as a mark of respect, family members have arranged...
Football: Cacapa Will Show Champions Class; MIDWEEK MATCH Newcastle Utd V Barnsley St James' Park, Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007. Kick-Off: 7.45pm
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SAM ALLARDYCE is backing his Brazilian defender Claudio Cacapa to bring his winning mentality to St James' Park. Along with pounds 4.2m fellow defender Jose Enrique, Cacapa will be given his first United...
Football: Keane Targets Physical Stars
Byline: By LEE RYDER ROY KEANE was today facing up to the biggest disappointment of his managerial career after watching his side humbled by Luton at Kenilworth Road. The Sunderland boss - who was celebrating a year in charge of the Black...
Football: Let's Not Tyke Battle Lightly; MIDWEEK MATCH Newcastle Utd V Barnsley St James' Park, Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007. Kick-Off: 7.45pm
Byline: By LEE RYDER JAMES MILNER today underlined the importance of Newcastle United's Carling Cup clash with Barnsley by warning the Tykes: "It's a big night for us as well." The Yorkshire winger takes on the Championship outfit knowing that...
Football: MY WEMBLEY DREAM: SAM
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SAM ALLARDYCE is looking to turn two near misses into a big hit in Newcastle United's Carling Cup campaign this season. And the United boss has made it clear in no uncertain terms what he expects from...
Football: Nobby Set to Come in from the Cold at Back; MIDWEEK MATCH Newcastle Utd V Barnsley St James' Park, Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007. Kick-Off: 7.45pm
Byline: ALAN OLIVER SAM ALLARDYCE is ready to call Nobby Solano in from the cold for tonight's Carling Cup second-round tie with Barnsley at St James' Park, (writes ALAN OLIVER). The Peruvian was a used substitute at Bolton Wanderers on the opening...
Football: No Flood of Tears at My England KO; Ace Overcomes World Cup Heartache
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL TOBY FLOOD is not looking to prove anyone wrong in the wake of his World Cup omission - just to prove his club mates right for their unstinting support. The Newcastle Falcons No 10 was cruelly cut from Brian Ashton's final...
Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Carling Cup Tie against Barnsley
GRAHAM BREWIS I'M all for Sam spreading the load around the squad, but I hope he has completely taken on board our cup passion. We have only two pieces of silverware to compete for this season, and it's imperative there are no excuses with our line-up....
Football: Red Card and Red Faces as Cats Crash out; Wearsiders Are Left Humiliated by Luton
Byline: Lee Ryder's Luton Town 3 Sunderland 0 THERE was no place to hide for humiliated Sunderland, but tough guy Roy Keane still managed to put on a brave face during the aftermath at Kenilworth Road. The plastic pitch at Luton is long...
Football: Star Shining at New Level; AROUND THE GROUNDS
Byline: AMBITION: Webster NEWCASTLE Blue Star have made a steady start to life in the UniBond First Division North. And manager Andy Gowens is delighted to have stepped up from the Northern League to test himself at this higher level. He said:...
Geordie Joy at Win over Black Cats
LUTON TOWN head coach John Carver today explained how he found it difficult to contain his joy after watching the Hatters see off Sunderland 3-0. Geordie Carver has tasted the highs and the lows against Sunderland and was in the dug-out for Ruud...
Get in the Swing of Singing; Live Music A North East Singing Group Is on the Lookout for New Members. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR HUNDREDS of singers are being sought for a huge concertongroup is on Tyneside later this year. Sing Live North East is recruiting 250 singers to perform in Sing Swing at The Sage Gateshead on November 25, with rehearsals about...
Get Ready for Sama Culture; Family Events SAMA, Newcastle-Gateshead's First Ever South Asian Music and Arts Festival, Brings the Sights, Sounds, Spirit and Spice of the Subcontinent to Tyneside from September 17 to 23
A DIVERSE and exciting week-long programme of events will feature everything from South Asian music, food, film and theatre to photography, art and dance. SAMA kicks off with a three-day film festival from September 17 to 19. The Tyneside Cinema,...
Grainger Boys Enjoying First Senior Season; TYNESIDE AMATEUR LEAGUE
GRAINGER Park Boys' Club are enjoying their first season in senior football with two wins and one defeat in their opening three games. On Saturday, they beat Red Star Benwell 4-1 with two goals from Mark Darling and one each from Kirk Fleming and...
He Was So Proud of Me, as I Was of Him. He Was Such a Great Dad. I Can't Believe He Has Gone. He Never Deserved This; Family Pay Tribute to Devoted Dad Who Died after Being Attacked as They Awaited His Return from Work
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter FAMILY man Billy Fellows died a hero in the eyes of his loved ones and everyone who knew him. Tears mingled with poignant smiles as his wife Marian, son Nic, 25, and daughters Sarah, 20, and 18-year-old...
I Think of Him Every Day. I'll Never Get over This; Dad's Heartache over Death of Cherished Baby Son
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN BABY Alexander Gallon's dad Robert says he will never get over his son's death. Little Alexander, just four months old, died at the hands of his mother Danielle Wails two years ago on August 28. After initially telling...
Kiddy Car That's a Real Number One! Pedal Motor with Exclusive Plate Up for Auction
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter NOT many nursery pupils can claim to have a personalised registration number. But parents are being offered the chance to give their children exactly that at a Tyneside auction. A special pedal car, displaying...
Kids Are Full of Energy
TENS of thousands of children - including hundreds from the North East - have been introduced to rugby in the first season of the new EDF Energy National Schools' Rugby Programme. Launched in January, every Guinness Premiership club as well as National...
Lewis Shows Perfect Timing
THE final race of the 2007 TLI North East Series staged at Seven Mile Point found a worthy winner in Malcolm Lewis (Deli Baps). The race was set off in two groups to tackle nine laps of the four-mile circuit in dry, windy conditions. The first...
Life and Times of an Old-Fashioned Boozer
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL AFTER almost 40 years of research, reporter Gordon Wilkinson has written his first book and it's all about his local pub. The ex-Chronicle and national newspaperman has put into words what all journalists know - that...
Mums Holding Back the Tears; Cradling Patterns Signal How Well We Are Coping A Test to See How New Mums Cradle Their Babies Could Tell Whether They Are Stressed and May Develop Depression. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Reports
Byline: JANE PICKEN CRADLING their baby comes naturally to most mothers, but experts at Durham University believe those who hold to the right could be displaying signs of stress. And worryingly that could make them at risk of developing post-natal...
Murton Seize the Top Spot; 3D Sports Durham Coast League
JUST over a week ago Murton, who haven't really shown their hand all summer, were 38 points behind long-time leaders Castle Eden. But two successive wins, allied to Castle's inactivity, have taken them to the top of the pile at the most crucial...
Music: A Super Night for ABBA Fans; Step Back in Time This Week When the Music of One of the World's Best-Selling Pop Groups Is Brought to Life. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR CALLING all super troupers and dancing queens! ABBA Mania will hit the region this week when one of the world's top touring tribute bands comes to the Sunderland Empire for a three-night stint. That will be followed by another...
Music: Gray-Test Hits to Be Shown Off
Byline: GORDON BARR SINGER-SONGWRITER David Gray will kick off a greatest hits tour in Newcastle, it was announced today. The chart-topper will start his The World To Me tour at the Carling Academy Newcastle on November 6, with tickets on sale from...
My Freezing Night under the Stars; Pensioner Speaks of Ordeal after Fall in Woods
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY SHE spent a terrifying night under the stars but 82-year-old Dorothy Irving is determined the ordeal won't stop her daily walks. Dorothy was out with her beloved dog Broadie when she collapsed on a secluded bridleway...
Nyron: We Have to Forget This for Old Trafford Test
Byline: LEE RYDER NYRON NOSWORTHY has warned his Sunderland team-mates they have to take Carling Cup disaster "on the chin" if they are to avoid another drubbing in the weekend's trip to Manchester United, (writes LEE RYDER). The Red Devils have...
Officers Strike in Prisons Pay Row
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THOUSANDS of inmates were today on lock-down as prison officers staged strike action over a pay row. Workers walked out of all the region's jails, leaving a handful of staff to deal with more than 3,500 inmates...
Old Brewery Toasts Region's Good Health; Building to Be Transformed into Medical Research Centre
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A HISTORIC brewery building will be at the heart of a pioneering pounds 30m medical research project on Tyneside which aims to improve the health of millions. The former Leazes Brewery which dates back...
Opening Up the Field for Fans; Chance to Get Behind-The Scenes Tour of Famous Football Ground
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A FAMOUS non-league football club is moving the goalposts in celebration of the North East's rich heritage. Blyth Spartans will be rubbing shoulders with listed buildings, churches and other historic premises when it takes...
Patients Unaware of Health Choices; Survey Reveals NHS Users Still in Dark over Care Options
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter LARGE numbers of patients in the North East are still unaware of a Government scheme set up to give them more choice over treatment. According to the latest patient survey by the Department of Health, in...
Paying a Lot Less for Luxury; IN ASSOCIATION WITH Fish4
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES PRESTIGE family estate cars are becoming more affordable, with the price difference between them and the saloon models halved in recent months. EurotaxGlass's, the publisher of Glass's Guide to used car values, says many...
Pont at Double for Cup Victory; WADE ASSOCIATES NORTHERN ALLIANCE PREMIER DIVISION
IN THEIR first cup game of the campaign, Ponteland United entertained Heaton Stannington in a preliminary round of the Longhorn Hardware League Cup. And having already beaten their opponents 6-2 at the Leisure Centre in the league, Jarrod Suddick's...
Snooker: Final Battle Is Won by Craig
IN THE eighth of the series of Supa Snooker 16-and-under ranking events held at the Wallsend venue, Battle Hill's Craig Campbell came out on top after seeing off the challenge of last week's Consett victor Jordan Watson. Having pulled back his 28...
Three Sharing the Lead; NORTHERN ALLIANCE DIVISION ONE
WARK, Murton and Penrith United are sharing the leadership in the First Division after five games. All three are unbeaten on 13 points. Wark, just edging their rivals on goal difference, claimed pole position with a flattering 3-0 victory away to...
Time-Travelling through Music; Music/young Reviewers
Byline: GORDON BARR ONE of the many faces made famous by the TV series Doctor Who is to host a special orchestral concert in the North East this week. Colin Baker, who was the sixth actor to play the role of the time-travelling Doctor, will present...
WE'RE ON TOPS; Pub's Charity Team Beat a World Record and Raise Pounds 1,000
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON THEY'RE record breakers. A pub team have set a world record by threading more than 8,000 bottle tops on a piece of string Staff and customers at The Corner House in Heaton, Newcastle, earned a place in the Guinness...
YOUR SHOUT: THANKS for Publishing My Letter Inviting
THANKS for publishing my letter inviting a distant relative to get in contact with me regarding the Allan family history. The lady in question did reply, along with two others who provided some excellent information which included a shipwreck in...