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 20, 2007

A Night to Remember! Twelfth Night, Belsay Hall
Byline: MELISSA JORDAN RAIN or Shine Theatre lived up to their name on Saturday night with a performance that was part play, part battle against the elements. This summer's dreadful weather must have made life hard for those touring drama companies...
Athletics: Shaun Enjoys Mor Success; City Runner in Top Form
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK SHAUN Moralee lcontinued his excellent end-of-season form by taking maximum points competing for the North in the annual North v South v Midlands v Scotland Under-23 Inter-Area match in Derby. The Durham City athlete,...
Brits Holed Up on Island; Hurricane Hits Jamaica
Byline: By JOHN BROPHY HURRICANE Dean hit Jamaica last night, forcing up to 5,000 British tourists to take refuge. With both the island's main airports closed, holidaymakers had little choice but to hole up in resorts with hurricane-proof walls,...
Cricket: COLLY HAILS CLUB'S HEROES
Byline: NICK PUREWAL JUBILANT Paul Collingwood believes 15 years is no time to wait for Durham's maiden first-class trophy, (writes NICK PUREWAL). The England one-day captain reckons from inception to Lord's success in just a decade and a half...
Cricket: Colonel Leads a Charge
Byline: JEFF BOWRON LOCAL boy come good Phil Mustard finished as the leading run-maker in this season's Friends Provident Trophy with an impressive 484 runs at an average of 45, (writes JEFF BOWRON). The 24-year-old wicketkeeper has also taken...
Cricket: Fired-Up Durham Rein Supreme; Trophy Joy for Riversiders as Cook's Men Secure a First Piece of Silverware with Stunning Performance IN ASSOCIATION WITH GNER
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL IT MAY not have been a picture-postcard finish, but Durham realised 15 years of hard work at Lord's this weekend. There was no rapturous crowd, no captain hoisting high the coveted trophy to wild acclaim in waning early-evening...
Cricket: Hero Gibson Praises Winners' Team Spirit
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON DURHAM hero Ottis Gibson was a popular choice as Man of the Match in the club's historic Friends Provident Trophy victory at Lord's. Gibson blasted 15 runs off just seven balls at the end of Durham's record-breaking total...
Cricket: Threemendous Kyle Lords the Occasion
Byline: NICK PUREWAL ANCHORMAN Kyle Coetzer reckons his pivotal Lord's innings mirrors his maiden first-XI season with a neat symmetry, (writes NICK PUREWAL). Aberdeen-born Coetzer was given the nod at No 3 over several other worthy candidates...
Don't Shy Away from Cervical Examination; in Association with the NHS North East Although a Routine Smear Test Could Save Countless Women from Cervical Cancer Many in the North East Are Ignoring Appointment Invites. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out How One Simple Examination Can Make All the Difference
Byline: JANE PICKEN IN just under 10 minutes, mum Corinne Munoz-Saiz underwent a simple examination which ultimately saved her life from cancer. Little did the 33-year-old know that attending a regular smear test at her local doctor's surgery...
Drive to Cut Cancer Death; in Association with the NHS North East Charity Cancer Research UK Wants the Government to Screen Three Million People for Various Forms of Cancer over the Next Five Years. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Has the Details about Their New Campaign
Byline: JANE PICKEN POSTERS are starting to pop up all over Tyneside promoting a message which could mean the difference between life and death for many unsuspecting people. Whether it's cancer of the breast or bowel, screening can make a dramatic...
DR SCOTT'S SURGERY; in Association with the NHS North East
Byline: DR SCOTT A GOOD friend came round for a meal the other night. He had recently come back from New York, with 1,476 photos to prove it. Something that really excited him about one of the most glamorous cities in the world is that they've made...
Durham Lads Did Fans Proud; Bad Weather Fails to Dampen the Atmosphere for Lord's Cricket Lovers
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON DURHAM cricket fans were celebrating today after their club clinched its first major trophy at Lord's. But of the thousands who travelled from the North East to see the game only a few saw the landmark win. The end...
Empathy So Important in This Role; in Association with the NHS North East
NAME Treacey Kelly AGE 43 JOB TITLE Continence service manager WHERE DO YOU WORK? For Newcastle Primary Care Trust WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE? Service management including provision of continence products to 4,000 patients in their own...
Extension Granted despite Protests; Drinkers Get Extra Time
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A SOCIAL club at the centre of a row over allegations of anti-social behaviour by drinkers has been granted a licence extension. Licensing chiefs agreed that the Grainger Sports and Social Club in Newcastle...
Football: Big Guns Spiked; STRAIGHT FROM THE SHOULDER
Byline: JOHN GIBSON SAM ALLARDYCE possessed more strikers than Arthur Scargill yet still couldn't fashion a rarity - a home goal for Newcastle. Allardyce flung Mark Viduka, Oba Martins, Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi, plus one-time Leeds and England...
Football: Cole Set to Come in Andy for Keane
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE is hoping to tie up the signing of former Newcastle striker Andy Cole in time for this weekend's game against Liverpool. Keane's one-time Manchester United teammate was at the JJB Stadium to watch Sunderland...
Football: EMRE TEES UP TOON RETURN; Turkish Star Is Ready to Inspire United Midfield
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United's forgotten man Emre is ready to stake his claim for a place in Sunday's derby match at Middlesbrough. And this has to be good news for United as the little Turkish international could...
Football: I Still Have It Hal to Do, Admits New Boy Greg
Byline: JAMES HUNTER GREG HALFORD admits he has a long way to go to live up to his pounds 2.5m price tag, writes JAMES HUNTER). The Sunderland defender gave an honest assessment of the Black Cats' direperformance as they lost 3-0 at Wigan - and...
Football: Morpeth Chase FA Cup Glory Run; FA CUP ROUND-UP
MORPETH Town - the current holders of the Northumberland Senior Cup after defeating Blyth Spartans 3-2 in the final in May, are hoping to build on their cup success with a good run in this season's FA Cup. On Saturday they recorded a 3-0 victory...
Football: New Boy Rozy Is Impressed by Noisy Fans
DAVID ROZENHAL today confessed he had to iron out his "goosepimples" before getting to grip with Aston Villa after being blown away by the Toon Army's explosive welcome to a new season at St James' Park. The Czech defender was again in top form...
Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Home Opener against Villa
GRAHAM BREWIS THE expectation level was huge and we huffed and puffed with plenty of hustle and bustle but there was little creativity or guile. Villa had the better chances. Our move that finished with a weak shot from Alan Smith was a touch of...
Football: Toon Lack Spark to Unhinge Villa; Alan Oliver's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Alan Oliver Newcastle Utd 0 Aston Villa 0 NEWCASTLE United's rather disappointing performance against Aston Villa will not have come as a surprise to Charles N'Zogbia. Because one of the most famous sayings in France is: "The more...
Football: Viduka His Own Worst Enemy
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SAM ALLARDYCE was happy with Mark Viduka's home debut for Newcastle United - even though the burly striker did not score and was eventually substituted. But the United boss was less than happy at the...
Girlfriend Helped Robert Stay out of Trouble
ROBERT was homeless and a heroin addict when he was referred to UChoose. He had been given a two-year community order by the courts for theft and failure to surrender. The 21-year-old was also subject to an Anti Social Behaviour Order for two...
GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS North East
Byline: JAYNE GOLDSTONE DO YOU let your head rule your heart? Have you ever tried it the other way around? Two years before I met my husband I was going through a really difficult and painful time and my work (I was an HR manager at the time) was...
Happy Steve Harps on about Clean Sheet
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVE HARPER today could not lose sight of Newcastle United's poor home run despite pulling off a trio of top-notch saves in a fine personal performance against Aston Villa. United haven't picked up maximum points at home...
HGV Drivers
"I suppose you're one of the car drivers who had pulled in front of a truck at the last minute taking up the stopping distance then wondered why the truck hit your car READERS are discussing HGV drivers on the forum. If you'd like to join in, log...
Hospital's New Tests to Combat the Silent Killer; in Association with the NHS North East Trials at a Gateshead Hospital Could Pave the Way for a National Ovarian Cancer Screening Programme. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out How It Could Save Countless Lives from a Disease Known as the Silent Killer
Byline: JANE PICKEN THE first - and biggest - of its kind in the world, the pioneering UK TOCS trials could herald a new way to save thousands of women from ovarian cancer each year. By using different methods of screening, medics at centres...
I'm Hopeful about the Future
FATHER-to-be Keith first started taking heroin at 16, after he was offered the drug by his uncle. From the first time he used it he was hooked. Heroin soon took over his life. He would steal to pay for his habit and ended up in prison five times....
Man's Body Found after Four Weeks; Families' Shock over Death of Neighbour
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG RESIDENTS in a quiet street were horrified to learn one of their neighbours had lain dead in his flat for up to a month. Barry Sharp's body was found in a bedroom after police broke into his home in Woodbine Place, Gateshead....
My Body Armour Was in Bits - They Didn't Know If I Was Going to Live or Die; SOLDIER VOWS TO RETURN TO WAR ZONE AFTER SERIOUS INJURY IN ATTACK BY TALIBAN
Byline: By TOM MULLEN HERO soldier Anthony Makin lost a leg fighting in Afghanistan - but he would return tomorrow if his country needed him. Anthony, 20, had been in the war-torn country for just three weeks when his convoy was blown up by an...
Pearson to Concentrate on Toon Role
Byline: ALAN OLIVER NIGEL Pearson has ended his role with the England Under-21 side so he can concentrate on Newcastle United, (writes ALAN OLIVER). Pearson has been Stuart Pearce's No 2, but this role will be filled by the former United left...
Peerless Wigan Put Wearsiders on Spot; James Hunter's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: James Hunter Wigan Athletic 3 Sunderland 0 ROY KEANE delivered an ominous warning to his players after watching them commit footballing suicide at Wigan. A dire first-half performance saw Sunderland come in at the interval trailing...
Pet Watch
Byline: Sharon Newman OUR hairy and furry residents have asked that their thanks be passed on to everyone who has donated to Benton and Claremont shelters, as we constantly rely on your help. Despite a lot of people going on holiday at the moment,...
Plane Talking in Airport Wrangle; with Green Campaigners Protesting against Expansion Plans at Heathrow Airport, Environment Reporter AMY HUNT Looks at the Debate over Air Travel in Our Region
Byline: AMY HUNT IS AIR travel vital to our economy - or an unnecessary evil strangling our planet? It depends who you talk to. Last week Newcastle Airport announced plans to create 500 new jobs in the coming months. A new air traffic control...
Pounds 140,000 That's How Much Taxpayers Forked out on Supergrasses
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN POLICE payments to criminals rose to more than pounds 140,000 in the past year, new figures reveal. The Northumbria force bill for police informants totalled pounds 141,525 in 2006/07. This was a 34% increase on the...
Project's Helping Offenders to Quit the Life of Crime; A Unique Project in the North East Is Helping Offenders Fresh from Prison or on Community Sentences Become Law-Abiding Citizens. LIZ LAMB Finds out More
Byline: LIZ LAMB A SERIAL criminal who had re-offended 90 times, Jimmy was known to the courts and the police. The 30-year-old, who has learning difficulties, regularly drank 15 cans of lager a day and was always getting into trouble. He failed...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on Defeat at Wigan, Their First in the Premier League This Season
GORDON MABON DEFEAT hurts against a team who escaped relegation on the last day of the season, but it is only one game - we still have four points and many reasons to be upbeat. What was apparent on Saturday was the fact we need a recognised...
Put on Right Road at Last
NEVER one to give up, I have finally persuaded one of you to help with a question which has been bugging us for a while now. A few weeks ago AY asked: "Could you find out for me when Sadler Terrace, Byker, became Shields Road? The name is on the wall...
Self-Testing Kit Gains Support; in Association with the NHS North East Thanks to a Tiny Testing Kit, Medics Are Predicting a Huge Drop in Deaths from Bowel Cancer. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Discovers Huge Support for the South of Tyne Screening Programme
Byline: JANE PICKEN IF screening for bowel cancer can prevent others going through what retired power station worker Brian Wilkin had to go through, then he is all for it. The 59-year-old has battled bowel cancer twice and has thrown his support...
Street Party Fun Cheers Residents; Community Project Praised
Byline: By TOM MULLEN TOON residents were out in force for an urban street party. Scores of neighbours and pals joined the outdoor bash in Walker, Newcastle, to raise funds to combat deprivation in the area. It was organised by the Wor Hoose...
THE GRINNING FACE OF EVIL; Rapist Is Jailed after Abusing Girl, Seven
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN and ROB KENNEDY VILE child rapist Robert King grins for the camera - but showed no remorse for his seven-year-old victim. The body-building brute was locked up for 12 years after a sickening series of sexual attacks...
THE THREE DEGREES; Family Hat-Trick as Brothers Graduate Together
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN THEY'RE the three degrees. The Johnson family are enjoying a triple success this summer. Gordon, 24, Andrew, 23, and Philip, 21, of Felling, Gateshead, all received their degrees at the same time. Philip graduated...
To the Rescue; RAF's Sea King Helicopter Crew Drops in for Family Fun-Day
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON CHILDREN with life-shortening illnesses enjoyed a family fun-day. They were treated to a first-hand experience of sea rescue with the RAF's iconic Sea King. A search and rescue helicopter and its crew touched down...
Vicar's for the High Jump
A TYNESIDE vicar proved to his parishioners he has a head for heights. To the cheers of fellow fundraisers, the Rev Tom Jamieson took the plunge for the first time by abseiling down the side of medieval Holy Cross Church in Old Ryton Village, Gateshead....
Water, Do You Drink Enough? in Association with the NHS North East FIGHTING FIT
Byline: STEVEN SWANSON In the past we have discussed nutrition and the different foods groups so today I am talking about the most important thing you will ever drink. Water! We don't often think of water as a nutrient, but it is as important to...
We Can Save So Many Lives If Women Go for Screening; in Association with the NHS North East as with Many Cancers, the Earlier Changes in the Breast Are Detected, the Better a Woman's Chances of Survival. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out More about Essential Breast Cancer Screening
Byline: JANE PICKEN WITH a worrying history of breast cancer in her family, 55-year-old Hilary Howard was sure never to miss an invite to have a routine screen for the disease. As part of the NHS nationwide screening programme, Newcastle Royal...
We Will Never Forget Our Helen; Hairdresser Loses Cancer Battle
Byline: By HELEN RAE SHE was a hairdresser to the stars, but now the family of Helen Davidson are having to come to terms with her death. For 19 months, Mrs Davidson battled against cancer in a bid to spend as long as possible with her three...
You Saved Their Lives; Son and Daughter of Blaze Victims Praise Brave Rescuers
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A SON and daughter praised neighbours and firefighters for rescuing their elderly parents from a house fire. Bill and Mary Keech, 81 and 80, were stunned when a fierce blaze broke out in the kitchen of their terraced house...