Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 18, 2008

A Big Start for the End; A New Music Venue Opens in Newcastle This Weekend. We Take a Look
TWO friends with a love of music are opening Newcastle's newest live bands venue this weekend. Cooper Handley, 39, from Blyth, and Allan Wall, 32, from Cramlington, decided to make a living out of their hobby and open up a city centre club that...
A FABULOUS BAKER BOY; Greggs Chief's Goodbye after Greggs Announced They Are Looking for a Successor for Their Long-Standing Managing Director Sir Mike Darrington, GARETH DEIGHAN Speaks to Him about His Years at the Bakery
Byline: GARETH DEIGHAN SIR Mike Darrington was knighted in 2004 for his services to business. When he joined Greggs in 1984 they were losing money. Two years later the company floated on the stock market at 135p a share. Last year the shares...
Athletics: On Top of the World! Murray Gets GB Call, but Hudspith and Milton Overlooked
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK ROSS MURRAY has been selected for the forthcoming World Cross-Country Championships - but there was disappointment for both Ian Hudspith and Felicity Milton. Gateshead Harrier Murray finished outside the first three automatic...
Big Joe Saved Us from the Drop before Taking Toon to Euro Glory - I Bet KK Would Love That; Face to Face with Tommy Robson, Who Helped Take United from a Relegation Battle to Europe
Byline: JOHN GIBSON SIMILARITIES between Joe Harvey and Kevin Keegan may not be instantly apparent, but scratch beneath the surface and much is revealed. Harvey, the last Newcastle United manager to attain silverware and therefore immortality,...
BOB Lawson Will Tell the Consett Men's Forum
CONSETT BOB Lawson will tell the Consett Men's Forum about Ancient Egypt at 10.30am next Tuesday in Consett Methodist Church Room. A NIGHT of Ska, punk, folk and rock, 6.30pm, Saturday, Consett Civic Hall. RAY KELLY count.kelly@yahoo.co.uk...
Boxing: Fergie Risks All for Dinner Date; Tynesider Could Miss Big London Debut SECONDS OUT
Byline: JOHN GIBSON TYNESIDER David Ferguson enters the risk game at the Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields on Thursday night knowing his London debut could be blown sky high. Ferguson and his manager Tommy Conroy are due in London exactly...
Bubble Bursts for Boxer; Forced to Pull out of Charity Fight
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter HE wanted to do his bit for a good cause. But boxing ace Gary McCrory has been warned he faces a ban from the ring if he takes part in a special show to raise cash for a Tyneside hospital. Gary, brother...
Burglar Is Collared after Dog Takes Lead; PET'S BARKING WAKES FAMILY TO UNWELCOME INTRUDER
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A DOG was hailed a hero after detecting a burglar who broke into a family home. Rocky, an 18-month-old labrador retriever cross, barked the house down when he heard the burglar's noises as he climbed into the dining room...
Call for Action on Lap-Dancing Clubs
LICENCES for lap dancing clubs should be considered under the same laws as sex shops, says an MP. Roberta Blackman-Woods will make the call tomorrow when she leads a debate in Westminster on the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 in Durham. She...
City Falls Victim to Fear of Yobs; Crime Falls but Public Feel Unsafe
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor MANY people do not feel safe in Newcastle at night despite falling crime. Drunken and antisocial behaviour are among problems highlighted in a survey. One theory is that successful, highprofile operations...
Council Card Error Leads to Security Drive
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor POSTERS have been put up around a Tyneside town hall warning staff against security breaches following a council computer clanger. The move is part of measures to tighten up security after details of thousands...
Cricket: England Coach in Warning to Harmy
PETER MOORES has warned dropped seamers Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison they face a major battle to force their way back into England's Test line-up. England's two most senior bowlers, who boast 456 victims from 123 Test appearances between them,...
Divorce Judge's Views on Heather; Mills Was 'Less Than Impressive Witness'
HEATHER Mills was "a less than impressive witness" whose evidence was "not just inconsistent and inaccurate but also less than candid", a High Court judge says in a ruling the former model did not want the world to see. The full judgment of the...
Families Get Snappy and Record Their Lives; Caribbean and African Folk Are Put in Focus
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A WORLD-FIRST cultural project celebrating African and Caribbean heritage in the North East has been launched. Changing Perspectives is the first project to feature an archive on the history and culture of African and Caribbean...
Family Hit by Double Upset; PRAM COMPANY'S COLLAPSE FOLLOWS TRAGEDY OF BABY LOSS
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter DAZED Margaretann Marshall suffered fresh heartache just days after losing her first child. Margaretann, of Dunston, Gateshead, was left devastated when she gave birth to a stillborn baby, on March 6. Then,...
Family Hope Inquest Will Reveal Answers
THE family of a mother mistakenly diagnosed with cancer is hoping to get answers at an inquest into her death. Jill Muldown, 43, of Washington, died last September, more than six months after she was diagnosed with cancer which was believed to have...
Football: Battling Point May Prove to Be Crucial for Kev; Impressive Second-Half Show Gives United Belief Ahead of Saturday's Home Six-Pointer with Fulham Alan Oliver's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Alan Oliver Birmingham City 1 Newcastle United 1 AS a player and manager KK has led Newcastle United to some great results. Like beating Manchester United 5-0 as boss at St James's Park. But it's a fair bet that he never thought...
Football: Chelsea Spur-Red on for Title Bid Says Cole
JOE COLE plans to creep out of the shadows and snatch the Premier League title from under the noses of Manchester United and Arsenal. Cole's Chelsea have inched to within striking distance of top spot in recent weeks - and could go level on points...
Football: I Can Cope with Being the Ed Boy; Pressure? There's No Pressure, Says Cats Wing Man
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER A FIT-AGAIN Caros Edwards insists he can live with the pressure of being Sunderland's Premier League saviour. The Trinidad and Tobago winger made his long-awaited comeback from a broken leg in Saturday's 1-0 defeat against...
Football: Mort's Tribute to Fans
Byline: By LEE RYDER TOON chairman Chris Mort was today crystal clear about Newcastle United's objective between now and the end of the season. The St James's Park chief revealed to the Chronicle he and tycoon owner Mike Ashley's agony at the...
Football: OBA: I'M FINE WITH KEEGAN; Martins: I Just Want to Help United Win
Byline: By LEE RYDER OBA MARTINS today assured United fans that his only aim is to help secure Newcastle's place in the Premier League. The Nigerian international - who was responsible for Michael Owen's equaliser at Birmingham last night - was...
Football: Owen Takes His Chance; Skipper Not Fazed When He Misses
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SKIPPER Michael Owen salvaged a vital point for Newcastle United at Birmingham City to grab his third goal of the four scored since the return of Kevin Keegan. And Owen insisted that he will still...
Football: Point Made, but Now We Must Win - Harper
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer STEVE HARPER has warned Newcastle United that last night's point at Birmingham City will mean nothing unless they beat Fulham at St James's Park on Saturday. And the 33-year-old keeper claims United...
Football: Ramage and Diatta Set for Reserve Outing
Byline: By LEE RYDER KEVIN KEEGAN will be handed a double defensive boost tonight as Peter Ramage and Lamine Diatta pull on a black-and-white shirt for the second string against Bolton Wanderers. The clash at the Lancashire FA will give KK a...
Gunman Jailed after Terrifying Kidnap; Pounds 25,000 Ransom Demand as Businessman Was Held Hostage
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A GANGLAND gunman hired as a heavy in a ruthless kidnap and blackmail plot is today beginning a 10-and-a-half-year jail sentence. Peter Morrison played a key role in the terrifying attack on wealthy Washington-born businessman...
Horse Racing: Mr Aviator Is All Set to Fly
RICHARD HANNON has his string in rare form and can win the feature race at Kempton with Mr Aviator. The son of Lear Fan makes his first start since October 2007 but has enough form in the book to warrant support in this 10-furlong heat. An easy...
In the News
TV SHOW Gladiators will make a return to our screens in May. KATE DAVIDSON talks to Roddy MacKay, pictured, 40, of Gosforth, a former contestant who went on to work for the show. Gladiators was about 10 years ago now, do you still get recognised...
Let's All Do Lunch; Newcastle Ace Joins Pupils to Talk about Leading a Healthy Lifestyle
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS THEIR school lunch is in safe hands... Toon stopper Steve Harper took time of training to join pupils eating their school tucker. The Newcastle United star dropped in to Fellside Primary, in Whickham, Gateshead, for...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Thanks for Your Help after Fall
Byline: MRS M PROCTOR LAST week on a visit to Eldon Square my husband, 75, fell down the stairs at Monument Metro. I go down in the lift, because of painful knees, while he insists on walking down the stairs, and we meet at the bottom. When he...
Lev: I've Got More to Deliver
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN AUSSIE Steve Leven has spoken of his rollercoaster ride with the Eagles, after revealing his disappointment at the way things have gone during his brief spell with the club. Despite being on the verge of scooping a league...
Little and Large Pairing with Big Wyn Was Lethal
IT WAS the deadly combination of Wyn Davies and Tommy Robson that shot United into Europe for the first time in the club's glorious history. Big Wyn's aerial prowess - the Douglas Bader of football - and the nimble-footed pace of Robson, who looked...
Lovely Glossy Coats; We're Not Spinning a Yarn - These Cardies Are Made from Dog Fur!
Byline: By JONNY GREATREX WHEN dog lovers Beth and Brian Willis's beloved pets died they found a way to remember them that left them feeling warm all over. They combed their carpets for hair left by their pedigree pets then had it spun into yarn,...
Man Charged with Kidnap; 39-Year-Old Remanded in Shannon Case
Byline: By ALISTAIR KEELY A 39-YEAR-OLD man was remanded in custody today charged with the kidnap and false imprisonment of Shannon Matthews. Michael Donovan, of Lidgate Gardens, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, appeared at Dewsbury Magistrates' Court...
Man Charged with Kidnap; Police Defend Handling of Shannon Search
Byline: By ALISTAIR KEELY A 39-YEAR-OLD man will appear in court today charged with the kidnap and false imprisonment of Shannon Matthews. Michael Donovan, of Lidgate Gardens, Dews-bury, West Yorkshire, will appear before Dewsbury magistrates...
Man in Court over Shannon's Kidnap
A 39-YEAR-OLD man was remanded in custody today charged with the kidnap and false imprisonment of Shannon Matthews. Michael Donovan, of Lidgate Gardens, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, appeared before the town's magistrates charged with taking the nine-year-old...
No-One's as Posh as Goal Hero Tom
TOMMY ROBSON, having broken every metatarsal in his precious left foot, sadly turned his back on United to head towards the land of the legends. It cost him European Fairs Cup glory that very season, and he admits: "For 40 years I've wondered that...
Our Holiday Was Ruined; Couple Blame Airport Staff for Missed Flight
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN CONFUSION over bottles of hand cream ruined a family holiday. Andrea Clark, 39, and her partner Sean Melia, 43, claim bad advice from airport staff about what to do with the toiletries led to them missing their flight...
Pigeon Biter's Regret at Killing; Yob Sentenced to Unpaid Work
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL BIRD-BITER Christopher Davidson will regret decapitating a pigeon for the rest of his days, his solicitor told magistrates. Davidson, 18, appeared back at Bedlington Law Courts for sentence three weeks after admitting...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Draw at Birmingham City
GRAHAM BREWIS BASED on our second-half performance, we could and should have won this game. Not quite breathtaking stuff but it was good to see our forwards causing problems for a change. Having said that, there were still too many lightweight...
Radio Station Boldly Going Where It's Never Gone before; Radio Newcastle Has Come in for a Lot of Stick over the Past Few Months from Chronicle Readers. Today, Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Gives Boss Andrew Robson the Right to Reply
Byline: GORDON BARR OUR postbag has been brimming with letters and our phonelines hot with callers complaining about changes to programming at Radio Newcastle. The BBC station's managing editor Andrew Rob-son, 36, has been at the helm just over...
Roll Up for All the Fun of the Fair! Final Rides at Attraction Will Benefit Our Charity Sunshine Fund Enhancing the Lives of Disabled Children
Byline: By SARA NICHOL EUROPE'S largest indoor theme park is set to hold its Last Ticket to Ride party in aid of the Sunshine Fund. MetroLand, which has been part of the MetroCentre for more than 20 years, is closing its doors to the public for...
Rugby Union: Blaydon Are All but Safe
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL NICK GANDY reckons injury-hit Blaydon will comfortably limp over the National Two finishing line to retain their highest-ever league status. Despite missing 10 first-choice players until the end of the season, Blaydon...
Rugby Union: Falcons Deal for Starlet Davey Is Don and Dusted
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL STEVE BATES has made his first signing as Newcastle Falcons interim rugby director - but there is more than a hint of John Fletcher about it. Doncaster's Spencer Davey has finally agreed terms and ratified his move to...
Sacked Workers to Pocket Just 3% of Payouts; Compensation Heartache for Former Viasystems Employees
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG HUNDREDS of sacked workers were facing fresh heartache today, seven years after they were dumped on the dole. They appeared to be winning their battle to win cash owed by circuit board maker Viasystems, once bossed by...
SAVING THE WORLD TOGETHER; Sponsored by Environment Agency GO GREEN Steve Emsley, Our Go Green Diary Author, Has Been Finding out about a Radical People-Led Scheme to Make Tyneside Greener and Prepare Us for a Future beyond Oil
Byline: Steve Emsley I RECENTLY went along to learn from the first meeting of Transition Town Hexham. The transition being talked about is the switch from being a society very dependent on oil, gas and coal and causing increasingly destructive climate...
Secrets and Spies; CHRIS CONWAY Reviews Single Spies, at Newcastle's Theatre Royal, until Saturday Young Reviewers 2007/08
Byline: CHRIS CONWAY SINGLE Spies is certainly an interesting and intriguing play, or rather an interesting and intriguing pair of plays. Rather than just one performance laced with dazzling cold war humour, it actually houses two, An Englishman...
Shop Adds to Jonny's Great Legacy; Charity Store to Help Others
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A NEW charity shop in memory of rare skin condition victim Jonny Kennedy is opening on Tyneside. Brave Jonny touched the hearts of millions when he featured in a moving TV documentary about his painful illness, epidermolysis...
Smart Move from Chiefs; Sponsored by Environment Agency GO GREEN
ELECTRIC cars will allow employees at the Environment Agency to get around without harming the planet. Two electric-powered Smart Cars have been bought for the Agency's Tyneside House office, on Newcastle's business park. The two-person cars...
Son Dies after Attack in Nightclub; Suspect Facing Murder Charge
Byline: MATT CASEY A MAN who died after being attacked in a nightclub has been named. The family of Graeme Pounder, 21, today paid tribute to their loving, caring son. Graeme, of Potter Place, Stanley, County Durham, died in the intensive...
THE MAN HUNTED AFTER SEX ATTACK; Teenage Girl Fights off Would-Be Rapist
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A BRAVE teenager told today how she fought off this would-be rapist who forced his way into her home. Screaming and kicking him, he was forced to flee her home in the Fenkle Street area of Newcastle. ...
Third of Rock's Staff to Be Axed; Union Bosses Slam Decision to Cut 2,000 Jobs in Three Years
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN STAFF at Northern Rock were today told a third of the workforce will lose their jobs. At least 2,000 staff will lose their jobs by 2011 under plans revealed by boss Ron Sandler though most of the losses will come in...
Toon Texts
THAT game was 11 against nine. Keegan should have taken Barton and Geremi off after 10 minutes. MICK, Ouston. DOES Geremi practise his crossing in training? It was terrible. JAMES LACKENBY, Gateshead. I'M not confident we'll stay up. There...
Vent Your Spleen
I READ a recent Vent Your Spleen and it refers to a DJ at Gateshead who does not want to join the police force because he does not want to be involved with criminals or getting involved with criminals. I just don't know what he is talking about...
WEIRD SCIENCE; from Cowskin and Horse Blood to Viagra and Yoghurt, Medics on Tyneside Are Using Weird and Wonderful Things to Save Patients' Lives. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out More
Byline: JANE PICKEN AS A severely premature baby clinging on to life, little Lewis Goodfellow's prospects did not look good. But when doctors started using Viagra to boost his lungs, the baby went on to make a remarkable recovery and today, at...