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 May 25, 2012

Ampera Distinction for Dealer
BRISTOL Street Motors Vauxhall dealership in Newcastle has been chosen as the only outlet in the North East to supply the revolutionary new electric car, Ampera. The Ampera was launched at the dealership on City West Business Park in front of more...
A Showcase for Quality; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
COOPER Sunderland is an authorised BMW, MINI and Motorrad dealer, offering the highest levels of service and expertise whether you are looking to buy a new or used model or maintain your current vehicle through their BMW service workshop, parts and...
A Touch Too Much
AS the saying goes, you can't be all things to all people - though in Rune Factory Oceans it very much seems like they are going to try. A sprawling Japanese RPG from the Harvest Moon stable, the game sees you take control of Aden and his friend...
Ban for Facebook Bash Date; Fears over Big Beach Party
Byline: SONIA SHARMA A BAN has been placed on a massive beach party in Tynemouth, planned on the internet. The bash at King Edward's Bay was being organised on Facebook. The invitation, opened by James Toffrey, of Thorntree Drive, Whitley...
Bartle: Kimble Are Not Down; Warmseal Durham Senior League
CHAMPIONS Kimblesworth have made a surprisingly modest start to the season, but club secretary Malcolm Bartle is not too downbeat. He said: "Undoubtedly the lads are disappointed with the way we have batted collectively. "However, it may well...
Batting Collapse Has Cook Fuming
Byline: STUART RAYNER GEOFF Cook was not shielding the blame for Durham's third County Championship defeat of the season. There was no hiding the fact Durham's batsmen had let them down again. They made 384 in Tuesday's first-innings against...
Best Chips I've Ever Tasted
Byline: KAREN WILSON SITTING in plush surroundings and eating possibly the best chips I've ever tasted, I was more than happy I'd given Allard's Lounge in Tynemouth a whirl. First impressions were good as the opulent dcor created an upmarket...
Book Reviews
The Family Corleone by Ed Falco is published in hardback by William Heinemann, priced pounds 18.99. Available now. To many the mafia is just a myth, be it Sicily or Chicago, Naples or New York. Say the word mafia and many think of The Godfather....
Borrowing Fuels Higjer Car Sales
HARD-PRESSED motorists are finding new ways to combat the effects of soaring car ownership costs. A record number are borrowing money to finance their new car purchases and manufacturers are devising new ways to prevent escalating fuel thefts from...
Brough's Done Hall Right with Final Gold; Junior Athletics
WALLSEND'S Olivia Brough emulated Olympic medalists Kelly Sotherton and Mark Lewis-Francis by scooping gold at the Aviva Athletics Academy Sportshall Finals in Birmingham. The 15-year-old finished in a dead heat for first with two other girls in...
Can You Help Solve a Baffling Family Riddle?
Byline: VICKY ROBSON REMEMBER When's army of armchair sleuths are today being called on to solve a family tree riddle. Gloria Farmer has painstakingly pieced together her ancestry back to the 1700s. But she has hit a wall in her research and...
[c]TWEETS & POSTS
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages JOEY Barton, pictured, was unusually quiet on Twitter yesterday following the announcement that the former NUFC player faces a 12-match ban and a pounds 75,000 fine. You gave...
Deaths
AIMERS (Whickham). Suddenly on 14th May 2012, Peter, much loved husband of Susan, dearly loved dad of Simon, dear fatherinlaw of Masami and loving brother of Maureen. Will be sadly missed by all the family. Funeral Service at Mountsett Crematorium...
Diamonds Mauled by Bears; Speedway
Byline: BARRY WALLACE NEWCASTLE Diamonds still have a lot of work to do if they are to reach the Knockout Cup quarter-finals after losing 49-41 at Redcar Bears last night in the first leg of their firstround clash. It was a patchy performance...
Difficult Decisions on Deficit Lie Ahead; Council Leader's Bleak Assessment
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON CITY leaders have warned they are getting ready for the Government to take money from Tyneside to hand to the South. Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes made the claim as he entered his second year in the post. Mr Forbes...
Don't Lelt Phone Go Mobile When You're Drunk; Police Say Revellers Become Vulnerable
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY PEOPLE are today being urged not to leave themselves vulnerable to criminals while out on the town. Police are launching a new drive to remind people to make sure thieves do not take advantage of their drunken state and...
DVD Reviews
The Artist (Cert PG, 96 mins, Entertainment In Video, Comedy/Drama/Romance, also available to buy DVD pounds 24.99/Blu-ray pounds 29.99) Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, James Cromwell, Penelope Miller, John Goodman. Handsome and romantically...
Fans' Views on Ashley's United Tenure
NEWCASTLE United fans were quick to praise Mike Ashley for where the club is now, but many still feel hurt by the failures of the past five years. Brian Jacobson, 49, of Prudhoe, said that finishing fifth this season has been the high point of Mike...
Fiat Punto Easy
Byline: STEVE HUGHES WITH a starting price of just pounds 8,900, the new five-door Fiat Panda is aiming to clean-up in the small car market, where the brand is traditionally one of Europe''s best-sellers. Even at the top end of the range, a highly...
Film; It's the Best-Kept Film Secret This Year. but Finally Ridley Scott Has Opened Up about Alien Prequel Prometheus. ROGER CROW Reports
Byline: ROGER CROW RIDLEY Scott has a glint in his eye. It could be the fact it's a rare sunny morning here in his home country, but it's more likely because the British director's finally ready to release his hugely anticipated movie Prometheus....
Gig Review
Byline: CHAD WELCH Slam Dunk On Tour - Hit The Lights + Transit + The Story So Far + Decade @ Trillians Rock Bar IN the scorching Wednesday evening sun, the North East's pop punk scene came out to play, eager to catch a bill of insanely catchy...
Gig Review: Keane
Byline: CRAIG NELSON KEANE, O2 Academy Newcastle After a four-year wait Keane are finally back with their new album Strangeland. Bursting back onto the scene, they are marking the release with a UK-wide tour and the first night was a sell-out...
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait; Guns N' Roses Live, Metro Radio Arena
Byline: MICK BURGESS ON what just might be one of the hottest day of the year so far, hordes of fans turned out to see Guns N' Roses return to the region. Once hailed as the "most dangerous band in the world", GNR have courted controversy across...
Have This Dance to Help Ollie; Zumbathon on Sunday
Byline: ANDREW WARBURTON PEOPLE are being invited to put on their dancing shoes to raise money for a Tyneside boy who will never walk. A zumbathon is being held at North Shields this weekend to raise funds to buy a special wheelchair for little...
Home Plans Scaled Back; Green Belt Land to Be Preserved
Byline: GEORGE COLLINS PLANS to build thousands of homes in Newcastle have been scaled back. Newcastle City Council faced criticism after it launched a consultation on where to build 21,000 houses over the next 20 years, as part of a strategy...
How's about That for Medal Success; City Swimmer Claims Four Golds at Wear Meet Junior Swimming Picture Special
Byline: IAN OLIVER THE Sunderland May Open Meet attracted plenty of swimmers from Scotland and the North of England to do battle with rivals from further afield. In the open events, it was City of Newcastle swimmers Jessica Thielmann and Jonny...
I'm in Favour of Technology Being Used-Anything to Help Us Refs Is Welcome; Legend Courtney on Why He Loves the Cameras
Byline: NEIL CAMERON LEGENDARY World Cup referee George Courtney believes goal-line technology will definitely be in place before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. After the announcement yesterday that an experimental Hawkeye system would be put...
In Memoriam
BAINBRIDGE (North Shields). In loving memory of our beloved mother, Marion, who passed away one year today and also our beloved father, Cliff, died 24th June. Sad are the hearts that loved you, silent are the tears that fall, living our lives without...
Interview; We Take a Look at This Week's Latest Film Releases, Which Include the Quirky Comedy Moonrise Kingdom and the Return of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3
MOONRISE KINGDOM (12A) Resourceful orphan Sam (Jared Gilman) is the least popular member of his Khaki Scout troop, run by Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton). He elopes with pen pal Suzy (Kara Hayward), who shares her lighthouse home with parents Walt...
Lad's Cannabis Cookery Class. Prank Backfires; Five in Hospital after He Puts Drug in Cake
FIVE pupils were taken to hospital after one of them spiked brownies with cannabis in a cookery class. A Year 9 student at All Saints College, in West Denton, Newcastle, took the Class B drug into school before adding it to chocolate brownies during...
Lawson's Switch Backed by Robbo
Byline: MARK SMITH RORY Lawson has revealed his move to Newcastle Falcons has met with the firm approval of Scotland coach Andy Robinson. The former Gloucester scrum-half is in action for the Barbarians against England at Twickenham this weekend...
Liz Walker
[c] MATHS has never been my strong point - you should see how many journalists it takes to work out a percentage. But I just can't seem to get my head around how much money I pay to people to look after my children. I don't begrudge the money earned...
Local Music; When Air to Achilles Formed, They Had a One Goal in Sight and That Was to Forge a Lasting Music Career. the Band Tells RUTH LAWSON about Their Journey So Far
Byline: RUTH LAWSON IT'S no surprise to see a young band get caught up in the rock and roll lifestyle, become complacent and lose sight of what they're about. They can become enticed by the pull of booze-filled nights, adoring fans and riotous...
Matty Delighted with Flying Start
Byline: STEVE BROWN MATTY MUCHALL insists South Shields could not have asked for a better start to the league season. However, the Wood Terrace skipper has warned his side must maintain their early-season high standards against league leaders...
McClean Can Dazzle Euros Says Colback; Midfielder Backs Black Cats Team-Mate to Shine for Irish
Byline: JAMES HUNTER JACK COLBACK believes James McClean can be a surprise hit at Euro 2012 - just as he was in his debut Premier League season. Winger McClean is set to win his second cap for the Republic of Ireland in tomorrow's friendly against...
Morpeth Keen to Keep Run of Form
Byline: JAMES HUNTER MORPETH hope they can finally start building some momentum as they head to Lintz tomorrow. Last week saw the Northumbrland side clock up their first win of the season and move up to third in the table as they overcame Sacriston...
Motown Legend Is Still on the Road; Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Chats to Dionne Warwick Ahead of Her 50th Anniversary UK Tour, Which Starts on Tyneside
Byline: GORDON BARR THE term legend is bandied around too loosely in music circles. But when it comes to Dionne Warwick, it's a description that is wholly justified. Fifty years in the business is no mean feat and when you can still sell-out...
myHome 'We Watch the Sun Rise over the Sea'
Karen Burdon loves the amazing sea views from the hot tub at her holiday home in Northumberland. The former medical sales rep, who rents out properties in Corbridge and Newcastle, shows us the open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner of the New England-style...
Old Pals Meet Up Again as City Freemen; Childhood Friends Reunited after 15 Years as Three of Them Honoured by Home Town
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER THEY played as children on the Tyneside street they lived on before their lives took them thousands of miles apart. But five pals have now been reunited for the first time in 15 years to see three of them be made Freemen...
Opening Blow for Blyth as Dent and Clark Miss Out
Byline: MARK SMITH BLYTH will be without opening batsmen David Dent and Andy Clark for tomorrow's Premier Division visit of Warkworth. With Dent away and Clark out injured, the club have promoted second-team pair Peter Rowetts and Rory O'Connor...
Pounds 25-a-Week YTS Leads to Managerial Role for Andrew; DEALER TALK: Jennings Ford
A DEDICATED employee at Jennings Ford's branch in Gateshead, who started his employment on a youth training scheme in the 1980s, has worked his way up to manager. Hard working Andrew Fisher, 46, from Sunniside in Gateshead, is currently bodyshop...
Seat Leon 2.0 Tdi Dsg Auto Fr+
Byline: , PATRICK JAMES JUST five letters lift this version of the SEAT Leon up from being a competent hatchback to a fully specced up Spanish speed machine. The name DSG FR transforms the Leon into a high-performing hot hatch that maintains...
Skater Is Figuring in Trophy Placings; Ice Skating
FIGURE skater David Richardson delivered a well-rounded performance to finish ninth in the Triglav Trophy in Slovenia. Richardson, 25, from Newcastle, performed his short programme to Escala's adaptation of 'Feelin Good' and gained 41.64 points....
Sport in Brief
FOOTBALL INTERNATIONAL MATCHES: Russia v Uruguay (5.45pm), Croatia v Estonia (7.30pm), Belgium v Montenegro (7.45pm). UEFA EUROPEAN UNDER-19 CHAMPIONSHIP ELITE ROUND GROUP TWO: Switzer-land v Montenegro (at Spotland, Rochdale FC, 3pm). England v Slovenia...
Superfan Adam Had It All; 100-Year-Old Began Watching His Team Back in 1930
Byline: KATIE DAVIES HE turns 100 tomorrow and he's still got his eye on the ball. Gateshead FC fanatic Adam Robson has watched his team since they joined the football league back in 1930. Bosses at the club say he is their oldest supporter....
The Ceiling Caved in around My Baby's Cot; Couple's Horror at Near-Miss Involving Newborn Tot
Byline: KATIE DAVIES PLASTER from a collapsed ceiling litters the floor of a newborn baby's bedroom after a narrow escape. Anthony Starforth, his partner Victoria Pattison, 26, and their nine-week-old daughter Lauren were asleep in their downstairs...
Thousands Turn out to See the Queen in North; during 60 Glorious Years on the Throne, Her Majesty Has Made Many Welcome Visits to Region
Byline: KATE PROCTOR FOR more than 50 glorious years she has been bringing joy to the North East with her regal visits. But here, as the recently-crowned young Queen pulled into Monkseaton train station in Whitley Bay, it was her first visit...
Time to Ditch EU Membership; FEEDBACK
I HAVE written before on the subject of EU membership, but the latest ongoing farce consisting of the Eurozone beggars belief. There is no doubt that going into the Common Market - as it was originally known - was a good move, even though we disappointed...
TN Having a Ball at a Night of Celebration !
A YEAR of sparkling sports success was celebrated at a glittering black-tie dinner as Northumbria University's student athletes called time on the 2011/12 campaign. Big winners on the night were the netball second team and women's football club....
TOON JOIN RACE FOR ROS; Magpies in Chase for Pounds 3m Star, Says Agent
Byline: NEIL CAMERON THE AGENT of FC Twente right-back Roberto Rosales last night insisted Newcastle United are on the trail of the highlyrated Venezuela international. Toon boss Alan Pardew has previously been linked with the 23-year-old, rated...
Toyota Yaris 1.33 Vvt-I TR
Byline: JON SMITH NOT so long ago superminis were largely the province of the young, skint and - dare I suggest it - female buyers. These days it''s very different. Most of us are pretty strapped for cash, more of us are 'greener'' and just about...
Transfixed by Gothic Gem
Byline: AMY McLEAN Mary Shelley, Northern Stage, Newcastle, until Saturday KNOWN as the author of the early 19th Century novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley lived a life of anxiety and pursuit that would eventually lead her to write one of the most...
Untouchable Denny; ALAN NICHOL Chats to Thea Gilmore about a Special Tribute Show on Tyneside This Week, Plus He Brings You All the Latest Roots Music News
Byline: ALAN NICHOL DESPITE her premature death in 1978, Alexandra Elene McLean Denny - Sandy Denny to all - is still the pre-eminent female British folk-rock singer. A long overdue tribute to her relatively short but influential career, entitled...
Warriors Retain Dowd as Coach; Ice Hockey
GARRY DOWD has been appointed Whitley Warriors coach for a second season, writes DAVID HALL. He is already preparing to put together a squad good enough to regain the National League titles the Hillheads outfit conceded to Billingham Stars in the...
We Need to Keep Boredom at Bay
FORMER Newcastle star James Milner has stressed the importance of England players avoiding the boredom off the pitch during Euro 2012 which appeared to affect some squad members during the 2010 World Cup. Midfielder Milner has welcomed England's...
What on Earth Is Going on in West Denton? Vow to Take Action on Estate's 'Wild Boys' Gang Who Targeted Family from Yorkshire
Byline: SARA NICHOL ACTION has been promised against gangs behind a reign of terror on a Tyneside estate. The Chronicle told on Wednesday how members of the so-called West Denton Wild Boys had targeted Kathy and Barrie Akrigg and their two children...
What's On
THE DICTATOR (15) Sacha Baron Cohen plays Admiral General Aladeen, tyrannical ruler of the African state of Wadiya, who is hiding the real Bin Laden in one of his opulent palace's spare rooms. During a visit to "the Devil's nest" of America to address...
Witty Look at Our Life's Path; JESSICA MURRAY Reviews Avenue Q, Which Is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until Saturday
Byline: JESSICA MURRAY AN adult-orientated, politically incorrect musical satire starring puppets based on those of kids' TV show Sesame Street sounds like a recipe for disaster. However, Avenue Q pulls off this unique concoction of elements...
You're Smarter for 10; Holidaymakers Were on a Tenterhooks This Time Last Year as They Waited to See Whether Ash from the Icelandic Volcano Would Disrupt Their Plans. Reporter SARAH SCOTT Looks Back on the Impact of the Eruption
Byline: SARAH SCOTT So what actually happened this time last year? On May 22 last year, Iceland closed its main international airport and cancelled domestic flights after its most active volcano, Grimsvotn, began erupting. It was the volcano's largest...
You Speak on Mike's Toon Time; ...While a Game Insider Insists It's Been Great
Byline: DAN WARBUTON FOOTBALL fixer Keith Harris has backed Mike Ashley's financial vision for Newcastle United. Mr Harris spent more than six months seeking out potential suitors who were willing to meet the club's pounds 80m asking price when...