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 February 27, 2012

Absent Set to Prove a Turn Up for Books; Chronicle Racing
THE Absent Mare has already proved herself a force over staying trips and that should stand her in good stead in the lingfieldpark.co.uk Handicap. The four-year-old has shown up well in a couple of hurdle races this season and has won her last two...
A Capital Show from Samuels; Ex-Wallsend Harrier Celebrates Bronze in Nationals
Byline: BILL McGUIRK MEDALS were hard come by for the region's athletes in the English National Cross-Country Championships in Parliament Hill, London. Despite a huge contingent making the journey to the spiritual home of cross-country running,...
American Rock Icons Guns 'N' Roses Set for Legendary Show
KINGS of rock Guns 'N' Roses are to perform on Tyneside, it was announced today. Arguably one of the most successful rock bands of all time, they are planning to hit the road this spring, including a stop at the Metro Radio Arena. After selling...
A Performance Not Up to Usual Home Standard
Byline: LEE RYDER ALAN PARDEW feels there is plenty of room for improvement for Newcastle United as his team prepares for the biggest game of the season against Sunderland. Pardew was not entirely happy with certain aspects of his side's approach...
ARE You a Former Employee [...]
ARE you a former employee of Wills on the Coast Road or Robert Sinclair whose head office was on Westgate Road? I am arranging a five-day, fournight break from October 22 to 26, 2012, at Thoresby Hall Hotel and Spa in Nottinghamshire for Imperial pensioners....
Big Match
NUFC WWFC GOALS 1-0 Cisse (six mins): Cabaye made a good run down the right before crossing for Ba but after his shot was kept out by Wayne Hennessy Cisse worked it back for Tiote. His shot was then turned into the net by Cisse. 2-0 Gutierrez (18 mins):...
City Gets Fit with a Zumba Frenzy Fundraiser; Dance Craze Event to Help Bring Sunshine to Youngsters' Lives
Byline: RUTH LAWSON HUNDREDS of fundraisers showed off their swagger during a three-hour Zumbathon. More than 200 people donned their best sportswear to dance the afternoon away at the Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund event. Men, women and...
Coach Praises Eagles' Great Performance
Byline: JEFF KING CHESHIRE JETS ...... 82 EAGLES.................... 95 ANOTHER fabulous road performance from the Newcastle Eagles moved them even further ahead at the top of the BBL table. The final score does not tell the full story of the game...
COLO WON'T TAKE HIS EYE OFF THE BALL; Talks on Hold as Skipper Focuses on Toon Euro Bid
Byline: LEE RYDER FABRICIO COLOCCINI wants to put talk about his future with Newcastle United on hold as he focuses on leading the Magpies to Tyne-Wear derby glory - and European qualification. The Chronicle reported back on November 15 that...
Deaths
ANDERSON (Wallsend). Formerly of Whitley Bay. Peacefully on 21st February 2012, aged 66 years, Sandra, beloved mother of Diane, Martin and Stephen, loving partner of Ian, beloved grandmother and nana, loving sister to Allen and Ann. Family and friends...
Draw Disappoints, but Is No Disaster
DEEP, deep disappointment but far, far from a disaster for Newcastle United after Wolves bit back to earn a draw on Tyneside. The dream start without the Hollywood ending, if you like. Yep, only Newcastle seem capable of snatching a draw from...
Drunken eBay Splurge Has a Happy Ending; Signed Senegal Shirt Auctioned for Sir Bobby
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN A NEWCASTLE United fan has seen his drunken eBay buy turn into a boon for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Having drowned his sorrows following the Magpies' 5-2 thrashing by Fulham, Taylor Payne returned to his South Shields...
English Lessons to Help Refugee Health Workers; A Social Enterprise Is under Way to Give English Language Training to Refugees in the UK So They Can Work in the Health Service. RACHEL WEARMOUTH Explains
Byline: RACHEL WEARMOUTH A MAJOR new contract has been secured to give English language training to refugee healthcare professionals. Action Foundation announced the deal, signed with NERS (North of England Refugee Service), to train healthcare...
Groom Is the Light of Blind Bride's Life; Cruel Twist of Fate as Woman Blinded before Big Day
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON FATE forced them apart, but love has brought Rob Watson and Dawn Van Rensselaer back together. And at the weekend, the long-lost friends finally tied the knot after finding each other again after 20 years. But as the big...
Hearts Skipping a Beat for Olly!
Byline: Olly Murs OLLY Murs first came into the public eye during the sixth series of The X Factor, eventually losing out in the final to Geordie boy Joe McElderry. Not to worry. This hasn't hindered Olly, and on Friday night he was performing at...
Heed Fail to Turn Up for Trophy Tie; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Byline: JEFF BOWRON DISAPPOINTED Gateshead boss Ian Bogie offered no excuses for his side's tame exit from the FA Trophy at Luton Town on Saturday. Encouraged by the display in the midweek win at York City, Bogie named an unchanged side at Kenilworth...
Hodgson Is Delighted at His Team's Fine Fortune
ROY HODGSON believes West Brom should target a top-10 finish in the Barclays Premier League after hailing striker Marc-Antoine Fortune as the "unsung hero" in their goal-laden revival during February. Peter Odemwingie has grabbed most of the head-lines...
Hoping to Collar Win; Rebecca in Line for Top Crufts Award
Byline: DAVE BLACK CANINE crazy Rebecca Ashworth could collar a national award for her puppy love. Rebecca's life revolves around dogs - whether it is helping to rescue them, train them or own and exercise them. Now the 21-year-old is in line...
Hundreds under Threat at Council; Jobs to Be Axed as Borough Seeks to Balance Budget
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON HUNDREDS of people could be made compulsorily redundant at a Tyneside council. Civic leaders at Gateshead Council will meet this week to agree a budget which will see up to 350 job losses, many of them potentially compulsory...
Hurst Celebrates Top Student Honours in Sheffield
PHIL HURST pulled out all the stops to take the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships 3,000 metres title in Sheffield. After cruising to victory in his heat, the Elswick Harrier and Sunderland University athlete got the better of...
In Memoriam
ANNAN (Walkergate). Matty a year has passed since you left us so suddenly. I feel blessed to have had those years with you, you were my best friend and the love of my life. Miss you every day and love you always, Pam xxx ANNAN (Walkergate). Matty,...
Knight Hoping to Make It into History Books
Byline: LEE RYDER GEORDIE boy Dennis Knight believes the current Newcastle United youth team are capable of stepping out of the shadows and joining the class of '85 in the Magpies' history books. Knight and his team-mates take on Blackburn Rovers...
Maggie's Matters
Byline: Denise Heron IT WAS recently announced that four in 10 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. With almost 50% of the UK workforce likely to face a cancer diagnosis, employers will need to ask what they can do to help...
Magpies Mourning a Lead That Didn't Last
Byline: John Gibson THE lone banner hung high in the St James' Park rafters where Wolves fans gathered in funereal silence. It was half-time and their team were losing 2-0 after a fortnight of humiliation, which had started with a five-goal derby...
Man Is Jailed for Store Raid
Byline: ROB KENNEDY TERRIFIED shop staff bravely fought off a meat cleaverwielding raider. John Biggens burst into a shop wearing a helmet, brandishing the weapon and desperate for money to bankroll his cocaine habit. As two children were...
Mechanic Making Headlines; Apprentice's Big Win
Byline: DAVE BLACK TALENTED mechanic Gemma Hadden is proving that women can succeed and prosper in the male-dominated world of working under the bonnet. Gemma, 25, has won a number of awards since first enrolling on a vehicle repair and maintenance...
New Upgrades to Smear Tests Means Cancer Spotted Earlier; from Next Month Women in the North East Will Benefit from Upgrades to the Cervical Screening Test, Meaning Earlier Diagnosis of Cancer for Many. RACHEL WEARMOUTH Explains
NORTH East women are set to benefit from an improvement to the current cervical screening test. From next month, women with borderline or low-grade cervical abnormalities will be tested for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) as part of their routine...
NHS Were Told of Concerns about Private Ambulance Firm; Former Drivers in Legal Action over Unpaid Cash
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG THE chief of the private ambulance industry's regulatory body warned the NHS five years ago about a firm said to owe Tyneside staff thousands in unpaid wages, it was claimed today. Bosses at Norfolk-based East Coast Ambulance...
'No-Budget' Music Video Lands Award; Lad's Work Is Internet Sensation and Scoops Win
Byline: RUTH LAWSON A MUSIC video created on a budget of zero has become an internet sensation and scooped a top accolade from an industry website. Ashington-based band Ball Of Mayhem teamed up with budding director David Hall to create the recession-friendly...
One Drink Too Many a Day Will Harm You
NEWCASTLE GPs are encouraging local people to be drink aware and not let alcohol sneak up on you. Dr Relton Cummings, chair of TyneHealth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Dr Guy Pilkington, who leads Newcastle Bridges CCG, are reminding people...
Pendant Back after Robbery; Precious Coin Is Mysteriously Returned
TERRORISED in her home by raiders who ripped the jewellery from her neck, widow Cynthia Ward thought she had lost a treasured symbol of love from her late husband forever. But the gold pendant that had been stolen was returned to the pensioner's...
Pictures of Ernie's Life; Exhibition in Honour of Art Group Stalwart
Byline: BRIAN DANIEL AN artist's work is to be posthumously displayed at a special exhibition on Tyneside just months after his death. Ernie Wearmouth was a key member of the Felling Art Group before he passed away after illness aged 84 in December....
Privilege to Work for World's Best
NAME: Gary Player AGE: 48 JOB TITLE: Advanced biomedical scientist practitioner in cytology WHERE DO YOU WORK? : Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE? My primary role is in the reporting of abnormal cervical cytology specimens...
Questions Asked over Aspirin Use; Credited with Reducing Strokes and the Risk of Bowel Cancer, as Well as Headaches, Aspirin Is Our Latest Wonder Drug. but Could a Daily Dose Do More Harm Than Good? RACHEL WEARMOUTH Reports
Byline: RACHEL WEARMOUTH TAKING aspirin has so many proven benefits it is often referred to as a miracle drug. Numerous studies have shown this cheap little white pill can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in those with pre-existing...
Readers' Poems
WHAT WE ARE We think we are but bodies, That our brains within us think And rarely does the thought intrude upon us: in us sink That reality in this domain Is really just a lie That encourages us to drift away Make, of our lives, a sigh. If only...
Roofing Edging Closer to Safety; STL NORTHERN LGE
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT JARROW Roofing are not out of the woods yet by a long chalk - but boss Richie McLoughlin reckons two wins in their last three games gives them a fighting chance of staying up. Following a comeback in Saturday's South Tyneside...
School Club Is Lifeline for Kids; Volunteers Keeping Youngsters off the Streets
Byline: RUTH LAWSON DISADVANTAGED children are being kept off the streets with the help of dedicated volunteers. Youngsters living in the High Lanes housing estate in Gateshead are being offered a lifeline in the form of a weekly after-school...
Shake-Up in Care for Sick Children; A Model of Care Proposed for Acutely Sick Children in the Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland Areas Aims to Offer Youngsters Shorter Hospital Stays. SAMANTHA START Explains
Byline: SAMANTHA START CHILDREN who need hospital treatment in Gateshead will have a new state-of-the-art children's assessment unit on their doorstep under new NHS proposals. The paediatric assessment unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in...
Shock Loss Gives Boss Bags to Think About
Byline: JAMES HUNTER IT was bound to happen sooner or later. The reality check, I mean. Since taking over at Sunderland, Martin O'Neill had won 10 of his first 15 games in charge and virtually everything he touched turned to gold. It could...
Skin Is under Attack; THINK PHARMACY FIRST
Byline: Omar Ahmad Skin is under attack OUR skin is open to attack by so many everyday items, and that is why sometimes it becomes itchy and irritating. The most commonly affected areas are the hands and face, and it's our job to help you repel...
Smokers Putting Their Pets at Risk; for the First Time, Pet Owners Are Being Targeted with Advice and Warnings about How Smoking Affects Their Animals
PET owners in Northumberland are being urged to stop smoking to avoid harming their animal's health. Northumberland Specialist Health Improvement Service has targeted vets, pet shops, and grooming parlours with posters highlighting the risk of secondhand...
Spartans Need a Miracle, Insists Angry Cassidy; BLUE SQ BET NORTH
Byline: JEFF BOWRON TOMMY CASSIDY reasserted his belief that Blyth Spartans now need a miracle after a disappointing display in the Midlands saw his side lose 2-1 at Worcester City. Eastwood Town have taken four points off leading sides Halifax...
Team Must Do without Marie after Freak Blow; NETBALL
MARIE EWING faces up to four weeks out after a freak ankle injury ended her involvement in the first phase of this season's Netball Superleague. The top-flight's top eight split into two next month, the leading four clubs battling out for the big...
The Boat Came in for Geordies; the Ground-Breaking Television Series That 'Jack' Built
Byline: GEORGE COLLINS IT was the ground-breaking North Eastbased TV show which acted as a trailblazer for programmes like Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Our Friends In The North. When The Boat Comes In shone a light on the history and culture of the...
Tifers Hit Falcons ' Survival Bid for Six
Leicester Tigers ..................... 42 Newcastle Falcons .................. 15 THEY cannot say they were not warned, with Newcastle Falcons' defence coach Mike Ford having spelled out their task before a ball had even been kicked. "You can have...
Vicious Thugs Free to Attack Again; Gang Who Set upon Dad Have Not Been Caught
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY WITH kicks and stamps they inflicted ugly injuries on a complete stranger before vanishing into the night. Tim Collins was left battered, bruised and with a broken leg after he was set upon by a pack of thugs as he made...
Wanted
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL CHART-TOPPING boy band The Wanted raised the roof at the Metro Radio Arena. The popular five-piece performed their debut gig at the venue on Saturday, much to the delight of their screaming legion of fans. Heartthrobs...
Warriors in Play-Off Boost; ICE HOCKEY
Byline: DAVID HALL A 5-2 win for Whitley Warriors over Trafford Metros at Hillheads assured them of a top-four finish in the English National League and a place in the play-offs. However, afterwards player/coach Garry Dowd was more focused on...
Watchodg Called in after Fatal Stabbing; Police Visited the Flat on Day the Incident Took Place
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY POLICE were at a flat just hours before a woman died there after being stabbed, it has emerged. Sarah Gosling, 41, died in hospital on Saturday night after receiving a knife wound to the chest at her home in Tewkesbury...
We Have to Stand Up and Fight Now, Says Gold
GARY Gold made no attempt to mask his anger after Newcastle Falcons' 42-15 drubbing at Leicester Tigers. The South African admitted: "There was no question of a doubt that Saturday was the worst performance I have seen during my short time at the club....
'We Want to Try and Save Our Daughter's Life' Family's Fundraiser Goes Global to Bring in Pounds 350,000
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON SHE'S a courageous schoolgirl who is living on borrowed time as she raises pounds 500,000 to save her life. And after just six weeks, generous Geordies and people worldwide have raised a staggering pounds 350,000 to send...
We Will Bounce Back Says Catts
Byline: JAMES HUNTER LEE CATTERMOLE insists Sunderland will emerge from their West Brom battering all the stronger as they prepare for this weekend's Tyne-Wear derby. The Black Cats skipper could offer no explanation for his team's poor performance...
Your Local Chemists Road, to [...]
your local chemists Road, to 10pm. BIRTLEY: Vantage, Harras Bank, to 6.15pm. NEWCASTLE: Boots, 140 West Road, 8.30am to 5.30pm; Boots, Eldon Square, to 8pm; Boots Kingston Park shopping centre, 8am to midnight. Superdrug, Northumberland Street,...