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 June 29, 2006

African Culture Inspires Pupils
Byline: By Nicola Juncar Exhibition of stories and artwork is result of horizon-broadening project An African-inspired exhibition of art and stories by Tyneside pupils has gone on display to the public. The Young Cultural Creators exhibition,...
Athletics in Brief
Byline: By Bill McGuirk Olympians Steve Backley and Derek Redmond will be in the region on Monday, July 3 to offer advice to coaches and their athletes. The session, from 6pm to 8pm, will take place at the International Stadium. For further...
Barton Backing Roeder to Take United to Glory
Byline: By Lee Ryder Warren Barton is confident that Newcastle United can build on last season's top-seven finish under the leadership of Glenn Roeder. The former Toon defender experienced the qualities of Roeder at first hand on the FIFA Pro-Licence...
Book Review
Russell the Sheep Rob Scotton Harper-Collins pounds 4.99 Russell is a very sad sheep with a stripey hat who, no matter how he tries, just cannot get to sleep and is running out of things he can do about it while the rest of his flock snooze....
Boss Lee to the Four in Signing Swoop
Byline: By Jeff Bowron New Gateshead manager Tony Lee has signed four players as he rebuilds the Tynesiders' squad ahead of the new UniBond League season, (writes Jeff Bowron) However, the Tynesiders, who have appointed former Newcastle, Preston...
Bright Idea Is a Real Winner
Byline: By Joanne Parkinson Rainbow colours filled city streets when children and commun-ity groups put pastel to concrete to create their very own masterpieces. The unusual event at Newcastle's Haymarket yesterday saw the city council use street...
Bulldoze Garages Had My Car Inside
Byline: By Peter Young Bungling officials ordered demolition contractors to flatten a row of council garages on a Tyneside estate ( without telling the tenants. Workmen started the job only to find a car still parked in one of the garages. ...
Catches Slow, but Bywell Is Boosted
Byline: By David Carrick Bywell Syndicate now totals 171 salmon and three sea-trout for the season so far. After some good sport early in the month the catches have slowed, but fish were again being taken in recent days. Norman Pattinson,...
Civil Service
Byline: By Amy Hunt Scores of same sex couples 'wed' under new laws Scores of same-sex couples have tied the knot in the six months since the law changed. Figures just out show how many pairs have registered their civil partnerships since...
Cresta Has Gold Touch
Alan Bailey's Cresta Gold looks a horse to follow after winning the Grolsch Cumberland Plate at Carlisle in impressive fashion. Denied a run at Royal Ascot in the King George V Handicap due to sheer numbers, on this evidence she could well have...
Delight the Inner Child
Byline: By Tony Griffiths Family production Kensuke's Kingdom is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal this week. Tony Griffiths went along to see it When the Theatre Royal closes on Saturday for an extended break, the final performance will be of Kensuke's...
Don't Blame Us for Rowdy Drunks
Byline: By Sonia Sharma A post office could be stripped of its licence to sell alcohol after it was accused of being the hub of a village's anti-social behaviour. Police have asked North Tyneside Council to review the licence of Annitsford Post...
Durham Nott at the Races
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Durham's Twenty20 malaise continued at Trent Bridge when they followed an eight-wicket drubbing at Yorkshire with a heavy 52-run defeat against Nottinghamshire Outlaws, (writes Jeff Bowron). It was another abject performance...
England Striker Rooney Plays Down Talk of Revenge
Wayne Rooney insists the World Cup quarter-final against Portugal is not about revenge. Rooney broke his foot playing against the Portuguese at the same stage of Euro 2004. England were 1-0 up when he limped off in the first-half but eventually...
Every Minute That He's with Us Is a Blessing. Every Day We Could Lose Him
Byline: By Sophie Doughty Every day of little Jordan Robertson's life is a heartbreaking struggle for survival. But his grandparents who devote every minute to keeping him alive would not change their beautiful boy for the world. Even though...
Family's Flat Gutted as Stove Explodes
Byline: By Amy hunt Blaze wrecks all their possessions A family had to flee their burning home after their gas camping stove caught fire in the kitchen. Helen McGilligan, husband Alex, daughter Claire, 19, and 14-month-old son Callum were...
Follow Fyodor
Newcastle warms up for John Smith's Northumberland Plate Day with a decent card tomorrow evening ( on which Fyodor appears the stand-out entry in the Northern Rock Gosforth Park Cup. William Haggas' gelding was an expensive flop on his last outing...
Grinning, the Double Killer Gets 24 Years
Byline: By Paul McMillan Double killer Michael McCrea was today starting a 24 year jail term in Singapore. Businessman McCrea, 48, pleaded guilty to killing his driver Kho Nai Guan, 46, and 29-year-old Chinese national Lan Ya Ming. The Singapore...
Idiots on Our Roads
Byline: By Adam Jupp The shocking number of drivers whose hands wander from the wheel One angrily flicks a V-sign while others talk on the phone or smoke. These are just some of the drivers putting your life at risk with their dodgy driving....
I'm Proud to Fly the England Flag
This is in answer to J W in Friday night's Chronicle about the "silly flags" and how he would be pleased if England got knocked out. There are no silly flags for my country. If I felt like J W, I would stay in bed until the World Cup is over. ...
Kenny's One of the Buoys with a Real Whopper
Byline: By Sam Harris Fish of the week was a cod of 17.5 lb taken by Kenny Grey fishing from The Buoys. Kenny is a member of the South Shields Boat Angling Club, and used baited daylights to take this magnificent fish 500 yards from South Shields...
Local Music Mag's Taking Flight
Byline: By Nick Whitten The launch of a new publishing house and regional music magazine is music to the ears of one North East entrepreneur. Chris Hair, 27, from Ashbrooke, Sunderland, launched his business Pilot Publishing in October 2005 thanks...
Making Giant Strides
Byline: By Bill McGuirk Johanna Jackson continues to walk all over the opposition as she produced her third pb of the year in the prestigious Royal Leamington Spa Grand Prix event, which attracted many of the world's leading race walkers. The...
Mick's Happy to Miss Malaga Out
Byline: By Bill McGuirk Nick McCormick takes his racing gear to Ireland this weekend after being bypassed for the European Cup in Spain. Despite being Europe's fastest miler last year and, after shooting to the top of this year's UK 5,000 metres...
Motor Misery
Byline: By Peter Young and Amy Hunt Looking a little embarrassed, Roads Minister Stephen Ladyman opens one of Tyneside's busiest highways ( before work is complete. Two years of repairs which have caused delays for drivers are set to end. ...
Mumps Slumps
Byline: By Jane Picken Cases of mumps have slumped dramatically after a powerful campaign by health chiefs. In the first half of last year the Health Protection Agency reported a staggering 3,588 cases of the infection across the region, attacking...
My Student Fret
Byline: By Stephen Jones As a top businessman claims today's graduates are finding it tough in the real world, student Stephen Jones writes from a personal point of view A top business chief says today's students can't hack it in the working...
Off the Cuff
Byline: By Jamie Diffley This week I'm washing my hair with Cleansing Session perfect detox shampoo. Brought to you from the salon of the international award winning celebrity style maker Guy Kremer. That's what it says on the bottle anyways. ...
On a Wing and a Prayer for Plate
Byline: By John Budden Swing Wing, allotted top weight of 9st 10lbs for Saturday's pounds 200,000 John Smith's Northumberland Plate, is a definite runner. The news, confirmed yesterday by Alex Cole, son of the trainer, means that there will be...
Our Water Is Given a Thumbs-Up
Byline: By Paul McMillan Drinking water in the North East has been given a clean bill of health, despite a small number of tests revealing traces of e-coli and bacteria. The Drink Water Inspectorate's (DWI) report for 2005, just released, reveals...
Picking Up a New Beat
Pupils get in the festival spirit Performers from the NewcastleGateshead festival VAMOS! have brought schoolchildren's Spanish lessons to life. The 10-day event, which celebrates the vibrant Latin and Portuguese speaking cultures, starts on July...
Pounds 72,000? You Could Have Had It for Pounds 210
Byline: By Lisa Hutchinson Record paid for Hedley painting no-one originally wanted Newly painted it was unwanted ( but this work of art has just fetched a record price. Ralph Hedley's painting Contraband sold for pounds 72,000 ( pounds 12,000...
Racist Prisoner Murdered Asian
Byline: By David Barrett The Prison Service faced a barrage of criticism today over the murder of Asian prisoner Zahid Mubarek by his racist cellmate. Zahid, 19, was just hours from being released from Feltham young offenders institution when...
Sun and Job Satisfaction Tempting Moves Abroad
Byline: By Joanne Parkinson Many people dream of a new life abroad and it seems people from the North East are most likely to make this dream a reality and flee the country. Joanne Parkinson reports We've all daydreamed about starting a new life...
Supplying a Problem
Byline: By Nick Whitten Football fans could be forced to seek out new booze supplies as depot workers begin a five-day strike. A host of products, including beer and wine, could be left in short supply at Asda supermarkets across the region as...
Tearful Tribute to Girl They All Loved
Byline: By Lisa Hutchinson A fun-loving 20-year-old died without warning of deep vein thrombosis. Lisa Thompson was excitedly planning her 21st birthday, and was due to travel on a family holiday to Crete to celebrate. But just days before...
Tribunal Cash Wait
Byline: By Nick Whitten A former political officer who won her unfair dismissal case against the GMB union faces a waiting game for compensation. Last week a tribunal in Newcastle found the GMB guilty of constructively dismissing Jane Brown,...
Trio's Lucky Escape after Broken Glass Discovery
Byline: By Amy Hunt A couple today told of their horror after finding glass in chippings they bought to make a play area safe. Claire Baxter bought 10 bags of garden mulch to cover the ground below her children's climbing frame and provide a...
USA Job Swap
Young designer Michael Sutton has jetted off for the trip of a lifetime leaving behind Newcastle-based design firm SUMO. Michael, 22, who graduated from Northumbria University last year before joining SUMO, has traded places with his opposite number...
Vaughan Facing a Day of Decision
Michael Vaughan faced a crucial examination on his troublesome knee today which could have an important bearing on the England captaincy. Vaughan (pictured below) faced a meeting with a specialist to determine if his injured right knee needed an...
Vent Your Spleen
I recently read a tongue-in-cheek article on the subject of displaying the flag of St George on a vehicle. The gist of it was the more flags flown, the lower the IQ of the driver. I'd almost forgotten the article until my attention was drawn to a parked...
We've Scott a Real Boost
Byline: By Lee Ryder Glenn Roeder believes the sight of Scott Parker up and running again in pre-season is a big boost for everybody concerned with Newcastle United. The Toon midfielder missed the closing stages of last season after being struck...
What a Cultured Lot We Have Become
Byline: By Peter Young More visits have been made to our museums and galleries than ever. Visitor numbers topped 2.2 million when hits on the popular internet website by people viewing exhibits and paintings are taken into account. This is...
What's Triggering Gun Crime Rise?
Byline: By Helen Rae Gun crime in the region is on the increase. Helen Rae spoke to Northumbria University criminologist Steve Hall to see why such violence may have increased While Britain has some of the toughest firearms laws in the world,...