Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from November 22, 2012

60s Star Speaks of Her Fears; Actress Worried over What She Said Was Erosion of Our Freedom
SHE''S an Oscar winner, the star of countless top films and no stranger to Tyneside. In fact, Julie Christie once came here to save the world, and then again, a few years later, to judge a film competition. In 1980 this beautiful actress came to...
Asbestos Victim's Widow Given MBE for Charity Efforts; Mesothelioma Research Fund Set Up Following Husband's Death
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER BEAMING on the steps of Buckingham Palace, Chris Knighton holds the MBE which would make her late husband proud. Chris lost husband Mick to asbestos cancer in 2001 and, since then, she has dedicated her life to charity...
Athletics Diary
THE opening fixture of the Indoor Athletics Gateshead College Series, in conjunction with Gateshead Harriers, is tonight starting 6.30pm. It features 60m hurdles, 60m sprint, high jump, long jump, shot put and pole vault. Registration takes place...
At the Cinema
CUSTOMS HOUSE, SOUTH SHIELDS Mill Dam (0191 454 1234) Anna Karenina (12A): Mon/Tue/Thu 1.30pm Sparkle (12A): Fri/Tue-Thu 7pm EMPIRE THEATRE, CONSETT Front Street (01207 218171) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (12A): Fri/Sat 10.30am (Sat),...
A Win Can Erase a Painful Few Weeks
Byline: Lee Ryder ALAN PARDEW started his Europa League press conference ahead of tonight's game with Maritimo in light-hearted manner - but by the end of it, the importance of the final Group D encounter at St James' Park could not have been more...
Battling Coachman Refuse to Be Dazzled by the Sun
THE Coachman ended Sunniside's 100% record in Division One by holding them to a 1-1 draw. Scott Swanston gave the Coachman the lead in the first half before Scott Robson levelled in the second. Wallsend Labour moved into second place with a comfortable...
BOX OFFICE 2 Days from [...]
BOX OFFICE 2 days from PS129.00 Alfie Boe in Concert Departs 22 March 2012 Join us at one of the musical events of the year, as 'Britain's Favourite Singer', the uniquely talented Alfie Boe appears in concert at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena Price...
Bracken's a Guy Who Cuts a Dash
Byline: Bill McGuirk DAWN riser Guy Bracken received an early birthday present after the Leeds Abbey Dash when told he had just run the fastest 10km time in the world this year by an over-50 athlete. The North Shields Poly runner, who celebrates...
Businesses." Feel Benifit of Crossing; Report Highlights Tunnel's Impact
Byline: TONY HENDERSON THE economic benefits of the PS260m New Tyne Crossing are starting to be seen, a report has found. Newcastle University's Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies interviewed 120 local businesses to assess the...
Cash to Help Pupil Influx; Developer Chips in for New School Assistants
Byline: KIM SWAN DEVELOPERS behind the transformation of an historic Tyneside community have made plans to cope with an influx of families. Bridgwater Primary School, in Scotswood, will benefit from three new teaching assistants after the New...
Company's Providing Jobs as Well as Card
MORE than 180 young people have found jobs after new rules were introduced to ensure local people benefit from local employment opportunities. A care provider has taken on long-term unemployed or young NEET (not in education, employment or training)...
Comprtitions Round-Up
AMBLE SAC: First was Jimmy Bullock with four fish for 3lb 10oz. Second was Craig Taylor with two fish for 1lb 9.5oz. Third was Tony Cook with two fish for 1lb 8.5oz. HOWDON AC: Six rods out and one weighed in. This was Andy Swinhoe with two fish for...
Council Bosses 'Failed to Fight for Grant to Save Weekly Bin Collections'
CITY officials failed to convince ministers to hand over a vital grant which could have helped save weekly bin collections. Council cuts set to take PS90m from Newcastle over the next three years will see families forced to cope with fortnightly...
Deaths
ANDERSON (Burradon). Peacefully in hospital on 20th November, aged 81 years, Raymond, a loving husband of the late Margaret and Emma, a beloved dad of Carol and Tony, also a devoted granda to Anthony, dear brother of Cassie and a loyal friend of Jacky,...
Diamonds Are Cursed with Long Trip in Cup
KNOCKOUT Cup holders Newcastle Diamonds face a devil of a long journey to Plymouth for the first defence of their hard-won cup when the 2013 season starts next March. The clubs were paired together when the draw was made at the annual conference...
Di Matteo: I Was Proud to Be Blues' Boss
ROBERTO DI MATTEO has spoken of his pride at being Chelsea manager just hours after he was sacked by the Premier League club. Di Matteo lost his job in the wake of Tuesday night's 3-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus and was replaced by ex-Liverpool...
Ditch the LBD and Go OTT
T. BAROQUE 'N' ROLL Stand aside minimalists, excess and exuberance are this season''s buzz words. Return to an era of opulent luxury with Baroque period-inspired pieces that flaunt intricate embroidery, ornate brocade and gilded embellishment....
Drinkers Hit Back over Council Plan; Party-Goers Protest on Facebook
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN GEORDIES have responded to council plans to crack down on boozing and curb Newcastle's "party city" reputation. Proposals put forward include nightclubs closing no later than 2am, a 1am limit for cafes, restaurants and bars,...
Engineering Staff's Uni Boost
Byline: KAREN DENT STAFF at a Newcastle engineering firm have boosted their qualifications after their employer teamed up with Northumbria University. British Engines worked with the university on a project aimed at learners with no previous experience...
Fahey Is Seeking a Real Tonic from Docs
RICHARD Fahey is expected to enjoy a fruitful day at the office with two live chances at Wolverhampton tomorrow. Docs Legacy leads the charge for the Musley Bank handler in the 32Red Handicap after two decentplaced efforts on the turf towards the...
Fears over Our Library Staff
IT has been announced that Gateshead Council is considering a scheme to remove professional staff from some branch libraries and having them run by volunteers. As the Committee of The Friends of Gateshead Central Library we are not Friends of a...
Gambit's a Shambles
Michael Hoffman's remake of the 1966 screwball caper about a cat burglar and showgirl who plan an elaborate heist has impeccable credentials. Screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen have Oscars on the mantelpiece for Fargo and No Country For Old Men,...
Girls Experiment with Record Title
Byline: Nicola Weatherall PUPILS on Tyneside used the appliance of science to enter the record books. A science experiment involving around 2,300 girls at 26 schools across the country - including 100 from Central Newcastle High School - was...
Given Only a 5% Chance of Survival. after Being Hit by a Car and Bus. but Charlie's Made It! Home Once More, Youngster Is All Smiles after Battling Back from the Brink
Byline: KATIE DAVIS MIRACLE boy Charlie Falcus defied death after a horror smash left him with just a 5% chance of survival. The 12-year-old suffered two fractures to the side of his head, a blood clot on the brain, fractured eye sockets, a broken...
Homeless Heroes Need Your Help; Group Appeals for Readers to Aid in Wish Campaign
Byline: KATE PROCTOR BRAVE ex-soldiers fallen on hard times deserve homes fit for heroes and a veterans' charity is determined to make that Wish come true. The Homeless Heroes organisation in Durham is raising funds to build a block of flats...
If You Think We Don''t Want to Win This, You Are Wrong
Byline: LEE RYDER ALAN PARDEW has underlined his intentions when it comes to Newcastle United's Europa League campaign by stating: "We are in it to win it." The Magpies boss shrugged off talk of too many games and fixture congestion and wants...
'I'll Chain Myself to Gates to Save Help Centre' Axe Set to Fall on Service Used by 50 Families
Byline: KATE PROCTOR OUTRAGED mum Nicola Smith has vowed to chain herself to the gates of a disability help centre if council officers move in to shut it down. The 35-year-old feels so strongly about Newcastle City council's plans to close the...
It Ain't Half a Great Thing for City; Run Is Launched
RUNNERS will be able to tackle another half marathon in the region next year. Jarrow-born Olympian Steve Cram has announced a new addition to athletics - the Half Marathon of the North. Held alongside the Marathon of the North, the event will...
Juniors Turnout Is in a League of Its Own
OFFICIALS were again amazed at the record turnout in the latest Start Fitness North East Harrier League fixture at Shibdon Pond which saw 992 competitors line-up across the nine-race programme. However, while the scale of the number of senior athletes...
Lessons in Love
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (15, 122mins) Comedy/drama/romance. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher. Contains swearing, sex and violence. DAVID O RUSSELL is destined for awards glory with this quirky...
Mother's Text to Her Pal: I've Lost Slater; Jury Told of Baby's Death
Byline: KERRY WOOD A JURY has heard of the moment a mother found her baby "limp" in her partner's arms. Mum Rachel Peacock is accused of causing or allowing her 13-month-old baby Slater Sharkey to die at the hands of her partner Richard Morgan....
Movie Role after Singling at Shops
Tyneside shopping mall saw this little lad rubbing shoulders with the silver screen elite. Cheeky Elliot Stiff, from Washington, scored his break while at the Metrocentre in Gateshead when he was asked to enter a singing competition. mum Lyndsey...
Newcastle; A Selection of Offences from the Magistrates' ' Courts
Sam Bulman, 19, of Denewell Avenue, High Heaton, Newcastle. Pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at Denewell Avenue on November 3. Received a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay PS50 costs with PS15 victim surcharge. Craig...
News
A Chinese farmer encourages his pigs to dive headfirst into a pond each day, because he says it makes them taste better. Farmer Huang Demin says his diving pigs also bring visitors flocking to his farm in Guanshan village, Ningxiang county, in the...
Nominations Open for Glass Slipper Awards; Search Is on for the Region''s Most Inspirational Ladies
Byline: RUTH LAWSON THE search is on to find Tyneside's most inspirational women. Disabled children's charity, the Sunshine Fund, is calling on people to nominate ladies they believe should be recognised for their achievements. Whether it...
On the Surface Sport Still Good
Byline: DAVID CARRICK DESPITE the fact we are approaching the end of November, the rainbow and blue trout are still close to the surface - offering excellent sport at the smaller trout fisheries in the area. Anglers have been catching on CdC...
Open Shore Proves Very Big Attraction
Byline: SAM HARRIS THE Northumbrian Open Shore Competition, organised by the Bedlington Station AC, attracted a good entry of 240 rods, of which 73 weighed in 190lb. The winner was D Swan with six fish from the Beacons for 11lb 13oz. Second was...
Our Olympics Memories; St James' Park Gamesmakers Meet Up to Remember Summer of Sport
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER THEY made the Olympics in Newcastle a resounding success. And now the volunteers who worked at this year's games are reuniting to share their memories. The team of Gamesmakers from St James' Park shared their behind-the-scenes...
Pardew in a Warning to Players; Losing Three Games in Row Is Big No No
Byline: LEE RYDER ALAN PARDEW has told his side they must be big enough to "accept the pressure" ahead of this evening's crunch Europa League encounter against Maritimo. The Newcastle United boss sympathised with his players after they lost to...
Players Team Up for Court Tourney
SHUTTLERS from around the North East will compete in the annual Tyne Team Tournament at Gateshead Leisure Centre. The tournament will be held on Sunday in the form of a handicap system. Clubs will play against each other in matches made up of...
Poem of the Day
The dripping tap The heat of the city that throbs as an artery as the heart contracts, The pulse faster as steam vents through grimy street grills, The smells of food, booze, sweat and the rigours of the night before. It's very early, the sun shimmering,...
Reunited
Send details to: Reunited, Feedback, Evening Chronicle, Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 1ED MY name's Katrina Hart, this is for the Reunited column. I'm trying to find a very old friend of mine. We lost touch about 26 years ago. I've tried...
Scott's Clincher Is Lovely Jubilee
MICHAEL Scott scored the only goal as Walker Jubilee knocked Premier Division Lord Clyde out of the Justsport Centenary Cup. Also through to the quarterfinals are St Peters Social. They also won 1-0, Mickey Rush with the winner against St Josephs....
Scrum Sessions Wellm Worth a Try
SCRUM guru Micky Ward has declared himself a happy man at Newcastle Falcons' top try-scorer coming from the unlikeliest of sources - the penalty try. The Falcons' scrummaging pressure has forced the referee to march between the posts six times in...
Serial Burglar Jailed for Overnight Spree; Neighbours Called Police
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY SERIAL burglar David Rose is today behind bars after raiding three homes in an overnight crime spree. The prolific crook targeted houses where residents were on holiday and even in hospital. After breaking in Rose helped...
Six for the Best in Running Award; Shortlist for Chronicle's Good Neighbour Title Revealed
Byline: SARA NICHOL THE shortlist for our Good Neighbour Awards was unveiled today. Those in the running for the Chronicle gong will gather for a glittering ceremony at the County Thistle Hotel, in Newcastle city centre, when the winner will be...
Sport in Brief
Mick (2), Breedas Champ (2), Joyful Master (scr). Reserves: Ballyhill Diva, Centaur Korker, Droopys Jana (W), Drumena Mean It, Glenside Emily, Gliding Knight, I Am The Man, Lassies Legend (W), Lil Gypsy, Myella Duke (W), Nyla Jacaby, Outback Gideon,...
Stabbing Victim 'Had No Blood Left in Veins'
Byline: ROB KENNEDY ACCUSED Ian Hope confessed to police he had stabbed his partner after her alleged murder, a court heard. When paramedics tended to Sarah Gosling after the alleged attack she had no blood left in her veins. As futile efforts...
Stars Are a Big Miss, Admits Magpies Boss
Byline: LEE RYDER ALAN PARDEW believes too much emphasis has been placed on Newcastle United's tactics this season. Instead, the United manager feels being unable to name his strongest XI has hindered the Magpies' season and explains why his...
Sunday League and Cup Games
CM FLOORING CONSETT AND DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE Division One: Annfield Plain CC v Shotley Cricketers, South Moor v Burnopfield Sun Celtic, South Moor Sports v Blackhall Mill. Division Two: Freemasons Arms v Pelton Crown, Stanley Town v Lanchester...
Take a Stand
I have an unhealthy relationship with shoes. Not in a foot fetish-type way - I'm not one of those people you see on a BBC3 documentary, getting overly friendly with a pair of leather sling-backs. I just mean that shoes and I are like chalk and cheese....
Tat's Right I'm Simply Daft as a Brush! Cancer Survivor Shows Thanks for Charity
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON FEISTY cancer survivor Jayne Goodhall is Daft as a Brush ... and has a tattoo to prove it. Fun-loving Jayne is so grateful to the charity of that name for supporting her through her illness she has made its crazy yellow...
The Faces Behind the Smiling Masks. Photographer Catches Top Comedians in Serious Vein
Byline: COREENA FORD A PHOTOGRAPHER has captured the true faces of British comedy in a revealing exhibition. Donna-Lisa Healy snapped some of the most successful stand-up acts around, including Jenny Eclair, Rich Hall, Jack Dee and John Bishop,...
Title Fight Shock Still Nags Fergie
COMEBACK man Dave Ferguson is ready to do a mini-Ricky Hatton when he climbs into the ring at the 02 Academy in the Newcastle city centre on Saturday. Hatton is the high-profile return in Manchester but a few hours earlier Ferguson will quietly...
Top Result Means House Can Party!
TOP HOUSE needed extra time to see off Bay Horse 5-4 in the third round of the George Davison Cup. The scores were level at full time 4-4, but a strike from Mathew Lavender secured the win for House. Goals in normal time for the House came from...
Trio Will Face Court in Sex Abuse Claims; Former Workers at Special School Charged with Assaults
Byline: KIM SWAN THREE suspects are due to appear in court over alleged child abuse at a special school. John Leslie Duncan, Kevin Brown and Brian Tansey are facing a string of charges relating to historic sexual assaults on young boys. The...
Tumblers Hope to Be Best of British
THIRTY-FIVE tumblers aged between nine and 18 from Durham's Deerness Gymnastics Academy are to battle it out against the best of British. Clubs from all over the UK will compete at Fenton Manor in Stoke on Saturday and Sunday in the annual British...
Tweets & Posts
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages NEWCASTLE City Council has revealed more than 1,300 local authority jobs will be lost as city leaders continue to make cuts totalling more than PS90m. You have been discussing...
United's Yping Gun Gael Loving Every Taste He Gets of Big Time
Byline: LEE RYDER JUST 12 months ago Gael Bigirimana was scrapping it out in the Championship with the likes of Peterborough United and Doncaster Rovers. Coventry City's ill-fated battle against relegation was unfolding with the teenager thrown...
Vaughan Homing in on Big Games
Byline: JAMES HUNTER DAVID VAUGHAN says Sunderland must make the most of their upcoming home games if they are to start climbing the table. Seven of the Black Cats' first 11 league matches have been road trips, but that imbalance will be corrected...
Web Pirate Is Back in Th Dock; Fraudster in Contempt of Court
Byline: ROB KENNEDY INTERNET pirate Anton Vickerman published sensitive court documents on the web on the day he was jailed. Vickerman, who made hundreds of thousands of pounds from is illegal download website, has been brought back before a...
Women Speak out on Abuse; Refuge's Short Film Tells of Reality of Domestic Violence
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY THE shocking reality of living with domestic abuse is laid bare in a new film produced by a Tyneside women's refuge. Newcastle Women's Aid has commissioned a hard-hitting short DVD to showcase the charity's work in helping...
Writers' Call to Save Libraries
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL MORE than 330 readers have so far signed the Chronicle's petition to Save Our Libraries, with growing support from well-known writers from across the country. We launched the campaign in response to Newcastle City Council's...
You Bet
THURSDAY night Europa League action beckons again, giving the Toon a chance to take their minds off current Premier League form with visit of Portuguese side CS Maritimo. On paper this one looks a foregone conclusion with United unbeaten and Maritimo...
You Can Make Our Front This Christmas; We Want a Talented Youngster to Design Our Festive Plug, So Get Drawing!
Byline: Nicola Weatherall THERE are less than five weeks until Christmas Day, and once again we are asking for help from our young readers to spread some festive cheer. Every year we ask creative children and young people to design our Christmas...
You're Smarter for 10
Byline: THEO MERZ When did the church decide this? The church's General Synod met in Westminster on Tuesday to debate whether women should be allowed to become bishops. The proposal failed by just six votes. The General Synod - what's that? It's...
You've Done Bobby Proud, Says AI; Shearer Congratulates Ex-Toon Player on Epic Bike Ride for Manager
Byline: GEORGE COLLINS TOON legend Alan Shearer has said Sir Bobby Robson would have been hugely touched by the charity heroics of former player Robbie Elliott. Robbie is taking a well-earned break after his mammoth 3,500-mile Bike For Bobby challenge...