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 22, 2013

Acknowledgements
MAXWELL (Whickham). Formerly of Low Fell. The family of the late Mikayla, wish to thank all relatives and friends for the kindness, support and sympathy conveyed to us during our recent sad bereavement, also thank you for the many cards, floral tributes...
A Gallery of the Best of Times
IN its heyday the Oxford Galleries was known for its live music and dances, but it was also a popular wedding reception venue. When we mentioned it on these pages two weeks ago, it brought back very happy memories for two Chronicle readers. Joseph...
Aloud and So Proud
TEN years ago Girls Aloud were fresh from their debut single reaching top spot in the UK charts. Who would have thought a decade down the line from The Sound of the Underground, the manufactured reality TV talent show winners would still be selling...
Book Reviews
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg is published in paperback by Serpent's Tail, priced PS11.99 (ebook PS3.79). Available now. YOU can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family - and that's something those close to Edie Middlestein know...
Bringing the Buddle Back to Life Again
EFFORTS are being made to bring new life to a former hotbed of the arts. For many years the Buddle Arts Centre on Station Road, in Wallsend, hosted plays, music and art exhibitions. Wallsend-born rock star Sting practised there during his early...
BRING ON THE RUSSIAN GIANTS! Shola: No Fear Shola: No Fear of Russians
SHOLA AMEOBI insisted Newcastle United have no fear when it comes to taking on Anzi Makhachkala in the last 16 of the Europa League. The Russians boast former Real Madrid and Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o and star Brazilians Ewerton and Willian. ...
Bully Boys? We'll Scare Them
COURTNEY LAWES is ready to strike fear into the French 'bully boys' when he is unleashed from the England back row for the first time. Lawes will line up at blindside flanker tomorrow as one of three changes made by head coach Stuart Lancaster,...
Cinema Listin Ngs
CUSTOMS HOUSE, SOUTH SHIELDS Mill Dam (0191 454 1234) Alex Cross (15): Fri/Sat 7.30pm, Wed/Thu 1.30pm (Thu), 7pm Life Of Pi (PG): Fri-Sun 1pm, 3.45pm Quartet (12A): Mon-Wed 1.30pm, 5.30pm (Mon/Tue) Raiders Of The Lost Ark (PG): Sun 7pm EMPIRE THEATRE,...
Citroen Ds3 Cabrio Soft-Top
IF there's a set of wheels that's been especially created for 2013's dedicated followers of fashion then it's got to be the Citroen DS3 Cabrio soft-top. Just one month into a new year and up pops this cherry, which is likely to keep Citroen salesmen...
Crooks Targeted in Crime Blight Town; Police to Get Tough on Yobs Who Plague Community
CROOKS who are blighting lives in a community are today being targeted by police. Police in Ashington have vowed to get tough on the yobs that plague the town after a rise on crime over recent weeks. There has been an increase in crimes, including...
Crysis 3's a Classic
Crysis 3 Platform: Xbox 360. Price: PS39.99 A HOST of shooter franchises have defined this generation of consoles, from Battlefield to Call of Duty and Halo to Far Cry. And now you can add the Crysis trio of titles to that esteemed list, as this third...
Dacia Sandero Dci90 Ambiance
YOU can now buy a brand new supermini for the same price you would have paid for one over 20 years ago. Renault's budget brand Dacia's new Sandero model, which arrived last month, costs from PS5,995 - an astonishing price in today's market. It...
Dad Feared Son Tried to Kill Him; GP Told of His Concern
A DAD told a doctor he feared his son had tried to kill him just 24 hours before he was blasted with a shotgun, a court heard. Robert Seddon, 68, survived after his son Stephen allegedly drove a car into a canal with his parents aboard, in a fake...
Damon's Battling Back to Fitness
DAMON HUFFMAN hopes to be back "sooner rather than later" to help Newcastle Eagles' BBL title charge. Huffman has been missing for almost a month with a hip flexor injury and his problem has coincided with fitness concerns for Fab Flournoy - and...
Dauntless Sails Home for Packed Weekend; Tyne's Adopted Destroyer in Five-Day Visit to River
TYNESIDE'S adopted warship HMS Dauntless has sailed home for a five-day visit. The 7,300-tonne Type 45 destroyer, and her crew of around 150, arrived at Northumbrian Quay, in North Shields, today. The ship's company are set for a packed programme...
Day out at Sheffield Finals Is Just the Ticket for TyneMet's Girls
TYNE Metropolitan College Women's Basketball Development Centre won tickets to the England Basketball National Cup Finals day at Ponds Forge Leisure Centre in Sheffield. The North Tyneside outfit was able to enter into the competition to win 10...
Deaths
AISBITT (Newcastle). Formerly of. Geoffrey, 28th November 1938 -- 16th February 2013. Passed away peacefully on 16th February 2013. Geoffrey's Funeral Service will take place at St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Hathern, Loughborough, Leicestershire on...
Desperate for Terriers to Survive
KEITH Perry claims his heart and soul are in Bedlington Terriers and that he's desperate for the storm clouds to pass over Dr Pitt Welfare Park. Ahead of tomorrow's Ebac Northern League First Division game at home to Shildon, he said: "The club...
Determined Krul Pledges to Fight for Every Point
TIM KRUL believes that Newcastle United have to put their bodies on the line if they are to preserve their Premier League status. The Magpies go into Sunday's encounter with Southampton with their tag of relegation candidates still fixed firmly...
DVD Reviews
Killing Them Softly (Cert 18, 93 mins, Entertainment In Video, Thriller/Action, also available to buy DVD PS19.99/Blu-ray PS24.99). Starring: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola,...
Escaping Jail to Re-Offend
NORTH East offenders who escape jail terms are more likely to commit further crimes than any others in England and Wales, a study claims. Figures show that 44.1% of criminals working with Durham Tees Valley probation trust were reconvicted of a...
Euro Sho Goes on as Toon Silence Doubters; Ameobi Is Again Man for the Big Occasion
SOMEHOW out of adversity a heroic Newcastle discovered a way to advance their Europa League stay. Cynics expected them to be sent packing in far-away eastern Ukraine last night - but instead a flimsy relationship with a fleeting friend was strengthened....
Families Are at the Art of a New Exhibition; Youngsters Learn How to Create and Curate
FAMILIES flexed their creative muscles to welcome a new mascot to the Baltic art gallery. Loris, a cuddly knitted mascot named after an endangered species of South American monkey, watched over children as they created creatures and creepy crawlies...
Fiat Punto 1.4 8v Easy 3dr
FIAT'S Punto supermini has arguably had something of an identity crisis over the last few years from being the plain old Punto to the coffee-shop style Grande Punto, before later becoming the Punto Evo. Things have now come full circle and in its...
Film Reviews
CLOUD ATLAS (12A) The multi-layered narrative begins in 1849 when lawyer Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess) discovers slave Autua (David Gyasi) stowed aboard a ship bound for America. In 1936 Cambridge, musician Robert Frobisher (Ben Whishaw) bids farewell...
Folk-Funk Revolution; ALAN NICHOL Brings Us His Latest Round-Up of What Is Happening on the Roots Music Scene
Byline: ALAN NICHOL WHETHER by fate or coincidence, Fairport Convention and the band's former lead-guitarist and songwriter, Richard Thompson, arrive at The Sage within five days of one another. It may have been an age since a 22-year-old Thompson...
Green Group Boxes Clever in Backyard; Folk Using Space to Grow Their Own Food
pot or even a windowsill - but our back yards will bloom if a city green group gets its way. The Greening Wingrove group has developed a five-year project to encourage others create backyard gardens as part of a PS1m green communities scheme. ...
Gunpoint Raiders Target Casino
ARMED robbers got away with a cash haul after a gunpoint hold-up outside a city centre casino. Police are today hunting two men who struck at the Grosvenor Casino on St James Boulevard in Newcastle, targeting a G4S security van which had parked...
Heed's Plight Is 'Embrassing' Chandler Determined to Pull Clear of Drop Zone
JAMIE CHANDLER admits it "hurts like mad" to be in a relegation dogfight - but the Gateshead vice-captain insists his side have the belief to kick-start their season. The Tynesiders dropped into the bottom four of Blue Square Bet Premier after Tuesday's...
Honda Civic 2.2 I-Dtec Ex
AS the calendar rolls steadily towards March 1 and another new registration period looms my focus falls on the hugely popular Honda Civic. Having been on the scene since the 1970s, Civic has no doubt been there and done that, as they say, but the...
Hud Hopes for Better - Weather Permitting
JAMES HUDSON is hoping the weather will be kinder to Newcastle Falcons tomorrow than it was in September, as they prepare to host Cornish Pirates. The Falcons were 25-3 winners at the Mennaye Field as wind and rain lashed the Cornish coast, Hudson...
Hundreds Share in Windfall; Sportswear Firm on the Up
HUNDREDS of staff at Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct firm are in line to get a further windfall. It comes after the Toon supremo's sportswear empire posted a 21% jump in sales. Sports Direct, which is controlled by Ashley,...
I Know I Won't Get to See My Grandkids Grow Up- That's the Hardest Bit; Gran with Terminal Cancer Faces a Race against Time with Illness
A GRANDMOTHER living under the shadow of terminal cancer today told how medics have been unable to tell her how long she has to live. With every laboured breath, mesothelioma victim Sandra Peterson knows she is facing a race against time after an...
Important Vote Is Coming Up
RESIDENTS go to the polls on May 2 in what will be a very important election, and therefore the right thing for political parties to do would be to provide the electorate with information about where they stand on issues. Yesterday my area received...
In Memoriam
BELCHER (Wallsend). It's been a year since you passed away, but we still think of you every day. Aaron, Stacey, Marjie and Florence xxxx. BROWN (Elswick). Mary (nee Wood). Still missed Mam, never forgotten. From all your bairns Rosemary, Sheila,...
Interview: Gemma Arterton; Former Bond Girl Gemma Arterton Has Kicked Her Way Back into Action as a Witch Killer. Next Up She's Sucking Blood as a Vampire - and Loving It, as SHEREEN LOW Discovers
Byline: SHEREEN LOW IF YOU go down to the woods today, you're in for a big surprise... because instead of teddy bears having a picnic, nasty witches have set up home in the depths of the dark forests, waiting to steal innocent youngsters. Hansel...
Jit's Double Gold Glory for a Mac-Nificent Alex
ALEX MACAULAY was the Northumbria Jitsu hero after bagging double gold for the third time in five years at one of Britain's biggest martial arts events. Another stunning weekend of success for the Newcastlebased club resulted in an eightmedal haul....
Joy at Helping My Pal Win Brit; Award Winner Is Backed by Tyneside Boss
IN THE SPOTLIGHT and, right, with one FROM North Sea surf to the toast of the Brit awards, singer-song writer Ben Howard's rise to fame has been guided by his best pal from Tyneside. Former Tynemouth College student Owain Davies, 29, has been behind...
Lesley's Return Full of Emotion; Lesley Garrett Is Returning to Her First Love of Opera Next Week as She Takes to a Newcastle Stage. but It's a New-Look and Emotional Lesley Who Will Be Gracing the Stage. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Finds out More
Byline: GORDON BARR YOU probably had to look twice at today's What's On cover to recognise the woman adorning it. She is, after all, one of the most recognisable faces in British entertainment - but has undergone a total transformation for her...
Let My Hubby Come Home to His Family; US-Born Biker Turned Back at Airport after Visa Snag
HE'S been a rock for his wife and her grieving kids. But today Carl Davenport is banned from coming home to his family. The US-born 58-year-old was turned away at Newcastle Airport, even though he's married to a Brit and has been living on Tyneside...
Metro Cleaners on Strike over 'Poverty Pay' Union Chief Joins the Picket Line outside Central Station
METRO cleaners were joined by firebrand union chief Bob Crow as they took to the streets to picket Newcastle's Central Station. The Churchill Services staff, who enter the final day of a week-long strike today, have long protested what they say...
Mini Pre-Season Will Be Big Boost
MARTIN O'NEILL insists Sunderland's trip to Dubai WAS worthwhile - but says his side must prove it at West Brom. The Black Cats have lost their last two Premier League games, against Reading and Arsenal. They travel to the Hawthorns 13th in the...
Olly's on the Go! Olly Murs, Famously Runner Up on X Factor in 2009, Has Released Three Massive Hit Albums Culminating in Right Place, Right Time, Which Was the Fastest-Selling Album of 2012 by a Male Solo Artist. He's Supporting Robbie Williams in the Summer and Is off on His Own UK Tour, with Dates at the Metro Radio Arena on February 26 and March 23. Fans Can Also Look Forward to His New Single, Army of Two
WELL it has been a strange old week to say the least. It started with me spending several hours on Monday afternoon lurched over an office desk with only the phone directory for company as I wasted away an entire afternoon cold calling numbers to simply...
On the Verge of Freedom, 'Killer' Insists He Is Innocent; after 27 Years in Jail, Man Convicted of Killing Alan Raffle Is to Be Released
NOTORIOUS Tyneside killer Frank Wilkinson could be freed within weeks after serving almost 27 years in prison for an underworld murder. Wilkinson, now 66, served 24 years of his sentence in Category A maximum security prisons after gaining a reputation...
Orchid Has the X Factor
USUALLY I review an appropriate restaurant to mark Chinese New Year. For various reasons I was unable to do so this year. So today's review is a case of better late than never. I may have been a week late to celebrate New Year but I am very glad...
Pet Watch
THANK you to all of our readers for the donated items we have received over the past week. Once again we are bowled over by the amazing support we receive. This week we are appealing for robust dog toys and cat toys. We had a fantastic weekend microchipping...
PS1.2m and Counting. All in Memory of Brave Chris
CYCLISTS are being urged to get in the saddle and help raise money in memory of a Tyneside teenager. The Chris Lucas Trust has organised a waggonways fun ride in an effort to raise funds for research into a rare form of cancer. The charity was...
Raiden's Revenge
LUDICROUSLY fun but slightly frustrating is the best way I can sum up the latest offering in the Metal Gear franchise. The game stars cybotic ninja Raiden, not the usual hero Solid Snake. So this time there is less sneaking around to reach objectives....
Range Rover Evoque Prestige 5dr Auto
THEY said it could never be done - producing a pocket Range Rover. But environmental concerns as well as the soaring prices of luxury vehicles gained sway and the Range Rover Evoque, the lightest Range Rover to date, hit the marketplace running...
Rolling Is Nicholls' Ace in the Pack
ROLLING Aces can strike for Paul Nicholls in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton tomorrow. The seven-year-old makes plenty of appeal as a lightlyraced improver who looks to have had this PS100,000 handicap as a target since scoring at Wincanton on...
Sex Suspect to Face Charges in the UK; He Decides Not to Fight Decision
BRITISH lawyers face a race against time to bring a suspected rapist back to Tyneside. Suspected sex attacker Salvador Orozco - wanted in connection with a rape more than 20 years ago - waived his right to an extradition hearing in Hawaii so he...
Skills Shortage 'Is Hurting the Region'
THE North East should be given greater power to tackle the region's skills shortage, according to an influential think tank. A new report from IPPR North reveals the North East has more than 441,100 people with no qualifications. The group suggests...
Smarter? You Must Be Joking
from which there is no chance of escape, the fox will respond as it has evolved to do. This has nothing to do with "fun". Neither does the fox have the intellectual equipment to ponder on the ethics of the situation. Extensive studies have shown...
Songs Straight from the Soul; Connecting with Fans Is the Number One Priority for Soul Singer Sam Dickinson. on the Cusp of Releasing His Latest Record, RUTH LAWSON Talks Aspirations with the Hardworking Gateshead Lad
Byline: RUTH LAWSON WRITING songs that capture listeners' attention is what drives Sam Dickinson. Even when he began singing covers, his determination to live up to this ethos saw him only select songs that he felt held some emotion within him....
Sorting the Lies from the, Err, Lies
this week about the lies parents tell their children. We've all got guilty secrets about the little porkies we make up to get kids to basically do what we want. I caught my four-year-old waving at a small security camera in a shop the other day....
The Gut Feeling Is Battling United Showed Character
JONAS GUTIERREZ praised Newcastle United's battling spirit after they dumped Metalist Kharkov out of Europe. The Ukrainian side were ranked 32nd by UEFA at the start of the season. However, it is Newcastle who ended up boosting their own coefficient...
Thug Is Jailed for Stabbing His Pal in Row over Haircut; Blade Went through Victim's Thigh
A THUG has been jailed for six years for stabbing his pal because he wouldn't give him his haircut money. Victim Craig Hardy was on the way to the barber's when he bumped into Steven King. Mr Hardy, who had known King all his life, allowed him...
Titan-Ic Effort by TN Boys Finally Buries Five-Year Loreto Bogey
FOR the first time in five years Tyne Met College Titans (right) inflicted defeat on Loreto College in the England Basketball/British Colleges Sports Elite League. Loreto are classed as a national powerhouse in basketball and have been at many national...
Tweets & Posts
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages AS more and more children fall below the poverty line, a new food bank set up to help struggling families put food on their tables has gained over 200 members in just 13 weeks....
Two Men Lucky to Be Alive after Fire at House; Smoke Alarm Saves Pair from Death after Home Blaze
TWO men escaped a house fire as fierce flames raged upstairs. Seventeen firefighters tackled the blaze as it ripped through a bedroom and the roof. The crews were called to the end-terraced property on Chaytor Road, Bridgehill, Shotley Bridge,...
Ul-Toon-Mate Commitment; United Wedding Dress Being Designed for Charity Auction
IT WILL be a case of something old, something new, something borrowed, something Toon when Tyneside dressmaker Tricia Cooke creates her Newcastle United wedding dress. The black and white gown will be auctioned off to raise money for the Newcastle...
United. and Not Kharkiv. Are the Ones to Show Thier Real Metal; Brave Magpies Put Their Bodies on the Line to Triumph in Ukraine and Keep Alive Their Hopes of Euro Glory
WHEN METALIST Kharkiv unveiled a 300ft banner bearing the image of a warrior holding two knives with blood on his hands, it suggested the Ukrainian outfit were ready for war with Newcastle United. Perhaps after watching their beloved and ambitious...
Upgrade or Tunnel's Benefits Worthless; Minister Is Told of Congestion
UPGRADES must be done to the A19 Silverlink roundabout otherwise the Tyne Tunnel improvements will have been worthless, it has been warned. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin was told at a Tynemouth meeting it would be damaging to the regional...
'We Both like Things to Have a History' Natalie Bowman Is a Conference and Events Manager at the Sage Gateshead, Working within a Team of Six. the 28-Year-Old Shows Us the Living Room of Her Victorian Home in Heaton, Newcastle MYHOME
Where is your home? Kingsley Place in Heaton. How would you describe it? A lovely Victorian terraced property with period features. How long have you lived there? Just a year. Who lives there? My fiance Callum and I live in the house together....
We Nose How to Help Comic Relief! Toon Stars Show Their Silly Side for Red Nose Day
TOON players donned red noses to call on the people of Newcastle to do something funny for money. Newcastle United stars Gael Bigirimana, Rob Elliot and Vurnon Anita swapped their football boots for Red Nose Day's first noses with toes, the Dinosesaurs,...
When He Stands I Think I 'Ll Combust. Now the Real Work Starts." .. Family's Delight as Callum Flies Home after Successful US Operation
TEARS in their eyes, the family of Callum Brown welcomed him back home. The brave eight-year-old touched down at Newcastle Airport yesterday morning after spending more than a month at a hospital in the United States undergoing pioneering surgery...
You're Smarter for 10
So, was Dolly born 16 years ago today? No, she was actually born on July 5, 1996, but the news was kept under wraps as scientists monitored her development. Dolly's existence was announced to the public - and the world's media - on February 22, 1997....