Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A daily newspaper and online news service serving the Teesside, Middlesborough, and North East England areas. Provides up-to-the-minute news of politics, sports, crime, business, and entertainment. Sports stories focus in particular on the Middlesborough Football Club.

Articles from June 27, 2008

60 Second Guide to Your Week Ahead
Day Out:Firemen lifts sprits in emergency Old hoses reel in crowds Dating back to 1890, the oldest fire engine on display at Preston Park this weekend is a Merryweather hose cart, a hand-drawn fire pump belonging to Brett Clayton of Darlington,...
A Secret Lakeland; in Association with Parkmore
Byline: By GRAEME WHITFIELD A FRIEND of mine recently remarked that she didn't want to go to the Lake District because it had become "too touristy". Though that might at first glance seem to be an eccentric view of the Lakes, anyone who has spent...
At Long Last! MP Praises the Villagers' Dedication
Byline: By NAOMI CORRIGAN A LONG-AWAITED project to replace a deathtrap junction on the A66 has been officially opened. The bridge at Long Newton is now complete, taking away the need for traffic to cross at the blackspot. More than 200 people...
A TOUCH OF CLASS; in Association with MSV SPORT Alves Can Be Our Van Nistelrooy - Wheater
Byline: By PHILIP TALLENTIRE DAVID Wheater is backing record signing Afonso Alves to fire Boro into the Premier League top 10. The Brazilian hot-shot showed his undoubted ability towards the end of last season and rounded off the campaign by...
Automatic Choices; Right Car, Right Price
Byline: By MATT TUMBRIDGE ONE of the most common questions I am asked is what car people should buy considering their bad back, or leg or neck. One of the first things they stipulate is that they need an automatic because of their physical disadvantage...
Bentley's Grand Tour De Force; Motoring World
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON THE Grand Tour. It's as much a part of motoring heritage as the classic cars which started the great adventures. Their exploits of more than half a century ago spawned a new breed of car - the GT - and none is more famous...
Boy to Man! Film of the Week: The Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian
Byline: Kate Whiting reports NOW aged 21, William Moseley knows he has come a long way from the young boy cast as Peter Pevensie in the first Chronicles Of Narnia film. Since The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe was released to rave reviews in...
Broken Scar Views Are a Treat; Darlington (West) Distance: 4 1/2 Miles
Byline: Bob Woodhouse reports ASERIES of walkways - some ancient, others more recent - thread through the west side of Darlington to open up glimpses of town and countryside near the Tees. Starting from the Baydale Beck Inn on the north side...
Corus Helps in Soaring Profits
Byline: By SUE SCOTT INDIAN giant Tata Steel said that last year's pounds 6.2 billion acquisition of Anglo-Dutch company Corus, which has two plants on Teesside, had boosted profits by 60%. The world's sixth biggest steel firm reported underlying...
Dartz Take a Break.To Gig; Gig of the Week: Dartz and the Snowfall Report
Byline: Andrew Pain reports DARTZ will be taking a break from recording their second album for a very special shindig at the Empire tomorrow night. They're taking over the middle "rock" floor of the Metropolis club night and, as well as playing...
DEALER JAILED; Pounds 16,500 of Heroin and Drug Equipment Found
Byline: By GARETH LIGHTFOOT A DRUGdealer caught with more than pounds 16,500 of heroin has been jailed for five and a half years. Michael Hunt's home in Haswell Court, Stockton, was searched by police on April 19 last year and Hunt, 30, threw...
Driver's Great Escape from This; Rush Hour 'Miracle' after Jump into Traffic
Byline: By ANDREW PAIN THIS is the way in which a driver performed an astonishing jump across the A66. The spectacular stunt was performed by a motorist in an N-registration Ford Escort at Newport Roundabout, Middlesbrough, at around 7.30am yesterday....
DVDs & Videos
Byline: Alan Little reports DAN IN REAL LIFE (PG)*** IT may follow a well worn template but Peter Hedges' occasionally hysterical and often deeply touching film full of snappy dialogue breathes fresh air into a familiar slice of dysfunctional...
Events for Everybody; in Association with Parkmore
There are some great events taking place across the North-east during the summer. Here's just a selection: Hold Tight, It's 70s Night, Ormesby Hall - July 5 Dig out your flares and kipper ties and get ready to boogie the night away with the ultimate...
Family Life
Byline: Compiled by MARIE TURBILL and JOANNE WELEORD Supermam Next week's question SUPERMAM Claire Walsh is a mum of two lively youngsters and children's centre manager at Stockton's Sure Start. She can help solve your family problems - great or...
Female Leads' Poetic Justice; Review: The Edge of Love
OPENING in a crowded London Underground shelter during the Blitz, The Edge Of Love recounts an inglorious incident in the topsy-turvy life of Dylan Thomas. The garrulous, often inebriated Welsh poet may be the soul of John Maybury's evocative wartime...
Festival Fun to Spice Up the Summer; in Association with Parkmore
THERE'S festival fun by the lorry load this summer Just take a look. Hartlepool Maritime Festival - July 4-6 This year's event is promising to be an awesome appetizer to the Tall Ships' Races in August 2010. The festival will be a giant piece...
Football: Fab Show Lights Up Spain; EURO 2008
CESC Fabregas is set to start in the Euro 2008 final clash with Germany on Sunday after galvanising Spain to a 3-0 victory over Russia. The Arsenal midfielder came off the bench in place of injured striker David Villa to set up two sublime strikes...
FORUM TO SHUT ... for Pounds 15m Transformation
Byline: BY MIKE BLACKBURN BILLINGHAM Forum will shut for 18 months for its pounds 15m refurbishment instead of a previously planned phased closure to allow facilities to stay open. Stockton Council says the move will speed up the revamp of the...
Four Czech Mates; Kickboxers on Way to the Top
Byline: By ADAM STEEL FOUR young Teesside kickboxers are being tipped to shine at top level after punching their tickets to the ISKA World Championships. Seven-year-old Damien Scott and his sisters Chantelle 10, and Dion, eight, all members of...
Fun Days out - for Free; the Summer Holidays Can Put a Strain on Your Finances When You've Got Children on Their School Break Wanting Things to Do. but There Plenty of Great Places to Visit and Things to See and Do That Won't Cost a Penny So Here's Some Ideas for a Fun Day out, for Free. in Association with Parkmore
Billingham Beck Valley Country Park. Situated off the A19, discover wetlands and woodland at this countryside site. There is a small visitor centre which is open Sundays, plus Monday and Friday during school holidays. Details 01642 360376. ...
Get Ready for a Ding Dong Derby Battle!
Byline: LOCAL CRICKET By ANDREW WILKINSON NORTON skipper Peter Armstrong has warned his players that if they don't produce the goods tomorrow, then Stockton's match winners will. Teesside's two Northern Rock North-east Premier League sides meet...
HERO'S TRAGIC TWIST OF FATE; Dad Saved Teen's Life Not Knowing Stepson Had Died
Byline: By MARIE LEVY AN Eston dad saved the life of a fellow holiday maker on the same day that he lost his stepson, it was revealed today. David Saunders, 43, was hailed as a hero when he rescued a 19-year-old man who was having an asthma attack...
Hitting the Cop Notes
Byline: By DAVE ROBSON A SPECIAL theatre group promises an arresting charity night performance with their own version of the Full Monty. Grangetown's Backstreet Theatre Group for adults with learning difficulties delights audiences with their...
JUST THE JOB; Chiefs Welcome Major New Drive
Byline: By JEZ DAVISON LOCAL businesses have welcomed plans to attract major inward investment and highly qualified professionals to Teesside. As part of the next stage of One NorthEast's Passionate People, Passionate Places initiative, efforts...
Leaders Look the Part in Big
Byline: MSV MIDWEEK LEAGUE JAP Parts UK strengthened their position as leaders with a seven-wicket victory over JMG Marton. After losing two early wickets, T Chadwick (46) and D Kitching (52) built up a reasonable score for JMG before F Ayubi...
Letter: Your Say - Blight of Bendiorm
Byline: MRS S A CHAPMAN PLEASE, Stockton Council, stop wrecking the area with elegant houses being demolished and replaced by boxes one on top of the other. Where is your pride? The High Street is a mess, not a shopping area. After counting nine...
Lite Bite:The Magpie Cafe, Whity
Byline: Keith Newton reports IF you visit Whitby, you have to do four things ... climb the 199 steps, visit the abbey ruins, follow in Dracula's footsteps, and eat at the award-winning Magpie Cafe. There is lots more to do in the delightful resort...
Murray Serves Up a Treat!
BIG-HITTING Andy Murray believes the key to Wimbledon glory lies in the numbers his increasingly powerful serve is recording on the Centre Court radar gun. The British No 1 hit 136mph in his straight-sets victory over Belgium's Xavier Malisse, 6-4...
Music and Laughs in the Open Air; in Association with Parkmore
A WEEKEND of outdoor music and comedy is heading to Stockton in August. Stockton's Arc is setting up camp in Preston Park to take entertainment into the open air. Arc In The Park will feature live music and lots of laughs in its circus tent at...
Must-Have Motorhomes for Wanderlust Brits; Motoring World
Byline: By DAVID WHINYATES WITH new registrations in the first five months of 2008 up again by more than 3.5% following 12 continuous years of growth, motorhomes have clearly become the 'must have' leisure vehicle for Brits on the move. Auto-Trail...
Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be? Buttons Got Stuck in the Lavatory
Byline: By MIKE BLACKBURN A CAT stuck up a tree is one thing - but a kitten with its head trapped in a toilet was a new challenge for firefighters in Stockton. Ten-week-old Buttons used up the first of his nine lives when he went exploring in...
On the Beat:Rob Nichols
THERE have probably been more windy Sundays in the last 100 years ... but not that many in mid June. So the organisers of Yarm Gala can count themselves a bit unlucky as they revived this ancient event after an absence of nearly a century. Kicking...
Pictures at the Exhibitions; Museums and Galleries Can Be a Great Place to Spend the Day out - Especially with Unpredictable British Summer Weather in Association with Parkmore
Mima, Middlesbrough You can catch mima's current artistic offerings until August 17. Its summer line-up offers three shows in one. You can see British Surrealism with work from The Sherwin Collection - widely acknowledged to be the most significant...
Please Give Us Back Our Memories; Mum's Appeal to Callous Thieves
Byline: By GARETH WHEM TIDY burglars targeted a family as they slept, stealing cherished photographs and electrical equipment before cleaning up after themselves. The Christon family fromCoulby Newham had photos of seven-month-old twins, Neve...
Racing: Miss Can Be a Hit! RACING PREVIEW
Byline: By NAOMI MATTHEW MISSOULA, who came from the clouds to take the Ascot Stakes last week, can give Suzy Smith another dream success in tomorrow's John Smith's Northumberland Plate (3.20) at Newcastle. The five-year-old was a fairytale first...
Renault Keeps Clio in Fashion; Motoring World
Byline: By BILL CAVEN THE success of many motor manufacturers often lies in their ability to quickly evolve with the times. As most dedicated followers of fashion will readily testify, tastes and demands more often or not change faster than the...
Review: The Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian
Byline: Alan Little reports TIRED of the old routine in wartime London, the Pevensie clan - Peter (Moseley), Susan (Popplewell), Edmund (Keynes) and Lucy (Hensley) - all wish they were back in the magical kingdom of Narnia. It's only been a year...
Ross Battles Back after Cancer Fight; Recognition for Brave Teen
Byline: By KAREN FAUGHEY A TEENAGER has been presented with an award to mark his bravery during his battle with cancer. Ross Fisher, a pupil at Nunthorpe School in Middlesbrough, was 13 years old when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma....
Size Matters as Times Get Hard; Full Chat
Byline: By STEVE ORME SIZE, you have probably been assured, does not matter. This is an untruth. A falsehood. Balderdash. It is a fib, a porkie pie of the most succulent variety, a confidence trick for the amusement of the ladies. It will...
SoundBites
IN an electro double header at the Cornerhouse in Middlesbrough tonight, first up are fast-paced electro dance rockers DREAMER from Wales. They incorporate a full light 'n' laser show into their performance - think Justice, Soulwax and Goose and...
Speedway: Ty Has Stormer; Downpour Fails to Dampen Bears' Spirits
Byline: By MARTIN NEAL WIZARD of Aus Ty Proctor warmed up for tonight's Premier League Pairs at Somerset by leading Redcar Bears to a much-needed 46-44 victory over Birmingham. The young fans' favourite defied atrocious conditions to post his...
Sports World
Olympics OLGA Korbut expects China to take a golden clean sweep of the gymnastics events at this summer's Olympic Games - and so top the overall medal table. The hosts finished second to the United States in Athens four years ago with 32 golds...
Squid Pro Quo. Al Forno:Bridge Road, Stockton
Byline: Lisa Davison reports AFTER a hectic week at work, I decided that a night without cooking was most definitely called for. My boyfriend and I headed to Al Forno on Bridge Road, Stockton - and we weren't disappointed. With a car park...
Still Not Flagging! from All around the Globe Nations Unite at Our Great Folklore Festival Which Celebrates Its 44th Anniversary This Year, but It's
Byline: Keith Newton reports FLAG wavers and drummers, unusual costumes, a rare language and even a Minister of Culture will be seen and heard on Teesside when one of the area's most colourful and long-standing festivals begins. The Billingham...
The Region's Rich Heritage; Whether It's Country Houses or Castles the North-East Has Some Great Historic Places to Spend a Day out. Here's Just a Taste. in Association with Parkmore
KIPLIN HALL SITUATED off the B6271 between Scorton and Northallerton, five miles east of the A1, this historic home was built for the first Lord Baltimore who founded Maryland. In recent times, Kiplin has enjoyed a dramatic revival and the crowds...
Tributes Pour in for Craig
FAMILY and friends have been posting scores of online tributes for Craig, including his mum Jan and his fiancee Leanne Scott. Jan said: Goodnight God bless half pint, can't stop missing you, love you always." Leanne wrote: "My darling Craig,...
Txt2reg If You Spot Your Dream Date; Girl Torque
Byline: By JACKIE VIOLET in association with Chevrolet WHO was that gorgeous looking male driving an equally gorgeous Masarati Quattroporte I clocked on the M62? As my blood pressure rose faster than petrol prices, my imagination went into overtime....
Victory Weather Is the Winner; MSV CLEVELAND LEAGUE
RAIN resulted in just one game starting in Division One - New Marske's home clash against Smith's Dock. Batting first, New Marske were 89-4 when play was curtailed after 32 overs had been bowled. Aksar took 3-22 from his 11 over stint. The...
Viva the City with New Peugeot Scooter; on Two Wheels
Byline: By HARRIET RIDLEY I SPEAK fluent French and I've also been all over France, my favourite European country. Yet somehow, I'd managed to never go to the French capital. So I was ecstatic to jump on the Eurostar at St Pancras International...
Weaver Stitch in Time; Review: Wanted
ACCORDING to Wanted - a slam-bang action thriller based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones - when the fate of mankind hangs in the balance, we should look for guidance in the tangled threads of a white linen shirt. If the premise...
What's on Your Bookshelf?
Byline: Joanne Welford reports BRIAN PAGE is the author of Still Lives, a novel set in the North-east's newspaper world which tells of ordinary people in the region. The Boro season ticket holder is 50 and lives in York. What was the first book...
Will a Fire Engine Ring Your Bell?
Byline: Keith Newton reports FIRE engines, fancy cars and fairground attractions will be at Stockton's Preston Park this weekend. The crowds will be going to see the latest annual Fire Engines and Vintage Cars Rally, taking place on Saturday...
WORK AHOY! Firm Finally Gets Ghost Ships Green Light.Five Years On
Byline: By MIKE BLACKBURN WORK to scrap the so-called ghost ships will begin within weeks after Able UK was given the final green light - nearly five years after the vessels sailed up the Tees in a storm of controversy. The Environment Agency...
Working Up a Big Appetite
Byline: Karen McLauchlan reports THERE will be something to tempt every palate when a festival of food and drink is served up in Saltburn from 9.30am-4pm tomorrow. Held in front of the town's Somerfield store, the Tees Valley Food Festival will...
Your Stars
Byline: Claire Petulengro CANCER (June 22/July 23): Newcomers this weekend help you to look at life from a new angle. No longer do you have to feel dragged down by events which happened earlier in the month, you can at last focus on the future...
Your Verdict: The Incredible Hulk
CRITIC: Tom Giles, 25, student from Long Newton REVIEW: The second film from Marvel studios isn't a sequel or a prequel of Ang Lee's unsuccessful Hulk, it's a retelling of the story of Bruce Banner (Ed Norton) who is exposed to Gamma radiation that...