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 March 27, 2009

60 Second Guide to Your Week Ahead
Theatre: We're flushed with laughter There will be ups, downs, laughter and tears at Darlington's Civic Theatre. Lesley Joseph (pictured), known to millions as man-eater Dorien Green in the BBC's comedy Birds Of A Feather, is one of the stars...
Andrew's Leap of Faith; Dad Jumps in for Charity KEEP THE FAITH
Byline: By MARK WELFORD A BORO barmy bungee jumper who took a leap of faith to raise pounds 350 for charity now hopes his team can avoid the drop. Andrew Brook, from Ingleby Barwick, raised the cash by jumping off the Transporter Bridge and is...
Artist Fined Pounds 10k for Dreamspace Horror
THE creator of an inflatable artwork which blew away killing two women has been fined pounds 10,000 for breaching health and safety regulations. Artist Maurice Agis, 77, stood trial for the manslaughter by gross negligence of Elizabeth Collings...
A Tale of Two Sons of Boro; Movies Film of the Week: The Damned United
Byline: Tim Oglethorpe reports ACONTROVERSIAL figure in lifetime, even in death football manager Brian Clough is making headlines. THE DAMNED UNITED was a book about Clough's 44-day reign at Leeds United and the movie of the same name - though...
Awayday Agony Has Got to End!
Byline: By ADAM STEEL ANTONY SWEENEY admits a drastic improvement in Hartlepool's away form is needed to keep them up - starting at Southend tonight. Pools - who have signed defender Joe Skarz on loan - have only won four times on their travels...
Basketball: Double Blow Hits Play-Off Ambition
Byline: By PETER CLARKE TEES Valley Mohawks enter the last weekend of the league campaign with a mountain to climb if they're to gain home advantage in the end of season play-offs. The Teesside outfit froze in the important away clash to Bristol...
BATTLE GOES ON FOR DAD; Appeal Could Mean a Second Tribunal
Byline: By NAOMI CORRIGAN CLAIMS that a disabled dad-of-three suffered discrimination while working for Stockton Council could be reheard by a second employment tribunal. In June last year, members of a tribunal panel accepted Russell Aylott's...
Being a Dad Was All Thomas Ever Wanted ... and He Would Have Been Brilliant; Family in Appeal for Witnesses
Byline: By SARAH JUDD THE devastated family of Thomas James Murray, who died after being assaulted outside The Normanby pub, have paid tribute to a much-loved son and husband. As the family appealed for witnesses to Saturday night's assault to...
BORO SLASH PRICES; EXCLUSIVE Season Card Holders Handed 5% Reduction KEEP THE FAITH
Byline: By ERIC PAYLOR BORO have cut season card prices next season - regardless of which division they will play in. The club today revealed cuts of at least 5% on all adult prices. It means that Boro's 2009-10 season cards will be the cheapest...
Can You Get Three for a Tenner at Asda? Twittering on about Star's Landmark Pic
Byline: By BARBARA ARGUMENT STAR comedian Jimmy Carr's photo of Boro's prized Bottle of Notes has set social network site Twitter chirping with naughty and nice tweets. The snap sparked a flurry of website comments after the 36-year-old stand-up...
Cool and Classy - That's the 308 CC; Motoring World
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON LOOKING smooth, suave and sophisticated is the number one priority for open top motoring - and that goes for the occupants as much as the car itself. Peugeot has hit the jackpot on all fronts with its new 308 CC. Not...
Darwins Hope to Win Appeal
BACK from the dead canoeist John Darwin and his wife Anne, both pictured left, were today finding out if they have won appeals over jail terms for a pounds 250,000 insurance swindle. John Darwin, 58 is appealing his six years three month sentence,...
Demand for Probe in Cash Scandal
A CALL was made today for an independent inquiry into Redcar and Cleveland Council's Icelandic banks affair. An Audit Commission report yesterday accused the council, along with six others, of acting "negligently" by investing pounds 4m in two Icelandic...
DVDs & Videos
Byline: Alan Little reports CHANGELING (15) **** BASED on Los Angeles city hall records from the 1920s, Angelina Jolie is superb in Clint Eastwood's harrowing drama as single mother Christine Collins who arrives home from work at the telephone...
Family Life: Parenting with Supermam; SUPERMAM Claire Walsh Is a Mum of Two Lively Youngsters, Louis and Leilah, and Leads Stockton's Parenting Strategy. She Can Help Solve Your Family Problems with Guidelines on How to Cope
Byline: Claire Walsh Q HOW can I get my eight-year-old daughter to brush her teeth? It's been a major problem since she was a toddler. What is the magic trick to get kids to brush their teeth? A UNFORTUNATELY there simply is no magic answer....
Family Life: Parents' Panel
Byline: Compiled by MARIE TURBILL and SARAH DALE MOTHER-OF-TWO Jo Radcliffe is a mobile hairdresser and lives in Yarm with her husband and sons 13-year-old Oliver and Toby, six "SHE IS getting a bit long in the tooth for all this - if you'll...
Flushing out the Laughs; Theatre Main Stage: Hot Flush!
Byline: Karen McLauchlan reports THERE will be ups, downs, laughter and tears at Darlington's Civic Theatre next week. Outrageous new musical HOT FLUSH! will be in town for a week from Monday and Lesley Joseph (on the left in the cast picture),...
Football: He's Not like All the Other Chairmen; THE WHISTLE BLOWER IN ASSOCIATION WITH WELLS INTEGRATED CABLING SYSTEMS
Byline: JEFF WINTER UNLIKE most votes of confidence, Steve Gibson is genuine in his support of Gareth Southgate. The usual form is for a chairman to give his dreaded 'vote of confidence' and than commit a U-turn within days and hand the manager...
Football: Rooney in the Right Hands - Beckham; INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL
ENGLAND ACE David Beckham believes Fabio Capello and Sir Alex Ferguson are the right men to harness Wayne Rooney's fire. Volatile Rooney was dismissed at the weekend for Manchester United and plays with an aggression that fuels his game. Beckham...
Football: YOU NEED THIS! Pearce Extols Virtues of Under-21 Action INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL
STUART Pearce has stressed the importance of the England Under-21 squad in helping develop Premier League starlets such as Adam Johnson. The young guns' coach believes regular tough tests against emerging international talent helps steel them ready...
FRIENDS DIVIDED; IN ASSOCIATION WITH CLEVELAND FINANCIAL SERVICES Marske Title Hopes Facing a Derby Test
Byline: By ANTHONY VICKERS MARSKE United need to make up lost ground in the second division promotion chase as they travel to arch-rivals Guisborough for a crucial derby clash tomorrow. The fourth-placed Seasiders lost 1-0 at home to Brandon...
GOING FORWARD; Plans Forge Ahead despite Downturn
Byline: By MIKE BLACKBURN THE long-awaited multi-million pound redevelopment of Billingham town centre is progressing despite the recession, assured the developers. Discussions on the future regeneration have taken place between Stockton Council...
Hatch Ready - but Financial Problems Bite
DARLINGTON striker Liam Hatch is all set to play against his old club Barnet tomorrow - but the club's financial crisis is starting to bite. Cash-strapped Quakers will set off for North London at 7.30am tomorrow, when they would normally have travelled...
Holiday: Chill-Out Time; My Holiday GORDON BARR Had Always Dreamed of a Trip to Mauritius - and Now It's Easier Than Ever from the North-East
Byline: GORDON BARR MAURITIUS is a place I had only ever dreamed of visiting. It has miles of white, sandy beaches and wonderful weather, making it the perfect chill-out destination. Little wonder so many people choose to get married or celebrate...
I Have Seen the Future and Size Will Matter; Full Chat
Byline: By STEVE ORME THE honest toilers of Liverpool City Council have just enhanced the lives of workers who drive into town by removing ten car parking spaces and installing a pavement, so wide little old ladies are fitting TomToms to their shopping...
IN BRIEF: YOUR TIME'S UP; No More Chances for Burglar as Judge Cages Teen for 15 Months
Byline: By ANDY PASSANT A BURGLAR who sneaked into a Stockton home while the owners slept has been locked up by a judge who told him: "Your time is up." Ashley Ferguson, 18, and another youth crept into the garage of a house in the middle of...
In Everything We Do We Stand out from the Crowd; School Celebrates Top Marks in Golden Year
Byline: By JOANNA DESIRA ALL aspects of life at an East Middlesbrough primary school have been described as outstanding by Government inspectors. Pallister Park Primary received the highest accolade in an inspection report from Ofsted. Inspector...
Insignia Estate Due in April; Motoring World
Byline: By ROBIN ROBERTS VAUXHALL expects to accelerate orders for its Insignia European Car of the Year with the arrival of a Sports Tourer in April. It will join the existing hatchback and saloon styles and brings a new 180ps 1.6 Turbo engine...
Is He Friend or Foe? Movies Review: Traitor
IN the war against terror, the truth is occasionally sacrificed at the altar of perception. Convince the media, and therefore the public, that you are winning, and half the battle is already won. Writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff exploits the disparity...
Jokers Shuffle Pack. Events
Byline: Karen McLauchlan reports MORE fantastic funnymen are heading for Teesside as today we lift the lid on a new season of comedy. The line-up from the Middlesbrough's Big Mouth Comedy Club includes extra dates in April and May which have...
JUDGE PRAISES ATTACK VICTIM; Evidence Leads to Ex-Partner Being Jailed
Byline: By GARETH LIGHTFOOT A VIOLENT man could spend the rest of his days behind bars for a horrific attack on his ex-partner. Judge Christopher Prince praised the woman who stood up to the jealous partner who mercilessly beat her in her Middlesbrough...
League Clash Halts Title Fight; WEARSIDE LEAGUE
Byline: By ANTHONY VICKERS THE title chase is put on hold tomorrow with a host of players from the top clubs on league representative duties. The Wearside League are entertaining the Cambridgeshire County League at Harton and Westoe in the FA...
More Fun in a Topless Mini; Motoring World
Byline: By VAL JESSOP WHY on earth would you want to calculate the time you spent motoring topless? Do the British need or even want to know such trivia? I suspect they might, if they had the chance. Well, now they have. The 'Openometer' is...
More or Bore
THE column YOU write yourself! If you fancy a go at More or Bore simply send 400-500 words to the Editor, Evening Gazette, Borough Road, Middlesbrough or email: editor@eveninggazette.co.uk. BUT BE PREPARED to write MORE... If you win the readers'...
Motorcycle Prices Are on the Up; Bike Briefs on Two Wheels
LOOKING to buy a new motorcycle? Then unless you buy British, prepare to bust the bank as 2009 prices are up - and by an unprecedented 10% average. The first hint came with Yamaha's 2009 YZF-R1 and its pounds 10,000 price tag. Suzuki's GSX-R1000...
Music: Gold Finger's on Our Pulse! Coming Soon: Brutus Gold's Lovetrain
Byline: Angela Weall reports IMAGINE going back in time and re-living the disco days ... well, imagine no more. Puerto Rican DJ BRUTUS GOLD is bringing his Lovetrain back to spread D.I.S.C.O across the North-east for one night only on Thursday,...
Music: Madison Memory Lane Trip; Clubbing:
Byline: Karen McLauchlan reports A TEESSIDE nightclub is set for a comeback - and is looking to rekindle the magic of the good old days. The Madison, based in part of the former Cleveland Centre in Middlesbrough (now The Mall), was popular with...
Online Views; TS Talk
Comments from across our 20 TS community websites: M Carr from TS4 commented on our story about Tollesby school celebrating seeing its first students achieve new literacy and numeracy qualifications. He wrote: Congratulations to everyone at Tollesby...
On the Beat: Robert Nichols; Music
KARAOKE isn't normally something I discuss; it isn't ordinarily something I indulge in ... but I have to hold my hands up and admit I brought terror to the Tall Trees last weekend when I took to the stage. It was a charity evening organised by teenage...
On Your Marks for Sport Extravaganza; Events
Byline: Karen McLauchlan reports WORK continues on Sunday to try to turn Middlesbrough into a running mecca when hundreds of runners are set to pull on their trainers for sporting events. Nearly 1,000 people from Teesside and beyond have signed...
Other Comedy Events in the Tees Valley Include: Events
Tomorrow: ROBIN INCE The Time Out and Chortle Comedy Award winner will be at Darlington Arts Centre. This is a second chance to catch his new show, Bleeding Heart Liberal, after playing Stockton's Arc last month. Tickets pounds 14, details...
Our Quick-Step through the Last 60 Years
THEY'VE waltzed through married life for 60 years - and they haven't stopped dancing yet. Pat and Ron Hughes began stepping out together in the 1940s at Lanny's Lido, Grangetown. Realising they were perfectly in step, they married at St Matthew's...
Pupils' Boost for Blooming Contest; TEES PRIDE 2009 YEAR OF THE VOLUNTEER Flower Pots of Luck for Finals
Byline: By MARIE LEVY LAUNCH: Ann Higgins, centre, Residents' Association chairman, launches Eston's Britain in Bloom entry with school pupils Amy Keenan and Ben Gardner Picture by PETER REIMANN DEDICATED volunteers have put Eston on the map by...
RAPIST IS LOCKED UP; Jailed for Breach of Order
Byline: By GARETH LIGHTFOOT A CONVICTED rapist has been jailed yet again for failing to comply with orders meant to protect the public from him. Thomas Stephens, 48, was jailed for four years in 1986 for attempting to rape a woman he had met...
Reese Gets So Animated; Movies Weekend Previews: Monsters vs Aliens
Byline: Laura Harding reports DON'T dismiss Reese Witherspoon as just another Hollywood blonde. While the Southern belle's impish looks could have guaranteed her a success in romantic comedies, Reese has chosen a more unconventional path. From...
Review: Knowing; Movies
IT is no coincidence that you are reading this review at this precise time. There are no chance occurrences, everything is mapped out years in advance. However, there are people with the ability to predict seemingly random events. Mankind's salvation...
Review: The Damned United; Movies
FOOTBALL is full of larger than life characters; men of boundless desire, on and off the pitch, who inspire lifelong devotion from the fans. Key to any team's success is the manager and, in the annals of modern British football, Brian Clough remains...
Role Is Taylor Made for Tim; Movies TOUCHLINE: Spall with Maurice Roeves as Jimmy Gordon
Byline: Kate Whiting reports FOOTBALL legend Brian Clough doesn't appear to have a lot in common with music mogul Simon Cowell, but Timothy Spall thinks otherwise. The seasoned British actor who plays Clough's right-hand man Peter Taylor in controversial...
Rugby Union: Boro Ready to Ring Changes
Byline: By PETER GRIFFITHS THERE will be a different shape to the Middlesbrough team to face Morley tomorrow. That's because Boro's Colts are being rested ahead of their appearance on Sunday in the semi-final of the National Colts Competition...
Sound Bites; Music
X FACTOR third place runner-up EOGHAN QUIGG will be performing at Chicago Rock Cafe in Middlesbrough on Sunday. Quigg is now the third star to perform at Chicago Rock Cafe from the latest series after hosting controversial hopeful Laura White in...
Speedway: LOOKING GOOD; Revamped Bears Are off to a Debut Flier
Byline: By MARTIN NEAL IF first impressions count, we're in for a decent season. Redcar NEBT/Simpson Racing UK Bears brushed local rivals Newcastle aside 51-40 in their season opener at South Tees Motorsports Park last night. And there were...
Sports World
Formula One WILLIAMS man Nico Rosberg clocked the fastest laps in practice for the season curtain-raiser in Melbourne after a heated red tape "diffuser" row was resolved. Toyota, Brawn GP and Williams all faced late protests that their rear diffusers...
Stewie's Your Man, Capello
Byline: By ERIC PAYLOR GIVE OUR Stewie his chance Fabio! Boro coach Steve Agnew believes that Stewart Downing's superb form in the Premier League merits a place in England's forthcoming double header. Downing is training with the England squad...
STILL WAITING FOR ANSWERS; Family's Anguish a Year On
Byline: By MARIE LEVY THE family of a Teesside grandmother who suffered a shameful catalogue of neglect in her final months is still waiting for answers a year after her death. Grace Allenby, 88, of Thornaby, was moved from a residential home...
Supermarket Savings; Right Car Right Price
Byline: By MATT TUMBRIDGE ON a recent visit to two of the UK's biggest car supermarkets, I again had it confirmed that you can generalise when it comes to buying used cars. There are few rules of thumb that will guarantee you a good deal. But,...
TEES WINNERS SHINE THROUGH; They're Set to Take on Region's Best Ne Business Awards 2008 in Association with BUSINESS LINK
Byline: By KAREN McLAUCHLAN AN innovative Billingham company has been crowned the best in business in the Tees Valley. Industrial technology specialist Tracerco lifted the Company of the Year title at the nebusiness awards held the University...
Theatre: High Time We Were Making Tracks. Mickleby and Ugthorpe Distance: 4 1/2 Miles
Byline: Bob Woodhouse reports TRACKS that link villages between the A171 and A174 inland from Whitby offer fine views across moorland and coast. Starting from the White Hart Inn at Mickleby we walk about 40 yards in an easterly direction before...
Times Are Tough, but the Tees Valley Will Come through; Departing Chief Backs Area to Flourish
Byline: By SANDY McKENZIE THE TEES Valley is better placed to withstand the economic downturn than other areas of the country says Joe Docherty, who for seven years has been at the forefront of regeneration across the area. Mr Docherty is leaving...
Today in the Premier League
SPURS have had a pounds 10m move for Serie A's 16-goal top scorer Diego Milito laughed off. "The figure is ridiculous. It would only buy one of his ears," said angry Genoa chiefs. Spurs were snubbed by the Argentinian last year when he was at Spanish...
VICIOUS; EXCLUSIVE Man Beaten TEN Times with a Metal Pipe
Byline: By SAM BEATTIE A TEESSIDE man was held down by thugs and beaten to "within an inch of his life" with a metal pole - then left for dead. Mark Nymeyer, who was set upon as he walked his dogs in Lazenby, said he feared his two attackers...
Volvo Tunes in to Executive Demands; Motoring World
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON MAJOR surgery is being performed on Volvo's big saloon to help it compete with the heavy hitters. New diesel engines and a completely revised suspension are being rolled out on the new S80 to boost its corporate credentials....
VW Caravelle's a Cost-Cutter; Motoring World
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES VOLKSWAGEN is aiming to cash in on the credit crunch with a cheaper Caravelle people-carrier that should appeal to the UK's millions of stay-at-home holidaymakers. If the financial forecasters are correct, Benidorm and...
Wash. and Go to Pub; the Blacksmiths Arms: Preston-le-Skerne
Byline: Chris Hole reports MY YOUNGER brother rarely returns from university these days - usually just when he doesn't fancy doing his own washing. So when he made a brief trip back from Lancaster to celebrate his birthday we decided to mark...
What's on Your Bookshelf
Byline: Sarah Dale reports ANN HARLAND lives in Billingham with her partner, Matthew Hope and their children, Ami, 10, and Ellis, seven weeks old. The administrative assistant, 29, is currently on maternity leave. What was the first book you...
When in Rome - Ride What the Romans Ride; on Two Wheels
Byline: By HARRIET RIDLEY I WAS eight when I walked past the Trevi fountain with my dad for the first time. He'd chosen Rome as his next assignment in his job as foreign correspondent for UPI. He'd spent time in Italy as a journalist in the 50s...