Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from August 15, 2007

A Key Clash of the Titans; Readers Durham County League
Byline: TONY HODGSON A THRILLING climax to the league championship race is in prospect - with a clash of the top two likely to decide the outcome. With a handful of games remaining, reigning champions Kimblesworth and Esh Winning are slugging...
Bell Sounds on Whitburn's Disappointment; Foster's Durham Senior League
Byline: CHRIS WEST IT was a case of so near and yet so far for title-chasing Whitburn. A combination of circumstances and stubborn resistance from opponents Boldon combined to deprive them of a maximum 30-point haul which would have brought them...
Car Parking Masterplan; New System Is Aimed at Boosting Trade
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A MAJOR car parking plan has been approved to help meet the needs of shoppers and boost trade. For the last six months, North Tyneside Council has consulted chambers of trade, residents and special-interest groups about...
CD Reviews; Family Events/young Reviewers
Gym Class Heroes - Clothes Off Following their Top Five hit Cupid's Chokehold, the four-piece from New York release their fifth single from current album As Cruel As School Children. Upon first listen, this catchy electronic pop record would...
Centre Staff Are Spared Parking Ban; Staff's Bosses Are Now Putting on Shuttle Service
Byline: By MATT CASEY STAFF have kept a clean sheet after being banned from parking at Europe's biggest shopping centre. Bosses at Gateshead's Metro-Centre imposed the ban last September and also told staff that if they were discovered using...
Cricket: Bowler Pins Down Stocks; North East Midweek League
MAL MULLANEY was the star of the show with a devastating spell of bowling to guide Nine Pins into the semi-final of the League Cup and a clash with Kirkwood. After Nine Pins had only managed 110-2 from their 16 overs against Stocksfield, the village...
Cricket: Glory Bid Looks to Be in Ash-Es; Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League
Byline: JAMES HUNTER ASHINGTON saw any realistic chance they had of muscling in on the title race disappear with their defeat against Lintz. The Colliers were one of the outsiders for a tilt at the championship but - while they are not yet mathematically...
Cricket: Harmy Doubt for Durham's Big Cup Day
ENGLAND pace ace Steve Harmison could miss Durham's big day in the Friends Provident Trophy final at Lord's on Saturday - after picking up an injury in the current championship clash against Surrey, (writes JEFF BOWRON). The Ashington Express was...
Cricket: Street-Wise Davis! ALL THE LATEST FROM AROUND THE JUNIOR CRICKET SCENE Foster's Durham Senior League Under-15 Division
CHESTER-le-Street's Jonathan Davis struck a brilliant century in the match aganst Durham City at Ropery Lae. The Cestrians took first knock in and posted a mammoth score of 181-3, Davis hitting a superb 119 and Jack Harrison chipping in at the close...
Cricket: Title Hopes Are Not Worth Considering; LATEST REPORTS FROM THE REGION'S LEAGUE CRICKET SCENE Northern Rock ECB NE Regional Premier League
Byline: LEE RYDER BLAYDON player-coach Allan Worthy feels any hopes his side have of challenging for the title all but disappeared after Sunderland and South North kept up their chase at the top. Worthy and company made a little ground on the...
Cycling: Coaching Stars of the Future
OVER 100 would-be Olympians took their marks in two Startrack UK Athletics Coaching Schemes at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. Former European 800m indoor champion David Sharpe has been at the helm of the courses for a number of years under the heading...
Cycling: JUST FLAN-TASTIC
NIALL Flannery found himself at the top of the podium once again after his latest success in the England Athletics Age Group Championships at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium. The Gateshead Harrier has already won the English Schools' 400 metres hurdles...
Cycling: Kenny Digs Deep on Uphill Battle to Clinch Win
THE penultimate race of the 2007 TLI North East Series saw the peloton revisit the hard Saltwick Hill course for the last time this year. Steve Kenny (VC Azzurri) showed his class and took the win by out-sprinting the remainder of the bunch on the...
Cycling: Northumbria Won't Be Complacent against League Newcomers
TEAM Northumbria tip off their new season with a National Cup match against new Division Two team Leeds Carnegie on October 20. Coach Deirdre Hayes (pictured left) said: "Although they are new to the national league we do not take any team lightly."...
Dad Dies Weeks after Girl Freed; Joy Turns to Tragedy for Family
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A DOTING dad has died four weeks after his young daughter was set free by armed African kidnappers. It is believed Michael Hill died suddenly from a heart attack at his home in Nigeria. He and his wife were just getting...
Davey Enjoys a Rich Picking
THE final two qualifiers emerged from round eight of the Mark Williams Memorial Trophy - and with 38 players fighting for two places it was always going to be the toughest round so far. Davy Richardson, who played so well at the World Professional...
Death Car Not Faulty, Say Police; Driver Accused of Crash Was 'Showing off Power'
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A SPORTS car in which a teenager died was in good working order, a court heard. Karl Blackett was killed when the Toyota Supra, which he was a passenger in, hit a lamppost and a tree. Driver Simon Larsen, a friend of...
Driving Menaces' Stunts Risk Lives; Concern as Footage of Road Louts' Joyrides Is Posted Online
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter TEARING round the streets of Tyneside, these joyriding louts are putting lives at risk. The car crooks have filmed themselves racing down alleyways and pulling stunts at high speeds. And the footage, which...
Eagles Ace Sets Sights on Europe
Byline: PAUL NILSEN NEWCASTLE Eagles forward "Prince" Charles Smith has spoken of his determination to help the club regain their BBL title and realise their European ambitions, (writes PAUL NILSEN). Having won six trophies in the two years before...
EAST'S END; Vandal-Hit Wing of Community Centre to Come Down
Byline: By SONIASHARMA A DERELICT wing of a community centre is to be flattened after being targeted by vandals. The east wing of the Linskill Centre, in North Shields, has been empty for around two years but since October the building has suffered...
Fake Cigarettes Put Shopkeepers at Risk; Traders Being Forced out of Business by Black-Market Trade
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter SHOPKEEPERS are being forced out of business by black-market tobacco peddlers. The North East is the worst part of the country for illegal cigarette sales, with crooks sneaking phoney fags into the region from...
Falcons Duo Oz Tribute
Byline: NICK PUREWAL AUSTRALIA coach John Connolly has pinpointed Newcastle Falcons duo Jamie Noon and Mathew Tait as two of England's top World Cup dangermen, (writes NICK PUREWAL). Former Queensland Reds coach Connolly reckons the Falcons midfield...
Fears over Future of County Services
THE future economic health and well-being of County Durham is hanging in the balance, a councillor claims. Coun Alan Cox, a member of Durham County Council's cabinet, said the county faced a nervous wait over the next few months until Communities...
Football: AB JUST FAB FOR BIG SAM; Bolton Star Faye's Set for Pounds 2m Toon Switch
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United manager Sam Allardyce was hoping to tie up the last of his summer signings with the pounds 2m acquisition of Bolton Wanderers central defender Abdoulaye Faye today. The 29 year-old Senegalese...
Football: Ab's Just Fab for Big Sam
NEWCASTLE United manager Sam Allardyce was hoping to tie up the last of his summer signings with the pounds 2m acquisition of Bolton Wanderers' central defender Abdoulaye Faye today, (writes ALAN OLIVER). The 29-year-old Senegalese international...
Football: Alnwick Return in Style with Victory; All the Action as a New Minor Football League Season Starts Wade Associates Northern Alliance Premier Division
IT IS 25 years since Alnwick Town last made an appearance in the Northern Alliance. However, after dropping down from the Arngrove Northern League, the Northumbrians were impressive in their Premier Division curtain-raiser. They marked their...
Football: DYER DEAL BACK ON; and Solano All Set for Pompey Move
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER KIERON DYER'S move to West Ham was back on today with Newcastle United expected to bank around pounds 8m for their controversial midfielder. And Nobby Solano was thinking over a move to the south coast and Portsmouth. ...
Football: High Five for Cats Stopper; Danny Seeks Overdue Win against Bruce's Blues
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER DANNY COLLINS is hoping it is a case of fifth time lucky as Sunderland take on Birmingham at St Andrews tonight. The defender has played against the Blues on four occasions for the Black Cats but is yet to finish on the...
Football: Jarrow Will Be Pleased to Kick off with a Win; Wearside League
JARROW made a perfect start to the season when they overcame Willington 5-1. Despite conceding an early goal to Brett Cummings, the South Tynesiders dominated, and in the second half especially were in fine form. It took them until the 56th minute...
Football: Let's Make Some Noise; United Fans' Campaign to Raise the Roof at St James' Is Ready to Launch on Saturday
Byline: By LEE RYDER THE TOON Ultras' aim is simply to Bring Back The Noise to St James' Park - and on Saturday against Aston Villa they will be aiming to make sure the whole country can hear the Toon Army in full voice for the first home clash...
Football: Wall Right - in the End! Division One
WALLINGTON - celebrating their 130th anniversary this year - kicked off with a 3-2 home win against Seaton Burn, but had to recover from a shaky start. The visitors looked by far the stronger side early on and deserved their two-goal lead provided...
Football: Week off Is a Real Blessing
Byline: ALAN OLIVER SAM ALLARDYCE is convinced Newcastle United's free week is a "blessing in disguise", (writes ALAN OLIVER). Even though United, having gone to the top of the Premiership for the first time since they won at Coventry City in...
Have a Blast in the Past; Family Events/young Reviewers
Get yourself to Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields this Saturday where there are loads of events and activities to keep the whole family amused. Have-a-go Archery The Archers of the Tees are at Arbeia allowing you to try your skills with a bow....
HMS Collingwood Association
HMS Collingwood Association. Ahoy there! Calling all ex-Royal Navy electricians, radio and weapon ratings, who have been through HMS Collingwood, we would like to hear from you. We do not care where you served, ships, boats, stone frigates, for...
Home Team's Triumph Is Extra Special
TWELVE months ago Ravensworth Bowling Club's annual Triples Open Day was lost to the weather. On this occasion, however, the sun shone on the superb setting of the Angel of the North, and this was matched by the event's general standard of play....
Hopes for Farmer Hurt in Stampede; Father Is Critical in Coma after Cattle Accident
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR THE family of a farmer mown down by his stampeding cattle were today hoping he would soon come out of his coma. Hilary Hutchinson, 53, of Lee Hall Farm, near Bellingham, Northumberland, was critical but stable in Newcastle...
Horse Racing: PUNTERS PANEL
Our panel give their views on Sunderland's game at Birmingham EVERY game is a massive test for us - the big question, though, is can we build on Saturday? I am sure Roy Keane will have all the players' feet on the ground after the drama of the...
JUST SICKENING; Friends Hit by Food Poisoning on Pounds 1,500 Dream Trip
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter IT WAS supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime but a trip to the tropics left a Tyneside woman with a chronic stomach bug. Stephanie Hughes, from Prudhoe, is now seeking legal action over her nightmare...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Danger Is Lurking in EU Treaty
Byline: COUN GEORGE WESTWATER I WISH to use the pages of your paper to show your readers the dangers the proposed EU treaty holds for British people. The electorate was promised a referendum. That promise must be kept. The key points, in plain...
Life Can Be Easy with Fiat; Roger Mills Looks at a Punto That's Fun to Drive
THE Fiat Punto has always been lively and fun to drive, as well as being a family friendly and practical vehicle . But don't forget that a five door car is always easier to live with than a three door, especially if you have children. With the...
Looking beyond the Toon; the Locals Has Gone All Metal This Week with a Look at One of the Regions Most Promising Rock Bands. GARY BECKWITH Finds out More
Byline: GARY BECKWITH THE North East has a deluge of quality metal and rock bands, all kicking, spitting and screaming into microphones and basically scaring and entertaining gig goers across the region! Beyond The Grave are a fine example of...
NURSE ATTACKER ESCAPES PRISON; Disgust as Serial Thug Walks Free from Court
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON FURY erupted today as a serial thug with an appalling record was freed by the courts after attacking a nurse. Wayne Dack struck casualty ward Sister Kate White-head from his wheelchair as he awoke from a drunken sleep...
On the Forum Readers
ON the forum readers are discussing the Pot calling the Kettle Black. If you want to join in log onto www.chroniclelive.co.uk/haveyoursay Reality I couldn't help but notice that according to a news report, British people are being put-off holidaying...
OUR HEARTACHE; Family Devastated by Triple Tragedy
Byline: By HELEN RAE REELING from the loss of murdered Samantha Madgin, her family have been rocked by two more tragedies. Choking back tears, Samantha's grandmother Eileen Campbell told of her heartache after losing three loved ones within two...
Peter Young; Any Other Business
AS an Audit Commission report highlights shortcomings in the running of Newcastle City Council, I'm told the Civic Centre is not a happy ship. I understand outside consultants are currently examining the management structure in two large departments...
Pounds 35m I'm Still in Shock over My Big Win, Says Postal Worker over Her Lottery Windfall
A POSTAL worker said today she was "still in shock" after landing Britain's biggest Lottery jackpot win of pounds 35.4m. Angela Kelly, 40, from East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, won all of Friday's pounds 35,425,411.80 EuroMillions jackpot. The...
Remember When: The Day Fear of a Caning Was Ended; A BLAST FROM THE PAST How Region Welcomed the Ban on School Corporal Punishment
Byline: RAY MARSHALL TODAY marks the 20th anniversary of the banning of corporal punishment in all British state schools. As the Chronicle reported, the new law put an end to all types of corporal punishment in state schools forever. Gone...
Roy Is Not Keane on Safety First Attitude
ROY KEANE insists Sunderland will go to Birmingham tonight with all guns blazing. The Black Cats are looking to build on their opening day victory against Spurs by making it two wins out of two. And Wearside boss Keane insists his side will not...
Roz: Cacapa Will Be Special for Toon
Byline: LEE RYDER DAVID ROZEHNAL believes that Brazilian ace Cacapa could prove to be Newcastle United's "special one" this season after arriving from Lyon with a reputation as big-game player, (writes LEE RYDER). Czech Republic international...
Scientists in Bid to Scoop Eco Bonanza; North East Universities Unite in Push for Research Centre
Byline: By AMY HUNT THOUSANDS of jobs and billions of pounds of investment to develop green energy could be brought to the North East. Scientists have put in a bid to host the UK's Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) a hub for pushing forward...
Snooker: Hunter Stays Top of the Bill; GRASSROOTS SPORT STARTS WITH SNOOKER
THE first five placings on the July North East rankings top 10 leaderboard remain unchanged from last month. With 27 ranking points (matches won) and 63 merit points (frames won), Billy Hunter still heads the 78-strong field - but with his lead...
Some Noise at St James' Is Ready to Launch on Saturday
SIX OF THE BEST - CLASSIC ST JAMES' ATMOSPHERES OF RECENT TIMES NEWCASTLE 7 LEICESTER 1 THE whole of Tyneside went crazy in May, 1993, as Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan delivered the Championship trophy to St James' Park. And they celebrated...
Sports Shorts
THERE will be a registration meeting for the Cre-Eight-A-Space Monkseaton and District Wednesday Night Pool League on Monday, August 20 at the Broadway pub (7.30). All teams wishing to play in the coming season must attend to register their interest...
Tailenders Get Pat on the Back; Three Counties Northumberland League
Byline: NICK PUREWAL PAT WISBACH hailed his Blue Flames tailenders' heroics as his side saw off rivals Stocksfield to blow the Premier League title race wide open. Flames captain Wisbach was buoyed by a last-wicket stand of 22 from Andy Horner...
Taking Art to Another Level; Family Events/young Reviewers
Byline: CHRIS CONWAY ALL I HEAR IS BLAH BLAH BLAH TEEN TAKEOVER - THE BALTIC, NEWCASTLE QUAYSIDE Throughout the region, opinion is split when it comes to the controversial Art Gallery, the Baltic, housed on Newcastle's ultra-cool quayside. ...
TAKING FLIGHT; Sparrowhawk Chick Ready to Leave Her Rescuer for the Wild
Byline: By AMY HUNT FROM a bundle of feathers to a honed hunting machine, baby bird Rosie has come a long way in the last two months. Falconer Chris Greaves rescued the tiny sparrowhawk chick from the clutches of yobs. After being nursed back...
Teens Go Up, Up and Hurray; Pupils' Exam Success
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter BRITAIN'S teens may be dumbing down, but on Tyneside things are looking up. Pupils in Newcastle have bucked the national trend by producing vast improvements in their exams. Although official league...
There's Life after Death for Elvis
ROCK fans the world over were in tears when Elvis died. But while a shocked world was in mourning, a large number of families in Washington, County Durham, could be forgiven for tempering their sense of loss with a little spring in their step. ...
Ticked off with War
YOUNGSTERS made a plea for peace in our time by forming a human clock in Durham. They made the human timepiece outside the Gala Theatre in Durham in the run-up to the Faith and Global Peace Conference, which it will host. The children, aged eight...
University Gains Rowing Honours
DURHAM University has enjoyed more success on the water - after a record six of its rowers represented Great Britain at the World Under-23 Championships in Strathclyde and won two bronze medals. The event was a showcase for up-and-coming athletes...
WAKE YOU UP BEFORE I GO GO... Pest Fined for Playing Wham Hit All Night
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG BAD boy Wham fan Brian Turner tortured neighbours by blasting out their hit Last Christmas all night. For several hours he repeatedly played the festive favourite at full volume from 1am onwards one night in May. ...
Wanted: Suspected Metro Sex Attacker; Appeal to Help Catch Pervert on the Platform
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter THIS suspect is wanted for an alleged sex attack on a woman Metro worker. The victim had been part of team of contractors checking tickets on a late night train. A man was found curled up asleep travelling...
We Just Can't Help Believing in the King; Elvis Presley Fans across the Globe Will Be Shedding a Tear or Two on the 30th Anniversary of the King's Death Tomorrow. MITYA UNDERWOOD Meets the Tyneside Fans Who Are Keeping the King's Memory Alive
Byline: MITYA UNDERWOOD EVERY year Elvis fan Jim Mann books August 16 as holiday from work. As joint-chairman of the Tyne & Wear branch of the Elvis Presley Fan Club, it seems fitting. "I book it off in January every year, and usually...
Why Do They Do Drugs? Don't Take Them. It's Not Worth This. MUM'S HEARTFELT PLEA AFTER HER LOVING SON IS KILLED BY TAKING THE 'PARTY' SUBSTANCE ECSTASY
Byline: By LIZ WALKER THEY'RE the sort of snapshots found in any family album. A baby growing into a happy-go-lucky youngster and blossoming into a young man. But now the family of Christopher Henderson have only these memories to cling to...
Win Delivers Pounds 35m Jackpot; Royal Mail Worker Scoops Euro Millions
Byline: By JOHN BROPHY THE winner of the UK's biggest lottery jackpot was revealed today as a mother-of-one who works in a Royal Mail sorting office. Angela Cunningham, who is in her 40s, lives with her 14-year-old son, John, in a modest flat...
Win Delivers Pounds 35m Prize; I'm Still in Shock, Says Lottery Winner
THE winner of Britain's largest-ever lottery payout is "still in shock" after claiming her pounds 35.4m prize. Angela Kelly, from East Kilbride, Scotland, has been named as the ticket-holder who scooped Friday's EuroMillions jackpot. She said:...
Wind Power to Run the Railways; East Coast Mainline Set to Go Greener
Byline: by NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter WIND turbines could soon power North East rail stations after National Express was chosen to run the route linking the region with London and Scotland. The transport giant beat off the challenge of...
YOUR SPORTS CLUB COULD WIN Pounds 5,000! Evening Chronicle Competition
Your Chronicle has got together with Norwich Union to give one sports club in the region pounds 5,000 cash! Whether you're a member of a football team, bowls club, canoe club or any other type of sporting club in the North East, you could put your...

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