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 July 5, 2008

A Labour of Love; Kathy and Andy Underwood Tell Reporter KATY SIMPSON about Life with Three Disabled Children
Byline: KATY SIMPSON THEY spend their every waking hour caring for their daughter and twin sons. But Kathy Underwood and husband Andy would not have it any other way. The devoted couple are just grateful for every second they get to spend...
Barton: Big Sam's Greatest Mistake
Byline: John Gibson SAM ALLARDYCE stands accused of many offences during his short but explosive time as Newcastle United's manager. His tactics infuriated the Toon Army, his teams played with fear, his persistent selection of certain players...
Big Sam Fights for Barton's Future; MIDFIELDER NEEDS ONE LAST CHANCE SAYS EX-TOON BOSS
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Crime Reporter EX-Toon boss Sam Allardyce has urged the club not to sack Joey Barton. The pounds 5.8m midfielder is serving a six-month jail term for a city centre attack and this week escaped a second stretch for battering...
Boy, 11, Threatens to Stab Classmate; TEACHER TACKLES SCHOOL PUPIL ARMED WITH SCISSORS
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON A TEACHER had to tackle a pupil who threatened to stab a classmate with scissors. An 11-year-old boy is understood to have brandished his makeshift weapon during the lunchtime break at Ovingham Middle School in Northumberland....
Circus Skill Classes Catch on with Pupils; CHILDREN SEE OUT A FESTIVAL WEEK OF CREATIVE FUN
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter PUPILS got to juggle their classes with creative learning this week. Students at Collingwood Media and Arts College, in Morpeth, took part in a fun new timetable that included karaoke sessions, orienteering...
Cricket: Spitfires Shoot Down Durham
HOLDERS Durham crashed out of the Friends Provident Trophy semi-final last night at the hands of Kent at the Riverside. Centuries from the prolific Martin van Jaarsveld and Joe Denly propelled Kent into the final. Van Jaarsveld followed up twin...
Dad Celebrates a Special 60th; NHS ANNIVERSARY HOLDS SPECIAL MEANING FOR FATHER
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter DAD-OF-TWO Malcolm Denham made history when he was born on a hot, sunny day 60 years ago today. At 10.30am on July 5, 1948, he became one of the first babies to be born in the National Health Service, which...
Door Closes on Big Brother Girl; BOOTED OUT CONTESTANT SMILES THROUGH CROWDS' BOOS
Byline: By TOM MULLEN SHE'S been given the boot. Big Brother hopeful Jennifer Clark is heading home to the North East after she was evicted from the famous house last night. The 22-year-old, from Cooperative Street, Chester-le- Street, said...
Emma Said She Loved Us All and She Was Sorry. I Think She Couldn't Cope Any More; FAMILY SPEAK OF HEARTACHE OVER DAUGHTER'S DEATH
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS SHE always had a smile on her face, but teenage mum Emma Bates bottled up a secret heartache. Emma, who was found dead in her boyfriend's Gateshead maisonette, had left a note begging her mum Tracy Bates to look after...
Fisher Looks to Net Victory
ROSS FISHER is thrilled to lead on the European Tour any time, any place. But it felt extra special going into the third round of the European Open today. "You've got loads of big superstars playing this week and it gives you a tremendous amount...
Football: I'M BUZZING; Taylor Focuses on Next Season after Signing a New Toon Deal
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVEN TAYLOR today revealed his hunger to get to grips with the new Premier League campaign after finally signing a new deal to remain at St James's Park. And Toon boss Kevin Keegan was also delighted to tie down a player...
Francis Wood; Church Matters
ROLE ABOUT ROLE models are in the news again. These are people we take as our heroes, the ones we would like to emulate. A Church is often dedicated to a saint in the hope that those who worship there may follow their patron in righteousness and...
Gardens: Pounds 500WINWIN; 30G Anniversary Cowell's GARDEN CENTER
YOUR garden could put you in line to win gift vouchers to spend at Cowell's Garden Centre. Simply send us photos of your garden and you could win up to pounds 500. We want to hear from you if you have done something extra-special with your garden....
Gardens: Stay Safe in Your Garden
THE recent report that a gardener died after contracting a rare lung infection from compost has made me wonder if other garden materials could affect our health. The man had been admitted to hospital complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath...
Gym Raided in Drugs Bust; Six Men Are Charged in Joint Operation
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter POLICE vans lined up outside a Tyneside boxing gym during a major drugs bust. Proprietor Thomas Bailey, 30, of Falstaff Road, North Shields, was arrested in connection with an alleged pounds 300,000 nationwide...
He Had the World at His Feet; WHY GAZZA WAS A PLAYER IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN
Byline: RAY MARSHALL HE WAS undoubtedly the hottest prospect on the world stage of football. Gazza had it all - craftsmanship with the ball, weight of pass, an eye for goal and the box-to-box power when needed. He was also a wonderful reader...
Hell at Sea; 20 Years since 167 Died on Piper Alpha
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG SCARRED by the memories, Piper Alpha survivor Billy Clayton is never far from tears. Shaking, the brave grandad relived the world's worst offshore oil disaster two decades on. Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the...
Judge Kevon His Own Signings - Terry
Byline: By LEE RYDER TERRY McDERMOTT believes Newcastle United have been pining for Kevin Keegan ever since he left the club in 1997. Special K will take charge of his first pre-season programme since the summer of 1996 - when he captured Alan...
Just for Hayley; School Friends Raise Funds for Memorial Bench in Honour of Dead Pal
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON THEY should be celebrating finishing their exams as they head off into the world. But there will be no big party for these school-leavers preparing to say goodbye to everyone at Sacred Heart High in Fenham. The teenagers...
King Kev Names a Great Hospital; YOUNGSTERS THRILLED BY LEGEND'S VISIT
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON THE announcement of his name brought beaming smiles to their young faces. But Kevin Keegan was visiting Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary to announce a special name himself. The Magpies boss unveiled the title for...
Lack of Communication Led to Errors
AT about 6pm on July 6, 1988 workers on the oil platform Piper Alpha sought permission to stop work on the backup propane condensate pump, leaving a hole in the pump where a valve had been. Just before 10pm the primary propane condensate pump failed....
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Everyday Life Is a Pain Now
Byline: MATTHEW TATE I AM an increasingly housebound struggling poet from Jesmond and I've never really been into politics. I hardly ever understand the rights and wrongs of individual issues. Instead I vote on general principles, such as that...
Nadal's Gunning for SW19 Legend
RAFAEL NADAL warmed up with one Wimbledon legend, and must now beat another to secure his place in tennis history. Nadal prepared for his semi-final with Rainer Schuettler by practising with three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe at the All...
New Skipper Is Marc-Ing Time
FORMER Durham all-rounder Marc Symington will lead Northumberland in their Counties Championship match at Staffordshire which starts tomorrow. Symington deputises for the injured Phil Nicholson, whose place behind the stumps is taken by Durham Academy...
North Girls Hit Gold Standard
THE British Judo Association's Northern Area is celebrating the success of its golden girls team. The females floored the opposition to win the National Team Championship in Kendal - the first time the title has been won by the division since 1991....
Prize Memories
THE Synergy Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League held its annual end-of-season presentation night at Blyth Spartans Supporters Club. Trophies were presented by Keith Fitzsimmons of sponsors Synergy. AWARD WINNERS - Secretaries of the year: Paul Kate,...
Pub Raid Inquiry Uncovers a Gun; THOUSANDS TAKEN
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A LOADED gun believed to have been used in the armed robbery of a pub landlord has been uncovered. Detectives in County Durham made the discovery during a series of raids on homes in Derwentside this week. Landlord Alder...
Rafa Big Test for 'Perfect' Federer
ROGER FEDERER has admitted he faces one of the greatest challenges of his career to extend what he calls his "perfect" Wimbledon campaign for one more match and claim his recordbreaking sixth title in a row. Federer will go head-tohead with his...
Readers' Poems
GENTLE NORTHERN ANGEL A GENTLE loving angel standing so silent upon a little hill, With arms outstretched in welcome so you may come in if you will, Her face a little bare as no eyes upon her show, But still you can feel that twinkle that...
Reds May Start without Ronnie
MAN UNITED may yet kick-off the new season without Cristiano Ronaldo - but the club insist it will not be because he is being sold to Real Madrid. The Portugal winger is expected to undergo ankle surgery next week, which could rule him out for six...
Rocked to Its Foundations; Struggling Families and Businesses Are Becoming a Feature of Life. and as the Credit Crunch Takes Hold, the Housing Sector Seems to Be Bearing the Brunt
Byline: GARETH DEIGHAN reports EVERY day, news of failing businesses and falling house prices hits the headlines. Just yesterday Barratt Homes - which is based in Newcastle - said it would be shedding 1,000 jobs, with 50 of those in the North...
Roy's Aiming for a Top-Half Finish
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE insists he will 'raise the bar' at Sunderland next season - which means no more fighting for Premier League survival. The Black Cats boss steered the club to safety in its first season back in the top flight,...
Smart Move to Follow the Bay
BRYAN SMART has a pool of juvenile talent at his disposal and he can land the Unison Health 60th NHS Anniversary Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Ayr tomorrow with Snow Bay. The Hambleton handler nearly pulled off a hat-trick of two-year-old successes...
Solicitor Is Arrested; POLICE REMOVE ITEMS FROM OFFICE
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A NORTH EAST solicitor has been arrested by police and questioned about allegedly perverting the course of justice in relation to a shooting. Paul Donoghue, 35, was arrested at his office in Consett. Officers took away...
SOS! Bjorn's Got It Wrong! TV CRITIC
Byline: GORDON BARR MAMMA Mia! Not even Bjorn from Abba can get his own facts right. Anyone who knows me knows I am an Abba "freak". The other half says it would be my specialist subject on Mastermind, no less. Which is why whenever there...
Sporting Idea to Live Longer; Plans to Offer Free Sessions for OAPs
Byline: By GEORGINA HOLLIDAY and ADAM JUPP FREE sport sessions will be offered to over-60s in a bid to get people living longer. Newcastle City Council plans to give pensioners the chance to get complimentary coaching in a range of activities....
Tilly's Parents Raise Charity Cash
THE grieving parents of tiny Tilly May Adamson are raising money for the hospital that helped her during her seven days of life. We told yesterday how Tilly died on June 21 in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary special care baby unit after battling...
Toon Move Was Simply the Bez
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOHN BERESFORD admits he thought Kevin Keegan was winding him up when he first hit Tyneside for talks over a possible move from Portsmouth. Bez was a character turmoil after a transfer Liverpool had just collapsed after the...
Travel: It's So Scilly to Call This Place Hell; PETER TAYLOR Goes to Hell, of Sorts, for This Week's Travel
FLYING to a place called Hell Bay in a small plane on Friday the 13th didn't have an attractive ring to it. It didn't conjure up the kind of fond images that come to mind when you hear place names like the Bay of Naples or Acapulco Bay. But it...
Two People Stabbed in City Centre; REVELLERS HEADING HOME AFTER NIGHT OUT SEE VICIOUS ATTACK
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON A WOMAN was knifed in the throat in a double stabbing outside Newcastle Central Station today. The 25-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, who live in the city centre, are seriously ill in hospital after the attack. ...
Vent Your Spleen
I WOULD like to comment about the disgusting state of the pathway leading up to The Carlton Bingo Hall in Whitley Bay. It's in such a state that people could easily trip over it, and it is very dangerous for elderly people. I mean after all the...
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