Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 8, 2008

100 Shipyard Jobs Secure Thanks to Plan; Vessel Designed at Swans
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN THESE pictures show the initial plans for what will become one of the biggest ships in the world. It is being designed on Tyneside at the Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend. While the cranes and hangers of the yard's...
999 Menace Spared Another Spell in Jail; Judge Urges Pest to Make the Most of Support Services
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A 999 pest has been spared jail after another campaign of drunken calls. Magistrates imposed an Asbo on blind Denise Talbot in 2005 in a bid to stop her bombarding emergency services. But Talbot - who knocks back up...
Bearing Up to a Grizzly on the Run; Tyneside Folk Go above and beyond Call of Duty
Byline: RAY MARSHALL WHAT would you do if you saw a bear charging through the town, or if you were trapped down a mine? The answer is, if you read the stories of gallantry in our files, 'do your bit and get stuck in'. Whatever people say,...
Bird Well on Song against Holmeside; Gateshead and District Sunday League
BIRD INN are going all out to avoid relegation from the Premier Division this season and faced fellow strugglers Holmeside at Dunston Park. Carl Thorpe gave Bird an early lead and Danny McGuire made the score 2-0 just before the interval after a...
Brothers Face Murder Charge; PALS PAY TRIBUTE TO DAD-TO-BE WHO DIED AFTER KNIFE ATTACK
Byline: By LIZ WALKER TWIN brothers have been charged with murder after a young dad-to-be died following a knife attack. Paul Gilbert had been "buzzing" at the news he was to become a father for the first time. But the 22-year-old's life has...
CRACK DOWN; Suspected Drug Dealers Targeted in Raids
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS SUSPECTED drug dealers were led handcuffed from their homes in early morning police raids. As reported in last night's Chronicle, police swooped on six homes in Birtley, Gateshead. Their action came two days after...
Dad the Word for Kev; Sunday Football Extra Consett Sunday League
KEVIN DIXON showed he is a chip off the old block as he helped Stanley Royal hit Lintz Celtic for six. His dad Kevin senior used to bang in goals galore during his days with Carlisle, Hartlepool and Scunthorpe. He was a spectator as young Kevin...
Dwains's Delight at Silver
DWAIN CHAMBERS admits he can now sleep soundly after claiming a silver medal at the World Indoor Championships last night following the nightmare surrounding his controversial return to the sport. Chambers clocked a lifetime best of 6.54 seconds...
Eagles Clinch Win in Final Minutes
Newcastle Eagles 79 Scottish Rocks 75 DARIUS DEFOE has spoken of the relief that he and the rest of the Eagles players were feeling last night after completing a nail-biting 79-75 win over Scottish Rocks. Certainly in the context of the title...
Fashion: Deserving a Day off; SUHAINE STEVENS Gives a Young Carer a Much-Deserved Makeover
Byline: SUHAINE STEVENS This week we have a very special makeover for a devoted young carer. We met up with Sarah Marr, 15, from Benton. Sarah cares for both her father and brother, while also studying for her GCSEs at Heaton Manor School....
Fighting Spirit Is What's Required
Byline: Super Mac NEWCASTLE playing Liverpool has always been a fixture to stir the blood. I remember so well my first meeting with Kevin Keegan. It was at St James's Park back in 1971 when I made my home debut for United and, like so many...
Five-Star Ryan Is the Hero
HAT-TRICK hero Ryan Sidebottom believes the England dressing room is "on a high" after his efforts with the ball put the tourists back into contention in the first Test at Hamilton. Sidebottom claimed five for 37 in a superb display in the field,...
Football: GOAL; Smudger: I Will Get My
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer ENGLAND international Alan Smith is confident he will soon hit the goal-den trail for Newcastle United. The former Leeds United and Manchester United man went into this afternoon's game with Liverpool...
Francis Wood Church Matters
NOT JUST A CROSS A WOMAN goes into a religious bookshop. "I'd like to buy a wooden cross to hang in my kitchen," she says, and they show her some crucifixes. "I think I'd like one, but I don't want the little man on it, " she adds. As we...
Garden: Get Planting for Summer
The daffodils may be blooming, but if you want to dazzle your visitors with summer colour, you ought to be thinking about planting summer bulbs throughout spring. While most spring-flowering bulbs can be planted at any time in the autumn, summer-flowering...
Gazza Turns Down Visit from Bobby; Fallen Star Not Ready for Reunion with Ex-Manager
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON TROUBLED football ace Paul Gascoigne has turned down the chance to see his friend and former England boss, Sir Bobby Robson, who went to visit him in a psychiatric hospital. Bobby was told Gazza wasn't ready to face...
Her Final Curtain Call; Veteran Entertainer Bows out at the Grand Age of 98
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR SHE lived to sing - and Nesta Chapple kept on singing to the very last. Just the day before she died peacefully in Blyth Community Hospital - at the age of 98 - Nesta entertained fellow patients on her ward by singing...
Hitman Raises Three Cheers; REPORTS ON ALL OF SUNDAY'S JUNIOR LEAGUE FOOTBALL ACTION FROM ACROSS THE NORTH EAST Pin Point Recruitment NABC League
CALEB REES notched a hat-trick to help seal a 6-1 victory for Haydon Bridge over Forest Hall Colts in Division Six of the Under-11 League. Declan Gowland started the scoring for the Bridge, soon followed by an excellent volleyed goal from Connor...
It's So Good to Be with My Son after 21 Years; EMOTIONAL REUNION FOR DAD WHO HADN'T SEEN HIS LAD SINCE HE WAS FIVE
Byline: By TOM MCTAGUE and ANDREW DAGNEL THEY had desperately searched for one another after 21 painful years apart. And, after all that, it turns out they lived within 10 miles of each other. Frank Morwood and his son Ashley both dreamed...
Leam Punish Little Rascals; REPORTS ON ALL OF SUNDAY'S JUNIOR LEAGUE FOOTBALL ACTION FROM ACROSS THE NORTH EAST Chase Holmes South Tyneside Youth League Under-Seven and Under-Eight Divisions
LEAM RANGERS enjoyed a 3-1 win over Consett YMCA Rascals in the Under-Seven Premier Development League. Maddison (2) and Cole were the men on target for Rangers, while Quinn replied for Consett. Leaders Consett YMCA Mischiefs defeated South Tyneside...
Love Me Sender; Couple's Text Message Mistake Lead to Romance
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A TEXT message sent to the wrong number led to a whirlwind romance for this happy couple. Anthony Hubbucks of Wrekenton, Gateshead, was trying to contact an old friend when he hastily fired off a text from his mobile. ...
Murderer Gets Life for Brutal Attack on His Friend; Man Was Assaulted with Kitchen Knife and Hammers
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY KILLER David Proctor stabbed and hammered his friend to death then took a picture of his victim on his mobile phone. Christopher Blacklock suffered horrendous injuries when Proctor killed him with an eight-inch kitchen...
Newcastle Deny Deal for Knights Fighter Davey
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL NEWCASTLE Falcons have confirmed their interest in Doncaster Knights centre Spencer Davey - but deny any deal is done. Doncaster announced on their official website yesterday afternoon that a deal taking the England Under-21...
Niece Siphoned off Life Savings; DAUGHTER FOUGHT TO BRING CASE AGAINST RELATIVES
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN and ROB KENNEDY DEVOTED daughter Shirley Dixon today welcomed her niece being jailed for stealing her dead father's life savings. Susan Metcalfe systematically siphoned off her grandparents' bank account to bankroll...
No Quarter Is Given by Cup Away Victors; Morpeth Sunday League
THE two MKM Challenge Cup quarter-finals played resulted in wins for the away sides. Stobhill Social Club and Lynemouth of Division One beat lower division opposition to join Red Row Brick Club and Felton in the draw for the last four. Stobhill...
PC Admits Misuse of Database; Officer Resigns after Accessing Personal Details
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY and BRENDA HICKMAN A POLICE officer has admitted illegally taking personal information from the force's computer. Shamed Simon Hindmarsh admitted 13 counts of obtaining personal data from the Northumbria Police computer...
Reality Check; TV CRITIC
Byline: LIZ LAMB SICK of X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and Popstars: The Rivals? Well now we have Rock Rivals. But don't worry, it's not a reality TV show about budding pop singers trying to get signed. It's something a lot worse - it's like...
ROBBERS RAID TWO BOOKIES; Betting Shops Hit within an Hour of Each Other
Byline: By TOM MULLEN ROBBERS are being hunted after two bookies were raided within an hour. A man burst into BetFred in Clayton Street, Newcastle, yesterday and jumped over the counter before escaping with cash. He ran away on foot at around...
Roy Not Keane on Hangover Theory
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE says Sunderland cannot count on Everton suffering a European hangover tomorrow. The Black Cats take on Everton at the Stadium of Light just three days after the Toffees suffered a 2-0 defeat against Italian side...
Ryton Shoot Down Rifles; Tyneside Sunday League
NEWCASTLE Rifles were blasted 16-1 by Ryton Social in the first round of League Plate. Goals by David Young (5), Mick Watson (3) Mick Kent (2) and one each from Lee Henderson, Daren Gaston, Lee Anderson and Paul McCleary sealed the victory, Adam...
Score to Settle Insisits English
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE NEWCASTLE Diamonds and Berwick Bandits are the first two British teams in action as the new season gets under way tonight. They clash at Shielfield Park in the first leg of back-to-back Tyne-Tweed Trophy matches this...
Swell Time Expected for Dancing Mums-to-Be; Pregnant Women Invited to Take Part in Stage Production
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter PREGNANT women are set to become the stars of the stage when they take part in a Tyneside dance production. North East dance company balletLORENT want pregnant women from the region to feature alongside...
Thatcher in Hospital for Tests after Scare
BARONESS Thatcher is in a stable condition in hospital in London today. The 82-year-old former Prime Minister was taken to St Thomas's Hospital last night by car where a spokesman said she was to have medical checks and was expected to spend the...
The Bull Vows to Justify Price Tag
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOSE ENRIQUE has vowed to justify his pounds 6m transfer by showing the Toon Army exactly why he earned the nickname The Bull in La Liga. The Spanish star hasn't had the best of luck since joining Newcastle after initially...
The House Are Almost Home; Cook and Turnbull Cramlington Sunday League
REIGNING Premier Division champions Shankhouse United are on the brink of retaining their title after a 2-0 victory over nearest rivals North Shields Formica. Striker Kevin Gustard was on target, making up for an earlier penalty miss, with Steve...
This Is Really My Swan Song; HE Spent 40 Years Working in the Shipyards but Now Colin Boyd Has Been Tasked with Sifting through Mountains of Memorabilia from One of the World's Most Famous Yards. LIZ LAMB Finds out More
Byline: LIZ LAMB SAT in a Wallsend primary school surrounded by pupils Colin Boyd was talking excitedly about the region's rich heritage in shipbuilding. From the classroom window, Swan Hunter's iconic cranes could clearly be seen towering over...
Title Could Yet B Down to Play-Off; North East Sunday League
WESTFIELD Social and Dorset Sports can force a three-way title play-off with Vallum - if they win their last two B Division fixtures. Vallum, needing a point to become champions, lost 3-2 at Dorset Sports, while Westfield Social went down 3-1 at...
Travel: Tenerife Turning Its Back on the Past; Former Tyne Tees Presenter BOB WHITTAKER, Who Now Runs TV Production Company Orion TV, Has Just Returned from Researching a Series in Tenerife. He Was Amazed at How the Holiday Isle Is Being Transformed
Byline: BOB WHITTAKER IT wasn't too long ago that I wandered to the hard-drinking end of Tenerife to be swamped by a collection of sweaty sales people flogging everything from fake Rolex watches to timeshares. There were dozens of Elvis and Michael...
TV Keeps Eye on OAP Safety; Unique CCTV for Residential Homes
Byline: By KERRY WOOD PENSIONERS will be able to keep an eye on who's knocking at their front door with a flick of the television remote. Thanks to a pioneering scheme, tenants will be able to turn on the TV to see who is calling. Big-brother-style...
UNITED HUNT NEW DROGBA; United Scouts on Talent Search in France
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United are on the trail of the man hailed as the new Didier Drogba. The Chronicle can reveal that the high-powered United duo of Dennis Wise and Tony Jimenez travelled to France last weekend...
Vipers Steeled for Revival Bid
Byline: By LEE RYDER THE Vipers' are desperate to get things back on track following their minislump in form in the Elite League That was the message from Burt Henderson as the Vipers travel to the House of Steel tonight to take on Sheffield before...
Vipers Sting Title Hopefuls; Chase Holmes South Tyneside Youth League Under-Nine and U-10 Divisions
LEADERS Jarrow FC Vipers dented third-placed South Shields Youth's Under-Nine Premier League title hopes with a 1-0 victory, Oxley's goal proving enough. Hebburn Town Gold recorded a 5-2 success over Spartans FC thanks to strikes from Brown, Melia...
Vote for Our Winner; ELDON SQUARE SHOPPING
THIS is the second of three fantastic supplements, featuring all the entries we received for the Why I Love My Mam competition. Thousands of pictures have been sent in, so to give our entrants a better chance of winning, they have been split into...
Warriors Ready for Play-Off Double Test
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors are at full strength as they begin their play-off campaign this weekend. That was the good news from player/coach Andrew Carter as the Warriors finished their preparations for this afternoon's opening game...
Will We Pay for Missed Chance? GIBBO'S WORLD JOHN GIBSON'S SPORTING SLANT
Byline: JOHN GIBSON AS WE enter the home straight in the Relegation Handicap, every Geordie is praying that Newcastle won't pay the ultimate price for a total lack of transfer activity in the January window. We all knew the current squad is far...
WIN YOUR DREAM WEDDING IN CONJUNCTION WITH YOUR WEDDING THE EXHIBITION; Evening Chronicle Competition
Your Chronicle and Your Wedding: The Exhibition are offering one lucky Chronicle couple the chance to win their dream wedding at the Lancastrian Suite. One lucky Chronicle couple will win this spectacular prize: wedding breakfast at the Lancastrian...
Woods Warms to Cup Mission
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE WOODS will not mess with Gateshead Thunder's warm-up plans - despite squaring up to top-class French opposition. French elite outfit Pia pitch up at Gateshead Stadium tonight (6.30pm) for a Challenge Cup tie to remember....
You Owe Joe One, Michael
Byline: Alan Oliver JOEY BARTON was left kicking his heels when Newcastle United went to his native Liverpool today. Just like he will be when the curtain comes down on yet another disappointing season at Everton on May 11, unless the judge changes...
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