Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 27, 2008

Adam Japp; off the Cuff
SO, AFTER a significant absence, it was back on our screens. You know the score, while it's on regularly you get totally and utterly sick of it. But, it's a case of you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone and once it finishes for the year...
Adventure of a Lifetime for a Budding Young Actor
JOURNALIST Adrian Dawson played the ginger-haired child Carrot Juice, the youngest member of the gang who embarked on an amazing adventure after stumbling across the wreck of a Second World War bomber. Adrian, now 37, recalls having great fun on...
A Sentimental Stage Journey; Young Reviewer KELLY HUSCROFT Reviews Sinatra, at Sunderland Empire until Saturday
Byline: KELLY HUSCROFT A JUKEBOX on the stage, a black background and no idea what to expect from the performance. How can anything make up for the fact Frank Sinatra is no longer with us? However, with the use of projectors and several screens,...
Athletics: Timmins So Sorry to Miss Uni Call; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: By BILL McGURIK IT WAS no surprise that Lewis Timmins was a wanted man after his superb 16th place in the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships. The 20-year-old Morpeth Harrier helped the North East to a memorable victory in Nottingham...
Athletics: TRACK SHORTS; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: By BILL McGURIK THE North East Counties AA, supported by England Athletics, are taking a party of athletes and supporters to the World Cross-Country Championships in Edinburgh on Sunday. Gateshead's Ross Murray is the region's sole representative...
Athletics: Victoria Is Ready to Raise the Barr; INSIDE TRACK Chester Athlete Heads to US Hoping It Helps Her Realise Beijing Dream
Byline: By BILL McGURIK VICTORIA BARR hopes that the next month will be the springboard to making an appearance in the Olympic Games in Beijing. The Chester-le-Street-based sprinter is to spend the next four weeks in Los Angeles training with...
Award Draws Big Name
ONE of the world's largest banking organisations is backing the Learning and Skills Council North East's drive to find and reward the region's most innovative recruiter. Barclays PLC has signed up to sponsor the Pioneering Recruitment category in...
Basketball: Prove You Are Big Game Players: Fab
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN FAB FLOURNOY has demanded his players show they can win in big games as they look to bounce back from defeat at Guildford with a home clash against Milton Keynes Lions tomorrow. While their impressive winning streak in...
Battlers United; BONE MARROW OP BOY JACK GETS TO MEET HIS TOON HERO
Byline: BY AMY HUNT Environmental Reporter TOON star Steven Taylor took time out from Newcastle United's survival battle to meet a true survivor. The defender paid a visit to bone marrow swap patient Jack Close on his ward in Newcastle's General...
Best of County
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter A BUSINESS man from Northumberland has started a new website to promote the region. Businessman Tony McAndrew, who returned to the North East to fulfil his dream of starting his own business, has...
Bowled over by Pounds 25m Plan; Cricket Stadium in Line for Revamp to Attract World Events
Byline: By MATT CASEY PLANS to transform the home of North East cricket into a world-class sports stadium have moved a step closer. Development agency One NorthEast has agreed to put pounds 242,000 to help pay for a pounds 25m upgrade of The...
BURNED TO A CINDER; Video Business and Four Bedsits Ruined as Building Is Destroyed by Fire
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A TANGLE of twisted wreckage is all that's left of a three-storey building which was once a focal point in a town centre. A 28-year-old video business is in danger of folding and four bedsit tenants are out of homes after...
Cabbies Attacked; One Stabbed and a Second Assaulted after Picking Up City Centre Customers
Byline: By ADAM JUPP TWO taxi drivers were targeted in bank holiday attacks. The cabbies picked up passengers in Newcastle city centre and drove them to the West End, before they had property stolen and were assaulted. The first incident happened...
Cancer Mum Hits a High Note; Karaoke Night for Charity
Byline: By MALCOLM NELLIS KARAOKE classics will be belted out at a charity night in support of our Maggie's cancer campaign. Mum-of-five Julie Mann, of Blakelaw, has battled breast cancer for the past year and has decided to hold a karaoke disco...
Capello's Happy with Progress despite Defeat
FABIO CAPELLO is convinced his England team are on the right track - despite suffering the first defeat of his 10-week reign against France. The England boss saw goalkeeper David James bring down Nicolas Anelka in the first half at the Stade de...
CHESS: By the Bishop
THE annual Melody Amber tournament in Nice is a unique format in the chess calendar. It is a combined Rapidplay and Blindfold competition between 12 of the world's top players. Indeed eight of the top 10 world-ranked players are currently engaged....
Chris Is Spurred on for Return
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer CHRIS HUGHTON is banking on cashing in on his vast knowledge of Spurs when Newcastle United go to White Hart Lane on Sunday. And he warned United today: "You have to stifle Spurs and not let them play...
Cricket: Show Me That We Won't Miss Ottis; Durham Coach Cook's Message to Bowlers
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON DURHAM coach Geoff Cook has urged his players to replace the Ottis factor as the squad heads for a pre-season tour to South Africa tomorrow. The Riversiders will play four warm-up games, and Cook is looking for his bowlers...
Denied the Right to Have My Own Baby; A VICTIM OF PREMATURE MENOPAUSE AND POST CODE LOTTERY
Byline: BY LIZ WALKER FATE plunged her into early middleage, and penny-pinching politics robbed her of motherhood. At just 20 Catherine Storey feels her life has been curtailed after going through the menopause, then being denied IVF treatment....
DOING IT HER WAY; North East Dancer Delighted to Be on Home Turf
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS SHE has danced for the stars, but now Geordie Joanne Cavanagh has hot-stepped her way to a dream job. Gateshead-born Joanne has performed with Kylie Minogue, Boyzone, Ian McKellen, Sarah Brightman and Shirley Bassey...
EUTHANASIA; That's What a Councillor Said Would Help to Cut Child Care Home Numbers
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A COUNCILLOR has been forced to apologise after calling for the legalisation of euthanasia to cut the number of children in care. North Tyneside Conservative, Hugh Jackson made the remark during a discussion at a council...
Football: Clubs to Merge
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD have taken another significant step towards reclaiming the Football League place taken from them in 1960. Already well placed for promotion from the UniBond Premier Division, and with a new stadium in the offing,...
Football: Oba: I Want to Become a Real Magpies No 9 Legend; United Striker Martins Denies Transfer Rumours and Insists He'll Stay in Toon
Byline: By LEE RYDER OBA MARTINS today revealed that nothing will drive him away from his beloved Newcastle United and his quest to become a legendary number 9 in Toon. The pounds 10m striker is hoping to be in the starting XI on Sunday against...
Football: We Can Win It with Fans' Help
Byline: By LEE RYDER WHITLEY BAY chairman Paul McIlduff believes that the Geordie nation can make all the difference in their FA Vase second leg tie with Lowestoft Town on Saturday. Bay trail 4-0 from the first leg against the Trawler Boys after...
Friend's Moving Tribute to Ross; Murder Victim Spent His Last Night Laughing and Joking with Mate's Family
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON THE friend of murder victim Ross Davidson told how he ate his last supper with him on Easter Sunday before he went home and was brutally beaten to death. Today Scott Robinson wipes away his tears as he tries to come...
Get out of Here, Tearaways Told; Court Bans Pair from Village
Byline: By MATT CASEY TWO teen tearaways have been banned from the village they grew up in. Michael Kell, aged 19, and Damien Trat-tles, 18, are said to be the ringleaders of gangs of yobs who continually caused havoc in Ludworth in County Durham....
Great New Role; Former BBC Manager Joins TV, Film and Audio Company
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG A FORMER BBC manager is bringing her expertise on the small screen to the North East. The region's leading content creation and TV post production company, Mere Mortals, has expanded its team. And ex-Beeb manager...
Great New Role; Former BBC Manager Joins TV, Film and Audio Company I Got My Job Thanks to Chrolicle
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter A FORMER BBC manager is bringing her expertise on the small screen to the North East. The region's leading content creation and TV post production company, Mere Mortals, has expanded its team. And...
HE WHO DARES WINS CASH FOR CANCER HOSPICE; Grandad Celebrates Big Day with Charity Stunts
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter DAREDEVIL grandad Ken Adamson knows how to celebrate his birthday in style. Jumping out of planes, flying hot air balloons, abseiling off bridges and navigating aircraft, he's done it all. The 65-year-old,...
Horse Racing: Wade Edges Closer to Landmark
TRAINER John Wade left himself tantalisingly close to his target of pounds 100,000 prize money for the campaign as Ryminster got up close home in the Interskygroup.com Handicap Chase at Newcastle. The 9-2 joint-favourite was only fourth at the final...
Ice Hockey: Vipers Ace Not Afraid of Giants; Campbell Wants Silverware for Fans
Byline: By LEE RYDER VIPERS ace Derek Campbell is confident of play-off success against Belfast Giants this weekend. And today the Canadian ace declared: "We've proved we can beat anybody in the Elite League." Campbell has been a massive hit...
Impaled on Spike; GIRL, 13, LEFT HANGING ON GATE
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A TEENAGER taking a short cut out of a school playing field became impaled by her hand on a three-pronged spike on a metal gate. The 13-year-old was left hanging from the 7ft gate with blood running down it while she waited...
Join in the Jungle Book; What's on DAILY
CHILDREN of all ages are being sought to perform in the theatrical production of The Jungle Book during the Easter holidays. The show is taking place at the Journal Tyne Theatre in Newcastle from April 16 to 20 and children aged five to 16 can be in...
Jonny: A Permanent Switch Would Be Good
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER JONNY EVANS has again hinted that Wearside would be his preferred destination - if he leaves Old Trafford this summer. The Manchester United defender joined Sunderland on loan in January until the end of the season - just...
Lead Part Launched My Career
VETERAN actor Harry Herring played a lead part in the series as headmaster Stan Liddell. At the time, it was one of the pensioner's first major roles, and he remembers it fondly. Harry, who is now in his 80s, recalls: "I played the headmaster...
Memories to Cherish; Pictures Show Life across Tyneside in 20th Century Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST
SPANNING nearly 100 years of photo history, these pictures tell stories of life throughout 20th Century Tyneside. The latest issue of Remember When offers an intimate glimpse into personal memories and public events and takes readers on a long trip...
Mixed Feelings on Revamp Plans
Byline: By PETER YOUNG MULTI-MILLION pound plans to transform a huge chunk of Newcastle city centre have run into trouble with leading retailers and bus companies. The worry is that the East Pilgrim Street regeneration scheme which involves extending...
Mum Is Still Recognised as the Only Girl in the Gang
Mother-of-two Debbie Breen was over the moon when she landed the role of Audrey Parton, the only girl in the gang. Debbie was 13 and a pupil at Ryton Comprehensive when she auditioned for the part after seeing an advert in the Chronicle. It was...
Police Presence Is Stepped Up; MetroCentre to Have Its Own Inspector
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS EUROPE'S largest shopping centre has strengthened its police presence. The MetroCentre at Gateshead will have its own inspector based in the complex thanks to a five-year funding deal between owners Capital Shopping...
Pop Star Cheryl to Stand by North Teens; GIRLS ALOUD SINGER PLANS TO SET UP TYNESIDE YOUTH CENTRE
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG GEORDIE pop star Cheryl Cole is preparing to help youngsters in her home streets. The Girls Aloud star is planning to open a youth centre for teenagers on Tyneside. She has already had behind-the-scenes discussions...
Preacher to Offer Tempted Couples Marriage Advice; THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND GOD'S TOP 10 SERMONS
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON TEMPTED Tynesid-ers are set to have their marriages "affair-proofed ". In an admission of slipping morals, North East churches have signed their congregations up to receive tips on keeping their partners faithful. ...
Pub Boss's Foul Play over Footie Licence; Landlord Did Not Pay to Show Games
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A HARD-UP pub boss was caught out screening Premier League football matches without a licence. Ronald Bell's battle to run the Old Cannon in Gateshead led him to racking up drastic losses and he re-mortgaged his house...
Pupil in Court over Wound; BOY ON ASSAULT CHARGE
Byline: By SARA NICHOL A SCHOOLBOY was due to appear in court today after a pupil was allegedly slashed with a knife in class. A 14-year-old boy is said to have been injured with a craft knife during the incident, which happened in an art lesson...
Reunited
Byline: JOYCE A COUPLE of weeks ago The Chronicle, on our behalf, requested information with regards to Maling pottery, old workers, general information on Maling, and old stories and photographs. This information is to be used towards a Maling...
Rugby Union: Andy's Form Is a Major Buist
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL STEVE BATES has backed Andy Buist as his lineout ball banker despite having regular topperformer Geoff Parling back fit. Kiwi Mark Sorenson might run the Newcastle Falcons lineout but Parling has been of equal importance...
Rugby Union: Blaydon Aim to Reach Safety
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL ONE fell swoop with a dual purpose will do nicely for Blaydon on Saturday, according to club secretary Jim Huxley. A home win would see Blaydon leapfrog visitors Waterloo, and stave off National Two relegation for definite...
School Is out This Summer
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter ONE of Tyneside's most prestigious schools is to close, leaving parents in the lurch. The pounds 3,000-a-term La Sagesse school, in Jesmond, Newcastle, will shut this summer due to falling pupil numbers...
Sex Attack on Man, 40, with Mental Age of Child; Offender Locked Up for Assault
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A CONVICTED sex offender was branded "deviant" and given an indefinite sentence for a depraved attack on a vulnerable man. But Joseph Lee Millsip's live-in girlfriend was spared a jail term of her own for giving him a...
Shaun Wins His Tough Encounter
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK WITTON Castle Lakes produced the largest rainbow trout in the region this week weighing in at a massive 23lb 2oz. The master angler was Shaun Soulsby from Chester-le-Street, who used a Black Zonker to tempt the leviathan,...
Taking Maths out of the Classroom; Training Courses and Education School Links Up with North East Marine Industry Firm to Help Lessons
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter ATYNESIDE marine industry giant has forged a new partnership with a secondary school to give pupils a taste of the real world. DUCO, who employ around 400 people at their site at Walker Riverside,...
Top Class: BOOK REVIEW; Chronicle
Teen Queens and Has-beens Cathy Hopkins Piccadilly Press pounds 5.99 Lia is one of those girls at school who has everything - rich parents, a huge house, good looks - and yet she's also very popular, really easy to like and be friendly with. ...
Top Class: Creative Pupils Get Animated about Changes in Our Climate; Film-Making Used to Explore Global Warming
YOUNG people have been using their creative flair to express their views on one of the most important issues of the 21st Century. The 30 Year 9 pupils, aged 13 and 14, from Blyth Community College in Northumberland, have been experimenting with...
Top Class: Culture Swap a Prize-Winner; Youngsters Scoop Award in European Technology Competition
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR WHAT started off as a project to learn more about a new culture has led children from a North East primary school to win a European competition. Pupils at Backworth Park Primary School, in North Tyneside, wanted to find...
Top Class: PARENT TO PARENT
Byline: MAUREEN PEARSON EXAM time will be fast approaching for pupils across the UK and, as any parent or carer knows, the run up to this time of year can be extremely stressful for everyone in the family. To help ease tensions, Parentline Plus...
Tornado Jet in Landing Drama; Plane Suffered Double Engine Failure
Byline: By HELEN RAE EMERGENCY services were called to Newcastle International Airport after a military jet had to make an emergency landing. Fire crews from Gosforth, West Denton and Fossway were called. A fire service spokesman said crews...
Town Ready to Send Plastic Bags Packing; POLLUTING CARRIERS COULD BECOME THING OF THE PAST
COULD a whole town go plastic carrier bagfree? Well that's the plan for Morpeth, in Northumberland. Plastic carrier bags could soon be a thing of the past in the market town in a bid to help the environment. The town's Chamber of Trade, an...
Turn Your Artistic Bent into a Business; Training Courses and Education
AN ENTERPRISE initiative aiming to boost creative industries in Newcastle's Ouseburn Valley is taking business education out of the classroom and into the studios. The Gleam (Graduate Learning of Entrepreneurship Accelerated through Mentoring) programme,...
UNITED SET TO REYES STAKES; Ex-Gunner Is Target as United Cast Transfer Net
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United are on the trail of former Arsenal striker Jose Antonio Reyes. Reports from leading Spanish paper AS today suggest United are in pole position for the 24-year-old Atletico Madrid striker....
Unit Needs a Kiss of Life; TORIES LAUNCH FIGHT TO SAVE THREATENED BABY CARE CENTRE
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA EFFORTS are under way to save a special care baby unit threatened with the axe. Conservative councillors in North Tyneside insist the unit at the general hospital in Rake Lane, North Shields, should stay open. They...
Vent Your Spleen
I HAVE used this column before to complain about the inept justice system. We have a 20-year-old Glasgow man stabbing his victim 80 times and then posing by the body to be photographed. The judge gave him a life sentence with the guilty man having...
Why I'm Putting on a Show for Our Sea Anglers
Byline: By SAM HARRIS I WENT down to the Go Fishing Shows at Birmingham recently, and was disappointed at the lack of goodies for the sea angler. So this got me thinking, and I have decided to hold a Sea Angling show, which will be at the Nissan...
WIN FLIGHTS WITH FLYBE Three Days to Go; Evening Chronicle Competition Flybe.Com
YOUR Evening Chronicle and Flybe have teamed up to give you the chance to win a pair of flights, as every day this week we will be giving five pairs of flights away to Cardiff, London or Aberdeen, which all start flying on March 30. In three days,...
Worker Stole Cash to Help Pay Pals' Debts; Council Employee Spared Jail after Plan Backfired
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A TRUSTED council worker turned to crime when a bid to help his debt-ridden friends backfired. John Anderson had spent more than 20 years running a weighbridge for South Tyneside Council. The 54-year-old agreed to come...
Working Life: A DAY IN THE LIFE:
Byline: GARETH DEIGHAN FASHIONISTA Rachel Holden has an eye for style, setting new trends for the region as fashion and marketing coordinator for newly launched boutique-style optometrist Concept Eye Clinic. 7.30am: Get up, shower and get ready....