Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 11, 2008

20% off Norwich Union Grand Prix Tickets
YOUR Chronicle has arranged a special 20% discount for our readers at the the Norwich Union British Grand Prix! On August, 31 at the Gateshead International Stadium, the showpiece event will return to what will become its home for the next three...
8,000 Staff Set to Strike; Government Workers in Pay Dispute
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industry Reporter THOUSANDS of civil servants are set to go on strike causing widespread disruption in the North East. More than 8,000 Department for Work and Pensions workers in the region have voted to strike in a...
Airport Cash Gift Gets Our Centre Campaign Flying; Food Bosses Celebrate New Diner's Arrival with a Donation
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter OUR Maggie's campaign has taken off, thanks to pledges from the region's top airport. Newcastle Airport has celebrated the arrival of swanky eatery the Eagle Bar Diner, where Geordie holidaymakers can now sip...
A Marriage in Need of Work; the Wedding Singer Is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until Saturday. ALISON CARR Reviews the Show
Byline: ALISON CARR THE blurb asks: "Remember when hair was big, greed was good and shoulder pads were in?" I ask: "Remember when musicals were original and not based on films?" This trend has been sweeping theatreland for some time now, and...
Athletic: Gateshead Back on Track as Grand Prix Heads North
ATHLETICS' domestic showpiece event - the Norwich Union British Grand Prix - will be held at Gateshead until 2010. The news was announced by UK Athletics today and gives the region a great opportnity to capitalise on the growing "London 2012" effect....
Athletics: Gateshead Back on Track as Grand Prix Heads North
ATHLETICS' domestic showpiece event - the Norwich Union British Grand Prix - will be held at Gateshead until 2010. The news was announced by UK Athletics today and gives the region a great opportnity to capitalise on the growing "London 2012" effect....
Banking on Good News in the Budget; Chancellor Alistair Darling Will Deliver His First Budget Tomorrow. after a Difficult Start to His Time in Charge - Including the Northern Rock Crisis - GARETH DEIGHAN Speaks to People across the Region about What They Expect and What They Would like to Hear
Byline: GARETH DEIGHAN THE PENSIONER JOHN Berry, 73, from South Shields, is secretary of the North East Pensioners Association. He said: "There are two main things that I would like to see from the budget. The first is an increase in the state...
Basketball: Eagles Chief in Rally Cry to Fans
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN NEWCASTLE Eagles chief Paul Blake has made a plea to supporters for a special effort in coming weeks as the club closes in on the BBL league title. Speaking after a pivotal weekend in the race for the top prize in the British...
Basketball: Getting the Ball Rolling for Team; Special Chairs Boost School's Sporting Ambitions SunshineFund Enhancing the Lives of Disabled Children
Byline: By SARANICHOL BASKETBALL stars at Newcastle Eagles better watch out. Pupils at Percy Hedley Academy for Disability Sports (PHADS) are taking to the sport thanks to 10 new wheelchairs. The charity provides education and care for people...
Bidding to Drive Drugs off the Roads; CAMPAIGN SHOWS PROBLEM'S LETHAL CONSEQUENCES
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter DRUGGED-UP drivers are being targeted by a hardhitting ad campaign.DRUGGED-UP drivers are being targeted by a hardhitting ad campaign. Posters and beer mats highlighting the perils of driving after taking substances...
Bid to Cut Cost of Wasted Medicine
Byline: By HELEN RAE EACH year, patients in the region are wasting more than pounds 3m in unused medication. The new waste medicine campaign - called If You Don't Need it, Don't Order it - is being launched in Durham by the local Primary Care...
Bogie Fresh Swoop a Fillip
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD, preparing for tomorrow's UniBond League title showdown with leaders Witton Albion at the International Stadium, have completed a triple raid on Conference National club York City. Midfield man Phil Turnbull has...
Burglar Targets Home as Girl, 15, Bathes; Teenager Horrified by Ordeal
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A GIRL of 15 was left terrified when a raider burgled her home as she bathed. She found Darren Hilpert in her house when she went downstairs, dressed only in a towel, to investigate a noise. Hilpert, 28, of Albion...
Criminal Can Blame Genes; SOLICITOR CLAIMS SERIAL MENACE HAS ADDICTIVE PERSONALITY
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A DEFECTIVE gene was put forward as a possible explanation for one man's persistent crimewave. Gateshead JPs heard that serial pest Robert Webber may have a gene that leads to him having an addictive pers onality. ...
Dad's Fight to Remain Here; He Faces Deportation to Nigeria
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY D-DAY is looming for a family who may be split by deportation. Vitus Chimizie Izuka will find out in one week whether he will be sent back to his native Nigeria. The father-of-two and his wife Sarah are waiting for...
Derelict Church in Line for Pounds 3m Revamp; Building Will Be Hub of Community
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter THIS is how a derelict Victorian church is set to look after a pounds 3m revamp. Plans have been drawn up to turn the rundown St Michael's Church on the edge of Newcastle's Byker Wall into the hub of the...
Drunk Soldier's Vicious Attack; MAN STAMPED ON VICTIM'S FACE IN STREET
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A BOOZED-UP soldier repeatedly stamped on a man's face in a drink-fuelled street attack. Fusilier Robert Steele, 24, was captured in CCTV footage in a drunken gang brawl in Newcastle city centre. Two groups of men clashed...
Finding out about a Fairer Deal; Pupils Are Shown Farmers' Plight
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter SCHOOLCHILDREN showed they are absolutely nuts about Fairtrade goods. A two-day Fairtrade Schools Conference saw almost 250 youngsters from primary schools across Newcastle gather at St Mary's Roman Catholic...
Football: Blame Stars for Lack of Respect
Byline: TOP REF: Redfern NORTHUMBERLAND'S leader makes no apologies for vehemently disagreeing with head office. Alan Wright believes that chief executive Brian Barwick, speaking from on high in London, has targeted the wrong people in his drive...
Football: It Would Be an Utter Tragedy If Newcastle Go Down This Season; World Cup-Winner Stiles on United's Battle
Byline: By LEE RYDER WORLD CUP-winner Nobby Stiles says the Premier League would be a sadder place without Newcastle United. The England legend was on Tyneside last night to present the Sport Newcastle awards in a glittering ceremony at the Civic...
Football: KK Happy to Watch as Rivals Clash
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN is happy to take a back seat and watching brief as the relegation battle hots up in the next few days. Newcastle United are not in action again until they go to St Andrews for Monday's live...
Football: OWEN: Keeping United Up Is All That Matters Right Now; Skipper: No Talks about New Deal Yet
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MICHAEL OWEN has revealed that there have been no talks about a new contract for him at St James's Park. And the Newcastle United skipper has insisted that he is only focusing on one thing - making sure...
Football: We've So Much to over the Last 125; EVENING CHRONICLE, Tuesday, March 11, 2008 Face to Face with Northumberland FA President Alan Wright; FACE TO FACE
Byline: JOHN GIBSON IT IS said that football was first played in the county of Northumberland by Roman soldiers, possibly resting from the task of raising Hadrian's Wall to keep out the marauding Scots. There were also, of course, the traditional...
Garden Provides a Home
Spring is bringing gardens back to life and wildlife is reappearing after the winter. Our Go Green diarist Steve Emsley surveys the wonder of the creatures in his backyard and reflects on how they will help the environment if we help them SINCE...
GREGGS CHIEF TO STEP DOWN; after 20 Years of Making Dough, Search for New Boss GREGGS
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter GLITTERING CAREER: Above Sir Mike Darrington and, right, after being knighted in 2004 BAKERY boss Sir Mike Darrington will step down after more than 20 years in charge of Greggs. He is credited...
GREGGS CHIEF TO STEP DOWN; after 20 Years of Making Dough, Search for New Boss GREGGS
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter PASTRY boss Sir Mike Darrington will step down after more than 20 years in charge of Geordie bakery Greggs. Sir Mike is credited with turning Greggs from a humble high street bakery into a global...
Horse Racing: Best Stick with Nicholls the Master
NOT content with saddling the two favourites for the Gold Cup later in the week, Paul Nicholls is in the enviable position of having two live chances in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase. Both Master Minded and Twist Magic hold strong...
Horse Racing: Tamarinbleu Can Get Impressive Four-Timer
TOM SCUDAMORE is hoping Tamarinbleu can bag another Grade One victory in tomorrow's Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham. David Pipe's much-improved eight-year-old will arrive at Prestbury Park seeking a four-timer after securing lucrative...
Hunt for Missing Mining Banner; Concern over Location of Rare Victorian Relic
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A RARE mining banner has gone missing. The hunt is on to track down a banner that belonged to Marley Hill Colliery in Gateshead amid fears it may have gone to America, where expats are prepared to fork out big bucks...
In the News
WHEN it comes to spending a Saturday night out in the Bigg Market in Newcastle, Margaret Lawson and Olive Cook are no exception. The fun-loving ladies, from Hebburn, South Tyneside, can be found on the weekends in the Toon spreading joy further...
Knifeman Slashes His Own Family; Brother, Sister and Dad Attacked
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A CRAZED knifeman slashed three members of his own family in a frenzied attack. Jeffrey Mills took a knife to his sister, brother and dad before chopping off his own finger. Mills struck at the family home in Stanhope...
Little Fighter's Getting Stronger by the Minute; YOUNGSTER IS SLOWLY WINNING BATTLE FOR FULL HEALTH
Byline: By JANE PICKEN IT'S been exactly one year since heart-swap toddler Martha Andersen was given another chance of life. And the bright two-year-old is getting stronger by the day, delighting medics at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital who have...
Making a Splash
Byline: By AMY HUNT FISH will be helping in the fight against climate change as part of an energy-saving scheme. Environment Agency bosses are working to make the Kielder salmon hatchery as energy efficient as possible. Staff at the hatchery...
MAKING SUCCESS YOUR BUSINESS; Search on to Find Region's Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow the If We Can You Can Challenge
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter A CAMPAIGN to reignite the region's entrepreneurial spirit is being launched. The "if you can we can" campaign, supported by the Chronicle, driven by the Entrepreneurs' Forum and funded by One NorthEast,...
Man Arrested at Gunpoint; Armed Police Bring Traffic to Standstill in Dramatic Swoop
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN and HELEN RAE ARMED police swooped on a suspect from one of the North East's most upmarket areas. In a high-security operation which brought traffic to a standstill, they arrested the man at gunpoint. Eyewitnesses...
Mixed Feelings about Recycling
THIS week, one of our readers is concerned about their recycling system and hopes our Green Doc can put their mind at rest: "Our local council provides us with one recycling box for everything, which we leave on the kerb. Often it rains, making the...
NOT YOU AGAIN; 'Vicky Pollard' Back in the Dock
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY NOTORIOUS lout Kerry McLaughlin has been hauled before the courts yet again for another attack. Despite already being in custody for a bottle attack on a student, the 22-year-old was back in the dock yesterday. She pleaded...
Power Failures Cut into Firms' Takings; BUSINESSES DEMAND ACTION ON ELECTRICITY INTERRUPTIONS
Byline: By KIMBERLEY JACKSON BUSINESSES are fed up with being left in the dark after five years of power cuts costing them tens of thousands of pounds. Pubs, restaurants, shops and hairdressing salons in the Gallowgate area of Newcastle say they...
Relief at Closure of Problem Home; Facility Had Led to Complaints of Disorder
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A CONTROVERSIAL children's care home is to close, to the relief of families who claim their lives were blighted by antisocial behaviour. Youngsters with complex needs and challenging behaviour were housed at the three-storey...
Reunited; Your Shout
Byline: LES MAY A COUPLE of weeks ago the Chronicle, on our behalf, requested information with regards to Maling pottery and old workers. This information is to be used for a Maling event on July 5 in Byker. We had a great response. Since...
Rugby Union: Blaydon Tipped to Beat the Drop
INJURY-HIT Blaydon will still avoid the drop without issue, according to their club secretary. Blaydon slumped to a 10-try, 64-10 defeat at Manchester on Saturday, ending the afternoon with 14 players as the injuries mounted up and the substitutes...
Rugby Union: Parling Jumps to Grab New Falcons Contract
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL WORKAHOLIC Geoff Parling has agreed a new one-year Newcastle Falcons deal. The 24-year-old is the latest key player to confirm he will be staying at Kingston Park, after Ben Woods, Mathew Tait and Jonny Wilkinson. Stockton-born...
Salute to the Suffragettes
PUPILS at a Tyneside girls' school have paid tribute to the women who made it possible for them to vote. Around 40 teenagers from Central Newcastle High, in Jesmond, Newcastle, chained themselves to the school gates to mark the 90th anniversary...
Save of the Day; Boss Steps in after Bidder Left Charity in the Lurch
Byline: By ADAM JUPP A SICK babies unit was left in the lurch when an auction bidder failed to pay for a signed Alan Shearer shirt. But a Tyneside businessman has stepped in to save the day, meaning a pounds 1,900 cash boost is still on its way...
Saviours of Centre Up for Award; Ladies Who Work for Free Nominated for Prestigious Queen's Honour
Byline: By JONNY GREATREX A DEDICATED team of volunteers who saved a community centre from closure by running it unpaid have been nominated for a prestigious award. And with a combined age of 269, there is nothing the ladies of the Scotswood...
Schoolboy Buys Weapons on Shopping Trip; HORRIFIED MUM DISCOVERS KNIFE AND REPLICA GUN
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON A SCHOOLBOY bought a sinister stash of weapons on a shopping trip with friends. A pellet-firing replica gun, lethal lock-knife and laser pen, made-up the mini-arsenal that 12-year-old Adrian Gascoigne brought home from...
Self-Belief That Took Lorna Right to the Top of Her Game
LORNA Moran is one of the most high profile entrepreneurs in the region and Sarah Taylor is a rising star. Here, we take a whistle-stop look at their life and times to find out how they have reached their lofty heights. NAME: Lorna Moran OCCUPATION:...
Swimming: A Tasty Award Is on Cook's Menu; Swimmer Splashes out on Top Accolade
SWIMMING star Chris Cook has been named Newcastle Sports Personality of the Year for 2007. The 28-year-old City of Newcastle swimmer, who won three gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, picked up the award at Sport Newcastle's...
That's the Spirit, Girls! Plucky Nursery Staff Spend Night in Haunted Castle
Byline: By SARA NICHOL THE gates at creepy Chillingham Castle will creak open for a group of Tyneside nursery nurses. The staff at Lilliput nursery, in North Shields, are about to come face-to-face with the paranormal when they spend the night...
The North East Local Music Scene; What's on DAILY the Locals
Byline: GARY BECKWITH LOS Angeles alternative pop songstress Erinn Williams will be playing in the region tomorrow night as part of her European tour. Promoting her superb latest album Digging In the Dirt, the Bjork-esque folk and electronica singer/songwriter...
Vent Your Spleen
Where is the child's choice? being put in a chair and At six months old having its ear pierced? THE Labour Government is going to give criminals and illegal immigrants pounds 4,000 to leave our country, so could they give all the decent taxpayers...
When Woman Meet
WESTERN WI: MEMBERS were welcomed to our first meeting of 2008 by our president, Mrs Dorell Addinall. Our guest speaker was Mrs Margaret Storey, who talked to us about her return trip to Nicaragua in April last year with the Peace and Hope charity,...
YOU'RE OUT OF TOON; Moncs: Switch off Your iPods or Face the Music
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE legend Bob Moncur today lifted the lid on his deep concerns that United are now skating on the thinnest of ice when it comes to relegation from the Premier League. Moncur has watched United's slump in recent months,...

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