Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 19, 2008

A Man Called John Lang
I AM trying to trace a man called John Lang or John Laing who had some kind of a relationship with a woman called June Golden. The only information I have is that it was around 1964-1966 and he may have been from the Leeds area but not 100% on this....
Anger Runs High after Blunder over Fence; Neighbour's Complaint Shows Up Planning Error
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter A BLUNDER by town hall bosses led to a row over a toohigh garden fence. North Tyneside Council housing bosses told Angela Bell she could put up a 6ft fence around the garden of her councilowned home. ...
Animals to Descend on the Malls; Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has a Round-Up of Easter Fun for the Family This Weekend
Byline: GORDON BARR VISIT the Metro-Centre this Easter weekend and enjoy some farmyard fun with the MetroGnomes and their special guests from Whitehouse Farm. On Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday, shoppers can meet the animals in Town Square,...
Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG AS THE Conservatives left Tyneside in an upbeat mood after their spring forum, an opinion poll showed the party could be on the brink of a breakthrough that could propel David Cameron into Downing Street. One leading Labour...
Bands Are All Set for Battle
THE Evening Chronicle's online Battle of the Bands competition is throwing up a wide ranging mix of quality songs and, come the end of March, we'll be allowing visitors to our website to vote for their favourite track, with the top five then being...
Basketball: Geordie Targets Eagle Title Bid
Byline: By PAULNILSEN GEORDIE basketball coach Gary Stronach will return to the North East on Friday - and is hoping to dent the title dreams of his hometown Newcastle Eagles. The hugely popular play-caller will bring his in-form Plymouth Raiders...
Basketball: It's Healthy Competition
THIS season's popular Hoops4Health Champions of Champions event is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet after the great and good of Gateshead produced another worthy finalist. St Anne's Primary School will represent the borough against...
Battle of the Bands; Blast Recording
UNSIGNED bands and artists from the North East are being given the chance to win a week of studio recording time with the Evening Chronicle's Battle of the Bands 2008! The event is open to bands and artists from across the region and the winner...
Blyth Hoping to Take Their Treble Chance; Wade Associates Northern Alliance Premier Division
BLYTH Town have assured themselves of a place in this season's Northumberland Senior Bowl final following their 3-0 semi-final victory at Berwick United. Club chairwoman Sandra Orr said: "This was a tough game which was not reflected in the final...
Bus Yobs Targeted by DNA Spit Kits; Drivers to Be Supplied with Swabs for Analysis
Byline: By LIZ WALKER YOBS who spit at bus drivers can now be caught out thanks to special crime-busting kits that capture their DNA. Spit kits have already been piloted by drivers in Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland and South Shields and now...
Club in for a Champion Night
NEWCASTLE Labour Club plays host to tonight's first semi-final of the Northumberland CIU Five-Man Team Championship featuring defending champions Throckley UJ and former winners Coxlodge and Gosforth SC. Tomorrow North Shields King Street SC...
Crackdown Keeping Track of Criminals; Police and Travel Staff Launch Joint Operation
Byline: GARETH DEIGHAN CRIMINALS on the Metro are being targeted in a joint operation between Nexus and the police. Officers from Gosforth's Neighbourhood Policing team are working with Metro ticket examiners (MTEs) to identify criminals and...
Cricket: Colly's Warning for Top Order
DURHAM all-rounder Paul Collingwood believes England have made the right decision to keep their misfiring top order intact as they attempt to wrap up a series victory over New Zealand in the final Test. England's selectors were ruthless in their...
Cricket: Hero Fleming Targets a Farewell Century for Kiwis
STEPHEN FLEMING has set his sights on a farewell century to help New Zealand claim a series victory over England as he prepares for the final Test of his illustrious career. The 34-year-old former Black Caps captain will play his 111th and last...
Cruel Family Left Sick Dog to Suffer for over a Year; Trio Banned from Keeping Animals after Pet Lost Hair
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A FAMILY have been forced to hand over their pets after admitting animal cruelty. The three relatives from South View in Tantobie, near Stanley, pleaded guilty when they appeared before Durham magistrates. Norman Oyston,...
Cue Individual Brilliance! Craggs Pockets Top Title
A REPEAT of last year's final saw Tow Law SC's defending champion David Craggs retain the Durham CIU Individual title at the expense of Stockton Buffs player Michael Rhodes. Craggs led 36-29 in the low-scoring opener with a run of 36. However,...
Cup Finalists Seem on the Wright Lines; Division Two
JESMOND were lying idle but are looking forward to appearing in two finals. They beat Heaton Stannington 2-1 when goals by Nick McCreery and defender Dean Laycock wiped out a Gary Yates opener for Heaton. That victory earned the Newcastle side a...
Dawn Flasher Groped Women; Pervert Struck 3 Times
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY THIS dawn flasher has been terrorising women in a quiet suburb. The pervert struck three times in 10 minutes early in the morning, groping two of his distressed victims after exposing himself. Now police have released...
EARNING A CRUST; How Famous Bakery Rose from Pushbike Yeast Deliveries Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST
Byline: BY ADAM JUPP WHEN John Robson Gregg started delivering yeast on his bike, he could never have imagined what direction his business would take. John, known as Jack, toured Tyneside houses, flogging the substance to families baking their...
Eggs-Tra Special Test Puts Parklands Pro in a Hole!
BUDDING golfers may not be guaranteed a birdie at Parklands GC over Easter-but they will receive an egg and a chance to humiliate the professional! The course, part of Newcastle Racecourse's High Gosforth Park estate, is offering every under 13-year-old...
Fans Fuming at Fixture Change; Later Kick-Off Will Strand Toon Army
Byline: By TOM MULLEN ANGRY Toon fans are fuming after important fixtures were changed. Newcastle were set to clash with Portsmouth at Fratton Park on April 12, with the kick-off scheduled for 3pm. But the match has been put back to 5.15pm,...
Football: Don't Focus on Wembley; Bay Boss Warning Ahead of Semi
Byline: By LEE RYDER WHITLEY BAY boss Ian Chandler has warned his side not to start thinking about Wembley Way too early ahead of their trip to Lowestoft Town. The game with Lowestoft kicks off a two-legged last-four clash with a place at Wembley...
Football: Durham Up for Big Title Chance; AROUND THE GROUNDS
DURHAM City's charismatic chairman Stewart Dawson feels his side are within touching distance of lifting the Arngrove Northern League First Division title this season. And it's something he's clearly delighted about. "I have been chairman for...
Football: No Slip-Ups Now - Dean; Cats Need to Be on Top Form
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER DEAN WHITEHEAD says Sunderland must be at their best in the Premier League run-in if they are to survive. The Black Cats are perched precariously just above the relegation zone, and they will be praying that Bolton do...
Football: Ramage Keen to Help out Magpies
Byline: By LEE RYDER PETER RAMAGE aims to play his part in Newcastle United's Premier League survival bid. The Geordie defender played 65 minutes for the second string at Leyland last night - in front of a watching Kevin Keegan - as the Magpies...
Football: Sadler Hails His Comeback Kings; Second String Battle Back to Grab Late Point
Byline: By LEE RYDER Bolton Res 2 Newcastle Res 2 NEWCASTLE United reserve-team coach Adam Sadler praised his side's battling qualities after coming back from the dead against Bolton Wanderers last night. The comeback - which saw Shola...
Football: Saints Enjoying More Cup Glory; Schools Football
THE Saints are still marching on in the Northern Minute Maid Cup. St Thomas More have followed in the footsteps of last year's winners Walbottle by reaching the final after overcoming McMillan College 2-0 in the last four. Goals from Adam Campbell...
Football: Spurs' Fear of Revenge
TOTTENHAM defender Jonathan Woodgate is wary of Chelsea seeking revenge tonight for losing the Carling Cup final. Woodgate scored the winner at Wembley when Spurs ended their nine year trophy drought at the expense of Avram Grant's men last month....
Football: Top-of-the-Class Effort Has Wembley Day as a Reward
Byline: By MICHAEL GRADY SOUTH Tyneside Primary Schools' Under-11 side has clinched a dream date at Wembley. The side, made up of pupils from numerous primary schools across the borough, won the North of England seven-a-side competition earlier...
Football: VIDUKA: THERE'S NO BUST UP; Big Aussie Striker Denies Any Talk of a Rift with Keegan
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MARK VIDUKA has insisted he has not had a bust-up with Kevin Keegan during his long absence from the Newcastle United scene. There has been a lot of talk about a rift between the manager and the 32-year-old...
Get Maximum Excitement for Your Cash; MALCOLM TUMBRIDGE Gives Advice for Drivers Considering an Established Executive Motor
Byline: MALCOLM TUMBRIDGE MOST motorists on a budget look for something sensible. Which is why so many buy Golfs, Astras and the like. Nothing wrong with that, but if you are a little bit brave, you can have some seriously exciting cars for the...
Heart Defect Led to Ride Tragedy; Bucking Bronco Bar Death of New Mum
Byline: By HELEN RAE A FUN-loving new mum died minutes after laughing as she was thrown from a bucking bronco ride at a Tyneside pub. Nailah Ishaq, 28, died from an undetected heart condition, on her first night out since giving birth to daughter...
He's Finally Doing the Right Thing; Double Drink-Driver Quits
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor DOUBLE drink-drive disgrace Tony Rounthwaite has quit as a councillor. The Liberal Democrat resigned from Newcastle City Council after colleagues decided to expel him from the group. The former Parliamentary...
Horse Racing: Win Would Be Grand
ONLY A GRAND can gain just reward for her consistency with victory at Southwell tomorrow. Robin Bastiman's mare may not have won since last December, but she is clearly coming back into form after a little spell in the doldrums during January. ...
Ice Hockey: Injured Viper All Set for Return
Byline: By LEE RYDER BURT HENDERSON has declared himself fit and ready for Newcastle Vipers' play-off push after shaking off a back injury. The Canadian found himself promoted to bench coach on Sunday in the 4-2 win over Belfast Giants after...
Ice Hockey: Young Vipers Lacking in Steel in Sheffield Loss
NEWCASTLE Under-18 Vipers were beaten 9-0 by Sheffield Steelhawks in English Under-18 North Division One. Sheffield, having beaten Coventry 25-0 the previous night, were in no mood to take their foot off the pedal as they battle it out with Nottingham...
Lawn Tennis: Andy Is Angry - but Wins
ANDY MURRAY advanced to the quarter-finals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells by edging to a 7-6 (9/7) 6-7 (3/7) 6-3 over world No 20 Ivo Karlovic. The 20-year-old's tactics were exemplary, making it difficult for the 6ft 10ins Croatian to...
Murton Still Look the Main Contenders; Division One
MURTON and Wark are still favourites for promotion with third-placed Rutherford just off the pace. While their two top-of-the-table rivals were out of league action, leaders Murton added three more points to their total. A week after losing their...
Not All Plain Sailing as Jarrow Hit Back; Wearside League
JARROW mounted a magnificent rally but still went out of the Wearmouth Charity Cup when Annfield Plain won their semi-final tie on penalties. It looked all over for Dave Bell's side when they conceded three goals in the first 15 minutes - but by...
Nott a Day for Medal Winning
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK DESPITE some spirited performances, North East athletes returned home without any medals from the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships in Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Undoubtedly the run of the day was that of Gateshead's...
ON THIS DAY; Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST
Byline: BY ADAM JUPP BORN ON THIS DAY 1813: David Livingstone. Scottish missionary and explorer. 1921: Tommy Cooper. British comedian, famous for his fez. 1936: Ursula Andress. Actress and first Bond girl, in DrNoin 1962 1946: Ruth Pointer....
Path to Your First Property
OVER the past few years first time buyers have struggled to get a foothold on the property ladder. With the market calming, those wanting to take that first step will find more competitive deals and subsidies on offer on new-build homes. Many builders...
Percy Park's Squad Counts on Success; Club Youngsters Claim Cup Glory
THE boys of Percy Park beat Morpeth by 24-5 to claim the Northumberland Under-13 County Cup at Berwick RFC. North Shields-based Park found themselves in the final after a superb run of cup results saw them dismiss Northern, Tynedale and Gosforth....
Please Come Home; Girl Missing 11 Days
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON DISTRAUGHT mum Alison Mallett is clinging to hope and pleading for her daughter to come home. For 11 days she has not known where she is after failing to return after a day out with friends. Sian Craig went to meet...
Pupils Train to Be Eco Warriors; Children Protect Community
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter LITTLE green champions will help the environment on Tyneside. A cohort of mini neighbourhood wardens is to be trained up to protect its community from litter and promote a love of the local area. Gateshead...
Record for Forest Race
THE North East duathlon season opened with the third Hamsterley Forest Sprint event which attracted a record entry. The first 5k run produced an exciting finish with Phil Coulson going into the first transition 16 seconds clear of Milton Keynes...
Robbed of a Second Son; Dazed Couple Tell of Tragic Loss of Lad
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A COUPLE today told of their anguish at being robbed of a second son. Graeme Pounder, 24, died having suffered head injuries on Saturday at The Loft nightclub in Durham. He was punched on the dance floor while celebrating...
Rock Blow to Economy; Warning Jobs Cuts Will Damage North's Prospects Northern Rock
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter THOUSANDS of job losses at Northern Rock have today been described as a "huge blow" to the region's economy. Boss Ron Sandler announced yesterday that the Newcastle based bank would have to lose around...
Rugby Union: It's So Good to Be Back Again; Falcon Buist Makes Return to the Fray PUREWAL RUGBY
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL THANKFUL for small mercies, Andy Buist was just delighted to leave a rugby pitch injury-free for the first time this season. Dynamic lock Buist made just his third start for either Falcons XV this term on Monday night...
Science Fiction Genius Is Dead; Astronomer's Tribute to Top Author
BRITISH astronomer Sir Patrick Moore has paid tribute to his friend, the science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke, after his death in Sri Lanka at the age of 90. "He was a great visionary, a brilliant science fiction writer and a great forecaster,"...
Seven Gold Medals Just Phoe-Nomenal
CITY of Sunderland swimmer Phoebe Lenderyou led the way on the second weekend of the Northumberland and Durham Age Group Championships in Middlesbrough. The 12-year-old celebrated seven gold medals over the weekend, setting two new championship...
Show Forms a Portrait of the Region's Talent; Pictures of Stars Make Up Project
Byline: By TOM MULLEN SEE anyone you recognise? These images of some of the North East's most celebrated personalities are coming to the region from the National Portrait Gallery in London. Rock star Sting, comedian Rowan Atkinson and football...
Stobswood Proving Farr Superior; Sportsworld North Northumberland League
STOBSWOOD turned on the style as David Farrell netted three, Ross Gair two and Michael Freathy, Josh Ilay and Michael Hogg one each in the victory over Acklington, who replied through Chris Pratt and David Thorpe. John Ramm, Thomas Brotherton and...
Team Gains a Top Net Result
FOUR young North East badminton players have courted success in the finals of the British Universities Sports Association team events in Sheffield. Lauren Young, Amy Hall and Sarah Taylor have all come through the ranks of the Northumberland...
Turner on Mark Twice for Saints; North East Christian Fellowship League
CONSETT Saint Patricks claimed a 3-2 victory over Stockton Churches Baptist Tabernacle in the Premier Division. Mark Turner and Philip Dodd had the away team Saint Patrick's 2-0 up before the break, but an own goal from John Christer put Stockton...
Vent Your Spleen
IT is obvious reading AP Prudhoe in Your Shout, March 17, that he spent his weekend listening to the Conservatives at the Sage. Yes, we can blame the Tory Government for 18 years of wasted opportunities, given record interest rates, record unemployment,...
Victim's Family Backing Fund; Maggie's Campaign Cash Donated in Memory of Dearly-Loved Dad
Byline: By MALCOLM NELLIS THE FAMILY of a cancer victim are backing our Maggie's campaign by donating cash in his honour. Keith Shannon, who would have been 51 yesterday, died on the eve of his wedding after battling prostate cancer for less...
Were We Right to Go to War in Iraq? It's Five Years since Western Forces Invaded Iraq. Reporter TOM MULLEN Heard the Arguments for and against the Continued Presence of British Troops in the Country
Byline: TOM MULLEN ROLE OF HEROES SERGEANT Mark McLaren, of the RAF, from Ashington, Northumberland. Died aged 27 when two Puma helicopters crashed. Rifleman Aaron Lincoln, of 2nd Battalion The Rifles, from Durham City. Died aged 18 in...
We Want to Know Why They Died like This; Family's Emotional Plea for Justice after Sisters Died Trapped in Holiday Hotel Beds
Byline: By LIZ WALKER EXACTLY how two sisters' holiday beds were turned into tombs remains a mystery. Mildred Bowman and Alice Wardle died trapped inside the pull-down beds of their Spanish apartment. They lay for four days before their bodies...

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