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 November 12, 2005

100 Years of Learning
Byline: By Amanda Crook Pupils are stepping back in time to celebrate the centenary of their school. Pupils and staff at Sacred Heart Catholic High School, in Fenham, Newcastle, will be singing hymns and songs which would have been taught to...
A Baby Boy for Stab Victim Abi
Byline: By John Bingham Neighbours of Abigail Witchalls, who was stabbed in the neck while walking with her toddler son in a country lane, will today offer prayers of thanksgiving for the birth of her baby boy. The 26-year-old was in the early...
A Gem in the Heart of London
Byline: By Sarah Knapton Finding somewhere to stay in London can be a bewildering task, with hundreds of hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels vying for your attention. But Dukes Hotel, situated just a few minutes from Piccadilly, is a hidden...
Andrew Frustrated at Third Home Defeat
Byline: By Duncan Madsen Falcons director of rugby Rob Andrew admitted to his immense frustration after watching his side go down 23-20 to London Irish at a sold-out Kingston Park last night. "We're incredibly disappointed," said Andrew, whose...
A Packful of Bother for the Falcons
Byline: By Duncan Madsen The Falcons slumped to their third successive home Guinness Premiership defeat in front of a frustrated 10,200 capacity crowd at Kingston Park last night. Once again they saw the Falcons have their wings clipped up front...
Asbestos Victim's Fight for Drug
Byline: By Gayle Tomlinson A dying shipyard worker has been forced to launch legal proceedings against his former bosses so he can pay for a life-extending cancer drug. Grandfather Stan Easton, 69, of Deneham Street, North Shields, has the asbestos-related...
Charity Fund Crook Must Sell House
Byline: By Jamie Diffley Children's charity crook Maureen Lewis has been ordered to sell her pounds 90,000 home by a High Court judge ( with the cash going back to needy youngsters. Lewis sobbed as Judge Langan QC told her the sale of her County...
Church Matters
Byline: By Francis Wood I am sorry if you missed me last week. This was due to an unfortunate technical problem which has now been corrected. FW CROSSES AND CANDLES NOVEMBER is noted for memorial services. Last week saw the service at St Paul's...
Council Writes off Pounds 1m in Taxes
Byline: By Peter Young The Evening Chronicle Thousands of unpaid council tax bills, totalling more than pounds 1m, have been written off in Newcastle ( but councillors claim things are getting better. Finance chiefs say most of the debts date...
Davis in Bid to Win Back His Place
Byline: By James hunter Kelvin Davis has vowed to win back his place in the Sunderland side after being dropped against Arsenal. The former Ipswich goalkeeper was taken out of the firing line at Highbury by Mick McCarthy after he came in for...
England Strike to Get Butt Out
England were left toiling in the sun as Salman Butt posted his second Test half-century to help Pakistan grasp the early advantage after winning an important toss on a sleepy pitch in Multan. Stand-in captain Marcus Trescothick had been warned patience...
Hoaxer Is Jailed for String of 999 Calls
Byline: By Gareth Deighan Blind serial phone pest Denise Talbot has been slapped with an Asbo and jailed. Talbot, 47, has been evicted from her home in Molineux Court, Byker, Newcastle, after making 280 hoax emergency calls. Talbot, now of...
Home Staff Grieve for Kind Worker
Byline: By Jamie Diffley Colleagues of a care worker killed when hit by a runaway car today spoke of their shock. Leo Scurr was walking the short distance from his home off Atherton Drive, in Elswick, Newcastle, to a bus stop on Armstrong Road...
I Just Need the Big Break!
Byline: By Gordon Barr She's had a few knock-backs in her time, but Sue Sweeney simply picks herself up, dusts herself down and starts all over again. The entertainer-cum-radio-presenter-cum-Chronicle-columnist craves that one big break, and...
It's a Playground with a Difference
Byline: By Amanda Crook Forget hopscotch ( this cutting edge playground comes with a climbing wall, organic garden and farmyard. The space at Carr Hill Primary School, in Deckham, Gateshead, has been transformed from a dreary concrete yard into...
Just Fab Minnows Are in the Trophy!
Byline: By Paul Nilsen Fab Flournoy has refused to criticise the participation of EBL clubs in the BBL Trophy after the holders started their defence by dishing out a 125-68 drubbing to the Teesside Mohawks. The worrying difference in class highlighted...
Kidnap Victim Denies Illegal Cigarette Trade
Byline: By Paul McMillan A businessman who said he was kidnapped and held hostage for 30 hours denied being part of a massive cigarette smuggling operation. Tony Pattison denied any knowledge of the illegal trade and insisted he knew nothing...
List of Events
In Sunderland the Earl and Countess of Wessex will lay wreaths at the city's Burdon Road Memorial. There will be a parade starting from the Civic Centre to the entrance to Mowbray Park starting at 10.30am, with crew members from HMS Ocean. Staff...
Lord of the Lens
Byline: By Jennifer Bradbury Lord Patrick Lichfield, who died yesterday, was no stranger to the North East. Back in 1983 more than 400 people crammed into Killingworth Camera Club to hear the society photographer give a talk. And it was a...
Make Sure a Pint's a Pint, Minister Told
Byline: By Bill Jacobs Drinkers' champion MP Dave Clelland is backing the fight for a full pint. The Tyne Bridge MP made a Commons call for the Government to do more to prevent short measures. During a Commons debate on weights and measures...
My Pal Luque Is Real Deal!
Byline: By Alan oliver Albert Luque makes a return to the Newcastle United side at Chelsea a week today ( with a remarkable tribute from his former Real Mallorca colleague Samuel Eto'o. Eto'o is one of the biggest names in European football at...
No Tears in Tamzin's Latest Role
Actress Tamzin Outhwaite didn't think twice about taking on her latest role. The former EastEnder loved the script of ITV's new two-part drama Walk Away And I Stumble as soon as she read it. But those around her wondered if it was the right time...
On Phone, Five Pints, 3 Deaths.Driver Gets 7 Years
Byline: By Adam Jupp A killer drink-driver has been jailed for seven years. Michael Logan killed a cabbie and two passengers when he smashed into them after a booze bender in May. Logan, 26, was talking on his mobile phone when he ploughed...
Ram's the Man for Soey Now
Byline: By Malcolm Macdonald Newcastle have always been about superstars bought for a lot of money strutting their stuff. The fans love that and I can understand why. In the entertainment business it's the headliners not the chorus line who sell...
Red Spot Babies Back in Limelight
Byline: By Craig Thompson For almost 60 years, Tyneside's "red spot" babies have been helping to improve the health of people across the UK. But as they prepare to pick up their pension books, their lives are once again under the microscope....
Rocket for Show near to Houses
Judging from comments in Your Shout, many people are sick and tired of the nuisance caused by fireworks each year, from September onwards. I live in the Dunston Hill area of Gateshead and many local residents are annoyed by the annual firework display...
Salutes to the Fallen
Byline: By Jane Picken Soldiers past and present came together to remember those who lost their lives in the horror of war. In a prelude to dozens of services around the North East on Sunday, veterans of many battles and their fallen comrades...
Style for the Silver Screen
Byline: By Rebecca Carter The Northern Lights film festival runs from November 17 to 24, and Danielle Pender hasn't a clue what to wear. Danielle, 25, has worked at the Tyneside Cinama for about five years and this year she's lucky to have landed...
Taxi Driver Fined for Being over the Alcohol Limit
Byline: By Sonia Sharma A taxi driver has lost his livelihood after being caught drink-driving. John Fiddler was stopped by police for a routine check on Clavering Road, Swalwell, Gateshead, and was given a breath test. It was found he had...
Toon Barmy
How long have you been supporting United and what is your first Toon memory? I HAVE been supporting Newcastle since my first match against West Ham back in 1992. We won the game 2-0 and it was Keegan's first full season in charge. WHAT is so...
Tree Care Tips
No christmas would be complete without a real Christmas tree. In Britain, The Norway Spruce is the traditional type used to decorate our homes. The tree was a native species in the British Isles before the last Ice Age, and was reintroduced here...
Tree-Mendous Christmas Tips
With Christmas speedily approaching, it's time to start thinking about that all-important show stopper ( the Christmas tree. Real trees symbolise a traditional Christmas and for many people the festive season wouldn't be the same without the captivating...
TV Bard Wasn't Too Bad
Byline: By Alison Carr If I mention the Bard what do you think of? Men in tights bellowing, while wide-eyed women in corsets look on? Or does it provoke flashbacks to schooldays spent hunched over some dusty old classic while an equally dusty old...
Vent Your Spleen,
After taking a day off work to do a spot of Christmas shopping, I was amazed at the number of those on benefits in the high street in search of presents for their plentiful and unruly offspring. It makes my blood boil to think these work-shy layabouts...
Vipers Must Pay Attention against League Strugglers
Byline: By Lee Ryder Newcastle Vipers star Andre Payette has warned his team-mates not to be complacent when they take on struggling Elite League side Edinburgh Capitals at Murrayfield tomorrow. Like Newcastle, the Capitals are newcomers to the...
Warriors Have Taste for a Sheff Special
Byline: By David Hall Whitley Warriors' coach Gary Wood is looking for an improved performance from his side tomorrow night when Sheffield Spartans are the visitors to Hillheads, (face-off 6.30), for the second Sunday in succession. Wood said:...
What's the Crack?
Byline: By Sue Sweeney Bingoing for years A 71-year-old from Hexham has won pounds 51,000 at the bingo. Mrs Anonymous has played bingo all of her life and has said her husband died five years ago and she has no one to share it with. The lady...
When I Moved in the Backyard Was a Pile of Rubble. Now Everybody Who Passes by Says How Lovely It Looks
Byline: By Andrew Hill It's hard to believe James McNee's beautiful garden used to be what can only be described as a grot spot. When James, 71, moved into his house in South Benwell, Newcastle, 10 years ago with his wife Carol, 53, his backyard...
Why UEFA Have to Think Again
Byline: By John Gibson The UEFA Cup is no longer a competition to stir the masses and is in urgent need of being garaged for an overhaul. When Newcastle United won its forerunner, the European Fairs Cup, 36 years ago they played in front of anything...
Winter Wonder
Byline: By Adam Jupp Hundreds got their skates on and became the first to take to the ice of this year's open-air rink. Three hundred lucky Chronicle readers were given the chance to whiz round the venue before it opens to the public today. ...
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