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 March 26, 2004

Advertisement Feature - Boom Area with Shops to Match
Renowned for its racecourse, its rugby union tradition and excellent shopping facilities, Gosforth offers everything you need in close proximity to Newcastle city centre. Having attracted many successful businesses and shops to the area, Gosforth...
Arsenal Are Looking Solid as a Rock
Under normal circumstances, Manchester United at 12-5 to win any Premiership fixture would rate as one of the bets of the season. But the champions' current form is so dire that Arsenal have to be the call at around 11-10 to win Sunday's crunch...
Babes Promise a Sweet Show
Byline: By Gordon Barr Britain's top girl group the Sugababes are at Newcastle City Hall on Tuesday. Showbusiness Reporter Gordon Barr catches up with band member Keisha In August 2002, all-girl trio the Sugababes brought Newcastle city centre...
Babes Promise Sweet Show
Byline: By Gordon Barr In August 2002, all-girl trio the Sugababes brought Newcastle city centre to a halt. They attracted about 2,000 people to Northumberland Street for an open-air gig to launch their album Angels With Dirty Faces. It was an...
Baby of the Family
Byline: By Andy Feeley Ducati kicked off the Monster family back in 1993 with the 900cc model and such was its success that new versions have been released ever since. They come with everything from the basic 600cc engines up to the mighty S4R...
Benfield's VW Squad Boosted
Leading North East motor retailer Benfield has strengthened its Volkswagen team with the appointment of three new divisional managers. The appointments come after a significant period of expansion for the company, which has seen its North East Volkswagen...
Better Value Is Back in Fashion
Byline: By Steve Hughes Yet another indication of how cars are becoming increasingly better value arrives this week courtesy of Suzuki. This is the niche Japanese company whose dealers are said to be among the happiest in the UK, while coincidentally...
Bishop Reveals He Is to Quit
Byline: By Jane Picken Bishop Ambrose Griffiths is to retire as head of the Catholic Church in the North East. The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle announced his retirement today and spoke of his affection for the parish he will leave behind. ...
BMW's Bonny Baby
Byline: By David Whinyates The wraps have at last been lifted from what is arguably the most important new prestige car of the early part of the 21st Century. It's confirmation of BMW's impending arrival in the compact hatchback market. First...
Book Reviews
Byline: By Lindesay Irvine The silly season by Bernard Shrimsley, is published in hardback by Robson Books, priced pounds 16.99. Available now. Those who have inhabited the madcap world of tabloid newspapers will rejoice in this outrageously...
Bringing Cornish Taste to City Gallery
Visitors to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens will be able to see a new exhibition exploring the early years of the St Ives Society of Artists in Creating a Splash: The St Ives Society of Artists, The first 25 years (1927-1952). Charting the...
Bring on the Bad Weather
Byline: By Maxine Ashford As traffic ground to a standstill and commuters were advised to stay at home during the recent cold snap, one person was rubbing their hands with glee. That person was me because, as the snow levels rose and the roads...
Bus Lane Misery
Byline: By Louise Redvers And Lisa Hutchinson, Rush-hour traffic was expected to grind to a halt tonight as new no-car lanes come into force on a main city road. Cars coming out of Newcastle on to the Great North Road will be pushed into one...
Celtic Gigs Head North
Byline: By Alan Nichol There's a strong Celtic flavour to this week's offering, with a couple of Irish-born folk-based musicians at either end of the week and a literate Welshman of similar persuasion in between. All three have received high...
Cheating Surveyor Expelled
Byline: By Paul Mcmillan A disgraced surveyor was today exposed as a cheat. In a pioneering prosecution, Jeffrey Bell, 45, of Langley Moor, County Durham, pleaded guilty to five sample charges of false accounting. He understated the gross...
Child-Friendly Fusion
Byline: By Andy Richards If you want success you have to dream big dreams. Clearly Ford designers had that in mind when they dreamt up the Fusion. And the children of the development engineers also played a part. More about them later. The Fusion...
C-Max's Big Ad-Van-Tage
Byline: By Val Jessop Ford might be late in the day delivering its contender for battle in the midi MPV arena, but the delay has been advantageous. Firstly, the Focus C-Max doesn't look like a delivery van. Secondly, it doesn't drive like one....
Crackdown Catches School Truants
More than 100 truants have been caught on and around the Metro system in a one-day crackdown by welfare workers and police. Metro operator Nexus joined forces with Tyne and Wear's five local education authorities and police for the blitz which took...
Craig's Peace of the Action
Byline: By Alan Oliver Craig Bellamy scored a magnificent solo goal as Newcastle United strolled through 3-0 against Real Mallorca - and then revealed that first-team coach John Carver was the first to congratulate him after the game. Bellamy...
Demo's Lined Up
Byline: By Amy Cartmell Cowboys and girls are having a showdown hoe-down to protest at the axing of a radio show after nearly two decades. Chronicle angling columnist Sam Harris presents the popular Saturday morning country and western slot on...
Diamonds Tamed by the Tigers
Byline: By Barry Wallace It was business as usual at Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield, when the Tigers again sent a Newcastle Diamonds team back to Tyneside licking their wounds after a 65-30 mauling, writes Barry Wallace. Ten years after their last...
Eindhoven Clash Will Bring Robson Happy Memories
Byline: By Alan Oliver Sir Bobby Robson is relishing a return to one of his previous clubs after seeing Newcastle United set up a UEFA Cup quarter-final clash with PSV Eindhoven early next month. United will go to Holland for their first leg...
EU Leaders in New Deal
Europe's leaders were hailing a major breakthrough today on an EU constitution, with a deal to agree the controversial plan by June. Last night they set a deadline of June 17 for agreement on the historic document which will set out the way the...
Everything to Play For
Byline: By Gary Beckwith Title: 007: Everything or Nothing Publisher: EA Format: Various Price: pounds 35-40 The name's Bond, Gary Bond. Well actually it's not, and no matter how many times I try to convince myself or the ladies I am,...
Ex-Murder Suspect Found Dead
Byline: By Brenda Hickman A man convicted then cleared of murdering a boy of 15 has been found dead hanging from a tree. Stephen Johnson was jailed for life for the murder of 15-year-old Kevin Spowart in Tesco's car park, Kingston Park, Newcastle,...
Ex-Murder Suspect Is Found Dead
Byline: By Brenda Hickman Parents of schoolboy victim speak of `relief' at end of a horrendous chapter A man convicted then cleared of murdering a boy of 15 has been found dead hanging from a tree. Stephen Johnson was jailed for life for the...
Fears over Missing Lad
Concern is mounting for a 17-year-old who is missing from his North East home. David Howe, from Washington, was last seen on Wednesday by friends at Shiney Row College. The teenager, who has not been missing before, is 5ft 7in, slim, with short...
Flying Eagles Seek Home Comfort
Byline: By Paul New Newcastle Eagles are aiming high as they home in on play-off glory, (writes Paul New). Four of the Eagles' six remaining regular season fixtures are at the Arena - beginning this weekend with back-to-back games against basement...
Ford Make Up Well for Lost Time
Byline: By Alistair Coull His view: I have always found it hard to understand why Ford, one of the largest car makers in the world, completely missed the boat when it came to midi-MPVs. The boom started by the Renault Scenic was perpetuated...
Freman Fans Smiling
Byline: By Robert Pratt Supporters of Freephone Stanleybet Lincoln favourite Fremen received a boost when his work companion Sublimity won a Listed contest at Doncaster on the opening day of the turf Flat season yesterday. Both horses are trained...
Getting It Right for Our Gay Community
Byline: By Sara Wallis Gays, lesbians and bisexuals will have the chance to holler at the first ever Gay Say Day - to be held in Newcastle. ********** Tyneside has seen its first council hosted gay marriage - and now Newcastle will set the...
Getz Gets Even Better
Byline: By Chris Russon Hyundai was cock-a-hoop when its latest supermini was voted Britain's Budget Car of the Year. And just when everyone thought that was as good as it gets, the Getz has just got better. A three cylinder 1.5-litre diesel...
Giving You Lots More
Byline: By David Whinyates The emphasis is on value as Suzuki throws the options book at virtually every model in its range for 2004, with no increases in price. There's a face-lifted and substantially revised Liana range and all Suzuki's 2004...
Grape Vine Bar and Bistro
Grape Vine Bar and Bistro 7 Marlborough Crescent Newcastle Tel: 0191 2611 466 I'm still reeling from the shock. How did we manage to feed a party of five and still have change from pounds 20? I keep looking at the bill and I still don't believe...
Hatchback That Offers a Lot More Oomph for Your Cash
Byline: By David Whinyates A massive injection of extra va-va-voom has transformed Renault's Megane family hatchback into a souped-up road-burner which could take the hot-hatch marketplace by storm. With an astonishing 90bhp more power than the...
Head Is Answer to All Saints' Prayers
Byline: By Cathy Spencer A troubled Tyneside school is welcoming a new headteacher who says he is "looking forward to the challenge". David Scott will be joining the staff at All Saints' College in West Denton, Newcastle, in September as the...
Home Secretary's Wrong Impression
Mr Blunkett visited this region last week. His mission as part of the Government's `big conversation' was to tell society how ministers are serious in stemming the rising tide of yob culture and health timebomb caused by binge drinking. Of course,...
I Am So Sad to Go - Bishop Ambrose
Byline: By Jane Picken Leader of the Catholic Church in the North East announces his retirement Bishop Ambrose Griffiths is to retire as head of the Catholic Church in the North East. The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle announced his retirement...
Ibiza Is Red-Hot
Byline: By Peter Keenan Ibiza has passed me by as a holiday destination - I prefer a French cafe and a bottle of red rather than an all-night rave. But when SEAT decided to name its supermini after the wild west of holiday destinations the Spanish...
It'll Cost You Lolly for Your Trolleys!
Byline: By Amy Bennett Tyneside supermarkets could be charged for the retrieval of their abandoned trolleys. South Tyneside Council is proposing to solve the problem of them being dumped in residential areas of Jarrow by collecting them and impounding...
It's Time to Clean Up after Winter
There is little doubt that your car's cabin will need plenty of TLC after a hard winter, being subjected to muddy shoes, wet clothes and more than a little ice and snow. Plastic areas such as the dashboard or door panels are usually the first to...
Judge Rules on Scandal Claims
Byline: By Julie Cush Thousands of bereaved families who claim organs were removed from their loved ones will learn today whether they have won compensation. Mr Justice Gage is due to give his ruling at the High Court in an action by parents...
Laguna's a Real Treat
Byline: By Steve Hughes An illustration of just how much modern motors have improved is revealed by an inspection of Renault Lagunas. The attractive Sport Tourer model became available for almost pounds 1,000 less, at the same time as the arrival...
Learning the Lessons of Big Conversation
Byline: By Simon Armstrong Tyneside teenagers have been chatting about their future with the Government's enforcer as part of Tony Blair's `Big Conversation' roadshow. Around 40 youngsters from All Saints College in West Denton, Newcastle, met...
L of Time for Leaners
Byline: By Steve Hughes Pressure is mounting on the Driving Standards Agency to get its act together as queues for Driving Tests grow in the wake of industrial action by examiners. Two of the country's foremost driver training organisations have...
Make Way for Royalty
A goddess of the underworld is paying a visit to the North East on her nationwide tour from the British Museum. The spectacular 4,000-year-old terracotta relief of a Babylonian goddess will arrive at Sunderland's Museum and Winter Gardens for one...
Mallorca Were Real Physical Blasts Shearer
Byline: By Alan Oliver Alan Shearer was kicked from pillar to post against Real Mallorca last night but this did not stop the Newcastle United skipper from firing his side into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. Shearer was on the wrong end...
Maxine Carr Appears in Court on Fraud Charges
Maxine Carr, the ex-fiancee of Soham murderer Ian Huntley, arrived at court today to answer allegations of benefit fraud and lying about her qualifications in job applications. Carr, 27, arrived in a prison van at Peterborough Magistrates' Court...
MG's Bid to Outpace Porsche
Byline: By Steve Hughes If your 165mph MG SV supercar is a tad too slow, fear not, for a faster version is now available. For those in a particular hurry, there is a top speed increase to 175mph, and a reduction in the 0-60mph acceleration time...
Mixing with Elite World of Top DJs
Byline: By Simon Armstrong Hailed as one of the best young DJs in the world, James Zabiela has firmly broken away from being Sasha's protege. ********** Travelling across the globe at breakneck speed, James Zabiela has come a very long way...
No Gripes with Grape
Grape Vine Bar and Bistro 7 Marlborough Crescent (0191) 2611 466. I'm still reeling from the shock. How did we manage to feed a party of five and still have change from pounds 20? I keep looking at the bill and I still don't believe it....
Noon to Tyke the Honours
Byline: By Duncan Madsen Falcons centre Jamie Noon is set to equal the Zurich Premiership consecutive appearance record when he takes the field against Leeds Tykes at Headingley on Sunday. It will be the five-times capped England centre's 46th...
Okocha Target
Bolton captain Jay-Jay Okocha is hoping to end his goal drought against Newcastle on Sunday. The Nigerian playmaker has yet to score in the Premiership this season. Bolton go into the match in decline after a run of four straight league defeats...
Old Pals Act a Poomin Joke!
Byline: By James Hunter Mart Poom will not let sentiment get in the way of Sunderland's bid for promotion - even if it means dumping his old club Derby County back into the bottom three tomorrow. Sunderland take on the Rams at the Stadium of...
Parking Tickets Bring in Pounds 1.7m
Byline: By Louise Redvers Town hall chiefs have raked in pounds 1.7m from parking tickets in a year. Newcastle City Council parking enforcement team has written 70,000 tickets over the last 12 months and that does not count people who park on...
Poets' Corner
Happiness in the new day The burn is black, the sea is blue Happiness is being with you. The nights get lighter by the day, The birds no longer fly away. We sit upon the grassy dew Waiting for morning light anew. The day doth dawn...
Police Officer's Stalking Shame
Byline: By Amy Cartmell A police officer is fighting to clear his name after he was convicted of stalking his ex-girlfriend. PC Michael Curry has been suspended from duty pending his appeal at Newcastle Crown Court. The Northumbria police...
PSV Clash Will Bring Happy Memories
Byline: By Alan Oliver Sir Bobby Robson is relishing a return to one of his previous clubs after seeing Newcastle United set up a UEFA Cup quarter-final clash with PSV Eindhoven early next month. United will go to Holland for their first leg...
Replacing Your Fuel
Leaded four-star petrol was withdrawn from sale in 2000. Now it is looking increasingly likely that lead replacement petrol will go the same way. Although LRP was brought in to replace leaded four-star petrol it accounts for a tiny percentage of...
Sail with Spinnaker
Byline: By Peter Hilton Punters looking for a value bet in the annual lottery that is the Freephone Stanleybet Lincoln at Doncaster tomorrow would do well to swerve the favourites from the big yards and instead take a look at the Yorkshire-trained...
Sat-Nav Proves a Sales-Plus
The right direction for big luxury saloons is satellite navigation, it seems. Because used versions fitted with this option - still seen by many as a luxury - are fetching up to pounds 2,500 more. That surprising news is revealed by market experts...
Seaton Sleuths Sought
Byline: By Peter Taylor Historians are trying to bring a lost village back to life. The residents had stone slab floors, oil lamps, gas cannister stoves for cooking, and outside toilets and there was only one water tap for nine homes. But...
Showing the Brutal Truth
Controversial movie The Passion Of The Christ opens in cinemas today Few films have attracted as much controversy as Mel Gibson's latest film, depicting the last 12 hours of Jesus's life. The Passion Of The Christ, which opens in the UK today,...
Siblings in Harmony
Byline: By Richards Yates They are almost, but not quite, a family firm. The highly-praised chamber group, the Hagen Quartet, will be making their Tyneside debut next Wednesday as guests of the Newcastle International Chamber Music Society. The...
Sirion's Looks Hide a Hot Car
Byline: By Bill McCarthy The Daihatsu Sirion is not a name on the edge of everyone's lips, but it will leave you on the edge of your seat. This unlikely looking hot-hatch had many people scratching their head and dubbing the Daihatsu, the Daihats-who?...
Small but Great Value
Byline: By Paul Malley I couldn't help but chuckle when I read Lotus was touting its Elise as a company car. Yes it's a lightweight car with lightweight tax, but I just can't see suits using it for business. Why? Although it looks fantastic and...
Speedway: Diamonds Tamed by the Tigers
Byline: By Barry Wallace It was business as usual at Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield, when the Tigers again sent a Newcastle Diamonds team back to Tyneside licking their wounds after a 65-30 mauling, writes Barry Wallace. Ten years after their last...
Take in Some of Region's History
Byline: By Giles Armour Featuring beautiful scenery and impressive architecture, our walk of four miles also links us to centuries past in the North East. Allowing about two-and-a-half hours, you follow the trail marked by green waymarker posts...
Talks on Track
Byline: By Peter Young Unions and Metro bosses are set to hold peace talks over a pay and conditions dispute. The threat of further strikes has receded after managers at Nexus which runs the Metro agreed to remove a condition which had angered...
The Price Is Right
Byline: By Peter Keenan Fancy a Mondeo-sized saloon for a shade over 10 grand? Then look no further than the Kia Magentis. The Korean company has specialised in giving value for money and this two-litre offering is no exception. OK, the styling...
The Secret Diary of a Demented Mother Aged 36.5
Byline: By Jenny Lesley In theory, changing the clocks this weekend should not make too much of a difference. In fact it should work in our favour with Fergus adjusting his 5.30am waking time an hour forward. I'm not moaning too much about his early...
The Time Is Right for Trip to Bolton
Byline: By John Gibson If there's a need to start harvesting points threefold from neighbouring fields - and it isn't a need it's a ruddy necessity - then perhaps the best place to begin is at Bolton on Sunday. Because the once Happy Wanderers...
This IS the Works!
Byline: By Steve Hughes I had one of the original Mini Coopers and thought it was pretty quick, although in comparison to the current car that's a joke. However, the original boasted absolutely brilliant handling, which is why they did so well...
Time Lord Is First Lord
Byline: By Sara Wallis Former time traveller Colin Baker is set to star in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera, HMS Pinafore. Colin, best known for his role as the sixth Dr Who in the BBC TV series, will appear in the opera at Newcastle's Theatre...
Toon Reign in Spain after a Real Rout
Byline: By Alan Oliver It was a knockout punch that former world champion Nigel Benn, in the crowd at the Son Moix Stadium, would have been proud of. And it left a Real Mallorca side which was already on the ropes down and out. Miki led with...
Topless Driving at a Price
Values of soft top cars are going through the roof as Britain's love affair with the cabriolet gathers steam. Despite our unpredictable climate, the clamour among image-conscious Britons to go `topless' is pushing convertible values up, no matter...
Tracked Down - Yob Left Prints in Snow!
Byline: By Garry Willey A one man crimewave was stopped in his tracks - when police followed his footprints in the snow. Gavin Blacklock had plagued his neighbours in Sunniside, Gateshead, running up a catalogue of 20 break-ins to feed his drug...
Two's So Trendy
Byline: By Peter Keenan Calling all you bright young things - Citroen's C2 is ready to party. From the company that loves living life on the edge comes a car packed full of new ideas and innovations. But some of them take a bit of getting used...
United We Stand Behind Writers
It's been a hectic week for Newcastle United. A UEFA Cup showdown with Real Mallorca, a financial report revealing the millions lost by failure in the Champions' League, United clinching the central role in Hollywood blockbuster movie Goal! and...
Unmissable Passion
The passion of the christ (18, 126mins) Drama. James Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern, Monica Bellucci, Rosalinda Celentano, Luca Lionello, Mattia Sbragia, Hristo Shopov, Claudia Gerini, Francesco Cabras, Sergio Rubini, Hristo Jivkov. Adapted loosely...
Unsung Heroes Praised
Mill Audi in Sunderland has announced record-breaking sales figures for 2003. Sales of new and used cars for the dealership opposite the Stadium of Light are up by 17% on last year. The Audi dealership shifted more than 700 cars throughout 2003...
Vent Your Spleen
My local Victim Support office in Cowgate is being closed down because of lack of funding. The staff there have been a great deal of help to me and my partner as we have been victims of crime on many occasions. It's not just emotional support they...
Ve Vill Al Gan to the Toon Hinny!
Byline: By Cathy Spencer Mein gott - German tourists will be learning our lingo after exchange students made a dialect guidebook. The 11 children from Offenburg have spent two weeks in Newcastle learning the dialect and soaking up the culture....
We're All Ready to Party
Byline: By Simon Stuart With Easter rapidly approaching, it's starting to feel like the city might well be ready to enter a solid season of parties, the likes of which we've never seen before. Everything from Godskitchen at the Arena, Mathew...
We Won't Be Home for Tea, We're Going to PSV
Byline: By Miles Starforth Only the Toon Army could follow Newcastle United to the sun-baked island of Majorca - and get drenched. No sooner had thousands of Geordies jetted into Palma for the Magpies' UEFA Cup tie against Real Mallorca than...
Worries a Thing of Past
Byline: By Cathy Spencer A brave mother whose little son battled cancer has been rewarded after losing more than five stones in weight. When Helen Halliday's son Benjamin was diagnosed with cancer, diets were the last thing on her mind. The...
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