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 6, 2010

A History of Whisky; WITH Its Georgian Charm and Spectacular Views, the Royal Terrace Hotel Stands Elegantly in the Heart of Edinburgh. SONIA SHARMA Finds out What the Retreat Has to Offer
Byline: SONIA SHARMA FOR a couple of non-drinkers, it was strange to be stopping at a hotel steeped in the tradition of whisky making. But you don't have to drink alcohol to appreciate the history of a place. The Royal Terrace Hotel in Edinburgh...
Benitez: Reina Is Best in England
LIVERPOOL goalkeeper Jose Reina is the best in the Barclays Premier League, according to manager Rafael Benitez, which is why he is delighted the Spaniard has agreed to a contract extension at Anfield. The 27-year Spain international has committed...
Buildings to Battle It out for Top Spot; NOMINATIONS FOR 2010 PROPERTY AWARDS REVEALED
Byline: AMY HUNT amy.hunt@ncjmedia.co.uk THEY'RE eyecatching icons of our region and reasons why the North East is so great. And these fantastic landmarks are preparing to do battle to be crowned best building at the North East's property Oscars....
Bye, Charlie; MOURNERS GATHER TO BID FAREWELL TO A TOON LEGEND
Byline: KIM CARMICHAEL IT WAS a sad day for football as hundreds gathered to say goodbye to a Tyneside legend. In a poignant final tribute, crowds of mourners yesterday paid their respects to Walker-born Toon hero Charlie Crowe. Charlie, who...
Callers Help Track Victim's Final Moments; POLICE APPEAL FOR MORE INFORMATION TO SOLVE MURDER
DETECTIVES probing the murder of tragic dad Andrew Smart are still urging the public to get in touch after they launched a hi-tech appeal for information. Police investigating the 47-yearold's violent death in North Shields yesterday set-up a Bluetooth...
Campus Celebrates Third Straight Calvert Cup Win
TEAM Newcastle defeated Northumbria University by a record score of 83.75 points to 32.25 in the Stan Calvert Cup. The landslide victory made it an unprecedented third consecutive Cup win for Newcastle and gave them their 10th victory in the competition's...
Classy Colo 'Set for World Cup Call' Colo 'Set for Call'
Byline: LEE RYDER JONAS GUTIERREZ has backed Fabricio Coloccini to be on the plane with him for this summer's World Cup. The Argentine winger believes Coloccini is still more than capable of mixing it with the best strikers on the planet in South...
Cook Hails Kieswetter and Is Nuts about KP
ALASTAIR COOK hailed the talents of Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen despite the pair's wildly differing fortunes against Bangladesh yesterday. Kieswetter, making only his third full England appearance, cracked his maiden international century...
Creating Ultimate Room with a View SEASIDE Lovers and; It Has Been a Feature of the North East Coastline for a Century. Here, Reporter SONIA SHARMA Looks at How the Spanish City Dome Is Being Painstakingly Restored
Byline: SONIA SHARMA SEASIDE lovers and anyone with a head for heights could soon be in for a real treat. Once-upon-a-time the Whitley Bay Dome had a rooftop terrace giving folk unrivalled views across the seaside resort. Now, under exciting...
Digging Us All out of a Big Hole; PLEA TO FIND WORST ROADS
Byline: AMY HUNT ARE potholes driving you potty or wonky pavements getting on your wick? Newcastle City Council is planning to plough an extra pounds 4m into repairing roads and pavements. And bosses want members of the public to help them find...
Ex-Solictor Warns of Drinks Hell; Losing His Family Was Last Straw for Jimmy
Byline: vicky.robson A SOLICITOR who fell from grace has bravely spoken out about his life as an alcoholic after doctors gave him just months to live. Unable to bear the heartache of losing his wife and son, Jimmy Grogan turned to booze nearly...
Fab Fires Warning to Flying Eagles; Coach Focused on League Clash despite Semi Glory
Byline: PAUL NILSEN Newcastle Eagles .............. 96 Everton Tigers ................... 91 FAB FLOURNOY has warned his jubilant players to stay focused after the BBL Trophy holders booked their place in the final later this month. The Eagles...
Francis Wood
Cross purposes I'll tell you two stories. A woman goes into a religious bookshop. "I'd like to buy a wooden cross to hang in my kitchen, please." They show her half a dozen crucifixes. She says: "I think I'd prefer one without the little man on it."...
Home Help Has Given Magpies a Platform to Soar; SHOOTING FROM THE LIP: Super Mac
LET Newcastle United stride on apace to be crowned the champions of the Championship. Let them do it in recordbreaking style. Why not? I know we said after the chaos of a mass scramble for the lifeboats during the summer we Geordies would take...
Hood Believes Side Can Surprise Knights
Byline: NICK PUREWAL CHRIS HOOD has warned his Thunder players to keep a close watch on local boy Chris Thorman tomorrow. Thunder entertain York City Knights in third round Challenge Cup action at Gateshead Stadium (kick-off 3pm), hoping to kick...
In Memoriam
CARSON (Lemington). In loving memory of Ron, who left us one year ago today. We didn't get to say goodbye, or tell you how much we cared, you are always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts. Love always from Darren, Lee, Kelly, Kyle and family.xxx...
In Memory of Sir Bobby; TRIBUTE SHIRTS GO TO CHILDREN IN AFRICA
Byline: PHIL DOHERTY FOOTBALL shirts left in tribute to Sir Bobby Robson after his death in July have gone to children in some of the world's poorest countries. Around 6,000 shirts, scarves and flags were left by fans at St James' Park and at...
It's the End of the World as Wear Know It
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS STEVE BRUCE admits Sunderland's barren run feels like "the end of the world." However, the Black Cats boss reckons a win against Bolton on Tuesday will change the mood on Wearside - and have Sunderland fans looking up the...
It Was like Waking Up from a Nightmare. I Could Feel Blood Raining Down on My Face from My Cuts; BUS CRASH SURVIVOR TELLS OF HIS ESCAPE FROM WRECKAGE
Byline: ROB PATTINSON A SURVIVOR of a fatal double bus crash has told how he woke up in "the middle of a nightmare". Pensioner Frank Bourne came-to trapped in the wreckage with bus driver Gordon George Hutchinson, who died in the smash near Chester-le-Street...
Killer Accused of Serious Breach; Minister to Meet Family
JUSTICE Secretary Jack Straw said today the recall of James Bulger killer Jon Venables to custody involved some "extremely serious allegations". Denise Fergus has been demanding to know what the convicted murderer, 27, did to be sent back to prison,...
Magpies Eye Up Clever Move
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United boss Chris Hughton may turn to Manchester United young gun Tom Cleverley next season. The Chronicle understands that, while Hughton has batted away transfer talk in the last week after receiving public backing...
Moving Tributes; VISITORS CAN TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT HISTORIC SWING BRIDGE
Byline: AMY HUNT VISITORS can take a peek behind the scenes of one of Tyneside's iconic bridges. The Swing Bridge, which crosses the Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead, was designed by industrialist William George Armstrong. The movable...
MY EURO VISION! Teenager Who Beat Joe McElderry in Contest Aims for Stardom
SINGING sensation Karen Harding is fighting to be the UK's Eurovision entry. And the teenager has quite a pedigree having already beaten Joe McElderry in a singing contest. Karen, of Moorside, Consett, is among the final six contestants competing...
New Bid to Net Armed Bank Duo; CRIMEWATCH HELPS RAID PROBE
Byline: LINDA RICHARDS POLICE probing a bank raid are making a renewed appeal for witnesses with the support of Crimewatch UK. It is hoped the appeal will flush out vital evidence to snare an armed pair who held up staff at Lloyds TSB in Blaydon...
North Songwriter in Tune with Stars; Jesmond-Born Showbiz Legend
WHEN stars such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding, Mel Torm, Rod Stewart and Frankie Laine - to name but a few - are covering your songs, you know you're getting it right. But not many people would guess that the songwriter we're talking...
Onions to Join Elite - Harmy; Pace Ace Will Have the Aussies in a Pickle
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS STEVE HARMISON reckons Graham Onions will be ranked among the best bowlers in the world by the time England take on Australia at the end of the year. Onions' rise has arguably hastened Harmison's England demise, but there is...
PLAY STATION; Surprise Orchestra Hits Bus Terminal
Byline: AMY HUNT AN UNDERCOVER orchestra which surprised families in a Newcastle bus station has become a worldwide internet phenomenon. Organisers of the impromptu event, in Eldon Square bus station, posted a video of the Cobwebs Orchestra on...
Put Some Veg in Your Beds
FOR years, vegetables were not considered an ornamental addition to the garden. Vegetable plots were often hidden out of sight, away from prized flowering beds and borders. However, that is all changing, as many gardeners with limited space plant...
Quaker Dead to Be Moved; 18TH CENTURY GRAVES DUG UP TO MAKE WAY FOR HOUSES
SKELETONS from a 300-year-old Quaker graveyard are to be dug up to make way for new homes. Work is expected to begin in April to remove the remains of 32 bodies from the former burial ground in Coach Lane, North Shields. Earlier this month, Durhambased...
Quay to Life by the Water's Edge; Keeping an Eye on the Property Market Where You Are ... NORTH Shields Offers the Perfect Balance for Homebuyers Seeking Calm, Coastal Living and Bustling Newcastle Life. ARANDA RAHBARKOUHI Finds out More
Byline: ARANDA RAHBARKOUHI WITH its heady mix of old and new, North Shields has homes to suit all tastes whether it be to rent or to buy. Like many nearby coastal resorts, the town is a magnet for property buyers and investors, with a good range...
Sir Alex: Rooney Just Can't Say No
SIR ALEX FERGUSON is confident Wayne Rooney will eventually curb his natural enthusiasm. Ferguson believes it was Rooney's desire to be involved in everything, all the time, that led to him playing for England against Egypt. S It was a decision...
Six-Goal Thriller but It's Burradon into the Final
IN the semi-finals of the Synergy Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League's SA Randolph Cup there were wins for Burradon and New Fordley and Whitley Bay Cibos. These two will now meet in the competition's decider at Bedlington Terriers' Welfare Park ground...
So What's His Point? LISA WILIAMS Chats to Northumberland Lad Alexander Armstrong about the Second Series of Pointless, Which Starts on BBC Two on Monday
Byline: LISA WILIAMS JUST getting the right answer isn't enough for Alexander Armstrong. So dedicated is he to obscure facts that his quiz show Pointless actually penalises common knowledge. So when he asks contestants to name a Beatles single,...
Spanish Why Ayes as Enrique Returns; Bull's Back to Boost Charge to Top Flight
ONCE upon a time I thought I would never say it - but welcome back Jose Enrique! There are two rS easons for my open arms - first he has come on so much this season in terms of confidence, strength and adventure that he looks the real deal. Secondly...
Stay Focused on Game: Ferdinand
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS ANTON FERDINAND says Sunderland must not allow themselves to dwell on the importance of Tuesday night's relegation sixpointer against Bolton. The Black Cats have suffered stage fright on their own patch recently - turning in...
Stay in Prison; UNDERWORLD ENFORCER LOSES BID TO CUT HIS SENTENCE
Byline: LAURA CAROE A FEARED underworld enforcer who was jailed for 18 years for running a cocaine empire has failed to win a cut in his sentence. Neil Barratt enjoyed all the trappings of success and counted Premiership footballers and leading...
Tag Rugby Gets a Try
Byline: STEVEN IMPEY RUGBY-mad boys and girls from all over the country are to play in Europe's biggest tag festival at Kingston Park tomorrow - in front of their Premiership idols. Before the Guinness Premiership mid-table clash between Newcastle...
Tait in Fear over Sharks Survival
MATHEW TAIT admits he is getting "stressed out" having to watch Sale Sharks fight for Guinness Premiership survival without being able to lend a hand. Former Newcastle Falcon, Tait, and Mark Cueto have both been kept back for England training this...
The Post Guided to Cup Final with Brace GUIDE Post Have Become the; TWO PAGES FEATURING JUNIOR FOOTBALL REPORTS AND PICTURES
GUIDE Post have become the first side from any of the league's age groups to reach a cup final this season. Goals from Adam Dixon and Grant Brown gave them a well-deserved 2-0 win against higher league opposition in Cramlington Blue Star in the...
This Was British TV at Its Best; TV CRITIC
Byline: IAN ROSSON AT its best British television can wipe the floor with anything America can offer. Five Days was one of those dramas that showcases homegrown talent, as distinct from all the imports on television these days, with considerable...
Tim's Got a Real Dutch of Class; Van Aanholt Tips Krul for the No1 Spot
Byline: LEE RYDER TIM KRUL will go on to be the No 1 for club and country - according to his fellow countryman Patrick Van Aanholt. Like Krul, Van Aanholt is considered a hot Dutch prospect in the Netherlands, but after working with the Hague-born...
Victims' Hope; LOOPHOLES MAY MEAN PAYOUTS FOR SOME
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER GREY areas of the law could mean new hopes for pleural plaques sufferers. Asbestos campaigners vowed to keep fighting following Justice Secretary Jack Straw's disappointing announcement. They have promised to challenge...
Vipers Are Here to Stay, Insists Iceman Gouett
Byline: NEIL FARRINGTON NEWCASTLE VIPERS head into another busy Elite League weekend with half an eye on securing their longterm future. Doubts persist in some quarters over the Vipers' viability as a going concern beyond the end of the current...
Waiting Game Is over; Bay Draw in First Match since Late October: Women's Football Latest
DURHAM City drew 1-1 with Whitley Bay Reserves in their first game since November 23 - and Bay's first since October! Both sides were greeted by a heavy pitch at Marden Bridge Sports Centre as the first half began with City defending against the...
Warriors Prepare for a Big Weekend
THIS weekend is Whitley Warriors' biggest of the season to date - one which could see them have one hand on the English National Ice Hockey League North Division One title. Warriors currently lie in second place, two points adrift of leaders Nottingham...
We're Here for Good -Toon Chief
UNITED managing director Derek Llambias, pictured, has said bosses want to get on with the club's promotion push so they can hit the Toon after a home win. Mr Llambias has insisted owner Mike Ashley and his management team want to put the past behind...
We Will Pack a Punch This Time; Falcons Forwards Primed for Bath Battle
Byline: NICK PUREWAL SHOCK might have stopped Newcastle Falcons' pack troubleshooting scrummage problems at Worcester last week - but Steve Bates does not expect a repeat against Bath. Anticipating a tough set-piece afternoon for his Falcons...
Your Stars
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