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 September 23, 2006

All Smiles!
Byline: By Mitya Underwood There were grins all round as the Chronicle's Smile Award winners were announced. At a glitzy ceremony at St James' Park seven of the region's top workers were rewarded for offering top quality service with a smile....
Bags of Trouble for Air Tourists
Byline: By Ray Marshall Thirty-five angry and tired holidaymakers arrived back at Newcastle Airport in 1961, on the final part of their journey back from Spain, by coach, only to find their luggage ransacked. They were the second party of a batch...
Bat's the Way to Stage Fightback!
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Durham were on the verge of pulling off their own version of the Great Escape today after captain Dale Benkenstein and Ottis Gibson led a remarkable third-day fightback against Yorkshire. After two dismal days, the Riversiders...
Blaze Rescue Neighbour Hailed a Hero
Byline: By Sonia Sharma A modest neighbour was hailed a hero today after rescuing a family of four from a house blaze. The fire started at the two-storey house at Percy Court, Percy Main, North Shields, at around 1.45am after a chip pan was left...
Boy, 13, Punched to Floor by Driver
Byline: By Helen Rae A teenager was punched to the floor after an argument with a bus driver who was forced to screech to a halt. Dean Lancaster was with a pal on his way home from Tanfield school when he was attacked by the Go North East driver...
Church Matters
Byline: By Francis Wood Harvest of the CITY As soon as you open the church door you know it's Harvest Festival time. It's the smell that does it. If the church happens to be St Mary-at-Hill, the church for Billingsgate Fish market, you'll certainly...
Confidence Still High Insists Parker
Newcastle United skipper Scott Parker wants his side to pick up the pace of their season with a convincing win at home to Everton. Parker is in sparkling form at the moment, with England manager Steve McClaren at Anfield in midweek to run the rule...
Country Fast Becoming More Strange
Why is the country we live in becoming stranger every day? Has evil become live, goodness gone into reverse? You can wager with certainty under the new laws encouraging gambling ( just as you can bet on the same New Age hippie faces appearing to...
Criminal to Miss This Gripping TV
Anatomy of a crime BBC2, Wednesday It's a long time since I've watched a fly-on-the-wall programme that has had me gripped to the sofa, but Anatomy Of A Crime was a real nail-biter from beginning to end. OK, the subject matter ( murder and violent...
Dealing with Fame Again
Seven years ago, when Noel's House Party was axed amid floundering ratings, many thought that was the last they'd see of Noel Edmonds on TV. However, the presenter has been enjoying a resurrection lately, thanks to Channel 4's Deal or No Deal, and...
Defeat Brings More Misery for Falcons
The Falcons' season threatened to descend in to free fall at Kingston Park last night after yet another disappointing defeat. It was again up front where the frailties lay but, unlike last weekend at Saracens, the line-out rather than the rolling...
Dig This
Byline: By Peter Horrocks After this year's stupendous crops of red and blackcurrants, they need a little bit of TLC to keep up the cropping next year. The correct way to prune involves old wood and new wood but I usually get away with giving the...
Europe in the Swing as Cup Enters a Crucial Second Day
Europe took the lead into the second day of the Ryder Cup for the fifth time in succession today. Leading 5-3 overnight, captain Ian Woosnam kept faith with three of yesterday's fourball pairings for the second morning's play at the K Club. Paul...
False Letters Bid to Smear Lib Dem Chief
Byline: By Adam Jupp Efforts to hijack our letters pages with bogus mail has sparked claims of a political smear campaign. A flurry of letters complaining about comments made by Liberal Democrat councillors in Newcastle arrived in our postbag...
Fans Are Just Fab: Flournoy
Byline: By Paul Nilsen Fab Flournoy has paid tribute to Eagles' fans after they endured a two-hour delay before finally watching their side blow away Irish champions Cork Blue Demons 75-42. A cancelled flight and six-car pile-up caused the Demons...
Fear and Respect: Qualities That Give Roy a Keane Edge
Byline: By John Gibson Why was Niall Quinn's short spell as Sunderland's manager so disastrous while Roy Keane's has been met by wild cheering in the street? There are many reasons of course, some complex, but is one that Quinn is just, well,...
Five-Goal Leam out of Range of Saints
Leam Rangers knocked in five without reply against St Cuthbert's in the Under-10 Premer League. Goals from Oliver, McCormack, Mole and Archibald (2) secured the verdict. Monkton Juniors scored a comfortable 8-0 victory over newly-promoted Ryhope...
Graham Goes Nap for Lodge
Derek Graham hit all five goals for Westburn Lodge in the 5-2 win at Crofters Lodge. Liam Webster scored twice for Crofters. Elsewhere in C Division, Chris Costigan was also on the mark four times for Blue Star Social in the 6-1 win at Fusilier....
Gran Old Time Was Had by All
Byline: By Julie Firth Our base for our first trip to Gran Canaria was on the Costa Meloneras, on the South West bottom tip, adjacent to the more popular Maspalomas and the Playa del Ingles. While the latter resorts are known for package tours,...
Handing on the Wisdom Down the Generations
Byline: By Liz Lamb Call centre worker Malcolm Dixon beams from ear to ear as he jokes around with his much-adored grandchildren at a yacht club. The 67-year-old, a grandad-of-five, likes nothing better than spending every weekend taking the...
How to Look the Part on the Great North Run
Byline: By Rebecca Carter Taking part in the Great North Run may make you sweaty, exhausted and dehydrated ( but you may as well try and look good! How? Well, you could trydecking yourself out in some trendy jogging gear. Century FM has signed...
How to Perk Up Your Lawn
Does your lawn look bedraggled, with patches of thatch, moss and pernicious weeds that you just can't seem to control? Many lawns suffered over the long, hot summer when hosepipe bans were in force and grass turned brown, although grass does tend...
Iggy Stop
Byline: By Linda Richards Britain's biggest shopping centre has slapped a ban on Big Ig the giant iguana after eight years. Ever since 1998, Ig's owner Paul Hudson has exercised the 4ft Californian iguana in Gateshead's MetroCentre when it gets...
I'm Ready for War with Pal Yobo
Byline: By Lee Ryder Oba Martins feels that taking on his Nigerian international team-mate Joseph Yobo against Everton tomorrow will be like going to war. The Newcastle United striker knows all about the African defender's tough-tackling attributes...
In-Form Amble Have No Piers!
Amble Pier 81 built on their fine win last week with a 2-0 defeat of Stobswood Welfare United in Division One. Paul Nesbit and Brad Wake nabbed the goals which took them to third. Bedlington Northum-berland Arms and North Seaton Elephant drew...
Let's Pay Attention: Andre
Byline: By Lee Ryder Andre Payette says Newcastle Vipers' received a huge wake-up call with last week's double defeat. Payette has urged his side to be on red alert in this weekend's tough home-and-away test against Belfast Giants. The Vipers...
Montagu Revival Gives East End Blues
In the first games in the inaugural Under-Eight Development League, Montagu Blues came from a goal down to win against Newcastle East End. Tom Hunter was on the scoresheet but his efforts were then more than matched by a treble from Matt Lakey....
My War Is Over
Byline: By David Baker Family means the whole world to Geordie businessman George Ford. A few years back he thought nothing of dodging bullets in some of the world's toughest countries to bring the latest news back to Britain. But when the...
New Role Gives Scott Chance to Prove Me Wrong
Byline: By Malcolm Macdonald I have in the past criticised Scott Parker, much to the fury of Newcastle fans. However, that was last season ( this time around I believe he is doing so much better. He is playing a skipper's part. The reason...
Pete: We Can Banish Blues
Byline: By Lee Ryder Newcastle defender Peter Ramage hopes that his side can wipe out memories of their midweek blip by seeing off Everton tomorrow. The Toon ace is relishing it at centre-half at the moment, his favourite position, and will have...
Planners Save Crisis Rugby Club
Byline: By Peter Young A Tyneside rugby club battling for survival amid a cash crisis has won support from council planning officials. Plans to secure the future of the Northern Club in Newcastle by allowing housing at the McCracken Park ground...
Police Step Up Hunt for Rapist
Byline: By Brenda Hickman Police are hunting a rapist who attacked a woman in the early hours as she walked near a coast nightclub. The 26-year-old had been on a night out at Deep, Whitley Bay, and was returning along a lane behind YIdols, at...
Prime Suspect Hunted in Hit and Run
Byline: By Craig Hope A local man is the prime suspect in the killer hit and run smash which also left two girls in hospital. Paula Stead was killed in front of her daughter after the 4x4 Cherokee Jeep ploughed into her as it fled from pursuing...
Revenge Is Sweet
Whitley Bay Women atoned for last week's defeat at Nissan with a convincing 5-3 win over the same opposition at Hillheads in the Northern Women's League. Having fallen behind to a cross-cum-shot in the first half which drifted over the Whitley goalkeeper's...
Roeder Furious at Baba Ban
Byline: By Alan Oliver An angry Glenn Roeder will throw the book at Newcastle United left-back Celestine Babayaro after the Nigerian international was suspended for violent conduct for the second time in less than a year. Babayaro will be fined...
Seconds out ( for Party's Big Punch-Up
Byline: By Bill Jacobs When the Labour Party conference starts tomorrow the North East corner-men for the championship bout between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown will be at ringside. In the Prime Minister's sort-of-blue corner will be Stephen Byers,...
Squad Coast-Ing to a Second Win of Season
Coast Soccer notched up their second victory of the season with a polished performance against Ponteland Milan in the Amberley Under-Nine Autumn League. Dillon Brown opened the scoring for Coast Soccer but a well-taken effort from Jakob Browell...
Taylor Made for Scoring Success
Seaton Burn Six Mile Bridge are battling with coast side Seaton Sluice for top spot in Division Three. Burn owe a big debt to striker Lee Taylor who bagged another brace in his side's 5-4 victory over High Pit to take his tally to nine goals in...
Tesco Fails the Vodka Test Again
Byline: By Rob Kennedy A leading supermarket was caught selling alcohol to children twice within five minutes. Two Tesco stores broke the law when police sent a girl, 15, to buy vodka in an undercover sting. A Co-op store also sold alcohol...
Three Are Held after Drugs Raid
Byline: By Craig Hope A woman at a popular coast hotel and nightspot has been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs after police raided the property. Officers swooped on the Esplanade Hotel and Y-Idols nightclub on Whitley Bay seafront...
Three Cheers for Depleted Shields
North Shields Juniors claimed a 3-0 Under-11 League win at Montagu ( despite having only 11 fit players and one substitute! With four key members of the squad unavailable, Shields had to employ players in positions they were not used to ( but they...
Vent Your Spleen
I would like to know why on Hartington Road, on the Marden Estate, there are three ambulances parked all day every day doing nothing. Have they made one of these council houses into a new ambulance station? RD, Cullercoats. Tony Blair wants to...
Warriors Look for More Good News
After consecutive home wins over Billingham and Paisley to go top of the Northern League, Whitley Warriors turn their attention to the English National League when they host the first Tyneside derby of the season tomorrow (6.30). With three points...
We Don't Want to Move, Say Companies
Byline: By Nick Whitten Scores of small businesses hang in the balance because of a multi-million-pound regeneration scheme. About 50 businesses at the Whitehouse Enterprise Centre in Scotswood, Newcastle, will be forced to vacate the building...
We'll Go for Play-Off ( Arnau
Byline: By James hunter Spanish midfielder Arnau believes Sunderland must aim for a play-off place this season ( at the very least. The former Barcelona man reckons the Black Cats' recent upturn in form under new boss Roy Keane has proved they...
We Were Poor Admits Newcastle Boss
Falcons boss John Fletcher was in no doubt as to where last night's game against London Irish was lost. The Falcons suffered a line-out demolition job at the hands of Exiles duo Nick Kennedy and James Hudson, leaving a furious Fletcher to curse...
You're Risking Death, Bikers!
Byline: By Rob Kennedy Off-road bike menaces were warned today they are dicing with death. Two men are still fighting for their lives after coming off motorcycles in separate incidents within the past week. Police say riding mini-motos and...
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