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 February 1, 2010

Ashley's Workers Paid a Pittance; CLOTHES MADE IN SWEATSHOPS, BBC PROGRAMME CLAIMS
Byline: COREENA FORD MIKE Ashley has hit back after a TV show claimed clothes sold by the Toon boss' sports empire have been crafted in Third World sweatshops. A documentary by the BBC's Inside Out team carried out an investigation into Sports...
A Step Back to Magical Times; Popular Ballet the Nutcracker Is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal This Week. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR THE Nutcracker is arguably the world's most famous and popular ballet. Now, as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, award-winning company Scottish Ballet is bringing a magical revival of it to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle...
A Very Sad Day Was Turned into Something We Will Never Forget; PARENTS' THANKS TO MOURNERS
Byline: LIZ WALKER IT WAS the hardest day of their lives as they prepared to say a last goodbye to a perfect son. But it became something special thanks to the hundreds of people who turned out to bid farewell to their home-town hero killed on...
Bay Hit Moor Problems as Shildon Upset the Odds; SKILLTRAININGLTD NORTHERN LEAGUE
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT WHITLEY Bay have now played the same number of games as Spennymoor Town and trail the leaders by nine points after their second defeat in less than a week. There was an early chance for the home side's Ian Watson but Bay...
Belle and Herbs Is Dead & Gone; POPULAR CITY CAFE CLOSES AS IT'S CRIPPLED BY CASH CRISIS
Byline: RUTH LAWSON A POPULAR cafe has been forced to close and lay off staff after hitting financial difficulties. Belle and Herbs on Heaton Road in Newcastle shut up after the owner made a plea to staff to work for free. But the award-winning...
BEST IS YET TO COME FOR TOON; Hughton in Bid to Land Blues Ace
Byline: LEE RYDER CHRIS HUGHTON was hoping that Irish eyes would be smiling on transfer deadline day today by adding Coventry City striker Leon Best to his list of winter signings. The 6ft 1in striker has netted 10 goals this season and Hughton...
Bogie Goes Fer Schemer Andy; BLUE SQUARE PREMIER
Byline: JEFF BOWRON FORMER Newcastle United trainee Andy Ferrell is expected to be the first of a quartet of deadline day signings as Gateshead finalise a squad capable of winning the battle for Conference premier survival. The combative 26-year-old...
Bruce in Race to Sign Up Hutton
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND are aiming to sign Spurs' full-back Alan Hutton before tonight's 5pm transfer deadline. But Sunderland's move for Manchester City striker Benjani broke down over the weekend. Scotland international rightback...
Bruce: Stoke and Wigan Will Make or Break Us
Byline: JAMES HUNTER STEVE BRUCE says Sunderland's season hinges on their back-toback home games against Stoke and Wigan this week. The Black Cats take on Stoke tonight and then Bruce's old club Wigan on Saturday, with Sunderland looking to end...
Bruised Vipers Need Educating
Byline: NEIL FARRINGTON A WEEK after experiencing the ultimate high in Belfast, Newcastle Vipers experienced an agonising low - physically and mentally - at Cardiff last night. As if blowing a 4-3 lead inside the last two minutes to lose 5-4...
Careers Day Is a Healthy Start for Youngsters; Health Reporter HELEN RAE Finds out How a Careers Day Is Showcasing the National Health Service in the Region
Byline: HELEN RAE MORE than 100 schoolchildren in the North East will be given an insight into why the NHS is a great place to work thanks to an event showcasing the organisation's wide range of careers on offer. NHS North of Tyne, working on...
China Girls; Grans Geared Up for Charity Cycling Challenge
Byline: VICKY ROBSON TWO grandmothers are embarking on the trip of a lifetime to help raise money for charity. Friends Susan Thompson and Heidi Collins are set to cycle hundreds of miles across China in aid of the Institute of Obstetrics and...
Deaths
AGHOLOR (Peterborough). Formerly of Jesmond. Jean passed peacefully on 25th January 2010 at the Sue Ryder Hospice, Thorpe Hall, Peterborough, dearly beloved wife of Joseph, loving mother of Ruth, Simon, Elizabeth, Sarah and Rebecca and a much loved...
Disabled Worker Fought off Raider; CASHIER WAS HIT WITH WOOD AND PUNCHED DURING RAID
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A DISABLED filling station cashier put his life on the line by bravely trying to fight off an armed robber. Masked raider Paul Dowson burst into the garage looking for cash to pay off his drug debts. Dowson knew the layout...
Drinkers Are Doubling Health Risks; HOW Many Units of Alcohol Do You Drink per Week? That Is the Question Being Asked by Health Trainers. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Finds out More
Byline: HELEN RAE DO YOU know your drinking limits? That is one of the questions health trainers are asking people as part of a drive to raise awareness about how much alcohol we consume. People drinking spirits at home are pouring themselves...
Falcons Youngsters Impress in Defeat
Byline: Nick Purewal's Cardiff .................. 45 Falcons ................ 24 TO the naysayers this was a glorified training run - but try telling that to hattrick hero Alex Walker. The 25-year-old Australian has had limited chances since his...
Fed: Murray's Day Will Come
WORLD No 1 Roger Federer believes Andy Murray will win a major title despite denying him a breakthrough success in the final of the Australian Open yesterday. The record grand slam holder secured the 16th title of his remarkable career with a 6-3 6-4...
For Grandmas and Grand Pars; Rookie Golfing Tees Off
Byline: KIM CARMICHAEL PLAYING in the comfort of their own homes, these golfers don't need a long drive. Since the residents of Allendale House were given their own indoor golf course, they have perfected the game to a tee. The sheltered accommodation...
Fresh Paint, Less Pain for Patients; AN NHS Trust in the Region Is Painting a Healthy Picture. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Explains
Byline: HELEN RAE ATYNESIDE health trust has embarked on a new painting scheme to further improve its highlypraised infection control services. The estates department at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust has reported its use of anti-bacterial...
Future's in Clover Thanks to Eco-Kids; SCHOOL'S PUPILS BECOMING ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR PUPILS at a Tyneside school are turning green. Young eco-warriors are working hard to help Clover Hill Primary in Whickham, Gateshead, become a Sustainable School. It's the Government's aim for all schools across the...
Getting Fit for a Good Cause; HEALTH Reporter HELEN RAE Finds out How One North East Company Is Encouraging People to Get Fit and Healthy While Also Helping Disadvantaged Children
Byline: HELEN RAE APOPULAR cheese company is helping a North East children's charity by setting up its very own diet club. The club, named Kavli, was formed in July last year after staff at the Team Valley-based company selected The Children's...
Harps: We Were Way Too Sloppy; United Keeper Rues Two Points Lost
Byline: LEE RYDER STEVE HARPER has warned Newcastle United must improve after failing to deliver in their Fox hunt at the Walkers Stadium. The Toon keeper refused to dress up the 0-0 draw as a good point and refreshingly carried out a frank assessment...
He Died Doing What He Loved
THIS little boy was always destined for something great. "If you couldn't fail, what could you hope to achieve?" was his motto on the website Facebook. From his days as a pupil at Washingwell Primary School and Whickham Comprehensive, he developed...
Hit Man Brassie Still Gold Standard; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
BLYTH SPARTANS goal machine Paul Brayson is homing in on a second consecutive UniBond Golden Boot after a productive first season at Croft Park. The much-travelled diminutive front man has scored an impressive 18 goals in 24 games in the famous...
Hughton Is Upbeat as Toon Can't Find the Net
Byline: LEE RYDER CHRIS HUGHTON today refused to get downbeat about Newcastle United's failure to see off 10-men at the Walkers Stadium. The United boss cut a frustrated figure in the technical area on Saturday night, and the mood was perhaps...
In Memoriam
BROWN (Burnmoor). Sarah, 1st February 2006, those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear, Mam, Dad, brother Tristan and Becky, Giles, Nan, Grandad and Uncle Kelvin....
In the News
GEORDIE pop star Aaron Bayley has a new baby on the way and an album. ANGELA UPEX caught up with him. What projects are you involved with at the moment? Apart from running a wedding and function band (www.aaronbayleyband.co.uk ) I'm busy getting...
It's Snow Joke as City Fall Again; UNIBOND PREMIER
DURHAM City were rewarded off the pitch, if not on it, after they pulled out all the stops to get their game against fans' club FC United of Manchester on. One of only two senior nonleague games in the region to survive the overnight snowfall, Shildon...
It's Time to Show Bottle; Mensah: Bravery Will Beat Stoke
Byline: JAMES HUNTER JOHN MENSAH has called on Sunderland to show self-belief as they prepare for tonight's must-win game against Stoke. The Black Cats are looking for their first Premier League win since November as they try to halt their slide...
I Work with a Bunch of Quitters!
NAME: Jen Anderson. AGE: 56. JOB TITLE: Specialist stopsmoking adviser. WHERE DO YOU WORK? I work for the NHS Stop Smoking Service and cover the whole of Newcastle. WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE? My speciality is pregnancy, due to my background...
JIM Would Describe Himself as [...]
JIM would describe himself as pretty fit. He has some problems with neck and back pain but these don't stop him working in an active physical job. He is a nonsmoker and not significantly overweight. The other day, he was going up and down step ladders,...
John Said It Was His Mission in Life to Make Me Happy, and He Achieved That; FIANCE'S TRIBUTE SPORTSMAN WHO DIED AT THE AGE OF 31
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON HE WAS the best squash player in England at the age of 10 and was tipped to become a world-class sportsman as an adult. But in the prime of his life, John Dale was struck down with an inoperable brain tumour and it was...
Kidnapped Couple's New Plea; PAIR BEG FOR GOVERNMENT TO HELP FREE THEM
A BRITISH couple kidnapped by Somali pirates have made a desperate appeal for the Government to intervene after more than three months in captivity. But the Foreign Office reiterated its stance that it will not pay a ransom for Paul and Rachel Chandler,...
Ladies Are Swapping Til Dropping; CHARITY BENEFITS FROM SWISH
Byline: DAVE BLACK LADIES who like to shop, swapped til they dropped to refresh their wardrobes at a charity event. Bargain-hunters were able to exchange their unwanted clothes, shoes, hats and handbags for someone else's cast-offs, without spending...
Maggie's Matters
Byline: Denise Heron THIS week sees the launch of the Love Maggie's Day which will take place in the week beginning March 22. Maggie's Centres up and down the country will be enthusiastically waving flags in support of their centres. We would...
Man Loses Land Dispute; Pounds 80k Cash Fight Fails
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON A LAND owner has failed in his battle to try and squeeze more than pounds 800,000 compensation for a site's compulsory purchase by the city council. Keith Graham's land off Shields Road in Byker caused controversy when...
More Help for Victims of Abuse; DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY ALMOST 3,000 people became victims of domestic thugs over the festive period. Latest figures have revealed that 3,343 incidents of domestic violence were reported to Northumbria Police during December and January And these...
Nolan: We Are the Only Team That Can Stop Us
Byline: LEE RYDER KEVIN NOLAN today insisted that the only team in the Coca-Cola Championship that can stand between Newcastle United and their title dream is ... Newcastle United. West Brom narrowed the gap over the weekend with a 3-1 win over...
North Girls Hit by Bad Storm
DEFIANT coach Barbara Brown was far from downbeat after her Team Northumbria battlers were beaten by Surrey Storm for the second time this season. The hosts pulled off a crushing 60-26 victory as they maintained their march towards title glory during...
Punters Panel
Our panel give their views on the Stoke City game tonight GORDON MABON THE weekend's results semed to go our way, and if we can get two home wins this week we will go a long way to ensuring we are not involved in a relegation scrap. Selection wise,...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Leicester City Game
GRAHAM BREWIS YES I know we had to reshuffle to allow new players into the team, and yes Leicester are no pushover, but I couldn't help feeling disappointed at a draw. Up until the sending off they were the better team and afterwards too for some...
Reunted
I WOULD love to hear from anyone who went to St Philip's Church or to "Hepple", camping to help on farm (war time), or who took part in shows and went to the dances. Any photos would be good. Betty Elcoate nee Howes, now E Smith. Tel: 0191 262 6692....
Rookie Runner Walker Crowned King of Moors
Byline: BILL MCGUIRK AFTER a six-week absence, outdoor athletics eventually returned to the region despite another heavy fall of snow. The Start Fitness North East Harrier League fixture went ahead on Newcastle Town Moor thanks to the heroic...
Running for Fun; SIGN UP FOR CHARITY EVENT
Byline: LAURA CAROE CHARITY fun runners are being urged to put their best foot forward for children with cancer. Online applications for the Gregg's Children's Cancer Run, one of the region's biggest charity events, opened today. The race,...
Safety Victory; FAMILY OF BOY KILLED AT CROSSING WELCOME CHANGE
Byline: ADAM JUPP A BRIDGE over a dualcarriageway where a lad of seven was killed has been saved. David Cameron died under the wheels of a speeding BMW on Newcastle's Stamfordham Road in June 2004, as he made his was over a pedestrian crossing...
Silent Killer That People Are Unaware of Put in Spotlight; HEALTH Reporter HELEN RAE Finds out Why Mouth Cancer Is Something We Should All Be Talking About
Byline: HELEN RAE MOUTH cancer is perhaps the most disfiguring type of cancer but not the most high-profile embodiment of the disease. Surprisingly, it causes one death every three hours in the UK with more deaths per number of cases than breast...
Social Club Is Left on Brink of Ruin; CONVICTED FRAUDSTER AT CENTRE OF: LEGAL WRANGLES WHICH RACKED UP COSTS
Byline: ROB PATTINSON FOR decades it's been a haven from the strains of everyday life. Generations of working men and their families have found refuge, a refreshing pint and cheerful chat. Since the eve of the Second World War, Swalwell Social...
Solano's Backing Magpies to Go Up
Byline: LEE RYDER NOBBY SOLANO has revealed he is still convinced Newcastle United will be back in the Premier League next season - despite their inability to see off 10-man Leicester City. The 35-year-old United cult hero received a wonderful...
Staff Aim Fo or High Quality; HEALTH Reporter HELEN RAE Finds out Why Staff in the North East Are Returning to the Classroom to Gain an Innovative New Qualification to Benefit Patients
Byline: HELEN RAE NHS staff in t North East a helping improve servic for patients through a ne innovative learning qu ification. the are to ces ew alare ewthe arne. Delivering high-quality c for patients throughout Ne castle and North Tyneside...
Students in Strip Search Raid Ordeal; MAN GETS FIVE YEARS FOR THEFT
Byline: ROB KENNEDY STUDENTS were subjected to a humiliating strip search by raiders who targeted them in their own home. The three university students were tricked into letting Peter Scorer into their home on the premise of borrowing a car....
Stuttering United Fail to Win the Numbers Game as 10 Resist 11; Magpies Blow a Golden Chance to Widen The: Gap at the Top as Caution Costs Them Dear
Byline: Lee Ryder's Leicester City ...........0 Newcastle United .....0 FOR once Newcastle United's fans, players and coaching staff were unanimous in their postgame verdict. And after all cards were marked it was clear that the stalemate at...
Super Shane Stuffs Irish
SHANE GERAGHTY admitted England Saxons were spurred by "unfinished business" after they gained a revenge win against Ireland A. The Northampton flyhalf guided his team to victory, scoring a try, kicking two conversions and an injury-time penalty in...
Tayls in Line for March Return
Byline: LEE RYDER STEVEN TAYLOR is refusing to name a comeback date after seeing his season decimated by knee trouble. The Newcastle United centreback, however, was today boosted by the news that the knee problem - sustained after a crunching...
The NEXT Big Thing; NEW LANDMARK BUILDING AT GATEWAY INTO CITY
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON THE face of Newcastle's centre will change dramatically in just a few years, city leaders have claimed. A new seven-storey flagship business building is to be erected at the end of Pilgrim Street and retailer Next will...
Tip-Tappy Toon Need to Find Their Courage
Byline: John Gibson GREAT champions possess the bravery to go out and force victory from those offering resistance. United, in truth, lack that desire and iron will to climb above rank and file on difficult days and stand alone as undisputed...
Toon Stars Tuning Out
SOME of the region's brightest stars are returning home for this year's Sunday For Sammy in a sell-out entertainment extravaganza at Newcastle City Hall. The celebrity favourites are back in Toon to appear in the fifth bi-annual show to commemorate...
Tribute to Victims of Holocaust; Cutting from Tree outside Anne Frank's Home Comes to Tyneside
Byline: SONIA SHARMA A SEED of hope has been planted in Tyneside in memory of those who died in the Holocaust. A chestnut tree cutting - from outside the home where Anne Frank hid during the Second World War - was placed in the ground at the...
Troops Stay for Up to Five More Years
THERE will be "many more" casualties in Afghanistan in a "very challenging year" for British soldiers, a senior diplomat said. Nato's civilian representative in the country, Mark Sedwill, warned of an "awful lot of violence" as the coalition's military...
Two Held over Alleyway Rape; 18-YEAR-OLD ATTACKED FOLLOWING NIGHT OUT
Byline: ADAM JUPP A TEENAGER was raped in Whitley Bay after a night out. The 18-year-old was attacked in the town centre in the early hours of Saturday. Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident but detectives are appealing for...
Whitley Stay in Touch at Top
WHITLEY WARRIORS were 5-1 victors at home to Telford last night and remain on course for an English National League title showdown with Nottingham Lions - who were 2-1 home winners against Blackburn - at Hillheads next month. However, before then...
You Know You've Got Soul at Taunton
SOULARD has hardly had any racing in the last 12 months and can make his freshness count at Taunton. The seven-year-old has only seen action three times in the last year but has done enough to suggest he can add to his two successes over fences...
Young Hooker Shocked at Earning Three Scores
SHOCKED Newcastle Falcons hat-trick hooker Alex Walker admitted he would have been delighted with even just one try at Cardiff. The former Saracens front-rower barged over for three carbon-copy driven lineout scores as the Falcons picked up a four-try...
Your Stars WITH CLAIRE PETULENGRO
Byline: CLAIRE PETULENGRO YOU enter this month feeling more sure of who you are and where you're going. You're finally living life again and you're sure to be glad when you see close ones' reaction. CALL MY ARIES LINE TO HEAR MORE 0904 470 0721...
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