Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from July 22, 2010

100 Elderly Are Made Homeless; DECISION TO CLOSE SEVEN CARE HOMES MET WITH ANGER
Byline: NEIL MCKAY ELDERLY folk across County Durham are facing eviction after seven care homes were closed by councillors. More than 100 pensioners will have to find new homes after the local authority pledged to shut the homes as part of cost-cutting...
A Day in the Life
Graeme Wilson, originally from New Zealand and now living in Gosforth, is the director of music at Westfield School for Girls in Newcastle 0745: I arrive at school ready for my busy day ahead. My first task is organising the instrumental and singing...
A Grand Night for Michelle; WALKER MUM-OF-FOUR PLANS TO CELEBRATE WIN WITH A FAMILY HOLIDAY
Byline: KATIE DAVIES WINNING the Chronicle's Grab a Grand competition could not have come at a better time for Michelle Jeffrey. The 37-year-old had been busy calculating the cost of a summer holiday for herself and her four children when the phone...
A Healthy Attitude to Artwork; Pupils' Art to Be Shown in Gallery
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR CREATIVE children from two Tyneside primaries will get to see their artwork displayed at one of the region's top galleries at the start of the new school year. Youngsters from St Philip Neri RC School in Dunston and Portobello...
Anger as Bookies Gets Nod; Petition: 1 for, 997 Against
Byline: PAUL TULLY CONTROVERSIAL plans for a betting shop in an historic conservation area are under starter's orders despite huge opposition. Betfred's application to take over a prime shop unit in the heart of Hexham's Market Place sparked...
A Real Mix of Talent; HOPES FOR VENUE AS ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS VENTURE IS LAUNCHED
Byline: RUTH LAWSON A BRITISH Legion club is a step closer to a new lease of life. Tyneside's finest joined forces to raise money to help fund the launch of a muchneeded arts venue, called the Mixer, in one of the regions few remaining Royal...
Back in Blighty; Emma Spreads Her Wings with the North East's Legal Eagles
Byline: IAIN LAING APUBLIC relations specialist has left the Caribbean and moved back to her native Newcastle to become marketing manager at a law firm in the city. Emma Drysdale, 34, has returned to Newcastle North East after four years living...
Bored of the Dance; Effort to Slap an ASBO Ban on Street Pest
Byline: ADAM JUPP HIS down-at-heel dress and bizarre street moves have earned him the unflattering nickname the "dancing tramp". But police say John Ventress's jokey sobriquet masks the fact he is nothing but a pest, plaguing passers-by with...
Cash Is, at Long Last, Available; MILLIONS OF POUNDS AGREED
Byline: AMY HUNT MILLIONS for the revamp of a famous Newcastle suburb has been rubber-stamped. The green light has been given for almost pounds 10m of public money, through the Homes and Communities Agency, for work to start on rebuilding in Scotswood...
Cats Get the Bird as Manager Bruce Defends Bramble
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS JORDAN HENDERSON has urged Sunderland fans not to read too much into the Black Cats' disappointing performance in the 1-1 draw with Brighton last night. A small section of supporters turned on the team and the manager during...
Company Bosses Inspire Pupils; Students Introduced to the World of Work
BAKERY giant Ken McMeikan has been raising young people's aspirations with his rags-toriches tale of success. The CEO of Greggs told Year 9 and 10 pupils at Emmanuel College, in Gateshead, of his humble beginnings, which often saw his family go...
Contact Centre's Leading Award
FUSION Contact Centre Services has won a top business award for Commitment to People Development from City of Sunderland College. Fusion handles calls from motor and home insurance customers, for brands including Budget insurance and ibuyeco as...
Craig Builds on Foundations in New Managerial Role
HOUSEBUILDER Galliford Try Partnerships has taken on Craig Taylor as its regional development manager in the North East. Craig, who lives with his wife and two young children in Sunderland, joins the Ponteland company from international Construction...
Cremation to Stop a Shrine
KILLER Raoul Moat is to be cremated because fears his grave would become a sick shrine to twisted ghouls. His family are worried if he was buried it would be impossible to prevent the cemetery becoming a pilgrimage for those who have hero-worshipped...
Cruel Pair's Animal Ban; MOTHER AND SON IN DOCK
Byline: SARA NICHOL A PET ban has been handed down to a mother and son who drowned a hamster. Karen and Jay Williams wrongly thought the creature, called Speedy, was suffering from ringworm and so decided to "put it out its misery". That led...
Deaths
BARRASS (Usworth). Suddenly at home on July 18th, aged 58 years, Alan, dearly loved husband of Dorothy, a much loved dad of John, Chris, Lee and Stephen, a dear father in law of Amy, Michele, Yvonne and Helen, also a devoted grandad, loving brother...
Dirty Water Is Spoiling Fishing
Byline: SAM HARRIS ALL of the fresh water coming down the rivers has ruined boat sport. I was out on the boat on Tuesday and the dirty water coming out of the rivers was at least six miles out and possibly further. Apart from mackerel, sport...
Double Act's Trio of Plays Are a Triumph
THIS year alone, their work has had rave reviews and standing ovations in Australia, Scotland, England and at more locally, Newcastle's Theatre Royal - but Tyneside-based writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood are not ones to forget their roots. The prolific...
Fab Conquers His Final Fear; Eagles Boss Opts for Surgical Precision
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS FAB FLOURNOY has revealed how he conquered a lifelong fear of surgery in order to be fit for the start of Newcastle Eagles' BBL title defence. Flournoy went under the knife for the first time in his life yesterday to remedy...
First Regional Success in New Finance Award
THE first 20 business people in the region have been awarded with a nationally-recognised qualification in business finance, having completed a series of five interactive workshops being delivered by Business Link across the North East. The graduates...
Four New Recruits Join Legal Eagles at Company
EMMERSONS Solicitors has recruited a record-breaking four new employees in the past four weeks as it rides high with demand for its law services. The new recruits bring with them over four decades of experience in the legal profession and will work...
Great Outdoors; YOUNGSTERS CELEBRATE OPENING OF FANTASTIC NEW SCHOOL GARDEN
Byline: KERRY WOOD PUPILS can't wait for break time since a pounds 11,000 cash boost helped their school garden to grow. More than 200 youngsters at Tanfield Lea Community Primary School are getting to grips with the new interactive attractions...
Group Gave Their All in Classic Musical
Byline: CHRIS STYLES JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Whitley Bay Playhouse IS IT fair to compare the efforts of a professional touring company and a notfor-profit company promoting the theatre in North Tyneside? The Playhouse has hosted productions based...
Ian Is Banking on Being a Success
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX YORKSHIRE Bank has boosted its team in the North East with the appointment of a new senior partner and head of business development. He is Ian Stephenson, 46, a well-known figure in the North East financial services community,...
I'm Home & on the Mend
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY BACK home, shot bobby David Rathband is today planning for all his tomorrows. And as he begins the long road to recovery with his family PC Rathband has told of his determination to return to work, and his satisfaction...
Injured Pair Will Hit the Gym - Tait
Byline: NICK PUREWAL LUCKLESS Josh Afu will not waste his 10 weeks on crutches - Alan Tait has told him to beef up in the gym. The athletic back-rower suffered broken leg heartbreak in Pacific Nations Cup preparations with Tonga this summer,...
In Memoriam
CARD (Heaton) Beautiful memories of our miracle baby boy Hayden James on your first birthday. There isn't a minute goes by that we don't miss and love you, forever in our broken hearts, you are safe with the Angels now. Everlasting love from Mammy,...
It's Gonna Be Hot, Hot, Hot; FIREFIGHTERS' IRONMAN CHALLENGE
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER THEY are set to experience the pain in Spain... These superfit firefighters may be at the peak of fitness, but the fearless five, from Byker, Newcastle, are pushing themselves to the limits as they train for the Lanzarote...
It's Hall Worth It as Sean Returns
GATESHEAD'S Sean Hall had every reason to be happy after finishing third in the 3,000 metres steeplechase in the England Athletics Championships at Gateshead International Stadium, the track where he trains most days of the week. As well as picking...
It Was the Best of Days - Our Wedding Day Pushed Aside All Problems; NEWLY-WED HUSBAND'S ANGUISH AFTER CANCER: CLAIMS HIS WIFE OF A FEW SHORT WEEKS
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON THEIR marriage was a triumph of love over destiny, but was always doomed to end in tragedy. Newly-wed Elizabeth Reay has lost her fight for life just weeks after tying the knot with her long-term partner Paul Young. ...
Lawyer Backs Bid to Interest Pupils in Law
ALAW firm is backing a nationwide initiative to help school-age children understand the importance of the legal system to their lives. Ponteland-based Major Family Law supports the Schools Law Project which aims to teach pupils that laws bring responsibilities...
Life's Now a Walk in Park for Youngster; HEART SWAP LAD JOINS CHARITY EVENT
Byline: HELEN RAE HEART swap survivor Patrick Skinner was all smiles as he enjoyed the great outdoors to launch a walk in aid of a children's hospital appeal. The youngster, of West Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, has been through a lot in his short...
Lorraine Can Be the Lady of Ascot
ALSACE LORRAINE ran an excellent race in defeat at the Royal meeting and can gain compensation back at Ascot on Friday. James Fanshawe has lowered her sights in tackling the Woodcote Stud EBF Valiant Stakes after her fourth in the Group Two Windsor...
Men Quizzed in Cash for Crash Probe; THREE RAID ARRESTS
Byline: NEIL MCKAY POLICE probing a "crash for cash" racket said to involve hundreds of thousands of pounds in false claims have made three arrests. The breakfast-time raids - in the Derwentside area of Durham yesterday - were part of an ongoing...
Nice Tri Barry! Ex-Champ Plays Major Part in Sunshine Event
Byline: VICKY ROBSON FORMER world champion triathlete Barry Jameson will be spurring on hundreds of fitness fanatics set to raise money for the Chronicle's Sunshine Fund. The 57-year-old, who has competed against Olympic, European and Commonwealth...
Nick Is Game to Launch Delhi Bid; INSIDE TRACK
FIVE years after taking pole position on the podium at the AAAs Championships, Nick McCormick was back on top again after winning the inaugural England Athletics Championships at Gateshead Stadium last weekend. The Morpeth Harrier has had mixed...
Off the Cuff
IT'S pathetic I know but, to me, there's nothing funnier than watching people fall asleep in public places. And, as luck would have it, there's nothing more convenient either. As I write this, I am sat on a train, travelling back from a meeting...
Our Prayers Have Been Answered; CHURCH GROUP RAISED Pounds 1m FOR NEW HALL
Byline: KERRY WOOD IT'S taken seven years and almost pounds 1m, but an impressive community project is complete. When repairs were needed to this Methodist Church's Victorian hall, members took the decision to make a fresh start and provide the...
Parent to Parent[.]
ARE your pre-school children misbehaving? Hurtful behaviour - snatching toys, scratching, biting, pinching and kicking - is quite common in preschool children. But why do they do it and how do you deal with it? Why do they do it? Young children explore...
Paul Champions Young Jobseekers
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX AN EXPERT from the North East has flown to Hong Kong to urge employers to adopt UK-style apprenticeships in an effort to curb the Chinese region's chronic youth unemployment problem. Paul Champion, managing director of...
PHONE PERVERT PESTERED WOMEN; ASBO for 44-Year-Old Who Plagued Emergency Services with Seedy Calls
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER A PHONE pervert who plagued emergency services with dirty calls has been spared jail. Alcoholic Brian Humble was handed an anti-social behaviour order after making a series of seedy calls to receptionists and switchboard...
Pounds 2.5m Facelift in Store; HISTORIC TYNESIDE TRADER LINED UP FOR REVAMP IN BID TO DRAW IN FOLLOWERS OF FASHION
Byline: DAN WARBURTON AN ICONIC Tyneside store is receiving a multi-million pound investment to spruce up the site. Shopping chiefs at John Lewis are splashing out pounds 2.5m on a revamp of its Newcastle store as it tries to attract more fashion-conscious...
Practice Makes Perfect for Jen
JENSON BUTTON knows he has to end his qualifying torment if he is to have any chance of retaining his Formula One title. Not once in the 10 races this season has Button managed to start in the top three on the grid, appreciating that has then compromised...
Ranger's Aiming to Turn Up Heat on His Striking Rivals and Fulfil Premier Dream; Young Gun Nile Insists He's Not along for the Ride as He Prepares to Stake His Claim for Toon Top-Flight Chance
Byline: LEE RYDER NILE RANGER has signalled his intent for Newcastle United's forthcoming Premier League return by insisting: "I'm not just here for the ride." And after Ranger announced himself back on the scene with a cheeky but technically...
Relay Testing Weekend's All in a Good Cause; INSIDE TRACK
BIRTLEY Athletics Club members are 'relay' taking advantage of a relatively competition-free weekend. For they will contest a cross-border relay to raise funds for their development trust, which will allow the building of a club house and improved...
Sutton Is Eyeing a Vital Title Victory
Byline: STUART RAYNER A DISAPPOINTING start to the 2010 season has not fooled any of their rivals that Durham are not still the team to beat, according to Lancashire's Luke Sutton. Sutton made 101 not out yesterday to keep his unbeaten county's...
Tesco Fury at Planners' Store U-Turn; Plan Would Have Created 250 Jobs
Byline: KERRY WOOD ANGER has erupted over plans to shelve a multi-million pound retail development which would have breathed new life into a town. Supermarket giants Tesco have hit out at planners in County Durham claiming hundreds of jobs have...
The News Is: I Am Expecting! TV PRESENTER REVEALS HER SECRET BABY JOY AT THE END OF THE BULLETIN
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON TV FAVOURITE Carol Malia is pregnant again - a year after giving birth to her first child. Delighted Carol let slip her secret on television during last night's Look North. She was just finishing off the BBC news programme...
Toon Boss Sees His Profits Up; 50% RISE AT STORES
Byline: KAREN DENT PROFITS at Toon billionaire Mike Ashley's sports firm rocketed by nearly 50%. Now staff at the Newcastle United tycoon's Sports Direct business are in line for bonus pay-outs following a bumper year. Sportswear shops owned...
Tragic Last Hours of Ex-Toon Striker's Daughter; STUDENT FOUND HANGED AFTER DRINKING AND TAKING MEPHEDRONE
Byline: TOM MULLEN THE teenage daughter of former Toon ace Antoine Sibierski hanged herself after drinking champagne and taking mephedrone, an inquest heard. Sibylle Sibierski, 18, was described as a regular user of the toxic substance - also...
UNITED GET THEIR DAN; Ex-Everton Starlet Gosling Is in Toon at Last
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United have finally got their man in Dan Gosling. The Chronicle revealed on July 8 that Newcastle had became locked in a battle with Sunderland for the former England Under-17 international - but midfielder Gosling...
We'll Be Next Girls Aloud; X FACTOR WANNABE'S EXCITEMENT AT NEW GIRL BAND
Byline: LAURA CAROE SHE thought her dreams were over when she was knocked out of the X Factor. But now Geordie singer Amie Buck is hoping to become a chart-topping queen with her new girl band. The 23-year-old, who just missed out on making...
We're All Set for Take-Off; HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED AT SEAFRONT FOR THRILLING AIRSHOW
Byline: KATIE DAVIES HUNDREDS of thousands of spectators will turn their eyes to the skies this weekend for Sunderland's 22nd International Airshow. Huge crowds are expected to be wowed by the aerial feats along the city's seafront as planes jet...
What a Difference the Rain Has Made
Byline: DAVID CARRICK WHAT a difference some rain makes to our local rivers. Tyne and other local rivers have begun to produce good sport after rises in levels. NERAC members have had some fine sea-trout sport with Bill Tolland landing one...

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