Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from June 13, 2013

A Hol Lot of Choice for Toon Travellers; New Flights from Airport Mean Breaks Can Be Longer
Byline: MICHEAL BROWN MICHEAL BROWN HOLIDAYMAKERS will be offered more options from Tyneside after two operators announced new flights to the Costa Del Sol, Kefalonia and Rhodes. Tour operators Thomson and First Choice have announced plans to...
Art That's Sure to Give You Tunnel Vision; Leading Artists Go Underground
THE latest in underground art saw Newcastle's 1842 Victoria Tunnel become a gallery for a one-off display by some of the best street artists in the world. With June 12 picked as the day for a 12-hour exhibition featuring 12 leading artists, part...
A Super Day Is Had at Tens Tournament; Rugby Union
THE 11th Rockcliff Super 10s brought together 12 touring and local sides for an afternoon of rugby at Hillheads. The first round saw the sides split into four groups of three teams. The winners of each group progressed into the Cup semifinals,...
Ben Aims to Be Different Stokes; Batsman Strives for Consistency
Byline: STUART RAYNER BEN STOKES believes self-confidence is the key to fulfilling his potential as a batsman - but snuggling into featherbed pitches like the one at Taunton do not do any harm either. Stokes was Durham's top scorer with 61 on...
Birtley's Young Guns Battle All the Way in Redditch
BIRTLEY took a 10-strong team to the Redditch Schools Box Cup at the Abbey Sports Stadium and gained a great response. First up was KJ Metcalfe, who won a tough contest to book his place in this weekend's final, taking J Price's 100% record in the...
Branson Eyes Plan for PS2bn Bank Float; Move Could Mean Millions Handed Back to Whitehall
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON SIR Richard Branson is set to be preparing for a PS2bn attempt to get his Virgin Money bank on the stock market. Efforts are being made to recruit the top-level team needed to prepare for the flotation, which could bring...
Cancer Claims Life of Leading Butcher; She Took on the Dickson Family Business in Her Teens
A LEADING butcher who took over the family firm at just 16 and helped make it one of Tyneside's finest, has died. Christine Dickson took over the running of Dicksons pork butchers single-handedly following the sudden death of her father and continued...
Cats Target Brazilian Striker, Clai's Agent; Paulinho on Di Canio Wishlist - but Italians May Get There First
Byline: STEVE BROWN SUNDERLAND are poised to make a bid for Livorno striker Paulinho, according to the player's agent. But the claims could simply be an attempt to drive up the Brazilian's price, with a host of Italian clubs - Sampdoria foremost...
Children Get Creative to Fight Racism; Giant Mural Created in Art Project at Academy
CHILDREN tapped into their creative skills to make a huge mural tackling the issue of racism. A group of nine youngsters from Excelsior Academy in Newcastle's West End, took part in a project delivered by GemArts with the help of local artist Andy...
Clinic Boss Bites Back; Singer Kerry's Vampire Facelift 'Was Safe'
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN A CLINIC boss has rubbished claims that Kerry Katona was ever in danger after undergoing a "vampire facelift" in Newcastle. The former Atomic Kitten star has told how her face swelled up "like the Elephant Man" following...
Courts IN BRIEF
A selection of offences from the magistrates' ' courts Gary Baldwin, 24, of Coach Road Green, Felling. Pleaded guilty to possessing a lock knife in public on April 30. Fined PS110, with PS85 costs and a PS15 victim surcharge. Wayne Humphreys, 27,...
Cultural Exchange
NEWCASTLE'S Tyneside Cinema is to present Crossing Cultures, a week of new French, German and Spanish language films, from June 23 to 30. The first event of its kind in the North East, Crossing Cultures will give audiences the chance to see movies...
Cup Contest Proves to Be All Right Jack!
NORTHUMBRIAN Water's Kielder Water turned on both the sport and the weather last Wednesday for the Jack Charlton Trout Cup for Disabled Anglers. There were lots of rodsbending and nets bulging with trout biting well. The sport on offer was the best...
Dawn Blaze Hits Rundown Terrace; Arson Is Suspected as Cause
Byline: SARAH SCOTT SMOKE billows across the skyline as firefighters tackle a blaze in a derelict building. This was the sight morning commuters were greeted with as they made their way to work yesterday. Thick, black smoke could be seen across...
Deal Saves Struggling City Hotel; Ambitious Developers Add Venue to Growing Property Empire
Byline: COREENA FORD A LUXURY hotel has been saved from administration by developers who plan to turn it into one of the region's plushest pads. Grey Street Hotel has faced an uncertain future since appointing administrators at BDO in November...
Decision Delay 'Is Risking Lives' MP Criticised Suspension of Plans for Units
A DECISION to suspend plans to close three children's heart surgery units is destabilising services and putting young lives at risk, it has been claimed. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced yesterday that the ruling to close the units in Leeds,...
Depleted Harriers in Vital Derby Victory
GATESHEAD Harriers took a huge step in their quest to bounce straight back into Division One of the British Athletics League after a superb team performance in the second fixture at Derby. The Tynesiders were relegated last season - but team manager...
Firm's Bananas over Campaign
Byline: ruth.lawson THIS driver has channelled his silly side to help raise money for disabled children. Staff at Cleaners for Causes have vowed to don banana outfits while going about their daily duties in a bid to do their bit for the Chronicle...
Give Birdies a Summer Feast
IT ISN'T just in winter that you need to help feed our feathered friends. Summer can be just as important and it's a great way of encouraging your kids to nurture the bird life outdoors. Setting up a bird cafe is a rewarding way for kids to attract...
'He Adored Sharon despite My Warnings. ' Murder Trial Hears of Relationship Concerns
Byline: ROB KENNESY MURDER accused Sharon Swinhoe was a "powerful influence" who would "dominate" the life of her alleged victim, a court heard. The landlady in the pub where Peter McMahon met Swinhoe said she'd warned the pensioner he was being...
He's Had Krul Luck - but Tim Will Be Back Better Than Ever; United Coach Is Backing Dutch Ace to Shrug off Injuries
Byline: LEE RYDER TIM KRUL will be "stronger than ever" next season - according to Newcastle United's goalkeeping guru Andy Woodman. The Dutchman was last seen when he walked off in agony after sustaining a wrist injury in the Tyne-Wear derby...
Homelessness Scheme Gave Me Back My Life; from Deep Despair to a New Job
Byline: DAN WARBURTON A CALL operator who says a homeless charity saved her from "jail or death" has urged a Gateshead community to welcome a multi-million pound development. Families near Derwenthaugh Road, Blaydon, have launched an online petition...
It's No Merger, Blasts the SFL
THE Scottish Football League ended 123 years of its history last night by being "swallowed up" by the Scottish Premier League, according to SFL president Jim Ballantyne. At a special general meeting at Hampden Park, 23 out of 29 SFL clubs - one...
Judge Accused of Huhne 'Lies' City Graduate's High-Profile Charges
Byline: KATE DAVIES A JUDGE who studied at Newcastle University has been charged with perverting the course of justice in the case of shamed minister Chris Huhne. Constance Briscoe is accused of two police, the Crown Prosecution Service said....
Kids Stole BGT Show
WELL Britain's Got Talent is over for another year and I guess we'll have to start talking about the weather again. My mate impressionist Francine Lewis did not win, but has no doubt added a couple of noughts to her annual income. Attraction...
MAGPIES WILL NOT GET BENT; No Bent Bid Unless Price Right
NEWCASTLE UNITED have turned down the chance to sign fallen England international Darren Bent. The Chronicle understands that the Magpies were offered the out-of-favour Aston Villa striker. But sources at Villa Park say that United will only...
Making a Mark for Campaign; Fingerprints Plan Backs Asbestos Victims
Byline: KATIE DAVIES HUNDREDS of fingerprints will be a symbol of hope for asbestos victims at a special ceremony. Families are being invited to pledge their support to the victims by imprinting their fingerprints on a commemorative tree. As...
Manhunt Continues after Street Brawl; Suspects Fled Following City Car Smash and Fight
Byline: RUTH LAWSON A MANHUNT was today continuing for the occupants of a car which sped off after a crash and street brawl. Police are trying to trace the people who were in the Mitsubishi Shogun at lunchtime on Tuesday when it was involved...
Miners Are Digging Deep; Club Look to Attract Region's Brightest Prospects
THE most northerly rugby league team in England is stepping up its search for the stars of the future. The Ashington-based Miners, who play in the North East Regional League which accommodates teams from Durham and Cumbria as well as Northumberland,...
Murray Held Up by Rain
AN AFTERNOON of rain led to another incomplete day of play at the AEGON Championships at Queen's, with the Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga still to complete their second-round matches. Murray's encounter with Frenchman Nicolas Mahut was halted...
Number of Jobless Is on the Rise Again; More Gloom for the Region
MORE people are out of work in the North East as unemployment has risen again. A rise of 4,000 people without a job over the three months to April leaves the region with the UK's highest unemployment rate at 10.1%. Nationally, there was a slight...
Overwhelming Response to Depression Story
AFTER Stephen Fry admitted that he tried to take his life last year, we spoke about depression on Loose Women. I shared with the audience my own experience of mental illness and how it's so important that we talk about this crippling, isolating...
Petwatch
A HUGE thank you to our very supportive readers for the fantastic donations received over the past week. This week we are appealing for tinned dog, puppy and kitten food and strong toys for our many larger breeds in both shelters. June is upon...
PFA Will Back Ace Cisse's Stance over Wonga Shirt
PAPISS CISSE has been told he has the PFA's full backing if he decides not to wear a Newcastle United shirt featuring the Wonga logo. The PFA described the scenario as a "difficult situation" for Newcastle but will stand by Cisse. United will...
Pledge on Policing
I READ with interest a letter published in the Evening Chronicle of June 7, which refers to the cessation of the Northumbria Police underwater search service and the service being put out to tender. We have recently reviewed the way we provide all...
PM Defends the Bedroom Tax; North MP Challenges Cameron on Benefit Cuts
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER DAVID Cameron has defended cuts to housing benefit which have left thousands of Newcastle tenants in arrears after he was challenged in the House of Commons. The Prime Minister was quizzed by Newcastle North MP Catherine...
Relief for Lynn as Her Blaydon 'Debut' Earns Plaudits
NOW that the dust has settled on the 33rd running of the Start Fitness Blaydon Race, new race secretary Lynn Craig can take a wellearned break. It was Lynn's first time in charge of the historic gathering after taking over from Bob Houston. While...
Rich Re-Wards on Shark Trip
TWO new rod-caught records were set at Whitby last week. In the first shark angling trip of the year, Richard Ward with the Shy Torque III and a group of anglers from Lincolnshire aboard, fished an overnight trip 27 miles offshore. The first...
Rose Playing Down Great Expectations of England
DANNY ROSE does not understand why people automatically expect England to challenge for trophies when their track record of success at major international tournaments is so poor. The under-21s were the latest to fall foul of public expectations,...
Send Us Cute and Funny Pictures of Your Pets for Aal Reet Pets Each Thursday, Whether They Sleep on the Dining Table or Look Great in a Footy Strip
See the gallery and fill out the form on our website at chroniclelive.co.uk/pets Names: Smudge and Popcorn Age: 2 Years and 1 Year Owners: Michael and Joanne Wright Lives: North Shields "Don't let this photo fool you, butter would melt. Partners...
Share Your Tales to Mark 100 Years on the Buses; Company to Publish People's History Book
DID you find romance on the number 12, have a memorable journey to an interview for your dream job, or perhaps you made a lifelong friend on your way home? If your answer is yes - or you have another happy memory about your time "on the buses" - the...
So Kind and So Talented -What a Waste; Father Dies in Tragedy on Rail Line
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON HIS life was never the same after a brutal attack left him with memory loss. But Simon Ebblewhite's determination and drive helped him graduate with a music degree as he struggled to cope with the effects of an unprovoked...
The Day I Met the Fab Four. Contest Winner Margaret Relives Meeting Her Idols
SHE won a prize money could not buy. And now Margaret Gordon has relived the night she met her childhood idols The Beatles and was allowed to name their new album. Margaret was the envy of all her friends when she got to meet the world-famous...
Toon Are a Top-Seven Club-On Player Values at Least; PS155 Million - That's How Much Respected Website Has Estimated Current United Squad to Be Worth
THEY SAY that every player has a price in football. And although Newcastle United ended last season in a disappointing 16th place, a recent valuation of the Magpies' squad indicates that when it comes to an overall price, Alan Pardew's squad weighs...
Tragic Demise of Toon Legend
Byline: DAVE MORTON THERE are surely very few people, if any, left alive who will remember Newcastle United's last league title triumph back in 1927. If they were, they would undoubtedly say how Hughie Gallacher was the prime architect of that...
Tweets & Posts
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages Homeless charity Emmaus is facing fierce opposition to a proposed development at the disused salt store in Blaydon, amid fears a development for homeless people would house...
Uni Scientist Peeked at Bare Women; Academic Denies Voyeurism
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER AN academic accused of voyeurism knew he was losing control when he began to peek at naked women, a court heard. Aspiring astrophysicist Daniel Steven John, 28, stole glances at women in shower cubicles and a toilet while...
Wear Ready to Rock; Concertfans Told to Get There Early
Byline: GORDON BARR ROCK gods Bon Jovi play the first of three gigs in nine days at the Stadium of Light tonight. to. The band, who will be followed a week today by Rihanna and on June 22 by the pop fest that is North East Live, have announced...
What Now for the Co-Op? the Sale to Transform 1930s Landmark into a Hotel Falls Through
Byline: RUTH LAWSON NEWCASTLE'S landmark Co-op building is for sale again after efforts to make it a hotel failed. The vacant department store on Newgate Street was expected to be transformed into a Travelodge but the sale fell through and the...
Where the Fish Are and Now to Catch Them
BELLFLASK 01677 470716 / HG4 5LW Local rod Phil Hambley had the best catch of 33 trout including two 4lb browns caught on Suspender Buzzers in bright sunshine. Malcolm Roberts had 20 trout on Black Chenille fished deep. Stanley angler Nigel Seccombe...
Witness :'How I Tried to Help Stabbed Man ' Court Hears of Deadly Christmas Night
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A MURDER eye-witness told how he comforted victim David Charlton as he slumped fatally injured in the street. David Mouter saw Mr Charlton clutching at his waist after an allegedly murderous attack. He said when he went...
You're Smarter for 10
They helped get the world dancing to a disco beat and have sold upwards of 220 million albums. MARION MCMULLEN gets jive talkin' as the music of the Bee Gees is celebrated this month. What's the big award ceremony coming up? Bee Gees star Barry...
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