Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from April 1, 2015

Acrobats Developing into a Winning Squad; GYMNASTICS
DEERNESS Gymnastics Academy got its season off to a flying start when its young acrobats returned from the Regional National Development Programme Championships with five gold, one silver and two bronze medals. The Championships were held at Temple...
Bring on City, Says Buoyant Skipper
Byline: Jeff Bowron SUNDERLAND Ladies captain Steph Bannon is in bullish mood ahead of their Women's Super League top-flight home opener against Manchester City tonight at the Hetton Centre (6.30pm). Bannon led the female Black Cats to the WSL2...
Cinema Listings
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City's Girls Bid to Invest in Bit of Trophy Success; HOCKEY
NEWCASTLE Hockey Club ladies' first XI will be sticking in for national glory later this month in the Investec Women's Trophy Final, writes CHRIS KNIGHT. The girls will square off against Newent Ladies First Team on April 25 at the Lee Valley Hockey...
Closet Confidential
Australian-born twin sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso are best known as The Veronicas. Marion McMullen finds out about their twin style trends What are you wearing at the moment? J: I'm wearing Latex pants, Maha Mantra scarf and a Zara white drape...
Couple Deny PS200,000 Tax Fraud Allegations
Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter sara.nichol@ncjmedia A COUPLE have appeared in court accused of tax fraud involving at least PS200,000. Husband and wife Michael and Claire Quinn were in the dock at Newcastle Magistrates' Court where they faced two...
Cup Double Just Very Good for TN Supremo; VOLLEYBALL
TEAM Northumbria are celebrating another courageous National Cup double after the Sport Central club added to their bulging trophy haul. Crowned the kings and queens of Kettering in front of a boisterous crowd at the National Volleyball Centre,...
Dad, Doesn't This Look a Bit like a Hand Grenade!
Byline: Craig Thompson Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com A LAD of eight sparked a security scare when he found a live wartime hand grenade on a Tyneside beach. Alexander Rintoul was on a day out on Tynemouth Beach with his family when...
Dad Wins Battle with Government for Compensation, but Now He Is Left Facing His Biggest Ever Struggle
Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk MINISTRY of Defence lawyers have agreed a compensation package for a former marine engineer who was exposed to asbestos during his time in the forces. Colin Thorne was diagnosed...
Delighted That Ed Is Taking on My Plan for Young People
Byline: Keiran Southern Reporter keiran.southern@ncjmedia.co.uk LABOUR'S Catherine McKinnell has welcomed a promise to create more apprentices on Tyneside. Party leader Ed Miliband has said every rm awarded major government contracts should oer...
Do It for Charlie
Byline: Keiran Southern Reporter keiran.southern@trinitymirror.com PARENTS of a toddler who died aged two are launching a new fundraising campaign to mark what would have been his fourth birthday. Sarah and Chris Cookson lost Charlie to a mystery...
Don't Bank on United Picking Up Windfall Yet
Byline: Neil Cameron Sports writer @NeilCameron5 SO Newcastle United are in for a PS500,000 windfall if Rangers win promotion. Right. OK. A couple of things about that. First of all, there is every chance that the Glasgow club won't actually...
Draws Proving Costly for Blyth
BLYTH SPARTANS are just one goal away from a century of goals this season after an entertaining draw against fourth-top Ashton United on a cold night at Croft Park. Alex Nicholson's fantastic solo goal put Spartans ahead before Martin Pilkington...
Easter Treats at the Beach; FOOD NEWS
Byline: Gordon Bar NE of the North East's top family restaurants is hatching plans for a cracking half term. Oe Beach House bistro, Roker, will be hosting free activities for all ages throughout the school holidays, starting with themed arts...
Falling GP Numbers a Worry, Say Top Medics
Byline: Craig Thompson Health Reporter craig.thompson@trinitymirror.com SIMON GREENER TOP medics from across the North East today warned that the plunging number of doctors going into general practice is posing a threat to the region's health care...
Fundraising Party Going Back to 80s
Byline: Michael Marsh Reporter michael.marsh@trinitymirror.com PARTYGOERS are being urged to shake up their creative flair to name a cocktail with a sci-fi twist. St Oswald's Hospice will take guests 'back to the future' at a fundraising 1980s...
Hidden Gem's Perfect Pizza
Byline: Simon Duke FOOD REVIEW CELLINI'S CAFE & RISTORANTE 13 Spout Lane, Washington Village Tel: 0191 418 7277 T Web: cellinisristorante.co.uk Food: Service: Ambience: Overall: EWCASTLE is famed these days for its choice of restaurants. ...
Hodgson Happy as England Go to Town against Italians
ENGLAND goalscorer Andros Townsend was pleased to repay manager Roy Hodgson's faith in him as he scored the equaliser against Italy in the international friendly in Turint. Southampton striker Graziano Pelle put Italy ahead before Townsend fired...
Homes Plan for Office Site?
Byline: Coreena Ford Business writer coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk A PRIME oce complex in Newcastle could be converted into 400 homes as part of plans being explored by developers. e Regent Centre in Gosforth, built in the 1970s by North British...
If United Keep Their Heads, They Can Turn Red-and-White Tide
THE years and the statistics have rather crept up on me. It seems that one minute Newcastle United were bossing the derby, that we would win just about all of them and sometimes by a fair few goals. Every so often it would end in a draw. There...
I KNOW HOW HUGE THIS IS Janmaat Is Ready for His Derby Test; Janmaat Is Ready for His Derby Test
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer @lee_ryder Daryl Janmaat says he does not need to be told how big the Wear-Tyne derby is this Sunday - insisting: "It's up there with Ajax v Feyenoord". It was Janmaat's fellow countryman Ruud Gullit who...
Injury-Hit Heed See Play-Off Dream Fade; DARTFORD 1 GATESHEAD 1
GATESHEAD'S long haul to Kent brought only the one point against second-bottom Dartford who had gone almost five months since they last tasted victory on home soil. It was a result that did neither side any favours, Gateshead now even more unlikely...
It's 25 Years since Watto's Toon Debut
IT'S hard to believe that 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of Steve Watson's debut for Newcastle United. And today sees the former Toon allrounder celebrate his 41st birthday. Nineties Mags, of course, will remember that Steve became the youngest...
Katie's New Target. Raise PS1m to Help Some of Our Most Needy
Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk FUNDRAISING guru Katie Cutler is today reaching out to offer the nation's neediest a helping hand. The young mum who raised more than PS300,000 for disabled attack victim Alan...
'Let's Control Our Destiny' '
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk THE vast majority of voters want more powers to be held in the region, our North East Manifesto survey has shown. Just 12% of you are happy with the status quo...
Marking 60 Years of Give and Take
Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com couple Derek and Dorothy Lowdon ries at the place they were married as they LOVING couple Derek and Dorothy Lowdon will rekindle old memories at the place they were married as they celebrate...
Meet the United Youngsters Who Have Been Handed a Professional Contract at St James' Park for Next Season
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder NEWCASTLE United have handed professional contracts to five players after a successful season in Peter Beardsley's second string. The Magpies have insisted that putting faith in their...
Newmarket Is Target for Rising Star Consort
CONNECTIONS of Consort have high hopes for the three-year-old colt, winner of his only start as a juvenile and a possible for the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes at Newmarket on April 16. The son of Lope De Vega has been pleasing trainer...
New Service for Crime Victims
Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk VICTIMS of crime on Tyneside will turn to a new service for support from today. Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Vera Baird is launching a new independent 'victim...
Nobody Knows Which Way the Wheel Will Turn on Derby Day; (One Thing Is for Certain Though - It Will Be Fast and Frantic at Stadium of Light)
Byline: Facebook facebook.com/newcastlechronicle Bob Follow us on Twitter @EveningChron Bob MONCUR DON'T ask me to make a prediction for the Wear-Tyne derby. Tyne derby. W Like everybody else, I don't have a crystal ball and this game is not one...
North's Team Involved in Quite a Court Battle; JUNIOR BADMINTON
THE annual round of the under-16 event in the Anglo-Scottish Tournament Series took place at Tyneside Badminton Centre. Eight counties from either side of the border took part over the two days. The Northumberland team was augmented by reinforcements...
Port Welcomes First Cruise of the Season
Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com v NEARLY 30 majestic cruise ships are set to come to the Tyne this year, helping to boost the North East economy by millions of pounds. The cruise season started with the arrival of...
Sentenced to Death for Senseless Killings
Byline: Michael Marsh Reporter michael.marsh@trinitymirror.com NEWCASTLE University has vowed to continue its work placement programme despite the murders of two students in Malaysia. Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were stabbed to death...
Sport in Brief
FOOTBALL Tonight's fixtures Sky Bet League One: Coventry v Leyton Orient (7.45). International Matches: Ecuador v Argentina, Mexico v Paraguay (both 1am Wed BST). FA Women's Super League: Sunderland v Manchester City (6.30). Ebac Northern...
Steutel Targets Derby Honours; MEN'S BASKETBALL
MARC Steutel is predicting a typically passionate North East derby tonight as Team Northumbria bid to seal a top-four finish heading into the play-offs. Double defeat last weekend means the pressure is on the Tynesiders as they welcome fierce rivals...
Teacher to Be Union's President
Byline: Ruth Lognonne Education reporter ruth.lognonne@trinitymirror.com A TYNESIDE teacher is set to be named national president of the country's largest teachers' union this week. Graham Dawson, 60, will o cially take over from current president...
The Classic Lost Pubs of Newcastle; Newcastle Is Famous for Its Pubs. A Great New Book Recalls the Life and Times of the City's Classic Lost Bars
NEWCASTLE is famous for its public houses, beer and breweries, and a new book has just been published that celebrates this history, Newcastle's Old Pubs. e author is Andrew Clark who runs Summerhill Books. e Newcastle company has published dozens...
This 'S David versus Goliath.I Can't See Us Being Here in Five Years' Time
Byline: Owen Sheppard Reporter ec.news@ncjmedia.co.uk FRUIT and veg trader Albert Sayers fears he's being driven ouit of business by the supermarket giants. The market stall man, whose family have been an institution on Newcastle's streets for...
Three Sanctuary Suspects in Court
Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk THREE more men have appeared in court charged with offences including rape and drug supply as part of Operation Sanctaury. Jahangir Zaman, 41, of Hadrian Road, in Fenham, Newcastle, was...
Title Success Is Sweet Revenge for Beecroft; SQUASH
REVENGE was so sweet for Lucy Beecroft as she enjoyed a magnifique on-court success in France. The 18-year-old from Seaton Sluice lifted the French Junior Open girls' singles title after victory over Georgina Kennedy in Lille. Kennedy, 17, the...
Top Side Holds No Fear for the Tyne; ROLLER DERBY
TYNE and Fear defied the odds to pull off a shock win in their opening match in the MRDA Tier One Men's British Championship. The Tyneside-based men's team was expected to struggle against Southern Discomfort, ranked as the top men's squad in Europe....
Tourney Proves a Social Occasion; BADMINTON
DIANE Michie, Geraldine Dodds and Derek Gilhespie won two titles at the first Over-50s Social Tournament organised by the North Tyneside Badminton Partnership. They were triumphant again in the latest Social Tournament for players aged 16 and over,...
Traffic & Travel Update
By Car By Rail There are narrow lanes and speed restrictions of 50mph due to roadworks on A1(M) north-bound between J62 A690 (Carrville) and J63 A167/A183 (Chester-le-Street). Lane two (of two) is closed and the hard shoulder is being used as a running...
Tribute to Best Prime Minister - Bar None
Byline: Jo King Reporter ec.news@ncjmedia.co.uk PLANS for a theme bar dedicated to one of the North's most distinguished sons look set to provoke controversy. Leisure company the Vaulkhard Group - owners of a number of bars in Newcastle and Northumberland...
TV Licence Dodgers in Region Come Up with Weird Excuses
Byline: Ian Robson Reporter ian.robson@trinitymirror.com THE extraordinary excus es used by TV licence dodgers in the North East have been revealed. TV Licensing said Geor dies trying to pull the wool over their eyes to avoid paying the fee included...
Two More Arrested in Abuse Scandal
Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk TWO more suspects have been arrested in the young offenders' centre abuse scandal. Officers working on Durham Police's Medomsley inquiry have completed the initial phase of interviewing...
Up the Ante for Us Mums-to-Be
Byline: COLUMNIST us on Twitter @EveningChron A multi-tasking mum's view on life JENNY HICKEN AS someone who is currently pregnant and also works in maternity service improvement in the NHS, my personal and professional lives have been closely intertwined...
Voice Star Tells of His 'Incredible Journey'
Byline: Michael Marsh Reporter michael.marsh@trinitymirror.com TALENT show star Jermain Jackman gave students a pep talk and an exclusive performance during a visit to Newcastle. The musician, who won BBC's The Voice in 2014, spoke to teenagers...
Which Powers Should We Hold?
Which powers does the North East Combined Authority think the region should hold? The consultation document suggests: A dedicated North |East investment fund with power over PS500m European funding and guaranteed local Growth Fund and City Deal cash....
Win Your DreamWedding
Wedding Day should be the most spectacular day of your life. Win our exclusive competition and it e Chronicle has teamed up with the magnicent Alnwick Castle to Worth over PS12,000, our fantastic wedding package covers every detail of your celebration,...
Words Cannot Express How Grateful I Am to the Donor - 'Thank You' Just Doesn't Cut It.A Selfless Act from a Complete Stranger
Byline: Craig Thompson Health Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com TV star Andrew Hayden-Smith has revealed his secret anguish as he desperately waited for a stranger to save his critically ill dad's life. e Byker Grove and Cucumber actor...
Wor Jackie's Words Show Just How Much This Derby Has Changed - and Not for the Better; Take a Journey Back to Boxing Day 1955 and a Time When Derby Day Was More about Celebrating the Area
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder STEP into the time machine and set the clocks in the DeLorean to December 26, 1955. It was on this day that Newcastle United romped to a 6-1 hammering of Sunderland at Roker Park in front...
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