Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from September 3, 2015

450lb Shark Catch Is Some Fin Special
Byline: SEA ANGLING Sam Harris THE fish of the week - indeed of the year - was a porbeagle shark estimated at 450 lb plus, which was taken last Sunday by a Sunderland private boat "Taurus". The captor, Mark Turnbull, has said for years - as I...
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ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (12A) ..... THE good die young and that seems to be the inevitable outcome of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's beguiling and intensely moving screen adaptation of Jesse Andrews' debut novel. A teenage girl is diagnosed with cancer,...
A New Era for Centre at Last?
Byline: Coreena Ford Reporter coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk Reporter coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk FRESH plans have emerged to replace a 1960s shopping centre with a mult-million-pound development. The Newgate Street centre - bounded by Grainger...
A PS141m Backlog for Road and Pavement Repairs, 600 Streets in the Worst Condition - and an Awful Lot of Bickering over Exactly Who Is to Blame
Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com The top of Grey Street, above, and Swan House roundabout are two streets looking far less than their best The top of Grey Street, above, and Swan House roundabout are two streets looking...
Architectural Firm Attracts Recruits from near and Far
ARCHITECTURAL practice Howarth Litchfield Partnership has announced the arrival of three new faces to its expanding team of talented architects and interior designers, two of whom have relocated from London, and another who has decided to stay in the...
Artist Wades into Outdoor Pool Crusade
Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@ncjmedia.co.uk A RENOWNED artist has donated a stunning photograph for an art exhibition being organised to help restore a derelict North East venue. It is part of a PS5m fundraising drive organised...
ASK THE VET with Rory Thomson
Byline: Rory Thomson Q: Jake, a two-year-old male cockapoo, eats a lot of grass. Every morning when I let him into the garden he grazes like a cow. He does it on walks also. He doesn't vomit afterwards, contrary to the myth, so I just wonder why...
A Tyneside Industrial Giant Is Reborn; We Celebrate the Reopening of Newcastle's Famous Armstrong's Works, Which Has Employed Geordies since 1847
ONCE known as the 'workshop of the world', Newcastle's Armstrong works has been at the centre of British engineering for over 160 years since it was founded by one of the country's greatest industrialists and philanthropists, Lord Armstrong. Now,...
Bantams Weighing in with Knockout Punch; FA WOMEN'S PREMIER LEAGUE CUP
NEWCASTLE United Women suffered their first defeat of the season at Coach Lane as Bradford City advanced 2-1 in their FA Women's Premier League Cup Determining Round tie, writes STUART DICK. The visitors had the better of the play in the first half,...
Bedlington Enjoy Another Very Happy Social Occasion; STANDARD SECURITY BLYTH AND WANSBECK SUNDAY LEAGUE
BEDLINGTON Social Club made it two wins out of three Premier Division games with a 4-2 home victory against Ashington Town Central. On target for the Social Club were Michael Carr, Jamie Chapman, Connor Montgomery and Joe Bolam. Scoring for the...
Best of the Box
BOY MEETS GIRL BBC2, 9.30pm In this new sitcom, the boy in question is twentysomething Leo - and the girl is Judy, who is in her forties and transgender. In the opening episode, the couple meet on what is shaping up to be a very bad day for Leo, who...
Blaydon Stability the Key for Ward; REGIONAL PREVIEW
Byline: Mark Smith MICKY Ward hopes stability of personnel will give his Blaydon side a head start on Saturday, when they open the new National One season at home to Blackheath. The director of rugby has made few changes to his squad during the...
Building Society Manages to Find Some Top Talent to Lead Branches Building Society Manages to Find Some Top Talent to Lead Branches Building Society Manages to Find Some Top Talent to Lead Branches Building Society Manages to Find Some Top Talent to Lead Branches
DARLINGTON Building Society has made a major investment in its team with the appointment of new talent across the business. Four new branch managers have been appointed, with Jayne Tomlinson, Nicki Armstrong, Carl Horsman and Dawn Moore taking the...
Burnham's Focus on Hospitals
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk SHADOW Health Secretary Andy Burnham has claimed councils should have the power to buy hospitals out of costly private-finance initiatives. In a bid to seize the...
Calls for Probe into NY Plane 'Fire'
Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com A NEWCASTLE to New York plane passenger has called for an investigation amid claims fire broke out onboard an aircraft halfway across the Atlantic. ANSHUL Srivastava was on United Airlines...
Cats 'Starting to Show Character'
Byline: Steve Brown Sports Writer steve.sports-brown@ncjmedia.co.uk YOUNES KABOUL says Sunderland showed signs of their true "spirit and character" at Aston Villa last Saturday. But the Frenchman admits both he and the Black Cats remain a work...
Charnley's Appeal to 'Magnficent' Fans as Toon Attempt to Build Bridges and Close the Door on an Era of Protest
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder NEWCASTLE United managing director Lee Charnley wants to close the divide between the club and its 'magnificent' supporters. United fans have turned out in force at the start of the new...
CHARNLEY VOWS TO CARRY ON SPENDING; United Chief Says Club Will Continue to Invest Magpies MD Vows to Keep Spending
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder NEWCASTLE United managing director Lee Charnley has promised to keep on spending following the Magpies' PS50m summer recruitment drive. In an email to Toon supporters, the United chief...
Coast Road Work Moves Step Closer
Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com A CONTRACTOR has been appointed for a multi-million pound scheme to improve one of the North East's busiest commuter routes. Plans have been drawn up to carry out improvements at the...
Cor Blimey! It's Kay in a Cockney Caper; PICK OF THE DAY
Cradle To Grave (BBC2, 9pm) THE famous Bolton-born comedian Peter Kay playing of all people, a Cockney docker from "sarf" London, seems like strange casting. But actually, Kay is a surprisingly good fit playing Fred "Spud" Baker, dad of DJ Danny...
Dahl-Ightful Day
Byline: YOU PLAN YOUR TIME TOGETHER With Janet Tansley GET ready for Roald Dahl Day. This special event in memory of the author who has brought joy to millions of children and adults worldwide takes place every year on September 13 - the great man's...
Duo Hoping for Happy GNR Returns
Byline: INSIDE TRACK Athletics news with Bill McGuirk IAN HUDSPITH and Alyson Dixon will be hoping for early birthday presents when they toe the line in the Morrisons Great North Run in 10 days' time. Both athletes have been in excellent form...
EE Store Opens in Fast-Growing Trinity Square
THE Trinity Square development in Gateshead is continuing to grow and has welcomed the opening of an EE store. The store opened last Friday, just in time for the bank holiday weekend, and is employing local people in an important redevelopment area....
Fanshawe Grounded over Fly's Future Prospects
JAMES Fanshawe was in no rush to make ambitious plans for Fly after the well-related filly claimed a lastgasp debut victory at Lingfield. The three-year-old is a half-sister to the Newmarket trainer's Group One-winning filly Seal Of Approval and also...
Fans' Support for Ashley Is 'Foolish' It's Your SHOUT CRAIG JOHNS Answers Your Letters, Emails and Messages
Byline: CRAIG JOHNS WE have a team that can finish mid-table, but due to injuries suspensions and lack of cover will struggle up until January and stay in the bottom half. Achieve mediocrity and stay in the Premier League is all Ashley wants....
Fast & Furious 7
REVIEWS (Cert 12, 132 mins, Universal Pictures, Action/ Thriller/Romance, also available to buy DVD PS19.99/7-Movie Collection DVD Box Set PS49.99/ Blu-ray PS24.99/Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray PS29.99/7-Movie Collection Blu-ray Box Set PS74.99...
Gang Feud Victim Denies Car Charges
Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk THE VICTIM of a drive-by shooting, caused by a feud between rival gangs, has denied driving a car dangerously on a busy Tyneside road. Paul Borg was blasted in the leg as he tried to fix...
Gateshead North East's Fly-Tip Capital
Byline: Mike Kelly Reporter mike.kelly@ncjmedia.co.uk NEW figures reveal that Gateshead is the fly-tipping capital of the North East and one of the worst in the country. It has been listed among the top 10 boroughs in England with the highest...
Genuine Cause for Optimism at St James' Now
Byline: Bob Moncur LOOKING AT the transfer window as a whole for Newcastle United, I think it's been a good summer for everybody at St James' Park. Promises were made, and promises were kept. Money was always going to be spent and we've brought...
Getting a Piece of All Kinds of Action; Owen Wilson Is Breaking the Mould. as He Flexes His Muscles in a New Action Thriller, Keeley Bolger Catches Up with the Hollywood Hunk to Find out about Box Office Flops and a Boisterous Childhood
EVERY film actor recognises the importance of the box office in making and breaking careers. But like the theatrical superstition of referring to Macbeth as 'the Scottish play', many skirt around the issue of box office success, fearing doing so would...
Hastings Is Up for Battle as Durham Scrap for Win; Personal Goals and Team Targets Driving on Aussie Ace to Season Finale
Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer stuart.rayner@trinitymirror.com A LONG season is coming to a disappointing end for Durham but John Hastings has promised he will keep fighting until the last ball - and with good reason. Despite Hastings' 4-49...
Having a Beluga Whale of a Time!
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk TWO beluga whales have been spotted off the North East coast, around 2,000 miles from their normal habitat. Scores of lucky nature lovers got a glimpse of the marine mammals and...
Holmeside Pull off Hull of a Victory! GATESHEAD AND DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE
MIDWEEK games in the Premier Division saw Holmeside Hall inflict a first defeat of the season on Winlaton Commercial. Holmeside ran out 3-2 winners thanks to a Nathan Hulley hat-trick. Blue Star found themselves a goal down after just 33 seconds...
Hughie Honoured by a Record Turnout
IT'S a fact that Newcastle United have long been one of English football's best-supported clubs. When the early 20th century soccer boom got under way, St James' Park was forced to accommodate the soaring number of fans who flooded in to watch Colin...
Legal Threat Forces Fans' Group into Shirt Change
Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com A FANS collective has been forced to relaunch their alternative Toon shirt after legal threats from Newcastle United. Trouble brewed earlier this year when the Magpie Brand unveiled...
Let Us Help You Find That Job
FINDING the right job in the current climate can prove daunting. The Chronicle's job section, however, can help point you in the right direction. Whether you fancy a career in the oil industry or catering, you'll find a vast array of vacancies...
Mash-Up That's Ultra-Bonkers
AMERICAN ULTRA (15) .....SOMETIMES, weird can be truly wonderful. In the case of American Ultra, a bonkers mash-up of a stoner comedy, spy thriller and misfiring romance, a few flickers of starchy convention wouldn't go amiss. Screenwriter Max Landis...
New Bishop of Newcastle Tells of Her 'Excitement'
Byline: Michael Marsh Reporter michael.marsh@trinitymirror.com THE Church of England has announced the latest woman bishop to be appointed, for the Diocese of Newcastle. The Venerable Christine Elizabeth Hardman, 64, has had her nomination to...
Pet Watch[.]
A massive thank you to all our readers for the many donations we have received over this past week. As always, without your help we would be unable to carry on the work we do. This week we are still appealing for wet kitten food. Our charity shop...
Pool Closure Protest March
Byline: Keiran Southern Reporter keiran.southern@trinitymirror.com ANGRY campaigners marched on Newcastle Civic Centre to protest against the closure of Elswick Pool. Newcastle City Council announced their decision to shutter the swimming baths...
PS11m School Revamp Plans Are Unveiled
Byline: Michael Marsh Reporter michael.marsh@trinitymirror.com PLANS for a new PS11m building at Newcastle High School for Girls have been unveiled. The school's iconic Victorian buildings at Tankerville Terrace, in Jesmond, will be remodelled...
Relegation Issue Is Cleared Up ... for Now at Least
Byline: TRY TIME Rugby talk with MARK SMITH IT MIGHT not be the answer they wanted, but it looks like Aviva Premiership clubs will at least start the new season knowing whether or not there will be promotion and relegation. Supporters, officials...
Row over Rise in Zero-Hours Working Deals
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk MINISTERS are content to "sit aside" and watch an explosion of insecure work, say Labour, as figures reveal 30,000 people in the North East are employed on a zero-hours...
Sport in Brief
FOOTBALL TONIGHT'S FIXTURES (7.45 unless stated) European Championship Qualifying Group A: Czech Republic v Kazakhstan, Holland v Iceland, Turkey v Latvia. Qualifying Group B: Belgium v Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus v Wales, Israel v Andorra. Qualifying...
Sport's Heating Up as Weather Cools Down
Byline: Follow us on Twitter @EveningChron HOOKED Angling with David Carrick and Sam Harris THE cooler weather conditions have made for much better fishing conditions for the stillwater trout anglers. Local fisheries report good sport while there...
Start Your Day in a Great Way; Food Writer Monaz Dumasia Is Keen to Help Families Get a Healthy Start in the Morning
With busy lives, many parents struggle to nd the time for a proper family breakfast. Adele Jennings, who has two children and a 70-mile commute to work, is one such mum... Two weeks ago, we told how busy working mum Adele's lack of time in the morning...
The Night That the Crisis Which Has Worried the Whole of Europe Reached Tyneside
Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com TWENTY migrants have been discovered in the back of a lorry at the Port of Tyne attempting to enter the UK illegally. Border Force officers were called to the North Shields port after...
Toon FA Cup Joy Back in the 1950s
LONG-TIME Chronicle reader Les May, from Gateshead, sent us his recollections of following Newcastle United in the 1940s and 50s: Tommy Thompson was editor of the first "football final" I used to read after the Second World War. He was succeeded...
Tough New Tynedale Course Provokes Mixed Reaction
IT CERTAINLY was a tough baptism for everyone taking part in last weekend's Tynedale Harriers' Jelly Tea 10-mile Road Race. The Hexham-based athletics club had been seeking a new course for a number of years due to the high volume of traffic as...
Traffic & Travel Update
By Car There are roadworks and temporary traffic lights on A197 Morpeth Road at A1068 in Morpeth, Northumberland There is a speed restriction of 50mph due to contraflow and roadworks on the A1 northbound between A1068 Fisher Lane/A19/B1318 Front St...
United Happy with Squad - but Planning Has Begun for Next Window of Opportunity; the Transfer Deadline May Have Passed, but the Magpies Already Have One Eye on January
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder NEWCASTLE United head coach Steve McClaren says he is happy with his squad after the summer transfer window resulted in five new signings at St James' Park in Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel...
Where the Fish Are and How to Catch Them
ALDIN GRANGE LAKES Mornings and evening are still the best fishing times, with impressive hatches bringing the fish on to feed. Colin Harris landed 12, fishing dries and lures. Cool night temperatures are expected to improve sport. Daddies, CdC, Buzzers,...
Why PS14m Gini May Prove One of Bargain Buys of This Summer
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder GINI WIJNALDUM was the first summer signing through the door for Newcastle United - and arguably the most important for Steve McClaren. There were plenty of plaudits when the transfer window...
Why We Had to Join the GNR Fundraising Drive; Read the Moving Stories Behind These Readers'reasons for Taking Part in the Great North Run 2015. See More Inspiring Tales and Fill in the Form on Our Website at Chroniclelive.Co.Uk/ Myrun to Share Your Own Story and Help Boost Your Fundraising Too!
SCHOOLBOYS FROM WHITEHOUSE PRIMARY, FRASER AND FINLEY WISHART, 4, OF NORTH SHIELDS Why I'm running: The boys are running the mini Great North Run for the first time this year in aid of Tiny Lives. They were born 14 weeks early, weighing under 500gs...
Years of Work Is Lined Up for Nissan Plant
Byline: Coreena Ford Business writer coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk AROUND PS100m is set to be pumped into Nissan's North East plant as the Japanese car giant announces plans for a new vehicle to be produced on Wearside. Five years after the launch...
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