Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 4, 2017

10th Birthday of Tyne Ferry - and a Service Dating Back to 1829
Byline: NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East @DaveSMorton A passenger ferry is celebrating ten years of service on the River Tyne. The newer of the two Shields ferries, the Spirit of the Tyne, has operated between...
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11:00 Sports car stolen by burglars Thieves have smashed their way into a Tyneside home before making off with a high-class sports car. Police have launched an investigation after raiders broke in to a home in Brambling Place, Wideopen, between...
48 Hours Your Next North EastHot List
Beamish Durham Catch a tram and enjoy the ride at the open-air museum which, this weekend, is hosting one of its regular Power From The Past events. This one focuses on all things tram. So expect to see the tramway, which crisscrosses the grounds,...
Battling Bradley Is Doing Well, Says His Family Ahead of Next Treatment
THE family of a mascot whose battle with terminal cancer has touched the world of football said he is doing well and they are "not ready to give up". Bradley Lowery, five, from Blackhall, County Durham, has been undergoing treatment to prolong his...
Benfield Feel Just Champion; TROPHY BOOST AS CLUB SIGN UP FOR QUALIFIERS
NEWCASTLE Benfield Juniors are getting a real kick out of being selected to host a prestigious worldwide youth football tournament, writes TONY HODGSON. The progressive Tyneside club have signed a five-year deal to host the UK qualifiers of the...
'Blame Bad Driving, Not Bad Road Design' NO RECOMMENDATION FOR SAFETY MEASURES ON ROAD DUBBED 'ACCIDENT BLACK SPOT'
Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter The scene of the tragedy, and flowers at the spot Jennifer Fradgley Andrew Clark CRASHES on a killer road dubbed an "accident blackspot" are solely down to bad driving, an inquest was told. The hearing was looking...
Boy, That's Some Tribute from Special K!
Byline: JOHNGIBSON KEVIN Keegan is a Newcastle legend. No question about that. A former England skipper who fashioned promotion in the twilight of his playing career with the Magpies, he then came back to manage and created the sensation of the...
Bright-Eyed Toon Must Take Game to Terriers
Byline: SUPERMAC NEWCASTLE absolutely deserved to beat Brighton in their top-ofthe-table clash. No question about that. Some of their passing and movement was exceptional and will have scared Huddersfield. Now the Magpies must go out at teatime...
Canada's Party Plans Put on Ice; LINDSAY SUTTON Chills out for Canada's Big Anniversary and Hears All about the Birthday Bash
F YOU want to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday party, you'd better put your skates on. IThe big day itself is on July 1, but right now, everyone's lacing up their skating boots in the capital city of Ottawa to kick start the celebrations early....
Can We Cook It? Yes Vegan; If You Think Vegan Cooking Isn't for You, Sam Murphy's Gorgeous Debut Cookbook Might Make You Reconsider. the Blogger-Turned-Author Talks to KEELEY BOLGER about Putting Her Eating Disorder Behind Her and Becoming an Enthusiastic Foodie
Byline: KEELEY BOLGER healthy y 'n heart TURMERIC BAKED BEANS, IN a tug-of-war relationship with food and fitness for many years, blogger Sam Murphy is the first to admit her initial foray into veganism wasn't healthy. The 24-year-old, from New...
Chefs Add a Little Extra Zip to Their Day; IN BRIEF
CHEFS from a Gateshead restaurant plan to zip into action at speeds of up to 45mph to prepare for the heights of Newcastle in the Sky 2017. The plucky pair are executive chef Greg Lambert and sous chef Carlson Landles, from Six restaurant on the...
City's Triumph Adds to the Pressure on Division One's Top Dogs; PIN POINT RECRUITMENT JUNIOR LEAGUE UNDER-16/UNDER-17 DIVISIONS
WITH Under-16 League Division One leaders Walsend BC not in action, Newcastle City consolidated second spot with a victory over North Shields. The Cramlington derby was won by Juniors over Town 3-2 with goals from Lewis Glover, Rebaz Aziz and Brett...
Diy Donny; Our Expert Answers Your Questions
QMY DOG lost a claw and deposited quite a lot of blood on my red brick drive. I have tried to remove the stains without success. Any ideas? John Lee, by email AI'VE never had to remove blood before, but I suppose you could try bleach, a paint...
Emma Johnson So Are They Worth It?
SITTING at traffic lights a few days ago my husband motioned to a huge advertsing billboard at the roadside. "Is that Cheryl Cole?" he asked pointing to a pregnant brunette in the photo. Managing to stop myself from clarifying that she is no longer...
Finally Unmasked by the Courage of His Victims
DISGRACED Gregg was told prison is "inevitable" after he was found guilty of nine counts of indecently assaulting four boys. Judge Robin Mairs told him a "custodial sentence is inevitable" when he is sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on March 30....
GREEN DAY; Spring Is Almost Here, So Let's Celebrate Early!
Byline: YOUR HOME With Andrea McLean IMANAGED to do something I hadn't done for a very long time recently. It was a moment that sadly was over with very quickly, but still, it was enjoyed very, very much. If I close my eyes now, I can still remember...
"He Concealed His True Nature beneath a Veneer of Respectability and Exploited His Position in Society to Perpetrate Abuse" GUILTY OF ALL NINE OFFENCES, SENTENCED LATER
BAKERY tycoon Colin Gregg has been found guilty of nine counts of indecently assaulting four boys. A jury at Leeds Crown Court deliberated for 11 hours and 43 minutes before reaching eight majority verdicts and one unanimous verdict. Former head...
Help Get Me Justice; FORMER SHIPYARD WORKER IN PLEA TO HIS COLLEAGUES
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk @lisachron IT was the days of Teddy Boys and full employment when the price of an average home was just PS2,000. And it was then Dominic Valente started his working life shipbuilding...
Heroes Honoured
Byline: Keiran Southern Reporter Keiran.Southern@trinitymirror.com @KeiranSouthern HERO neighbours who helped save a family of four from a house blaze have been honoured with bravery awards. Chris and Gillian Stephenson, of Murrayfield Road,...
Hundreds Due at European Solidarity Rally; Marchers Cross the Political Divide for Beliefs
Byline: Mike Kelly Reporter mike.kelly@ncjmedia.co.uk @MIKEJKELLY1962 ORGANISERS of a pro-Europe march on Tynesie today are hoping for a big turn out. Supporters from across the country and the political divide are expected to gather for the...
Is the Party over at Sam Jacks? 5 Things We Learned Yesterday
1 Uncertainty surrounds the future of one of Newcastle's biggest and busiest bars, which is famed for its match day entertainment. Sam Jacks, which is run by leisure group Utopian One, has been a popular fixture on the Newcastle nightlife scene...
It's Not Just for the Celebs! Nisha Mal SAYS WHY JUST WATCH THE REAL MARIGOLD HOTEL WHEN YOU CAN ACTUALLY STAY THERE?
VIEWERS have been hooked by BBC1's The Real Marigold Hotel which follows celebrities exploring what retirment in India would be like. Now into its second series and featuring a new group of stars, the programme looks at how the warm weather and...
I've Been Very, Very Lucky; JAMES NESBITT IS BACK ON SCREENS IN STAN LEE'S LUCKY MAN. HE TELLS SUSAN GRIFFIN HOW HE CAN RELATE TO THE FLAWED SUPERHERO PICK OF THE WEEK STAN LEE'S LUCKY MAN, Sky1, Friday, 9pm
JAMES NESBITT enters the room looking tanned, having just returned from a holiday in Mexico with his two teenage daughters. "This is all real," he says in his familiar Northern Irish drawl, taking a seat on a sofa. It was a well-deserved break following...
Join Victoria Tunnel Celebrations; PARTY WILL RECREATE EVENT THAT MARKED OPENING 175 YEARS AGO
Byline: NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East @DaveSMorton ONE of Newcastle's most unique attractions celebrates it 175th birthday next month - and you can join the party. The Victoria Tunnel ran two miles from...
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HISTORY OF WOLVES by Emily Fridlund (W&N, hardback PS12.99, ebook PS6.99) HHHH H LINDA, 15, lives with her mum and dad - at least she thinks they're her mum and dad - in the rundown cabins of an abandoned commune, in the wilds of northern Minnesota....
Masterminds
1. Which former Girls Aloud singer has shown off her baby bump in a new L'Oreal campaign? 2. Which storm hit the UK this week, following on from big sister Doris? 3. Which TV show, featuring an American man and Irish woman, has returned to our screens?...
Medical Students 'Should Get More Training as GPs' RESEARCH SUGGESTS COURSES OUGHT TO BE TWEAKED
Byline: Katie Dickinson Reporter katie.dickinson@trinitymirror.com @KATIEJDICKINSON UNIVERSITIES need to "urgently" address the GP recruitment crisis by giving students more exposure to primary care, say researchers. A Newcastle University-led...
MPs Call for Region's Councils to Run Buses; NORTH EAST POLITICIANS SAY PROFITS SHOULD NOT BE A FACTOR
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political Editor jon.walker@trinitymirror.com @jonwalker121 NORTH East MPs have launched a lastditch bid to ensure councils can set up their own bus companies or take over existing services. They told Transport Secretary...
Murder Charge over Body Found in a Bin; 36-YEAR-OLD IN CUSTODY AND DUE TO APPEAR IN COURT
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk @lisachron A MAN has been charged with murder after a body was found in a wheelie bin in Gateshead. Detectives investigating the case have now charged Paul Watkins, 36, with the...
Murray Reaches Final in Dubai
ANDY Murray will face Fernando Verdasco in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Championships following a straight-sets victory over Lucas Pouille. The world number one stumbled through the opening set before producing a dominant display in the second...
Must-See Shows
Ant & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY Tonight, ITV, 7pm THE latest run of the Geordie duo's entertainment show continues, as Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field join the pair for this year's first I'm A Celebrity Get Out of Me Ear. Comedian...
Nightmare Lip Job Is Put Right; Woman's Gratitude for Doctor Who Saw Her on Tv
Byline: BARBARA HODGSON Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.com @BarbaraHodgson5 A WOMAN left horrified by the effects of "dodgy" lip fillers has been offered a free cure by a doctor who was infuriated by the result. Robyn Hassan's confidence was...
O Maonlai Able to Hit Right Note
O MAONLAI looks a player in the big race of the day at Newbury. It all went wrong for the nine-year-old at Haydock on his last start in January, but that should not put anyone off too much as he tends to come alive at the Berkshire circuit. Tom...
Queen Set to Top the Charts
DESERT QUEEN has to be followed in the 188Bet Lady Protectress Mares' Chase at Huntingdon. This race has been saved from an abandoned meeting at the Cambridgeshire circuit last month, and connections of the selection will be glad it has, as she...
Questions of Sport and Statues for Shearer; TOON LEGEND SPEAKS TO FANS OVER TWITTER
Byline: Simon Meechan Reporter simon.meechan@trinitymirror.com @SimonMeechan_90 he'd be unlikely to return to management or coaching - after a brief spell in charge at St James' Park in 2009 - as he loves his current job analysing the game. Shearer...
Rafa's Opinion of Me Is the Only One I Need to Listen to; SOCIAL-MEDIA SCAPEGOAT DUMMETT PUTS CRITICISM TO ONE SIDE AND STAYS FOCUSED
Byline: LEE RYDER Chief sports writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com @lee_ryder PAUL Dummett was just about to start his summer break at the end of the 2013/14 season before realising his life was about to change forever. After being sent off for...
Raise a Glass
Byline: WITH JANE CLARE IN the aftermath of Storm Doris I watched a clip of Calamity Jane aka Doris Day singing The Windy City. I turned to Doris (not the stormy one) to bring comfort and warmth to an otherwise horrid day. We also had pie for tea...
Ritchie: We Can Muzzle Terriers
Byline: LEE RYDER Chief sports writer @lee_ryder MATT Ritchie says Newcastle United travelled to Huddersfield with no fear ahead of tonight's crunch clash at the John Smith's Stadium. The Magpies lost 2-1 at home to the Terriers on Ritchie's...
Sister's Effort to Aid Siblings of Ill Children; YEARS SPENT WITH FAMILY IN HOSPITAL INSPIRE NEW ACTIVITY KITS
Byline: KATIE DICKINSON Reporter katie.dickinson@trinitymirror.com @KATIEJDICKINSON GROWING up with a sister is a special bond for many girls - but Megan and Kyra Armstrong have been through more than most. Megan, 17, has spent most of her young...
Stepping Things Up a Gear. Aside from an Absent Chris Evans, What Does Series Two of the Revamped Top Gear Have in Store? Epic Adventure, Humour - and They Are Getting There with the Banter, by the Sounds of It., as SUSAN GRIFFIN Discovers
Byline: SUSAN GRIFFIN THERE was a lot of hype ahead of the last series of Top Gear, followed by plenty of headlines when the new line-up failed to attract large audiences. Now the motoring show is back, minus Chris Evans, but with a returning...
Ter-Rific Effort as Saints Retain Title; SCHOOLS FOOTBALL
SOCCERWORLD at Westgate Sports Centre again hosted the Newcastle Under-11 Catholic Girls' Five-a-Side Tournament. The eight participating teams were split into two groups of four and played a round-robin tournament. The top two from each group...
The Party Is Finished; Plans in Place to Dismantle Former 'Boat' Club
Byline: MIKE BROWN Reporter mike.brown@trinitymirror.com @MIKEBROWNGAZ THERE was a time when it was the go-to nightspot for the trendy fun-lovers of Tyneside. But the one-time floating gin palace the Tuxedo Royale is now a rust bucket about to...
Time for Payback; WELL, AT THE VERY LEAST A QUID, PS500,000 CONMAN TOLD
Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk @ChronicleCourt A SLICK conman who pocketed more than PS500,000 in a series of elaborate frauds may have to pay back as little as PS1. Jailed Christopher Heayns fleeced Dr Elizabeth Todd,...
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BRIE LARSON THE Oscar-winning actress managed to stay out of the melee at Sunday's ceremony (see Tanking!) and was a vision in a white Ralph and Russo gown, right, at the premiere of her new movie Skull Island where she teams up with Tom Hiddleston...
TV Films of the Week
1 MEAN STREETS Tonight, BBC2, 10.30pm MARTIN SCORSESE'S hard-hitting third feature film truly marked him out as one of America's most exciting directors, demonstrating many of the themes and stylistic touches that would recur throughout his career....
We're Competitive When It Comes to Gags and Puns. but Not Singing and Dancing; MEL GIEDROYC AND SUE PERKINS ARE GETTING IN THE GROOVE FOR COMIC RELIEF. MARION McMULLEN FINDS OUT WHY THEY THINK BAKE OFF'S MARY BERRY WOULD BE A DANCE FLOOR NATURAL
Byline: MARION McMULLEN Why did you both want to host Let's Sing And Dance For Comic Relief? SUE: I've never discussed this before but I am the rhythm of dance, rhythm moves through me like water and this is my chance... sorry, curry moves through...
When You Lose a Baby It's the Loneliest Grief; in Her Latest Book, Giovanna Fletcher Gives an Honest Glimpse into Motherhood, Including Her 'Soul-Crushing' Experience of Miscarriage and Taking a Baby on Tour with Her Husband's Band. She Tells HANNAH STEPHENSON Why the Time Is Right to Talk
GIOVANNA FLETCHER would seem to have it all; pop star husband, two gorgeous sons - Buzz, two, and one-year-old Buddy - and a hugely successful career of her own as a best-selling author, blogger and vlogger. But there have been dark days for the...
Where Every Picture Really Does Tell a Good Story. Humans of New York Is Being Copied Here in the Ne1 Postcode
FORGET the five boroughs, the Big Apple is about the be bitten...! The phenomenal Humans of New York project - telling the stories of people in the city and sharing their portraits - is being replicated here. Humans of NE1 will celebrate the...
Whit's a Bad Idea; EASTENDERS BBC 1
IT SEEMS it's not just the viewers who are counting down to the day Whitney and Mick have an affair - Shirley is also getting suspicious about their bond. The concerned mum does her best to raise the money to pay Mick's fine, thanks to Aunt Babe's...
Who Deals with the Pressure Will Reap the Rewards
Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com @lee_ryder RAFA Benitez believes the Sky Bet Championship promotion race will boil down to which side deals with the pressure of maintaining their consistency in the next two months....
Wilson Returns to Face Champions
MARK Wilson returns as one of four changes for Newcastle Falcons as they prepare for tomorrow's visit of Aviva Premiership and European champions Saracens to Kingston Park Stadium (kick-off 2pm). The back-row forward had been an ever-present for...
Wish You Were Here (More Often); Residents of Picture-Postcard Village Claim Full-Time Residents Have to Pay for Tourists
Byline: Katie Dickinson Reporter katie.dickinson@trinitymirror.com @KATIEJDICKINSON STORM clouds are gathering over a picture-postcard seaside village. Browned-off residents in the Northumberland community of Craster calling for a "fair deal"...
Workers Will Need Pension Pot of PS400,000 to Live 'Comfortably'
WILL you have a pension pot and savings of over PS400,000 after you quit work? If so, according to research, that means you can look forward to a 'comfortable' retirement. The figure was set following a survey of financial planning by people living...
Yobs Clash in Bar after Match on Boxing Day; Banning Order for Everton Pair Who Fought with Known Hooligan
Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk @ChronicleCourt FOOTBALL hooligans from Newcastle and Everton violently clashed in a Boxing Day brawl at a city centre pub. A notorious Tyneside troublemaker and two fans from Merseyside...
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NEWCASTLE United managed to come up with the goods when it mattered, two goals in the last 10 minutes at the Amex Stadium giving them the three points they craved against promotion rivals Brighton. Rafa Benitez's boys are back on the top of the...
YOUR HOROSCOPE WITH Justin Toper
Byline: WITH Justin Toper CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 You may spend the first part of the weekend in a daydream, in a state of passivity. Where you are, is unimportant, even though in truth, you might be excluded....
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