Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A daily newspaper and online news service serving the Teesside, Middlesborough, and North East England areas. Provides up-to-the-minute news of politics, sports, crime, business, and entertainment. Sports stories focus in particular on the Middlesborough Football Club.

Articles from April 4, 2009

10 Years Ago
Crimestoppers put crooks behind bars GAZETTE readers were helping to put crooks behind bars by putting names to CCTV pictures. Since the Gazette joined forces with Crimestoppers in 1998, readers had helped identify more than 50 suspects. Exhibition...
30 Years Ago
Schoolgirl plunges viaduct to demolition THORPE Thewles viaduct was blown up by 11-year-old Helen Wilson who said, "I've always wanted to do something like that." Helen brought down a three arch span of the viaduct after volunteering to push the plunger...
50 Years Ago
The Gazette becomes a broadsheet - again THE Evening Gazette changed the size of its newspaper to a new bigger size on newly installed presses at the Borough Road site. Colonel J G Peckston, the Teesside ship owner, was given the honour of pressing...
70 Years Ago
Beer for the 'superior type of artisan' MIDDLESBROUGH Licensing Justices at the Brewster Sessions refused a grant for permission for an alehouse license in respect of premises to be erected on a site at Marton Road and to be called Thrissil and Rois....
Acklam Show Strong Spirit despite Loss; Rugby
Byline: PETER GRIFFITHS ACKLAM ACKLAM Under-17s went down 15-13 to Ryton Under-17/18s. However, they played some good rugby and should have won the game comfortably. They led 13-12 when the referee informed them it was the last phase of play....
Addict Ruined Lives of OAPs; Burglar Sent Down for 12 Months
A BURGLAR has been jailed for wrecking the lives of all the pensioners in a block of flats. Heroin addict Scott Copeland burgled a couple in their 70s and he left all the other elderly residents scared for their security. Teesside Crown Court...
Air Taxi Service Planned for Teesside Airport
TEESSIDE business executives met at Teesside Airport to discuss plans for Teesside's first air-taxi service. The meeting was organised by Stevair Ltd. who proposed to start the air-taxi service, which would allow executives to fly at an hour's notice....
A Word from the Editor; RING US ON: 01642 234255 Feature in Your People
FROM cover to cover we have an abundance of happy smiling faces. From the visit of African teachers on the front of Gazette People to Tees Active on Page 35 there are still lots of reasons to be cheerful. The credit crunch has obviously not dented...
BATTLE OF THE BUSES; Bumpy Ride Ahead as Arriva Faces Civic Wrath over Shake-Up
Byline: DAVE ROBSON A BUS company and council are at loggerheads over proposed service alterations. Redcar and ClevelandCouncil says it is " strongly opposed" to Arriva's plans due to come in onMay 31, which it says will: Cut the frequency of...
BY-ELECTION COUP; Lib Dem Win Leaves Control in Balance
Byline: SANDY McKENZIE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS have scored a sensational by-election victory in Redcar and Cleveland. It leaves a question mark hanging over the future control of the authority. Of the 59 seats on the council, Labour have 26 and...
Caring for the Carers; Your Say
BOTH of my parents are in their 70s. My dad was diagnosed with vascular dementia a number of years ago. Having moved away from Teesside three years ago, I feel comforted to know that my mam, who is the sole carer for my dad, receives a lot of help...
Cleveland Juniors
CLEVELAND Juniors Under-10s entertained a six-man Bedale hoping to get back to winning ways. It was not long into the match before Marcellus Kerr flicked Josh Smith's goal-bound drive into the net to open the scoring. Anthony Renton added a second...
Cop Care Pays off; Team Saves 999 Cash
Byline: MARIE LEVY A SCHEME launched to tackle problems caused by late night revellers in Middlesbrough has helped take the pressure off ambulances and A& E departments. As part of the initiative a policeman teams up with an emergency care...
Donald Harper
UNTIL last year Donald Harper was a sprightly, inquisitive, slightly cantankerous man who had his own ideas about things and who didn't thank anyone who wanted to change his mind or to change the way he lived his life. After his heart attack in...
Don't Be Drawn in by Drink; Bench Words Help in Mum's Battle
Byline: DAVE ROBSON, , to alcohol has vowed to keep steering young people away from the demon drink. Ann Massey suffered the heartache of losing her son Steven, 21, to alcohol-related liver disease in 2007. Just days after his death, Ann, of Grangetown,...
Eaglescliffe Elementis
A HAT-TRICK from Harry Hughes inspired a 4-0 home victory for the Under-14s against Coulby Newham. Both teams competed well in the first half, but neither could break the deadlock despite Eaglescliffe's pressure and attempts on goal. The second...
Error in Analysis of Fishcakes
A SUMMONS was withdrawn against a Middlesbrough fishmonger for selling fishcakes with less than 35% meat in them. It was explained that inspectors had made a mathematical error in the analysis and the fishcakes were actually 3% above the required content...
Five Minutes Late, and You Could Lose a Day's Pay
THE article on Page 8 of the Remember When issue 80 - At Apprentice School - brought back memories for GE Grange of Billingham who has listed the names and vocations that he remembers. He writes: Entry to both messenger boy/girl and apprentice positions...
French Try to Block Imports of Nissan Cars
FRENCH attempts to block imports of Nissan cars built in Sunderland were branded 'absurd' by the Government. The French were arguing that the cars were 'Japanese' and so imports were to be restricted, despite 70% of the car being made from British...
From a Childhood in Portrack to Meeting the Queen at a Royal Variety Performance; the Name Jimmy James Is Synonymous with Teesside, but How Many People Know That His Son, Also James, Was Just as Well-Known in the World of Entertainment? Here, the Younger James Tells His Story
MY father's stage name was Jimmy James. His real name was James Casey ... mine is the same. Dad was born in Middlesbrough but the family moved to Stockton when he was a baby. He lived at Portrack and as a boy entered competitions at the theatre...
GALA SUCCESS FOR STAR SWIM SQUAD; Swimming
Byline: STUART MAUDE MIDDLESBROUGH ASC hosted the N& D Bagcats gala over the weekends of February 28/March 1 and March 7/8, and were rewarded with some great swims from the Middlesbrough swimmers, with many medals won and personal bests set....
GUN RAMPAGE; US Massacre Probe Launched
INVESTIGATORS were trying today to find out why a gunman killed 13 people at an immigration centre before apparently shooting himself. The killer - believed to be a Vietnamese immigrant - barricaded the back door of the building in New York state...
Hardwick
HARDWICK travelled to Seaton Carew on the back of three straight wins for their latest league encounter. Hardwick were dominant straight from kick-off and took an early lead when Jack Francis dribbled the ball out of defence before playing an excellent...
Hard Work Pays off for England's Hat-Trick Hero; CRICKET
HAT-TRICK hero Andrew Flintoff says England's one day series win over the West Indies made his battle for fitness worthwhile. The all-rounder claimed career-best figures of 5-19, including only the third one-day international hat-trick by an England...
HAT'S LIFE; African Visit for School
Byline: GARETH WHEM IAN Ramsey pupils have been given a feel for an African way of life. The church of England secondary school in Fairfield welcomed two special visitors from their partner school in Lesotho, Africa. Anastasia Lithebe, headteacher...
If I Hadn't Listened to My Wife, the Cancer Could Have Killed Me
Byline: MARIE LEVY WHEN a bowel cancer screening kit was posted to Clive Wheatman his first instinct was to put it in the bin. And while wife Margaret ensured he sent the test off, little did she know then that it would end up saving his life....
In Memoriam
Remember the one you love by placing a memoriam notice in the Evening Gazette to commemorate special anniversaries. Please note, we need your notice one day prior to publication date. For further details telephone 01642 252525 or visit one of our branch...
I SWEAR DOWN! Is It Any Wonder Refs Give as Good as They Get?
THIS season has been enough to make a saint swear, let alone a football fan. We continue to see and hear players belting out a string of obscenities, and it would seem, some officials are too. There was a time when a player who was suspended...
IT'S UP TO US; Jones Calls on Team-Mates to Win the Battle against Drop
Byline: ERIC PAYLOR BRAD JONES today insisted that it's up the players to keep Boro in the Premier League. The Australian keeper is well aware of the seriousness of the club's current plight and admits staying in the top flight is of paramount...
Lakes Sail through Clash of Table-Toppers
Byline: Coors Brewers REDCAR LAKES A got off to a great start in the top-of-the-table battle at Redcar Unionists A with Graham Marshall winning both frames against Barry Chapman. Gary Beckett made a 55 break in the next frame to extend it 3-0...
MACHETE ATTACK; Man Suffers Serious Head Injuries: Man in Machete Attack
Byline: KAREN FAUGHEY A TEESSIDE man was recovering in hospital from serious head injuries today after he was attacked by a man wielding a machete. Police were called to the Park End area of Middlesbrough following reports of a fight at around...
Make or Break Year for Chris
Byline: NICK CLOWES MIDDLESBROUGH long jumper Chris Tomlinson faces having his funding cut once and for all if he again fails to deliver on the world stage in 2009, according to former Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards. Tomlinson, 27, pulled...
Middleton Rangers
MIDDLETON Rangers Under-9s played away to Cumby Rovers. The game got off to a fantastic start with James Wallis opening the scoring, while Louis Coates created mayhem down the wings. Rangers soon got a second with a thunderous shot from Charlie...
Moon Can Eclipse Rivals
Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW MANMOON is open to stacks of improvement over fences and could be up to landing the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Novices' Chase (3.10) at Southwell. After opening his hurdling account at the third time of asking in January...
My Father Found the Murdered Driver
SYLVIA Robinson, of Ormesby writes in answer to the article from Stan Coates of Guisborough in the Remember When issue 79 regarding the taxi driver who was murdered. He wasn't murdered in Marsh Road, but the taxi was found abandoned there. We lived...
My Married Life on an Ocean Wave; the Story of the Karmas, Which Ran Aground off Teesmouth in 1955, Brought Back Memories for Betty Rydberg Who Spent Many Happy Hours on Board after Marrying One of the Crew. She Writes from Her Home in Sweden
I WAS so happy to read about the ship Karmas. I have a lot of happy memories from 1946 when I met my husband, Ake 'Jon' Harald Rydberg, in Middlesbrough. It was the last day the ship was in dock and it was going out the next day. He asked me for...
Our Family Group in the First Aid Corps
IN THE late 1950s and 1960s Bill Martin, of Normanby, worked for Dorman Long, as did his father and younger brother. He writes: We were all members of the Cleveland Works First Aid Corps and the three of us were employed in the coke ovens department....
Our Schooldays
FAMED local singer, Chris Rea, sang of "Stainsby Girls", but this is a class of Stainsby Boys, circa 1954, featured in their brand-new premises, says Dave Middleton, of Stockton. They had recently vacated their former Middlesbrough home - most reluctantly...
'Phone a Friend' Ben Saves His Mum's Life; ...and He's Only Four!
Byline: BARBARA ARGUMENT PINT-SIZED hero Ben Smith saved his mum's life - by calmly phoning a friend. The brave little four-year-old knew he had to act quickly when diabetic Lynsey suddenly collapsed. So he called up a picture of three-year-old...
Pounds 900,000; That's the Total of Tees MPs' Expenses
Byline: KATHRYN SMITH TEESSIDE'S six MPs claimed allowances totalling almost pounds 900,000 last year. The allowances include cash for second homes, for the running and staffing of offices, and for stationery, postage and communications costs....
READY FOR ACTION; ANDREW WILKINSON Rounds Up All the Activity on the Local Angling Scene: Start of What Promises to Be a Great Season: TROUT TOPICS
Byline: ANDREW WILKINSON UP and running! The new trout season at LOCKWOOD BECK started today. Another excellent season is in prospect at the region's most popular trout lake, which has been stocked for the opening with 1,100 rainbows and blues....
Redcar
WITH Acklam's much improved form since their last game, this was always going to be a tough fixture for Redcar Thunder, especially with the added pressure of Thunder needing a win to secure promotion. The game started brightly with both sides playing...
Regulars Mark the 40th Anniversary of Cleveland's Country Music Venue
A GREAT night was in store at Guisborough for country music fans last month when the Bunkhouse Country and Western Club celebrated its 40th anniversary. The club, launched in the summer of 1969, was the brainchild of ardent country music fan Terry...
Remembering the Thornaby Boys' Brigade Summer Camp
ROLAND Bradley, from Kirbymoorside, has written in to Remember When after we published a photograph of the 3rd Thornaby Company of the Boys' Brigade at summer camp in Dunbar, Scotland, in 1948. The photograph originally appeared on the Remember...
Stalker Ruined My Life; I SIMPLY WANT HIM: TO LEAVE ME ALONE
A UNIVERSITY student has told how her life was blighted by the unwanted attentions of a convicted serial stalker. Donna Daniels, 21, right, today criticised the courts for not taking her plight seriously enough as her ex-partner was again released...
Star Joins Jack as Fundraiser Aims for Record
A TEENAGE rugby player who broke his back during a game has returned to the pitch to support a fundraising event at his old school. Jack Smith, 17, from Sedgefield, was left paralysed after he was injured playing for Billingham Under-17s last year....
St for Youngsters Cross-Country
Byline: ERIC PAYLOR A MASSIVE field of 800 runners took part in the 20th Nunthorpe Primary Invitation cross-country event. Cold, wintry conditions made the races very challenging this year. The Under-11 Girls race was very fast with The Avenue...
Tears and Tantrums on Menu
FOUR budding chefs from Teesside will grace our television screens tomorrow as tempers boil over on the popular television show Come Dine With Me. Radio DJ Wayne Allen, Teesside University accountant Jayne Laverick, single mum from Marske Michele...
The Lad from Teesville's Done Well for Himself
WHEN Brian Wooler opened his DB Wooler Health Studio - later to be called the Sparta Health Club - at Gresham Road, Middlesbrough, it became the first professional health venue in the area offering: slendertones, vacuum suction massage, slimwraps along...
The Old Austin 7 That Took Us to Devon and Back on Holiday
SINCE retiring back to the North-east five years ago Malcolm Green, now of Great Ayton, has been unable to find the whereabouts of an Austin 7, registration number BUP 274. He last saw it more than 20 years ago at a vintage and veteran car rally...
The 'Three Little Lambs'
WHO can remember the first Western Club, which was situated on the corner of Millbank Street and Cannon Street, Middlesbrough? Audrey Robinson (nee Ponfield), has sent us a number of family pictures, the main one being of her dad Fred, Tottie Bond...
Thornaby Bowled over in Title Race; Bowls
THORNABY Indoor Bowls Club had two chances to win a county team title last weekend. On Saturday they travelled to New Earswick to play in the Yorkshire County League play-offs and on Sunday they journeyed to North Cave for the Hebden Trophy League...
Tigers Will Be Tough - Havvy
Byline: MARTIN NEAL TEESSIDE eyes are on the Tigers tomorrow as Redcar Bears head north of the border to Glasgow. The Scottish side have been tipped to struggle this year by some pundits - but NEBT/Simpson Racing UK Bears boss Brian Havelock...
Wartime Childhood of an Exiled Geordie Who Became a Boro Supporter
Byline: Jack Martin A RECENT request for stories involving motorcycle sport prompted Jack Martin to write about his experiences on Teesside and occasions when his motorcycle activities also involved a famous football star. Jack, now aged 81 and...
Wedding of the Week
BRIDE AND GROOM: Helen Sands, 30, formerly of Middlesbrough and Matthew Wain, 32, of York. MARRIED AT: Hazlewood Castle Chapel, Tadcaster, York. WHEN? : Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 12.30pm. WHERE DID YOU MEET?: We met on a night out in York,...
What's On
Films CINEWORLD, MIDDLESBROUGH Monsters Vs Aliens (PG), Monsters Vs Aliens 3D (PG), The Boat That Rocked (15), Knowing (15), The Damned United (15), The Haunting In Connecticut (15), Lesbian Vampire Killers (15), Duplicity (12A), Paul Bart: Mall Cop...
Who Can Tell Us about This Old Memorial?
THE Friends of Redcar Cemetery are looking to Remember When readers for help. Camile Nertny has e-mailed us with this plea: In the oldest part of Redcar Cemetery, which was established in 1874 there is a Boer War (1899-1902) memorial. Sadly this...
Why Did My Family Change Their Name?
A RADIANT Lady is looking to Remember When readers for help in finding details of her family. Val Winchester is searching for information about the Winchester family and is hoping someone can tell her why her great grandparents came from London...
Wolviston
WOLVISTON were at home to bottom of the league Elementis. The manager took time to ensure the lads understood that, although bottom, Elementis were no pushover. The game started well for Wolviston with a direct move that led to a corner in the...
You Answer
Left school at noon; started work as a hairdresser at 1pm THE front cover picture of Issue 78, showing Fred Britton cutting a child's hair brought back memories for Malcolm Green, of Great Ayton. He writes: I can remember my late father, Frederick...
Your Answer
We met at the Astoria and are still together AN article by Linda Smith in the February issue on the Woolies also mentioned the Astoria dance hall, which brought back memories for Dorothy Baker (nee Wilkes), of Middlesbrough. She says: That was where...
Your School: Yarm Primary School
Byline: MARK WELFORD HIGH-flying youngsters from Yarm used their creative skills and imagination to explore an exciting flight-themed project. The four and five-year-olds from reception class at Yarm Primary spent a term discovering flight in...
YOUTH KNIFED MAN IN STREET; Teen Locked Up after B& B Row
Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT A TEENAGE knifeman who stabbed a resident outside a Middlesbrough bed and breakfast has been locked up for more than three years. Owen Carr, 18, hit John "Tinhead" Percival with a broken part of a "nunchuck" weapon then...
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