Things are looking up for Distinct Darlington as it prepares to mark its second birthday

The Advertiser Series: Alex Swan, manager of Distinct Darlington: "This is going to be hugely positive for the town centre, it is really going to be of benefit to food businesses, retailers might take longer to notice the impact"

2:23pm Monday 21st April 2014

THE manager of Darlington’s business improvement district (Bid) has said she hopes the organisation is starting to become more accepted by traders in the town as it approaches its second birthday.

New look post office in Middleton St George is opened by the Mayor

The Advertiser Series: Postmaster Andy Hill with Mayor Charles Johnson and Mayoress Carol Johnson at the reopening of the Middleton St George Post Office

12:09pm Monday 21st April 2014

A REVAMPED post office that will offer some of the longest opening hours in the area has been officially reopened by the Mayor of Darlington.

Mayor to raise a toast in honour of St George

The Advertiser Series: People in Southampton are being called on to help mark St George's Day.

11:58am Monday 21st April 2014

A TOAST will be raised to St George at Darlington’s Market Cross on Wednesday, in honour of his Saint’s Day.

Choir to perform in support of St Teresa's Hospice

The Advertiser Series: Piano plan for Brighton station: our top 10 train playlist

12:59pm Monday 21st April 2014

MIXED vocal choir Northern Voices will raise funds for a Darlington hospice at its next concert.

Hypnotherapist offers Darlington taster session for weight-loss programme

The Advertiser Series: A salad of heritage tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella and gazpacho of green vegetables

1:04pm Monday 21st April 2014

A HYPNOTHERPAIST who has developed her own weight-loss programme will host a one-off taster session in Darlington next month.

History group to hear story of famous County Durham son's exploits in America

The Advertiser Series: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

1:21pm Monday 21st April 2014

HISTORY TALK: Crook Local History Society is to hear a talk by George Dixon on his ancestor Jeremiah Dixon of the Mason-Dixon Line fame. The talk is tomorrow (Tuesday, April 22) at 7.30pm. Entry is free to society members and £3 to visitors.

Darlington Lions to hold charity book stall at market

The Advertiser Series: Darlington Lions Club member Robert Hillary, bookshop chairman dressed in a lion costume with Tom Peacock and Jenny Lumley at the charity marketstall book sale.

11:47am Monday 21st April 2014

BOOK STALL: Darlington Lions Club will host a bookstall in Darlington Market on Saturday, April 26, between 10am and 4pm. There will be thousands of books available on the stall and at the Lions’ nearby bookshop in Blackwellgate. Books are 50p each. The Darlington Lions bookshop is open every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am until 4pm.

Village's affordable housing development named one of UK's best

The Advertiser Series: Children from Osmotherley School Primary School celebrate the opening of the award-winning affordable housing development

1:51pm Sunday 20th April 2014

AN affordable housing development in a North Yorkshire village has been named one of the best in the UK.

Easter fun in Darlington markets and Elim Church

The Advertiser Series: Members of Red Hall Dance School perform at the Easter Eggstraordinary Market

12:01pm Sunday 20th April 2014

THERE was Easter fun across Darlington this weekend as a series of activities took place for families around the town.

Keeping blacksmiths' skills alive - leading authority to give talk

The Advertiser Series: Chris Topp, a leading authority on ironwork and blacksmiths' skills

5:23pm Sunday 20th April 2014

ONE of the world’s leading architectural metal workers is to give a talk in North Yorkshire.

Civic dinner success

The Advertiser Series: CIVIC EVENT: Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson with Mayor Ken Campbell and consort Ann Kells

9:11am Sunday 20th April 2014

A CIVIC dinner raised well over £1,000 for a mayor’s charity appeal.

Bounce into action

The Advertiser Series: TRAMPOLINE CLASS: You don't have to be as good as Great Britain's Katherine Driscoll to try trampolining

10:59am Sunday 20th April 2014

A TRAMPOLINE course for 11 to 16-year-olds will be launched at Teesdale Leisure Centre, in Barnard Castle, next week. (Tuesday, April 22)

Business premises could become homes

12:32pm Saturday 19th April 2014

TWO former business premises in a village centre could be converted for residential use.

Villagers hope to 'Save West Rainton' from 150 new homes

The Advertiser Series: Michael Johnson (in white shirt, centre) with villagers who are opposed to building at West Rainton.

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

RESIDENTS say they are fighting to “Save West Rainton” from plans to build 150 homes in the village.

New pilates class for all at The Kings Church

The Advertiser Series: A pilates class - posed by models

1:11pm Saturday 19th April 2014

PILATES CLASS: A new pilates class for men and women who want to improve their posture and core strength will start at The Kings Church Centre, in Whessoe Road, Darlington, on Monday, April 28, between 11.15am and 12.15pm. The class is for mixed abilities and costs £4 per person. Booking is not necessary. For more information call Mel on 07751067455.

£10,000 boost for sports clubs in Durham and Chester-le-Street

The Advertiser Series: Local youth football

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A GRANT of £10,500 will support sports clubs across Durham and Chester-le-Street.

No plans to make the Haughton Road throughabout into a normal roundabout, council says

The Advertiser Series: Congestion at the Haughton Road throughabout

1:27pm Friday 18th April 2014

COUNCIL officials have insisted that they have no plans to change a much-maligned road junction in Darlington, but have admitted its operation will be reviewed later this year.

REG PIC RAF Warrant Officer receives MBE

The Advertiser Series: Retired Warrant Officer (WO) Barry McEvoy

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A RETIRED RAF engineer has been awarded his MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Darlington table tennis club goes from strength to strength

The Advertiser Series: Darlington Table Tennis Academy member Leo Pontone, eight, during training at Longfield School in Darlington

11:36am Friday 18th April 2014

A TABLE tennis club that has introduced more than 400 children to the sport has encouraged more people to take up a paddle .

£20m student digs plan would create 'totally unbalanced community'

The Advertiser Series: Neville House and Sheraton House

12:10am Friday 18th April 2014

RESIDENTS are gearing up for a County Hall showdown with developers who want to build ᆪ20m-worth of student digs on their doorstep.

Dispute over who should look after village green

The Advertiser Series: IN DISPUTE: Part of MIddleton-in-Teesdale Village Green

11:01am Friday 18th April 2014

PARISH councillors have decided against challenging a County Durham estate over ownership of a village green.

Easter Monday launch for Teesdale Challenge Walks

The Advertiser Series: WALKING CHALLENGE: Ian Tallentire and Lynda Bares, of the Upper Teesdale Tourism Network

10:47am Friday 18th April 2014

A REJUVENATED tourism group is hoping a new series of walks will attract more visitors to rural County Durham.

Choir to pay tribute to First World War fallen at spring concert

The Advertiser Series: The stone cross at Gainford

11:13am Friday 18th April 2014

A CHOIR will remember the First World War at its spring concert.

Village groups' joint bid for National Lottery cash to renovate war memorial

The Advertiser Series: Village groups' joint bid for National Lottery cash to renovate war memorial

11:10am Friday 18th April 2014

VILLAGE groups are joining together in a bid to secure lottery cash for the renovation of a war memorial.

Nursery children celebrate Easter with creative bonnets

The Advertiser Series: Some of the High Bank pupils with their bonnets

1:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

CHILDREN at a nursery near Darlington have been getting creative to take part in an Easter bonnet making competition.

Ramside dinner raises £5,000 for Durham hospice

The Advertiser Series: Fiona Vallis and Tim Boyd

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A DINNER to celebrate a hotel’s 50th anniversary has raised more than £5,000 for a hospice.

Police warn youths against anti-social behaviour during school holidays

The Advertiser Series:

12:43pm Friday 18th April 2014

POLICE WARNING: Young people in Darlington have been warned by police that officers are on the look-out for acts of criminal damage and anti-social behaviour during the school holidays. During the last holiday period a number of incidents where ball bearings were fired at properties in the Northgate area of town were reported. A police spokesman said: “The number of incidents was small, and no-one was hurt, but this kind of activity carries with it a risk of injuring someone.” Anyone who witnesses an incident or has information is asked to contact Darlington Police on the non-emergency 101 number.

Town councillors line up programme of summer fun

The Advertiser Series: A medieval combat display at last year's fair

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

Town councillors in Barnard Castle will meet on Wednesday, April 23, to discuss a programme of summer entertainment.

Easter Monday car boot sale at St John's Chapel

The Advertiser Series: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

11:42am Friday 18th April 2014

A car boot sale will be held on Easter Monday at St John's Chapel Recreation Ground.

Approval given for 120 homes in Spennymoor on DurhamGate site

The Advertiser Series: County council approves plans for 120 homes in Spennymoor

5:53pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PROPOSALS to build 120 dwellings on one of the North-East’s largest building sites have been supported after claims the plan would boost the area.

Hundreds sign petition demanding all housing decisions are delayed

The Advertiser Series: Nominations are being sought to find the unsung heroes of Sedgefield in County Durham

3:56pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A PETITION demanding all decisions relating to future housing in Sedgefield are postponed has been handed over to Durham County Council.

Couple who met through babysitting celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in Ferryhill

The Advertiser Series: Ken and Sylvia Spencer celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

4:28pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A DIAMOND couple who met through babysitting are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

Petition against supermarket plan

The Advertiser Series: Ryedale District Council logo - zxc

3:36pm Thursday 17th April 2014

CAMPAIGNERS protesting against plans to build a supermarket Malton have handed over a petition ahead of a crunch meeting next week.

Darlington restorative justice scheme praised for its effectiveness by Ministry of Justice

The Advertiser Series: Bill Dixon

2:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A SCHEME to tackle low-level crime and anti-social behaviour through restorative action in Darlington has out-performed other similar initiatives elsewhere in the UK, figures have shown.

Extra class for photography enthusiasts

The Advertiser Series: Joanne Coates, who lives in Manor House, beat almost 100 other entrants to win the competition

1:46pm Thursday 17th April 2014

POPULAR digital photography classes held in Durham are increasing to three a week to meet demand.

New blooms bring fresh life to town park

The Advertiser Series: Christian Whitfield, five, and his brother Ben, seven, lead the bulb planting session at West Park in Newton Aycliffe

1:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A TOWN park will soon be bursting with colour thanks to the efforts of green-fingered youngsters.

Bedale car park sell off to make way for bypass is confirmed as traders raise concerns

The Advertiser Series: Temporary car park in Darlington granted permission to continue while spaces are reduced to build multi-storey and cinema development

1:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A MARKET town is to sacrifice one of its two existing car-parks as part of the drive towards a new 42.5m bypass.

Superhero costumes for supermarket workers

The Advertiser Series: A previous Dance for Diabetes event at another Tesco store

11:44am Thursday 17th April 2014

SUPERMARKET staff donned superhero costumes to raise money for charity today (Thursday, April 17).

Anti-crime meetings in Shildon believed to be under threat are to continue

The Advertiser Series: Durham Police Constabulary Headquarters, Aykley Heads, Durham. GV

3:27pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PROPOSALS to cut anti-crime meetings from monthly to bi-monthly in Shildon have been placed on hold after residents raised concerns at the plans.

Vintage sale stalls available

The Advertiser Series: Vintage style: Invest in some fashion history

2:56pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Stalls can now be booked at a vintage fashion fair being held at the Dolphin Centre this summer.

Grundy wonders: what makes a good townscape?

The Advertiser Series: ‘SO MUCH WASTE’: local historian and TV presenter  John Grundy looks over Durham Market Place from the Town Hall balcony

2:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BROADCASTER and architectural historian John Grundy will give a lecture titled ‘What makes a good townscape?’ in room ER140 of Durham University’s Elvet Riverside 1 building, New Elvet, Durham, on Tuesday, April 29, at 5.30pm. The lecture is part of the Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation series. To book a free place, email:

Parkinson's awareness event

The Advertiser Series: FOR ALL TO SEE: Inside Durham Town Hall, which visitors will be able to see as part of Heritage Open Days

2:21pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE North Durham branch of Parkinson’s UK held a coffee and information day at Durham Town Hall on Saturday, April 12, as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week. Visitors included Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods.

Dance Festival on its way

The Advertiser Series: KFA Moves members on their sponsored walk in Low Coniscliffe in aid of Macmillan

12:39pm Thursday 17th April 2014

KFA Moves are presenting their annual festival show A Panorama of Movement and Dance at the Dolphin Centre next month.

Exercise classes for older people

The Advertiser Series: Age UK is starting a new meeting for men in Stanley

2:17pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Light exercise sessions to build up stamina and confidence are being held in the Parish Centre on Church Chare in Chester-le-Street.

South Park cafe reopens under council management after winter closure

The Advertiser Series: Cafe in the park.

4:37pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A POPULAR cafe in a Darlington park has been taken over by the council to keep it open after a private operator pulled out.

Army unit given freedom of Spennymoor celebrates for possibly last time with town's council

The Advertiser Series: Councillor Jeff Daley, mayor of Spennymoor, is greeted by major Andy Sutherland watched by rifleman Steve Elliott, bugle major Garry Suggett, lieutenant Rishi Ahluwalia and mayor’s consort Maureen Hirst.

5:39pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A TERRITORIAL Army unit that has the freedom of Spennymoor has strengthened its links with the town for possibly the last time.

New initiative delivers free online research papers

The Advertiser Series: Epsom residents are visiting online porn websites hundreds of thousands of times a year

2:56pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THOUSANDS of the world’s best academic papers are now available for free at Darlington libraries thanks to a new initiative.

Vandals attack North Yorkshire school

The Advertiser Series: Violent offender arrested in Catterick after manhunt

3:07pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

POLICE are hunting vandals who caused damage valued at thousands of pounds to a local school.

Marathon brass band breaks world record

The Advertiser Series: Natalie Davies (front left with red trombone) with the Huddersfield Marathon Band

2:33pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A DARLINGTON trombonist has played her way into the record books by completing the London Marathon whist performing with a brass band.

Victims get chance to improve their treatment

The Advertiser Series: Julia Mulligan

2:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

VICTIMS of crime, road accidents and anti-social behaviour are being given a bigger say in how they are treated after such incidents.

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