The Advertiser Series E-Editions

Final Great Aycliffe Show promises to be a weekend to remember

The Advertiser Series: UP YOU GO: The Nemesis Allstars cheerleading dance team performing at last year's Great Aycliffe Show

3:55pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

DARING motorcycle stunts, hilarious horses and a strongest man contest promise to make the final Great Aycliffe Show the best to date.

Newton Aycliffe Football Club secures shirt sponsorship deal

The Advertiser Series: WINNING TEAM: Safeline Taxis partner Chris Bennett (r) with Newton Aycliffe Football C general manager Dan Lewis and Clarence the Cab' Safeline's famous London black cab

2:54pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A FOOTBALL club is celebrating after scoring a new shirt sponsorship deal.

Darlington nursery celebrates tenth birthday

The Advertiser Series: Staff and children at the Big Kids Little Kids nursery in Darlington celebrate its tenth birthday

12:40pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE tenth birthday of a popular nursery was celebrated with a family fun day recently.

Mental health in the workplace focus of new scheme in Darlington

12:29pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

MENTAL wellbeing in the workplace will be tackled as part of an initiative being launched in Darlington.

Rugby club gets pre-season makeover

The Advertiser Series: TRY HARD: Volunteers get their hands dirty at Darlington Rugby Club Picture: DAVID BRIDGEN/CLIQUE IMAGES

12:25pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

VOLUNTEERS helped give a Darlington rugby ground a spruce-up as it prepares for the start of the new season and gets ready to welcome new tenants.

'Tour factor' credited with helping inspire rise in cycling in Darlington

The Advertiser Series: FLASH BACK: Former Bishop of Durham Justin Welby talks bikes with trainee Tony Riding, at the opening of Bike Stop, in Darlington, in January last year Picture: KEITH BLUNDY

11:29am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE Tour de France has been credited with helping inspire a large increase in the number of people getting on their bikes in Darlington.

Hundreds vote in favour of re-opening Darlington public toilets

The Advertiser Series: ENGAGED: The disused toilets in Darlington town centre

2:44pm Monday 18th August 2014

HUNDREDS of readers of The Northern Echo website voted in a poll about disused toilets council chiefs say would costs tens of thousands of pounds to re-open.

Fishing coaching for children on offer in Spennymoor

The Advertiser Series: ANGLING EVENT: A free family fishing event will introduce young people to the sport in a safer setting

1:59pm Monday 18th August 2014

YOUNG people are being encouraged to take up fishing thanks to angling coaching on offer in Spennymoor this summer.

Lottery grant will help break cycle of abuse in Cornforth

The Advertiser Series: The Cornforth Partnership Healthy Changes project will tackle issues such as drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

1:57pm Monday 18th August 2014

A PROJECT to help tackle issues such as domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse will receive a £233,000 Big Lottery grant.

'Still much to be done, despite jobs boost'

The Advertiser Series: JOBS WARNING: Councillor Chris McEwan

1:13pm Monday 18th August 2014

A LEADING councillor has warned there is no room for complacency as figures showed almost 75 per cent of adults in Darlington are in employment.

Still time to get involved in garden contest

The Advertiser Series: FULL BLOOM: Dennis Woodcock's garden in Darlington

6:03am Monday 18th August 2014

GREEN-FINGERED gardeners still have over a week to enter their pride and joy in the rejuvenated Darlington in Bloom competition.

Canny canines strut their stuff at fun dog show

The Advertiser Series: DOG DAYS: Judge Margaret Robson examines a miniature doberman at the companion dog show in Hurworth. Picture: STUART BOULTON

12:25pm Monday 18th August 2014

DASHING Dobermans, pretty poodles and clever collies were among the scores of canines vying to steal the show in Hurworth.

Empty town centre office block to be transformed into flats

The Advertiser Series: WORK BEGINS: Coast and Country’s lesley Conroy with site workmen at Regent House

6:02am Monday 18th August 2014

WORK has started to transform an empty office block in Darlington town centre into affordable apartments.

Darlington nursery is officially outstanding

The Advertiser Series: Staff and children from the Ferndene Nursery

3:14pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE hard work and happiness of staff and children at a Darlington nursery has been recognised by education watchdog Ofsted.

Tennis tournament raises charity funds

The Advertiser Series: CHARITY FUN: Competiton winners Jonathan Boggon and Joan Curran

12:07pm Monday 18th August 2014

A FUN tennis tournament in memory of a club member has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for a hospice.

Strong winds

5:02pm Sunday 17th August 2014

POOR weather interrupted the finale of Darlington's summer market extravaganza at the weekend. Some attractions scheduled to take place as part of the four-day event were cancelled or moved due to strong winds on Sunday, August 17. A host of bands set to play on a stage in the town's Market Square performed indoors at The Forum instead.

National recognition for Team JJ, volunteers with learning disabilities who run popular Darlington cafe

12:30pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A GROUP of people with learning disabilities could receive a national accolade for their work running a cafe in Darlington.

A frosty reception for planning consultants at Middleton St George parish council meeting

The Advertiser Series: DEVELOPMENT OPPOSED: Middleton St George ward councillor and parish council chair, Doris Jones, says the village doesn't need any more homes

6:02am Sunday 17th August 2014

A HOSTILE reception met planning consultants who attended a packed meeting to discuss proposals for a new housing development in Middleton St George.

New look for community centre thanks to volunteers

The Advertiser Series: PAINT PALS: A team of volunteers from Cummins at Firthmoor Community Centre, decorating one of the rooms Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:03am Sunday 17th August 2014

A DARLINGTON community centre got a sprucing up thanks to the efforts of a group of volunteers taking part in a decorating challenge.

Darlington council defends temporary reopening of toilets for 10K road race

The Advertiser Series: OFF AND RUNNING: Participants in the Darlington 10k last Sunday Picture: TOM YEOMAN

12:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

COUNCIL officials have defended the one-off opening of mothballed public toilets in the town centre during last weekend's Darlington 10k event.

Vandals target charity banner

The Advertiser Series: BANNER VANDALISED: David Gibson, of GNAAS, with the banner

5:57pm Friday 15th August 2014

A CHARITY has hit out at the vandals who tore down a sign promoting a forthcoming fundraiser.

Residents back plans to merge struggling Shildon college with secondary school

The Advertiser Series: SCHOOL MERGER: Sunnydale Community College which could merge with a Newton Aycliffe school. Pic SARAH CALDECOTT

1:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

RESIDENTS have backed plans to close a struggling college which was criticised by Ofsted before re-opening it as part of a successful nearby school.

Darlington man sentenced for drug offences

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5:33pm Friday 15th August 2014

A DARLINGTON man threw drugs over a fence as he tried to flee from police, a court was told.

Darlington College students go the extra mile for top motorcycle rider

The Advertiser Series: ROAD RACER: Daley Mathison with his bikes finished by students at Darlington College

1:24pm Friday 15th August 2014

A TOP rider is enjoying race success in part thanks to go-faster livery designed by students from his old college.

New board members for Distinct Darlington

1:21pm Friday 15th August 2014

DARLINGTON’S town centre Business Improvement District company has appointed new board members.

Seaside fun comes indoors at shopping centre

The Advertiser Series: FUN TIME: Brian Llewellyn entertains children at a seaside-themed event in Darlington's Cornmill shopping centre. Picture: ANDY LAMB

1:02pm Friday 15th August 2014

SEASIDE-THEMED entertainment was high on the agenda at a fun day in a Darlington shopping centre.

Special air mission foiled by thunderstorms

The Advertiser Series: PILOT: Stephen Slater in his restored biplane

6:09pm Thursday 14th August 2014

THUNDERSTORMS on the French coast thwarted plans to fly a replica military plane across the Channel as part of commemorations for the First World War centenary.

Diamond Shildon couple celebrate 60-years of marriage

The Advertiser Series: DIAMOND WEDDING:Joe and Irene Hankey, of Shildon, celebrate their diamond wedding. Pic: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:25pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A COUPLE who met at a dance shortly after the end of the Second World War have celebrated 60-years of marriage.

New sponsor for Darlington FC

The Advertiser Series: BUILDING LINKS: Pre-season friendly between Darlington and Sunderland at Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland.  Darlington's Liam Hatch and Sunderland's Charalampos Mavrias.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:38pm Thursday 14th August 2014

BIBBY Financial Services have been announced as Darlington FC’s new commercial sponsor for the forthcoming 2014-15 season.

Funnel cloud spotted over Darlington

The Advertiser Series: FUNNEL CLOUD: Mark Williams' photograph of the funnel cloud above Darlington

4:15pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A SHARP-EYED Northern Echo reader photographed this dramatic funnel cloud as it swirled above Darlington during unseasonally dank weather.

Care home and houses plan on edge of village

4:06pm Thursday 14th August 2014

PLANS for a residential care home and self build houses on the edge of a village have received a mixed reaction from residents.

Bands sign up for fundraising music festival

The Advertiser Series: SIGNED UP: Lifetime Skiver, one of more than 30 bands playing Oxjam Darlo

2:26pm Thursday 14th August 2014

DOZENS of bands have signed up to an all-day charity music festival that will take over venues across Darlington.

'Dragons' will decide where NHS funds are spent

2:24pm Thursday 14th August 2014

GP commissioners are inviting community and voluntary sector groups to bid for £50,000 to promote better health in Darlington.

Arts hub to hold its second meeting

The Advertiser Series: ARTS TALK: John Dean

2:20pm Thursday 14th August 2014

AN initiative to bring together artists from across Darlington to share ideas will stage its second event next month.

Credit union opens in Middleton St George

The Advertiser Series: SEEKING DEPOSITS: Volunteers Hilary Reaney and Valerie Smith, coun. Doris Jones and Tony Brockley of Darlington Credit Union at the first meeting of the Middleton St. George Credit Union Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:55pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A NEW credit union in Middleton St George will help villagers save for a rainy day while resisting the lure of payday lenders, according to a councillor.

Four-day Summer Market extravaganza will liven up Darlington town centre

The Advertiser Series: MARKET EXTRAVAGANZA: Fairground rides at Joseph Pease Place, Darlington prior to the start of the annual summer markets being erected in the town centre.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:32pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

FAIRGROUND rides, live music and a multitude of stalls promise to make Darlington’s biggest market event well worth a visit this week.

Brothers' charity tribute to mother

The Advertiser Series: SPONSORED RUN: Brothers Keith and John Blowes will run the Great North Run for Butterwick Hospice Care

3:57pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

TWO brothers are preparing to tackle one of the world’s most popular half marathons in memory of their late mother.

Restaurant and apartment hopes for prominent town centre building

The Advertiser Series: NEW LIFE: An artist's impression of what the former Lloyds Bank building on Skinnergate, Darlington, could look like after being converted into a restaurant

3:41pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A GRADE II listed building that formerly housed a Lloyds Bank branch in Darlington is set to be turned into a new restaurant and apartments.

Junior race to return for next year's 10k

The Advertiser Series: FUN RUN: Organisers of the Darlington 10k say the event was a big success

3:41pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

ORGANISERS of the Darlington 10k say they hope to revive a junior race as part of next year's event.

Teenager from Spennymoor aims to win modelling contract in Miss Teen competition

2:33pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A TEENAGE beauty queen hopes to win a modelling contract as she battles youngsters from across the country to be named Miss Teen 2014.

Volunteers sought for the Festival of Thrift

The Advertiser Series: THRIFTY ATTRACTIONS: A rag and bone entertainer at last year's Festival of Thrift at Lingfield Point, Darlington

1:55pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

ORGANISERS of the award-winning Festival of Thrift are looking for volunteers to help this year’s event run as smoothly as the last.

Plans finalised to reduce number of councillors in Darlington – by three

The Advertiser Series: REFORM PLANS: Darlington town hall

12:46pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

POLITICIANS have given a cautious welcome to plans that will see a reduction from 53 to 50 in the number of councillors representing Darlington.

Zumbathon to help smash £50,000 charity target

The Advertiser Series: CHARITY FUN: Gillian Clason (centre) pictured at the start of her previous zumbathon in March

11:59am Tuesday 12th August 2014

AN inspirational fundraiser is holding a charity zumbathon to help smash her £50,000 target.

Former psychologist draws on father-in-law's IRA experiences for latest novel

The Advertiser Series: NEW NOVEL: Former psychologist Ian Wilkinson with his book, Crossing the Water   Picture: ANDY LAMB

11:46am Tuesday 12th August 2014

A GRANDFATHER’S experience of being saved by a British soldier when he was ambushed by the IRA is the inspiration behind a former psychologist’s latest novel.

Former athlete hands out medals after library competition

The Advertiser Series: MEDAL WINNERS: Former athlete Joy Grieveson, right, hands out medals at Crown Street library. Senior library officer Vicky Emmerson, left, looks on. Receiving the medals are Kayzan Azam-McArdle, Eve Banham and Sophie Armstrong Picture: CHRIS JAFFRAY

3:38pm Monday 11th August 2014

A FORMER Commonwealth Games athlete paid a visit to Darlington library to reward children who had taken part in a writing competition.

Charity project receives cash windfall

The Advertiser Series: GREEN FINGERED: David Best, Tony Beck (standing), Pearl Barher, Ben McGill, Edward Robinson and Marc Burley from Darlington Neca.

1:59pm Monday 11th August 2014

THE Darlington branch of a charity that tackles substance abuse has developed its allotment project thanks to a £500 donation from a building company.

Dentist returns from overseas mission

The Advertiser Series: HELPING HAND: Jo Daly, right, during her visit to Timore Leste with the charity Dentaid

12:09pm Monday 11th August 2014

A DARLINGTON dentist has returned from South East Asia, where she provided dental training to local practitioners.

Arts venue celebrates two years - and the future looks bright

The Advertiser Series: ART EVENT: The second birthday cake for The Bridge in Darlington. Picture: ANDY LAMB

11:51am Sunday 10th August 2014

ARTISTS and patrons of a thriving community arts centre have celebrated the venue's second anniversary.

Mayor's praise for £9m bungalows development

The Advertiser Series: 'EXUDES QUALITY': Darlington mayor Gerald Lee

4:33pm Friday 8th August 2014

A £9MILLION development of eco-friendly bungalows at a Darlington retirement village has been been praised by the town's mayor, as phase two of the scheme was launched.

Utility works delays third phase of Newton Aycliffe town centre revamp

The Advertiser Series: Churchill House and vacant retail units in Newton Aycliffe town centre were due to be demolished in June to create an open plan shopping plaza

4:27pm Friday 8th August 2014

THE third phase of a multi-million pound town centre revamp has been delayed by utility work.

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