The Advertiser Series E-Editions

Sweets for drinkers in Darlington town centre

The Advertiser Series: LICENCE SUSPENSION: Test purchases have been carried out at a Bishop Auckland off licence

4:26pm Friday 19th December 2014

SHOPPERS and festive revellers will be encouraged – for one night only – to take sweets from strangers when they are and about in Darlington town centre tonight (Friday, December 19).

Parents prepared to fight for threatened playschool

The Advertiser Series: CLOSURE FIGHT: Parents are unhappy at the announcement of Elm Ridge Nursery School in Darlington to close. Parents and children pictured along with Rev Andrew Stobart who made the announcement talks with Sallyann Hutton holding Isabella Hutton (four month

4:22pm Friday 19th December 2014

PASSIONATE parents have formed an action group to try and save a Darlington pre-school from closure.

Awareness course helps teachers understand issues faced by deaf children

The Advertiser Series: INCREASING AWARENESS: Staff at St Augustine's Primary School, who passed the deaf awareness course

12:38pm Friday 19th December 2014

STAFF at a Darlington primary school have passed a deaf awareness course with flying colours.

TV up for grabs in festive draw finale

The Advertiser Series: FESTIVE FAYRE: Darlington market

4:51pm Thursday 18th December 2014

ONE lucky shopper will win a 50-inch television in Darlington on Saturday as part of the festivities taking place in the Covered Market.

Early Christmas present for pensioners' group

The Advertiser Series: HAMPER GIFTS:Members of the Firthmoor over 50’s group received special hampers from Sainsbury’s in Darlington pictured front with the group is  Kevin Nicholson, the chairman of Firthmoor & District Community Association  Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

3:58pm Thursday 18th December 2014

CHRISTMAS came early for a group of pensioners who received special festive hampers at their regular community centre get together.

Spennymoor church's community hall praised

12:22pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A CHURCH community centre has been praised for how well it is run and the services it offers to the people of Spennymoor.

Dog of the Month: Can you give bouncy and lively Theo a home?

The Advertiser Series: LOVING: Theo the crossbreed, who is looking for a new home

11:34am Thursday 18th December 2014

EACH month The Northern Echo highlights one of the many dogs looking for a home at the Dogs Trust Darlington, in Sadberge, near Darlington.

Mother dishonestly claimed £11,460 in benefits

The Advertiser Series: LAW COURT: Darlington Magistrates' Court

3:47pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A SINGLE woman claimed more than £10,000 in benefits while she was actually in a civil partnership, a court heard.

'Elf and safety concerns behind a lack of Christmas decorations in British Heart Foundation shops, claims disappointed customer

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2:37pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A LACK of Christmas decorations in the British Heart Foundation’s charity shops were blamed on ‘health and safety’, according to a disappointed customer.

Elfie selfies raise festive funds

The Advertiser Series: ELFIE SELFIE:Toddler group Manic Mum Days held an ‘elfie selfie’ event at their Christmas party to raise money for the North East Autistic Society pictured Natalie Renwick with her daughter, 18-month-old Alice Langstone Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:47pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

TODDLERS at a North East mums’ group turned the selfie craze into a festive fundraising affair at their Christmas party.

Complaints over hidden tributes led to Chilton cemetery grass cut

5:10pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

COMPLAINTS that grass in a cemetery was too long to see tributes left by the families of the dead has led to a council extending its cutting season.

A1 reopens after trailer carrying cattle overturns

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4:40pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

THE A1 has reopened after being closed in both directions when a trailer containing cattle overturned on the northbound carriageway near Scotch Corner.

Students wow audiences with Madness musical Our House

The Advertiser Series: MUSICAL: Taking to the stage, students at Longfield Academy perform Our House

4:19pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

TEENAGERS transformed madness and mayhem into magic and music as they took to the stage for their annual spectacular.

Traders offered free pitches in Ferryhill to help boost town's market

The Advertiser Series: MARKET BOOST: Traders in Ferryhill are to be offered free pitches in a bid to boost the market.

5:48pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

MARKET traders are being offered rent free pitches over the Christmas period in Ferryhill to try to attract new businesses.

Young volunteers help others learn to ride without stabilisers

The Advertiser Series: ON THE ROAD: Volunteers help a young rider find her feet Picture: Scott Akoz Photography (14745039)

5:48pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

Volunteers from Darlington’s cycling community gave up their time to help children as young as three on their way to stabiliser-free cycling.

From criminal checks to sound checks

The Advertiser Series: IN TUNE: Darlington co-workers have formed the first ever Disclosure and Barring Service choir.

5:48pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A GROUP of Darlington workers have swapped legal documents for music sheets to form the first ever Disclosure and Barring Service choir.

Sing to Win final

The Advertiser Series: CHRISTMAS RECORDING: Residents and staff from Willow Green Care Home record their Christmas songs at The Forum in Darlington.          Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:27pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A CHRISTMAS choir competition reaches its crescendo on Thursday with a grand final at the Cornmill Shopping Centre.

Knitting group creates woollen version of the 12 Days of Christmas

The Advertiser Series: TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: The St. John's Church knitting group, Doreen Duguid, Rev. Susan Plummer, Margaret Bell, Catherine Duguid and Ena Craggs with their pear tree. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (14737090)

5:17pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A GROUP of keen knitters have created a woollen version of the 12 Days of Christmas to brighten up their church.

Beauty and the Beast embrace social media in Sedgefield panto

The Advertiser Series: PANTO STARS: Members of Sedgefield Players get ready for their annual Christmas Panto. Pictured are Ciaran Jasper, Tim Jasper, Liz Flanagan and Ian Thurgood. Picture: TOM BANKS (14584368)

5:04pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A CLASSIC fairytale will receive a modern twist at one of the region’s pantomimes this Christmas.

Church pre-school to close after numbers drop to unsustainable levels

The Advertiser Series: CLOSING DOWN: Children from Elm Ridge Methodist Church pre-school take part in a sponsored dance event in May

3:56pm Monday 15th December 2014

A CHURCH-run pre-school is to close its doors next year after the number of children attending the service fell to unsustainable levels.

Prize band brings Christmas spirit to supermarket

The Advertiser Series: CHRISTMAS SONGS: Cockerton Brass Band performed Christmas songs in Sainsbury's in Darlington. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:38pm Monday 15th December 2014

SHOPPERS showed their appreciation for a popular Darlington band by digging deep when members performed in Sainsbury’s.

Christmas fun continues in Darlington

The Advertiser Series: ICEY FUN: A temporary ice rink opens in Darlington market square themed by film Frozen.  Nathan Brown, Hannah Boyce and Anna Bell dressed as characters Kristoff, Elsa and Anna respectively.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:47pm Monday 15th December 2014

PRIZES are up for grabs across Darlington town centre as the festivities continue in the run up to Christmas.

Fresh hope for future of closure-threatened library

The Advertiser Series: FRESH HOPE: Cockerton Library, in Darlington

6:33am Saturday 13th December 2014

EFFORTS to save a closure-threatened library have taken a step forward, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Debate due on plans to flatten 19th Century home

The Advertiser Series: DEMOLITION PLANS: Croft House

3:58pm Saturday 13th December 2014

CONTROVERSIAL plans to demolish an abandoned Victorian home and replace it with executive homes must not be granted permission in their current form, a senior councillor has warned.

Frozen themed walk to school for Sedgefield pupils

The Advertiser Series: FROZEN WALK: Elsa and Anna, from Make My Day events, with Sophie GLass and her classmates

5:00pm Friday 12th December 2014

SEDGEFIELD pupils travelled to school Frozen-style in an effort to get them to use sustainable methods of transport.

Elderly visitors enjoy winter wonderland at sixth form college

The Advertiser Series: WINTER WONDERLAND: Visitors to Polam Hall enjoyed a winter wonderland this week

3:31pm Friday 12th December 2014

A winter wonderland awaited elderly visitors to a sixth form college this week.

Bishop Auckland soldier crashes mum's car into lamppost while drunk, court told

The Advertiser Series: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

2:54pm Friday 12th December 2014

A DRUNKEN soldier took his mother’s car without permission and crashed it into a lamppost, a court heard.

Former soldier fined after spitting at police outside Darlington pub

The Advertiser Series: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

2:44pm Friday 12th December 2014

A FORMER soldier struck out and spat at a police officer in a Darlington pub, a court was told.

Council criticised over use of hundreds of zero-hours contracts

The Advertiser Series: ZERO HOUR: UKIP’s North East Euro MP Jonathan Arnott says zero hour contracts can be exploitative

1:13pm Friday 12th December 2014

A COUNCIL has defended its position after being criticised for employing almost 400 people on controversial zero-hour contracts.

Best foot forward for themed walk to school

The Advertiser Series: OFF TO SCHOOL WE GO: A Christmas-themed walk to school at Skerne Park Academy in Darlington  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:25pm Friday 12th December 2014

YOUNGSTERS at a Darlington academy won a themed walk to school by drawing pictures of their favourite heroes and villains.

PACT meetings 'undermined' by shortage of local officers, councillor claims

3:28pm Thursday 11th December 2014

POLICE community meetings are being undermined by a lack of local beat officers, a councillor has said.

Geologist encourages primary pupils to become rock stars

The Advertiser Series: ROCK STARS: L-R, Jack Ellis, seven, Ken Weilding, of Rocks to Schools, Teri Dinsdale, seven, and Abbie Harrington, seven

1:04pm Thursday 11th December 2014

A GEOLOGIST invited primary pupils to become rock stars for the day.

Shopping centre bosses urge councillors to back fish and chip restaurant despite disability campaigners' concerns

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4:37pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

SENIOR figures at a struggling shopping centre have urged councillors to give their backing to plans for a new fish and chip restaurant as it looks to fill some of its empty units.

Newton Aycliffe teenager racially abuses Darlington shopkeeper when asked for ID

The Advertiser Series: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

5:42pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

A TEENAGER who racially abused a shopkeeper after he refused to sell him alcohol appeared before magistrates today (Tuesday, December 10).

Primary pupils create memorial garden for popular priest

12:21pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

A MEMORIAL garden designed by primary school pupils in tribute to their former parish priest has received the blessing of his family.

Popular landscape artist's exhibition in Darlington

The Advertiser Series: ART DUO: Paul Dillon and Heather Kinsella at the launch of their joint art exhibition at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts in Darlington.      Picture: ANDY LAMB

12:17pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

AN artist who first exhibited in Darlington’s library more than two decades ago is holding an exhibition at the Bridge Centre.

Singing fundraiser back for a sixth year

The Advertiser Series: ARTS VENUE: The Forum, in Borough Road, Darlington

5:26pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

AN annual charity singing event will be held for the sixth year in a row this month.

Newton Aycliffe children enjoy online chat with David Cameron

The Advertiser Series: COMPUTER SAVVY: Year six pupils at Vane Road Primary School in Newton Aycliffe used block code to write their own computer algorithms

5:32pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

NEWTON Aycliffe youngsters embraced the digital age when they enjoy an online chat with the Prime Minister and mastered the art of computer coding.

Sign up for cheaper energy this Christmas

The Advertiser Series: CHEAP ENERGY: Council chiefs have joined forces with Darlington Citizens Advice Bureau to launch the fourth round of a scheme enabling residents and businesses to save on their gas and electricity bills

4:01pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have joined forces with Darlington Citizens Advice Bureau to launch the fourth round of a scheme enabling residents and businesses to save on their gas and electricity bills.

'Do your Christmas shopping in Darlington' – councillor calls on colleagues to set an example

The Advertiser Series: CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Councillor Chris McEwan

4:33pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

A COUNCILLOR has pledged to do all of his Christmas shopping in Darlington – and called on his colleagues to do the same.

Follow the Santa sat nav to catch up with fundraisers

The Advertiser Series: SANTA VISITS:Darlington Bondgate Round Table during a string of  Santa visits around Darlington,to raise funds for local good causes Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

11:38am Tuesday 9th December 2014

SANTA will be doing the rounds in Darlington in the nights leading up to Christmas – all in the name of charity, of course.

Can you help solve Darlington's lollipop crisis?

The Advertiser Series: LOTTA LOLLY: Long-serving Darlington lollipop lady Helen Winn Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

11:26am Tuesday 9th December 2014

COUNCIL bosses are appealing for the public's help in getting a road-related problem licked once and for all – a shortage of lollipop ladies in Darlington.

All that glitters is gold in revamped Newton Aycliffe town centre

The Advertiser Series: GOLD AWARD: The revamped Aycliffe Shopping Centre in Newton Aycliffe. PICTURE: Dave Charnley Photography

7:48pm Monday 8th December 2014

A TOWN centre has received a national award for a multi-million pound revamp.

Little angels spread festive cheer in Sedgefield supermarket

The Advertiser Series: SUPERMARKET SINGERS:Sedgefield Primary School choir performing Christmas carols at Sainsbury’s in Sedgefield  to raise funds for Sedgefield Harriers Back the Track Appeal and Sedgefield Fun Club's building fund.

5:35pm Monday 8th December 2014

ANGELIC voices echoed down the aisle of a supermarket when youngsters serenaded shoppers with Christmas carols.

Developer lodges plans to extend village centre

The Advertiser Series: GROWTH AREA: A map showing the proposed extension to West Park, in Darlington

3:29pm Monday 8th December 2014

DEVELOPERS have submitted plans – including a food store and medical centre – as part of the second phase in the development of a village centre on the edge of Darlington.

Fundraising at fun run

The Advertiser Series: SANTA RUN: Darlington Lions Club raised funds for St Teresa's Hospice

3:54pm Monday 8th December 2014

MEMBERS of a Darlington service club enjoyed helping out at a fundraising fun run at the weekend.

Ball raises village hall funds

The Advertiser Series: CONCERNS: Brian Jones

3:38pm Monday 8th December 2014

ABOUT 100 people attended a glamorous ball to raise much-needed funds for a popular village hall.

'Overbearing' elderly housing complex for Darlington is rejected

The Advertiser Series: CABINET MEETING: Darlington Town Hall

3:45pm Sunday 7th December 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL proposal to build a large complex for the over 55s in Cockerton has been rejected by Darlington Borough Council’s planning committee.

Fancy afternoon tea? Better head down the pub, then

The Advertiser Series: PIECE OF CAKE: Owner Ross Serino serves afternoon tea at The Tuns in Sadberge Picture: STUART BOULTON

3:45pm Sunday 7th December 2014

A NORTH-EAST pub is looking to attract new customers by adding an unusual delight to its menu – afternoon tea.

Excitement builds as work on Bishop Auckland school is almost complete

The Advertiser Series: NEARING READINESS: The entrance of the new King James 1 Academy building Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

8:39am Monday 8th December 2014

THE first stage of a multi-million school redevelopment is almost complete with pupils set to move into their new premises in January.








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