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HEYDAY: The restored 4-6-2 Pacific 4472 Flying Scotsman preparing to leave Paddington Station in London

Flying Scotsman tops global poll of most famous trains - as York's National Railway Museum prepares for its return

Paul Dunn, Hazel Pude and John Carter in the Cinderella pantomime at the Gala Theatre, Durham

Curtain up for Gala panto

AFFORDABLE: Resident Jackie Stephens receives the keys to her new home from Rachel Bilham, Broadacres’ Housing Officer and Councillor Ian Threlfall, deputy leader of Richmondshire District Council

Affordable housing scheme for Richmond praised by residents

Campaigners host a torch-lit vigil in Durham Market Place in support of the Save the DLI Museum campaign. A little boy is pictured taking part in the service Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

'We fight on' - Torch-lit vigil to save DLI Museum

Chris Read during his final Iron Man challenge at Teesdale Sports Centre

Fifty challenge fundraising champion smashes £50,000 target on 50th birthday

PARADE: Father Christmas and his sleigh swooped into Darlington town centre accompanied by the Cockerton Band

Crowds line the streets to welcome a special visitor to Darlington town centre

Phil Twizell, national Free Range Egg Producer of the Year

Good Egg Fellas, of Sadberge, wins national award

ANGER: Coun John Blackie

Battle breaks out over road gritting in Dales

CONTROVERSY: The Cairngorm reindeer parade kicks off Christmas for Darlington shoppers last year

Festive parades criticised by animal rights campaigners in Darlington

Oliver Graham

County Durham mountain biker named charity community champion

Helen Goodman MP speaks at a rally against closures at Bishop Auckland General Hospital in the town's Market Place in 2008

Bishop Auckland MP submits hospital petitions after campaign

Artists impression of the planed development.

Changes planned for controversial Scotch Corner project as public inquiry looms

The Think campaign warns drivers to slow down on bends on country roads

Deaths increase on roads in Hambleton and Richmondshire

Masquerade Ball for Zoes Place at Guisborough Hall. Lynne Campbell, Rachel Fothergill, Catherine Marshall and Jayme Collinson. Picture: TOM BANKS (46428413)

More than £4,000 raised for Zoe's Place with Masquerade Ball

Social and Personal: Federation of Small businesses Awards at the Kings Head, Darlington. From left Chris Simpson and John Holmes-Carrington. (47742020)

Small business entrepreneurs enjoy evening of glamour and awards


Run Ructions Run, seen here, left, in a race at Leicester last year, won a beginners' chase at Wetherby on Wednesday

Run Ructions Run impresses in Wetherby beginners' chase

Richard Sadler on his way to victory at Dob Park – Picture: BARRY ROBINSON

Sadler rides to victory at Dob Park

Barnard Castle driver "Mad" Mark Watson, who cleaned up at Croft in the BTRDA rallycross finals – Picture: TONY TODD

Watson leaves rallycross rivals trailing in his wake at Croft

Sprinter Sacre, ridden by Nico de Boinville, clears the last to win the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham last Sunday

Sprinter Sacre victory thrills the Cheltenham crowds

Jack Peace in action at the Cliff Collinson Trial at Low North Park – Picture: KELSEY WILLIAMSON

Roberts edges out Price in Cliff Collinson Trial

Steve Snaith in action for Guisborough against Bedlington Terriers – Picture: YVONNE BARKER

Guisborough firepower sees off Terriers

Paul and Jessica Swift make a splash on their way to a class win at Oulton Park – Picture: JUCY RALLY PHOTOGRAPHY

Class win for Swift as Procter just misses victory at Oulton

Pat Eddery arrives in the winners’ enclosure at Newmarket on Silver Patriarch after winning the Sagitta Jockey Club Stakes in 1999

Racing mourns loss of champion Eddery

Katy Sunter in action in the Northern Experts Trial at Wildboarclough, Derbyshire, last Saturday – Picture: JOHN DICKINSON

Thorpe wins tense Northern Experts Trial battle

Joe Fanning, pictured here winning last year's £500,000 Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Trophy at Newmarket on Secret Brief (red cap), rode his 2,000th career winner on the Mark Johnston-trained Fireglow at the Suffolk course last Saturday

Fanning chalks up 2,000th winner with Newmarket success

Charlie Payne on his way to winning the MEM Malton Forest Rally – Picture: JAMES WARD/CHICANE MEDIA

Payne edges out Petch in Malton Rally thriller

Mark Constantine in action on Richmond Motor Club's Hardstiles Trial – Picture: BARRY ROBINSON

Constantine shines on first trials outing since rally accident

Kurt Round unleashes a powerful shot to score Guisborough’s fifth and probably the pick of the eight goals scored by the Priorymen – Picture: YVONNE BARKER

Guisborough get back on track with FA Vase romp

Northallerton duo Graeme Bell and Russ Radford in action at Donington Park – Picture: TONY BOYES

No luck for Woodhouse as Bell chimes in at Donington

National Sport

Andy Murray (second from right) starred in Great Britain's Davis Cup triumph over the weekend

Andy Murray criticises LTA over state of British tennis

Joe Root is not up for the Sports Personality of the Year award

Jessica Ennis-Hill favourite to win SPOTY while Joe Root misses out on shortlist

Chris Jordan conceded just one run off the bat in his 'super over'

Chris Jordan delighted to deliver under pressure in Pakistan defeat

Peter Ebdon, right, got the better of Stuart Bingham, left, in York

Peter Ebdon battles sleep and Stuart Bingham but gets the better of both

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