Memories of steel industry on film released

Darlington and Stockton Times: CAREER HIGH: Workers during construction on the Tyne Bridge

4:13pm Wednesday 20th February 2013

A RARE collection of films documenting the North-East’s industrial heritage has been released.

Tales of the underground

11:38am Monday 18th February 2013

THERE is so much under the ground in Eaglescliffe. Recent Memories have been delving into the Second World War reclamation yard at Urlay Nook in the hope of digging up Spitfire engines and Norton motorbikes.

War hero Woodbine Willie is honoured

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Chairman of Ripon Civic Society,David Winpenny and the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds,The Rt Rev John Packer, with the new plaque outside the former Ripon Clergy College where 'Woodbine Willie' trained

1:49pm Friday 15th February 2013

A PLAQUE to honour a courageous First World War chaplain and poet called Woodbine Willie has been unveiled.

Memories of a hungry schoolboy

Darlington and Stockton Times: FEEDING TIME: Airmen queue outside the British Restaurant

1:24pm Monday 4th February 2013

THE front cover of Memories 110 showed Second World War airmen queuing in Feethams, Darlington, to enter the British Restaurant – a state-run dining experience which accepted ration coupons.

Filling in gaps at school

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Blue Coat Inheritance: 240 pages long, and is available for £10 from Rediscover Stockton, in the High Street, or Preston Hall Museum

1:21pm Monday 4th February 2013

MIKE MATSON, who was among the 1951 intake at the Stockton-on- Tees Grammar School, was vaguely aware that one of his grandfathers had attended the same school in the 1890s when it was called the Blue Coat School.

Years gone by

Darlington and Stockton Times: SIGNED COPY: The book of Biblical sayings, which Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, gave to Maria Raine, who lived in the Hurworth area

1:18pm Monday 4th February 2013

MEMORIES 110 featured a book signed by Count Boruwlaski, the diminutive figure who is one of the most famous and colourful characters in Durham City’s past.

A man’s shed is his castle

Darlington and Stockton Times: RARE FIND: The Neolithic axe head

2:59pm Monday 28th January 2013

A MAN’S relationship with his shed or his attic is an extremely special one.

No sign of wartime rivalry

Darlington and Stockton Times: AS THEY WERE: The Darlington Home Guard photographed at Whessoe.

2:54pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013

THE Dad’s Army TV series made much of the rivalry between the ARP (Air Raid Precautions) service and the Home Guard during the Second World War.

Beginning of a golden era

Darlington and Stockton Times: RARE SIGHT: These are dated December 29, 1923, and the football pitch is so badly frozen that they are playing on the cricket ground with the pavilion in the background. The Quakers beat Chesterfield 2-1

2:25pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013

THE weather is not yet right for cricket, but this rare picture of Darlington Cricket Club takes us back to the days of blazers, moustaches, trilbies and walking canes.

Plane parts appeal

Darlington and Stockton Times: SITE FIND: Bill Gillham, left, and Howard Wilson with a piece of McMullen’s bomber at the memorial on Sunday

2:05pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013

ON A similar theme, at 8.49pm on January 13 – last Sunday – a hardy group of souls gathered at the scene in Darlington where, 68 years ago, Pilot Officer William McMullen crashed his bomber into farmland, killing himself, but sparing the residents in the nearby houses.

Let digging begin

Darlington and Stockton Times: HOT WORK: Workers in the aluminium smelting furnaces on the site at urlay Nook

2:03pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013

AFTER a week of digging, archaeologists said yesterday that the departing British may not, after all, have buried 124 unwanted Spitfire planes in the jungle of Burma at the end of the Second World War.

Shopping for piece of history

Darlington and Stockton Times: Some of the contents from the shop on display at Tennants

11:36am Thursday 10th January 2013

THE contents of one of the North-East’s oldest and most traditional village grocery shops are to be auctioned on Saturday.

Final days of exhibition charting railway museum's history

4:33pm Wednesday 26th December 2012

AN exhibition explaining the history of North Road Station, now the home of the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum, will come to an end on Sunday, December 30. The show details the creation of the station in 1842, how it almost closed in the 1960s and its path to becoming one of the key museums in the North East. Normal admission applies. For more details visit

A weird little wonder...

Darlington and Stockton Times: STRANGE CASE: The two-headed, sevenlegged freak in the Bowes Museum

3:20pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013

ROLL UP! Roll up!

Darlington woman behind hunt for grave of Richard III

Darlington and Stockton Times: Philippa Langley, from Darlington, at the dig

7:00am Thursday 13th September 2012

A WOMAN from the region has played a key role in what could turn out to be one of the greatest archaeological finds of the decade.

Museum buys symbol of Richard III

Darlington and Stockton Times: HIGH STATUS: Natalie McCaul assistant curator of archaeology, with the silver gilt livery badge in the form of a boar, a symbol of Richard III

11:05am Thursday 13th September 2012

AS archaeologists celebrated the discovery of what could be the body of Richard III, a museum in the long-dead king’s favourite county had its own reason to be cheerful.

Heritage railway plans anniversary celebration

Darlington and Stockton Times: ROYAL COMMAND: The Duchess of Kent reopens the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in 1973

10:46am Thursday 23rd August 2012

A HERITAGE railway which carries more passengers than any other in the UK is preparing to mark its 40th anniversary with a series of events to mark its development.

Revealed: The Gospels’ return

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Lindisfarne Gospels

8:00am Monday 2nd July 2012

DETAILS of the Lindisfarne Gospels’ return to the North- East will be revealed today.

Descendants’ tribute to soldier killed in battle

Darlington and Stockton Times: FAMILY GROUP: Tom Cole and his wife, Margaret, and some of their children before he went to war

8:00am Monday 2nd July 2012

A SOLDIER who died in a battle at Flanders, in Belgium, in 1917, was honoured by a large number of his grandchildren and other relatives when they gathered at the weekend.

Musicians team up to remember pit disaster

Darlington and Stockton Times: WORKING TOGETHER: Bob Lowrey, left, and John Wrightson

8:00am Monday 2nd July 2012

FOLK musicians have teamed up to create a musical marking the anniversary of a North-East pit disaster.

Was innocent man hanged?

Darlington and Stockton Times: MURDER CASE: Detectives at the scene of the crime. The farm is in the distance

2:18pm Monday 11th June 2012

In 1938 a young man was hanged after being found guilty of carrying out the ultimate revenge on the man who sacked him by raping and murdering his wife. But true crime writer John J Eddleston thinks there may have been a miscarriage of justice.

Was it the drink that did it?

10:41am Tuesday 24th April 2012

When James Riley murdered his wife following a drunken row, he asked his neighbours to give him an hour’s head start before contacting the police. True crime author John J Eddlestone looks back at a case which shocked West Auckland in 1920.

Valet who perished with millionaire in Titanic

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOING DOWN LIKE GENTLEMEN: Victor Giglio, left, valet to millionaire playboy Ben Guggenheim, who famously went down with the Titanic

8:00am Thursday 12th April 2012

NEW light has been shed on why a millionaire playboy may have turned down a place on a Titanic lifeboat.

13th Century coins haul dug up on farmland

Darlington and Stockton Times: EXCITING FIND: Metal detectorists Sue Jewitt and Graham Duff

8:00am Thursday 12th April 2012

A HAUL of coins dating back to the 13th Century has been discovered on a farm in the region. Amber’s Digs, a metal detector group, made the discovery while searching land at Sutton Bank, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, on Good Friday.

WT Stead: Sensationalist or a saint?

Darlington and Stockton Times: CAUSING A RIOT: WT Stead and Eliza Armstrong and headlines from The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon

4:08pm Tuesday 10th April 2012

Today, The Northern Echo launches an investigation into modern child exploitation as a tribute to a former editor, WT Stead, who died on the Titanic. Chris Lloyd sets the scene by telling of Stead’s campaign.

On borrowed time to save Britain's oldest settlement

Darlington and Stockton Times: DIG GOES ON: Archaeologists at work on the site

4:50pm Wednesday 28th March 2012

Archaeologists from North Yorkshire are racing against the clock to save Britain’s oldest settlement, a mysterious Stone Age site called Star Carr. Emily Flanagan meets some of those tasked with protecting its treasures.

Towns gather to recall dark day in mining history

Darlington and Stockton Times: REMEMBERED: Jonathan Hodgson, 12, from North Durham Academy, speaks during the memorial service at Stanley

8:00am Friday 17th February 2012

Two County Durham communities came together yesterday to remember the mining disasters that devastated the lives of hundreds of families. Catherine Priestley reports.

Miscarriage most foul

Darlington and Stockton Times: TERRIBLE CRIME: Colliery cashier John Innes Nisbet, right, who was brutally murdered on a train travelling to Northumberland

2:27pm Thursday 16th February 2012

A man hanged for the brutal murder of a colliery cashier on Tyneside 102 years ago may, in fact, have been the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice, according to a new book. Its author, John J Eddleston, talks to Andy White.

Revealing our train whinges of the past

Darlington and Stockton Times: OPEN AIR: Gazelle first arriving at the Shropshire and Montgomery Light Railway in 1911

12:06pm Wednesday 15th February 2012

IT may seem like a modern phenomenon – but complaints about Britain’s railways are nothing new.

A man for our own times

Darlington and Stockton Times: STATESMAN, ORATOR, AGITATOR: John Bright, MP for Durham from 1843 to 1847

2:40pm Tuesday 31st January 2012

John Bright, who was the MP for Durham from 1943 to 1947, was one of the leading politicians of his generation. Admirer and biographer Bill Cash MP, explains why.

Study to put town's historic suburbs in spotlight

Darlington and Stockton Times: HISTORY FOCUS: 18th Century properties in Cleveland Terrace, Darlington, which will come under spotlight of an English Heritage study

8:00am Monday 16th January 2012

PARTS of a North-East town have been chosen for a new pilot research project to examine the importance of historic suburbs.

Around Europe in 1920s Delage DI Series 5

Darlington and Stockton Times: HISTORIC JOURNEY: Jim Merrington in his Delage DI Series 5

4:06pm Friday 16th December 2011

WHEN Jim Merrington bought a four-seater vintage car so he could take grandchildren for a drive, he had no idea how his life was about to change.

Memories of a steel town

Darlington and Stockton Times: MUSICAL PART: Crookhall Band in a picture featured in Garry O'Hagan's book

3:48pm Monday 5th September 2011

A history book examining the relationship between the steel industry, the pits and the railways has been published by a former Consett steelworker. Gavin Havery met Garry O’Hagan, author of The Conside Trilogy.

700 walkers take part in ancient tradition

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE MARCH: Some of the people who took part in the Richmond Boundary Riding yesterday

8:00am Thursday 25th August 2011

HUNDREDS of people gathered yesterday to take part in a historic walk which dates back to the time of Queen Elizabeth I.

'Mystery' sapphire ring is jewel in museum's collection

Darlington and Stockton Times: RARE FIND: Metal detectorist Michael Greenhorn with the sapphire ring he found in a field near York.

8:20am Thursday 28th July 2011

A SAPPHIRE ring, possibly once worn by a king, queen or ancient tribal chieftain, has found a new home – after being lost to the world for centuries.

Railway lovers on track for a treat

Darlington and Stockton Times: Steaming ahead: Oliver Cromwell

8:10am Thursday 28th July 2011

RAILWAY enthusiasts are in line for a rare treat, with the first joint venture between two of the region’s leading attractions.

Long-lost relatives meet for first time

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHURCH FARM, SESSAY, 1900: Butler and Fanny Moverley (nee Thackwray), who were married in 1884, with their seven sons and two daughters.

9:47am Wednesday 6th July 2011

IT began as a local history project – but culminated in a family reunion for relatives who previously hadn’t even known each other existed.

Rail memorabilia to go on sale at fair

9:25am Thursday 10th February 2011

TWO items relating to the historic Stockton and Darlington Railway will be on sale at a major book fair this weekend.

Effort to restore locomotive used in Churchill funeral

Darlington and Stockton Times: PRIME MINISTER: Sir Winston Churchill was honoured with a state funeral in 1965

9:39am Monday 31st January 2011

A FUNDRAISING campaign has been launched to restore a locomotive which hauled Winston Churchill’s funeral train, in time for the 50th anniversary of his death.

New set of wheels keeps steam engine project on track

Darlington and Stockton Times: TRACKING HISTORY: David Elliott, railway engineer and project manager for the A1 Trust, gives a talk at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum, in Shildon, following the unveiling of a new bogie for the class G5 locomotive being built in the region

9:46am Monday 10th January 2011

New set of wheels keeps steam engine project on track RAIL enthusiasts building a replica of a historic North-East steam locomotive have unveiled the first major piece of the project.

Grant to help put autocar back on track

Darlington and Stockton Times: RARE FIND: An electric autocar discovered on a farm

9:22am Thursday 30th December 2010

ENTHUSIASTS have been awarded a £20,000 grant towards the restoration of a historic electric autocar once used as a holiday home.

Dirty growlers celebrate milestone

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dirty growlers celebrate milestone

6:19pm Wednesday 27th October 2010

IT may not have the romance and glamour of steam, but this month, diesel is 50 years old.

Weekend celebrations for Class 37 diesels

Darlington and Stockton Times: MUSEUM VISIT: The D6700 at the National Railway Museum

10:24am Friday 15th October 2010

A RESTORED railway engine has travelled to the region to mark the 50th anniversary of a class of diesel engines.

Tornado tales are published

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN PRINT: The cover of the book

10:26am Friday 15th October 2010

A NEW book about Tornado, the first main line steam locomotive to be built in Britain for half a century, has been published.

Lack of funds delays status bid for years

9:28am Friday 8th October 2010

THE dream of bringing World Heritage Site status to a stretch of historic North-East railway could take up to ten years to materialise, a council has warned.

The station master

Darlington and Stockton Times: ROYAL STOP: Broomielaw Station. The station house remains, greatly extended, as a private house. The wooden shelter, right, on the platform is now completely overgrown. The engine is in the siding which was above the platform Picture courtesy of the Lance

5:50pm Tuesday 26th October 2010

Here is the story of a station that has it all: sex, railways, royalty, racehorses and even a little football – what more could you possibly want? It is the story of Broomielaw, which is a racehorse owned by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Building on solid platform

Darlington and Stockton Times: ONE IN A MILLION: The Lancaster family, from right, Ben, in father Stephen’s arms, mother April holding ten-month old Sam, who is admiring the badge of engine driver Alan Middleton

9:51am Saturday 11th September 2010

When Locomotion, The National Railway Museum, opened in Shildon in 2004, the millionth visitor was on track to arrive later this decade. But the magic number arrived yesterday, ahead of schedule. Helen Smithson reports.

TV star appears at steam gala

Darlington and Stockton Times: HISTORIC LOCOMOTIVE: Tanfield Railway volunteer Tom Hartley prepares Sir Berkeley for this weekend’s steam gala

8:44am Friday 10th September 2010

A STAR of the classic children’s television series The Railway Children has arrived in the region ahead of another starring role – in a steam gala.

Bishop blesses steam tribute to vicar

Darlington and Stockton Times: RAIL MEMORIAL: The Bishop of Wakefield, the Right Reverend Stephen Platten blesses the Eric Treacy

9:00am Saturday 28th August 2010

A MEMORIAL engine named after a former bishop and railway fan has carried 70 vicars across the North York Moors after a £600,000 refit.

The pit, pain and pictures

Darlington and Stockton Times: WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON? Miners return to work at Easington Colliery, escorted through the picket lines by police

11:41am Wednesday 23rd June 2010

Twenty-six years ago thousands of pitmen went on strike the length and breadth of the country – fighting for their jobs and their communities. They were branded the Enemy Within by the then prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.

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