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Renovation and expansion of Darlington pub creates new jobs
6:06pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
STAFF WANTED: An entrepreneur who recently took over the Devonport Hotel in Middleton One Row has invested over £100,000 renovating the building and is now recruiting more staff.
Anthony Tillbrook, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the hotel business, plans to take on six more staff after recently increasing his workforce from six to 14.
He has also opened a new coffee shop called Gabriella’s inside the pub which will boast a montage feature wall made up of photographs of the village and surrounding areas dated from 1906 to 1950.
RESEARCH WELCOMED: An initiative that promotes volunteering in Darlington has welcomed new research that highlights its health benefits.
Research by Exeter University found that that those who regularly help in their community were 20 per cent less likely to die prematurely than those who hadn’t.
Katie Blundell, programme manager for Darlington Cares, welcomed the research, saying it was “testament to the value of volunteering”.
BOOK SIGNING: Former Northern Echo and BBC journalist Allene Norris will be in Darlington on September 3 to sign copies of her memoir Distant Echoes.
She will be in the foyer of Sainsbury’s supermarket on Victoria Road and all proceeds from her book will go to Leukaemia Research.
EVEREST GIG: An evening of music is taking place at The Forum on Thursday to raise money for a Darlington resident’s charity climb up Mount Everest.
Lesley Renteurs plans to scale the mountain in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Thursday’s gig is £5 entry and features music from Friends Re-ignited, Shades of Strat and Mercy Street.
It starts at 7pm and there will also be a barbecue.
CRIME REPORT: Darlington Police are appealing for information about two stolen bikes.
At around 4pm on Wednesday a red GT bike was stolen from outside the Dolphin Centre, and later that night, sometime after 11pm a red, white and black Giant bike was stolen from Harrowgate Hill.
If anyone is offered these bikes for sale or has information about their whereabouts they should contact police on 101.
TRAIN TALK: A lecture titled The Advanced Passenger Train from a Different Slant takes place at the Head of Steam Museum on September 5.
It starts at 7.15pm and will be delivered by Kit Spackman as part of the Friends of the Museum’s Late Lecture series.
PACT MEETING: Police and Communities Together meetings will be held for the Haughton area on Wednesday evening.
The meetings for Haughton North and East will take place at the Education Village on Salters Lane between 6pm and 7pm to enable residents to air their crime concerns with local officers.
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