Forget Scotland, it's all about pairing odd socks

3:59pm Friday 12th September 2014

I WAS planning to start this week's column with something witty and informative about the Scottish independence referendum next week, but alas the witty and informative cupboard is bare.

Men survive pit cage plunge

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: It is July 1979 and the end of the school year and Bobby Hutchinson, aged 73, is retiring from his job driving children to Gunnerside school from their remote farmsteads in Swaledale. The children are not identified on our picture. Who w

2:48pm Friday 12th September 2014

An accident of a serious and alarming nature took place at Sunnybrow, High Pit, on Tuesday morning. The news spread with wonderful rapidity that a number of men had been killed, owing to the rope breaking while they were being down in the cage.

Truefitt's Tap, Northallerton

Darlington and Stockton Times: FAMILY BUSINESS: Steph Truefitt and her mother Val, who run the Truefitt Tap together

2:46pm Friday 12th September 2014

Tucked away down an alley behind the White Horse fish and chip shop in Northallerton, Truefitt’s Tap is not easy to find. But Northallerton’s hidden gem is well worth hunting out.

Lippy duo ride on in Tour de France

Darlington and Stockton Times: ZUT ALORS: Christine Hooley, left, and Veronica Caperon in Lippy Logic Rides Again

2:45pm Friday 12th September 2014

TWO women performers decided to tackle the Tour de France for dramatic purposes when it cycled through Hawes and will present the hilarious results in a fundraising show in the town next month.

Jazz returns with a full autumn programme

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:39pm Friday 12th September 2014

JAZZ in the region seems to be settling into a similar pattern as last autumn, with regular performances of mainly local musicians presented by dedicated volunteers and the occasional bigger name at some of our flagship venues, writes Peter Bevan.

Learning the truth about speeding

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2:35pm Friday 12th September 2014

After a long day at the wheel Ruth Campbell was stopped by the police for being 8mph over the speed limit. Here she explains what happened next.

Il Palazzo, Barnard Castle

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2:35pm Friday 12th September 2014

THERE’S been much speculation over the past year about the opening of a new Italian restaurant proposed for the former Beaconsfield Hotel in Barnard Castle.

Traditions and trees tells us tales

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2:33pm Friday 12th September 2014

THE coming Sunday was formerly known as Holy Rood Day or Rood Mass Day, the word rood meaning cross. The festival’s official title was Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and it began when the Emperor Constantine of Rome saw the figure of a blazing cross in the noon sky.

Great white turns up with a Little pal at reserve

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2:31pm Friday 12th September 2014

Two excellent sightings at Nosterfield were the highlights of August. The first was a superb Great White Egret which spent a couple of days on the reserve.

Cha cha in the Med on board the Azura

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2:25pm Friday 12th September 2014

Peering over a balcony, I admire the dancers below. I'm not sure what dance they're performing, but it looks like they know what they're doing.

Project to highlight Spanish paintings

2:41pm Friday 12th September 2014

EXPERTS in Spanish Golden Age art will take part in a three-day conference at the Bowes Museum next month as part of a move aimed at making the county a leading centre for paintings of this era.

Village audiences get set for professional touring productions

2:41pm Friday 12th September 2014

VILLAGE audiences across County Durham will enjoy a range of professional touring productions this autumn under the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

Review: Harrogate Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Ampleforth Abbey

Darlington and Stockton Times: STIRRING WORK: Composer Andrew Carter with conductor Thom Meredith following the performance of Musick's Jubilee

2:41pm Friday 12th September 2014

MUSIC to make the heart race – that was the impact of Andrew Carter's stirring composition Musick’s Jubilee inspired by the enduring poetry of Marvel, Dryden and Tennyson.

Nothing to do but ponder flossing fundamentals

3:44pm Friday 29th August 2014

I HAVEN’T seen or done anything interesting this week so hold on to your hats because this could be a bumpy ride.

Place of mysteries and sanctuary

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:43pm Friday 29th August 2014

DURHAM Cathedral is one of the most imposing buildings in Britain, and it is instantly recognisable by its famous towers on their hilltop site.

Estate gala is enjoyed by all

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:42pm Friday 29th August 2014

Headline news from the Darlington & Stockton Times 150, 100 and 50 year ago

Lapping up sunshine

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:34pm Friday 29th August 2014

Sarah Marshall discovers the alternative delights of Lapland in summer, with not a flake of snow in sight

Intimate, impressive Italian

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:31pm Friday 29th August 2014

WE KEEP returning to something of a eating out conundrum. Why can’t Northallerton, on the surface a relatively affluent town, support some decent restaurants?

Season of rising stars

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:29pm Friday 29th August 2014

DARLINGTON Music Society’s 2014-15 season promises another fine concert series with leading players performing enjoyable programmes as well as the usual selection of rising stars.

World-class performers set to dazzle this season

3:28pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE UK’s leading chamber orchestra returns to Sage Gateshead for the new classical concert season starting next month.

Artist shows off endangered collection at London gallery

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:28pm Friday 29th August 2014

NORTH Yorkshire contemporary artist Claire Milner has produced a collection of seven endangered animal species portraits made with thousands of Swarovski crystals.

Topical talks are planned after pilots are popular

3:27pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE Station in Richmond has organised a series of Tuesday Talks after running a pilot of the idea earlier this year which saw almost all the events sell out.

Quartet to play a final concert in music series

3:26pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE Dante String Quartet with Krysia Osostowicz and Oscar Perks on violin, Yuko Inoue on viola and cellist Richard Jenkinson gives the final concert in Bishop Auckland Music Society’s 2014 series in the Throne Room at Auckland Castle next Friday.

Orchestra set to bring classic music to festival

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:25pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE Orchestra of Opera North gives the opening concert next weekend at Ripon International Festival.

Dale’s mining heritage revealed in book

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:24pm Friday 29th August 2014

Ian Spensley has written a new book about the long and often neglected history of mining in Wensleydale

Corrie nearly ticked all the country cliche boxes

4:34pm Friday 22nd August 2014

KEN and Deirdre’s Welsh caravanning holiday is my new highlight of 2014. First Deirdre had a staring competition with a sheep and lost, then Ken and Deirdre went for a walk and were chased by a bull, except they didn’t get chased and it was actually a cow.

Old Bartle

4:33pm Friday 22nd August 2014

This Sunday is the Feast Day of St Bartholomew, whom Christ called to be one of the apostles. He is believed to have also used the name Nathaniel and was known as an Israelite, but also as “a man with no guile”.

The tragic tales of ancients past

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:32pm Friday 22nd August 2014

SPAUNTON is a small village near the southern edge of the North York Moors, resting quietly on a hilltop between Hutton-le-Hole and Lastingham to the south-west of Blakey Ridge. Many of my reference books that deal with that part of the North York Moors omit references to Spaunton and yet it boasts some interesting tales.

Advocate for the Negro race

4:27pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Negro Emancipation. On Monday evening a meeting was held in the Friends’ meeting-house, Skinnergate, Darlington, for the purpose of hearing a statement from Mr Levi Coffin, who has been sent to this country by the “Western Freemen’s Aid Association,” in America, to advocate the cause of the Negro race, with more especial reference to that portion who, during the war, have made their escape from bondage and got into the Federal lines, and who are in a state of destitution and want. The meeting was well attended.

Islands of adventure for young at heart

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:26pm Friday 22nd August 2014

I IMAGINE children who have grown up by the sea have a natural ability to scramble over rocks like sure-footed crabs and leap across gullies with lightening ease. Unfortunately, I spent my formative years inland, and so I lag woefully behind the rest of our group on a coasteering expedition exploring Guernsey’s coastline.

The Marine, 13 Marine Parade, Whitby YO21 3PR

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AS a fairly regular visitor to Whitby, I’m not sure how I missed this but it’s a fact nevertheless – the place has gone a bit posh.

Pub with a passion for local produce

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:12pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AFTER a brush with royalty earlier this year, owners of The Bruce Arms in the North Yorkshire village of West Tanfield are still riding high and excited about new seasonal produce being served in the coming weeks.

Oxford Gargoyles

12:09pm Friday 22nd August 2014

WHERE else on a wet Friday evening could you enjoy music by Glenn Miller, Nat King Cole, James Brown and Herbie Hancock along with an original setting of the Canticles performed by a 12-piece acapella chorus?

William Kanengiser

12:08pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THIS recital by the renowned American guitarist was part of the Barnard Castle Classical Guitar Weekend and quite a coup for organiser Paul Croft as it was Kanengiser’s only solo performance during a European tour with his award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi

12:07pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THE New Century Ragtime Orchestra, led by Steve Andrews, has had a regular date at the Caedmon Hall for 19 years and on this occasion they introduced two very gifted pianists.

Miranda Wright Singers: Tell me the truth about love

12:06pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THIS was a novel, joyous and splendid evening’s entertainment by fresh young voices in a cleverly constructed programme about love.

One for the Road, The Robinson Institute, Glaisdale

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:05pm Friday 22nd August 2014

ESK Valley Theatre has done it again – chosen an excellent play and great actors, giving local people a chance to see superb theatre on their doorstep.

Old and new faces set to bring comedy shine

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:02pm Friday 22nd August 2014

POPULAR comedians continue to beat a path to Teesdale to perform on stage at The Witham in Barnard Castle.

Struggles to keep General Practice on track

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:58am Friday 22nd August 2014

FIRST, the bad news. Over the next seven years, the Central Dales GP Practice, on which more than 4,500 of us depend for our health care, will lose £74,000 thanks to complex changes to government funding for family doctors.

Storm of biblical proportions is over in a flash

3:47pm Friday 15th August 2014

THE baby and I found ourselves driving home over the tops from Richmond in a big thunder and lightning storm last Friday. I was driving. She was navigating this time.

Perfect guests

3:44pm Friday 15th August 2014

During the past few weeks, our house has been invaded by small tortoiseshell butterflies. They seemed determined to enter the house through open doors and windows, and then find refuge behind curtains or blinds where they appear to be quite happy to remain. Needless to say, I caught them and gently returned them to the big wide world of this year’s lovely English summer.

Cheap slape

3:44pm Friday 15th August 2014

In my diary notes of July 25, I referred to a query from a Bedale reader who asked if I had come across the word slape as a type of cheap beer.

How did they name our towns?

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:43pm Friday 15th August 2014

NORTH Yorkshire seems to have more than its fair share of place names that either begin with or end with Carr or Car. The former West Ridings and East Ridings do not appear to have such a gathering of cars and carrs and they seem positively rare in County Durham.

Stepping up for war effort

3:39pm Friday 15th August 2014

Co-operation in the North. – The co-operative movement has assumed proportions in Northumberland and Durham, of which, probably, many of your readers have only an inadequate idea.

Wand-erful place for all Harry Potter fans

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:26pm Friday 15th August 2014

WALKING along a cobbled alley, I come a across a Victorian pet shop with a huge snake in the window.

Lucky House Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway, 27 The Bank, Barnard Castle

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:18pm Friday 15th August 2014

The Lucky House restaurant and takeaway has been trading in Barnard Castle for so long that it’s easy to overlook the familiar when trying to decide on a place to eat.

Celebrating moving slow in modern life

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:13pm Friday 15th August 2014

MAKE It Slow at Rural Arts in Thirsk is an exhibition of contemporary craft work.

Adam Skoumal

2:05pm Friday 15th August 2014

FOR the last in this welcome series of classical recitals, Master Musicians International presented the Czech pianist Adam Skoumal.

Jon Faddis

2:05pm Friday 15th August 2014

PRESENTED by Brass: Durham International Festival, this rare appearance was part of a short British tour by the renowned US jazz trumpeter.

Harrogate Summer Festival: Medici Quartet

2:04pm Friday 15th August 2014

THIS was a special concert as the Medici Quartet formally retired at the Harrogate International Festival in 2007 but reformed particularly to play Sir John Tavener’s Toward Silence which he wrote for them. Now, they were to play his last string quartet, Scatter Roses Over My Tears, written shortly before his death last year.






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