Walter Brydon, who has bought at auction, Robert Stephenson's writing case

Newcastle man with Robert Stephenson link snaps up railway pioneer's writing case

The estimate at the Anderson & Garland sale for the leather case, embossed with Robert's name and featuring his 1844 cut glass inkwell, was £400-£600

General Election 2015: Lord Shipley says get ready for a second election

Lord Shipley
Parties focus on the economy and help for dads as election campaign continues

Plans for Earl Grey-themed bar wrapped around the Monument set to spark controversy

Artists impression of Club Monument
Pub chain the Vaulkhard Group have put forward the proposals for Club Monument in Newcastle

Tim Evans speaks of pride as he retires as head of Knight Frank's Newcastle office

Tim Evans of Knight Frank
"There is true vitality here with all working as one for the good of all. It is very special," says Tim Evans

Backworth teacher Graham Dawson elected union leader of NASUWT

Graham Dawson, new president of the NASUWT
Graham Dawson, from North Tyneside, has been named national president of teachers' union NASUWT

North East Manifesto: Devolution of power emerges as a top priority for North East people

The North East Manifesto - six key demands
Just 12% of people think Westminster does a good job for the North East while 88% want more locally-held control

Save Druridge campaigners star in anti-mining music video

Supporters of the Save Druridge Campaign take part in Brian English's new music video
The protesters, who oppose a new open-cast scheme near Druridge Bay, are extras in the music video for Brian English's track, Druridge

Letters by former Chronicle reporter tell of life in the North East in the forties

Olga Franklin, former reporter at The Chronicle, who wrote of her experiences in a collection of letters to family members which are now being printed in a new book A Letter from Oggi
Book to be published in April compiles colourful accounts of life by late Newcastle journalist Olga Franklin

Pilgrim Street picture provides echoes from the days when the street was hive of Victorian activity

The 19th Century photograph of Pilgrim Street in Newcastle by local photographer Edward Lyddell Sawyer
The image of the hard life in the area of lower Pilgrim Street was sold last week for £200 by Newcastle auctioneers Anderson & Garland

Sage boss says 'Northern Powerhouse' is right here in the North East

Stephen Kelly, the new CEO of Sage
Stephen Kelly called on North East small businessess to 'knock on his door' to develop collaborative working

Regent Centre office scheme in Newcastle could be turned into 400 homes

Regent Centre in Gosforth
Developers Omnia said they are "exploring options" and that no plans have been set in stone

Grainger chief executive Andrew Cunningham announces retirement plans

Andrew Cunningham, chief executive of Grainger Plc
Andrew Cunningham, who has been with Grainger for almost 20 years, plans to step down as CEO at the next AGM in 2016

New uses identified for up to 90 sites in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth
New uses have been identified for up to 90 sites in Northumberland as part of a council asset review

Name in lights for Metro Radio as firm confirms sponsorship deal extension

Dominic Munnelly, Marketing Director at Metro Radio, with Nichola McKenna, Marketing and Commercial Manager for the Metro Radio Arena
New signage has been installed at the Metro Radio Arena, as the media business renews its sponsorship of the venue for a further two years

Learning Curve Group sold in multi-million pound deal backed by private equity funds

Judith Moran
Co-founders Judith Moran and Tony Outhart exit the business as management trio take over

Two thirds of North East law firms 'could close' as Legal Aid contracts are slashed, lawyer claims

Barristers and solicitors outside Southwark Crown Court, London, during a nationwide strike against Government plans to cut fees as part of a bid to slash £220 million from the legal aid budget
North East criminal lawyers say government cuts to Legal Aid could lead to "reduction in firms and in justice" in the region

Ferschl Tubeform Limited falls into administration causing 44 redundancies

Ferschl Tubeform factory on South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee
Administrators said the Peterlee-based manufacturer had suffered losses for around six years
Lord Shipley

General Election 2015: Lord Shipley says get ready for a second election

Parties focus on the economy and help for dads as election campaign continues

Backworth teacher Graham Dawson elected union leader of NASUWT

Graham Dawson, new president of the NASUWT
Graham Dawson, from North Tyneside, has been named national president of teachers' union NASUWT

Virgin billionaire Richard Branson offers seven figure sum to buy the Farne Islands

Sir Richard Branson and seals on the Farne Islands
He wants to rename it Lafi Island and build a luxury lodge for him to stay in when he visits Virgin Money at Gosforth in Newcastle

Save Druridge campaigners star in anti-mining music video

Supporters of the Save Druridge Campaign take part in Brian English's new music video
The protesters, who oppose a new open-cast scheme near Druridge Bay, are extras in the music video for Brian English's track, Druridge
Paul Cosgrove has joined Berghaus to lead development in the Berghaus Extrem category. Paul pictured ski touring in Greenland

Appointments: Berghaus adds to product team to increase focus on key category

Sunderland-based outdoor clothing and equipment brand Berghaus has appointed Paul Cosgrove as new product manager

Decommissioning of North Sea oil infrastructure is opportunity for the region

Murchison oil field
Last year saw the spend on decommissioning top £1bn for the first time

North East Supporting Export award to highlight the companies working behind the scenes

Prize at the North East Exporters Awards will highlight the companies who helped other firms to trade overseas

Plans for Earl Grey-themed bar wrapped around the Monument set to spark controversy

Artists impression of Club Monument
Pub chain the Vaulkhard Group have put forward the proposals for Club Monument in Newcastle
Newcastle United and Rangers: What is going on after the latest twist in this tale?

Newcastle United and Rangers: What is going on after the latest twist in this tale?

There is still a bond between Newcastle United and Rangers, says Neil Cameron - and a £500,000 payment due to Newcastle if the 'Gers go up

Sebastian Coates wants to stay in Premier League after Sunderland loan

Sebastian Coates wants to stay in Premier League after Sunderland loan
Sebastian Coates' season-long loan from Liverpool looks unlikely to be made permanent by Sunderland but the player wants to stay in the Premier League

Newcastle United are still a major draw, insists Siem de Jong ahead of summer rebuild

Newcastle United are still a major draw, insists Siem de Jong ahead of summer rebuild
Newcastle United may be about to fall short of top ten target but Siem de Jong is convinced they will still attract good players
A scene from the film Bypass

New feature film shot on Tyneside bypasses the expense of London

Third Films release their latest feature, Bypass in April. Jon Bennett talks to producer Samm Haillay and leading man George Mackay.

Culture Magazine - April 2015

Welcome to the April edition of Culture where we offer up all manner of Easter treats and welcome in The Cultural Spring

Plans for Earl Grey-themed bar wrapped around the Monument set to spark controversy

Artists impression of Club Monument
Pub chain the Vaulkhard Group have put forward the proposals for Club Monument in Newcastle
Artists impression of Club Monument

Plans for Earl Grey-themed bar wrapped around the Monument set to spark controversy

Pub chain the Vaulkhard Group have put forward the proposals for Club Monument in Newcastle

Café Bowes has a special way with a Teesdale lamb steak

Davey Babooram of Cafe Bowes, Barnard Castle
Chef Davey Babooram shares his very special recipe for a mouth-watering lamb dish served at the Bowes Museum

Top chef Daryl Chadwick furnishes Barker and Stonehouse shoppers with food

James Barker, Daryl Chadwick and Nathan Baker
A new Chadwick & Co Coffee House and Kitchen is opening at a North East branch of Barker and Stonehouse

Joni Mitchell in intensive care after emergency call

Folk singer 'awake and in good spirits'

Videos & Photos

A scene from the film Bypass

New feature film shot on Tyneside bypasses the expense of London

Zoe Birkett is playing Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard when it comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal

Zoe Birkett emotional at her success playing Whitney Houston's role in The Bodyguard Musical

Aileen Brewis and her property, 4 The Granaries in Offerton Village near the Penshaw Monument

Property gallery: Penshaw barn conversion offers the best of both worlds

 
 

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