Hexham Mart: May 31

Store Cattle: Hexham and Northern Marts at their weekly sale had forward 618 Store Cattle & Suckled Calves.

Region rides great wave of creativity

THE last few years have seen an extraordinary number of new cultural buildings opened across the North-East and an equal number of impressive refurbishments.

£1,000 fine for driver over biker’s death

A DRIVER was convicted of careless driving yesterday over the death of a motorcyclist.

Schools urged to enter the contest

ONE of the winners of last year’s Schools Awards is encouraging more people to enter this year’s competition.

I should have seen biker – death driver

A DRIVER who turned into the path of a motorcyclist, killing the rider, admitted to a court he should have seen the machine.

Motorist ‘to blame’ for death of biker

A DRIVER was to blame for a horrific crash which killed a motorcycling enthusiast enjoying a day out with her partner, a court heard yesterday.

Sorrows flood in as magpie visits village

THE secret reason behind Newcastle United’s run of bad form has been revealed – as a magpie that has taken up residence in a Northumberland village

On the market

The homemaker team picks out some unusual and eye-catching properties for sale in the region.

Leave city living behind for a life in the country

WHY not leave city life behind and try escaping to the country?

Nominations are invited for our culture accolades

Nominations are invited for our culture accolades It’s time to get your nominations in for some of the most coveted awards in the region.

Plans for paintball games shot down

PLANS to use woodland close to a popular Northumberland beauty spot to stage military-style paintball games have finally been shot down by a Government planning inspector.

Helping to rebuild after the hurricane

A WOMAN from the North is helping to tackle devastation left by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Police probe Sunderland stabbing

A TEENAGER is recovering after being stabbed in Sunderland.

Last word in care for riders and horses

SET in the heart of the rolling Northumberland countryside, Pastures New is a new livery yard offering deluxe equine accommodation for the discerning client.

Live in the lap of luxury

TODAY’S buyers demand more when it comes to luxury homes. Three reception rooms are a must and many properties feature two en suites.

Get down the farm and sample some great food


Vale relish their fight for survival

AGAINST almost all the odds, Clara Vale are still fighting for their lives – and loving every minute of it.

Treble chance for Chopwell

CHOPWELL face three must-win end-of-season matches to have any chance of lifting the title.

Chopwell lead the chasing pack

CHOPWELL forced themselves ahead of the chasing pack with a gritty win over Stocksfield.

Bins bills ‘could backfire’

PROPOSALS to charge households for rubbish through prepaid refuse sacks or hi-tech wheelie bins could prove unworkable and exacerbate fly-tipping, it was claimed yesterday.

Strugglers Vale draw on spirit

FIGHTING to the death to avoid relegation, Clara Vale’s players can be forgiven for having mixed emotions about their rain-affected draw at the weekend.

Cycling: Wet conditions Sout Series winner

RACE nineteen of the 2007 TLI North East Pursuit Series at Wallridge Cross was run in heavy rain, which meant only 29 hardy riders turned out to brave the conditions.

Rain ruins day for frustrated North side

THE rain hit several games in the Foster’s Durham Senior League and while the two title contenders came out of the afternoon with the same points return, it was Burnmoor who were the happier on Saturday night with their 24-point lead intact and four games left to play.

Final classic

WITH the full league programme in the Foster’s Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League having been moved to Bank Holiday Monday because of Durham’s first-ever major final, Tynedale have the stage to themselves as they entertain Leadgate this afternoon in the Foster’s Trophy final.

Flames fired up

BLUE Flames will look to keep their title hopes burning tomorrow with another win against tough opposition.

Bard’s play performed al fresco

ENGLISH Heritage is staging Shakespeare’s classic play Twelfth Night in Belsay Hall’s magnificent walled garden.

Cycling: Kenny digs deep to clinch win

THE penultimate race of the 2007 TLI North East Series saw the peloton revisit the hard Saltwick Hill course for the last time this year.

Tailenders get Pat on back

PAT WISBACH hailed his Blue Flames tailenders’ heroics as his side saw off rivals Stocksfield to blow the Premier League title race wide open.

Cycling: Davidson proves racing certainty

JOHN DAVIDSON (NFM/TRM) celebrated a fine win over Joules Duncan (Gosforth RT) and Colin Ash (Anderson Racing) in race 17 of the TLI Pursuit Series.

Alnmouth feel heat in battle

WITH the weather now back to something like summer, the temperature is also rising in the race for the Premier Division championship.


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Vale confident of escape plan

WHILE the title race is as keen as ever, interest at the opposite end of the table has been rekindled by Clara Vale’s victory over Corbridge last week.

Ash keeps up his Pursuit of Series crown

RACE 16 sixteen of the TLI Pursuit Series saw the continuing battle between Colin Ash (Anderson Racing) and Tony Fawcett (NFM/TRM) come to a head on the uphill finishing at Wallridge Crossroads.

It's Green for go as Vale rally

Skipper Dave Greener thinks they can after Saturday’s victory over Corbridge, only their second of the season.

Visit Durham Dales for perfect ales

TODAY’S pub management manuals contain the phrases “maximising business performance” and “central disciplines”.

Give bowlers a chance: Smith

KIRKLEY’S big-hitters are hoping to smash their way clear of the lower reaches – starting at Corbridge.

Put a good run together: Smith

IAN SMITH hopes some big hitting from his top order can help his Kirkley side kick on up the table.

Northumberland leagues review

LEADGATE re-ignited their title challenge when they sent Percy Main to another defeat in the Foster’s Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League despite Main’s fight.

Flames blown out by the rain

BLUE Flames are hoping the poor weather will not douse their ardent league title fires as they look to get back to playing – let alone winning – ways.

Stocksfield cement top place

STOCKSFIELD cemented their place at the top of the Three Counties Northumberland League as every fixture fell victim to the weather again.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer