A passion for fashion

MENTION “taffeta” to mature journalists and visions of ball gowns and wedding dresses rustle down the mind’s aisle.

Brothers on parade

Three brothers who joined the Army together took part in a parade yesterday to celebrate completing their training.

Dressed to the max

Barely there hemlines have made all the fashion headlines so far this season, but a new summer staple on the block is going to great lengths to buck the leggy trend.

`Don't drive and smoke'

Proposals to ban smokers from lighting up behind the wheel have met with a mixed response from smoking and driving groups.

Supermarket sweep

With today's go-faster culture, finding the time to shop for homeware can often fall to the bottom of our to-do lists.

Coleen beats the bookies on Aintree Ladies' Day

Chief Wag Coleen McLoughlin foiled the bookmakers yesterday by shunning a hat for the second day of the Grand National Festival.

Replacing water mains

Work to replace water mains for thousands of homes in Newcastle and North Tyneside will start on Monday.


She may be Wayne Rooney's arm candy but Coleen McLoughlin's outfits are definitely eye candy.

Tesco sets eyes on designer fashions

Not content with an ever-increasing slice of the cheap but cheerful high street fashion market, Tesco has taken a step upmarket with the launch of a luxury design-led clothes collection.

McLoughlin for Asda campaign

Asda owner Wal-Mart said footballer Wayne Rooney's fiancee Coleen McLoughlin will star in a new television advert as it revealed that competition from rivals such as Tesco damaged profits this summer.

Rooney wins damages

Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney yesterday accepted £100,000 damages from the publishers of The Sun and The News of the World after the newspapers falsely alleged that he slapped his fiancee Coleen McLoughlin.


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