Spartans manager Tait focusing on Blyth task

IT IS a long way from a wet and windswept Gosforth Park to Wembley in May, but on Thursday night at the former, Blyth Spartans were finalising preparations as they attempt to take the next step towards the latter.

Reality begins to bites for Newcastle United

NEWCASTLE United have begun restructuring for life outside of the Premier League but the most important decision of all is not expected until next week.

Fashion takes a front seat on Plate Day

THE threat of rain was not enough to wither the infinite variety of fashions on offer at this year’s Northumberland Plate Day.

Alistair strikes back for put-upon little brothers

A new children’s TV series, shot in Newcastle, begins on Monday on BBC1.

Tynegrain co-operative celebrates 25th anniversary

TYNEGRAIN, the farmer co-operative based in South Shields, has celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Makes sure the party has everybody raving

I WOULDN’T start from here if I were you – that’s the way the old joke goes about asking for directions in Ireland.

Hanagan lives up to his boyhood dream

AS a youngster, Paul Hanagan watched the races at Chester with his father, never dreaming that one day he would return there as a jockey and win the track’s most prestigious handicap.

Saying goodbye to a man of progress

Doug Moscrop reflects on the contribution made by David Williamson who is leaving his post as executive director and general manager at Newcastle racecourse next summer

Valley’s romantic past is bottled for present

ARURAL entrepreneur is set to expand the whisky business which she set up to help put her Northumberland village on the map.

Inspirational venue for weddings

WITH an historic and romantic setting, Newcastle Racecourse provides an inspirational venue for weddings.

It’s an experience not to be missed

NEWCASTLE Racecourse has long been one of racing’s premier sporting venues and over recent years, its facilities have been improved to ensure an even greater racing experience.

Newcastle Racecourse Fixtures 2007-08

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A chance to relive magic moments of racing

RACING fans will have the chance next month to wine and dine and relive some of the magic moments involving trainers and jockeys in the North this year.

Jon comes up with the answer

A FORMER radio brand development boss has stopped questioning his future and branched out into business for himself.

Hats off to the racey ladies...

TYNESIDE’S fashion set turned out in their splendour at the weekend for the popular Ladies’ Day at Newcastle races.

Best of the web

If you are sheltering from the rain at Plate Day today, get yourself to a computer and you can see a gallery of pictures from previous events which proves that the sun really does sometimes shine on Newcastle racecourse.

Hopes high Plate will avoid worst of rain

The North-East is expected to escape the worst of severe weather which is predicted to hit areas of Britain already badly affected by flooding.

Pitmen's Derby gets under starter's orders

Organisers at the launch of today's Northumberland Plate Festival have vowed that the gloomy weather engulfing the North-East will not dampen their spirits.

Two days of classic pop

  • ITV

Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr has some "Marvellous" news about a band-fest in Newcastle this summer.

Vision people

Sedgefield Racecourse has a new general manager in Jill Williamson.

JILL Williamson, right, has taken up the post of general manager at Sedgefield Racecourse, making her the seventh female racecourse manager in Britain.

The move comes just a few months after Jill took over the commercial management of the track, while holding the position of business development manager at Newcastle Racecourse.

Mystery carving from coal age

A coal carving has set auctioneer Jim Railton a pit puzzle.

Our fair share of sporting legends

It used to be said in the North-East that you only had to whistle down a mine shaft and you'd get a team of great footballers.

What a great day to batter bookies

It will be a cod's on favourite for racegoers at Newcastle Racecourse tomorrow with the Henry Colbeck Fish and Chips Raceday.

A course to look forward to

After entertaining royalty in 2005 and playing host to VIPs from another Grade One racecourse last year, York can look ahead to a new domestic season without any high profile distractions.

Tipping the scales in favour of appeal fund

Newcastle Racecourse is planning to tip the balance for the Josie Grove Leukaemia Fund appeal by auctioning its official scales.

Racecourse putts on the style for mini-golf course

Bosses at Newcastle Racecourse yesterday unveiled a new 18-hole, US-style mini-golf course they hope will attract 40,000 visitors to the North-East every year.

Club aim to dispel myth

The Northumberland Golf Club in the centre of Newcastle may be one of the region's most exclusive places to play golf - but it's also one of the friendliest and welcomes visitors too.

Parents should be held to account

Ido believe the time has come for all good people of this area to raise a clamour which will rock the corridors of power to such an extent that this ancient, archaic law protecting all those under-age thugs from being named and shamed is changed.

Screens at Newcastle for National

Newcastle Racecourse is preparing a gala occasion tomorrow, with live racing at Gosforth Park combined with a the Grand National from Aintree on a big screen.

Blaze on farmland

Fire crews spent two hours putting out a grass and gorse fire on Saturday afternoon.

Building's a passion for Tolent

Confidence in the North-East's future prosperity is building nicely - in more ways than one.

Racecourse set for a big conference year

Newcastle Racecourse is predicting a record-breaking year in conference business, following a decade of growth.

Property show is under orders

Investors have a unique chance to find out about the latest commercial property opportunities when the region's biggest property showcase takes place later this month.

McCoy's visit is worth seeing

  • Sky

It's a great pity Kelso's richest jumping programme of the season isn't shown on terrestrial television today.

North on track for royal wedding?

Bosses at Newcastle Racecourse have launched an audacious bid to host a royal wedding.

The official weigh-in

The team at Newcastle's Grainger Market came to the rescue of Journal columnist David Banks yesterday when they offered him use of their historic weigh house.

Simple ways are best for sheep

Sheep specialist Dr John Vipond has some positive messages for the sheep industry when he speaks at a major agricultural conference in Newcastle next week.

Giving doormen a better name

Asecurity firm launched six years ago by a nightclub doorman expects to boost turnover by £2m over the next two years.

Architectural splendour of Tyneside

Tony Henderson on an exploration of the architectural triumphs of Newcastle and Gateshead.


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Newcastle United Editor
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