Brave North soldier collects Military Cross

A HERO soldier from the North has collected a Military Cross for his bravery in fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

No room at market for top meat farmer

ONE of the region’s top organic farmers cannot get a stall on a farmers’ market in Newcastle – because there are too many people selling meat.

Tributes unite the generations

VETERANS and their families stood side-by-side with serving soldiers yesterday to remember those injured and killed in the line of duty.

Universities celebrate the great and the good

THIS week marks the 40th anniversary of one of the important events in the recent history of the North-East.

Luke Who's Talking

It’s strange a team apparently as harmless and inoffensive as Fulham should be treated in such a harsh manner by their rivals.

Day of pride for city

ONE of the country’s finest war memorials was re-dedicated yesterday as a royal visit capped its £35,000 restoration.

Michelle Mone

THE posters of Richard Branson on her bedroom wall while her friends gazed at Duran Duran say a lot more about Michelle Mone’s career aspirations than they do of her taste in 80s heart-throbs.

Ben's a royal head turner

HE MIGHT not have the purest blood-line, but Ben the mongrel is a dog with royal approval.

‘William’s fun, but why support Villa?’

PRINCE William showed off his footballing skills yesterday in a kickabout with youngsters on his visit to a sports development project in Newcastle.

Prince shows off footballing skills

Prince William showed off his footballing skills today during a kick about with youngsters on his visit to a sports development project.

Royal visit in North

Prince William will today will be in the North today in his role as president of the Football Association.

Mass pub fight man is critical

A MAN left fighting for his life following a violent brawl in a Northumberland pub has been visited in hospital by two of his children after having emergency surgery.

Man fights for life after brawl in bar

A PUB was closed for business yesterday as police investigations were carried out into a violent bar room brawl which left a man fighting for his life.

Managing director hopes to flag up world record

A CHAMPION vegetable grower from the North-East looks likely to become a world record holder after cultivating a huge leek in his back garden.

Cheers! Say cheese

MONDAY is the start of National Cheese Week. It’s also National Franchise Week, Customer Service Week, Trichotrillomania (hair-pulling) Awareness Week, then the big build-up to October 14 when National Knitting Week casts on.

Villagers’ hope of new houses springs from North water group

EVER since Gordon Brown climbed to the helm of government earlier this year, the issue of affordable housing has been a constant topic of discussion for the Prime Minister.

Prince is king of castle with soldiers

HUNDREDS turned out to see Prince Charles as he visited Northumberland at the weekend.

Royal unveiling for restored memorial

RESTORATION work has started on what is rated as one of the country’s finest war memorials.

The business that goes with a bang

IT could be hell living next door to someone who says: “Fireworks are what get us up in the morning.” So, if you take Alan Hillary’s quote literally, it’s perhaps time to move.

I’D like to begin by offering a few words of consolation to all those readers who are still mourning the demise of the people’s princess.

Unfortunately, however, I am completely unqualified to do so, because I’ve never once set foot on the Tuxedo Princess in all its 23 years tied up at Gateshead Quay.

Leader with a world of experience

The flying Scotsman has landed. Andrew Mernin meets Bill McPherson, the man behind the take-off of Newcastle’s new route to Dubai.

Cowie won't support 'arrogant' Cameron

A MILLIONAIRE Sunderland businessman has said he will not give money to the Tories again because of David Cameron’s “arrogant Old Etonian” style of leadership.

Golf On The Dee

Every corner of Scotland has its hidden gems - and we've found four of the best in the majestic setting of the River Dee in Aberdeenshire that would make an excellent three or four day break.

Scouts unite in renewed pledge

HUNDREDS of Scouts from across the North-East joined millions around the world in celebrating the birth of the movement 100 years ago at sunrise events yesterday.

Aircraft carrier plan brings bright future

THE recent announcement by the Ministry of Defence that construction of two new aircraft carriers is to go ahead is potentially very good news for hundreds of companies in the region who work in the marine, defence and engineering sectors.

Steady hand in stormy waters

From an early age Nick Spurr has been fascinated with the craft of boat building, harbouring a romantic notion to own his own yard.

New members for forum

SEVEN new members have been recruited to join the North East Rural Affairs Forum (NERAF).

O’Brien has the aces in a poor pack

THE Ascot executive plan to promote the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes more extensively in Europe next year after the latest renewal of their midsummer highlight failed to attract any runners from the current Classic generation.

Young love that lasted 70 years

ERNIE and Elsie Walton will mark 70 years of marriage tomorrow with dozens of relatives and friends.

‘One option was my death at her hands’

A FRENCH woman accused of stalking a North academic threatened him with death and compared her relationship with him to the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla, a jury heard yesterday.

Classic show gets Wayne’s feet tapping

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POPULAR musical High Society returns to the North East next week, just months since its last visit to the region.

Four brave officers in frame for award

FOUR police officers who made a courageous but vain attempt to save the life of a schoolboy on the North-East coastline are in the running to be named the bravest in Britain at a major awards ceremony next week.

Monday's business news

Business leaders are urging the Bank of England today not to raise interest rates this week, while the financial services industry are reporting growth.

Responsible business behaviour gets big tick

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Companies from the region have been recognised for their responsible behaviour at the Business in the Community Awards.

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.


Buckingham Palace accounts revealed; Consumer spending slows down; Investors set for £500m battle for Domestic & General.

War veteran's royal appointment nearly derailed

A falklands veteran from Northumberland yesterday told how he nearly missed a reception with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

The stars burn bright for Diana

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The BBC is marking the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death with a star-studded memorial concert at the new Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Royal romance excites punters

Bookmakers William Hill have slashed the odds on Prince William and his former girlfriend Kate Middleton getting engaged following reports they have been seeing each other again.

Student homes are good for business

Students are nice little earners, say property experts. Although parents usually expect to lose a small fortune when their children go to university, many have been doing rather nicely out of these years of study.


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