Magical valley lives again

Lorna Laidler was recovering from an operation when she started thinking about her childhood spent in Upper Coquetdale.

Fabre thrilled by sixth Royal win

Manduro returned to Royal Ascot and built on his placed effort of 12 months ago to capture the Prince Of Wales' Stakes for France's champion trainer Andre Fabre and rookie jockey Stephane Pasquier.

Rod's a singer without match

Fresh from getting hitched again, Rod Stewart is in Newcastle next week for a gig at St James' Park, and you could get up close and personal with him.

French threat looms large at Ascot

Manduro can make the trip across the Channel more than worthwhile by grabbing gold in a mouth-watering renewal of Royal Ascot's Prince Of Wales' Stakes.

You're the Manduro

Tomorrow's Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot is shaping up to be the highlight of the week.

Disco diva back for girls' night

The temperature will be hot, hot, hot and notching up at least Three Degrees at the Theatre Royal this week, as Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr finds out

Sickening tittle tattle on royals

Won't be buying Tina Brown's The Diana Chronicles.

Anthony's in line to be a business hero

Companies kept telling Anthony Henderson that his cerebral palsy meant he could not work delivering mail by van.

Posters recall days that drew the world

Colourful reminders of one of the biggest events to be staged in the North-East in the last century will be sold today.

Celebration for veteran

The last surviving veteran to fight in the trenches during the First World War was yesterday celebrating his 109th birthday - but insisted it was no big deal.

International Flavour At Ascot

Royal Ascot, now a five-day fixture, is the highlight of the Flat racing season and this year it is even more international than ever.

Wait for weather before betting on Ascot

Doug Moscrop highlights some of the feature events at next week's Royal Ascot and reveals some of his early fancies

Golfers putt to the test for 007's car

Golfers who play it right at a charity event are being offered the chance to drive-off in 007's favourite runaround - an Aston Martin.

UK loses its top ranking

The UK no longer has the safest roads in Europe, according to a report released yesterday.

Alison carves out a spot among the business top 50

A woman who triumphed over stress and depression to create a successful crafts business has been named one of the country's Top 50 business heroes.

Dressed for success

Hundreds of young North Easterners have received help in setting up their own businesses thanks to a £2.1m cash injection from the European Regional Development Fund.

Rush to Europe

Annual passenger numbers on Channel Tunnel high-speed Eurostar train services could grow from eight million to 10 million within three years of journey times to the continent being slashed in November, company chief Richard Brown predicted yesterday.

Don't be caught short

The Prince's Trust tournament will be played on July 5 over the Hunting Course at De Vere Slaley Hall.

Stars out for charity

The Prince's Trust golf day on July 5 at Slaley Hall, is one of a series of star-studded sporting events taking place over the summer in aid of the charity.

Fine knits but woolly thinking

I was taught to knit as a child by my grandmother.

C4 rejects pleas from princes

Channel 4 stood firm last night over its decision to use photographs from the scene of the Princess Diana car crash in a documentary - despite pleas from Princes William and Harry.

History to attract youngsters

A scheme which will see disadvantaged youngsters learning new skills while working at heritage sites will be launched today in Northumberland.

Jump to it! This is a great idea

Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards has told of his support for the Prince's Trust.

Our boat's come in!

It's Tuesday; it's wet and it's blustery; it's cold and it's miserable.

Charles's organic guidance

The Prince of Wales has some practical advice when it comes to composting, pruning and watering.

Thomas loses out in great contest

Dylan Thomas suffered his first defeat of the season when losing out an enthralling battle with Notnowcato in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.

Naturally beautiful

Britons' growing taste for organic is extending to beauty products, research out today says.

A nation weeps

Monday September 1, 1997 - The body of Diana, Princess of Wales, arrived home in Britain for the final time last night amid unprecedented scenes of national grief.

Hundreds killed in Borders air crash

Thursday December 22, 1988 - All 273 passengers and crew aboard a Jumbo jet died last night when the aircraft crashed in a fireball in Britain's worst ever air disaster.

Her Majesty's visit to Newcastle-upon-Tyne

On Saturday September 29 1849, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are reported stopping on the High Level Bridge over the Tyne on their way from Balmoral to London.

Death of the Queen

January 23 1901 - The shadow of death has settled over the throne.

Diana bike sold

A bicycle once owned by Princess Diana sold for £1,200 at Keys auctioneers in Aylsham, Norfolk, yesterday.

Weather is our Achilles heel

I have to admit the weather is getting me down. I have reached the point where I watch the news not to see the news but to see if the sun is shining in the background when the reporters do their silly pieces to camera - many of them live via satellite like the one last night of a man with an umbrella doing a report on Prince Harry not being allowed to serve in Iraq.


The Prince of Wales has launched an own-brand whisky.

Harry told his Iraq posting is too risky

Prince Harry will not deploy with his regiment to Iraq following "specific threats" to target him by insurgents fighting British and US forces, the head of the Army said yesterday.

Taking a swing at golf challenge

Businesses are throwing their weight behind a charity golf day which will tee-off this summer in a bid to raise cash for the region's youth.

Lawyers bid to involve Queen in Diana's inquest

Lawyers for Mohamed al Fayed last night launched a bid to involve the Queen in the Diana, Princess of Wales inquest.

Tribute to fallen appeal raises £14,000

An appeal to restore one of the country's most important war memorials has raised over £14,000 since it was launched earlier this year.

Ferrie leads Duke's team

Stars from the worlds of acting, sport and broadcasting will tee-off later this summer in a charity golf day, to raise money for the region's youth.

Spectacular signings

Four major North firms have signed up to sponsor a charity sports spectacular pitting the Duke of Northumberland against Lord Durham.


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