North-east firms make pledge to go greener

Companies in the North-east have pledged to improve their environmental records thanks to a major event organised by Business in the Community.

Big charity challenge for all the duke's men

The Duke of Northumberland yesterday threw down the gauntlet to the Earl of Durham as they launched a star-studded series of charity sporting events.


Growth in manufacturing has slowed; top businesses are being asked to pledge action on climate change; and the UK is facing a mini fence crisis.

Marking the past

Catterrick Golf Club has honoured its long association with the Green Howards Regiment.

Shearer could lead team at St James's

Rumours are rife that Newcastle legend Alan Shearer could be about to make his first foray into football management.

Harry will go to Iraq

Prince Harry will be deployed with his unit to Iraq, chief of the general staff General Sir Richard Dannatt said yesterday.

British soldier dies as patrol attacked

A British soldier was killed by small arms fire in Basra yesterday, the Ministry of Defence said.

Diana concert tickets sell-out

The latest batch of tickets for Prince William and Prince Harry's concert in memory of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, sold out within minutes yesterday.

Iraq block won't make Harry quit

Friends of Prince Harry insisted last night he would not quit the Army if top brass put a stop to his frontline tour of duty to Iraq.

Harry rethink needed

Senior officers are said to be worried that Prince Harry's posting to Iraq next month will increase the danger for those serving with him.

From Captain Bob to her own Bridge

From stamping passports for Swedes, through doing PR for Robert Maxwell, twice breaking her neck skiing and now winning a Queen's Award, life has never been dull for Caroline Theobald.

Camilla features in royal group portrait

The first group portrait of the Royal Family to feature the Duchess of Cornwall will go on public display this week.

How we raised a princely sum

Royal approval has been given to a priest who battled to raise enough money to restore his church.

Stuart's cleaning up with venture

After realising a desk job wasn't for him, Thornaby's Stuart Appleby decided to hit the road and start his own mobile valeting business.

Smart money will be on responsible businesses

It wasn't too long ago that whenever I mentioned the term Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), people would immediately sneer and mutter cynically about "window dressing" or rant on about how "proper" businesses shouldn't concern themselves with such fluffy stuff - they should be there to make profits, full stop, and woe betide anyone who dared to squander shareholders' funds on such nonsense.

Leave them to get on with life

I winced when I heard the news that the romance between Prince William and Kate Middleton was over, not for them but for the rest of us who will now be engulfed in "explanations" which are no more than guesswork but earn "royal commentators" vast sums.

Let Kate `get on with life'

Tony Blair yesterday urged people to let Prince William and Kate Middleton get on with their lives, claiming most of the coverage about their shock break-up would be "nonsense."

Foodie Tom is in the market

Tom Parker Bowles talks to Ellie Genower about his passion for food, why his stepfather Prince Charles talks perfect sense about organic produce, and his new TV project.

Troops' bodies arrive home

The bodies of four soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq were returned to the UK yesterday, amid the continuing cash-for-stories row.

Jobless teens cost millions

A jobless generation of young people is costing the North-East millions in lost productivity and crime according to a joint report published yesterday.

Camilla looking well

The Duchess of Cornwall yesterday made her first appearance in public since her hysterectomy operation.

Property News

Annual house price inflation dipped below 10% in March amid tentative signs of a cooling market, new figures indicated this week.

Mother killed

A mother has died after she was knocked down along with her 10-year-old child and her friend, police said today.

Accused of bomb plot

Three men were charged yesterday with conspiring with the July 7 suicide bombers to target London's tourist attractions and its transport network.

First for Charles

Both the Prince of Wales and the Queen will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Uganda this year.

Street pulls 13 million

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More than 13 million Coronation Street viewers tuned in for Monday night's Tracy Barlow verdict.

Mayday call goes out to green businesses

More than 100 of the region's top businesses will come together to create a single action plan on climate change at an event on May 1.

Dressed to kill

Bond star Daniel Craig has been named Britain's best-dressed man - and comic Russell Brand the worst.

Amid the traffic and farmland, a forgotten castle

Environment Editor Tony Henderson on a castle whose future is keeping everyone guessing.

Princes choose chapel

The memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death will be at The Guards' Chapel, it was announced yesterday.

To mum, with love

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Ditch the chocolates and flowers on Mother's Day and head for the bookshops - this spring is awash with inspirational reads .

Harry snubbed at airbase

Being third in line to the throne should mean Prince Harry has no problem queuing in shops - but that was not the case when he paid a surprise visit to a US airbase.

Family butchers is food for thought for students

A butcher shop in rural Northumberland which sources mainly local produce has won national acclaim this week.

Backing for the royals

The paparazzi's hounding of Kate Middleton could lead to the same kind of accident that killed Diana, Princess of Wales, a veteran tabloid photographer warned yesterday .

Duchess recovers from hysterectomy

The Prince of Wales visited the Duchess of Cornwall yesterday as she recuperated from her hysterectomy.

£12m left by scandal lord

Lord Lambton, the former Defence Minister and North-East MP who resigned after he was photographed smoking cannabis in bed with two prostitutes, has left almost £12m in his will.

Inspiring reads for your mum this year

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Ditch the chocolates and flowers on Mother's Day and head for the bookshops if your mum is green-fingered, as this spring is awash with inspirational reads for the practical gardener.

A proud heritage

They say North Shields was built "where no town ought to stand".

Duke `should give evidence at inquest'

Harrods boss Mohamed al Fayed yesterday called for the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles to give evidence to an inquest into the deaths of his son Dodi and Princess Diana after winning an extraordinary High Court battle for the case to go before a jury of ordinary people.

Every day's a bad hair day

I wish hairdressers were still gender separated - there's something distinctly dodgy about sitting next to a bloke in his 20 shaving his highlights.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
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Business Editor
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Newcastle United Editor
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