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The entrance to MyHotel Chelsea

Culture, afternoon tea and a spot of TLC in the heart of Chelsea

Cheryl Mullin goes on a girls' weekend to London, and discovers the perfect location to explore the capital's delights in peace

Belambra holiday club in Praz sur Arly, France

Travel: Lanzarote - a downhill struggle?

A nervous Jane Haase embarks on her first family ski holiday in the French Alps

Airbnb apartment in Berlin

Travel: Bargain in Berlin

A friendly apartment is the top choice for a weekend break with mates to Berlin, says Sarah Marshall

Cruising on South Walsham Broad

Travel: River cruise has Broads appeal...

Nigel Thompson cruises along the Norfolk Broads and finds big skies, wildlife... and a water-borne bishop

TRAVEL Austria Monastery

Enjoy an oasis of charm and calm in Austria

If you want a relaxing break, book in at a monastery says Ann Stenhouse

The Perry Green room at The Craven Heifer, Addingham

Enjoy a real flavour of fine Yorkshire heritage at The Craven Heifer

The Craven Heifer on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales celebrates the region's famous sons and daughters as well as fine food

The boat ride along the gorgeous coast of Amalfi.

Driven round the bend in Sorrento

Nigel Thompson heads to spectacular Sorrento in Italy to confront one of the world’s most twisting roads... and an awful lot of steps

Peckforton Castle

Royal weekend away in the glorious Cheshire countryside

With its turrets sticking out above the trees, Peckforton Castle looks other-worldly, and as far away from the chaos of the city as its possible to get

The American Bar at The Stafford London by Kempinski

Falling in love over afternoon tea at a top London hotel

Mike Lockley spends an elegant afternoon at The Stafford, quintessential London hotel that borders the capital’s royal landmarks

The sunset from Pinchos restaurant

An undiscovered Caribbean gem you won’t be able to help falling in love with

Aruba remains undiscovered by British tourists. Mary Griffin takes a trip to the Caribbean to see what we’re missing

Rio de Janeiro

World Cup 2014: A football fan's guide to the Brazilian host cities

There's something to suit every possible taste in Brazil, Jack Lang reports, as he offers this guide for fans planning their summer jaunt

A holiday lodge at Sandy Balls

Having a ball exploring the New Forest national park

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of Sandy Balls. Adrian Caffrey dodges the double entendres while enjoying the outdoor life...

Princes Street Gardens looking up towards Edinburgh Castle

Mixing history with luxury on a city break in the Scottish capital

Julia McWatt pays a visit to Edinburgh, where she falls in love with the historic city - and the luxury apartment she temporarily calls home...

Bournemouth, Dorset

Britain's best beaches: Seven golden shores you can't afford to miss

Winter is here – so start planning a Great British beach break. Here are seven of the very best.

Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Bustling Kathmandu works its magic on adventurous visitors

Most visitors to Nepal pass through Kathmandu on their way to Mount Everest. But stop and spend time in this vibrant city,  urges Fiona Woottom

Experience [REC] at Portaventura

Halloween horror trips that are terrifyingly good...

If your idea of a good time is being scared silly this round up of horrifying Halloween trips is your one-way ticket to terror...

St Anton offers superb ski runs to suit all abilities

Keep the drinks on ice and hit the slopes in glorious St Anton

It may boast some of  the very best après ski around, but Gill Martin still finds time to hit the superb slopes of St Anton

York Minster is just one of many attractions in the historic city

Shopping, history and romance on a long weekend in York

There's plenty to explore in historic York, as Cheryl Mullin discovered in a visit to one of Britain's most romantic hotels...

Royal Princess sailing out of Southampton. The ship is on her maiden season around the Mediterranean

Cruising the high seas in a ship that's fit for a princess

A cruise ship christened by the Duchess of Cambridge must surely be fit for a future queen? Emma Wilson joins the Royal Princess on her maiden season to find out...

White Mountains during the Fall season in Maine

Turning over a new leaf as green turns to gold in New England

Summer may be over,  but autumn is a time to rejoice in Massachusetts says Richard Jones, who joined other 'leaf peepers' to admire the changing vegetation

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Durham Cathedral gives up its secrets as Open Treasures attraction takes shape

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L-R Dr Edyta Roszko and Dr Claire Sutherland at the Vietnam exhibition at Durham University's Palace Green Library

Durham University's Palace Green Library hosts Vietnam: A Nation, not a war exhibition

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Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
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Amble harbour repair work can begin after funds secured

WORK to repair damage to a Northumberland harbour from flooding three years ago can finally begin after funds were secured.

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WORK to repair damage to a Northumberland harbour from flooding three years ago can finally begin after funds were secured.

Bosses of the structure at Amble have been promised around £225,000 by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to repair the damage it suffered in the floods of September 2008.

Part of the harbour wall was gouged out by water pressure and cracks appeared at ground level.

An area of the structure was sealed off, and remains so, while the town’s pier was closed on health and safety grounds, and an ice plant used by fishermen had to be moved.

The damage meant people could not enjoy walks on the pier and that boats could not be tied alongside the affected area.

Stabilisation works were carried out but Warkworth Harbour Commissioners, which manage the structure, were then dealt a major blow when their insurers refused to cover the cost of repairs.

Applications were made for Defra, the Environment Agency and European Fisheries Fund for money, but these were unsuccessful.

The pier eventually re-opened following completion of work to create what was seen as a temporary bridge and steps, while the ice plant returned in a new location.

Consultant GVA Grimley was then appointed to produce a feasibility study on solutions, with a view to informing further funding bids.

Recently, commissioners lodged a bid for funding with the MMO, agreeing to pay the other half of the total repair bill – expected to be around £550,000 – themselves from income from harbour users. Now they have been told the funding bid has been successful.

The funding will be used to replace a 20-metre section of wall at what is known as Broomhill Quay, with some underwater work required.

The work has been put out to tender with some quotes having been received from potential contractors, before one is appointed.

Commissioners are hoping that the repairs can begin early in the new year and take two to three months.

A spokesman said last night: “We have been waiting for a long time and it is quite a big thing for the commissioners and for the community itself.”

The work will allow the cordoned off section to be reopened, an area he described as “untidy and a bit derelict.” The spokesman added: “It will improve the aspect of the whole harbour.”

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Journalists

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