Duncan on tourist trail

A businessman from the North-East is helping to promote the region as part of British Tourism Week.

A businessman from the North-East is helping to promote the region as part of British Tourism Week.

Duncan Bannatyne - best known for his role on the BBC programme Dragon's Den - has stressed the importance of British Tourism.

The entrepreneur, who owns two hotels in Darlington and County Durham, has highlighted the contribution made by businesses from every aspect of the industry.

Crossing call

COUNCILLORS have called for improvements to a busy road to make crossing easier.

Liberal Democrat councillors representing Dunston Hill in Gateshead have handed in a petition urging the council to carry out work on Whickham Highway to make the road safer.

Market day

A MONTHLY farmers' market is being held today.

The ever-popular Durham market features more than 20 stalls with all manner of local produce.

The monthly fixture will be held in the Market Square from 9am to 3.30pm.

Couple quest

A SEARCH is on to find the country's longest married couple.

The Guild of Photographers is on the hunt for the man and woman who have been married for the longest time to be guests of honour at a special charity prize draw aimed at brides and grooms planning to get married this year.

The couple will pick the winners of a Comic Relief competition, which will see one engaged couple get free pictures of their special day.

If you think you know the longest married couple, call Joan Roberts on 0870 2409242 or visit www.photoguild.co.uk

One year on

A POLICE campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour is celebrating its first anniversary later this month.

Cumbria Constabulary launched RESPECT last year to cut down on crime and disorder, and the force will be evaluating its effect at a "One Year On" event on March 29.

Polling review

A CAMPAIGN group for the rights of disabled people is making it easier for people to cast their vote.

The North Tyneside Coalition of Disable People has been recruited by the borough council to review every one of the 138 voting venues to ensure they are accessible for people with disabilities.


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