First for lifesaving

First aid skills have been demonstrated in competitions organised by St John Ambulance Northumbria.

First aid skills have been demonstrated in competitions organised by St John Ambulance Northumbria.

Adults, cadets and members of the St John Ambulance badgers - aged between five and 10 - took part in the event.

Gateshead division won the adult and cadet first aid competitions, and North-East Tyne took the adult and cadet care competition titles. South Tyne won the badger competition.

Pension plea

BLAYDON MP Dave Anderson has called for more help for old people in the region.

He told the National Pensioners' Convention in London that Gordon Brown's final budget had been a step in the right direction, but added: "I want to see the link between pensions and earnings reinstated as soon as possible."

County guide

A NEW guide to County Durham's countryside has been published.

It is free and features around 150 walks and events along with news about the county's nature sites.

The booklet, by Durham County Council countryside group, is available in libraries and Tourist Information Centres, or call (0191) 383-5507 or log on to

Box clever

SHOPPERS in the MetroCentre today get a preview of the UK and USA Contender boxing teams which will clash at the Metro Radio Arena on Friday in the Sugar Ray Leonard Cup.

Fans can see the stars in MetroCentre's Exhibition Square where the UK Team will work out from 11am-1pm and the USA Team from 1pm-3pm. The boxers will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos.

City scheme

PLANS for the regeneration of Carlisle took a step forward yesterday when the city council's executive approved a draft policy on development.

It includes office developments on Viaduct Estate Road, identifying potential locations for headquarters of the new University of Cumbria and expanding the main shopping area into Rickergate.

Interest grows

REGENERATION officers with Berwick Borough Council say they are dealing with unprecedented numbers of development inquiries.

Inquiries have been received from a wide range of firms from all over the country.


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