Fisherman is rescued

A fisherman was rescued yesterday after taking to a life raft when his catamaran sank almost three miles off the mouth of the River Tweed.

A fisherman was rescued yesterday after taking to a life raft when his catamaran sank almost three miles off the mouth of the River Tweed.

Sam Dixon, 30, of Horncliffe near Berwick was lobster fishing when his gear became snagged, taking his boat The Saltire down.

He managed to get into his life raft and set off distress flares which were spotted on shore by coastguards who had been alerted that he was overdue returning to harbour and Berwick lifeboat was called out to rescue him.

Photos show

SOME of the region's newest photographers are joining forces to host their first exhibition.

The group of photographers will show their work at The Art Works on Stepney Bank in Ouseburn, Newcastle, this month. The artists, who range from teenagers to those in their early 50s, are all set to complete a higher national diploma at Newcastle College. The Critical Focus exhibition, sponsored by Asda, opens at the Solo Eye at The Art Works tomorrow. (thurs)

Housing plans

PLANS have been drawn up for a new housing development in one of the prime residential areas in Berwick.

The firm of Hudson Homes Ltd is applying to Berwick Borough Council for permission to erect a total of 25 houses on a site at West Hope beside Castle Terrace.

But residents in the area are objecting on the grounds it would constitute an over development on land identified in the local plan as being suitable for an estimated capacity of 10 houses.

Can-can night

NEWLY crowned Miss Newcastle, Anna Simpson, will be joining a line-up of can-can girls at Mencap's Moulin Rouge Ball.

Paris comes to Durham at Beamish Hall in County Durham, on Thursday, June 21, 2007.

The Ball will feature magicians, fire-eaters and even a troupe of can-can dancers called Encore!

Call for talks

A COUNCILLOR is calling for urgent talks to be held in an effort to address parking problems in the town centre area in particular in Berwick.

Coun John Robertson said there were ongoing problems and difficulties in a number of areas throughout the central Elizabeth ward.

He said the question of residents parking as well as parking arrangement for shoppers, visitors and commuters all have to be looked at carefully in an effort to reach an acceptable solution.

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