Man is cut from van

An elderly man had to be cut from his van after crashing into a lamppost yesterday.

An elderly man had to be cut from his van after crashing into a lamppost yesterday.

The 79-year-old was driving a transit van on Hedworth Lane in Boldon Colliery when it left the road and hit the post just before 1pm. He was taken to South Tyneside hospital.

See the sights

FAMILIES are being urged to visit the attractions on their doorstep as part of British Tourism Week.

South Tyneside Council is urging people in the borough to explore the area by visiting sites such as South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, Souter Lighthouse and Bede's World.

Spooky search

BRITAIN'S most haunted castle hosts a special charity event in aid of diabetes research next month, with a top TV psychic taking part.

The gates of Chillingham Castle will open on April 14, when Living TV's Most Haunted celebrity medium, David Wells, leads guests on a spooky search until 3am. Contact the fundraising team on (01325) 488606 for information and to book tickets, priced at £50.

Pink tribute

FANS of supergroup Pink Floyd can see tribute band FLOYD2 at The Journal Tyne Theatre on September 15.

The North-East based outfit have quickly built a reputation, for their sound, lighting show and pyrotechnics Tickets priced £14.50 are available on 0870 145-1200 or

`Good school'

HEDWORTH Lane Primary School, in Boldon Colliery, South Tyneside, has been described by Ofsted inspectors as a "good school" where pupils are happy and consistently attain standards above the national average.

The inspectors wrote to the pupils thanking them for making them welcome and praising them for being so polite and helpful. Inspectors said lessons are well-planned and teachers have a good subject knowledge.

Probe at pool

LIBERAL Democrats in the Dunston and Whickham area of Gateshead are carrying out a survey of users of the facilities of Dunston Swimming Pool, after residents contacted them about the state of the services in the building.

Survey co-ordinator, Coun Yvonne McNicol, said: "A number of residents have raised with me and my colleagues the need for investment in the building and the facilities there."


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