Essential repair work has started on Ashington's Town Hall clock tower after severe corrosion led to the expansion of the steel frame and caused the sandstone to crack and displace.
The work, which will also include refurbishing the clock mechanism and faces, is expected to last four months.
A WOMAN has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving [Mon] after a horseman on a pony and trap was killed.
Terence Wood, 40, of Westerton Road, Leeholme, Coundon, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham, was driving his trap behind his 14-year-old son's rig when they were in a crash with a Nissan Micra on the A689 Coundon by-pass on April 20. Lisa Tomlinson, a 25-year-old sales rep from Stockton, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and will appear before Bishop Auckland magistrates on September 26.
CONCERN is growing about the deteriorating condition of the Crown Hotel building in the Market Square in Coldstream. The premises could now be closed.
Alan gets vote
CHILDREN involved in the North-East Really Delivers campaign run by employers group Aspire have voted former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer their favourite sporting personality, the Angel of the North as the region's top landmark, Ant and Dec as their favourite TV personalities and singer Cheryl Tweedy as the North-Easterner whose job they would like most.
TWO schools in the region have been shortlisted for a national award which recognises excellence in using ICT to transform the classroom. Hartside Primary and Hunwick Primary, both in County Durham, are finalists in the ICT Excellence Awards. They stand to win £6,000.
AN expert from television's Antique's Roadshow will give a talk at Newcastle auctioneers Bonhams on September 14. Eric Knowles will be a guest at the event to raise money for children's charity, the Sunshine Fund. To buy a ticket, priced £15, contact Gillian Usher on (0191) 233-9930 or Jo Harris on (0191) 201-6289.