Sure Start to school

A new children's centre providing early years education, childcare and support for parents opens on Saturday.

A new children's centre providing early years education, childcare and support for parents opens on Saturday.

Parents and carers have helped design the services available at the £715,000 Sure Start Children's Centre, in Byerley Road, Shildon, County Durham, on the site of Timothy Hackworth Primary School.

Sign of thanks

VOLUNTEER lifesavers in a Northumberland village have thanked a mystery person who handed in a missing magnetic sign from one of their emergency vehicles.

Seahouses Ambulance First Responders were called to an emergency incident just after 2pm on Monday. But on the way, the vehicle lost its magnetic sign that attaches to the bonnet. It was later discovered outside the home of the driver.

Driven to drink

METRO passengers can claim a free pint of Guinness on St Patrick's Day.

In order to claim the free pint passengers must be 18 or over and have a valid ticket or Metro pass and show it when they pass through Monument Metro station tomorrow. They will be given a voucher which they can redeem the following day at one of the following pubs in Newcastle: Centurion Bar, Gotham Town, the Bridge Hotel, Sam Jacks, the Charles Grey, Shearer's Bar and Luckies Corner Bar.

Paper Moon

MUM Wendy Chambers is hosting the Paper Moon Ball from 7.30pm at the Roker Hotel, Sunderland, on Saturday. Proceeds go to the National Autistic Society.

Wendy, owner of the Paper Moon gift store, in Whitburn, is raising money to thank the charity for supporting her and her 14-year-old son, who has Asperger Syndrome. Tickets are available on (0191) 529-3376.

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