Author: Emily

‘Scorching’ year for Flame Heating Spares

Flame Heating Spares is set for continued growth and expansion after more than doubling its turnover to record another successful year in business. The North East’s fastest growing Heating & Plumbing merchant recorded sales of £14.5m up from £6.4m in 2016, and has seen its employee count rise to 42 members of staff. Flame has now reported year-on-year growth since it was established in 2011 by entrepreneur John Savage, with a single branch in Gateshead. Flame currently operates seven trade counters across the region, having launched outlets in Ashington and Newcastle over the last 12 months, and has invested...

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Aerial Brilliance

ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED MILITARY AIRCRAFT helped bring Sunderland International Airshow 2017 to a close on Sunday. The mighty Typhoon jet was the last aircraft to take to the skies above Roker and Seaburn seafront during the annual three day event, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors into Sunderland and the region every year. While some of the world’s most iconic aircraft and fantastic flying, parachute and aerial acrobatic displays filled the skies, there was a host of events, activities and ground displays to keep everyone entertained and involved. Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for...

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National Park to host a festival of activities in countdown to the grand opening of The Sill during National Parks Week 2017

On Saturday 29 July Northumberland National Park Authority will officially welcome its first visitors to The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre and 86-bed youth hostel at Once Brewed on Hadrian’s Wall. The grand opening of the £14.8m state-of-the-art visitor centre and world-class youth hostel will also be the finale to the UK National Parks Week festivities, which run from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 July. To celebrate, Northumberland National Park is hosting a week-long festival of activities and events at key locations across the Park, which will culminate in The Sill opening weekend on 29 and 30 July. Sarah Glynn,...

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New director flies the flag for raising children’s aspirations

North Yorkshire’s new director of children’s services, Stuart Carlton, is determined to drive forward the county council’s ambitious new plan to improve life chances for children and young people. Stuart Carlton has been getting out and about across the county, meeting children and young people and new staff in preparation for taking over the job when Pete Dwyer, who has been director for the past 4 years, retires at the end of last week (Friday 28th). “Raising the aspirations of all children is really important to me” said Mr Carlton.  “Getting them to look up, to see that they can...

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Teesside gives a Roaring Welcome to New Dinosaur Exhibition

Shoppers at Teesside can expect to bump into some larger-than-life friends over the next two weeks, as the centre launched its new free dinosaur exhibition on Saturday (22nd July). The free display, which will run until 4th September, offers families the chance to meet true-to-life Jurassic exhibits, uncover fun facts and take part in dinosaur-themed activities. Four gigantic dinosaurs will be on display across Teesside, including a five-metre T-rex which roars and shakes at shoppers as they walk by, plus a stegosaurus, triceratops and velociraptor. For younger shoppers, there’s a ‘dino dig’ sandpit in front of Mothercare where little ones can play...

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PD Ben puts his paws up after almost nine years of service

A CANINE crime-fighter has out up his paws after almost nine years of active service. Yellow Labrador Ben is one half of the Durham Police dog duo, Jet and Ben, who are known as the ‘say no to strangers’ dogs. They have worked with thousands of children across the force area, educating them on personal safety, ‘stranger danger’ and internet awareness. On Friday, Ben paid one last visit to Tudhoe Colliery Primary School, near Spennymoor, before retiring and putting his paws up for good. His handler, PCSO Claire Kerr, said: “We got Ben when he was eight months old...

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What’s On – Summer fete at The Dunes

DATE: Saturday 19th August TIME: 1pm LOCATION: The Dunes, Redcar, TS10 4FQ The Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland Mayor Councillor Karen King will officially open the summer fete at the recently opened The Dunes in Redcar, the second Redcare Extra Care supported housing development. The community event, whichstarts at 1.00pm on Saturday 19th August, is being organised in partnership with Comfort Call and will welcome residents, members of the community and many local businesses who are being given the chance to set up stalls selling locally produced goods, including gifts. The Dunes, in Redcar, is an innovative development of 64 one and...

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Politically-minded pupils quiz MP

POLITICALLY-minded pupils turned their lesson into question time as they grilled their local MP on her views. Year 5 pupils at Gurney Pease Academy played host to Darlington’s Labour MP Jenny Chapman questioning her on her career and party politics. The youngsters asked her whether it was fair to make SATS harder thereby increasing the pressure on children; they challenged her on how Labour would find the money to finance university fees if they were abolished for students; they asked whether it was fair that footballers were paid more than life-savers; and they sort her views on ill people...

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BATTC received Young Carers accreditation

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club received Young Carers accreditation from Family Action, The Bridge Young Carers, at their celebration event last month. In recognition of their commitment to supporting young carers through table tennis, and their volunteering pathway. New and current members with caring responsibilities will register with the Young Carer Lead and receive additional help and support, to work around their additional needs. Because young carers may have additional responsibilities, but they are young people first and deserve the same rights and opportunities as every other young table tennis player. This confidential service sees Bishop Auckland Table Tennis...

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Festival of Thrift is just the business for north east neon designer

As preparations continue for this year’s National Festival of Thrift on 23 and 24 September a north east business is reflecting on the success it has enjoyed since taking part in last year’s event. In the past eight months, Light Up North, a producer of one-off neon wall hangings, has gone from testing its ideas and designs with some of the Festival’s 35,000 visitors to exporting its creations across the world and employing four people. The Saltburn-based company was a first-time stallholder at last year’s national celebration of stylish and sustainable living at Kirkleatham, having just taken the plunge...

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Thousands enjoy biggest and best Bikewise yet

THOUSANDS of people turned out to enjoy the biggest and best Bikewise yet. The event, which is in its 23rd year, saw families and bikers from across the county descend on Durham Police headquarters at Aykley Heads to enjoy an action-packed day. Among the stars of the show were the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team, the White Helmets, who wowed the crowds with some of their final performances before being disbanded later this summer. Darlington-based stunt rider, Dave Coates, showed off his spectacular skills on both two and four wheels, while Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness signed autographs...

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Trained security staff help bring weekend night time crime figures down in Newcastle

Research by Newcastle-based training company, T2I Courses, has revealed that the relationship between door supervisors and police has successfully contributed to a fall in the City’s alcohol-related crime. The Freedom of Information request found that between 2015 and 2016, the number of alcohol-related crimes in Newcastle reported to Northumbria Police that occurred during the peak opening times for pubs and clubs, which is between 9pm-3am on Friday and Saturday, fell by 23%. The number of crimes accounted for 0.6% of the total recorded in the city during the year. David Evans, Centre Owner at T2I Courses, said: “The role...

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Barman launches album at the venue where he tends bar!

Barman Alex Kirtley had a night off pulling pints to perform at The Exchange in North Shields where he works – in preparation for a gig at one of the country’s biggest festivals. Singer-songwriter Alex, 19, launched his debut album ‘Broken Winged Bird’ in the venue’s 250-seater theatre, two months before he appears at Bestival. The gig, dubbed by rising star Alex as ‘his best yet’, will set him up nicely for an appearance at the Dorset-based festival, where stars including Dizzee Rascal and The XX will also take to the stage. Alex, from Whitley Bay, said: “I was...

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Students rewarded for their efforts

REMARKABLE, courageous, hardworking and determined students were rewarded with the highest honours at their school’s end-of-year prize-giving ceremony. Star pupils from the Education Village Academy Trust, Darlington, were presented with their trophies at a glittering event celebrating the annual Student of the Year Awards. Nominated by teaching staff for attitude, academic success, good behaviour and overcoming adversity, 12 students from Beaumont Hill Academy, Gurney Pease Academy, Haughton Academy and Springfield Academy were shortlisted for the schools’ most prestigious accolade. Hosting the event chief executive of the Education Village Academy Trust Mike Butler welcomed students, staff, parents, carers, families and...

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US Ambassador opens First World War exhibit at Newcastle Central Station

Newcastle NE1, the city’s Business Improvement District, has welcomed the Acting US Ambassador to the United Kingdom to the North East, to open a free public photography exhibition to mark the centenary of America’s involvement in the First World War. Situated outside Newcastle Central Station until the end of July, the exhibition ‘Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-18’ is a unique portrait of the First World War battlefields by Michael St Maur Sheil, which tells of the healed scars of the First World War through our only remaining living witness, the fields of battle themselves. This...

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