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Friday 14 June 2024
14/06/2024

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Barbour’s £1m gift to the Lit & Phil

Newcastle’s venerable Lit & Phil library has been awarded £1m by the Barbour Foundation to help fund work necessary to secure its future. It’s one of the largest awards ever made to a single organisation by the foundation which was established in 1988 by its chairwoman, Dame Margaret Barbour. Dame Margaret, who also chairs the …

Charity boss sees red over blue badge parking

Disabled drivers in the North East are being let down by a lack of Blue Badge parking spaces in the region’s towns and cities. That’s the view of a leading charity boss after some local authorities admitted the number of designated disabled parking spaces in their boroughs is ‘unknown’. Department for Transport guidelines currently recommend …

Please Sir, can we have some more?

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says he has no plans to end the two-child benefit cap. The news will come as a huge disappointment to campaigners who say tackling the ‘shocking and completely unacceptable level’ of child poverty across the North East must be a top priority for the incoming government. Last week The QT …

Quoits becomes a generation game

“I was on a walk and was passing a pub when I heard that unmistakable chink of metal and the slap of clay. “I thought, ‘No. It can’t be. It doesn’t exist in this part of the world’. “But, lo and behold, it was — and it does exist up here.” So recounts the author …

Michael Mosley’s Greek isle

When I first heard that Dr Michael Mosley had gone missing on Symi, I wondered, how is that possible? Having holidayed on the beautiful, small island on many occasions, I know really well the area where he had last been seen. It seemed impossible that he could just vanish. Sadly, we now know the popular …

Hebburn honours hometown hero

A Tyneside airman who became one of the Second World War’s most audacious escapers after being shot down has been honoured by his hometown. Flight Lieutenant Dominic Bruce, who was born in Shakespeare Avenue in Hebburn, escaped from two notorious German Prisoner of War castles. At Spangenberg Castle, he and two fellow PoWs hatched a …

Feeding the future world gives plenty food for thought

Dr Julia Cooper is pleased with this year’s potatoes, which grow in an allotment bordering her terraced house at Prudhoe in the Tyne Valley. They’re organic, as you’d expect — Dr Julia practises what she preaches. She and her husband Paul have next door ‘His & Her’ allotments. Are they competitive? “You bet,” she says. …

Eyes and ears

DEPUTY NAMED: North East mayor Kim McGuinness has named Gateshead council leader Martin Gannon as her deputy. Gannon will step into the role of second in command on the new North East Combined Authority (NECA) having led Gateshead Council since 2016, and will make decisions in the mayor’s absence. A Labour councillor since 1984, Gannon …

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