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Saturday 15 June 2024
15/06/2024

The Storytellers

The triumph of their lives

No matter how England’s male footballers fare as the Euros get underway in Germany this week, it surely can’t compare with the special achievements of an amateur women’s team from the grass roots of County Durham. What the Chester-le-Street Amazons have done goes way beyond football. Theirs is a victory for the human spirit. Not …

Poetic power of Morden Tower

On June 16, 1964, Connie and Tom Pickard organised the first poetry reading at Morden Tower on Newcastle’s mediaeval town West Walls. Over the next few years, against the odds, it became an international centre for poetry and one of the most iconic venues for poetry performances in Britain.  It played host to Allen Ginsberg, …

A story to stick with…

Recently while watching Mammals, the latest of David Attenborough’s remarkable films about the animal kingdom, I was entranced as a gorilla used the branch of a tree to help him walk along a path through dense jungle. Then he went and spoiled the touching image by braying a rival over the head with it. This …

Remarkable life of D-Day’s unsung heroes

It wasn’t just the Germans who knew Britain and her Allies were preparing to invade France in 1944 in a bid to end the deadliest conflict the world had ever seen.  The British public was also aware that plans were being finalised to liberate north-west Europe from Nazi occupation and destroy Hitler’s despotic regime. What …

My life through a lens: Joanne Coates

Joanne Coates, an award-winning visual artist, spent a lot of time with her grandparents when she was growing up. “My grandad would get me to use disposables over months and think about what I was making. I was about eight,” says the artist who spent her childhood in North Yorkshire and now lives between County …

Appealing to our better nature

Half a century has passed since the last shift clocked off at Elemore Colliery and emerged from the darkness into an uncertain future. Today, the landscape is very different. The grey spoil heaps have been replaced by vibrant, green countryside, with woods alive with birdsong — and the future is about to get even brighter. …

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