The QT

Friday 17 May 2024
17/05/2024

Durham

Eyes and ears

MAYOR STEPPING DOWN:  Dame Norma Redfearn has announced she is to step down from her role as Mayor of North Tyneside in 2025. Having held the position since 2013, she has decided against standing for re-election for a fourth term. The news was confirmed via an email to local Labour Party members earlier this week. …

Culture digest

RIP Supergran The actress who blazed a trail for grandmothers everywhere has passed away. For people of a certain age (those of us who watched children’s telly in the 80s), Gudrun Ure was an absolute legend. The Scottish star of the Emmy Award-winning series, which followed the adventures of a super-powered, superhero pensioner, died this …

Who will run our region’s police forces?

Voters preparing to elect mayors in the North East and Tees Valley might be forgiven for thinking they are the only ballots on May 2. Indeed, it may ultimately be in the privacy of the polling booth that many find themselves staring at a list of unknown candidates to lead their local police force. That’s …

Eyes and ears

COMMUNITIES HELD BACK: If the country’s former mining communities were brought together they would form the most deprived region in the UK, according to a new report published this week. The State of the Coalfields 2024 report said that 40 years after the Miners’ Strike began people living in former mining communities face lower pay …

Rain stops play

James Morgan is staring out of his office at Benwell Hill CC wondering when — or if — the new cricket season will ever get underway. Heavy April showers have been a feature of the last three weeks and grounds staff across the North East have been grappling with one of the wettest springs, and …

Remembering the modern ice age

Ice hockey trophies thought to be long lost will be the star attraction at a new exhibition spotlighting the story of Durham Ice Rink. A collection of shining symbols of the successes once enjoyed by the teams which called the arena home have spent the past 15 years or so in someone’s garage. But a …

Who and what is halting Milburngate progress?

In the last two editions The QT has been putting the stalled Milburngate development in Durham under the microscope to see if we could detect any movement. Trying to unearth the truth about what the hold-up is at the £120m retail, leisure, office and accommodation complex was like pulling teeth. Not least because all sides …

Eyes and ears

GREAT IDEA: The organiser of the Great North Run has formed a partnership with UK Athletics and London Marathon Events to grow athletics in the UK and bring major events to the country. The partnership will deliver the 2026 European Athletics Championships in Birmingham and the annual edition of the Diamond League in the UK. …

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the North

Film music plays a leading role among April’s musical highlights in the North East.   Royal Northern Sinfonia will be bringing the Charlie Chaplin silent classic Modern Times to noisy life at The Glasshouse on April 18, before the music of Harry Potter illuminates the vast spaces of Durham Cathedral on May 3. Looking (far) ahead, …

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