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2008-10-08 18:00:34

A 10-YEAR-OLD girl remains in a critical condition after falling through a skylight at a Northumberland social club. Danielle Bell, 10, had been playing with friends on the roof at Prudhoe and Mickley Unionist Club when it is understood she fell 12ft on to concrete suffering serious injuries. She was taken to Newcastle General Hospital where she is believed to have been treated for head injuries, a punctured lung, a broken jaw, and nose. Andrew Newton, 39, a caterer, found Danielle...

2008-10-08 18:00:00

By Dave Black PLANNING controls imposed on opencast mining in south east Northumberland were in tatters last night after a second site was approved in what was previously an official no-go area for the industry. County councillors approved the extraction of 2 million tonnes of coal from 600 acres at Potland Burn on the edge of Ashington, despite the site lying in an opencast constraint area where mining is actively discouraged. A year ago the Government allowed a plan to dig 3.4...

2008-10-07 18:00:26

By VINCE GLEDHILL CONTROVERSIAL plans for an opencast mine next to a town were given the go-ahead today. Hundreds of people objected to UK Coal's plans to dig up 600 acres of open land at Potland Burn, north of Ashington. But members of Northumberland County Council planning and regulatory committee approved the proposals at a meeting in Morpeth today. A year ago the council's planning officers said they were against the plan because it would damage regeneration work in Ashington...

2008-09-30 06:00:33

A PREGNANT bride went straight from her wedding reception to a hospital' delivery room after going through with her marriage ceremony despite having contractions. Emma Lowdon, 36, tied the knot with her partner Sean Allum, 35, in a register office before being taken to nearby Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington, Northumberland, to give birth to her first child. Josh was born five weeks prematurely weighing 5lb, less than 24 hours after his parents' wedding. The maternity room was...

2008-09-23 18:00:26

FASCINATING archive film footage of the great days of coal mining in Northumberland will go on show at a former colliery, turned tourist attraction next month. Three films - showcasing the 1959 miners' picnic in Bedlington, the former Woodhorn Colliery in the 1970s and the transportation of coal from the old Ashington Colliery - will be shown at the special screening at the Woodhorn Museum and Archives Centre on the afternoon of Wednesday October 1. The miners' picnic footage,...

2008-09-23 18:00:25

A SPECIAL screening of archive film footage is set to bring memories of Northumberland coal mining into the 21st Century. Three films - showcasing the 1959 miners' picnic in Bedlington, the former Woodhorn Colliery in the '70s and the transportation of coal from the old Ashington Colliery - will be shown the Woodhorn Museum and Archives Centre. Taking place on Wednesday October 1, the screening is free, but those wanting to attend should either book a place in advance on (01670) 528 080...

2008-08-29 18:00:36

A STUDENT has landed his dream job at a construction firm after helping to build a 2.7km bypass in Northumberland. Adam Robson worked alongside Wolverhampton-based Carillion Civil Engineering between October 2006 and March 2007 to build the pounds 9m Pegswood Bypass linking Ashington and Morpeth. After helping to complete the project, Adam used the contacts he had built up to secure an interview with Carillion for a full-time post. After discussing his options, he decided to take on...

2008-08-28 18:00:51

A HOUSE which became a crime scene after two teenage girls ended up in hospital with drug overdoses had only just become occupied by new residents. Police sealed off the house in Richard Street, Blyth, for a number of hours yesterday while they carried out an investigation into the incident. Three local men, one 18 and two 23, were arrested in connection with supplying drugs. The two girls were due to be released from hospital today after recovering. A neighbour, who did not wish...

2008-08-18 00:00:30

MINERS are being sought at a Northumberland colliery for the first time in more than 25 years. But it is their memories and experiences rather than physical labour which is now required. No one has worked underground at the former Woodhorn Colliery, near Ashington, since it closed in 1982, and it is now a nationally-important visitor and archives centre following a pounds 16m lottery-funded revamp. Now Woodhorn managers want ex-miners and pitmen's wives and families to come back to help...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'