Latest Tyne and Wear Stories

2008-08-19 18:00:31

A HOLIDAY company is said to be considering switching its flights to Newcastle. Flyglobespan, which currently flies to southern Spain and Tenerife, has begun a review of all flights out of Durham Tees Valley Airport. Internet reports say the firm could try to secure business at the larger Newcastle airport. The speculation comes as financial pressures force airlines to look at cost-cutting measures. Travel agent Thomas Cook is also expected to cut flights to the Dominican Republic...

2008-08-18 00:00:33

YOUNGSTERS in the region got into the Olympic spirit when they visited their future school. Hundreds of Year Six pupils from Monkton Junior School, in South Tyneside, visited South Shields Community School for an introductory tour of the premises. During their trip each one was able to show their creative side when they had the chance to design a medal and T-shirt based on the Olympic theme. Janet Burdon, from support services at the school in McAnany Avenue, said: "Every year near...

2008-08-10 21:00:19

THE second annual Whitley Bay Festival of Motorcycles being held at Beaconsfield in Tynemouth ends today. The event features live music, street performers, trade stands. (c) 2008 Sunday Sun - Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-08 18:00:42

THE grandparents of a toddler whose life was saved by a heart transplant hope to raise thousands of pounds for the hospital which carried out the operation. Last year Martha Andersen's family were told she had just hours to live, but now the two-year-old is full of life after a transplant at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital. Martha's family have finally been given the all-clear to take her home to join twin sister Matilda and brother Harry, six. Parents, Carl, 37, and Gillian, 35, from...

2008-08-03 18:00:12

CAMERAS are rolling as a blockbuster Bollywood movie is being shot in the North. A trailer for a new Eastern feature film is being filmed by Tynemouth Priory in North Tyneside. Called Apni Boli Apna Des, which translates as "our language, our country", the movie is billed as "a family drama about love, loyalty and sacrifice". It will tell the story of a young man who struggles to make it as a successful singer despite his family being immersed in debt. Starring Indian Bollywood...

2008-08-01 18:00:17

AWARD-WINNING beaches on Tyneside are proving a draw for wildlife as well as sun-seekers. Work to recreate two hectares of sand dune habitats at Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneside has led to the return of birds and rare moths to the area. The pounds 27,000 scheme involved the introduction of tens of thousands of plants to bind the sand dunes. Coun John Stirling, North Tyneside Council's cabinet member for Sustainable Development and Planning, said: "The sand dune reclamation...

2008-07-31 18:00:30

COMMUNITIES and Local Government minister Baroness Andrews yesterday toured a Tyneside urban farm. She visited Bill Quay Community Farm in Gateshead as an example of an exciting urban green space where riverside industry once dominated. Earlier this month, Baroness Andrews was at a ceremony when the farm won a Green Flag award, which recognises quality parks and green spaces. She said: "In our busy modern lives, parks and green spaces are invaluable as areas where young and old can...

2008-07-29 18:00:35

A MUSIC promoter who was responsible for bringing some of the world's top bands to Wearside is to have his story turned into a multi-million pound movie. Sunderland's Geoff Docherty booked some of the best known groups of the 60s and 70s, bringing them to the city to perform at the now- defunct Bay Hotel and The Locarno Ballroom, as well as promoting major gigs at Newcastle City Hall. He hired Free for just pounds 35 and also managed to convince greats such as Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart,...

2008-07-29 18:00:35

A MUSIC promoter who brought some of the biggest bands to the region is to have his story turned into a multi-million pound movie. Sunderland's Geoff Docherty booked some of the best-known groups in the 60s and 70s, bringing them to the city to perform at the now- defunct Bay Hotel and The Locarno Ballroom. He managed to convince greats such as Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart, The Who, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin to perform in Wear side. Now the hit autobiography A Promoter's Tale is now to...

2008-07-24 18:00:35

By Tony Henderson RECRUITMENT began yesterday of an army of amateur nature recorders. It is hoped that thousands of people in the North East will contribute to a new website which will detail sightings of plants and animals. Spotters can log observations from around their locality or what they have seen on outings in the region. The aim is to build up a mass of information which can be fed into biodiversity plans and that will highlight what needs to be protected when developments...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'