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4:57pm Friday 17th May 2013
No definite decision was taken by members of Durham County Council on a motion by the Mayorelect Coun Norman Richards on urging the council to ‘‘allow’’ the flower of Press freedom ‘‘flourish’’ by allowing representatives of the Press to attend committee meetings.
10:56am Friday 10th May 2013
A secret he had been bursting to tell someone for four days - “I daren’t tell even my wife” - was disclosed by Ald Andrew Cunningham, chairman of Durham County Council, when he announced that the new £2.75m County Hall would be officially opened on Monday, October 14 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
12:11pm Friday 3rd May 2013
In 108 years since the first honorary freedom of Durham was conferred upon Ald James Fowler, only 18 people have been recipients of the honour. The 18th was Mrs Hannah Harrison Rushford, of The Grey Tower, Durham, former Mayor of the city, a City Alderman, County Councillor and Justice of the Peace, in recognition of her services to the city and county during the past 40 or 50 years. With her the only survivors are Field Marshal Lord Montgomery, Lord Avon (formerly Sir Anthony Eden) and Dr Cecil Ferens.
11:50am Friday 26th April 2013
The silver jubilee dinner of Durham Ladies’ Lecture Club in the Three Tuns Hotel, Durham, on Tuesday will be remembered as the day when the ex-Mayoresses of Durham first received, as the result of the club’s generosity, a permanent reminder of their year of office. Mayoresses of the 25 years during which the club has been in existence were each presented with gold brooches, thanks to a gift from the club’s Good Deeds Fund invested by the City Council, the practice will continue in perpetuity.
11:06am Friday 19th April 2013
The Liberals in Durham City will mount their biggest offensive next month when, at the municipal elections, they put up three candidates in a bid to loosen the Independents’ hold on City Council. With Labour contesting two seats – making a three cornered fight in Framwelgate ward – there will be contests for four of the seven vacancies declared. The fight at Framwelgate will focus the major public interest on that ward, probably to the same extent that the “Battle of Neville’s Cross” last year aroused. The troubles which then beset Neville’s Cross, however, have been smoothed over and the Civic Association’s candidate has a straight fight with the Liberal, the most experienced of the three. The trio of candidates seeking to gain a foothold for Liberalism on the City Council are Mr TE Dakers, Mr A L Parsons and Mr W K Wills. Mr Dakers is a chemist with Masons in Saddler Street and Mr Wills is a solicitor with H C Ferens.
10:47am Friday 12th April 2013
The quit date for Durham family businesses now operating on the site at North Road and Station Bank which was taken over last year by a ‘mysterious buyer’ has been announced. Late last week notices to quit were served on the tenants in the form of letters from the City and Central Shops Limited, who have acquired a freehold interest on the premises. They have been told the tenancies will terminate on October 4 – and for most of the business people involved they are no nearer to finding alternative premises than they were over a year ago when provisional agreement was reached to purchase the 1,546 square yards site at a price believed to be £60,000. Now that the vacating date is known, the redevelopment of the site will probably begin in October or immediately afterwards. What form the development will take is still uncertain, but the general scheme is believed to cover shops and offices.
12:20pm Friday 5th April 2013
11:20am Tuesday 2nd April 2013
The sartorial revolution which later this year swings into operation in Durham City and its locality will sweep away any distinction in dress between the various schools. Except for an individualistic school badge, the uniform worn by grammar school girls will be identical with the one worn by girls attending secondary modern schools. News of the impending change-over has been given a mixed reception by parents. The new uniform for girls in schools comprising the Durham Multilateral Unit will be grey pleated skirts, Air Force blue blouse and navy blue blazer, raincoat and beret.
12:16pm Friday 22nd March 2013
Five angry housewives, ‘‘crusading’’ on behalf of 18 families of Cocken Terrace, Leamside, were on ‘‘mission marches’’ in Durham City earlier this week. They visited the offices of Durham Rural Council and this newspaper in order to protest against what they allege to be unfair treatment over housing. The women are ‘‘up in arms’’ because council houses now being built at West Rainton and originally intended for them are to be ‘‘borrowed’’ to accommodate an advance party of Post Office workers who arrive in the district in June. The ‘‘very unhappy position’’, as Coun Frank Orr, the parish's representative described the situation at Monday night's meeting of the Rural Council’s Housing Committee would never have arisen but for a promise the Council is anxious to honour.
1:55pm Friday 15th March 2013
It was reported at the last meeting of the Durham Hospital Management Committee that a total of 282 patients were in Dryburn Hospital on January 31. This was a record number of in-patients for the hospital after the number of beds was drastically reduced to the present number many years ago. The numbers of in-patients, out-patients and casualties treated at Dryburn Hospital during 1962 were substantially higher than in the preceding year. During 1962, 422 patients were admitted to Dryburn Hospital, nearly 53,500 out-patients were seen and 8,500 casualties were treated. During the same period nearly 2,000 patients were admitted to Durham County Hospital and 13,500 outpatients were treated. A total of 28,500 casualty attendances were made, many following road accidents and industrial accidents.