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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.
1:59pm Friday 8th March 2013
Visitors to Durham County Council’s new County Hall should have no difficulty in finding their way around – that is, unless they are colour blind! Each department is to have its office doors painted in a distinctive colour. The architect’s department, which recently took over almost the whole of the top floor, has mustard paintwork, while education department employees on the fourth floor work behind green doors. Toilets and cloakrooms are in red and air ducts in grey. All blend in tastefully with the grey walled corridors and light pastel shades of the offices themselves and the ladies in the building are all singing the praises of the decor. Office floors are of apa hard wood strips, and are cleaned and polished by machine, while corridors and landings have a foam back rubber covering which is both durable and quiet. The officers of department chiefs and deputy chiefs are luxuriously spacious.
3:19pm Friday 1st March 2013
After three shivering months of walking around flat-footed and fur-booted against the icy weather, girls working for Durham County Council looked askance at the ban on stiletto heels at the new County Hall, but on reflection some of them realise that there is justification for it. Not for them the pleasure of skipping into springtime on heels four inches high and half an inch wide. They are going to have to continue their soft shoe shuffle throughout the year and whatever the season. But with that resignation which is characteristic of suffering womanhood throughout the ages, most of them have decided to put up with it. Mrs Audrey Burlison of Chester-le-Street, secretary to Mr J T Brookbank, clerk to Durham County Council will now have to change into soft slippers before starting work.
11:56am Friday 22nd February 2013
12:06pm Friday 15th February 2013
12:05pm Friday 15th February 2013
50 years ago. – The transfer of Durham County Council employees from their existing premises in the heart of the city to the new £2m County Hall at North End starts this weekend. First to “move house” are the 120 members of the Architect’s Department.
12:25pm Friday 1st February 2013
Ravensworth Terrace property owners who object to Durham County Council’s plan under which their homes will be taken from them and handed over to Durham High School, will question the legality of the plan if it is approved by the Minister of Housing and Local Government.
3:17pm Friday 25th January 2013
Despite a thorough search of the city it had been impossible to find a suitable available property to accommodate Bailes’ Printing Works, which were to be displaced at an early stage of the County Council’s through road scheme.