Good Friday can herald brand new beginning for Cathedral and us all

Durham Times: HOPE RENEWED: The Dean of Durham

4:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

GOOD Friday means a death. Easter means a resurrection. The death and resurrection of Jesus are the very heart of Christianity. But Easter isn’t an ending; rather it is a beginning where fresh life and hope are born.

The City Hotel, 84 New Elvet, Durham

Durham Times: CITY STYLE: The pub has undergone a refurbishment but retains its traditional atmosphere and appearance

4:47pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE Elvet Bridge area is one of my favourite parts of Durham City. I love the historic buildings, river views and mixture of quirky shops, restaurants and pubs.

Sound of Simon and Garfunkel is brought to life

4:44pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DEAN Elliott never intended to become Paul Simon. The performer who played Buddy Holly for two years in London and on tour in Buddy – The Musical came up with the idea of developing a show about Simon and Garfunkel.

Bella Mamma Restaurant, Durham

Durham Times: ITALIAN DELIGHT: Bella Mamma

4:51pm Friday 11th April 2014

IN A fast-moving, ever-changing world, it’s reassuring to know some things always remain the same.

Art display of days from an earlier era

Durham Times: ARTIST: Olly Burton shows off his exhibition at Durham Town Hall

4:49pm Friday 11th April 2014

ART depicting Durham as it was in days gone by is on display in its town hall.

Morecambe show to bring sunshine

Durham Times: LAUGHTER: Olivier award-winning play, Morcambe

4:47pm Friday 11th April 2014

GALA Theatre bosses are hoping to bring you sunshine this summer.

Anew ally, a big gun, a visit from a future hero and a bombed church

Durham Times: TRAGIC: Gunner George James

3:32pm Friday 4th April 2014

In our excerpts so far, we've told how George was born in 1895, left school at 13, followed his father down the pit and when war broke out, joined the Royal Field Artillery.

Restaurant DH1, Farnley Tower, The Avenue, Durham City

Durham Times: QUALITY: Restaurant DH1

3:24pm Friday 4th April 2014

I HAVE always been a quantity over quality kind of guy, and I think my assistant editor knew this when suggesting I visit the newly-opened DH1.

Oriental museum hosting work by Palestinian artists

Durham Times: DISPLAY: A painting by Hazem Hareb

3:15pm Friday 4th April 2014

PAINTINGS by two Palestinian artists will go on show in Durham today.

A ‘homecoming’ gig for folk singer

Durham Times: Bright Season in action

3:13pm Friday 4th April 2014

A FOLK singer and guitarist is looking forward to a ‘homecoming’ gig in Durham.

Director needed for community choir

3:12pm Friday 4th April 2014

A COMMUNITY choir is on the look-out for a new musical director.

Frozen in time: attic provides a rare insight into life a century ago

Durham Times: UNIQUE: Sheila Ellis has uncovered a remarkable treasure trove of memorabilia from World War One

11:54am Friday 28th March 2014

A WATER bottle with a jagged bullet hole through it captures a moment in time when its owner was wounded in trenches during the First World War.

Cookson Spice, Cookson House, Cookson Terrace, Chester-le-Street

Durham Times: NAVIGATION: Cookson Spice, a modern and spacious restaurant, is a little off the beaten track, so make sure you know where you are going

11:49am Friday 28th March 2014

EVERY few months, I get a craving for Indian food that cannot be ignored. In fact, the thought of poppadoms and pickles, flavoursome curry and king prawn on puri becomes so distracting, I simply have to submit in order to get on with my life. Cookson Spice in Chester-le-Street provided my latest fix.

Foul and fare days: grandson of lord tells of bus driving life

Durham Times: AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Thomas Beaumont with a copy of his new book

11:46am Friday 28th March 2014

THE grandson of a lord who became a bus driver after being educated at Eton has written a book about his exploits behind the wheel.

Hair today...

Durham Times: WORKS: Gina-Maria Marchella’s Foam

11:45am Friday 28th March 2014

AN ART exhibition featuring human hair opens in Durham today.

Andy’s hoping for peak performance at show

11:43am Friday 28th March 2014

MOUNTAIN climbing comedian Andy Kirkpatrick will speak in Durham this week.

Amber stays true to fashion style and turns herself into queen of vintage

Durham Times: FASHION: Amber Bryan- Smith

11:01am Friday 21st March 2014

PICTURE the scene: a glamorous young woman with alabaster skin and an hourglass figure tiptoes daintily towards the pool.

The Black Bull Inn, Frosterley

Durham Times: QUALITY: The Black Bull Inn can be found in Frosterley, located at the gateway to Weardale

10:56am Friday 21st March 2014

IT might sound like a paradoxical thing to say, but not every pub located in the country can be described as a ‘country pub’. Plenty want to be, only to fall into the trap of pandering to the stereotype of what a traditional rural pub should be.

What are the Great Train Robbers’ links with Durham?

Durham Times: WORDS: Author Mike Gray

10:41am Friday 21st March 2014

IT was arguably the crime of the century. After tampering with railway line signals, a 15-strong gang of robbers held up a Royal Mail train and stole £2.6m – the equivalent of £46m in today’s money.

Why departing High Sheriff is proud to be a Dunelmian

Durham Times: LIKES: Twins Hollie and Katie Moffatt with the Durham flag

3:11pm Friday 14th March 2014

PETER Bell is coming to the end of his year as the 231st High Sheriff of the County Palatine of Durham.

The Bridge Hotel, 40 North Road, Durham City

Durham Times: VISIT: The Bridge Hotel keeps it simple, but has plenty of variety and the chance to share dishes. But its best point is the superb value for a good meal

2:48pm Friday 14th March 2014

A FEW years ago, over a meal of tapas, a friend and I wondered why we Brits do not have a range of dishes that we share.

Turkish delight with accomplished pianist

2:45pm Friday 14th March 2014

Orchestra North East Gala Theatre THE dramatic opening bars of Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto were keenly anticipated and when they were delivered exceeded every expectation.

Class singers share Passion for JS Bach

2:45pm Friday 14th March 2014

TWO top-class singers joined the Durham University Chamber Choir as soloists for a performance that captured all the drama and excitement of Bach’s emotional music.

Quentin’s second novel

Durham Times: BOOK: Author Quentin Smith

2:42pm Friday 14th March 2014

A DURHAM-BASED medic has published his second novel, a thriller based in modern day London but with mysterious links to the dying days of the Nazi regime.

We need to play the long game when it comes to flooding problem

Durham Times: POWER OF NATURE: Firefighters trying to stem the flow of water in Kennington, South London, last week

9:48am Friday 7th March 2014

WE all feel deeply for those people who have had their homes, businesses and lives ruined by the recent floods.

The Court Inn, Court Lane, Durham

Durham Times: Food with added fun factor

9:41am Friday 7th March 2014

TO be perfectly honest, it was the Valentine menu which titillated our tastebuds and attracted us up to Durham.

Brought to book: play remains faithful to Faulks

Durham Times: PLAY: The cast of Birdsong

9:16am Friday 7th March 2014

WRITER Rachel Wagstaff has a message for anyone who has read and admired the Sebastian Faulks novel Birdsong and think they’ll be disappointed by a stage adaptation.

‘Something big’ brewing on the Ypres frontline for our soldiers

Durham Times: TESTAMENT: Gunner George James (1895-1916)

3:28pm Friday 28th February 2014

The diary of Gunner George James lays bare the horrors soldiers experienced during the First World War. In the second installment from his diary, lent to us by John Tyson of Eaglescliffe, the Littletown-born Royal Field Artillery gunner has been withdrawn about 20 miles from the frontline at Ypres

Bistro 21, Aykley Heads House, Aykley Heads, Durham

Durham Times: ENJOYABLE: Mark Tallentire and his wife had a good time at Bistro 21 and rate it a perfect venue for a special night out

3:13pm Friday 28th February 2014

IT says much of what the uninitiated would need to know about Bistro 21 that when we told friends of our plans for a cold, wet Wednesday in mid-February, a quiet, unspoken envy would cloud their eyes.

A chance to look Behind The Scenes at Gala Theatre

Durham Times: NEW: Comedian Chris Ramsay (right) opens the Behind The Scenes exhibition with Robin Byers and photographer Donna-Lisa Healy

3:02pm Friday 28th February 2014

COMEDIAN Chris Ramsey launched a new photography exhibition which includes a picture of himself during a visit to Durham.

Concert programme that will appeal to everyone

Durham Times: TURKISH DELIGHT: Pianist Gulsin Onay

3:01pm Friday 28th February 2014

THE DRAMATIC chords that open Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto are one of the most recognisable moments in classical music.

School that has contributed to the greater good

Durham Times: HISTORIC: Cricket at Durham School in 1855

2:19pm Friday 21st February 2014

DURHAM School has been educating the sons of the great and the good of the North-East for 600 years and many have gone on to achieve great things themselves.

Knitsley Farm Shop and Granary Cafe, East Knitsley Farm Shop, Consett

Durham Times: IMPRESSIVE: Award-winning Knitsley Farm Shop and Granary Cafe turns perceptions about the rustic nature of farmshops on its head

12:46pm Friday 21st February 2014

A FARM shop is a farm shop, isn’t it? A draughty barn filled with some good things but also some produce that you wouldn’t touch with a barge pole. And usually only reached by navigating a slippy farmyard reeking of over-cooked slurry.

Yesterday so far away for Mitch

Durham Times: 10 memorable gigs at King George’s Hall, Blackburn

12:43pm Friday 21st February 2014

I HAVE to break the bad news to Mitch Benn that even at 64, rather than his current life total of 44, he would still be too young to be a Beatle.

Citizens arrest: why helpers are in great demand at advice service

Durham Times: HELP: Citizens Advice Bureau appeal for volunteers such as Julia Cummings (left) and Kim Davies (right) with manager Nicola Connolly

1:50pm Friday 14th February 2014

LISTEN to the Chancellor George Osborne proudly talk about how the country can ‘‘afford’’ a rise in the minimum wage and you might think we’re all back on the road to financial security.

Il Duomo, 95 Elvet Bridge, Durham

Durham Times: SITE: Il Duomo is located behind quite an unassuming doorway

12:13pm Friday 14th February 2014

ACCORDING to my iPhone, the font of all knowledge in my life, Duomo is the Italian word for cathedral.

Hoping to strike a Chord with Cathedral concert

Durham Times: CATHEDRAL: Festival founder Jonathan Bloxham

12:06pm Friday 14th February 2014

ASIXTH annual chamber music festival will have a First World War theme to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict.

Tour of duty: man on a mission to ensure relationship remains ‘special’

Durham Times: ROLE: US Ambassador Matthew Barzun

12:06pm Friday 7th February 2014

AS diplomatic postings go, it must have seemed like a plum job. So when Matthew Barzun woke up just a few days after taking over as US Ambassador to the UK to The Sun’s front page screaming ‘Death Notice: The Special Relationship’, it’s perhaps no surprise he got a few teasing e-mails from friends back home.

The Happy Wanderer, 3 Beech Road, Framwellgate Moor, Durham

Durham Times: WANDERER RETURNS: After a £175,000 makeover, the Happy Wanderer has re-opened, offering pub grub at down-to-earth prices

11:58am Friday 7th February 2014

A COLLEAGUE reached a remarkable milestone last week, as he revealed to the Durham Times newsroom he was celebrating his 25th anniversary in newspapers.

Curtain is set to rise on four days of stage entertainment

Durham Times: ACT: The Babysitters, winner of last year’s best play award, returns - Picture by Yang Yu

11:54am Friday 7th February 2014

DURHAM Drama Festival returns for 2014 next week.

John’s journey in time to look at incredible history of Durham School

Durham Times: SITE: A group of pupils circa 1860 at Durham School

12:29pm Friday 31st January 2014

DURHAM School’s old buildings on the city’s Quarryheads Lane have the appearance of an eternal landmark.

Casa d'Italia, 15 Cheapside, Spennymoor

Durham Times: IMPRESSIVE: Casa d’Italia on Cheapside is over two levels with a stylish decor

12:25pm Friday 31st January 2014

ITALIAN cuisine has always been a firm favourite in my family. I have fond childhood memories of my mother emerging from the kitchen with a steaming dish of lasagne, packed full of meat and topped with melted cheese.

Awinter’s tale for Clare’s musical mix

Durham Times: SEASONAL: Clare Lawrence-Wells

12:21pm Friday 31st January 2014

A TALENTED young conductor from Durham has been invited to lead one of the city’s longest established choirs for their next concert.

For bats, he’s the first Noel: man on mission to change mammal’s image

Durham Times: NIGHTLIFE: Lucrezia the bat who was saved by the trust run by Noel Jackson

2:03pm Friday 24th January 2014

AS you flick through the TV channels, you may come across a scene in some old movie, probably in black and white and a bit crackly, showing a buxom blonde screaming incessantly as swarms of long-fanged bats dart around her, biting at her face and scratching their cruel talons through her perfect peroxide weave.

The Stables Restaurant, Best Westem Beamish Hall, Beamish

Durham Times: STABLE CONDITION: Sunday lunch at the Beamish Hall Hotel is served at the The Stables, which has been refurbished with wooden fittings

1:58pm Friday 24th January 2014

I DO love a top notch Sunday lunch in posh surroundings – the posher the better really. An expensive hotel, a small stately home, a yacht on the Med, that’s the sort of thing I’m talking about.

Spring programme at Gala has something for everyone

Durham Times: SHOW: Birdsong is at The Gala in March

1:52pm Friday 24th January 2014

AN ACCLAIMED war play and appearances by a string of top comedians are among the highlights of the Gala Theatre’s spring programme.

Asign of the chimes

1:49pm Friday 24th January 2014

DURHAM Cathedral is running music classes for children.

Music to mark date

Durham Times: WAR: Men of 6DLI in a trench at Potijze, Belgium, on May 24, 1915. Image reproduced by permission of the trustees of the former DLI and Durham County Record Office

1:49pm Friday 24th January 2014

A CATHEDRAL choir will mark the centenary of the start of the First World War with a concert of solemn music.

Christmas at Ypres in 1915 and soldiers are thinking of old times

3:37pm Friday 17th January 2014

IT was written by Gunner George James, who hailed from Littletown, near Pittington.

The Fighting Cocks, 4 South Street, Durham

Durham Times: SOLE MAN: The Fighting Cocks is on a sharp incline, so a table by the window affords you the chance to look at the footwear of passers-by

3:22pm Friday 17th January 2014

WELL, it’s a New Year and that means a chance to become a new you.

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