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The "Jarrow March" of 2014

A group of mothers from Darlington have announced they're going to march from Jarrow to London in protest against how the NHS is run.

So far more than 600 people from across the country have signed up to go on the march. It will start in August and take more than three weeks to complete.

They say they're angry at the direction in which the NHS is heading.

They've taken their inspiration from the Jarrow March in the 1930s, in which hundreds walked in protest against unemployment.

Mothers from Darlington organise the march Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A Department of Health spokesperson said:

"This Government is completely committed to the founding principles of the NHS - that, for all of us, it is free at the point of use, based on a person's clinical need, not their ability to pay, and there are absolutely no plans to change this."


Family of five hurt in North Yorkshire crash

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses to a two-car collision on the A169 Whitby to Pickering road.

It involved a blue Fiat Panda and a blue MG ZR car and occurred close to RAF Fylingdales at about 9.25am on Saturday.

Five occupants in the Fiat Panda, which ended up on its side in a ditch, were taken to Scarborough Hospital for treatment.

Their injuries are described as "non life-threatening".

It is believed they are grandparents and their grandchildren who were visiting from the Birmingham area.

The man driving the MG, from the Stafford area, was uninjured.

Emergency assistance was also provided by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and staff from RAF Fylingdales.

Two arrests after city centre disturbance

Two men have been arrested after a disturbance in Newcastle. At 1.49am on Easter Sunday police received a report of an assault at The Gate complex in the city centre.

A man aged 33 was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH, and a 23-year-old man on suspicion of assault.

They are both in custody helping with enquiries.

The 23-year-old received hospital treatment for cuts to his face.

Any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 140 20/04/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Bishop leads Dawn Vigil at Durham Cathedral

Dawn Vigil fire is lit. Credit: Keith Blundy

The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, led a dawn service of Initiation and Communion at Durham Cathedral today in which he Baptised five people.

The dawn service, often called the Dawn Vigil, was the first service of Easter Day at the cathedral.

Bishop Paul lights the Easter Paschal Candle. Credit: Keith Blundy

In his first Easter Day service since being enthroned as Bishop of Durham, Bishop Paul gave a sermon in which he spoke of fear and what makes us afraid saying:

"We live in a world where there is much fear. So too on the streets of our communities like Jarrow, Hartlepool, Stockton, Sunderland, Easington and the farms of the Dales there are people who live with deep fears."

"Fears of domestic abuse and violence; fears of long term illness; fears of failing to be able to heat the home and feed the children adequately; fears of no job on leaving school or college; fears of loneliness and hopelessness.”

Bishop Paul concluded by saying: “But there is a fear that takes us forward; it is the 'fear of the Lord'. This is not being afraid of God but it is, in Eugene Peterson's words, 'living responsively and appropriately before who God is, who he is as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.'

Congregation at Dawn Candlelight Service of Light. Credit: Keith Blundy
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