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WW2 veteran has bricks, not presents, for his birthday

A WW2 veteran who has donated bricks to Durham Cathedral to celebrate his 95th birthday says his donation is for a cathedral which "has always been close to my heart".

Jim Mulhall, who was in the Durham Light Infantry, has organised the donation instead of getting birthday gifts for himself.

He and some friends will add 100 lego bricks to the Durham Cathedral's LEGO build.


WW2 veteran donates 100 bricks to Durham Cathedral

Jim Mulhall is celebrating his 95th birthday by donating 100 bricks to Durham Cathedral's lego build

A WW2 veteran who was taken captive in Monte Cassino and escaped in a stolen Red Cross Ambulance has donated to Durham Cathedral's LEGO build for his 95th birthday.

Jim Mulhall, who was in the Durham Light Infantry, and some friends will add 100 lego bricks to the growing structure.

Durham Cathedral's lego structure

Every brick raises a pound towards the Cathedral's £10m Open Treasure appeal and 94,000 have been bought so far. Jim Mulhall organised the donation instead of getting birthday gifts for himself.


Stockton-on-Tees ranks 6th 'best place to live'

In a report, Stockton-on-Tees has been named the 6th best place to live in England and Wales. According to The Telegraph, Stockton-on-Tees is overall better than Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.

The list is based on average weekly incomes, crime rates, health, home ownership, and economic activity.

Nowhere in London made the top 10, due to low levels of home ownership and high crime. However, in the North East Northumberland came 4th and Stockton-on-Tees ranked 6th.


  • 4th - Overall rank
  • 109th - Income rank
  • 478th - Economic activity rank
  • 2nd - Home ownership rank
  • 38th - Crime rank
  • 303rd - Health rank


  • 6th - Overall rank
  • 168th - Income rank
  • 20th - Economic activity rank
  • 295th Home ownership rank
  • 698th - Crime rank
  • 29th - Health rank

'Good things should be rewarded' says man who donated new bike to leukaemia patient

Anthony McAllister, owner of TJ Taxis in Byker, has spoken of his reasons as to why he decided to donate a new bike to leukaemia patient Declan Munro:

My nephew went through leukaemia so I know what the family is going through. My daughter went to school with Gemma (Declan's mother) so I told her to go round and tell them we'd buy him a new bike.

After we gave him the bike, Declan came round to my house to shake my hand. He's been raising money for charity himself so I knew he was doing good things and I think that should be rewarded.

– Anthony McAllister

Kind stranger donates new bike to leukaemia patient

Declan and his new bike Credit: Gemma Munro

On Friday 15th August, ITV Tyne Tees reported a bike belonging to a leukaemia patient had been stolen in Newcastle (Read more: click here).

Declan Munro's bike was stolen on Wednesday 6th August between 8.30pm and 9.30pm when he went into a shop at Allendale Road in Byker.

The 14-year-old, who has spent the last two years fighting leukaemia and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, was said to be devastated. The bike was donated by charity and worth hundreds of pounds.

As Declan's family shared the police appeal via social media, the story came to the attention of Anthony McAllister who owns a taxi service in Byker and lives nearby.

He decided to dig deep to help the schoolboy and bought him a new Cube bike at the cost of £550.

Declan's new bike, kindly donated by Anthony McAllister, a local taxi service owner Credit: Gemma Munro

Despite his old bike still not being found, Declan is said to be ecstatic with his new bike.

Declan's bike used to get him around so he could go out and play with his friends. It helped him feel normal so when it was stolen he was stuck in the house again.

Now he's got this new bike, he was straight back out with his friends again. It's so brilliant. I can't thank Anthony enough, it is so nice that somebody has done this for him.

– Gemma Munro, Declan's mother

Who would you nominate for a star on 'Walk of Fame'?

Organisers of a "Walk of Fame" on the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside are asking local people to nominate who should be recognised next.

The first 21 bronze stars were installed on both sides of the River Tyne in 2013, honouring stars with a strong link to Tyneside, from the former Newcastle United and England manager Sir Bobby Robson and footballer Alan Shearer to the presenters Ant and Dec and the singer Sting.

In 2014, up to another six names will be added, based on public nominations. The people chosen will be individuals either from or with strong links to the area who have made a 'significant contribution' to NewcastleGateshead over the past 60 years.

  • Nomination cards available at libraries and customer contact centres across Newcastle and Gateshead
  • Online:
  • Twitter & Instagram: #NGlocalheroes
  • By post: Gateshead Council, Council News FREEPOST NEA3381, Gateshead, NE8 1BR.
  • Closing date: 30th September 2014.
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