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Archaeologists find Civil War artefacts at Auckland Castle

An archaeologist explores a trench at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. The team have found fragments of a stained glass window, pottery, and charred bricks which could have come from an explosion during the Civil Qar era.

An archaeologist explores a trench at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Olympian's dentist keeps toothbrushes promise

Olympic bobsledder John Baines and his dentist, Paddy Jones Credit: ITV

Olympic bobsledder John Baines has returned to his old school in Ormsby, Middlesbrough, to meet pupils. He has taken his dentist with him. Why? Because when he was young his dentist promised him, if he made it to the Olympics, he would supply every child at the school with a toothbrush.

Every child was given a toothbrush Credit: ITV

Today dentist Paddy Jones kept his word.

Olympic bobsledder John Baines and his dentist, Paddy Jones Credit: ITV


Archaeologists uncover building remains at Auckland Castle site

A team from Durham University is digging in the grounds of Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland before work to turn the historic site into a tourist destination begins. It has revealed new information about the site's 900 year history.

Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a building near the castle's Scotland Wing, alongside evidence of burning.

The castle's head curator, Dr Chris Ferguson, believes the volume of debris could suggest a 'very dramatic end' to what looks to have been a substantial structure.

"Sir Arthur Hazlerigg, was one of the five MPs who led the rebellion against Charles I in 1642, he was appointed Oliver Cromwell's general in the North East,"

"In 1650 he bought Auckland Castle after the then Bishop of Durham had fled at the height of the civil war.

"We know he set about what was later described as the 'ravenous sacrilege' of the building and that he proceeded to blow up the 350-year-old chapel with gunpowder with the intention of reusing the stone in a new mansion.

"If gunpowder was indeed used then that could account for the astounding amount of wreckage that has been found."

– The castle's head curator, Dr Chris Ferguson

"Whatever happened here is from a time when records were either vague or non-existent, so anything we find will help add to the overall picture of the castle."

– Natalie Swann, project archaeologist at Durham University

'English Civil War' artefacts unearthed at Auckland Castle

Artefacts from what's thought to be the English Civil war have been unearthed at Auckland Castle. Archaeologists from Durham University have been excavating the site which will be open to the public at the end of the month.

Discoveries on site

The Auckland Castle Trust hopes to uncover 900 years of history.

Hundreds of years of history

After 10 days of digging in Bishop Auckland, remains of a building have been laid bare in a trench on an area close to the castle's Scotland Wing.

Working at the excavation site

Auckland Castle's head curator, Dr Chris Ferguson, says the volume of debris is a 'puzzle and could suggest a very dramatic end' to what looks to be a substantial structure.

Bishop Auckland


"When you get in the middle it is your time to shine"

Thousands of children from 72 schools performed at the Sage Gateshead in the annual Gateshead Schools Dance Festival.

The event is organised by Gateshead Council to encourage youngsters to express their creativity and get fit.

These children told us they enjoyed it a lot.

Pictures: Children take to the Stage

72 schools take part in Gateshead dance festival

Children perform at the Sage Credit: ITV

Over 2,200 pupils from schools across Gateshead are taking to the stage for a two day celebration of dance.

Hits ranging from the cheesy to the timeless were performed at Gateshead Schools Dance Festival, staged at Sage Gateshead.

They were watched by families and friends Credit: ITV

In total over 72 schools and community groups took part. Children as young as five and six took part alongside accomplished dancers from secondary schools across the borough.

2,200 pupils took part Credit: ITV

This is the 6th time that the Gateshead Schools Dance Festival has been held at Sage Gateshead and the first time that it has been extended to cover two full days, March18 and 19.

The event is taking place over two days Credit: ITV
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