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Butterwick Hospice founder dies aged 91

Mary Butterwick Credit: Butterwick Hospice Care

Mary Butterwick OBE, who founded Butterwick Hospice Care in 1984, has died aged 91.

Mrs Butterwick, who had been frail for some time, died peacefully in the Hospice earlier on Wednesday September 30th.

As conscious as we are that we have lost our Charity’s Founder, Mary was also a much loved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother and our thoughts are particularly with her family at this time.

Although Mary had not been actively involved in the direction and management of the Hospice for some twenty years, she always maintained a keen interest in its work.

She leaves behind a magnificent legacy arising from her vision, personal sacrifice and tenacity in establishing the Hospice 31 years ago which will continue to benefit the local population for many years to come."

– Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, Butterwick Hospice Care Chief Executive

Memorial books, for members of the public wishing to record their personal condolences, are being placed within the hospices in Stockton and Bishop Auckland.

A host of classic cars to go on show Auckland Castle

Credit: Auckland Castle

Classic cars from yesteryear will on display at Auckland Castle in County Durham today, August 23rd.

Organisers are expecting up to 70 different models from the last century, which will be parked around the medieval castle and its grounds.

These include a sporty 1979 Lotus Esprit S2, similar to the S1 used in the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me", as well as the stylish 1963 Jaguar Mark Two Saloon as beloved by Inspector Morse.


Emergency search for missing swimmer in River Wear

Search and rescue teams at Witton Park in Bishop Auckland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Emergency services are continuing to search for a missing male in the River Wear at Bishop Auckland.

The area at Paradise Park is popular with teenagers.

It is understood that several people have been rescued but one swimmer is still missing.

Officers are supporting the families involved.

Emergency services at the scene at Bishop Auckland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Volunteers turn out for Bishop Auckland's show spectacular

Hundreds of people have turned out to offer themselves as volunteers for a series of open air shows in County Durham next year.

The Eleven Arches project is based in Bishop Auckland, and will tell the story of two thousand years of British history - dating from the Roman times up until the Second World War.

The multi million pound project is based on a model from Europe which regenerated an area in France through the shows. It's part of larger plans to regenerate Bishop Auckland through tourism.


Bishop Auckland FC's proud past remembered

Celebrating another FA Amateur triumph. Credit: Bishop Auckland FC

A new exhibition telling the story of one of the region's most successful amateur football clubs is opening.

The 'Birth of the Blues' exhibition at Auckland Castle, in County Durham, brings together memorabilia and film archive to tell the story of Bishop Auckland FC.

Bishop Auckland FC goes back 133 years. Credit: Bishop Auckland FC

Bishop Auckland Football Club is famous for winning the FA Amateur Cup an astonishing 10 times – three in succession between 1955 and 1957 – and being losing finalists on eight occasions.

The side has over its 133 year existence produced a string of top players, several of who were to go on and earn international honours.

So renowned is Bishop Auckland FC that it holds the distinction of being the only amateur line-up to have featured in the popular table top game Subbuteo.

Part of the exhibition at Auckland Castle. Credit: ITV News

The exhibition runs until the end of September.

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