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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.

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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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Labour Party calls UKIP 'more Tory than the Tories' after Mayor of Bishop Auckland defects

Councillor Colin Race Credit: Durham County Council

The Labour Party has responded to the Mayor of Bishop Auckland's decision to defected to the UK Independence Party.

They have said the people from the County Durham town will "rightly be questioning the decision" of Councillor Race:

On the day Nigel Farage confirmed his plans to privatise the NHS, people in Bishop Auckland will rightly be questioning the decision of one of their town councillors.

UKIP’s policies include another tax break for millionaires, higher taxes on working families, scrapping rights as at work and higher bankers’ bonuses.

They can’t be described as a party who will stand up for working people. In reality, they are more Tory than the Tories."

– Labour Spokesperson

Mayor of Bishop Auckland defects from Labour to UKIP

Councillor Colin Race Credit: Durham County Council

The Mayor of Bishop Auckland has defected from Labour to UKIP.

Councillor Colin Race, pictured above as on Durham County Council's website, confirmed his move to ITV Tyne Tees earlier this evening.

The announcement was made in a town council meeting today and UKIP tweeted the news shortly after:

Speaking of his move, Councillor Colin Race says the Labour party that he once knew "no longer exists".

Year-on-year it has become increasingly clear that Labour are neglecting voters and taking us all for granted.

The Labour Party that I once knew – the party that stuck up for the working families, is no more.

We have a cosy consensus of politicians in Westminster who spend more time patting each other on the back, than representing the people who pay their wages at the end of the month.

Here in the North East we have the highest rates of unemployment in the country, how are my kids meant to get a job when our political class support open door mass immigration from twenty-seven other EU member states?

– Cllr Race

Family pay tribute to Newton Aycliffe man after fatal crash

Shane Smith

The family of a man who died when his car left the road and crashed in Bishop Auckland have paid tribute to him.

Shane Smith, 25, died when his blue Audi car crashed through a fence on Close House, Bishop Auckland, on January 10.

He suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.

Yesterday, his family paid tribute to Shane, from Newton Aycliffe.

"We are all devastated by the loss of our Shane. He was a gentle giant with a heart of gold.

"As a family our lives will never be the same as we will always have this awful emptiness. He should be here, cracking jokes as he always did. If there are any witnesses to this accident please contact the police. We need to know why it occurred and why our beautiful, happy, smiling Shane has been taken too young. RIP Shane, we love you to pieces and words cannot describe how much we will miss you."

– Family statement
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