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County Durham gymnast delighted with World Championship bronze

A County Durham gymnast has expressed her delight after winning Great Britain's first ever women's team medal at the World Gymnastics Championships.

Amy Tinkler, from Bishop Auckland, was one of seven girls to clinch bronze for Team GB at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow last night.

The achievement was extra special for Amy as it came on her 16th birthday.

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.

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