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Darlington prepares to host New Zealand All Blacks

With one year to go, Darlington Arena is already preparing to host the New Zealand 'All Blacks'.

The current World Champions will be based at the stadium for five days during the tournament.

Danny Brown, Arena & Event Manager at Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C, has spoken of the tough competition they faced to secure the opportunity.

Pictures from the 1900s unveiled in Darlington

Girls' High School c. 1910 Credit: Darlington Council

Two new displays about schooldays in the 1900s have been unveiled at the Centre for Local Studies at Crown Street Library in Darlington.

One of the displays is about Darlington High School for Girls, featuring old school photos, magazines and a memories folder for people to add to.

There is also a display about Katherine Routledge (née Pease). Katherine grew up at Woodside in Darlington and was the archaeologist who began the first excavations of Easter Island in 1914.

Both displays will run until Saturday, 27th September.

Katherine Pease Routledge Credit: Darlington Council

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Jed's colouring and lack of tail 'put people off'

A dog in County Durham has been searching for a loving home for seven years. In that time Jed the lurcher has been overlooked by 14,000 potential owners who've visited the Dogs Trust in Darlington where he lives.

Rebecca McKeown at Dogs Trust, says there are a number of reasons she thinks people are put off by Jed:

Is this Britain's most unwanted dog?

Meet Jed, the lurcher in the care of Dogs Trust Darlington who has been overlooked 14,000 times.

He was taken in as a four-month-old puppy and has been adopted on a couple of occasions but each time the owner has had to return him because he's too energetic.

It is thought Jed is England's least wanted dog - and has been in care longer than any other canine.

The Dogs Trust, in Darlington, County Durham, is putting out a fresh appeal to find a permanent home for the loving lurcher.

Fire services put plans to the public

Plans for the future of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service have been put forward for consultation, following further cuts to government grant funding.

Reductions in central government funding over the past four years have meant that the service has had to find over £3.5m of savings from its budget since 2010. And now, the service is facing around £7m worth of funding cuts over a seven year period.

As part of the fire service's latest three year strategic plan, five proposals have been put forward and comments are being sought from people living and working in the area.

Proposals include looking at ways of collaborating with other emergency services and sharing buildings, as well as different ways of crewing the aerial ladder from Darlington fire station and the first responding fire engine from Spennymoor fire station.

Katy Mclean says hosting NZ will help 'create a legacy'

South Shields rugby star Katy Mclean has already received an MBE for services to rugby and captained the England team that won the Rugby World Cup in Paris.

Now, she has spoken of her delight in the news that Darlington will host the New Zealand team for the Rugby World Cup next year, which she thinks will be "massive" for the area:

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Darlington to host All Blacks in Rugby World Cup

It's been confirmed that Darlington will be an official team base for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, hosting the All Blacks.

Tyneside's training facilities will be used by the stars of next year’s Rugby World Cup. Four venues in Newcastle and Gateshead, and the fifth in Darlington, have been chosen to host the athletes when the world’s third largest sporting event comes to St James’ Park in 2015.

Councillor Ged Bell, Simon Culley, Councillor Peter Mole, and Judith Doyle
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