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£1m to be spent on two parks in Berwick upon Tweed

The Duchess of Northumberland has officially launched almost £1 million worth of lottery funded improvements at Castle Vale and Coronation Parks in Berwick upon Tweed.

The Duchess cut ribbons in each of the parks.

The Berwick Parks Project was set up to revitalise the two parks which sit on either side of Berwick’s train station.

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Kate Morison, parks development officer; Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland; Cllr Isabel Hunter, mayor of Berwick-upon-Tweed; Cllr Kathy Graham, civic head of Northumberland County Council and Berwick Parks volunteer Jennifer Mosley. Credit: Northumberland County Council

“Our recent report, State of UK Public Parks 2014, confirmed just how valued public parks are by people and communities and how essential they are to our physical and emotional well-being. That’s why HLF and Big Lottery Fund have invested more than £700million in parks since 1996. The report also highlighted that parks face an uncertain future so it’s exciting to see communities working together to restore parks such as Castle Vale and Coronation parks in Berwick-upon-Tweed so generations to come can continue to enjoy and benefit from them.”

– Ivor Crowther, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North East

Lights Out across the North East to remember WW1

People across the UK are being invited to turn out their lights at exactly the same time, 100 years after Britain entered the First World War.

This will happen between 10pm and 11pm on Monday August 4th.

We are being urged to do this either at our homes, or to join others for a public display of commemoration.

Here are the locations of public Lights Out events across the region:

  • Royal British Legion, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland
  • North Tyneside Council headquarters
  • Northumbria House, North Shields
  • Sage Gateshead
  • Royal British Legion, Houghton-le-Spring
  • Durham Cathedral
  • Durham School
  • Clarence Court sheltered housing, Spennymoor
  • Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough
  • Yarm War Memorial
  • Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
  • North Yorkshire County Council headquarters, Northallerton
  • Composer at Woods, Berwick-upon-Tweed

More details can be found at the official Lights Out website


Man arrested after tractor theft

Police are appealing for information after a tractor was stolen in Northumberland.

The theft happened at just after 12.15am, on the Tweedside Trading Estate, in Tweedmouth, Berwick, on Sunday, July 20.

The offender entered the yard before driving away across fields with the green John Deere tractor.

A 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and bailed pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward as the investigation into the theft continues.


Joint military exercise underway in North Yorkshire

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Merlin and Puma military helicopters Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Military aircrew from as far afield as Australia and the Czech Republic are in North Yorkshire as part of an exercise to prepare British crews for war.

Royal Air Force helicopters and fast jets are involved in the training at RAF Leeming, where pilots are gaining advanced skills in air warfare.

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Czech airforce L-159 subsonic fighter jet Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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An AW101 (EH101) Merlin military helicopter Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The base was chosen because it is close to the North Sea and training areas like Otterburn.

Guy Learmonth prepares for 800 metre final

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Guy Learmonth celebrates after running the race of his life to gain automatic qualification Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Northumberland runner Guy Learmonth is prepearing for the biggest run of his career at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow tonight (Thursday).

The 22-year-old from Berwick is competing in the men's 800 metre final at Hampden Park at 7.50 pm.

Learmonth, who is in team Scotland, is running against David Rudisha from Kenya who is tipped to take gold.

Last night Guy said the home crowd helped him through to come third in his heat, handing him automatic qualification.

Many think the young athlete, who trains in Loughborough, could run away with a Commonwealth medal.

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