If, like me, you have a young child obsessed with trains - and I mean obsessed: he sometimes talks about them in his sleep - any Christmas event involving the word “train” is going to have you frantically searching for a free slot in the crowded festive calendar. The Train to Christmas Town, which runs in Dartmoor, Devon, and Weardale, Durham, was therefore a must. We’d whipped the three-year-old into such a state of excitement beforehand he insisted we arrive at the station in Okehampton, Dartmoor, one-and-a-half hours early - a demand we managed to resist. This was just as well, since a long wait on a cold platform with him and the baby might have taken the edge off the fun of turning up with a crowd of other families, all dressed in Christmas garb or nightwear (encouraged by the organisers) and ready for the ride. The entertainment begins before the “all-aboard” call is made, with music and performances on the platform. But this was of less interest to … [Read more...] about Is this the best Santa train in Britain?
This month in court three men were jailed for a total of more than 11 years after they defrauded dozens of elderly victims across the country. A couple in their 60s and 70s from Nottinghamshire spent more than £40,000 on roofing work - which turned out to be worth between £800 and £1,100. In another case two men were handed a combined total of 15 years in relation to a string of burglaries across the county. Later this month a 66-year-old man was jailed for manslaughter after killing his partner with a rolling pin and a large knife in their Newark home. And 21-year-old Jack Shepherd - originally locked up for GBH - was sent back to custody after his victim died 18 months later. He seriously injured Stephen Coverley, 45, outside a Stapleford bar. When the dearly-loved husband and dad died on June 17, 2017, Shepherd was charged with his manslaughter. Time Line This month in court Attack on prison guard Inmate James Norman, 30, rang his cell alarm at 9am and informed the … [Read more...] about 19 criminals who were locked up in August
A Willy Wonka style golden ticket giveaway could bag your child the chance to go to Christmas town. For the Pride of the Isle charity is organising a trip in December for those lucky chosen ones. Pots of sweets are being sold at three outlets - Co-op store on Market Place in Epworth, Sunspot Hair & Beauty in Haxey and the Co-op shop on South Parade in Thorne. For just £1, you can be in with a chance of winning a golden ticket. Additional tickets can be bought for any family member who wins a golden ticket. The tickets allow you on board the magical train to meet Father Christmas and his elves. You will go on a train ride expertly designed to bring the spirit of Christmas to life for another year by Weardale Railway Company, with characters and interactive entertainment. Arriving at the Stanhope Station, they will collect their tickets from the ticket window. They'll have chance to take advantage of the gift shop and olde-worlde sweet cabin, or relax with a hot drink and a … [Read more...] about Find a golden ticket to get a train to Christmas town
The sheer variety of stalls and events at these North East agricultural shows will astound you. As usual the first was May's annual Northumberland County Show, but there is even more on offer now as communities across Northumberland and County Durham go all out to provide a day to remember. You can take part in fell racing, hear Northumberland pipers and fiddlers, see see cookery demonstrations and sample homemade produce and craft ales in the beer tent. Little ones will love to see all the animals - pigs, cows, sheep, ponies, alpaca, donkeys, Clydesdale horses, poultry and much more. There are also dog agility shows, strongman competitions, fairground rides, diggers, games, wrestling displays and music, among other things. See full details below. Weardale Agricultural Show, County Durham What: Weardale County Show When: Saturday 25th August 2018, 9am Where: St John’s Chapel, County Durham, DL13 1QF Attractions: Crafts, cattle, sheep, produce, craft and horticulture competitions, … [Read more...] about Six country & county shows in Northumberland & Durham for great family days out
Brave Daisy Sayers - who is fighting leukaemia - is all set to see her Disney dream come true. The two-year-old from Peterlee touched the hearts of charity walkers from The Steadfast Group who have successfully raised enough money to send her to America.And now the ‘brave little soldier’ can look forward to the trip of a lifetime thanks to the success of the #Disney4Daisy project.More than £1,000 has been raised in just two months for Daisy who is currently undergoing treatment.And Steadfast workers, who walked dozens of miles along the famous Weardale Way as the centrepiece of their efforts, are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds more ahead of a final fundraising presentation night at Horden Big Club later this month.Ian Harbord, director of operations at the Peterlee-based Steadfast Group, which supplies security, storage and haulage services, said: “We’re proud of everybody who tackled The Weardale Way and pleased everyone completed it in one piece. … [Read more...] about Daisy’s Disney dream is set to come true thanks to charity walkers