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THE FUN AND GROWING POPULARITY OF COSPLAY

From "A galaxy far,far away" to one a bit nearer-Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy collide.

By   4 days ago in Consett News

With the 2015 Newcastle Film and Comic Con having completed it’s second successful show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, perhaps a brief look at what was certainly a very popular aspect of the event is worth looking at. Other than the celebrity appearances, the world of Cosplay was on display in greater numbers […]

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Smoke Free Play Areas

smoke-free play areas

By   3 weeks ago in Consett News

Visitors to a County Durham park are asked not to smoke when in or near the children’s play area from early March 2015. The outdoor play area at Riverside Park, in Chester-le-Street, is the first of 178 owned by Durham County Council to become a smoke-free zone. The authority is introducing the voluntary no-smoking code […]

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Big Spring Clean – Durham 2015

Big Spring Clean

By   3 weeks ago in Consett News

Residents, community groups and schools are being encouraged to get involved in the Big Spring Clean campaign as it returns to County Durham for the 5th time. After its roaring success last year which saw 1,700 volunteers spend 3,000 hours collecting 1,200 bags of rubbish, the initiative is back to urge more volunteers to sign up to clear areas of strewn rubbish. “Litter picking and rubbish […]

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Shutters Give Consett a Blast from the Past

CIC Shutters

By   3 weeks ago in Consett News

The “Targeted Business Improvement Fund” is a project provided by Durham County Council. The objective of this funding is to help Landlords to improve property in the Town Centre. Consett Front Street has many hot Food Takeaways and it was suggested that supplying graphics on the shutters would make the street more attractive to shoppers and […]

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ALIENS AND COSPLAYERS BRING NEWCASTLE TO A HALT

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By   3 weeks ago in Consett News

For the second year in succession the Metro Radio Arena played host to the Film & Comic Con Newcastle and attracted aliens, film heroes, science fiction charcters and the increasingly popular cosplayer industry. The event, which was larger than last years, also rolled out an impressive VIP guest list that included the Green Cross Code […]

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St George’s Day Ride and Rock

By   3 weeks ago in Consett News

The Consett and District Branch are planning a Ride and Rock fundraiser on Saturday 25th April. Meeting point: Derwentside College, Front Street, Consett, County Durham DH8 5EE, 1230pm Followed by a Rock night at Steph’s Bar 6–10 Newmarket Street, Consett, Durham, DH8 5LQ, doors open at 7pm For more information follow our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/840978379278061/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Consett-and-District-Branch-Royal-British-Legion/442956749143480?ref=hl  

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Getting Tickled Pink for 2015

Thumbs  Up from a Frozen Princess and a Minion

By   4 weeks ago in Consett News

As the spring moved in, along with the warmer weather, the 2015 charity fundraising season began with the first of the independent fundraising events taking place on behalf of the Tickled Pink Campaign. The Tickled Pink fundraising event that took place at the East Stanley and Beamish Cricket Club was the culmination of the opening […]

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Race Night and Charity Auction – Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion

By   4 weeks ago in Consett News

The Consett and District Branch Royal British Legion will be holding a Race Night and Charity Auction on, Saturday 28th March at Consett AFC on Delves Lane, 7:30pm The is FREE entry and will be an outstanding event. Please support your local Royal British Legion Branch.

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Consett’s Own Zoe Birkett Starring in The Bodyguard Musical at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal

Zoe Birkett - The Bodyguard

By   3 weeks ago in Entertainment

If you’d been following Consett-born Zoe Birkett’s career you’d know how much of a devoted Whitney Houston fan she is. Her singing career, which started on the ITVs talent show Pop Idol back in 2001 featured a young 16 year old Zoe singing Houston’s classics including I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment in Time, […]

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Something For the Kids! – Milkshake Live!

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By   3 weeks ago in Entertainment

This great new and exciting show features lots of Milkshake! friends including two fun presenters and follows on from the huge success of the previous tour Come Out to Play from 2012 and 2013. Milkshake Live! has a stellar line up including Little Princess, Bananas in Pyjamas, Noddy and Tessie Bear, Pip from Pip Ahoy! […]

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Danny Does Math – Neil Sullivan

CONS MAG DANNY

By   3 weeks ago in Entertainment

Danny was getting away with it till Mum entered the room. “You, tear yourself away from that blinking game and do something useful” barks Danny’s Mum. “Like what?” Says Danny. Mum heads for the kitchen table where little Kate is sitting amongst her schoolbooks. In sarcastic tones, Mum introduces Danny to his little sister as […]

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Music of The Pretenders – Comes to Consett

Music of The Pretenders - Comes to Consett

By   2 months ago in Entertainment

As the UKs only Tribute to the music of The Pretenders, and with Chrissie Hynde back in vogue, interest in Talk of the Town is growing. The Pretenders tribute band are coming to Consett on February 20th 2015 at The Club That Rocks from 8pm. The Pretenders got together in the late 1970s and released […]

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Introducing: Ollie and Nina – This Week, Nina Has a Boyfriend

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By   3 months ago in Entertainment

  ‘Nina’s got a boyfriend… Nina’s got a boyfriend!’ This is how we like to tease Nina when her boyfriend comes a courtin’. He’s a Working Cocker Spaniel who goes by the name of Bentley. He is the brownest dog you could ever wish to see. Brown coat, brown eyes, brown nose, it’s like he […]

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DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery Free on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

DLI Museum

By   4 months ago in Entertainment

Forth those looking for a family outing on Boxing Day or New Year’s Day why not head down to the DLI Museum or Durham Art Gallery. The DLI Museum is one of the North East’s finest military history museums. It details the story of the most famous County Regiments in the British Army. More importantly, it tells […]

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Gala Theatre Offers Family Panto Deal – “Oh Yes They Have!”

Aladdin Gala Theatre

By   4 months ago in Entertainment

Gala Theatre is offering families a great deal this panto season. Oh yes they have! The Durham City venue has a special last minute offer on tickets for the matinee performance of Aladdin on Tuesday, 16 December. A family ticket for four people, including at least one child under 16-years-old, is available at the reduced […]

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Tiger Bills Consett are 1 year old this year!

Tiger Bills Thai Food 1st Birthday

By   5 months ago in Entertainment

Tiger Bills Consett are 1 year old this year! Last night marked the one year anniversary of the birth of Tiger Bills restaurant in our hometown of Consett. The celebrations were held at the venue itself with a good mix of entertainment, great food and sparkling champagne.               The […]

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Easter Feast

Easter Feast

By   3 weeks ago in Lifestyle

Easter Feast Written By: Lorraine Weightman  Easter Eggs lined the shelves in Woolworth’s and for the whole of Lent every Saturday afternoon we picked out the one we would choose if we were buying and hoped by telepathy we could relay this to our parents. Cadburys Flake always came out on top with its bright […]

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Sarah Thew Photography – Q & A March 2015

Sarah Thew Photography

By   1 month ago in Consett News Lifestyle

When did you start Sarah Thew Photography? I grew up in Prudhoe, Northumberland and at the age of six I was given my first camera from my Uncle. From that moment my passion for photography grew. After graduation my life was again transformed when I met and married Peter. We now have two gorgeous daughters, […]

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CHEESE PLEASE with Ollie and Nina

Ollie and Nina - Cheese Please

By   2 months ago in Lifestyle

CHEESE PLEASE Picture the scene: me watching TV, Ollie watching me and Nina watching a few slithers of left over ham on a plate, on the coffee table in our lounge. Both dogs are obedient enough to know better than to think about stealing the left over ham. And both dogs are clever enough to […]

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Single? Online Dating Guide for Lonely Hearts in Consett

Online Dating - Consett Dating

By   2 months ago in Lifestyle

More than ever, people are turning to the internet to find love <3 Online dating is nothing new, websites to help people find love have been around since the invent of the modern internet. Online dating or Internet dating is a simple personal introductory system where individuals can find other singles quickly and easily using the […]

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Police Called Amid Fear of Violence on Black Friday

lack Friday Scenes in the US

By   5 months ago in Lifestyle

What is Black Friday? Black Friday is a tradition which is quite new for most people here in the UK. What is Black Friday? Whilst a huge event across the US as a post Thanksgiving mega sale has been a yearly event for a long time with the first use of the term going as […]

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EVEN RETAILERS HAVE A SOFT SIDE FOR SUPPORTING NATIONAL CHARITIES

By   6 months ago in Lifestyle

Charities, whether large or small, local or national, have very limited places in which to exhibit their work publically. However, supermarkets are now becoming more involved in supporting such charities and the Stanley branch of ASDA is fast becoming a leading supporter and location where charities can get pubic exposure. Even though ASDA has been […]

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Charitable Causes That Begin at Home in the North East

Even Geordie Police Officers are no match for the Stormtroopers of the Empire.

By   8 months ago in Lifestyle

Since I first picked up a camera in 1985, I have had the privilege of meeting a number of amazing people from all walks of life. Some famous, others not so and the remainder are just regular people who have been doing things for others all of their lives and have made the lives of […]

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Stanley Fun Day is a Further Success for Children in Need Group

Even Sumo Wrestlers need to rest during Stanley's Children In Need Family Fun Day

By   8 months ago in Lifestyle

The Stanley Family Fun Day, the second of three fundraising events by the Stanley’s Children In Need Group and held at the South Moor Sports and Community Club in Quaking Houses on August 9th, was a tremendous success and offered something for all tastes and ages. The group, founded by local teenager Lewis Christie and other […]

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Consett History – Little Edwards

George J Edwards

By   3 weeks ago in History

Consett History Story Written By: Brian Harrison  Blackhill & Consett Park was opened on 17th July 1891 and gifted to the people of the area by the Directors of the Consett Iron Company. The park consisted of 30 acres of reclaimed land of which the design and overseeing of works was entrusted to one of […]

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Top 5 April Fools

April fools

By   3 weeks ago in History

Meticulously stretching cling film over the toilet may be an absolutely hilarious April Fools’ joke, but this top five list will blow your socks off!   Back in 1962, Sweden had one TV channel and it was obviously in black and white. The channel announced that it had discovered an ingenious way to change the […]

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The Annandale Paper Mill at Shotley

Paper Mill Shotley Grove

By   2 months ago in History

The paper making trade had a long standing tradition in County Durham, but it was the Derwent Valley that could lay claim to being the oldest site of manufacture. In July 1761 Cuthbert Smith of Snows Green owned the Mills at Ealands. A few years later they were in the possession of Thomas Johnson. In […]

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Consett or Berry Edge in Brief

Peeps at Consett

By   5 months ago in History

For years there has been a constant argument among many people about the original name of Consett. From most local history books it was stated that the original name of the town was actually Berry Edge and that it only later became known as Consett. An initial letter sent to a Newcastle paper in the […]

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Wheels of Fortune

By   5 months ago in History

When the Consett Steelworks closed in Sept 1980 the Sunday Times covered the story with the headline “Consett –   The steel town that died“ and The Specials  ska band had a hit single with the song Ghost Town and  an accompanying video that seemed all too prophetic. As in the aftermath of the passing of […]

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Crookhall, the Village the Maps Forgot

By   6 months ago in History

It was the winter of 1934 and the residence of  Crookhall decided it was time to make a stand. For more than 50 years the village had been booming and now could boast a population of more than 1000 residents. Unfortunately they were totally isolated having no road access whatsoever. They were literally “off the […]

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The Collapse of Building Seven – 9/11

Twin Towers

By   9 months ago in History Science & Technology World

The Collapse of Building Seven Building seven was a 47 storey tower, which collapsed just seven hours after the twin towers, however this building was not hit by a plane. How exactly did this tower collapse? The investigators of the National Institute of Standard and Technology, located near Washington DC, said fires on several different […]

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Tales of Victorian Steam, Georgian Entertainment and Beamish

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By   10 months ago in History

It has been a hectic few weeks at the popular Beamish Museum as it’s been both full steam ahead for one of the region’s largest steam events of the year and, added to that, visitors have also experienced the thrills of a Georgian Fair. The Great North Steam Fair, which recently rolled into the grounds […]

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It’s Party Time

By   5 months ago in Business

It’s the festive season and the works Christmas party is just around the corner. Everyone is looking forward to letting their hair down and having a good time. Just be careful though that you don’t do something which you may later regret. A works party is still a work function and inappropriate behavior could get […]

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EVEN RETAILERS HAVE A SOFT SIDE FOR SUPPORTING NATIONAL CHARITIES

Simon and George from the Consett and District Branch of the Royal British Legion are joined by ASDA Management team Marsha and Anne.

By   6 months ago in Business

Many consumers tend not to realise some of the extensive community work that our local supermarkets are involved with, including both local and national charities that, especially now, need all the help they can get. One such supermarket is the Stanley branch of ASDA who, not only do this on a regular basis, but also […]

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Consett Factory Jobs at KP Snacks Under Threat

Consett Factory Jobs under Threat in 2015

By   7 months ago in Business

It is already news that everyone in Consett is well aware of, the possible (but somewhat likely) closure of the KP Snacks factory on the Number One Industrial Estate. Consett factory jobs could go as early as 2015. A 45 day consultation is underway. History of Snacks in Consett The Consett based operation started life as Phileas […]

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Hitachi Facility to Attract Business Park

hitachi facility

By   10 months ago in Business North East News

Plans are in motion to construct a new business park alongside the new Hitachi facility in Newton Aycliffe. This is just part of the plans laid out after the announcement that Durham County Council were successful in their bid to receive funding to further develop/begin several sites in the County Durham area, including in Newton […]

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The Realities of Flexible Working Requests

Flexible Working Time

By   10 months ago in Business

The Realities of Flexible Working Requests—by Rob Grinter, Mark David HR Ltd   There has been much media hype about the problems that extending the right to request flexible working will cause for employers. I don’t believe that this will be the case for most employers who have become accustomed to such requests from employees […]

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The Copy Shop at Firefly New Media

Consett Copy Shop

By   10 months ago in Business

Consett media company Firefly New Media have branched out to provide a variety of printing products which almost anyone could take advantage of. Usually dealing in commercial printing for business, this new range of products can help out anyone in a pinch needing the use of a printer. Image the scene; it’s the day before […]

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Mortgage Loans Cap Aims to Stabilise Housing Market

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By   10 months ago in Business

The UK housing market is set to take a major turn in the upcoming months. A plan put forth by the Bank of England aims to put a cap on residential mortgage loans based on income and the ability to continue payments into the future. Governor Mark Carney said that the housing market is becoming […]

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Short term Loans Lender Punished

Short Term Loans Lender Wonga in hot water

By   10 months ago in Business

The short term loans lender Wonga has landed themselves in hot water recently over unethical practice concerning the collection of debts owed to the company. By creating fake debt collector and solicitor letters and sending them to people with outstanding payments, the payday lender was unlawfully putting pressure on their clients to pay. This has […]

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5 Incredible Benefits of Having a Website

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By   3 weeks ago in Science & Technology

5 Incredible Benefits of Having a Website Here are 5 incredible benefits of having a website. Your Competition Already Has an Awesome Website If you are in competition with another business that has a great Website,then they have a clear advantage – especially if they are marketing their Website well. People Will Look for You […]

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Consett Graphene Manufacturer Leading Revolution

Graphene - Consett company leading the Graphene Innovation

By   3 months ago in Consett News Science & Technology

Thomas Swan, the performance and specialist chemical manufacturing company based in Consett, Co.Durham has been awarded four Government grants to develop the amazing new material, Graphene. We first wrote about Graphene back in 2014, you can read that article here. Last year they created graphene products known as Elicarb, with the Consett operation having the initial ability to manufacture 1 […]

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The Collapse of Building Seven – 9/11

Twin Towers

By   9 months ago in History Science & Technology World

The Collapse of Building Seven Building seven was a 47 storey tower, which collapsed just seven hours after the twin towers, however this building was not hit by a plane. How exactly did this tower collapse? The investigators of the National Institute of Standard and Technology, located near Washington DC, said fires on several different […]

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Can Technology Read Your Mind? Google Glass Says Yes

Google Glass

By   9 months ago in Science & Technology

Can technology read your mind? A new app by This Place called MindRDR pairs with Google Glass with a device that can detect brain waves. The app MindRDR is free to download, however to use it a pair of Google Glass are needed, as well as the Neurosky Mindwave Mobile EEG headset, a brainwave detection […]

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The Monsters In Your Garden

Bee Monster in your garden

By   10 months ago in Science & Technology

As winter’s icy grip weakens, giving in to spring’s inevitable arrival, monsters begin to awaken…some hatch, some crawl out of the ground while others emerge from that rotten tree stump you’ve not got round to moving…one thing’s for sure…they’re coming! I am of course talking about the multitude of insects that occupy our surroundings – […]

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Windows 9 Could be Seen in 2014

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By   10 months ago in Science & Technology

Microsoft’s Windows 9 could have a preview ready for release as early as Q3 of 2014. The next possible operating system from Microsoft has so far only been known by one codename, ‘Threshold’. Reports now indicate that a preview of threshold (AKA Windows 9) could be ready for press testing and previews as early as Q3 […]

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Google’s First Social Media Platform to Meet its End

Orkut Logo Social Media

By   10 months ago in Science & Technology

Orkut, the very first foray into social media by global web giant, Google, will be closing its doors to the public permanently later this year. The social media platform which has been going strong for 10 years this year is finally taking the long walk as Google has announced that they wish to focus on […]

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NASA ‘Flying Saucer’ Technology Test

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By   10 months ago in Science & Technology

NASA’s very own flying saucer lands in a test of technology to visit Mars. After a successful launch high into Earth’s atmosphere by balloon, the flying saucer made a splash into the Pacific Ocean to complete a series of tests of technology that is hoped will be used to ultimately land something on Mars. This […]

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Local Muay Thai Fighter Wins First Fight for Peg Muay Thai Consett

Tony O'Brien - Consett Mauay Thai Fighter

By   3 weeks ago in Sport

Great news to report for local sport fans – Consett lad, Tony O’Brien won his first fight for Peg Muay Thai Consett. The fight won by O’Brien was against ranked fighter, Andy Webb from Liverpool. Webb has held three British Titles and is in European rankings. Now local lad, Tony O’Brien (off the back of […]

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The Tyne-Wear Derby Preview – Newcastle v Sunderland

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By   4 months ago in Sport

One of the best derbies in English football is fast approaching and this is my preview to how both teams are performing in the build up to the Tyne and Wear derby. Newcastle’s last home game ended with a memorable 2-1 win against table topping Chelsea after super sub Pappis Cisse got a brace to […]

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FOUR DAYS ON THE TYNE-CELEBRATING THE GREAT NORTH RUN

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By   7 months ago in Sport

This year’s Great North Run entered the record books for numerous reasons. The most important being the 1,000,000 runner to cross the finishing line in South Shields. We’ll return to her success after looking at the weekend of celebrations as a whole. The weekend began with the Millionth Opening Celebration on the Newcastle and Gateshead […]

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From Football To Music And Fayres. It’s All Bank Holiday Fun In Stanley

The trophies and medals that were up for grabs at the Simba Charity Football Tournament

By   8 months ago in Sport

Stanley is rapidly becoming a leader where local charity and community events are concerned. This was more than obvious over the August Bank Holiday weekend as there were no fewer than fourteen major events that took place over the three day period. There was something for everyone and catering for all tastes. However, one of […]

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The Stewart Weightman Cup

By   8 months ago in Sport

The Annual Cricket Day will return to Shotley Bridge Cricket Club on Sunday August 24th starting at 12 noon. This event is organised by The Rotary club of Consett and Derwentside Round Table. Held in memory of Stewart Weightman who was a member of Rotary and Round Table it has, since 2007, raised money for WillowBurn Hospice. […]

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World Cup Final Kick Off Time – Argentina v Germany

World Cup Final Kick Off Time

By   9 months ago in Consett News Sport

What is the World Cup Final Kick Off Time? The World Cup Final Between Argentina and Germany Kicks off at 8:00pm here in the United Kingdom. The final is highly anticipated with Germany coming off one of the most impressive games in recent World Cup history. Brazil floundered to a 7-1 defeat at home while Germany […]

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World Cup Preview – Who Will Win Tonight?

World Cup Final Kick Off Time

By   10 months ago in Sport

HOLLAND V ARGENTINA ( WORLD CUP PREVIEW ) Semi Final Game Kicks off at 9:00pm GMT TIME World Cup Preview – Tonight see’s the last of the semi final of the world cup between Argentina and Holland, on paper these two sides look very hard to separate. The winner would play Germany on Sunday and […]

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Predictions for the 2014/15 premier league season

premier league

By   10 months ago in Sport

My Predictions for the 2014/15 premier league season   Arsenal I don’t think Arsenal will get champions league football this season, they have got good players at the club, but teams like Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Man United are spending money and improving their squads. Arsenal need a striker and have been linked with […]

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