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Old October 14th, 2014, 01:01 AM   #1
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SKYBAR - "Off-topic" discussions for all of the COMMUNAL AREA of the North East England Forum

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WELCOME TO THE NEW SKYBAR FOR THE "COMMUNAL AREA" OF THE NORTH EAST ENGLAND SUB-FORUM OF SKYSCRAPER CITY . . .


There has now been a new SKYBAR Thread set up here in the "Communal Area" of the North East England Sub-forum. Each of the four City-led Forums (of the North East England Sub-forum) all have their own long-established Skybars.

These Skybar Threads are very useful for posting about topics that are slightly (or not-so-slightly) "off-topic" for the major remit of the Skyscraper City Website. These interesting topics should, from now on, be posted here on this 'Communal Area Skybar', which will always be one of the "Sticky" threads stuck near the top of the forum.

There are quite likely to be MORE posts that qualify as off-topic in this Communal Area, as (due to lack of members posting in the Communal Area) there is not quite the diverse range of threads available here, as there is in the four City-led Forums.

So, we are now able to limit the "Developments Threads" (for example) to the physical developments, that are the core-subjects of Skyscraper City, the physical impact on the "Urban Environment" etc.

Hopefully the differentiation between the different types (subjects/topics) of posts, that should lead to quite a few new 'Skybar' posts from now on, is clear (for
this 'Communal Area', specifically) from the above.

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Old November 18th, 2014, 11:48 AM   #2
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The Polar Express will return to County Durham

A COUNTY Durham railway station will become a portal to the North Pole this month, as The Polar Express rides return to Weardale.

Inspired by the hit Warner Bros. film, The Polar Express, and book by Chris Van Allsburg, the officially licensed train rides are returning to Weardale Railway in Stanhope, during November and December 2014.

Set to the motion picture soundtrack, pyjama-clad passengers will relive the magic of the story and see their favourite characters come to life as they are whisked away aboard The Polar Express.

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£400,000 lottery grant will benefit youngsters in the North Pennines


A GRANT of £400,000 will see the start of a five-year science and arts initiative, called Cold Blooded and Spineless

Awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the scheme will benefit children and community groups with investment into educational activities, themed events and interpretive science.

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Christmas tree lights swtich-on in Bishop Auckland

HUNDREDS of children turned out to enjoy a town’s Christmas spectacular.

Father Christmas was on hand to switch on the Christmas tree lights in the Market Place, in Bishop Auckland this evening (Friday, November 21).

Children were entertained by characters from Frozen, the cast of Sleeping Beauty, which is due to entertain audiences at Bishop Auckland Town Hall later this month and a fire and sparkle show.

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News for Ferryhill,--

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Santa Claus to lead candlelit procession at Ferryhill Christmas fair

SANTA Claus’s sleigh will travel through Ferryhill as part of a Christmas fair.

The annual event, which is arranged by Ferryhill Town Council and the Ferryhill 2000 Committee, will take place on Friday (November 28) between 2pm and 6pm.

Children’s rides and a craft fair will be at St Luke’s Parish Centre, on Church Lane, from 2pm.

Pupils from the town’s primary schools will then take part in a candle lit procession, which will leave St Luke’s Church at 4pm and follow Santa’s sleigh as it makes its way to the town hall gardens, where carol singing will take place.

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Appeal for descendants to reclaim Victorian family bible

A PENSIONER is appealing for the descents of a Victorian family to come forward in an attempt to reunite them with their family bible.

Des Graves, 79, of Bishop Auckland, was given the artefact more than ten years ago but now wants to find out if there are any living relatives of its original owners who wish to reclaim it.

The huge book belonged to Luke and his wife, Mary Rigby, of Escomb, County Durham.

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News for Bishop Auckland,--

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Pupils create festival of light

SCHOOLCHILDREN held their own Festival of Light after being inspired by the Hindu festival Diwali.

More than 150 pupils at Evergreen Primary School, in Bishop Auckland, got involved in the project as part of their school topic ‘Colour my World’.

Each class created a collection of lumiere projects which were lit up in their sensory garden and each pupil made a lantern which lined a pathway through the garden where a special evening for parents and visitors was held on Monday, November 24.

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News for Stanley,--

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Abbie Christmas to everyone in Stanley

CHRISTMAS cheer has been spread by a little girl badly hurt in an accident earlier this year.

Ten-year-old Abbie Keers flicked the switch on an impressive light display in Stanley this evening.

Displays, like those seen at the popular Lumiere light show in Durham City, are being used to herald the start of the festive season on Front Street.

Abbie, who needed emergency surgery after a suffering cuts to the face when a bottle thrown at the car she was travelling in, did the honours with Stanley Town Council chairman, Alex Clegg.

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News for Barnard Castle,---

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A COMMUNITY group is determined to tackle loneliness this festive season by cooking Christmas Day dinner for anyone at risk of being on their own.

Barnard Castle Meet came are hosting the event and have already raised about £400 of their £1,000 target to cover the cost of the meal and entertainment at The Hub in Barnard Castle.

Town councillor Thom Robinson and Martin Bacon, of the Meet, decided to set up a fundraising page on Monday and have already had dozens of donations and volunteers come forward

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News for South Durham,--

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Merlin the tank engine's back on track for Santa express


A LOCOMOTIVE is back on track and set to take thousands of youngsters to see Santa after being rescued from oblivion.

Merlin the tank engine, which the Shildon-based Merlin Locomotive Group, spent more than a decade restoring, has been transported to York to work on the Derwent Valley Light Railway (DVLR) and is now hauling trains down the line to see Santa each weekend in the run up to Christmas.

The 1939 0-4-0 Peckett Saddle steam loco is exactly the same as Percy the Tank Engine from the Reverend Wilber Awdry's stories.

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News for Barnard Castle,---

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Festivities get underway at Barnard Castle

BARNARD Castle residents got into the Christmas spirit over the weekend after the town council put on a free two-day festive extravaganza.

The festivities started on Friday night when Father Christmas arrived on a sleigh built by Teesdale YMCA children and turned on the Christmas Tree lights in the town’s Lower Galgate.

Father Christmas then retired to his grotto in the Methodist Church where the public enjoyed seasonal refreshments, and entertainment including face painting and a story teller.

The merriment continued on Saturday when the town hosted a Christmas farmers’ market and a crafts fair with dozens of stalls at The Witham.

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Date announced for cycle race set to replace Etape Pennines event


CYCLING fans have taken on the mammoth task of organising a major Dales cycling event after the Etape Pennines was cancelled.

The community event will have three gruelling routes, including a 90-mile headliner through Weardale and Teesdale, named ‘The Winking Sheep’.

It has already gained wide-spread support with more than half of the cyclists needed to pull off the event already signing up.

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News for Weardale,---

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New primetime ITV series Beowulf given the go ahead to film in former Weardale quarry

A NEW primetime TV series will be filmed in the North-East after it got the go ahead today (Tuesday, January 6).

The ITV drama, called Beowulf, is based on the Scandinavian legend and is being lined up for Saturday night viewing.

The show will be filmed in the former Eastgate Quarry site in Weardale after planning permission was granted for the land to be used as film set for five years.

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News for Shildon,--

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Rail museum volunteers in Shildon prepare to restore historic steam engine


A STEAM loco is heading to a North-East railway museum for a major restoration - as a carriage which bore the coffin of Winston Churchill prepares to leave.

Staff at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon are to welcome industrial locomotive Conway.

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Racing fun for all the family in Sedgefield


A RACECOURSE is holding a family fun day with free indoor activities for children.

Sedgefield Racecourse’s Sunday Funday raceday takes place on Sunday, January 25, and will feature Punch and Judy, balloon modelling, creative crafts and magic shows.

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County Durham artist who became Canada's national treasure dies aged 88

A MINER’S son who became one of Canada’s most celebrated artists has died aged 88.

Originally from Wingate, County Durham, Ted Harrison enjoyed great success as an artist after emigrating to The Yukon in the 1960s to take up a teaching post.

Such was his popularity that one British Columbia newspaper described him as “national treasure” and a film was made about his life.

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News for Barnard Castle, ----

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County Durham museum to host first UK retrospective exhibition of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent

FASHONISTAS are set to abandon the haute couture capital of London and instead head 255 miles north....to Barnard Castle.

For the town's Bowes Museum has been selected to host the first retrospective exhibition of the late great French designer Yves St Laurent

American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, designer Vivienne Westood, French actress Catherine Deneuve and James Bond actor Daniel Craig together with his actress wife Rachel Weisz are just some of the celebrities rumoured to be on the guest list for the gala opening on Friday, July 9.

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News for Ferryhill,---

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Real ale fans raise their pints to honour Ferryhill pub in Camra competition

AN award winning pub landlord is celebrating being the toast of real ale drinkers.

The Surtees Arms in Ferryhill Station, run by Alan Hogg, 42, and his wife Susan, 40, was named as the best country pub by the Durham branch of Camra.

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Town tribute to famous artist son

THE town celebrated artist Norman Cornish called home will pay homage to his life and work with a series of tributes.

A gallery in Spennymoor, County Durham, will name its main hall after the late pitman painter, who died last August aged 94, and house a permanent exhibition of his work.

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News for South Durham

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Worldwide web comes to Middlestone Moor


A COMMUNITY centre has been kitted out with computers and internet access which residents can use for online tasks from job hunting to homework.

Middlestone Moor Community Centre, near Spennymoor, can now provide a greater range of services thanks to its ICT project.

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