3:25pm Friday 7th June 2013
CHIEF Constable Mike Barton was getting down with the kids this week, as he handed over football strips bought with cash seized from crooks under the Proceeds of Crime Act to Shotton Colts FC.
On sight of the new kits, Mr Barton, a Lancashire lad and committed follower of Blackpool FC, asked why blue had been chosen.
“It’s Blackpool’s third kit,” he revealed.
Apparently the Colts were not aware of the link.
MUCH talk at County Hall this week about a new “combined authority”, covering all councils from Durham to the Scottish border and with responsibility for issues such as transport and skills.
There is a concern, however, that the region is being torn between its two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs): Tees Valley Unlimited, which covers the five councils to the south, and the North Eastern LEP, which encompasses the seven up north. Durham, as the geographic link between the two, is desperate for them to work together, rather than as rivals.
They must be “Terrific 12”, not the “Magnificent Seven”, Councillor Neil Foster commented.
YOU could never accuse Horrible Histories author Terry Deary of being boring.
However, a BBC continuity announcer, prefacing Tuesday’s appearance on Radio 4’s A Good Read by the controversial North-East scribe, pronounced his name Terry Dreary, before hastily correcting himself.
Some might say GK Chesterton’s Napoleon of Notting Hill, chosen by Mr D as his good read, might indeed be dreary reading.
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