At 8.30am on 13 July, the colliery bands of Durham began their march towards the city's market place. The miners' banners went with them, signposts to the past, a visible display of pride in the region's history. From there followed a slow march towards the County Hotel on Old Elvet. The bands played, the march went on to the racecourse, and the banners were strapped to the surrounding fences.

Obituary: Dave Smith

David Smith, footballer and football administrator: born South Shields, Co Durham 12 October 1915; played for Newcastle United 1935-36, Northampton Town 1943-50; secretary of Northampton Town 1951-54, manager 1954-59; secretary and manager/ general manager of Aldershot 1959-71; died Derby 26 November 1997.

Papergirl raped

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 14-year-old girl was raped as she started her early morning round delivering newspapers. The girl, from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, was attacked in the Harton area of the town. A man approached her from behind, pulled her into a lane and raped her.

Obituary: Wilfred Josephs

Wilfred Josephs, composer: born Newcastle upon Tyne 24 July 1927; married 1956 Valerie Wisbey (two daughters); died London 17 November 1997.

An Eye On... public toilets

Britain: Judges of Britain's Loo of the Year awards said that too few people complain about sub-standard toilets. Award director Richard Chisnell said: "Turnover for an establishment can double because of a good loo."

Britain: Back to barracks in Roman Tyne and Wear

Time and weather have been cruel to much of Britain's Roman past. But at South Shields, there is a wonderful opportunity to look up, not down, at our classical heritage, writes

AN EYE ON... exotic birds

Parrot 1: Burglars were yesterday reported to have stolen a talking parrot valued at pounds 650 from a pet shop near Chorley, Lancashire. The parrot answers to the name of "Olly" and can say "hello" and "hello sexy".

Roman armour unearthed

The first suit of Roman chain-mail armour ever found in Britain has been unearthed inside a Roman fort in South Shields near Newcastle. Its one of only seven complete examples known from the entire Roman world.

Ramaala ends the Kenyan run

The Kenyan stranglehold on the Bupa Great North Run was finally loosened yesterday as the record field of 36,000, the highest for a road race in Europe, snaked its way along the half-marathon route from Newcastle to the shore of the North Sea at South Shields.

Athletics: Brown is the Great North hope

Simon Turnbull meets the distance runner determined not to be an also-ran

Brown concerned over financial support

Brendan Foster, the former world record-holder, angrily hit out yesterday at the lack of support for British distance runners.

McColgan confident she can conquer North test

Liz McColgan is ready to see off one of the strongest line-ups she has ever faced as she bids to extend her BUPA Great North Run domination on Sunday.

Surf's up - and it's hotter than Barbados

As Britain headed for the hottest August since records began, the country's leading marriage counselling service yesterday predicted an upsurge in domestic strife, and the Royal Automobile Club pleaded with irate motorists not to get too hot under the collar.

Racing: NAPP wakes up to new possibilities

Greg Wood finds the punters' pressure group is now optimistic about its future

Media: Is reality getting out of hand?

Viewers may respond positively to `ordinary' people in advertisements. But those chosen to sell the goods often take on more than they bargained for. Meg Carter on the price of getting real

Racing: Punters' war waged with a slingshot

Greg Wood on the organisation aiming to end taxation without representa tion
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