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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.

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Steve Richards: It takes bravery to break class barriers

Despite proclamations of courage, this Government is not famous for boldness

Foley stands tall to leave Pulis' men down and out

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Defector hopes Britain is back up and running

Brown lines up at today's Great North Run believing regime change can restore faith in a failing system

Pavey reveals marathon plan

There was a time when Paula Radcliffe was the one with the catching up to do on Jo Pavey. Back in 1988 Radcliffe finished some 90 metres adrift when Pavey broke the British Under-15 record for 1500m in the English Schools Championship.

Blogger 'wrote of murdering Girls Aloud'

Case marks first time 1959 Obscene Publications Act has been applied to internet

Man charged over Girls Aloud 'porn murder blog'

A civil servant who posted a blog in which he allegedly describes the kidnap, rape and murder of pop group Girls Aloud is being prosecuted.

Warren Storey: Painter and art educationist

For more than half a century, the well-crafted paintings of Warren Storey were a regular feature of the Autumn Exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Bristol, where he served as artists' chairman under Mary Fedden during the 1980s and as vice-president during the early 1990s.

'Utterly delightful' David O'Doherty wins Edinburgh's top comedy award

He might be 32, but he's down with the youth, and a show about text messages, Jay-Z, and the impossibility of finding true love won David O'Doherty the if.comedy award last night.

Too many people don't feel safe, admits Brown



Gordon Brown acknowledged today that too many people feel unsafe in their own homes as public concern about knife crime spirals.

David Miliband: a biography

Wealth Check: 'I want to get my affairs in order before I retire'

Kathryn Wright, 59, from South Shields, is looking forward to retiring from her job as a schoolteacher by the end of the year. But first she's keen to get her money matters in order. "I'd really like a last look at my money before I retire," Kathryn says. "I'd like to be able to cover my monthly expenditure comfortably when I stop working. And I want to make sure that the investments we have built up are safe, but accessible."

Teenager jailed for killing his sisters in arson attack

A teenager who killed his two sisters in an arson attack has been jailed for at least six years. But Shane Spence, 18, could be held for much longer after the judge ruled that he posed a serious risk to the public.

Teenager jailed for killing sisters in fire

A teenager who killed his two young sisters when he set fire to his family home was today jailed for life with a minimum term of six years.

Edward Wilson: Charismatic artistic director of the National Youth Theatre

Edward Wilson was an actor and, from 1987 until 2003, the talismanic artistic director of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

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