Library case to go to court

Campaigners are taking Darlington Council to Court over the handling of the changes to the library service. The full Northern Echo story can be read at http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15389966._It_was_inevitable____Court_proceedings_issued_over_Darlington_Council_s_plans_to_close_Crown_Street_Library/

DfC names new Chair

Darlington for Culture (DfC), the voluntary organisation that speaks for the arts and culture sector in the borough, has named Jo Potter as its new Chair. Jo, who lives in Darlington and is involved in several community organisation including Darlington Green Theatre, steps up from his role as Vice-Chair. Jo replaces John Dean, who steps more »

Hullabaloo secures funding

Darlington-based Theatre Hullabaloo, the North East’s specialist producer of theatre for children and young people, is celebrating the news that it has been included in the Arts Council’s National Portfolio of Organisations (NPO) for 2018 – 2022. The organisation will receive just over £250,000 per year to deliver a high quality programme of theatre and more »

Swashbuckling fun

Ahoy there, shipmates, why not climb aboard the good ship Naughty Nellie and join family favourites Double Trouble in a brand new swashbuckling spooktacular adventure this Halloween? Double Trouble and the Curse of the Haunted Pirate Ship will be presented by the same team that brought Sleeping Beauty to The Majestic theatre during the February more »

The Haunting of Cole Peters

The Haunting of Cole Peters, a debut collection of ghost stories by Darlington-born writer Joe Hetherington has been published. An amulet with an unusual power, strange figures in the arctic wastes and a terrifying night shift at an art gallery all feature in this disturbing anthology of nine tales, available from .https://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunting-Peters-Other

Legal move over library

Following the news announced on June 15 that lawyer Michael Imperato has written to Darlington Borough Council advising of legal action to halt the move of Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre, Darlington for Culture Chair John Dean said: “If there were shortcomings in the process followed by the council to agree the move more »

Stadium concert a success

By Allen White, NCTJ student, Darlington College The English reggae and pop band UB40 took to the stage at the Northern Echo Arena in Darlington, along with the Grammy-nominated Jamaican group Raging Fyah. The concert’s opening acts had included Level 42, the Original Wailers featuring Al Anderson, and Raging Fyah, a spectacular line-up for the more »

FIrst small grants award is announced

Arts organisation Darlington for Culture (DfC) has made the first award from its new small grants scheme with £500 going to support the programme of Darlington’s New Orleans Jazz Club. Voluntary organisation DfC launched the scheme after receiving a donation from a company with Darlington connections, and is working in conjunction with Creative Darlington to more »

Big band, big sound – great jazz with a swish

Darlington Jazz lovers will be dancing in and out of their seats when the ever-popular New Century Ragtime Orchestra swings back to town on Saturday 7 October. The New Century Ragtime Orchestra will be bringing their inimitable sound and that big band swish to Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club’s lunchtime gig at St Augustine’s Parish more »

Anthology of award-winning stories is published

The Book Folks have just published a collection of award-winning short stories by Bud Craig, who lives in the Darlington area and is a member of the Inkerman Writers. High Profile is available to download onto your kindle. The title story brings you the latest adventure of Salford private eye, Gus Keane. Others feature a more »