Closure of the Bradley Open Cast Mine

Today was the final day of mining operations at the Bradley Open Cast Mine near Consett. The Banks Group, who own the mine had applied for permission to extend the life of its last mine in England until 2021 but the application was turned down earlier this summer. The last coal will be extracted today,Continue reading “Closure of the Bradley Open Cast Mine”

Beckett’s First Love

The Park Bench Theatre perform Samuel Beckett’s First Love during an open air play in a socially distanced covid secure space in Rowntree Park on August 12, 2020 in York, England. As coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased in many areas, the theatre and the arts sectors begin to re-start their businesses. First Love is aContinue reading “Beckett’s First Love”

The Laing

The Laing Art Gallery re-opens to the public on August 10, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. As Coronavirus pandemic lockdown closures are eased galleries begin to re-open around the country as they try and re-start their businesses. The Laing Art Gallery opened in 1901 after funds to build the gallery were provided by AlexanderContinue reading “The Laing”

Big Jack

Hundreds of well wishers lined the streets of Ashington in Northumberland today to pay their respects as the funeral cortege for Jack Charlton passes through his childhood home town. Affectionately known as ‘Big Jack’, he was part of the World Cup winning team in 1966 and played as a defender for England. He spent hisContinue reading “Big Jack”

Durham Cathedral Public Worship

The Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Paul Butler and The Dean of Durham, The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett preside and preach over a Eucharist service in Durham cathedral today. This was the first public worship held in the cathedral since Coronavirus restrictions were eased. Since Durham Cathedral’s temporary closure in March due to theContinue reading “Durham Cathedral Public Worship”