Houghton and Hetton

Houghton and Hetton

Man banned from keeping animals after dogs are found in 'disgusting' conditions

A man has been disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years and given a suspended jail term after dogs he kept were found in "disgusting" conditions.
Holme House Prison.

Woman, 48, smuggled class A drugs into prison

A woman caught smuggling heroin and cocaine into a prison said she was forced into it.

A salmon makes its way upstream. Pic by PA.

Salmon found in historically ‘dead’ river

Salmon have been found in a historically “dead” Wearside river.

Workmates Jason Louis and Daniel Marshall.

Driver jailed after killing two men in lorry crash

A motorist who killed two men after his lorry ploughed into their vehicle has been jailed.
Percy Mennear

Second World War hero reaches 100th birthday

A Second World War veteran whose amazing bravery is highlighted in a book has celebrated reaching a centenary of his life.

The A690 sliproad at Rainton Bridge. Picture from Google Images.

Lorry breakdown causes delays off A690

A broken down lorry is causing delays in Rainton Bridge.

Layton Wood

Missing Houghton man found

A man who was missing from Houghton has been found.
Members of Lyons Shotokan hoist their new black belt Aimee Potts.

Aimee moves into club’s history book as its first female black belt

A teenager has become the first female fighter in her karate club to gain a black belt.

Plains Farm Academy pupil Chloe Gray. Photo by her grandad Graeme Bowser.

Granddad’s rallying call for #aheroforchloe as he reveals his own donation story

The grandfather of a Sunderland schoolgirl searching for a lifesaver to help her battle a rare blood condition has issued a rallying call for people to become donor - just like him.

Tommy in Flanders Fields, by Tom Pattison

Wearside art club showcase works at Durham’s Crook Hall

From a bluebell walk to a depiction of Seaham’s Tommy statue in Flanders Fields and an abstract of Durham Cathedral, a new exhibition at Crook Hall and Gardens in Durham City showcases the varied work of Hetton Art Club.


Stunning fireworks display lights up Houghton Feast

Houghton Feast went with a bang last night, as hundreds of people turned out for the annual fireworks display.


Town proudly turns out to support Houghton Feast parade

Hundreds of people joined in the party atmosphere at Houghton Feast’s traditional parade.

Mayor of Sunderland Coun Doris MacKnight switches on the Feast lights.

Music, dancing and a laser show at Houghton Feast 2017 opening ceremony

Music, dancing and a laser show helped see in this year’s Houghton Feast celebrations at its opening ceremony.

A colourful view of the Old Rectory at Houghton.

Take a look behind the doors of a historic Wearside building

A building with huge importance in a community’s history is opening for public viewing tomorrow.

Billy Purvis the clown entertains spectators at last year's event.

What’s happening and when at the 50th Houghton Feast?

Houghton Feast travels back in time to mark 50 years since the annual celebration was revived in its current format.

One of the wards inside Thorpe Hospital.

The little hospital where every newborn baby got a kiss from the nurse

Wow, what a response!

Can you spot yourself in this line-up of prizewinning students at Houghton School in 1986.

Here’s why this class of ‘86 were in print

There were dozens of people in this photograph showing the good old days at Houghton School.

Funeral of Grace Jones

Hundreds turn out to say farewell to ‘Amazing Grace’, the woman who inspired Grace House

Hundreds of people joined together to celebrate a the life of a girl who inspired a lasting legacy through Grace House.

Young members of Houghton Rugby Cub taking part in the 2015 Houghton Feast Parade.

Trust set up to safeguard future of Houghton Feast festival

A new organisation has been set up with the aim of safeguarding the future of a historic Wearside festival.

David Ritchie

Factory worker groped woman after sending her explicit texts

A factory cleaner who groped a woman twice after sending her unwanted sexually explicit texts has been spared jail.

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