Newcastle Journal - 2021-09-18
Newcastle Journal 2021-09-18

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Newcastle Journal

2021-09-18

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chroniclelive.co.uk, home of The Journal online Saturday, September 18, 2021 £1.80 SAINT-MAXIMIN EARNS POINT FOR MAGPIES BACK PAGE Pandemic widens region’s get a free issue of the voucher: Page 56 worrying digital skills gap GRAEME WHITFIELD Business and Agenda Editor A huge digital skills gap that is holding back North East people from getting into jobs and training has been made worse by the pandemic, a new report reveals. The report, commissioned by the North East LEP, outlines how the North East has high levels of people who have never gone online, plus lower levels of people who improved their digital skills during the crisis. It is estimated that 176,000 adults in the North East have never used the internet and 61,000 haven’t used it in the last three months. »Full » report: Page 29 The 80-year-old who pony treks from Hexham to Inverness ...every year Page 3 northumberland gang whose family business was drug dealing page 5 eyes down for T&Cs apply page 28 CARPET & FLOORING PRICE CRASH HUGE SAVINGS ACROSS ALL STORES NEVER BEATEN ON PRICE... GUARANTEED! THE NORTH EAST’S LARGEST PREMIUM CARPET & FLOORING SHOWROOM EST 1878 DESIGNER FLOORING Where Quality Costs Less! www.karpetmills.co.uk - KINGSTON PARK - GATESHEAD - BENTON - HETTON - HEXHAM - OPEN 7 DAYS

2 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 NEWS Inside today Business.............................29 Sharewatch.......................31 Farming.............................34 J2.........................................37 Letters................................40 Taste...................................43 Time Out............................50 TV Listings...................58-61 Family notices..................62 Classified...........................64 Sport..............................67-80 Racing................................67 Holy Island crossing times 04:10 to 11:55 and 17:15 to 00:05 (Sun) Tomorrow 05:35 to 12:35 and 18:20 to 00:45 (Mon) SAVE 40% Read your favourite newspaper for less newspapersubs.co.uk/tjs Tel: 0333 202 8000 SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER www.chroniclelive.co.uk/signup Contact Us News Desk: 0191 201 6446 ec.news@ncjmedia.co.uk Other Departments: Trade Advertising: 0191 204 3362 Family Notices: 01227 907972 Photosales: 01604 683 902 www.reachphotosales.co.uk email: sales@dipintosales.co.uk Subscriptions: 0333 202 8000 Weather Around the Country Today’s Weather Four-Day Outlook Birmingham Bristol Cardiff Carlisle Exeter Gloucester Leeds Liverpool London Manchester Norwich Nottingham Plymouth Swansea Saturday Sunday °C °F °C °F cloudy 21 70 rain 18 64 cloudy 22 72 cloudy 19 66 cloudy 21 70 cloudy 18 64 cloudy 18 64 showers 17 63 cloudy 21 70 showers 18 64 cloudy 22 72 cloudy 19 66 cloudy 22 72 showers 18 64 cloudy 20 68 showers 17 63 pcloudy 23 73 cloudy 20 68 cloudy 21 70 showers 18 64 cloudy 23 73 showers 20 68 cloudy 21 70 showers 19 66 cloudy 19 66 pcloudy 18 64 cloudy 20 68 pcloudy 18 64 Around the World Amsterdam Beijing Corfu Majorca Mexico City Moscow New Delhi New York Paris Rio Rome Sydney Tokyo Corrections & complaints If we have published anything that is factually inaccurate, please contact the editor in chief, Helen Dalby, on 0191 2016498, or write either via email to helen.dalby@ reachplc.com or post to: The Editor, The Journal, 2nd Floor, INTU Eldon Square, Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 7JB and, once verified, we will correct it as soon as possible. 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Saturday Sunday °C °F °C °F cloudy 19 66 overcast 19 67 cloudy 24 75 rain 19 67 pcloudy 26 79 overcast 26 78 rain 27 80 rain 26 78 rain 21 70 rain 21 69 overcast 12 53 cloudy 9 49 rain 32 90 rain 33 92 rain 23 74 sunny 19 67 cloudy 22 72 rain 16 60 rain 27 80 sunny 27 80 rain 28 83 sunny 27 80 overcast 24 76 sunny 22 72 rain 26 78 rain 23 74 Price: £1.80 Recycled paper made up 62.8% of the raw material for UK newspapers in 2016. Haltwhistle Durham Sun & Moon Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset Leeds Almanac Yesterday's High (°C/°F) Yesterday's Low (°C/°F) Yesterday's Precip Yesterday's High (°C/°F) Yesterday's Low (°C/°F) Yesterday's Precip Residents object to ‘eco’ homes on land near village herbert soden Local Democracy Reporter herbert.soden@ncjmedia.co.uk Objections to plans for a small development near a North Tyneside village have flooded in. Killingworth residents have spoke of their anger at plans for the 14 houses near their village. Gladglider Ladycross Ltd is behind proposals to the four-bedroom homes on land east of Killingworth Road. A design and access statement lodged with North Tyneside Council claimed that development’s focus on environmental sustainability would make it “unique” in the borough. It said: “This development will be unique within North Tyneside with its focus on sustainability both in materials but in the lifespan of the house through additional environmental techniques and materials.” But some neighbours have spoken against the plans with 156 objections to the proposals sent to the authority. Graffiti condemning the scheme has been daubed on a wall near the site. Objectors raised fears about traffic and the impact on the environment. Skies will be cloudy today. Afternoon highs will range from 18 to 22C. Berwick upon Tweed 6:43 a.m. 7:12 p.m. 7:01 p.m. 2:52 a.m. Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Middlesbrough York Newcastle Grimsby Leeds upon Tyne Hull Hull Grimsby Sep. 20 Sep. 28 Oct. 6 Oct. 12 Full Last New First 20/68 19/66 21/70 12/54 11/52 8/46 0.00" 0.00" 0.00" Middlesbrough York 20/68 21/70 19/66 12/54 8/46 11/52 0.00" 0.00" 0.00" > > Graffiti found near the site of 14 proposed homes at east Killingworth One told the council that the housing is not needed in the area. They wrote: “Executive housing is not needed, what is needed is starter homes and old folks’ accommodation in the right place. Executive homes are not needed on this dangerous access site.” Another objector claimed that the plans mean “poor traffic safety on a road that is already at capacity”. An objector claimed that the developments in the area made it at risk of turning into a “concrete jungle”. One wrote: “Why take yet more beautiful greenery and nature from Killingworth and its surrounding High Tides Sunday Isolated light rain. 17°C/ 63°F 10°C/ 50°F Monday Partly cloudy. 17°C/ 63°F 11°C/ 52°F Tuesday Cloudy. 17°C/ 63°F 11°C/ 52°F Wednesday Isolated light showers. 16°C/ 61°F 10°C/ 50°F Saturday areas to build more charmless, overpriced eye sores!” The applicant has pointed to the scheme’s eco credentials, listing a range of features designed to protect the environment. These include sourcing materials locally to reduce its carbon footprint and support the local economy, Electric vehicle charging points will also be installed and the new houses will be equipped with air source heat pumps which give warmth without carbon emissions. The homes will also utilise rainwater harvesting which helps to reduce the water consumption of the individual dwelling as well as reducing storm water run-off. The homes will also be tripleglazed, insulated and fitted with solar panels in a bid to save even more energy. This appealed to nine supporters of the proposal, and one said: “We have been looking for a family home built to a standard that can mitigate our carbon footprint through sustainable low carbon construction for years and have not managed to find anything close.” The authority is expected to decide on the plans by November. Sunday Holy Island 4.3 1:24 a 4.5 2:10 p 4.6 2:15 a 4.7 2:55 p Newcastle 4.8 2:10 a 5.0 2:56 p 5.1 3:01 a 5.2 3:41 p Tynemouth 4.5 2:07 a 4.7 2:53 p 4.8 2:58 a 4.9 3:38 p Sunderland 4.6 2:06 a 4.8 2:49 p 4.9 2:57 a 5.0 3:34 p River Tees Ent. 4.8 2:23 a 5.0 3:06 p 5.1 3:14 a 5.2 3:51 p Spurn Head 6.2 4:15 a 6.4 5:19 p 6.5 5:05 a 6.7 6:04 p Grimsby 6.2 4:25 a 6.4 5:26 p 6.7 5:16 a 6.7 6:13 p Wells ---- ---- 2.1 5:16 a ---- ---- 2.5 6:06 a Dover 6.0 10:17 a 6.2 10:57 p 6.4 11:05 a 6.5 11:40 p Liverpool 8.3 10:19 a 8.8 10:33 p 8.8 11:07 a 9.2 11:17 p

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 3 NEWS > > Eighty-year-old Jane Dotchin, who travels from Hexham to the Scottish Highlands with her horse Diamond and Dinky her disabled Jack Russell > > Dinky the disabled Jack Russell gets to ride too james robinson Reporter james.robinson@reachplc.com An 80-year-old woman is showing no signs of slowing down as she continues her annual pony trek from Northumberland to the Scottish Highlands. Jane Dotchin has been packing her saddlebags on to her trusty pony’s back every year since 1972. Her jaunt involves leaving the hills from her home near Hexham, Northumberland, on an epic 600-mile trek to Inverness, covering between 15 and 20 miles a day. She set off on August 31 with her steed Diamond, aged 13, and her disabled Jack Russell Dinky for company. She carries everything she needs including her tent, food and just a few belongings. Jane’s first trek to Scotland saw her visit friends near Fort Augustus in the early 70s and she has been returning every autumn since. The journey takes about seven Jane, 80, hits the road for 600-mile trek on horseback weeks. She lives on porridge, oatcakes and cheese, and carries an old mobile phone which has a battery that lasts six weeks - although getting a signal can be a problem. Jane said: “I refuse to go slogging on through pouring wet rain. “There are a few different routes I can take depending on the weather. “I don’t want to go over hilltops in foul weather but I work it out on the way. “I don’t warn them too far in advance because if the weather changes or I stop early then they can be left wondering where I’ve got to.” Jane is never lonely with Dinky by her side. She said: “When there is a nice, grassy track, she gets out and has a run but she doesn’t like stony ground. And she is a nice hot water bottle for me in the tent.” Diamond, the pony is tethered on a long I struggle to get on her half of the time but but otherwise I manage fine Jane Dotchin rope at night to graze. She is shod with tungsten carbide welded on to her shoes to reduce wear and tear. Jane got her from a local horse dealer - and the only concession she gives to her age is to no longer shoe the animal herself as she used to. She said: “I asked for something good and solid in my old age and he got me a cob from Ireland. I struggle to get on her half the time but otherwise I manage fine.” In recognition of her independent spirit, and years of trekking, she received The British Horse Society lifetime achievement award last year, which she said was “a bit of a surprise”. saturday £30,000 for every ticket in this winning postcode CF64 2TH Penarth

4 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 NEWS Search for man whose dogs injured two people Sheeran plans two dates in Sunderland on new tour Police are searching for a man whose dogs attacked a Jack Russell terrier and injured two people when they tried to save him. The attack happened on Friday, August 13 at around 5.15pm when the woman and her partner were walking their Jack Russell along Hadrian’s Way footpath just off Scotswood Road, Newcastle. The couple noticed a man sitting on the ground with two pitbulls who freed themselves from their lead and bit their dog on the neck. When they intervened the pitbulls then attacked them. The woman, who is eight months pregnant, sustained injuries to her forearm and elbows. Her partner was left needing plastic surgery after sustaining a puncture wound to his arm. Their dog also required emergency treatment after being bitten on the neck. The couple ran to the main road and flagged down a passing lorry driver for help who took the injured dog into his cabin. It is not known which direction the owner of the two dogs left the scene. Police are now appealing for the owner of the dogs or anyone who may know him to come forward. He is described as a slim, white male in his 30s/40s, balding and was wearing all green. He had a sleeping bag on the ground with him at the time. His dogs are described as being a light tan colour, one male wearing a black collar and one female wearing a pink collar. Their ears had not been cropped. The man, or anyone who knows him is asked to contact police on 101 quoting ref 276 130821 or via the ‘Tell us something’ Page on the Northumbria Police website. Micropub planned in railway arch Plans for a new micropub and bottle shop in a converted Newcastle city centre railway arch have been unveiled. Permission has been sought to turn the former coffee shop at Arch 7, Forth Goods Yard, into a pub called Mosaic Tap specialising in craft ale. An application for a premises licence, lodged with Newcastle City Council, says the venue will “trade in specialist beer, wine and spirits”. The application says: “The premises is a modern, renovated railway arch, formerly used as a coffee shop. The premises shall operate as a micropub with a bottle shop, primarily selling craft ale and draft ale products.” The documents say the pub will have a minimum of 30 seats but that capacity will not exceed 50. > > Ed Sheeran, who has announced his +-=÷x Tour, pronounced the mathematics tour Dan Martensen Concessions made in bid for restaurant expansion james harrison Reporter THOSE behind a restaurant’s bid for a major outdoor expansion made late concessions in an attempt to secure permission for the scheme. Bosses at Rialto, in Ponteland, are seeking a licence for a bar and seating area at the back of the site. And as chiefs at Northumberland County Council prepared to rule on the application, they were told the business would be willing to accept limits on customer numbers, as well as scrapping a request to hold live music performances. “The proposal is not involving a container park, a festival site, or a Campaigners will march through Newcastle City Centre this weekend demanding action from the Government over climate change. Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah and North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll will lead the Climate Action – Climate Justice march and rally in the [German-style] bierkeller, that is not what we intend doing,” lawyer Richard Arnot, representing Rialto owner Sunah Miah, told the local authority’s licensing hearing. “It will be a family-friendly venue, it will have lots of different types of activities going on in it, it will be a positive addition to Ponteland. “[Critics say] it will inevitably be wet-led, a vertical drinking venue, but that simply is not borne out by what we’ve described to you.” Bosses at Rialto – which was chosen for a 2018 “bonding” meal between Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, then manager Rafa Benitez and the rest of the playing squad – had originally sought permission for live music and alcohol city centre today, organised by COP26 North East Coalition. The event aims to raise awareness of November’s United Nations COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow. The COP26 North East Coalition comprises a group of green and climate change organisations, trade sales at the new outdoor area until midnight, seven days a week. The scheme was described as a “Victorian market”, modelled on Altrincham Market, in Greater Manchester. At the concluding session of a twoday hearing on the plans, Arnot said his client would be willing to “forgo” a licence to stage live music and ac cept a condition limiting capacity to 350 people at a time – less than half the 800 some opponents predicted could squeeze in at peak times. Some were unconvinced, however, with Chris Grunert, representing the Northumberland Pub Co, which runs Ponteland’s Blackbird Inn, claiming the application “could have Music superstar Ed Sheeran is coming to the North East for two stadium gigs as part of his world tour for 2022, it was revealed yesterday. The “Mathematics Tour” will follow on from the release of the star’s new album, = , which comes out on October 29. The first leg of the tour will start in Cork in Ireland on April 28, 2022, before heading to Limerick, Belfast and Cardiff in May. In June the tour will head to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on the 3rd and 4th. The UK and Ireland leg of the tour then moves on to Manchester and Glasgow before concluding at Wembley Stadium in London. A European leg will start in July, with dates in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Austria and Switzerland. Ed has vowed to have a “strict stance” against anyone using unofficial secondary ticketing sites in order to try and stop fans being exploited when trying to buy tickets. General sale will start on September 25 and tickets will be available to buy direct from Ed’s website and via Ticketmaster. been drawn on the back of a fag packet”. He added: “The hasty amendments that have been coming out, even during the course of the [licensing hearing] are thin, superficial attempts to persuade the committee that issues raised by residents and trade objectors can and will be dealt with. “The way that application keeps moving and flowing is a sign the applicant is ducking and diving, trying simply to say things to appease the committee and do not reflect their true intentions.” Following summing up, panel chairman Cllr James Hutchinson, said he and his colleagues faced a “tricky” decision, which would be issued within five working days. Climate change rally to take place in city centre unions, anti-racist organisations as well as school and youth protesters. Tony Dowling, chairman of the North East People’s Assembly, said: “There will be global protests and rallies around this country on November 6. “And this rally in Newcastle on Saturday is being used to organise and build together a coalition in the region, building towards Newcastle being one of the key centres of protest. We are in a climate crisis and without genuine action things will be disastrous. We need concrete action from our Governments.”

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 5 The gang whose family business was drug dealing NEWS rob kennedy Court Reporter Dealers who sold drugs diluted with a cancer-causing cutting agent have been jailed for more than 35 years. The family-based crime gang, made up of grandparents and grandchildren, flooded the North East with class A drugs. Now the five relatives, including Aaron Stephenson, who mocked police after going on the run to Spain, have finally got their comeuppance. Aaron was a key linchpin in a conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, heroin, cocaine, MDMA and oxycodone. He was at the head of the lucrative empire along with his grandparents Diane Wright and Philip Stephenson. It was after they were all convicted last year and granted bail while pre-sentence reports were compiled before sentence, which was due to take place last August, that Aaron Stephenson fled. Prosecutor Paul Cleasby told Newcastle Crown Court: “He posted a number of posts on social media, mocking the police’s efforts to find him and claiming he remained in the Tyneside area. “That attracted a lot of publicity and it appeared he enjoyed the brief attention those posts brought him.” Aaron, whose barrister disputed that he had posted the mocking material on his account, was arrested in Spain in February and later extradited. As a result of his actions, the sentencing hearing was delayed for 13 months. Police had raided a house in Ashington, Northumberland, where Aaron was, in April 2017 and found cocaine, MDMA, more than £8,000 cash, a debtors list, phones showing he was involved in drugs supply and other drug dealing paraphernalia. Then on February 14 2018, a number of properties occupied by the Stephenson family were raided. Aaron was arrested at an address in Widdrington and had 2,888 diazepam tablets, ammonia and a large amount of cash. Police also found phenacetin, a cancer-causing drug which was being used as a cutting agent despite the known dangers it poses. Mr Cleasby said: “The prosecution say it’s a seriously aggravating feature in the drugs supply. “The conspirators were prepared to cut the drugs they were dealing with the product to maximise their own profits and they were well aware of the serious risks to health the substance created.” On the same day, Wright and Philip Stephenson’s house on Woodhorn Road, Newbiggin, was also raided. He would be the first drug dealer flaunting his wealth by decking himself out in clothing from Asda Geoff Knowles, for Philip Stephenson The court heard the couple, who have been together 40 years, had nearly £29,000 in cash in their home. They also had half a bin bag of paracetamol, which was used to cut or bulk the drugs. Police also found a blank firing imitation firearm and shotgun cartridges were found hidden in a carriage clock. There was no evidence about who owned the weapon. A small folded piece of paper in Wright’s phone case contained a list of cutting agents, including phenacetin which had written next to it “a known carcinogenic, has same shimmer” – a reference to it having a similar appearance to cocaine. Mr Cleasby said the family were sourcing drugs from Liverpool, with cocaine consignments of at last a kilo each time. Aaron was arrested for a third time in April 2018 and “burner phones” showed he was still involved in supplying drugs. Wright and Philip Stephenson, despite having their assets frozen, paid a £3,000 cash deposit on a motorboat at Amble marina. McKenzie Stephenson, who was involved in supplying drugs including cocaine, heroin and MDMA, boasted about his life as a teenage drug dealer, the court heard. Mr Cleasby said: “The police say the Stephenson family had been operating a long running and successful drug supply operation and they had been profiting from their enterprise. “Their persistence, despite the earlier arrests, demonstrates they were not deterred by the police’s efforts to disrupt their offending.” Diane Wright, 62, of Woodhorn Road, Newbiggin and Philip Stephenson, 68, of Storey Crescent Newbiggin, were found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possessing criminal property – in Wright’s case a Fairline motorboat, Nissan Navara and £22,854 and in Philip Stephenson’s case the cash. Wright was jailed for 11 years and Philip Stephenson for six-and-a-half years. Aaron Stephenson, 28, of Woodhorn Road, Newbiggin, was also found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply diazepam and possessing criminal property – more than £25,000 cash, an Audi Quattro and a Ford Fiesta. He was jailed for 13 years. McKenzie Stephenson, 23, of Mowbray Terrace, Choppington, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs – cocaine, heroin, MDMA and oxycodone. He was jailed for five years and two months. Wesley Stephenson, 25, of Storey Crescent, Newbiggin, was found guilty of being concerned in the supply of Class A and C drugs - oxycodone and buprenorphine. He was sentenced to two years suspended for 18 months with a six-month curfew. Christopher Knox, for Diane Wright, who had run a limousine and “butty bus” business, said: “I reject that she has a leading role in this. The prosecution have put her as the matriarch of a drug dealing empire but that’s not an entirely accurate assessment of the situation.” Geoff Knowles, for Philip Stephenson, who disputed living with Wright all the time, said: “The police said he wears branded clothes and has high powered cars. They are right on one count – he wears branded clothes but it’s George and it’s from Asda. “He would be the first drug dealer flaunting his wealth by decking himself out in clothing from Asda.” He added: “There was no evidential link to the weapon found.” Penny Hall, for Aaron Stephenson, said: “There is no evidence he posted things on social media and it may be someone else had access to them.” She added: “He always intended to come back at some stage.” Tony Davis, for McKenzie Stephenson, said he had a difficult start in life and his mother blames herself for his lack of guidance. 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6 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 NEWS Airport bosses welcome travel restriction revamp > > Ibiza-bound holidaymakers at Newcastle International Airport in July. It is hoped to move to an easier regime for those wishing to take holidays abroad HANNAH GRAHAM and GAVIN CORDON Reporters Newcastle Airport bosses have welcomed a change in the UK’s international travel rules which they say will help their industry recover after Covid-19. The changes, announced yesterday, are the biggest adjustment to travel regulations since the traffic light system was announced. Under the new system there will be one ‘red list’, while all other destinations will be easier to visit, especially for fully-vaccinated travellers. From October 4, double-jabbed holidaymakers will no longer need a pre-departure test before returning from non-red list destinations, and from later in the month will be able to replace the day two PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test. Meanwhile, the red list has been trimmed down, with Turkey, Pakistan and the Maldives all removed. Travellers returning from a red list country will still be required to quarantine in a Government-approved hotel. A spokesperson for Newcastle International Airport said: “We welcome the removal of the pre-departure testing requirement for fully vaccinated passengers returning to England as well as the move to cheaper and more convenient lateral flow tests on day two following arrival. “We have been lobbying the Government for these changes, along with the simplification of the traffic light system, in the hope of making travel as easy as possible and to support the recovery of the UK’s travel industry. “The announcement is well-timed for the return of our Emirates flights to Dubai and the half term school holidays in October. “As well as this, the removal of Turkey and the Maldives from the Red list will give even more choice for holidaymakers looking for a welldeserved winter sun getaway.” Other travel bodies also welcomed the news. Dale Keller, chief executive of the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK said: “Greater freedom of movement for many vaccinated passengers, without the anxiety of pre-departure tests and the high cost of PCR testing on arrival, will help restore traveller confidence and set the aviation, travel and tourism sectors on what is still a long road to recovery. “Moving from the established Today’s changes mean a simpler more straightforward system Grant Shapps RUGS DIRECT UK Rugs Specialist Warehouse Open to public Small to very large sizes in different qualities • Modern & Contemporary • Traditional, All types of Orientals, Persians etc • Huge Stock • Massive Savings three traffic light system to a red list, and a two-tier entry regime for vaccinated or non-vaccinated passengers, brings greater clarity to entry requirements and recognises the vaccination status of an additional 17 countries. “This is to be applauded, however the revised system can only work effectively – and without discrimination, when fully vaccinated status is recognised for all travellers to the UK. Testing requirements for many remains costly and excessive, and a significant number of inbound markets for the UK will still remain unfairly treated. “The UK’s complex and costly travel restrictions decimated passenger volumes over the summer while much of Europe capitalised on vaccination roll-out by rebuilding their connectivity. [Friday’s] announcement is a step towards properly rebalancing international travel risk with the Government’s domestic Covid response, and will enable the UK to begin to claw back lost ground as airlines attempt to rebuild their operations.” In a statement, transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “[Friday’s] changes mean a simpler, more straight- 321N Mayoral Way (off Retail World, 1st Right), Team Valley, Gateshead, NE11 0RT Tel: 0191 482 6262 - Open 7 days 10-6 - www.rugsdirectuk.com forward system. One with less testing and lower costs, allowing more people to travel, see loved ones or conduct business around the world while providing a boost for the travel industry. Public health has always been at the heart of our international travel policy and with more than eight in 10 adults fully vaccinated in the UK, we are now able to introduce a proportionate updated structure that reflects the new landscape.” The move was welcomed by the chairman of the Commons Transport Committee Hew Merriman. “The committee has called out confusing watchlists and quarantines; criticised the delay in reaping the benefit of the vaccine dividend and puzzled over the high costs and lack of sequencing of PCR tests,” he said. “The need for caution is clear but with 80% of our country now vaccinated, UK travel needs a shot in the arm and this could be it. It’s a relief to see the Government move on these issues and this announcement, timed ahead of October half-term, could have an immediate impact on the UK’s travel industry.” British Airways chief executive and chairman Sean Doyle urged the Government to go further and sweep away all testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers. Scotland will not follow England in removing the requirement for people who are fully vaccinated to take a predeparture test before returning from non-red list destinations. Welsh Government health and social services minister Eluned Morgan said: “We will carefully consider the UK Government’s proposed changes to the border health measures.” Young people are ‘credit’ to county Northumberland has a higher proportion of 18 to 24-year-olds who have had at least one Covid-19 vaccine than anywhere else in the country. Based on the latest Government and NHS data, 79.7% of young people in the county have had their first jab. That equates to almost 18,000 people. The county also ranks second nationally for the percentage of people in that age group who have had both jabs – behind North Somerset. As of September 14, 64.6% of 18 to 24 year olds in the area had received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. Richard Hay, director of planning and operations and Northumberland CCG, said the county’s young people were “a credit to their country”. He added: “We are immensely proud of the responsibility and compassion displayed by our young people in the county for coming forward, doing their bit and getting these life-saving vaccines to protect themselves and their communities.” One of those young people, Morpeth’s Jake Waugh, explained why he had been keen to get jabbed. He said: “I feel really privileged to be offered the Covid-19 vaccine. I play guitar in a local band, so it’s been really good to get back to playing live and feeling the atmosphere of the crowd again.” He added that it had “put his mind at ease” to know he was protecting his friends and family.

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 7 Campus focus as universities get ready for students ARE YOU TOO EMBARRASSED TO SMILE? TRANSFORM YOUR SMILE IN JUST ONE DAY. NEWS Ditch compulsory jabs for care staff, says union Trade union Unison’s senior figure in the region has joined calls to ditch plans for vaccines to be mandatory for care home staff. Thursday was the last day a care worker could have a first vaccine dose in order to be fully vaccinated by the Government’s November 11 deadline. Clare Williams, Northern Regional Secretary at the union, said the Whitehall approach had been “heavy-handed”, and risked “dire consequences”. Unison also said it had had reports of care agencies unable to provide emergency cover because of the rule, it added this could cause “catastrophic staff shortages”. But the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has defended the plan, saying it has to do “everything we can” to look after care home residents. Clare Williams said: “Everyone that can have the vaccine, should have the vaccine. But the Government has persisted with a heavy-handed approach despite warnings from care employers of the dire consequences. “This move is damaging a sector already on its knees and undermining trust in the vaccine. If roles can’t be filled, the level and volume of care offered will be reduced. Vaccine-hesitant staff must be offered reassurance and persuasion, not threats and ultimatums.” She said the vaccine mandate rule was “actively driving experienced staff a w a y ”. Francis O’Ryan, who runs a supported living home, added: “We just can’t recruit people. No-one is coming forward. We can’t even get agency workers to cover staff leave, as they’re struggling too.” Unison pointed to its own research from October 2020 which showed there were 112,000 vacancies in the sector. In a report estimating the impact of requiring vaccines for care workers, the Government itself said 40,000 staff could leave CQC-registered homes because of the rule. The DHSC said it would work with local authorities to mitigate any staffing pressures experienced in the coming months. FREE consultation & interest free credit available DANIEL HOLLAND Local Democracy Reporter University bosses in Newcastle have outlined their plans to safely manage the return of tens of thousands students to the city. With Freshers Week about to kick off, education chiefs in the city will be hoping to avoid the kind of major outbreaks that saw thousands of Newcastle and Northumbria students contract Covid at the start of term this time last year. Newcastle University vice-chancellor Prof Chris Day said this week that students will be encouraged to stay on campus more during Freshers, rather than going into the busiest parts of the city centre, and that he was confident that the overwhelming majority will arrive vaccinated. He told the City Futures Board this week: “In light of concerns over Covid-19 and how busy the city centre has become since rules were relaxed, we are holding more activities on our campus including on-site food trucks, bars, beach pits, event spaces. “All students are being reminded of the dangers related to alcohol, drugs, sexual violence, e-scooters, unofficial taxis, and we are promoting very heavily the behaviours we expect. “In terms of teaching, for most students that will begin a few days In light of concerns over Covid-19 and how busy the city centre has become, we are holding more activities on our campus Prof Chris Day, Newcastle University later on the 27th and unless the Government changes its guidance we will be teaching with a combination of in-person and online methods. “After last year when most of our teaching had to be online, both of us [Newcastle and Northumbria universities] are trying to return to as much on-campus, face-to-face for the students as we can. Although it is important to point out that we, like many in the sector, believe that there were a lot of positive lessons that came out of our switch to online learning. “If you hear stories about students getting some of their teaching online, that is not necessarily a bad thing and we will stick with that where we think it delivers a better experience in some form or other.” Prof Day added that, while there will be no social distancing enforced on campus, both of the city’s universities are “strongly encouraging” the wearing of face masks – and would expect staff and students to have face coverings on for indoor teaching or research sessions. All students are also being asked to take lateral flow tests twice a week and encouraged to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Prof Day and his Northumbria counterpart, Prof Andrew Wathey, both expressed hopes that a very high percentage of students would arrive in Newcastle having already had at least one jab. 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8 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 NEWS > > Above and below, crowds flocked to Whitley Bay carnival in 2018. Right, the giant swan parents made for the 2017 Whitley Bay carnival will be recycled into a bird of paradise for this year’s event Big Bay carnival is back on the streets TONY HENDERSON Heritage writer @Hendrover A TOWN’S annual carnival has bounced back from Covid disappointment to take to the streets on Saturday. The pandemic made it impossible to stage Whitey Bay Carnival over the late May bank holiday as usual. But organisers, volunteers and schools involved in the event were determined that it should go ahead and Saturday will see their efforts pay off. Youngsters taking part had pressed for the parade to have a green theme, which has included Rockcliffe First School in Whitley Bay recycling a giant swan parents made for the 2017 carnival into a bird of paradise. “By popular demand the theme had to be green even in this time of pandemic disruption. It is the thing our young promenaders are most concerned and worried about,” said Carol Alevroyianni, director of organisers charity Salto Arts Productions, which produces carnival and other community arts events and activities. “They wanted to focus on the positive, what we have to lose and what we want to protect in the sea, the air and the land.” “It has been a real challenge for everyone involved finding new ways of working apart during lockdowns, running drop-in carnival clubs over the summer holidays and not being able to rehearse the community bands at all until a couple of weeks ago. “We set ourselves the additional challenge of recycling rather than buying in new materials but everyone has been determined to make something wonderful and the end result will show what an amazingly resilient and creative community we have in Whitley Bay. “It helps that we have some very talented artists in the town who have spent the summer transforming a chaos of all sorts of left-over materials into beautiful costumes, in between running open sessions so that anyone could come and make something to wear or carry in the parade.” In addition to the parade, spectators will be able to see the nine green flags of hope for the environment created over the summer by groups of neighbours in a series of garden and street sessions with artists Sally Southern and Cath Hodson. Backing for the event has come from the Creative Civic Change programme, Whitley Bay Big Local, Arts Council and local business Pantrinis, Di Meo’s and Fishermans Bay. The parade begins at 4pm on Saturday from Station Road and will move along Whitley Road, Park View, Marine Avenue and across the Spanish City Plaza to the revamped central promenade. Bands will include Whitley Bay Big Noise drummers and the Spanish City Rollers. Lindsay Ford, teacher at Rockcliffe First School, said: “As the school is a strong part of the community, the carnival is one of the highlights of the year. “The preparations this year have been absolutely amazing and we have seen a higher level of engagement than ever before. “Pupils, siblings, parents, grandparents, everyone has been behind it. There was a buzz in school and lots of excitement. “I have spent hours answering emails from parents talking about their ideas and wanting inspiration and chatting at the school gates about costumes. It has been really lovely. “But one of the most special things about this year is that fact that it is ‘green’ and we have tried to recycle and reuse everything. “We are a green school with an Eco Club. The children have a really good understanding of what we need to do to look after our not only the local area but also the planet.”

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 9 NEWS Weight for it, we can have pounds and ounces again > > Steve Thoburn (left) with friend Neil Herron at his shop in Southwick, Sunderland, in 2000 kieran Murray and David Hughes Reporters Pounds and ounces are set to return to shops and market stalls across the UK as part of a post-Brexit plan. Ministers have announced a major review of all EU laws automatically kept on the statute book since Britain exited the European Union. Imperial measurements could make a comeback to your local greengrocers after a 26-year battle by ‘metric martyrs’ if the plans get the go-ahead. Sunderland’s Steven Thoburn was renowned as Britain’s first metric martyr for refusing to convert from traditional pounds and ounces to Euro-approved metric measures in 2000. The dispute, which was taken to the House of Lords, stemmed from the sale of a bunch of bananas worth 34p. It led to a court case in 2001, when Mr Thoburn was convicted of two offences of breaching the Weights and Measures Act 1985 after a trial held at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court. His imperial scales were confiscated and he was given a six-month conditional discharge in 2001. Despite widespread public support, he failed to have the conviction overturned in the high court and the Lords. Its importance was to prove EU law could take precedence over UK laws and concerned what the presiding judge described as “the most famous bunch of bananas in legal history. As part of post-Brexit changes to EU laws, the UK Government now intends to make it legal again for market stalls, shops and supermarkets to sell goods using the imperial weights and measures system. According to Brexit minister Lord Frost, the plan will ditch Brussels’ rules and proves the “gloom-mongers” were wrong in their assessments following UK’s exit from the European Union. The Government will also allow the Crown Stamp to be placed “voluntarily” on pint glasses instead of CE markings. Lord Frost’s comments came despite ongoing uncertainty over Northern Ireland’s trading arrangements and shortages in shops across the UK, which critics say Brexit has exacerbated. The minister said: “A lot of things haven’t happened the gloom-mongers said would happen and I don’t think are going to happen.” “This economy and this country is prospering vastly already under the arrangements we are putting in place. High standards need to reflect the context we are operating in. “I am sure there will be change but don’t believe those changes will result in regression of standards.” He said the purpose of the reforms was to “improve the productivity of the UK by putting in place regulations tailored to our conditions”. Other reforms include introducing digital driving licences, test certificates and MOT processes. Shareholders will be able to have digital certificates instead of paper ones and regulations governing clinical trials and medical devices will be changed. Lord Frost insisted: “We are a high standards country. That doesn’t mean we don’t intend to change them. The world moves on.” In the House of Commons, shadow international trade secretary Emily Thornberry was scathing about what she sarcastically described as “the marvellous Brexit deal which is working so well at present.” She said the country “faces continuing shortages of staff and supplies exacerbated by the Government’s Brexit deal, while businesses across the country face mounting loses in trade with Europe.” Miss Thornberry added in Northern Ireland people “remain stuck in limbo as the Government refuses to implement the Brexit deal which they negotiated. “Into all of that comes along the new Paymaster General to talk about all the wonderful opportunities which await us because of the marvellous Brexit deal which is working so well at present.” Durham. No ordinary county. Celebrate our culture at Durham2025.co.uk

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THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 11 NEWS Work begins on £2.7m revamp of RVI wards > > Rob Lees, senior project manager for Estates Capital Projects and David Thompson, regional director for Tolent SAM VOLPE Reporter sam.volpe@reachplc.com Work is under way on a £2.7m revamp of two key wards at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. Wards 41 and 42 at the hospital are undergoing refurbishments that contractors Tolent said would “increase space and improve facilities for both patients and staff”. Ward 41 – currently part of the RVI’s stroke unit – will instead be integrated into the maternity wing of the hospital. The idea is to better make use of the space available – with the plan as it stands to create a new “care space” which would provide in-patient and outpatient care to mothers and babies who may have to be in hospital for extended periods. Meanwhile Ward 42 will become a specialist stroke ward. There will be four new bays, each with six beds, four cubicles, a new assessment suite, a staff room and a patient rehab gym. Robert Lees, a senior project manager on the Newcastle Hospitals Trust’s estates team, said: “These key upgrade projects will provide immediate benefits and create an improved environment for both patients and staff. “As an outstanding Trust, these improved facilities will help our staff continue to provide the highest standard of care and we look forward to seeing the completed works.” The scheme has been designed by architects P+HS – also based in the city – and it is the twelfth contract awarded to Tolent, which is headquartered in Team Valley, in recent years. Both architects and contractors have previously worked on schemes across the RVI and the Freeman Hospital as part of the ongoing revamp of local NHS buildings. Tolent’s regional director David Thompson said the firm was “delighted to be continuing our relationship”. He added: “”The work being carried out is going to make a real difference to the care of patients and the wellbeing of the staff who care for them, and it’s something we’re proud to be involved in.” Spotlight on cancers which are often misdiagnosed A County Durham MP is raising awareness of cancers that are often misdiagnosed and can take years to properly identify. Easington MP Grahame Morris was speaking out on World Lymphoma Awareness Day on Wednesday. The campaign day is a a global initiative hosted by the Lymphoma Coalition and organised by Lymphoma Action in the UK. Lymphoma is the UK’s fifth most common cancer, but rare lymphomas such as Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCL), also known as skin lymphomas, are not well-known. Only around seven people in every million are diagnosed with a skin lymphoma every year in the UK. The diagnosis journey can take up to seven years for some patients. Labour MP Mr Morris, who is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on cancer, said: “It is crucial that on World Lymphoma Awareness Day we promote the better understanding of rare blood cancers because too often they can be misdiagnosed as milder, less life-threatening conditions. “For instance, Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas are often misdiagnosed for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Due to their likeness to more common skin disorders, these rare lymphomas can take, on average, between two and seven years for individuals to receive a confirmed diagnosis.” Mr Morris added: “We must continue to raise awareness for rare cancers like CTCL to improve the outcomes of people living with this condition in Easington constituency and across the UK. According to Lymphoma Action, the main symptoms of the disease are unexplained weight loss, feeling tired for no reason, a lump in your neck, armpit, or groin, an itchy feeling all the time and being drenched in sweat during the night.

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ADVERTISING FEATURE The grassroots cultural scene supporting County Durham’s bid for UK City of Culture 2025 The compelling and people-based arTs projecTs in counTy durham hoping To help clinch The coveTed TiTle County Durham is in the running to be UK City of Culture 2025, a title that would showcase the creative ambition, talent, and heritage of communities across the county, while bringing transformational social and economic benefits to the entire North East. County Durham’s bid, submitted by Durham County Council with principal partner Durham University on behalf of Culture Durham, is in a very strong position indeed. The county boasts a UNESCO world heritage site, a globally renowned university and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is also first-class cricket and a calendar of world-class events including Lumiere and Kynren. But what of the grassroots arts and culture scene across the county, which the UK City of Culture 2025 judges will be particularly keen to explore to make sure the bid is truly inclusive. How does the county measure up? Alison Clark, head of culture, tourism and sport at Durham County Council, said: “Thankfully there are many well-established projects that have been bringing people together and connecting communities for decades. You don’t have to look far to find examples of ambitious and surprising creative work in County Durham communities. “The grassroots element of the bid is one of our strengths and unique selling points. We have urban areas, rural areas and post-industrial areas and there is something very powerful about this diversity. “We also have very strong traditions like brass bands and the miners’ welfare halls, which are rooted in the rich history of the county and celebrate the stories of the people who have made it their home. The bid shines a light on these traditions and makes sure they are supported, while ensuring the voices of local people are heard. The grassroots arts and culture work, which is at the heart of our UK City of Culture 2025 bid, addresses the issues that communities are faced with today while imagining what the future holds.’’ Along with 19 other locations across the UK and Ireland, Culture Durham will discover if the Durham 2025 bid has made the shortlist of six places later this month. The overall winner of the competition, run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will be declared next year. The winning location will then take on the baton from Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021, which has so far attracted more than £100m in capital investment to support cultural projects. To find out more about the bid, visit: www.durham2025.co.uk In County Durham, there are a number of organisations producing exciting and engaging arts and cultural activities at a grassroots level, many of which have been life-changing for those taking part and are a tribute to the county, its heritage, and its communities. Here are three examples: The Forge The Forge has a reputation for working with some of County Durham’s most socially and economically disadvantaged communities, bringing nationally and internationally acclaimed artists to work with children and young people, and school and community partners across the region. An Arts Council-funded organisation, it has been based in Stanley for 20 years and was set up in 2001 by Tony Harrington, executive director. He explained: “Our specialism is to work within schools and other agencies to ensure that every child and young person in the region has access to high quality arts experiences. Our programmes are inspired by local people and places and develop from our understanding of local cultures and local heroes, such as our schools and community programme that celebrates the work of the pitman poet, Tommy Armstrong. We work with artists, teachers, and other creatives to develop projects that inspire young people and help them develop their own creative voices. “The youngsters we work with are digitally very sophisticated, and our arts programmes recognise their digital competencies as well as helping them to develop more traditional arts skills. As well as working closely with schools, our multi-agency work focuses on engaging children and young people who have had limited opportunities to access the arts - such as those who are not in education or employment. We want to ensure that every young person is given the opportunity to experience the arts and develop their own creative pathway - which supports their well-being and their future employability.’’ One of The Forge’s proudest achievements was the UK premiere of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin at Durham Cathedral. The piece commemorates the victims of the Terezin concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia where tens of thousands died during the Second World War. He added: “Our Defiant Requiem programme was initially developed in response to the reported rise in extreme right-wing radicalisation in the UK. We began by touring a production of The Tin Ring into schools which tells the story of a young girl’s’ experiences in the Holocaust. The idea was to expose young people to the cataclysmic harm that can be caused by scapegoating others and allowing prejudice to flourish. From that we collaborated with Defiant Requiem Foundation and staged the performance at Durham Cathedral.’’ The Forge also partners Culture Bridge North East in delivering the Arts Council’s very successful Artsmark scheme. This gives schools with strong arts and cultural provision the recognition they deserve and helps them to create even more exciting opportunities for their pupils to grow and learn. NorTherN hearTlaNds Northern Heartlands firmly believes in the creative power of communities to bring about real change. The Barnard Castle-based charity operates across south west County Durham, including many rural and coalfield communities. For director Jill Cole, one of the proudest moments was a few years back when a mighty metal monster appeared in the former pit village of Willington. This was The Man Engine, described by its Cornish creators as the largest mechanical puppet ever created in Britain. She explained: “The population of Willington is below 6,000 but it looked as if everyone had turned out to see it on that June day in 2018. The mighty monument to a miner was an engineering masterpiece. People just loved it and they had never seen anything like it. “The event and the work we did leading up to it connected young people to the mining industry of County Durham’s past, but also helped people to rediscover a huge sense of pride in their place. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you get to know what makes communities tick.’’ Another highlight of the work of Northern Heartlands was a community opera called ‘Song of our Heartland’ which was produced by Opera North. It was developed in partnership with members of local communities from south west County Durham, a region with a strong heritage in mining and railway industries, as well as upland hill-farming. Jill added: “Song of Our Heartland was part of our work as a Great Place Scheme in south west Durham. We were very lucky to partner with such a prestigious organisation as Opera North ‘If These Walls Could Talk,’ a community based visual arts project commissioned by east durham Creates, brought people of all ages together. Credit: richard Kenworthy and taking part was life-changing for many of the individuals involved. The project also showed the strength of community spirit here in County Durham and just what we can achieve when we work together.’’ easT durham CreaTes East Durham Creates engages people in creative activities, inspired by East Durham and made for and by the communities who live there. Part of the Creative People and Places programme and funded by Arts Council England, the organisation is managed by East Durham Trust. Project lead Jess Hunt explained that inequality is inequality whether we are talking at a rehearsal of the community opera song of our heartland with composer Will Todd Nursery school children take part in arts activities supported by the Forge The man engine event at Willington by Paul Norris a financial level or with regard to access to culture. She said: “East Durham is highlighted as one of the areas in the country among the lowest in terms of art and cultural engagement and we’ve found that the voices of people living in places like East Durham don’t get heard. One of the reasons is that it doesn’t have a major theatre or gallery and is made up of small communities that couldn’t support a venue of this scale. People tend to travel 10 to 20 miles if they want to take part in arts and culture, to places such as Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle.’’ Never daunted, East Durham Creates has helped transform communities by getting more local people involved in creating and experiencing great art. Jess explained: “We aim to remove the barriers to help people engage with arts and culture and those barriers can be lack of income, lack of transport or a fear that art isn’t for them. We make sure that the art and culture we promote is relevant and inclusive. “One of our biggest achievements are the cultural hubs formed from existing community centres, led by and for local people. These hubs now have their own programmes of performances and exhibitions, which are shaped by the communities they serve. “Whether we’re commissioning new work from community groups or international artists, East Durham Creates projects will always be inspired by things that local people have told us matter to them - the people, stories and heritage that are unique to our area.’’

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22 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 NEWS They have got paddle power! elif gulman Reporter Three paddlers, two of them from Northumberland, are to complete a 96km stand-up paddleboard race to support The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). There has been global support in their preparations for the ultra race which begins at the famous Neptune’s Staircase in Scotland today. Northumberland paddlers Anna Little and Claire Watson-Armstrong will be taking part from Fort William to Inverness, crossing three lochs including Loch Ness. Anna, 48, from Wylam, is a fitness and wellbeing expert and will be competing in the event non-stop on a tandem board with Daniel Godridge. She said: “It’s an epic challenge that will test us physically and mentally... We’ll be endeavouring to cover the route as quickly as possible.” They chose to support the RNLI and will be funding lifesaving at sea and on the water. Daniel, 50, an outdoor activities coach from Catterick Garrison, says: “The popularity of water sports has been huge especially in paddleboarding. RNLI has been at the forefront of increasing the awareness of the water safety of paddlers during the last few years as many people venture out onto the sea.” “It’s a privilege to help raise muchneeded funds so they can continue to deliver a vital volunteer service.” Public relations consultant Claire Watson-Armstrong, 45, will be completing the race over two days, paddling solo for 34km. > > Claire and Anna will take on a 100km paddle for charity today “I am excited but nervous for the Great Glen - but I love a challenge, which I am sure this is going to be.” The RNLI has a special connection for Claire, whose family owns Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. Claire says, “The first-ever known lifeboat was launched at Bamburgh in 1786 by Dr. John Sharp, a trustee of the castle during the 18thcentury for the Crewe Trustees. The castle also served as the first lifeboat station in history. “I have grown up living by the sea and have paddled and swam in the waters off the Northumberland coast most of my life.” “I have the utmost respect for the brave RNLI volunteers who risk their own lives to save others. When I start to feel tired or overwhelmed by the race, I’ll be inspired to pick myself up, think positively, and keep paddling.” Anna and Daniel expect to complete the paddle in 12 hours, while Claire will be paddling around seven hours a day. You can donate to Anna, Claire, and Daniel’s Great Glen Challenge by going to https://gofund.me/bbf79c37 Call now for an appointment

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It will go on display in Newcastle – for the first time in 22 years – at the Laing Art Gallery exactly a year from today, September 17, 2022 where visitors will be able to view it up until December 3. And it is even known which of its beautifully-illustrated pages will be on show to visitors. It will be opened at a page introducing St John’s Gospel, featuring the main initial which happens to be the last major decoration in the manuscript and shows off all its creator’s skill. Special events – due to be announced soon – will be held during the exhibition BEST PRICE PAID which also coincides with the 1,900-year anniversary of the first phase of building Hadrian’s Wall which is triggering a whole year of celebrations in itself. There is also to be “a high-profile artist commission” to reimagine the Gospels for a modern audience. Julie Milne, chief curator of art galleries, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, said: “We are delighted to be working towards the presentation of the Lindisfarne Gospels in Newcastle in 2022 and have now > > The Laing Art Gallery will play host to the Lindisfarne Gospels Drivers are being warned of weeks of disruption due to gas works in a North Tyneside area. Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the gas distributor for the North of England, is carrying out essential work to help maintain the safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in Church Bank, Wallsend. The ageing metal pipework is now being replaced by new, more durable plastic pipes. The work, planned in collaboration with North Tyneside Council, will start on Monday, September 27, and is expected to last reached the landmark of only one year to go. “We will be announcing further significant news in the coming months about both the exhibition and the associated programme.” Yesterday’s announcement also marks 1,300 years after the death in 721 of Eadfrith, the monk who became the Bishop of Lindisfarne in 698 and is believed to have created the Gospels in the monastery on the island. Now in the care of the British Library, the manuscript was most for 10 weeks. As a result, some traffic management measures will be put in place. This will begin on September 27 with two-way traffic lights on Church Bank (A193), starting just before the junction of St Peter’s Road. The traffic lights will follow the works eastbound, along to the junction of Ropery Lane. The lights will then be removed on October 10 and a road closure on Church Bank will begin on October 11, between the junction > > The Lindisfarne Gospels recently on loan to the region in 2013 when it went on display at Durham University where it attracted almost 100,000 visitors. It has been to the Laing twice before, in 1996 and then 2000. This time it will be on show at the gallery in an exhibition exploring its place in the world today and themes including regional and national identity. Another matter of interest for locals is that inserted in the text of the Gospels – 250 years after its creation – is a 10th century word-forword translation of the Latin text into Old English by Aldred, a provost of the monastic community of St Cuthbert at Chester-le-Street, which is the oldest known translation of the Gospels into English. The Gospels – taken with the monks when they fled Lindisfarne due to the Viking raids – eventually ended up in London where it was known to be by 1605. 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THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 27 Nostalgia UP and away for airport It was September 15, 1966 - and the sky was the limit at Newcastle Airport. Our photograph shows the new terminal building nearing completion 55 years ago. Officially opened five months later in February 1967 by Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson, the £2.5 million terminal and extended 7,000-ft runway would help transform the airport from a local airfield into the region’s biggest, and the world’s most punctual small airport. More than 360,000 passengers would make their way through the airport during 1967, with Mr Wilson praising the ultra-modern facilities. The Prime Minster, a politician who espoused scientific progress and “the white heat of technology”, pointed out how the airport would be vital to the future of the North East and how it would play a pivotal role in the region’s economic development. “As a local airfield,” he said, “Newcastle is already one of the most important in Britain. It will now provide adequate capacity for the North East for many years to come.” It was a far cry from the earliest version of the airport, which had officially opened in July 1935 when Newcastle Aero Club, formed in 1925, moved from Cramlington to the current site in Woolsington. Costing £35,000 to build, the first airport consisted of a grass runway, clubhouse, hangar, workshops and a garage. During the 1960s, Newcastle Airport would expand far beyond being “a few huts, a couple of hangars, and a bit of grass”. In 1960, the magical 100,000 passenger number was passed, actually reaching 119,000. By 1962, that figure was 153,000, and two years later it topped 200,000. By the time of Harold Wilson’s visit in 1967, numbers had climbed to 360,633 - and as well as the longer runway and new terminal, there would be new cargo buildings and improved car parking. A year later, the increased passenger capacity began to be served by Airport Taxis, beginning a long association with the airport - and in 1969 the Royal Institute of British Architects gave Newcastle Airport their most coveted award. The 1966-67 revamp was expected to cope with rising passenger numbers until the 1980s, but the huge boom in foreign holidays in the 1970s would mean further investment and expansion was required during that decade. > > The control tower and terminal building at Newcastle Airport on September 15, 1966 > > Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson, front left, at Newcastle Airport, 1967 > > The lounge, Newcastle Airport, circa 1967 Fascintating history of Newgate DAVID MORTON Reporter david.morton@reachplc.com Think Newcastle’s Newgate Street these days and you might well think of The Gate leisure complex or the swish Maldron Hotel – all very 21st century. It was, however, one of the old town’s earliest thoroughfares. The area was known initially by the names of the various medieval markets held here: the Horse Market, Nolt (cattle) Market, and White Cross Market. Meanwhile, a forbidding wall, only small parts of which remain today, once encircled most of the town. The name Newgate Street came into use in the 18th century, commemorating the strongest of the Town Wall gates which stood at the site for nearly 400 years. Outside the New Gate, heading North, the road continued. Today it’s called Percy Street, but it was originally known as Sidgate Street. From there, the turnpike would take you through Northumberland and on to Edinburgh. The medieval-built New Gate was massive – a miniature castle, grim and uncompromising. It was double-gated and a bar to anyone – friend or foe – wishing to enter the town. In 1746, for example, in through the New Gate rode the Duke of Cumberland, commander-in-chief of the British Parliamentary Army, following the crushing victory over the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden, near Inverness. There were bonfires, speeches and rejoicings in Newcastle before the Duke rode on with his escort back towards London. After the defeat of Bonny Prince Charlie and the brutal subjugation of the Jacobite Rebellion, the perceived threat from Scotland was greatly reduced and the New Gate became > > Co-op, Newgate Street, Newcastle, 1953 largely employed as a jail. It was home to a brutal prison until the early 19th century, and was split into two, with criminals on one side and debtors the other. The debtors would have endured a gloomy time, but they had certain freedoms. They could even wander as far as the Lam Burn, which once flowed down Darn Crook (St Andrew’s Street today). For murderers, they faced the final ignominy of being carted along the aptly named Gallowgate to the execution site on the Town Moor near Fenham Barracks. Visitors could even pay 6d and enter the prison to see the inmates in all their misery. Eventually, the gates would be opened in the early hours each day to allow the men of Newcastle out to work in the coal mines. By 1820, it was decided a new jail was needed and a site on Carliol Croft on the other side of the town was chosen. Plans to knock down the New Gate were met with vigorous opposition, meetings and letters to the newspapers, but by 1823 the medieval building was gone. Such a shame as similar structures in, for example, York are major tourist attractions today.

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The lack of access to computers has been exacerbated by the closure of libraries, the report adds. More than 90% of businesses in the North East say digital skills are needed for their work and 82% of online vacancies require digital skills of some sort. However, almost a quarter of firms in the region say their employees are lacking basic skills and an ever higher proportion (28%) say they have a digital skills gap in their workforces. The report details eight recommendations to tackle the problem, including improving connectivity for people in disadvantaged and rural areas and providing short courses in community centres. Michelle Rainbow, skills director at the LEP, said: “While we know digital exclusion is a problem in the North East, the pandemic has really exacerbated the issue and highlighted why we must address it now. “This report has allowed us to see the scale of the problem for the first time and how Covid-19 has extended the gap which already existed in our region. “If we truly want to level up the > > Michelle Rainbow, Skills Director at the North East LEP For the latest North East business news go to www.business-live.co.uk country and provide opportunities for all we must address the issue of digital exclusion and we must do it in partnership with businesses, education, the voluntary sector and the public sector.” Last year, the Chronicle and Journal launched the Laptops for Kids and Cash for Connectivity campaigns to help the hundreds of children in the region without access to digital devices which allowed them to do home learning during the pandemic. The LEP estimates there are 176,000 adults in the North East who have never used the internet plus another 61,000 who count as ‘lapsed’ users (people who haven’t used the internet at all in the last three months). Carol Botten, CEO of Voluntary Organisations Network North East and member of the North East LEP Skills Advisory Panel, said: “Some of the recommendations in our report can be delivered regionally but others will need the support of Government and other stakeholders. “We need to address the problem of access to digital devices and how connectivity can be an additional barrier to people using digital services. “We also need to prioritise education in digital skills from an early age and ensure it becomes part of the curriculum in further and higher education.” Saturday, September 18, 2021 Franchise deal will see Next pairing up with Gap Next has agreed a deal to run Gap’s business in the UK and Ireland as a franchise partner. However, the move will not spark a return for Gap’s high street operations, after the retail giant revealed plans in July to axe its 81 stores in the region. The move will see the two firms form a joint venture – with 51% owned by Next and 49% by Gap – which will see Next operate the US fashion brand’s digital operations, concessions and click and collect service. New York-listed Gap Inc will continue to produce clothing ranges for the brand but the deal will see Next take over the day-today operations of Gap in the UK and Ireland. It comes shortly after Gap said it would leave the UK high street for good as part of a shake-up designed to help the group return to sustainable growth. Next will use its Total Platform online, distribution and logistics system to run operations for the brand. Mark Breitbard, chief executive officer and president of Gap Global, said: “Gap is partnering with Next, one of the UK’s leading online clothing retailers, to amplify our omnichannel business and meet our customers in UK and Ireland where they are shopping now.” Next chief executive Lord Simon Wolfson said: “Next is delighted at the prospect of its Total Platform supporting Gap on the next stage of development of their world-renowned brand in the UK and Ireland.” It comes around a year after Next struck a similar joint venture with Victoria’s Secret to run the US lingerie firm’s struggling UK business. 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30 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Powered by Watchdog to investigate Bristol Water takeover bid The competition watchdog will assess whether Pennon’s plans to buy Bristol Water could reduce competition in the water industry. Competition and Markets Authority officials will examine the deal, which valued Bristol Water at £814 million when it was announced in June. Officials will first look at whether the takeover creates what they call a “relevant merger situation” and, if so, if that might result in a “substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.” The wording is standard for any takeover the CMA decides to investigate and many inquiries are dropped after these initial checks. The CMA can also block the deal or force the buyer to dispose of some parts of their business if they want approval. However, more unusually, the watchdog has to make a separate assessment when two water companies merge. The CMA will assess whether the deal “is likely to prejudice water regulator Ofwat’s ability, in carrying out its functions, to make comparisons between water enterprises.” The CMA has invited comments before October 1. Bristol Water presented a chance for Pennon to spend some of the £4.2 billion it raised from selling its waste management business last year. The company, which has 1.2 million customers, was valued at £814 million but once its debts were factored in Pennon paid £425 million in June. Estate agent reveals new chairman Estate agency Foxtons Group has announced the appointment of Nigel Rich as its new chairman. The move comes after the group’s previous chairman, Ian Barlow, confirmed his departure after eight years at the firm following a shareholder backlash. Mr Barlow had come under heavy fire from investors over company salaries and dividend payments. His successor is an experienced leader in the sector who has previously been chairman at rival Hamptons International and real estate investor Segro. Mr Rich said: “I am delighted to take on the chairmanship of Foxtons, a leading and well-known London estate agency. “As the UK, including London, recovers from the economic effects of the pandemic, Foxtons is well placed to take advantage of the resurgent activity in the residential market.” www.business-live.co.uk > > The leader of Northumberland County Council, Glen Sanderson, opens the Port of Blyth’s Wind Turbine Training Facility alongside Port of Blyth chief executive Martin Lawlor Port of Blyth Training looks to be a breeze at Port of Blyth Coreena Ford Business writer coreena.ford@reachplc.com @Scoopford The Port of Blyth has officially launched its £1m Wind Turbine Training facility, cementing the region’s reputation as a world leader in renewable energy. In a first for the UK wind industry, the Port of Blyth has installed a wind turbine training facility at one of its terminals as part of the investment in training provision aimed at the offshore energy sector. The facility comes complete with a full-sized, modified wind turbine aimed at providing unique training opportunities for the renewables industry and is now available for hire through the port’s training division Port Training Services. Constructive approach is at Core of programme North East modular housebuilder CoreHaus has teamed up with a County Durham-based college to recruit, train and develop the region’s next generation of skilled construction professionals. Working closely with Derwentside College, CoreHaus has developed an apprenticeship programme to give young people the chance to learn The facility was opened by Glen Sanderson, leader of Northumberland County Council, with presentations to local and regional business leaders and live practical demonstrations of the facility in use. Martin Lawlor, chief executive of Port of Blyth, said: “We’re delighted to officially launch the Wind Turbine Training Facility with the support of the sizeable supply chain located at the Port and leading players in the renewables sector in the North East. We know this facility will be another key tool for the industry Martin Lawlor new, modern methods of construction. With latest figures revealing the North East saw a 27% drop in the number of apprenticeship starts over the last two years and job vacancies across the UK at a record high, the skill shortage challenge is becoming greater - with construction in particular facing a talent drought. “Our commitment to improving the prospects of local people entering the offshore energy sector has been significant, be it through our active STEM hub, our leading schools and university partnerships or our award-winning post 16 subsea and renewables diploma. “We know this training facility will be another key tool for both the community and the industry.” The facility features a modified, former operational wind turbine for practical training alongside a dedicated training centre with modern classrooms and facilities. The turbine features a duplicate nacelle unit designed for safe training at height with the original nacelle located at ground level for technical training. Coun Sanderson said: “With many major offshore wind-related projects CoreHaus plans to create a Core- Haus Academy which will train up to 15 young people per year, with the aim of offering them a full-time job when training is completed. Once this is up and running, the company plans to at least double its number of apprentices year on year. Scott Bibby, managing-director of CoreHaus, said: “Our vision is to being completed at the Port and the river being home to the world leading Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, it is safe to say the renewables sector is playing a huge role in both the growth and reputation of the Port of Blyth and indeed the resurgence of the town itself. “I’m looking forward to the wind technicians of the future based locally taking their first steps into the industry via this superb facility.” Port of Blyth is home to some of the world’s most prominent offshore energy companies and has been involved in a number of internationally significant projects. Its strategic mid-North Sea location ensures it is also well placed to support the installation and operation of wind farms down the UK’s east coast. transform new build housing delivery and to achieve this we need to bring about positive change. “A fundamental aspect of this is to find and develop a new generation of construction professionals we can train and demonstrate how housebuilding can be approached differently while providing the right type of support structure they need.”

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 31 www.business-live.co.uk Powered by Magazine publisher moves into new office Michael Hoyle Business reporter businessne@reachplc.com @Jnlbusiness The publisher of a puzzle magazine has announced plans to expand into a new Sunderland office after a surge in interest during the Covid-19 pandemic. Puzzle Digest, which started in South Tyneside in 2011, is one of the country’s leading publishers of subscription puzzle and competition magazines, and saw a rise in demand during lockdown last year. Co-founder and director Adam Yendle said: “At a time when millions of people across the country were left isolated and at their lowest ebb, puzzles provided solace to so many looking for new ways to entertain themselves and stay mentally active and the feedback we’ve received from our customers over the past 12 months has been heartening.” The fortnightly magazine offers a range of brainteasers for its players, as well as the opportunity to win cash prizes for themselves, or for charities close to their hearts. More than £750,00 in prize money has been given away during the pandemic. Now the company is looking to move into new offices in the North East Business Innovation Centre (BIC), and will be recruiting two full-time members of staff, as well as partnering with Sunderland College to take on two apprentices, with > > Adam Yendle, co-founder and director (right) with the Puzzle Digest Team potentially more job opportunities to follow. It also plans to expand into new markets from the 1,291sqft of workspace at the BIC, and Mr Yendle said: “We can rest assured that we have the space available to scale at a pace that is sustainable and matches the needs of the business. We also made a commitment during the Covid crisis to continue investing in our staff and employee wellbeing and the location of our new office, overlooking the river and the Northern Spire, will really help us realise our ambitions.” Helen Smith Donna Surtees, centre manager at the North East BIC, said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time for Adam and the team and we are delighted to welcome them to the BIC as they embark upon the next stage of their growth journey. We wish them all the best for the future.” SHAREWATCH AEROSPACE & DEFENCE Avon....................................................1780 -10 BAE Systems...................................560 1/4 +6 Chemring............................................ 309 -5 1/2 Meggitt............................................736 3/8 +2 3/8 Rolls-Royce.......................................... 111 +2 Senior................................................159 1/4 -2 3/8 AIM 600 Group..............................................14 Johnson Service Grp...................157 3/4 +4 London Security................................ £24 M”S Intl................................................. 220 +1 Mothercare....................................... 17 5/8 +1/4 Nichols........................................... 1377 1/2 -32 1/2 Youngs................................................1600 +70 BANKS Barclays............................................182 3/4 HSBC Hldgs......................................... 376 +7 1/8 Lloyds Banking Gp..............................45 +1/4 NatWest Group.................................. 213 +1 Standard Chartered......................... 442 +3/4 BEVERAGES Barr (AG)............................................... 540 +5 Diageo..............................................£34 5/8 -1/8 CHEMICALS Croda International.....................£89 5/8 Elementis 98....................................... 154 Johnsn Mat.....................................£26 3/4 -1 3/4 +1/4 -1/4 CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS Balfour Beatty................................278 1/4 +3/4 C”R”H................................................£36 3/8 -1 Costain............................................... 60 1/2 +1/2 Marshalls.............................................. 807 -12 1/2 ELECTRICITY Drax Gp............................................475 5/8 -1 3/8 SSE.................................................. 1634 1/2 -40 1/2 ELECTRONIC & ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT Morgan 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32 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Going to university is one of the most exciting times of your life but it is also one of the most worrying, as money is never far from your mind. As well as leaving home, making friends and keeping up with coursework, students also get an education in managing personal finances. For many, it proves too much, and the pandemic has only made matters worse, as students pay up to £9,250 a year for restricted tuition. An astonishing three in four have thought of dropping out at some point, a rise of a quarter on last year. While mental health and the pandemic were the major concerns, four in 10 cited money worries as a reason to quit, according to the National Student Money Survey 2021, carried out by the website savethestudent.org.uk The average student maintenance loan is £340 less each month than actual living costs, so no wonder most struggle to make ends meet. Many are looking for ways to earn, with two in five setting up their own business or side hustle, while the number gambling on risky cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin tripled in a year. Students are also less confident about finding a job after uni and expect lower graduate starting salaries in the wake of the pandemic. Save the Student’s money expert Jake Butler says the pandemic has hit everybody hard but students are among the worst affected. “With an unstable part-time job market and some parents losing earnings, the usual funding sources are hard to come by,” he says. He urges struggling students to reach out to their university support services, adding: “There is extra funding available in many cases.” Don’t spend, spend, spend Heading off to university is exciting but don’t get carried away or you could regret it later. Go easy when your first student loan hits your bank account, says Thomas Allder, customer director at Vanquis Bank. “It can be tempting to spend like there is no tomorrow. Instead, allocate yourself a weekly budget so you are not caught short a month or two down the line,” he says. This should take into account Do you really need all those subscriptions? Harvey Jonesreveals how students can avoid ending up with a financial hangover your loan and any income you have, minus tuition fees, rent, mobile phone bills and other essentials. “The amount left over needs to be enough to pay for your food, transport and fun for the rest of the term.” Thomas says you can budget easily by creating a section in your Notes app on your phone, or even a spreadsheet. Also, decide whether you need all those subscriptions. “Netflix, Spotify and others often offer group subscriptions, so see if you can club together with new pals or housemates,” he says. Many first-time students have a limited credit history, which will partly determine whether you can borrow money and how much interest you pay. It can be tempting to splash the cash but you may regret it later “Download an app from an approved credit reference agency such as ClearScore or Experian to see how to build your score,” he says. Before taking out a credit card, make sure you understand how they work, and why you need to repay the balance in full each month to avoid interest and fees, Thomas adds. Strong finances = strong mental health Dr Dominique Thompson, who worked with mystudenthalls.com to write Student Wellbeing: A Guide To Building Better Mental Health In University, says think twice before buying anything online. She advises popping items in the basket without completing the transaction until the next day, when they may not seem so essential. “For essential purchases, try charity shops or apps such as Depop or Vinted. Used textbooks are also often sold through student or Facebook groups,” she suggests. Be wary of Buy Now Pay Later schemes such as Klarna or Clearpay. They may offer interest-free credit but if you fall behind on repayments it can hit your credit score and you could be chased by debt collection agencies. “Avoid this slippery slope at all costs,” Dr Thompson says. Universities, charities and private companies offer thousands of grants, bursaries and scholarships every year. “Unlike loans, most don’t need to be paid back. Do your research and check your uni to see what may be available.” Many universities have funds for student hardship and mental health support too. “Search for ‘student funding’ on your university’s website,” she says. Check out student bank accounts The big banks offer freebies and goodies to entice a new generation of students to take out their student bank accounts. HSBC is leading the charge by offering £80 up front cashback, plus a choice of a £20 Uber Eats voucher or a year of next-day unlimited delivery with online clothing retailer ASOS. NatWest and Royal Bank Of Scotland both offer £50, according to business information service defaqto.com. These cashback offers are lower than in previous years, which saw some banks pay more than £100, but are still tempting. Allocate yourself a weekly budget so you are not caught short a month or two down the line Thomas Allder of Vanquis Bank Heading off to university is an exciting time but it can also bring about financial worries Clever ways to help beat the cost of uni Make sure you understand how credit cards work before you take one out Defaqto banking expert Katie Brain says don’t just look at the freebies but compare all the features and benefits to choose the right account for you. Banks have also cut the interest paid on balances. TSB’s Student account pays 5% on balances up to £500, worth up to £25 a year. This will have less appeal to students who have no savings. Many will want the maximum interest-free overdraft. HSBC and Nationwide offer £1,000 in the first year, rising to £2,000 in the second year then £3,000. NatWest and RBS offer a flat £2,000 from year one. Pauline van Brakel, chief product officer at money app Yolt, says use your overdraft strictly for emergencies and do not take it into account when calculating budgets. “Unlike your student loan, you might need to pay it back quickly after you graduate, and those interest-free deals don’t last for ever.”

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 33 Your Money Your consumer rights champion Revealed: The pitfalls of third-party purchases It might not always feel like it, but we actually have lots of laws, rules and regulations protecting our consumer rights in the UK. Unfortunately, wherever there are rules, there are ways to bend them. In recent years, there’s been a huge rise in ‘third party’ firms. These are businesses that don’t actually offer the goods or services they are providing. If you’ve bought a holiday online in the last few years, you’ve probably used an ‘online marketplace’. So the firm you booked the hotel and flights with isn’t the firm that provides the services. This might not seem like a major problem – until you need to complain. I’ve spent the last year being deluged by complaints about travel traumas alone, with most about online travel marketplaces. Many of these firms refused to refund cancelled holidays despite being threatened with fines and court action. Their argument is your contact isn’t with them – it’s with the hotel or airline. I disagree – but this is a grey area. Businesses operating as a third party are often able to exploit gaps in the rules like this to avoid responsibility when things go wrong. Which brings us to vouchers… Voucher websites have been one of the biggest success stories of the last few years. They appeared seemingly from nowhere, and millions of people use them regularly. But their customer service often leaves a lot to be desired. Last year nearly 14,000 people used Resolver to make a complaint about these websites. Voucher websites offer a huge range of goods and services. They work by offering big discounts on the things being sold on the site. The catch? You buy a voucher from the website, then use it to make your purchase from the retailer. Everyone loves a bargain, so on face value this rather complex arrangement doesn’t seem so bad. The voucher website doesn’t have all the overheads of a superstore and the retailer can reach a much wider range of shoppers. The problem though, is when the goods turn up and they aren’t what you wanted or expected. One of the most common complaints I hear is about poorquality items, broken or damaged goods or things that simply never appear. Lots of people raise concerns about T&Cs on ‘experience days’ that make the actual experience rather less fabulous. The Consumer Rights Act gives you loads of powers when it comes to dealing with retailers in the UK. You’re entitled to a full refund from the retailer in the first 30 days if the goods or services are damaged or misrepresented, for example. And for six months after the purchase, the firm must repair or replace items that don’t work. However, many people I’ve spoken to have reported businesses based abroad that don’t respond. Others have told me that some shops have refused point blank to refund. And, of course, the other problem is technically, what you’ve purchased is a voucher. So even if you do get a refund, it might just be a voucher for something you don’t want or need. Because of this, voucher websites have come under scrutiny and have reputedly been warned about poor practices, refund rights and customer service. Not all firms are bad, but bear in mind that you might encounter problems when making a complaint. Ultimately, if you’re thinking about using a voucher website, check the T&Cs on the website before going ahead. Check to see if there’s a phone number to speak to staff on the ‘contact us’ page too. If there’s no way to speak to a human, then have a think if the firm deserves your cash. Always remember though that getting a 5% discount might seen tempting – but bear in mind that buying direct makes it much easier to sort out a complaint. 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34 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 www.business-live.co.uk Powered by Rural & Farming in association with Call: 0191 232 8345 Visit: www.hay-kilner.co.uk Follow: advertising feature Rural affairs in spotlight Coreena Ford Business writer coreena.ford@reachplc.com @Scoopford The Alnwick Garden is set to host a conference shining a light on issues facing the rural economy. Businesses and rural community groups have been invited to attend the event by the the Rural Design Centre Innovation Project (RDCIP), based in Morpeth, and the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE), which is hosted by Newcastle University, who are working to deliver the full-day conference. With high-profile speakers, the event will bring together organisations and individuals with an interest in rural innovation and enterprise, with the aim of strengthening local networks, highlighting rural issues and working together towards viable solutions. The conference, which takes place on Thursday October 7, will hear from industry professionals on issues that are currently facing rural communities and affecting rural businesses. The event will be chaired by Lord Curry of Kirkharle, chair of the Prince’s Countryside Fund, president of Community Action Northumberland and chair of the Rural Design Centre (RDC), as well as being a Wednesday 22nd September Annual Prize Show & Sale of Texel, Suffolk & Continental Cross Shearling Rams & Ram Lambs Annual Prize Show & Sale of Bluefaced Leicester Shearling Rams, Ram Lambs & Female (Association Sale) Thursday 23rd September Annual ‘Tow Law’ Prize Show & Sale of Mule Gimmer Lambs (x Swaledale) Friday 24th September Annual Show & Sale of Aberdeen Angus & Other Native Breed Store Cattle & Suckled Calves Sale of Breeding Sheep, Cast Sheep & Store Lambs Show & Sale of Hill Bred Store Lambs Entries Close 10am Monday 20th September Thursday 30th September Annual Prize Show & Sale of Blackface & Swaledale Draft Ewes & Gimmers Sale of Mule, Cheviot, Swaledale & Other Ewes & Gimmers Sale of Mule, Blackface & Other Ewe Lambs Entries invited by 10am Wednesday 22nd September Friday 1st October Annual Prize Show & Sale of Continental Bred Store Cattle & Suckled Calves (Show exclude Limousin) Sale of Cast Ewes & Store Lambs Entries invited by 10am Monday 27th September Thursday 7th October Prize Show & Sale of Bluefaced Leicester Shearlings & Ram Lambs Second Sale of Texel, Suffolk & Continental Shearling Rams & Ram Lambs Sale of Pedigree Sheep Entries invited by 10am Wednesday 29th September Friday 8th October nationally influential speaker on rural matters. Lord Curry said the conference demonstrates a new focus on rural innovation. He said: “The issues Prize Show & Sale of Limousin Cross Store Cattle & Suckled Calves Sale of Cast Ewes & Store Lambs Entries invited by 10am Monday 4th October Hexham & Northern Marts, Mart Offices, Tyne Green, Hexham, NE46 3SG. Tel. 01434 605444 facing rural areas have been well documented over the past decade. There are, though, numerous opportunities to use technology, innovation and new ways of thinking to tackle these issues and realise the potential for sustainable growth.” “I am hugely excited to see this agenda being led out of my home area, the North East of England, through establishment of the RDC and NICRE. I’m looking forward to the conference as a celebration of what’s already happening here but also to look forward to a brighter future for rural England.” Speakers at the event, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), include Sarah Dunning, chief executive of Westmorland Ltd, who revolutionised roadside services by turning Tebay into an award-winning destination focused on sourcing from local producers, as featured on ‘A Lake District Farm Shop’ on Channel 4. Acklington - Morpeth - Northumberland - NE65 9BU MONDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER - 11am 100 RAMS - 500 BREEDING SHEEP - 2000 STORE LAMBS PLEASE NOTE SHEEP ONLY THIS DAY ENTRIES INVITED HEXHAM September 15 Mule Gimmers Hexham & Northern Marts held their Annual Prize Show & Sale of Mule Shearling with an entry of 2409. Pre-sale show was ably judged by Miss Kay Thompson, Fitches Grange, Witton le Wear. Miss Thompson gave great care and attention to all 18 pens forward. After much deliberation the championship was given to Messrs RW & K Telford, Branton East Side, for the fourth consecutive year with their homebred gimmers. Then pen of 10 ex blackface gimmer that haven’t reared lambs were impeccably turned out by shepherd, Jim Elliot and went on to sell to £225 to local producer Cheryl Lawson-Croome, Crescent Farm. This topped off a tremendous day from the Branton Eastside Team, whose run of 102 Gimmers averaged £205.50. The reserve champion rosette went to the winners of the ex Swaledale Not Reared Lambs Class from Mr RS Walton, Coatyards, Netherwitton. These were sold for £220.00, to Mr JH Johnson White Lea Farm, Crook, Co Durham. Mule gimmer son the hole were in high demand throughout the sale. New purchasers ringside this year choosing Hexham as their centre of choice to buy there replacements. A premium was seen for gimmers that had suckled lambs and was noticeable in the prices, with the top prices of £230.00 being for lambed gimmers from Mr FS Vickers, Rennington South Farm, Alnwick and r J Charlton Tenter House, West Woodburn. Astonishingly, thirty two pens broke the £200 barrier. The sale saw a remarkable average increase of £28 on last year’s sale, which in itself was very successful 10 Mule Gimmers Ex Blackface NRL 1st Prize RW & K Telford, Branton East Side 2nd Prize RS Walton, Coatyards 10 Mule Gimmers Ex Blackface RL 1st Prize FS Vickers, Rennington South 2nd Prize J Charlton Tenter House 10 Mule Gimmer Ex Swaledale NRL 1st Prize Coatyards RS Walton, TUESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER - 11am DISPERSAL SALE M.AYNSLEY & SON - LEE FARM 45 COWS AND CALVES 45 (Spring Born Calves at Foot) Also 300 STORE CATTLE 300 ONLINE AUCTION SALE LANDROVER SPARE PARTS MONDAY 4TH OCTOBER TO MONDAY 11TH OCTOBER ON BEHALF OF THE LATE PAUL AYNSLEY - LEE FARM FULL DETAILS TO FOLLOW Andy Armstrong 07766 914 075 - Jimmy Fawcett 07501 553 621 Andrew Brown 07818 55 25 55 - Office: 01670 760 331 www.acklingtonmart.co.uk marts 2nd Prize JRD & JA Short, Ouston Champion Pen RW & K Telford, Branton East Side (Blackface NRL) Reserve Champion Pen RS Walton, Coatyards (Swaledale NRL) £230 Rennington South & Tenter House, £228 Branton East Side, £226 & £225 Tenter House, £225 Branton East Side, £224 Edlingham Newtown, £222 Rennington South, Lowes Fell & Coatyards, £220 Rennington South, Lowes Fell & Branton East Side, £212 Edlingham Newtown, £210 Edlingham Newtown & Rennington South, £210 & £208 (x2) Rennington South, £206 Branton East Side, £205 Edlingham Newtown (x2) & Coatyards, £204 Croft Cottage & Thornton Towers, £202 Edlingham Newtown, Houxty House, Thornton Towers & Coatyards, £200 West Lands End, Edlingham Newtown & Thornton Towers, £198 Halton Red House & Light Birks, £195 Light Birks, Broomhill (x2), Edlingham Newtown, Rennington South (x2), Lowes Fell & Branton East Side Cheviot Mule Gimmers An increased entry of Cheviot Mule Gimmers this year were easily sold and reached a high of £230 FROM Messrs J Stephenson & Son, West Mill Hills £230 & £228 West Mill Hills, £202 & £200 Flotterton Suffolk & Suffolk x Gimmers Suffolk x gimmers sold to a ringful of buyers all keen for good strong sheep. Topping the trade was a pen of 21 at £234 from FT Walton, Flotterton, selling to a customer in Hull. £235, £218 & £215 Flotterton, £215 Halton Red House, £210 Flotterton (x2) Texel, Texel x, Beltex x and other Continental Gimmers Texel Gimmers £202 Hagdon Moor & Demesne Farm, £200 West Wharmley (x2) Texel x Gimmers Texel x Gimmers sold to a steady trade with some buyers ringside hesitant to replace their current stock. Topping the class at £225 was a trio from Messrs JC & C MacDonald, Light Birks, selling to their near neighbours in Bardon Mill £225 Light Birks, £220 Claywalls, £205 & £202 Lough Green, £202 Halton Red House, £200 Lough Green (x2), £198 Colwell Demesne, £195 Lough Green, Stotsfold, Raggetsyke, West Mill Hills, Light Birks (x3) & Cornhills Other Continental x Gimmers Other continentals topped at £235 for a black Beltex x Gimmer from Messrs W Patterson & Sons, Halton Red House selling into County Durham Beltex x - £235 Halton Red House, £232 Cornhills, £130 Glenhill Zwartbles x - £155 Blindy View China Hall Dispersal As the day neared its conclusion we came on to the very important dispersal from Mr FM Suddes & Son, China Hall Topping his run of Texel x, Suffolk x & Mule ewes was an exceptional full mouth Texel Ewe at £200 2-4 crop Texel ewes sold regularly into the £140’s with many local farmers purchasing top quality stock from China Hall. Hexham & Northern marts would like to thank Mr & Mrs FM Suddes & Family for their loyal support and wish them every success in their retirement Mule Ewes 4 crop - £122 Texel & Texel x 2 crop - £200, £180, £142 (x2) 3 crop - £150, £146, £145, £142 Suffolk x 2-4 crop - £145 Beltex x 2-4 crop - £122 Other Ewes Texel x 1crop - £180 Halton Red House Mule 1crop - £158 Halton Red House Mule 2crop - £125 Taylor Burn September 14 Prime Cattle Clean cattle sold well today with well finished Limosuin x heifers from Father and Son, Chris & Andrew Johnson of Paxton Dean selling to 270.5 ppkg leaving the pair ecstatic with their days trade. Angus heifers from the Hallington Pedigree herd sold to 229.5ppkg Limousin Heifers –£1589.25 & £1382.26 Paxton Dene 270.5p & 244.5p Paxton Dene British Blue x Heifers – £1590.05 Paxton Dene 269.5p Paxton Dene Angus Heifers -£1202.58 & £1150.05 South Farm 229.5p & 225.5p South Farm Cast Cows & OTM More cows, more buyers resulting in a good trade. The better end of the cows were dearer on the week, with two good Limosuin cows breaking the 200 ppkg barrier! Topping the sale was a six year old Limousin cow from Messrs J E Henderson & Son, Burntoungues selling to 214.5 ppkg to J A Jewitt (Meat), Spennymoor. The second cow to break the 200ppkg barrier was a debutant to the Hexham Cast cow ring, Messrs T R & E A Milburn, Wallend, brought a good team of cows to top at 209.5 ppkg. Limousin –£1595.88 Burntongues, £1420.41 Wallend, £1327.70 Burntongues, £1248.45 JT DUNN All Livestock Required All grades of cull/store sheep & feeding cows required on a daily basis. Keen prices paid on collection (No off takes). Northumberland, Coastal, Wooler, Borders and surrounding areas covered. Hauliers, Local long established company. Animal welfare is our priority. Contact Jeff Dunn: 07860432555 Glendue, £1228.15Willimoteswick 214.5p Burntongues, 209.5p & 189.5p Wallend, 177.5p Burntongues, 163.5p Little Swinburn Angus -£1470.63 South Farm 162.5p South Farm Angus x -£1340.70 Bankfoot, £1155.06 West Haydon 163.5p Bankfoot, 139.5p West Haydon British Blue x –£1088.75 Agars Hill, £1041.50 Wallend 167.5p Agars Hill, 163.5p Wallend British Blue –£1173.38 Willimoteswick, £1153.75 Camphill 168.5p & 162.5p Barrasford Simmental –£1152.09 Old Bridge 125.5p Old Bridge Simmental x –£1109.20 Parkside, £1084.10 Allendale 147.5p Parkside, 146.5p Allendale Galloway -£655.35 & £536.13 High Thorneyburn 127.5p & 103.5 High Thorneyburn Prime Sheep Prime Lambs More sheep forward this week and quality of well fleshed lambs easiest to sell although at a less average on the week. The overall for 1768 sold was in excess of £100. Top price was for a terrific lamb from Corneyside at £138 with Beltex crosses to 273.2p from Woodcroft. Texel x –£138, £135 Corneyside, £126 Greyside & Catreen, £124 Thockrington, Baal Hill & Broomhall, £123 High Baulk, £118.50 Thockrington & Woodcroft, £118 Linacres, £117.50 West Shields, £117 Holly Hill, £116.50 & £116 Loadman Farm, £116 Watch Currock & Bingfield, £115.50 Woodcroft 265.9p East Uppertown & Greyside, 252.6p Partridge Nest, 250.0p Matfen, 247.7p Woodcroft, 246.0p High Baulk, 245.7p Woodcroft, 243.9p (x2) Greyside, 242.2p Matfen, 240.9p Mickley Moor, 240.0p Watch Currock & High Alderheads, 239.8p High Baulk, 239.7p Broomhall, 239.6p & 239.5p Watch Currock, 238.1p East Newham, 237.5p Woodcroft, 237.2p Loadman Farm, 236.2p Watch Currock Dutch Texel x – £116, £113 & £109.50 Burntongues 243.3p, 237.5p & 230.0p Burntongues Suffolk x –£129 Thockrintgton, £128 Old Town, £119 & £117 High Alderheads, £115 Satley & Thockrington 240.2p, 233.7p Sunniside, 228.6p Old Town, 228.0p Sunniside,227.2p South Clarewood, 226.5p Old Town, 225.5p Satley Beltex x –£115 Linacres, £112 Woodcroft 273.2p Woodcroft, 250.0p Linacres Charollais x –£121.50 & £113.50 Sunniside 241.5p & 238.2p Sunniside Cheviot Mule-£105 Flotterton 214.3p Flotterton, 214.0p North Cocklake Mule –£95.50 Hotbank, £91 Greyside, £90.50 Hotbank & Broomhall 206.8p & 206.0p Greyside, 205.7p Hotbank Blackface -£99 & £87.50 Hotbank, £87.50 Greyside 208.3p Greyside, 206.3p & 203.5p Hotbank ACKLINGTON September 16 Forward at the weekly prime stock sale this week was 46 head of prime cattle and Cast cows, 1505 prime sheep comprising 1211 Lambs and 294 Cast Sheep. 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Forthcoming Special Sales Join us at DFAM as we Celebrate our ANNIVERSARY at Humbleton Park An extremely healthy prize fund is already accumulated from our generous list of sponsors for the three shows. Please contact any of the team for more information. Monday 20th September Special Anniversary Show and Sale of Store Cattle Classes for Best Steer / Heifer / Young Bull Also this day Cast, Breeding & Store Cattle Entries Close 12 Noon 15/9/2021 Tuesday 21st September Special Anniversary Show and Sale of Breeding Sheep in conjunction with our Great Annual Sheep Fair Classes for Mule Ewe Lambs / Other Breed Ewe Lambs / Mule Shearlings / Other Breed Shearlings Also this day Breeding Rams, Ewes, Shearlings and Store Lambs Entries Close 12 Noon 15/9/2021 Thursday 23rd September Special Anniversary Show and Sale of Prime Stock Classes for Best Prime Steer / Prime Heifer / Beef Bull. Classes for Best Pen of 5 Prime Lambs Every Monday in DFAM (Green 6 Day Rule) 9.30am 100 - 130 Cast Cattle & OTM 10.30am Sale of Store and Breeding Sheep. Please note the Sale of Breeding Sheep will be once a fortnight. 11am 200 - 500 Breeding Cattle, Store Cattle and Feeding Bulls Every Thursday in DFAM (Red Dedicated Slaughter) 9am Sale of Prime Pigs 9.30am Sale of 100 - 150 Prime Bulls 10.20am Sale of OTM & Cast Cows 10.30am Sale of 150 - 200 Prime Clean Cattle 1pm Sale of 800 - 1500 Prime Lambs 3pm Sale of 300 - 700 Cast Ewes & Rams Mark Dent (Chairman) 07711 198641 Scott Ferrie (Auctioneer/Director) 07557 260653 | Tracey Gilhespy (Fieldsperson) 07867 974688 Stephen Dodsworth (Fieldsperson) 07946 514154 | Daniel Lynn (Auctioneer) 07887 653442 The Darlington Farmers Auction Mart Humbleton Park | Darlington | DL2 2YH

36 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 www.business-live.co.uk Powered by Rural & Farming in association with Call: 0191 232 8345 Visit: www.hay-kilner.co.uk Follow: advertising feature From Page 34 eager to fill orders especially butcher’s types with all cattle experiencing an exceptional trade. Lead grossing steer was a lim x from Blagdon Burn realising 1704 to Bill Howard on behalf of Turnbull’s Butchers, Alnwick. Lead grossing steer P/Per Kg was a lim x from Blagdon Burn realising 256p also to Bill Howard on behalf of Turnbull’s of Alnwick. Lead grossing heifer was a Lim x from South Bells Hill realising 1748 to Bill Howard on Behalf of Turnbull’s of Alnwick. Lead grossing heifer P/Per Kg was a Lim x from South Bells Hill realising 274p to Bill Howard on behalf of Turnbull’s of Alnwick. Prime Steers £ Head: Lim x 1704 Blagdon Burn, im x 1583 Ferneybeds, Angus 1579 Bockadam, Sim x 1578 Ferneybeds, Lim x 1520 Blagdon Burn, Lim x 1483, 1446 Blagdon Burn, Luing x 1428 South Bells Hill, Lim x 1338 Ferneybeds, Prime Steers P per Kg: Lim x 256p Blagdon Burn, Luing x 235p South Bells Hill, Lim x 234p 229p 226p Blagdon Burn, Lim x 223p Ferneybeds, Sim x 223p, 223p Ferneybeds, Angus 220p Brockdam, Prime Heifers prices per head: 1748 South Bells Hill, Char x 1619 The Heugh, Lim x 1584 Brandon White House, Lim x 1427, 1389 The Heugh, Lim x 1302, 1295 Brandon White House, Lim x 1227 Eslington Park. Prime Heifers prices per kg: Lim x 274p South Bells Hill, Lim x 254p, 239p 236p Brandon White House, Lim x 236p Eslington Park, Lim x 234p, 231p, 230p Craster Heugh. Cast Cows Good show of fleshed cows this week which resulted in a fantastic trade with a quality shorthorn x cow realising 197p from Ian Smith, marts West Bolton. Leading prices per head: Shorthorn x 1397, 1335, 1227 West Bolton, Lim 1178 West Rennington, Shorthorn 1122 West Bolton, Sim x 1105 Blagdon Burn, Lim x 1091 South Bells Hill, Sim x 1063 Blagdon Burn. Leading price per Kg: Shorthorn 197p West Bolton, Lim x 165p West Rennington, Shorthorn x 164p West Bolton, Lim x 162p Moor House, Lim x 161p South Bells Hill, Shorthorn x 159p West Bolton, Sim x 157p West Bolton, Sim x 157p Blagdon Burn. 1211 Prime Sheep SQQ 222p Less numbers forward this week as expected with 6-day standstill but as with previous weeks weight and fed lambs paying dividends. A donated lamb from the Towers family, Felton raised £223 for Bowl Cancer UK in memory of his father Robin Towers. Top price lambs today went to Douglas Hird, Longlea with a pen of super bred Texel lambs which realised £135 per head and purchased by Mick Etherington on behalf of Harts Head Meats. Top price P/kg went to the Younger & Stamp, Watch Hill with a pen of fantastic Beltex lambs realising 319p to also to Mick Etherington on behalf of Harts Head Meats. Lambs 52.1 kg - Leading prices: 131 Blagdon Burn, 130 Boulmer Hall, 128 Blagdon Burn, 127 East White Hill, 124 Blagdon Burn, 123.50 Pasture House (Forster), 123 East White Hill, 122 South Bells Hill, 120 Watch Hill, 120 South Bells Hill. P/kg: 233p Pasture House (Forster), 233p Blagdon Burn, 230p 226p South Bells Hill, 223p Craster Heugh, 223p East White Hill, 223p Stone Croft, 221p Blagdon Burn, 220p Fenham Hill. Lambs 45.6 - 52kg - Leading Online Farm Sales On behalf of J & I W Forrest, Whitlaw Farm, Lauder, Berwickshire. TD2 6QA THIS SALE WILL GO LIVE FROM THURSDAY 14th FINISHING FROM 11am ON MONDAY 18th OCTOBER 2021 JD 6130M Tractor with Loader 15 Reg; Claas Arion 610C Tractor 09 Reg; Manitou MLT 629 Telehandler 15 Reg: CAT 307B Tracked Excavator; Mitsubishi L200 Trojan 4 x 4 Pickup 62 Reg; 2 Honda Quads 500cc & 450cc; McHale C460 Chopper / Bedding machine, 2020; NC 314 Dump Trailer, 2017; Marshall 8t Grain Trailer; Twin Axle Bale Trailer 25ft; Ifor Williams Stock Trailer; Opico Grass Harrows; KV 3128 Mower/Conditioner; Spearhead Multicut 300 Topper, 2017; Various Cattle and Sheep Feeders & Handling Equipment. Usual range of workshop & small tools etc etc. R B Kerr & Son, Barney Mains, Haddington, East Lothian. EH41 3SA prices: 135 Longlea, 127 Pasture House (Forster), 122.50 Blagdon Burn, 118.50 Low Steads, 118 Stone Croft, 118 South Bells Hill, 117.50 Pasture House (Forster), 117 South Bells Hill, 117 East Ditch Burn (D. Turner), P/kg 281p Longlea, 270p Pasture House (Forster), 240p Lowsteads, 239p South Bells Hill, 239p East Ditchburn (D. Turner), 239p South Bells Hill, 239p Boulmer Hall, 237p South Bells Hill, 236p Brandon White House. Lambs 39.1 45.5kg – Leading prices 134, 125, 124, 120 Watch Hill, 118 Stanton Town Head, 117.50 Watch Hill, 116 Fenham Hill, 116 Stanton Town Head, 115 Newbigging Farms, 111 Watch Hill. P/kg: 319p, 298p 295p Watch Hill, 295p 283p Stanton Town Head, 279p 273p Watch Hill, 270p Fenham Hill, 256p Dunstan Hill, 256p Watch Hill, Lambs 32.1-39kg – Leading prices: 91.50 Newbigging Farms, 90 Intake, 88 Craster Heugh, 83.50 Broome Park, 80 West House, 79, 78.50 Low Trewhitt. P/kg: 251p The Heugh, 241p Dunstan Hill, 237p Intake, 224p Low Trewhitt, 220p Broome Park, 208p, 206p Low Trewhitt, 205p West House. Cast Sheep Ave Topping the ewe trade this week was James and Issy Forsyth with a tremendous pen of Suffolk x ewes realising £137 to ace ewe buyer Jeff Dunn, Ponteland. Leading Prices: Rams: Texel: 136 Brandon White House, 136 Felton (A. Towers). Beltex: 118 Felton (A. Towers). Suff: 90 Felton (A. Towers). Ewes: Suff: 137 Low Steads, 128 Blagdon Burn, 122 Thrunton Red House, 119 Lowsteads, 114 South Bells Hill, 114 Boulmer Hall, 110 South Bells Hill, 105 Blagdon Burn, 100 East Thirston. NH T7.245 Tractor 68 Reg; NH T7050 Tractor 12 Reg; JD 6810 Tractor with Trima 365 Loader; KV TLX Geospreader 4T 2020; Horsch Pronto 4DC 4mtr Drill 2009; Weston 12t Trailer; Twose 3mtr Offset Topper; Spearhead 460 Topper; Workshop Tools etc; etc Major Entry of Small Holding Equipment from Thetford/Norfolk Includes: NH Boomer 35 Tractor with Fore End Loader 64 Reg; Zetta 5211 Tractor F Reg; Cherry Picker Nifty 120T 17 Reg etc Further Entries Invited borderlivestock.co.uk For more information, please call any of the team Logan 07971 185657 James 07976 634669 Brian 07721 558795 Emma 01289 306067 Texel: 130 Thrunton Red House, 130 The Heugh, 128 Craster Heugh, 120 Intake, 119 East Thirston, Beltex: 130 Felton Demesne, 126 Stanton Town Head, 124 Hill Crest, 120 East Thirston, 119 Felton Demesne, 112 Felton Demesne, 107 Stanton Town Head, 104 East Thirston. Mule: 102 Blagdon Burn, 95 Felton Demesne, 94 Boulmer Hall, 70 Longshaws, 50 Cartington, Lleyn: 92 Thistleyhaugh, 86 West House. BF: 81, 65 Edlingham Demesne, 47 Cartington. September 14 North East Livestock Sales held its fortnightly store sale for store lambs with a total of 434 lambs present. Interest as strong as ever in the sheep trade with probably one of the best shows of Beltex store lambs found any where in the country today. Topping the sale with some outstanding quality Beltex x lambs from Edwin Younger, Watch Hill realising £146 for two pens of lambs and £133 for the third pen. Regular consignors the Beveridge’s from Low House Farm were well rewarded for their 70-mile trip from Tow Law to sell Beltex lambs to £141. Another great customer of Acklington mart Michael and Mathew Jordon, Herds House, Alnwick took £134 for some super little Beltex lambs. Noted Beltex breeders Jackie and Ian from Hemelspeth Farm, Felton were well rewarded again after topping the last store sale. The duo brought another pen of super smart Beltex lambs realising £128. Leading Prices: Beltex 146 x (2), 133 Watch Hill, 141, 129, 128, 116 Low West House, 134, 112, 106, 105 Herds House, 130, 128 Hemelspeth, 119 Felton (A. Towers), Texel 110 Low West House, 99.00 Herds House, 89.00 Felton (A. Towers), 87.00, 86.50 x (2), 85, 83 Felton Demesne, 79.00, 78.50 White Hurworth, Char x 91.50, 91.00, 89.00 White Hurworth. Mule 74.50, Felton (A. Towers), 70.00, 68.50, 67.50 Stewards House, Next Sales: (Please note days) Monday 27th September - Second Ram Sale - Breeding Sheep - Store lambs. Tuesday 28th September – Store Cattle – The Lee Cow & Calf Dispersal Sale. September 13 North East Livestock Sales held Annual Sale of Breeding Sheep. On a glorious autumn day, the show Judges Dave, Jennifer, and Olivia (R&N Farming) handled their task with professionalism, taking time in awarding the following placings. Congratulations to the Hard Riding team on securing the overall Gimmer championship for the second year running and to our sponsor Glendale Engineering. 1st Prize Texel Gimmers – Hard Riding £305 2nd Prize Texel Gimmers – Hard Riding £170 1st Prize Suffolk Gimmers – Branton East Side £230 2nd Prize Suffolk Gimmers – Branton East Side £230 1st Prize Mule Gimmers – Branton East Side £220 2nd Prize Mule Gimmers – Wingates Wholme Farm £215 1st Prize Ewe Lambs – Redsteads £148 Ewe Lambs: Texel 150, 90 White House Folly, 148, 128 Redsteads. Cheviot 86 Lee Farm. Beltex Gimmers 305, 200, 170 Hard Riding. Texel Gimmers: 230 Woodside, 215, 190 Blagdon Burn, 215, 190, 170, 165 Eglingham Village, 200, 175 Gallow Hill, 150, 210, 130 White House Folly. Suffolk Gimmers 230 Branton East Side, 195, 180 Eglingham Village, 190, 180, 170, 155 Gallow Hill. Mule Gimmers: 220 Branton East Side, 215, 200 Wingates Wholme Farm, 195, 175, 155, 150 Eglingham Village. Chev/Mule Gimmers: 160, 150 Colliers Close, 140 Eglingham Village. Mule Gimmers: 160, 145, 130 Gallow Hill. Texel Ewes: 240, 220, 205, 190 150 White House Folly. Suffolk Ewes: 185, 175, 165, 150 Blagdon Burn, 135 The Heugh, 125 Great Ryle. Mule Ewes: 140, 135, 125 Blagdon Burn, 120 Great Ryle. DARLINGTON September 13 Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly sale of Cast Cattle, Store and Breeding Stock. Forward were 279 Cattle and 1905 Sheep. 59 Cast Cows sold to 216ppk or £1600 4 Stock Bulls sold to 164ppk or £1420 11 Cows & Calves sold to £1980 86 Store Steers sold to £1375 98 Store Heifers sold to £1340 8 Young Bulls sold to £1195 1882 Store Lambs sold to £115 23 Feeding Ewes sold to £78 Cast Cattle – Yet again the cow trade proved exceptional, the average on paper was slightly reduced to 138ppk but in reality trade was every bit as strong. Leading the way was a superstar from Rochester and Murray, Glebe Farm, West Butsfield as their 5 year old British Blue cow sold for 216 pence per kilo and £1600. A host of native breeds were presented and very keenly bid for, the indigenous hall of fame included; Herefords to 180ppk or £930 Shorthorns to 176ppk or £1066 Aberdeen Angus to 164ppk or £1333 Sussex to 134ppk or £1006 Dexter to 142ppk or £920 Dairy cows again sold well with Friesian’s peaking at 158ppk from Cowclose Farm, Stapleton and £1110 from A & J E Smith, Healy; stock bulls peaked at 164ppk (Limousin) from J & O Harrison & Son, Oakley Walls and £1420 (Aberdeen Angus) from R E Dickson, Loftus. Cast Cows – Top prices ppk 216 178 Rochester & Murray. 214 186 Anderson. 180 B Storey. 176 RN Foord & Son. 176 PD&JA Adamski. 174 M Barker Farms. 170 IM Maughan. 168 166 160 RA Patterson & Son. 166 164 160 JP&R Ward. 164 RE Dickson. 160 146 J&O Harrison & Sons. 158 Cow Close Farm. 158 S&RT Lowson. 154 WSI Anderson. 148 JJ Dowson. 148 M Barker Farms. 144x2 W&OM Jackson & Son. 142 J&MJ Walton. Lead Grossing Cast Cows £1600 £1372 Rochester & Murray. £1532 PD&JA Adamski. £1391 £1199 Anderson. £1357 £1040 £1017 RA Patterson. £1339 £948 M Barker Farms. £1332 £1006 RE Dickson. £1286 £1179 £1051 JP&R Ward. WOOLER MART Tel: 01668 281223 Show and sale of SUCKLED CALVES & STORE CATTLE also STORE & FEEDING SHEEP Tuesday 5th October Early entries invited £1251 S&RT Lowson. £1157 JJ Dowson & Son. £1153 WSI Anderson. £1110 A&JE Smith. £1103 IM Maughan. £1066 RN Foord & Son. £991 T&DI Allen & Son. £974 W&OM Jackson & Son. £945 WE&CA Anderson. Cast Bulls – Top prices ppk 164 J&O Harrison & Sons. 122 RE Dickson. 116 E Taylor & Son. 116 C Leighton. Lead Grossing Cast Bulls £1420RE Dickson. £1361 C Leighton. £1348 J&O Harrison & Sons. £968 E Taylor & Son. Store & Breeding Cattle – Another impressive run of heifers and calves across from Stockport and the good home of W J Massey, Waterside Farm certainly caught the attention of the buyers and this week peaked at £1980 and the splendid 10 outfits averaged £1763. Store cattle remain in remarkable demand, it could be suggested that the plainer end were marginally easier however these are small margins on what has been an unbelievable purple patch; the biggest and the best remain in exceptional form. Top of the steers were S & R T Lowson of Lower Westgarth Farm, Butterknowle with an exceptional 17 month old Limousin which sold for £1375, plenty of others were knocking on the door at £1200 plus. The consistent strong stores from J H Johnson of White Lea Farm, Roddymoor are always hard to beat, despite 5 of the top 6 heifers hailing from White Lea this week it was a 26 month old Aberdeen Angus from B Storey, Byers Green which took the honours when she sold for £1340. Only a handful of young bulls were on offer, the trade proved superb and peaked at £1195 for a shapely British Blue shown by P Sumpton, Bishop Auckland. Cows & Calves £1980 £1900x2 £1820 £1800x2 £1680 £1650 £1620 £1480 WJ Massey. Store Bulls £1195 £1155 P Sumpton. £1075 £985 £955 WM Bainbridge. £900 £860 TT Hall & Son. £860 RA Patterson & Son. Store Steers £1375 £1250 £1025 S&RT Lowson. £1355 £1270 £1260 £1160 GS Bainbridge. £1340 £1195 £1050 £1045x2 B Storey. £1325x3 £1255x3 B&L Robson. £1235 £1090 D&HM Hodgson. £1105x3 £1050x2 RN Foord & Son. £1095x5 J Karen. £1080 £1050 K Sayer. £1075 WO Grix & Partners. £1065x2 R Valks. £1060 DR Smith. Store Heifers £1330x2 £1320 £1280x2 £1215x2 £1170x2 £1150x2 £1120 £1065x2 JH Johnson. £1250 £1095 £1080 DW Dresser. £1245 £1240 £1125x2 GS Bainbridge. £1195x3 B Storey. £1185 WO Grix. £1130 £1090 £1070 DR Smith. £1100 D&HM Hodgson. £1100 £1070 GP&E Lillie. £1095x3 R Errington & Son. Store Lambs – Trade easier, the sale averaged £75 which is certainly healthy for mid-September and still remains ahead of the levels witnessed this week last year. Top price today went to R & F Longstaff, Mickleton when they produced a huge quartet of Texel crossed Blue Faced Leicester lambs which sold for £115 each. Close behind and in the £100 plus club were a brilliant consignment of Beltex lambs from R E Coatsworth, Wearview Farm, Hamsterley. The £90 lambs now need to be of exceptional quality or size, the stronger end of the genuine farming stores this week typically sold £80-£90 with the longer keep types £70-£80. The 185 mule lambs today average £64 whilst long keep Swaledale’s levelled up at £37. Store Lambs – Texel £115 R&F Longstaff. £97 £86 T Walton. £91x2 R Peart. £89 K Buckle. £89 £86 J Davis. £87 £84 WB Rutter & Sons. £86.50 A Newton. £86 JR&J Crowe. £85 G Bolton. £85 AF Smith. £85 D Johnson. Beltex £112 £109 £104 £99 £92 £89x3 £87 £84 RE Coatsworth. £88 Charlotte Newton. £84 GN&V Bayles. Mule £100 S Beeforth. Suffolk £93 A&B Herworth. £83.50 JH Johnson. Charollais £89 C Morris. Cheviot £85 Ormerley Livestock. £85 S Beeforth. Feeding Ewes £78 IW Cairns. £78 C&I Watson & Sons. £75 GS Kidd. £40 £34 Ormerley Livestock. £39 T&A Walton. Wooler September 15 Harrison and Hetherington held their weekly sale of primestock selling 1251 Prime Sheep comprising 928 Lambs and 323 Cast Ewes & Rams Lambs: A smaller show affected by standstills. All well fleshed sorts easy to sell with an increase of lighter grassier types easier in line with national trend, a shortage of heavies on show Sale topped with Beltex to £140 Annstead Leading prices per head: Beltex: £140, £139, £138, £132 Annstead, £130, £118 Swarland Old Hall, £120, £118.50, £111 Matfen Home Farm. Texel: £132, £129, £128, £124, £123 Annstead, £119, £118 East Crowbutt, £114 Bellstruther. Suffolk: £116, £115.50 Nesbit, £113, £112 Lawfield Leading prices per kilo: Beltex: 300p, 288p, 287p, 280p Annstead, 292p Swarland Old Hall, 276p, 273p, 263p Twizell, 260p, 259p Matfen Home Farm. Texel: 278p, 276p, 270p Annstead, 260p Lawfield and Twizell, 252p Nesbit Cast Ewes: All classes of cast sheep again keenly sought after from start to finish Sale peak of £180 for a pair of Texel.x ewes from Craig Mellor, Annstead Whilst a pen of 6 powerful Blackface tups caught the eye achieving £101 per head Texel: £180, £175 (2), £157, £147, £125 Annstead, £177, £131 Hedgeley Farms, £131 Middle Ord, £128 Lilburn Estates, £123 Marshall Meadows, £123 Blossom Plantation, £122 Elwick. Suffolk: £139, £133 Kypie, £122, £111 Middle Ord, £121 Goswick, £115 Charlton Mires, £111, £103 Blossom Plantation. Beltex: £135 Annstead. Greyface: £102, £97, £91 Hedgeley Farms, £99 Goswick, £97 Blossom Plantation, £97 Charlton Mires, £95 Bellstruther. Cheviot Mule: £91 Lilburn Estates. North Country Cheviot: £81 Gardeners Cottage. Bowmont: £71 Springhill, Coldingham. Blackface: £61 Shawdon Woodhouse, £60 Bellstruther Rams: Texel: £139, £130 Hedgeley Farms. Charolais: £121 Hedgeley Farms. Blackface: £101 Hedgeley Farms September 14 Breeding Sheep Harrison and Hetherington sold 344 Breeding Sheep A more commercial show forward but all classes readily away Texel.x Gimmers £235, £200, £190 Clarabad Mill, £200 Wrangham Mule Gimmers: £196, £191, £190 (2) Woolhill Texel Ewes (3 crop): £162, £160 The Villa, Bowsden Texel.x Ewe Lambs: £135 (2) Wrangham, £100 Village Farm, Seahouses Suffolk Rams: £500, £420 Nesbit Texel Rams: £500 Black Heddon Beltex Rams: £400 Annstead and Nesbit Cattle Harrison & Hetherington held their Store Cattle sale with a great consignment of strength forward. Topping the day’s trading was J A Riddell, Newstead with a thumper of a Simmental.x Steer at £1400 Pence per kilo also went to J A Riddell, Newstead at 235ppk for a Charolais.x Steer Steers level at 216p or £1175 Heifers level at 212p or £1059 Leading Prices Per Head – Steers: Simmental: £1400, £1280 Newstead. Charolais: £1320, £1295, £1270, £1235 Newstead. Limousin: £1290, £1140 West Hall. Shorthorn: £1230 Hillcrest Livestock. Aberdeen Angus: £1180, £1160 Newstead Leading Prices Per Head – Heifers: Charolais: £1350, £1140, £1115 Newstead. Limousin: £1080, £1000 West Hall Leading Prices Per Kilo – Steers: Charolais: 235.2p, 231.6p, 231.3p, 227.2p Newstead. Aberdeen Angus: 231.4p, 229.2p Newstead. Limousin: 222.7p, 218.6p West Hall. Simmental: 221.6p, 217.6p Newstead. Shorthorn: 210.3p Hillcrest Livestock Leading Prices Per Kilo – Heifers: Charolais: 230.3p, 214.4p Newstead. Aberdeen Angus: 225p Newstead. Limousin: 221.8p, 220p West Hall

Agenda Letters Opinion Saturday, September 18, 2021 > > Runners await the start of the Great North Run on Sunday We want to fill the calendar with national and international events What a summer and what a magnificent couple of weekends we have had here in Newcastle. The city has been buzzing, first with rugby league’s inimitable Magic Weekend, a festival of rugby at St James’ Park, followed by the 40th Great North Run celebrations, two major sporting events that have truly kickstarted the city’s events calendar. After 18 months of cancelled events and postponements, it has been fabulous to see large-scale events returning to Newcastle. They have given the city and the region real optimism as well as delivering a major boost to business. BEN WHITFIELD, Head of Marketing and Events for NE1 Ltd, considers the importance of events for the prosperity of the city and the wider region as large-scale events return to Newcastle And, what’s more, they have given us all a great taste of what’s to come. The calendar is already filling up for the next few months and into next year and there is so much to look forward to. September always feels like a new beginning, a fresh start, and, this year in particular, it has been a busy month for milestone events that have brought Newcastle to life with tens of thousands of visitors, money in the tills and the city looking resplendent on TV, images that are beamed to a worldwide audience, with more to come! This weekend is busy with the North East’s largest musical festival, This is Tomorrow, in Exhibition Park while on the Quayside, people will be able to enjoy the amazing UK Festival of Rescue. The Quayside has been chosen to host this year’s spectacular competition which sees over 70 teams representing fire services from up and down the country competing in a series of intense and specialist challenges including Water, Rope and Urban Search and Rescue, Trauma care and Vehicle Extrication. Following this, we’ll hardly have time to catch our breath before it will be time to start the festive events that will take us up to Christmas. Now as we bask in the reflective glory and recover from the Great North Run and Magic Weekend it is an opportune moment to reflect on the importance of attracting and hosting major events in Newcastle, and how they help shape the city and enhance its offer. As we know, city centre events are hugely significant and important, not simply for the enjoyment or the activity they bring, but for the valuable contribution they make to the economic fortunes of a city. The Great North Run alone is estimated Turn to Page 38

38 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Agenda Time out extra who, what, where, when? WHO... wrote Our Man in Havana? WHAT... is the edible fruit of the bush Ribes uva-crispa? WHERE... did the Recruit Scandal occur in 1988? WHEN... did controversial TV playwright Dennis Potter die? remember when... The following events all occurred in a year in living memory. Can you guess the year? 1. The Beatles closed their Apple boutique 2. Russian tanks crushed the Prague Spring 3. Jim Clarke was killed in a crash at Hockenheim 4. The first sextuplets were born in Britain impossipuzzles “Fred’s new house?” Joe smiled. “It’s an easy number to remember.” “One of your gimmicks, I suppose,” Maud replied. “Well, let’s have it.” Joe nodded “All right. Five times the first figure, plus three times the last, gives one less than the product of its two digits.” So what was the number? wordwise The word may sound familiar, but what does it mean? FLAGELLUM A A plant’s runner or shoot B Whip composed of thongs C A loose-fitting garment who am I? An actor, I was born in Drogheda, County Louth, in 1953. I played the title role in the TV series Remington Steele. I first played James Bond in the film GoldenEye. 10 questions 1. As reported in The Journal this week, Newcastle’s largest ever office scheme could be created under plans for which street? 2. Which Scottish city’s phone numbers begin with 0141? 3. Which artist’s first names were Joseph Mallord William? 4. Is Tegucigalpa the capital city of Peru, Panama or Honduras? 5. Excluding Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch is whom? 6. Ewood Park is the home of which football club? 7. Complete the title of the single released by Newcastle’s Cheryl as her first post-Girls Aloud record: _______ For This Love. 8. The apple brandy produced in Normandy is called what? 9. The films Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report were all based on books by which American novelist? 10. The names Arctic and Antarctic stem from the word ‘arctos’, which is the ancient Greek for which animal? answers WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN: Graham Greene; Gooseberry; Japan; June 1994. REMEMBER WHEN: 1968 IMPOSSIPUZZLES: Fred’s number was 79 WORDWISE: A WHO AM I: Pierce Brosnan 10 questions: 1 Pilgrim Street, 2 Glasgow, 3 Turner, 4 Honduras, 5 Queen Victoria, 6 Blackburn Rovers, 7 Fight, 8 Calvados, 9 Philip K Dick, 10 Bear Updates to your Inbox We send you daily updates straight to your inbox specific to your local area. You can also enter a number of postcodes. Maybe you have family and friends elsewhere, perhaps you have moved away with work at some point and want to keep up with what’s going on at home. InYourArea has got it covered. > > Magic Weekend brought thousands of rugby fans – some of them quite thirsty – to Newcastle From Page 37 to be worth at least £30m to Newcastle, as well as raising international awareness about the city and the wider North East region. Creating, promoting, and attracting these events is also an important and highly successful tool in the city’s economic, social and developmental strategy. Events help keep a place fresh and give reasons and a timeframe for people to visit, as well as delivering an immediate economic boost for businesses with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops all filled with an influx of visitors. The benefits are also felt long after the last visitor has left and the stage dismantled. Major events like the Great North Run take Newcastle into the homes of TV viewers across the UK and the world and in turn attract new visitors to the city. People who come here once for an event often return to see more of the city and the wider region. Locals too often feel a renewed interest in their home-town, or a magnetic pull into the city-centre, thanks to events – attending or taking part themselves or coming into the city to soak up the atmosphere or to cheer on the participants. Newcastle, like all cities, needs to stay fresh and evolve to keep being attractive for existing residents and bringing in new events and visitors are great ways of helping do this. Covid may have temporarily stalled the events calendar, but Newcastle has been quick to bounce back with its events programme and the city is well placed to continue to carve a niche for itself on both the national and international stage. NE1 has high hopes and ambitious plans for city centre events in the future. We want to fill the calendar > > Ben Whitfield, head of marketing and events for NE1 Ltd with more national and international events and are confident that we have what it takes to attract them. Part of the success of Newcastlebased events is the strength of our city centre offer and the collaborative effort that works to bring these events to Newcastle. We can rally a formidable team amongst our major city centre stakeholders to secure events and when they are here, we know how to put on a good show. Newcastle is well versed in pulling together a winning team including ourselves at NE1, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle United, NGI, as well as other stakeholders, and the public plays its part in providing a famous Geordie welcome when visitors do come. As a city we are naturally set up to hosts events. Having St James’ Park, one of the largest football stadiums in the UK, in the heart of the city is a huge advantage, so too is the fact that the city centre is compact and walkable, or runnable, as the Great North Run recently demonstrated. Our natural assets, a beautiful and iconic waterfront and an internationally renowned hospitality scene also offers lots to see and do as an accompaniment to the main event. All are crucial to creating a successful host venue. We can’t be complacent though. As a city, we must not rest on our laurels – competition to host events is fierce, with cities across the globe vying for events and attention. We have to compete as they’re so valuable and we must always strive for more. Our aim is for Newcastle to stage at least one major event in the heart of the city each month, and we are not a million miles away from achieving this, with next year already shaping up nicely. January will see the welcome return of NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week after an enforced Covid hiatus, Pride will be back in person in July after two years online, and Northern Pride will host UK Pride; we also have the Rugby League World Cup opening games scheduled to be hosted at St James’ Park in October, together with the Great North Run returning to its traditional route again next year. The challenge now is to build on this existing platform and create a spectacular yearround calendar. As a city we have an appetite and an ambition to attract major events and we will continue to work hard to populate the calendar and the city with new events and visitors. We are excited for the future, and are keen to enjoy a return to greater normality through the autumn.

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 39 Spare a thought for the young as autumn arrives Autumn is one of my favourite times of year. The golds and reds of the season can be so beautiful. Animals store food and create spaces for hibernation in readiness for winter. We humans do this too: crops are harvested, and we prepare to snuggle down for darker nights and colder days. Mother Nature continues to provide for us as berries appear, and farmers harvest the produce of their fields. We see her in all her impressive might as she gives us what we need. The cyclical nature of the seasons is incredible. The ripeness of autumn will soon give way to the harshness of winter and be followed by a resurgence of life in the spring, which is amazing. The gold of the fading leaves is poignant, and it’s no coincidence that it is the colour of Childhood Cancer Awareness. September is designated Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and you will see certain local monuments lighting up in gold. Penshaw Monument, Hylton Castle and the Millennium Bridge are wonderful examples. Those of us touched by childhood cancer feel strongly about September and do all we can to promote this month, either to support our kids or in memory of them. All we want is kinder treatments (or ideally, a cure) for those who will walk in our footsteps in the future. There is no standard treatment protocol for many childhood cancers, nor standard relapse protocols. Treatments used are often radiation, > > Golden colours on the banks of the Tyne at Featherstonehaugh near Haltwhistle in Northumberland. Above, the gold ribbon symbol of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month chemotherapy, surgery, and drugs developed over 30 years ago…for adults. This takes its toll on already ravaged young bodies. Henry, my 12-year-old son, ended up in the Intensive Care Unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital on three separate occasions as a result of his treatment, not his disease. He had so many unpleasant ‘side effects’ (some unexplained) that I lost count. The drugs, surgery and antidotes caused Jane Nattrass him as much, if not more, discomfort than his cancer. One in two of us is now expected to experience cancer in our lifetime but we must understand that childhood cancer is not the same as adult cancer. Young cells react differently to treatment – they’re programmed to grow and, indeed Osteosarcoma (Henry’s cancer) is prevalent in young people experiencing a growth spurt in their teens. This is why Childhood Cancer Awareness Month exists: to help people understand that action is needed to improve treatment for children and young people. Those youngsters who survive five years post-treatment (should their disease not return) are likely to have long-term health issues: heart, liver, kidneys and hearing can be damaged by treatment and are therefore weak and prone to life-long problems. With Cancer Research using less that 1% of their funds to research into childhood cancer, I worry that we won’t see a change. I’ve watched very young children playing in the Paediatric Oncology wards, knowing the complicated names of drugs, and pretending to be doctors ordering blood or platelets on plastic play phones. These are things of which they should not be aware, and their childhoods are ripped away from them. My charity, Henry Dancer Days, tries to lighten their load with our storytelling and pottery work in kids’ cancer wards throughout the UK. It’s a small but important thing and gives them some escapism from their daily medial routines. But this is about September. Should you see one of our local monuments ‘Glowing Gold’ this month, spare a thought for those fighting for their young lives and for those fighting for improved and kinder treatments to help them. ■■ For further information about the work of Henry Dancer Days please visit www.henrydancerdays.co.uk ■■ Jane Nattrass is Charity Director of Henry Dancer Days and Henry’s Mum. A fresh start for asylum seekers? Priti unlikely... It took Emma Raducanu two weeks to win the US Open – the same time it took me to correctly remember her name. Meantime, while day-dreaming, I receive from the leading government agency the Department of Total Improbability the following document. It is signed by Home Secretary Priti Patel and is to be handed to all asylum seekers once they’ve made it to these shores and to those already living here. She writes: “I’d just like to say welcome to Britain and we hope your time in this country, regardless of duration, will be enjoyable. “I fully realise the enormous dangers and obstacles you have faced making this long journey, the heartbreak of leaving families and children and the countries of your birth at short notice and for reasons beyond your control. We in the relative safety of the UK are lucky never to have to face such ordeals.’ “You will have arrived feeling cold and lonely, fearful and confused and uncertain. But Britain does have a long history of supporting the poor and the dispossessed. We shall do our best to help you. In return you may be able to help us. “In the past we have not allowed asylum seekers such as yourselves to engage in any paid work. I see now this has been a disastrous policy, counter-productive for both sides. The majority of you are young, eminently employable and from today we are encouraging you to make a real contribution here rather than simply feel unwanted and kept idle. “For instance, this country is a suffering a goods distribution crisis with a huge shortage of drivers for HGV lorries. Many goods are sitting in warehouses or factories and not getting delivered into stores and supermarkets. People are therefore going without everyday commodities – something I’m sure you’re familiar with from your own experiences. “We would like to offer those old enough and suitable the chance to train as HGV drivers. This government will pay for the training, driving Peter Mortimer BEYOND PLanet CORONA lessons and test as an investment in both our and your own futures. Once you have passed the test, you will be employed and paid the going rate for drivers and begin to feel a real part of the UK society and economy rather than simply sitting round frustrated and alienated in overcrowded hostels. “Many other jobs here suffer from acute shortages, especially since Brexit. Fruit and vegetable pickers were in terribly short supply this summer. Your labour there would have prevented fruit and veg rotting on the branch or in the ground. On a planet where millions of people go hungry on a daily basis, this is an especially tragic situation. “There is a labour crisis in care homes and similar institutions. With your own histories of deprivation and need, I am sure you are aware the value of working for the benefit of others, especially the vulnerable. All the above will help boost the economy, help you interact with our society, help avert a labour crisis and gain for you some sense of independence rather than the present situation, which is a mood of debilitating dependency on others via stifling inaction. “We shall no longer view you as a burden on our society, but a potential asset for it. This we hope will also reduce the amount of intolerance and prejudice that you receive here. “We shall not be pushing any more boats back towards France, but bringing the travellers on board and landing them in England where they can help rebuild our sadly broken society.” Suddenly I was jolted awake. I switched on the news and there was Priti Patel speaking in the Commons. She was describing the latest water cannon with which Royal Navy ships could effectively blow would-be asylum seekers back on to French beaches. This, she insisted, was only if the boat people did not listen to common sense, turn around and head back there themselves. ■■ peterjohngmortimer@gmail.com ■■ Planet Corona – The First 100 Columns, IRON Press, £8.00.

40 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Opinion Write to: Letters, The Journal, ncjMedia Ltd, Eldon Court, Newcastle NE1 7JB Newsletter: www.chroniclelive.co.uk/signup Email: jnl.letters@ncjmedia.co.uk On this day ■■ 1709: Samuel Johnson, poet and lexicographer, was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, the son of a bookseller. His dictionary, which took him eight years to compile, contained some eccentric explanations, such as “Oats: A grain which in England is generally given to horses but in Scotland supports the people.” ■■ 1810: Chile revolted and gained independence from Spain. ■■ 1851: The New York Times was first published. ■■ 1905: Greta Garbo, the Swedish shop girl who became one of the most legendary film stars of all time, was born. ■■ 1948: Some 7,000 tons of food supplies and petrol were airlifted into Berlin by British and American aircraft, defying a three-month Russian blockade. ■■ 1949: The British pound was devalued by 30% by Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Stafford Cripps, from 4.03 dollars to 2.80 dollars. On the same day, the milk ration was reduced to two pints a week per person. Your View of the North Happy holidays? AN ICE-COVERED LAKE DISTRICT WATERFALL by Rachel Patterson, from our archive – send your views of the North East and Cumbria to yourpictures@thejournal.co.uk and include your name and where the photo was taken. If you would like to buy any picture taken by Journal photographers visit https://reachphotosales.co.uk/Reach or email sales@dipintosales.co.uk or call 01604 683902 Social care is being tackled Peter Sagar of Heaton refers to ‘the mess that social care has become since 2010’ when in fact, it was recognised as early as 1998 that the adult social care system needed urgent reform. In 1999, the then Labour government established a Royal Commission on long-term care but rejected the proposals for a more generous means test and free personal care. In 2002, Gordon Brown asked Sir Derek Wanless to look at the challenges facing social care over the next 20 years. The 2006 final report proposed that the means tested system be scrapped and a partnership model be introduced providing a minimum guaranteed amount of free personal care at the point of delivery. In 2011, the coalition government established a Commission on the funding of care and support, chaired by Sir Andrew Dilnot, which proposed a more generous means test and a cap on life time social care costs. The Care Act 2014 legislated for the introduction of a cap but this was subsequently indefinitely postponed. The current means tested system contributing towards their social care cost has remained unchanged since 2015. It is obvious that over the last 20 years, budgetary concerns have been overriding the political will to change. Although some may not agree with the methodology for raising funds for social care recently announced by the government, we should welcome the fact that the can is no longer being kicked down the road. CT, Gateshead Homes not offices in city Your article on Tuesday showing the proposed development for the Odeon site in Newcastle needs to The Journal newspaper is published by ncjMedia, a subsidiary company of Reach PLC, which is a member of IPSO, the Independent Press Standards Organisation. We adhere to the Editors’ Code Of Practice as enforced by IPSO, who are contactable for advice at IPSO Halton House, 20/23 High Holborn, EC1N 2JD. Website http://www.ipso.co.uk/ Telephone: 0300 123 2220; email advice@ipso.co.uk If you have a complaint concerning a potential breach of the Code of Practice, we will deal with your complaint directly or IPSO can refer your complaint to us. Please go to http://www.reachplc.com/howtocomplain, where you can view our Complaints Policy and Procedure. A “How To Complain” pack is also available by writing to the Legal and Compliance Department, Reach PLC, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP. be rethought by our planners and developers. Anyone driving on any North East roads will know that it’s houses we need, not offices. This large central Newcastle site would make a superb development with the top few floors as apartments and penthouses. Since the pandemic, less office space is required, but property is much in demand, especially with easy links to shops, entertainment,rail transport and restaurants. Basement parking, ground floor retail, lower floors offices (if required) but with upper floor housing is so obviously the preferred use for this prime site. Don’t waste this opportunity because sites as good as this are rare. Please save our green land wherever possible. Steve Sharp, Blyth We are obviously not out of the woods regarding the pandemic yet. But there is a will around the country to return to a life close to where it was before we had heard of Covid-19. Yet it’s clear that some of the changes are here for the long-term. For example, as the university term starts it’s clear that, though person-to-person teaching will return, online teaching will remain part of the mix. It’s also clear that city centres will not be the shopping magnets they used to be. The fact that the new Pilgrim’s Quarter development in Newcastle has been recast with more offices and fewer shops is proof of that. It’s a case of – as we are increasingly being told – living with the virus. For many of us that means going abroad on holiday. It’s good news that that process will become easier – but it’s clear that we will have to put up with jumping through a fair few hoops has been frozen at its current rate going forward. So be it. since 2010 and the amount that > > An artist’s impression of the Pilgrim’s Quarter in Newcastle – but should someone should have left after housing replace at least some of the office space? > > Greta Garbo ■■ 1970: Rock star Jimi Hendrix died in an ambulance on the way to hospital, apparently suffering from a drug overdose. ■■ 1976: In China, 800 million citizens paid a last tribute to their leader Mao Tse-Tung at the beginning of a memorial service. For three minutes, one-fifth of the world’s population stood in silence. ■■ 1981: France abolished execution by guillotine. ■■ ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg died aged 87. ■■ BIRTHDAYS: Peter Shilton, former goalkeeper/football manager, 72; John Aldridge, former football manager and TV pundit, 63; John Fashanu, TV presenter and former footballer, 59; Darren Gough, former cricketer, 51; Jada Pinkett Smith, actress/singer, 50; James Marsden, actor, 48; Sol Campbell, footballer, 47; Dizzee Rascal, singer/rapper, 37. Get everything you need to know about where you live with our app or via InYourArea.co.uk All you have to do is enter a postcode.

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 41 News graphic The great relaxation Figures show British people are less worried about Covid-19 now than ever before Visual by MARIANNA LONGO % OF ADULTS VERY OR SOMEWHAT WORRIED ABOUT THE EFFECT OF COVID-19 ON THEIR LIFE RIGHT NOW 23rd of March First lockdown By CLARA MURRAY THE number of adults concerned about how Covid-19 is affecting their lives has fallen to its lowest level since the pandemic began. By August, just under half of Brits were “very” or “somewhat” worried about the impact of the virus on their day-today life, according to new government statistics. That compares to 86% in the week of 20 March 2020, when the first nationwide lockdown was announced. The most common reason given was disruption to personal travel plans, like gap years and holidays, with 48% citing this as a concern. A loss of freedom and independence was affecting 43%, while 39% said they were experiencing boredom, loneliness, anxiety or stress. Other common reasons include not being able to access non Covidrelated healthcare, and uncertainty over life events such as weddings and funerals. Young adults between 16 and 29 were equally as likely to be worried as those aged over 70, at just under half of both age groups. London residents are the most affected of all: nearly two-thirds (63%) of those living in the capital are feeling the impact of the virus right now, especially when it comes to travel. Positivity is also on the up. Half as many Brits now say they have “low levels” of happiness compared to when the pandemic started. The change in outlook is likely down to the easing of rules banning large gatherings and leisure and the success of the vaccine programme. England lifted almost all Covid restrictions on July 19 this year, 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Mar 2020 86% Apr 2020 May 2020 Jun 2020 followed shortly by Wales and Scotland. The figures also show people are cheery about the vaccine roll-out. Virtually all of those surveyed (97%) felt positively towards the Covid-19 vaccines. Meanwhile, vaccine hesitancy is at an all-time low. During the first week of August, only 3% of the population said they would be unwilling to get the jab. Jul 2020 Aug 2020 Sep 2020 Oct 2020 Nov 2020 However, mental health experts warn that many are still finding it hard to deal with the stress of the pandemic. Catherine Seymour, Head of Research at the Mental Health Foundation, said: "Our own 18-month study of the pandemic has also found that over time, many people have become less anxious and more hopeful. "However, there remain causes for 31st of October Second lockdown Dec 2020 Jan 2021 6th of January Third lockdown Feb 2021 Mar 2021 Apr 2021 concern. We're seeing evidence that over time, people are slowly finding it harder to cope with the stress of the pandemic. "What's more, loneliness remains much more common among UK adults than at the start of the pandemic. This really matters for mental health, because feeling connected to other people helps us to cope with life." "Our evidence also clearly shows May 2021 Jun 2021 Jul 2021 Aug 2021 2m 48% that the pandemic had much worse effects on the mental health of some groups, who together number many millions of people. Some of them now need support to recover. "For instance, 18 to 24-year-old, lone parents, adults who are unemployed and those with longterm problems with their physical or mental health are all more likely to feel hopeless, lonely and unable to cope with the stress of the pandemic.”

42 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Pets It was 13th time lucky for rescue dog Bandit after 12 failed adoptions. The bull lurcher cross was described as Dogs4Rescue’s most difficult to rehome, but has now got the happy ending he deserves with new owners Chloe Cooper and Matthew Keane. Dogs4Rescue founder Emma Billington said: “This boy came to us at one year old and proved to be the most difficult to rehome dog in our history. TOP DOG NAME: Bandit BREED: Bull lurcher “It turned out to be 13 trials later, when we had almost given up hope of anyone being able to deal with him, that he struck lucky and found his match.” Although Bandit had no issues at the centre, anxiety in his new homes showed itself in the form of ripping things apart, separation anxiety and leash reactivity. “He soon settled once he knew that we weren’t here to hurt him and he was safe,” said Chloe. Emma said Bandit’s adoption reaffirmed that each dog needs to feel secure in their new home and find the right people. Sad lab refuses walkies PAMPERED PETS Dr David Grant Our vet offers his advice We gave a home to a rescue female Q labrador six months ago. The problem we have is that she seems terrified of the outdoors. It took months to get her into the garden but it is impossible to take her out for a walk. Please advise. Without knowing details of her A previous life it is difficult to pinpoint the reasons for her fear. She might have been kept in kennels in a puppy farm with poor socialisation and inadequate exercise, and just used as a breeding machine. Alternatively she may have experienced fearful situations such as aggressive dogs or thunderstorms, alongside a general lack of exercise, leading her to conclude it’s safest inside. You will need a lot of patience and support from a qualified dog behaviourist to improve this situation. There are some things that will not help. Forcing the dog outside will almost certainly reinforce the fear of leaving the front door. Even putting on a lead and collar can trigger panic attacks, as she may associate the lead with previous force from her old owners. A behaviourist will be able to formulate a training programme that you can follow on a daily basis. Programmes typically look to desensitise the dog to fear of the outdoors, by counter conditioning and making outside a fun place to be. A trail of treats just outside the front door and play activities, for example with her favourite toy, can gradually be extended to build confidence. Behaviorist support is essential to fine tune the programme. My two-year-old neutered female cat Q suddenly looks very sleepy with some sort of a film covering part of both eyes. She doesn’t seem unwell so should I take her to the vet or wait and see if it gets better on its own? Waiting and seeing is never a A good option when a cat like yours doesn’t seem quite right. This is even more important with eye problems because they can get dramatically worse if not investigated promptly. The films are likely to be the third eyelids and they are present in cats and dogs. Third eyelids, also called nictitating membranes, are normally tucked away in the corner of each eye nearest the nose. They perform an important function in keeping the cornea clean and lubricated. Normally you won’t see them unless the cat either has an eye condition or is unwell. In those cats, the condition is often called Haw’s syndrome, and is simply a sign of problems elsewhere. There is a long list of potential eye problems that can only be identified by a veterinary examination. A physical examination, and possibly lab tests, are also important to identify if a cat is unwell, and why. It’s an encouraging sign that your cat is not appearing unwell. It could be she has a mild underlying gastrointestinal or respiratory upset. Some viruses cause this, and it can even be down to worms. The outlook is very good in treated cases, with improvement usually within a few weeks. David Grant MBE was a vet at the RSPCA Harmsworth hospital for animals Email questions to him at pamperedpets@reachplc.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 3 5 great pages of food and drink Real feast lies in way for food fans as festival welcomed back Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk With just days to go before food lovers will have a chance to indulge their every whim at Bishop Auckland Food Festival, organisers are putting final touches to a programme guaranteed to whet the appetite. Following last year’s cancellation, the County Durham event is making its autumn comeback with an impressive line-up of star guests, food producers, workshops and entertainment. More than 29,000 visitors attended the last festival in 2019 and its return is set to bring a welcome boost to the local economy. It is also being seen as having an important support role to play in Durham County Council’s bid to become the UK City of Culture 2025. Coun Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “This festival is a key part of our current bid to become UK City of Culture 2025, showing just how important food is to culture and demonstrating how diverse and vibrant our cultural programme is.” Here’s a guide to what is in store. What is Bishop Auckland Food Festival? The event, run by Durham County Council, is a celebration of the best of local food and drink. It showcases a huge range of regional produce – plus worldwide food too – to thousands of festival-goers over its twoday run. It also offers a range of activities, workshops and talks for visitors to involve themselves in. Where and when is it? The festival will run over the October 2-3 weekend across Bishop Auckland Market place. It will also occupy North Bondgate and will make use of the new car park space for more traders and entertainment. It’s there that the large outdoor Cookery Theatre will be sited too. Who’s on the line-up? Cookery theatre,Saturday, October 2 John Torode: The BBC Masterchef presenter has been announced as the headline attaction. The celebrity chef, who called the event ‘one of the country’s greatest culinary feasts’ will host a demonstration in the large cookery marquee where it can be watched without the need to buy > > John Torode is to be a special guest at Bishop Auckland Food Festival. Credit Jane Sebire a ticket. Joe Hurd: The TV chef and regular guest presenter on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen will be sharing his love of traditional Italian recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques. Brett Cobley: The vegan and author of cookbook Easy Vegan and What Vegans Eat was also the winner of ITV’s The Big Audition. Both days Mike Bartley: The homeground talent and Masterchef contestant will host demonstrations on both days of the festival. He did a similar doublestint at Seaham Food Festival in August. Sunday, October 3 Paul Young: Chocolatier, author and TV chef is known for his love of sweet creations which have won him awards including that for Best Sea Salted Caramel in the World. Bryony May Williams: The Food Unwrapped and Channel 4 presenter also took part in Seaham Food Festival in August. Tom Rhodes: Locals no doubt will be keen to catch up with the front-ofhouse manager from Nandos in Newcastle who wowed judges to become Masterchef champion. Bishop Auckland Town Hall Jane Beedle: The Great British Bake Off star, who will have a new blog and YouTube channel later this year, will be hosting four food workshops on each day of the festival. Children aged from seven to 15 can learn how to make rocky road while adults can sign up for demonstrations in babka and Chelsea buns. To buy tickets costing £5 (limited to 12 for the children’s sessions) see online. Nigel Barden: The radio and TV food and drink broadcaster, who also has been an awards judge and restaurant critic, will be talking to some of the festival’s award-winning traders about what is on offer in his free Meet the Producers events. These will take place in Bishop Auckland Town Hall at 10.30am, 12noon, 1.30pm and 3pm on both days. Limited seating will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. What sort of food will be on offer? There will be food and drink on sale at more than 100 stalls, ranging from Weardale Cheese and The Geordie Banger Company to Breaking Bread Durham, South Durham Honey and The Auckland Cupcake Co. Drinkswise, look out for the likes of Kitty’s Homemade Ginger Wine, Black Storm Brewery and O’Donnell Moonshine. Anything else to know? It’s free to get onto the festival site. Dogs are allowed but it’s recommended that they’re kept on a lead. There will be pop-up live music adding to the entertainment. Those going to the festival are advised to avoid driving there if possible (some roads will be closing) and to use public transport. There will be park and ride buses too, with accessible facilities, which will operate from Bishop Auckland College. Look out for The Auckland Project stall explaining the ongoing work at Auckland Castle which, prior to the project, used to host the festival in its grounds. The castle itself also will be hosting a themed craft fair during the festival’s run. For more information see the festival website at www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk

44 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Food & Drink New menu for lounge Champagne lounge bar 3Sixty has unveiled details of a new menu which sees it change food direction just four months after its launch. The unique bar-restaurant, with dramatic views across Newcastle and beyond, opened at the top of the newly-built Hadrian’s Tower in St James’ Boulevard in May. And those views, from the 26th level of the luxury apartment block, have proved as much of a hit with customers as its Laurent-Perrier bar, cocktails and fine dining dinner and lunch menu. But now it says it is re-branding that menu so that it “better complements our purpose as a Champagne lounge”. That means less of a focus on formal fine dining and more emphasis upon sharing platters as well as afternoon teas, which sound the ideal accompaniment to chill-out afternoons with friends spent enjoying fizz and cocktails as well as that panorama from the floor-toceiling windows. A new team of chefs is in place at 3Sixty where the new menu is already proving popular with customers, including with couples celebrating special occasions. The idea of the sharing platters is to concentrate on quality over quantity in the current climate, which sees continental-style ‘grazing’ and tapas options become increasingly popular with diners. And at 3Sixty this is seen as a style which better suits its role as a Champagne lounge and cocktail bar. The choice of platters, which are for sharing between two, include a Vegan Platter, Seafood Platter, Charcuterie Platter and - currently proving its most popular - a Pan-Asian Platter. They are served between 5pm and 8.30pm and between those hours a selection of Lindisfarne oyster dishes are also on offer, which can be enjoyed fresh, warm or baked. For those with a sweet tooth the new Afternoon Tea, which is served from noon until 5pm, is set to appeal, with its selection of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones which can be accompanied with Champagne to make it extra-indulgent, while customers are promised “stunning views from every seat in the house”, it says. The tea costs £23 and a glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee can be added for £11.50 or La Cuvee Rose for £15.50. On the menu are the likes of roast chicken, tarragon and mustard creme fraiche on brown bloomer sandwiches and sweet treats such as dark chocolate macaroons or a blueberry and mint cheesecake which features a touch of Champagne too. There are vegan and vegetarian afternoon tea options available and there’s a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea version too, which comes with a dram of whisky and includes a black pudding Scotch egg, confit chicken bon bon, pork pie and chorizo and Cheddar frittata. > > 3Sixty Bar in Hadrian’s Tower, Newcastle City bar celebrates top award BARbara hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@reachplc.com City centre bar Leila Lily’s is celebrating after being named a winner at a national awards ceremony. The bar-restaurant which opened in Newcastle’s Grey Street in 2019 was singled out at the National Pub & Bar Awards on Monday night. The venue, which last year won an AA rosette for ‘culinary excellence’ less than six months after it opened followed by a design accolade, this time impressed judges at the annual awards which honour the UK’s best pubs and bars. Leila Lily’s, a flagship business owned by the well-known Malhotra Group, was one of 15 regional winners, taking the North East crown. And Atul Malhotra, who created the venue and named it after his daughter, is delighted at its success. A post on Leila Lily’s Facebook page said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been awarded North East bar of the year 2021.” Thanking customers and staff, it praised their support and hard work, adding: “Most importantly our special little girl, Miss Leila Lily who inspired our gorgeous venue.” The awards, hosted by restaurant critic Grace Dent, also named the Galvin Green Man, one of the oldest pubs in Essex and run by Michelin star brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, as the overall winner, awarding it the Bar of the Year title for first class food, drink, service and all-round experience. The awards, held in London, were attended by 94 venues which previously had been named best in their county and from which 15 pubs were named as the best in their county. Leila Lily’s shortlisted rivals were The Craster Arms in Northumberland and Grannie Annie’s Pub and Pantry in Durham. Extra accolades on the night included Pub Brand of the Year which went to JD Wetherspoon scooped and Bar Brand of the Year which was awarded to The Alchemist. > > Leila Lily’s on Grey Street THe winners The full list of the National Pub & Bar Awards 2021 Winners East Midlands: The Tollemache Arms, Harrington East of England: Galvin Green Man, Chelmsford London: The Gun, Spitalfields North East: Leila Lily’s, Newcastle North West: The Church Inn, Mobberley Northern Ireland: Tomney’s Bar, Dungannon North West Scotland : The Plockton Hotel, Highlands North East Scotland: The Criterion, St Andrews South East Scotland: No.1 The Grange, Edinburgh South West Scotland: The Steamboat Inn, Dumfries South East: The Wiremill, Lingfield South West: The Wheatsheaf, Northleach Wales: Hare & Hounds, Aberthin West Midlands: The Flyford, Flyford Flavell Yorkshire and the Humber: The Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 45 these brilliant options will have kids yearning for the dinner bell, says jane haase Quick bites ■■Giant Avozilla avocados, right, that can serve up to 10 people are now back exclusively at Tesco. The 1.5kg naturally giantsized fruit costs £4 and is an extremely rare variety grown from just a few trees in South Africa. ■■Bring a taste of Italy straight to your door with the launch of a ready-to-drink Negroni sharing Food & Drink bottle, below. The signature Italian cocktail costs £28.50 and is available from Carluccio’s delis nationwide and from carluccios. com ■■Plant-based energising drink brand Tenzing is now available as new energy powders. Whether you’re a hiker, an endurance athlete or just in need of energy on the go, Tenzing can now travel with you in the form of these new sachets, pictured left – just add water! Sold separately and in multipack RRP £2.49 per sachet or £19.99 per box of 10 from Amazon and endurance sports nutrition distributor UNNU. Pack their lunch with excitement PEOPLE’S PET AWARDS An uplifting celebration of Britain’s most inspirational pets McVitie’s Jaffa Jonuts £1.99, Asda The marriage of chocolate and orange is magic, and this time it comes with a twist – soft donutty shaped sponge, tangy orangey filling, topped with a layer of crackly chocolate. Bear Blackcurrant Yoyos multipack (5x20g) Major supermarkets, RRP £2.40 Gently baked fruit rolls with apple, pear and blackcurrant. They are made with 100% pure fruit and count as 1 of your 5 a day. Munch Bunch Double Up strawberry banana fromage frais (4x85g) Tesco, £1.50 Enjoy two flavours with this moreish treat. Each pot contains 110ml of milk which is a source of calcium and vitamin D. Soreen lunchbox loaves (5) Sainsbury’s, were £1.50, now £1 until September 21 A heathier alternative to cake, low in fat and a source of fibre, these five individually wrapped malt loaves fit into any lunchbox and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Higgidy Mini Pork Pies, pack of 4 Was £2.60, Now £2, Sainsbury’s As an alternative to a sandwich or pitta, mix up the school lunchboxes and try these mini cured pork pies, encased in a seeded pastry with mature Cheddar as a savoury treat. Mini Babybel Original Cheese Snacks 6pk (down from £2.30 to £1.15 until September 21), Co-op These 100% real cheese individually wrapped snacks are just perfect for lunchboxes. Pack with crackers for a crunchy treat. Watermelon Fans 95g, 50p or five for £1.50, Morrisons The handiest and easiest way to pop a portion of watermelon in your child’s lunchbox. It’s one of their five a day too. Fruit Bowl juicy yogurt raisins (5x25g) Waitrose, RRP £2 Real fruit in tasty yoghurt with no added colours or flavours, these are perfect for little lunchboxes. *Prices correct at time of going to press and while stocks last Graze Snack Box lemon drizzle flapjack (53g) major supermarkets, RRP £1.20 A wholegrain oat flapjack, with zesty lemon curd and yoghurt drizzle, is a tasty swap for a chocolate bar. NOMINATE NOW THEPEOPLESPETAWARDS.CO.UK

46 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Food & Drink RAISE A GLASS WITH JANE CLARE What a few days. I’ve been hot (phew, a September sun), I’ve been rained on (lots and lots). Who knows what the weather gods will be throwing around by the time you’re reading this. But those few days have also been perfect. I’ve been “out out” – not in a posh frock and lipstick sense – but in a wine sense. I’ve met real wine people at live tasting events. Bordeaux Day was a joy, and for the first time, I had the chance to taste the wines in the latest Bordeaux Hot 50. I brought you one of them just a couple of weeks ago: Château Pey de Faure 2019 (£12.99, online at Averys). I’ve now met its wine friends, all of them highlighting the modern approach adopted by Bordeaux winemakers – whether through their techniques or sustainable practices. The Hot 50 wines are under £25 and chosen to be approachable and appealing. If you’re nervous about trying new wines they’re a great place to start exploring the diversity of the region. Here are three: A sparkling, a white and a red. I love a drop of fizz and Premius Crémant de Bordeaux Brut (£RRP £10-£12, Slurp) is gorgeous. The grapes sémillon, muscadelle and cabernet sauvignon have been cajoled into creating a wine with aromas of fresh and baked apples, toasty bread and baking spice. It is fresh, characterful and zesty. One of my favourite whites of the day was Château Argadens 2019 (£12.50, tanners-wines.co.uk). It’s vegan, and the vineyards are managed in a way which increases biodiversity and decreases any negative environmental impact. It is also very enjoyable. The white is a blend of sauvignon blanc (which takes the lead role in this palate performance) and sémillon. The aromas just keep on giving; tangy citrus, especially grapefruit. A savoury edge adds depth and interest. The flavours zing and twist and delight. As for the red, there were many to choose from, but for this missive I’ve opted for Roc de Lussac 2019 (£7.75, Sainsbury’s). The wine is from the Saint-Emilion appellation where the fruitily plummy merlot grape dominates. Cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc are the blending partners in this wine which speaks of red and black fruits, and spice. Tannins play their part in an undemanding way. ■■The Bordeaux Hot 50 list is online at bordeaux.com/gb/selection ■■Jane is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. Find her on social media and online as One Foot in the Grapes. Jamie Oliver is an absolute machine. The celebrity chef – no longer ‘naked’, but very much clothed and still campaigning for us all to cook (stress-free) from scratch at home – is back with a new recipe collection, Together. While not all five of his children are featured on the cover (three are, we get the sense the teenagers have bowed out this time around), this book is all about feeding the people you love. With most people now vaccinated and social restrictions lifted, Jamie is betting people will be eager to host dinner parties, brunches and holiday gatherings. His 25th cookbook shows readers how to throw a big party in true Oliver fashion – without too much fuss, so the cook can have fun, too. The emphasis is on sharing delicious meals together rather than spending all your time stressed in the kitchen and it is packed full of tasty, comforting dishes that require minimum preparation. Jamie says: “Together is a real homage to the great home feast, something I have really missed sharing with friends and family over the past year. “So many people find real joy in a shared meal, have rediscovered a love of cooking or perhaps even given it a go for the first time. “I wanted the recipes to feel like a culinary light at the end of the tunnel, where food can be enjoyed and savoured. “This is about giving you an excuse to get the people you love around the table again.” As is usually the case nowadays, the cookbook is tied to a new television series. In each episode of Channel 4’s Jamie Oliver: Together, the chef will take us through the recipes step by step, making them for his Ingredients: 1tbsp quinoa; 1tbsp frozen edamame beans; 100g crunchy veg, such as cucumber, sugar snap peas, mangetout, carrots; 2 level tsps white miso paste; 2tsps rice wine vinegar; 1 fresh chilli; 1cm piece of ginger; 1 lime; 2tsps sesame oil; 2tsps low-salt soy sauce; 2tsps sesame seeds; 200g super-fresh chunky tuna steak, from sustainable sources Optional: 2 sprigs of shiso, mint or basil GET AHEAD: You can prep all this on the day, if you prefer. Method: 1. Cook the quinoa in plenty of water according to the packet instructions, adding the edamame for the last 2 minutes, then drain and cool. Take time to prep your crunchy veg – it’s nice to have a mixture, so use up any veg from the fridge – and finely slice everything as delicately as you can. 2. Muddle the miso into the rice vinegar, then scrunch with the prepped It’s (dinner) party time! Dedicated to NHS staff, the impact of the pandemic is a thread that Jamie picks up on throughout. In the first episode the chef prepares a feast for people doing volfamily and friends, so we can make them for ours. Whether it’s hosting a beautiful curry night, summery feast, or a celebration meal, Jamie’s got you covered. Jamie Oliver in an image from his new book Together Jamie Oliver’s new recipe book, Together, is a homage to the great home feast. The chef reveals why it’s the perfect time to entertain once again veg, quinoa and edamame – flavours will develop and deepen overnight. 3. To make a dressing, deseed and finely chop the chilli and place in a clean jam jar. Peel and finely grate in ginger, squeeze in lime juice, then add sesame oil and soy and pop the lid on. 4. Toast the sesame seeds in a non-stick frying pan on a high heat until lightly golden, tossing regularly, then remove. Sear the tuna for just 20 seconds on each side and edge, turning with tongs. Leave to cool. Cover and refrigerate the veg and tuna overnight. TO SERVE: If you’ve prepped ahead, get everything out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving. Finely slice the tuna and arrange around a platter. Pile the dressed veg in the centre, shake up the dressing and spoon over the tuna. Finish with the herb leaves (if using), and toasted sesame seeds. ■■ENERGY 253kcal; FAT 12.7g; SAT FAT 2.5g; PROTEIN 17.7g; CARBS 7.6g; SUGARS 2.6g; SALT 1.2g; FIBRE 1.8g Together is a real homage to the great home feast, something I have really missed sharing with friends and family over the past year. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on his new TV series and book untary work through the pandemic, from helping at food banks and vaccination centres to sewing PPE. The centrepiece of the meal is salmon decorated and flavoured with rosemary, chillies, capers and anchovies, served with a lemony potato salad and extra sweet oregano and garlic roasted tomatoes. Jamie also serves up cheesy puffs as canapés, strawberry and prosecco cocktails, and a summer pudding made with strawberries, cucumber and Pimm’s. And he’s right, it’s very lovely to be able to sit down, chat and eat together again. ■■Together by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House (c) Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2021 Together), priced £26. Photography by David Loftus. Available now ■■Jamie Oliver: Together is on Mondays, Channel 4, at 8pm JAMIE OLIVER’S ELEGANT TUNA CARPACCIO, MISO VEG, CHILLI AND LIME DRESSING AND SESAME(Serves 2)

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 47 Jamie Oliver’s fragrant squash curry with chickpeas, ginger, spices and coconut milk (Serves 6 + 2 leftover portions) Ingredients: 1 butternut squash (1.2kg); Olive oil; 1 onion; 2 cloves of garlic; 4cm piece of ginger; 1tsp coriander seeds; 1tsp fenugreek seeds; 1tsp medium curry powder; 300g ripe cherry tomatoes; 2 tinned pineapple rings in juice; 1 x 400ml tin of light coconut milk; 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas Optional: 2 sprigs of coriander, to serve GET AHEAD: You can make this on the day, if you prefer. METHOD: 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Scrub the squash (there’s no need to peel it), carefully halve it lengthways and deseed, then chop into 2cm chunks. 2. Place in a roasting tray, toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then roast for one hour, or until soft and caramelized. 3. Meanwhile, peel and roughly chop the onion, peel the garlic and ginger, and dry fry in a non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat with the coriander and fenugreek seeds and the curry powder, stirring until lightly charred all over. 4. Add the tomatoes and pineapple rings (reserving the juice), and cook for 10 minutes to soften and char, stirring regularly. 5. Tip it all into a blender, add the coconut milk and blitz until very smooth. Return to the pan, tip in the chickpeas, juice and all, and simmer gently until the sauce is thickened. 6. Stir in the roasted squash, then season the curry to perfection, tasting and tweaking, and loosening with the reserved pineapple juice. 7. Cool, cover and refrigerate overnight. TO SERVE: Preheat the oven to 150°C. Place the covered pan of curry in the oven until hot through – about an hour. Nice with picked coriander leaves. Jamie Oliver’s chocolate orange crÈme brÛlÉe (Serves 2 + 2 leftover puds) Ingredients: 100ml double cream; 300ml semi-skimmed milk; 100g dark chocolate (70%); 4 large free-range eggs; 80g golden caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling; 1 orange; Seasonal berries, to serve GET AHEAD: Pour the cream and milk into a non-stick pan, snap in the chocolate, and place on a medium-low heat until chocolate has melted, whisking regularly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly while you separate the eggs. Method: 1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the yolks (freeze the whites to make meringues another day) with the sugar and the finely grated orange zest until pale and fluffy. Whisking constantly, gradually pour in the chocolate mixture until combined. Return to the pan and place over a low heat, then very gently bring to a simmer, whisking constantly for about 10 minutes, or until you have a custard-like consistency. 2. Divide between four small heatproof cups or two sharing bowls, then cool, cover and leave to set in the fridge overnight. TO SERVE: Sprinkle a little sugar over two of the puds, then melt it under a hot grill or using a blowtorch. Serve with orange segments, berries or cherries. The two extra puds will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge, if you can wait that long! ■■ENERGY 414kcal; FAT 27.1g; SAT FAT 13.7g; PROTEIN 8.9g; CARBS 39.8g; SUGARS 39.6g; SALT 0.2g; FIBRE 1g Invest in a more sustainable future for your organisation At Engenera, we enable our clients to generate their own cleaner, greener and cheaper energy. Our products • Solar PV • Battery Storage • Ground-Source Heat Pump (GSHP) • Combined Heat & Power (CHP) • Air-Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) • EV Charging • H2 – Hydrogen We make renewable energy solutions simple and affordable, with dedicated design, install and fully-funded options. For more information, get in touch today! 0330 133 0857 | info@engenera.com www.engenera.com

48 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Books My career has blossomed since talking about my mental health... Acclaimed actor David Harewood, star of Homeland and Supergirl, was just 23 and fresh out of Rada when he suffered a psychotic breakdown, during which he had to be physically detained by six police officers, sedated and then sectioned under the Mental Health Act. He had spent weeks walking all over London talking to strangers and blacking out, waking up in a different part of town hours later, with no idea what had happened in between. Recreational weed smoking only exacerbated the situation. Eventually, after an episode dominated by the booming voice of Martin Luther King in his head, several friends took him to hospital. “I was highly disturbed and I do remember being physically restrained and I was absolutely terrified. I’d lost my mind. The demons were coming to get me. But I was really lucky to come through it,” the actor says today. In 2019, David, now 55, appeared in the BBC documentary Psychosis and Me, in which he charted his ordeal, and has now followed this up with Maybe I Don’t Belong Here, his written account in which he describes how he has come to understand the extent to which his psychosis and subsequent treatment was rooted in race and racism. His Barbadian father, Romeo, had been sectioned when David was 15, and diagnosed with hypermania, and the book became a love letter to his father, he says. The actor, who has spent the best part of the last decade in the US and Canada because of better job opportunities, explains: “With the David suffered racial abuse as a young boy David Harewood talks to Hannah Stephenson about his psychotic breakdown, racism and why the US is a better place for a British black actor than the UK death of George Floyd, I started thinking about what the whole Black Lives Matter thing was trying to say. I’d seen the marches around the world and the outpouring of support and revulsion and started to notice that in England there was this hesitation to support, or instantly there was a rejection of Black Lives Matter, an instant (attitude) of, ‘Oh, that doesn’t happen here, that’s in America’. Actually that’s not true. “It made me think of how difficult my youth was growing up. This ‘denialism’ that we are so good at in England was a real spark for me to try to find a way of navigating into the argument, which wasn’t trying to shout at people.” David was born in Birmingham, the son of Barbadian parents who arrived in Britain in 1957 looking for a better life. From a young age he and his family were subjected to racist attacks, from a brick through the window to excrement through the letterbox. His parents warned the young David and his three siblings that there were certain white people who didn’t like them and were told to watch out for one another whenever they left the house. “I grew up watching Benny Hill, Tommy Cooper and Freddie Starr and loving it, and naively feeling that I am those people,” he recalls. Yet racism was on his doorstep, he observes. The “walk from home to school was terrifying as a kid” as he didn’t know if he was going to be attacked, have something thrown at him or receive racist abuse. He adds: “But when I got to school I could be a clown and the life and soul of the classroom. That’s what led to me being an entertainer.” When he was seven, he was playing alone in the street when an David and his wife, Kirsty older white man approached him full of hatred and anger and told him, in no uncertain terms, to get out of his country. Today, he reflects: “That was the start of this crack in my identity. “People say to me, ‘It’s in the past, forget about it’ but it’s who I am. That’s what led to my breakdown.” He was sectioned for five days in a psychiatric hospital before returning home, where his mental health dipped again and the hallucinations and delusions loomed large, which resulted in another short stay in a locked psychiatric unit until he was discharged with a supply of anti-psychotic drugs. Slowly he recovered and as his mother gradually reduced his tablet intake he got back much of the energy he’d been lacking. David finally returned to London to pursue his acting career, largely in the theatre, later becoming the first black actor to play Othello at the National Theatre. But the TV roles he secured were minor, which frustrated him. Then, almost broke, he was offered the role of CIA counterterrorism director David Estes in the American espionage thriller Homeland alongside Damian Lewis. “After 30 years of struggling, I was down to my last 80 quid and was taken by the Americans and put in a really prominent position in a great TV show. It has turned my entire career and life around.” He says it’s easier for a black person to get meatier roles in the US than in Britain, despite the racism issues there. “The roles I had in the States don’t compare with the TV roles I’d had for the previous 10 years in England, when I just didn’t have central roles. It was really frustrating coming on and doing a couple of lines here and a couple of lines there. “There’s a fantastic young genera- tion of black British talent – John Boyega, Daniel Kaluuya, Michaela Coel – which is just storming the world, and that’s tremendously exciting. Most of them are making movies in America but I hope there’s an industry here that can cope.” Filming in LA, New York and Vancouver has meant long periods away from his family, wife Kirsty and their two teenage daughters, who have remained in London. “We decided early on that we didn’t want to raise our children in America and I’m quite glad about that. It’s an insane country right now and scary. I didn’t want to bring them up in that environment. “As my career has got busier it’s difficult, but we have FaceTime, so I can still see their faces.” He is recognised over here but people often mistake him for another famous actor, David says. “I’m constantly being confused with Idris Elba, which I always find hilarious. I remember a day when this guy came up to me and said, ‘I really like your work – when’s Luther back on?’” He reflects that racism is tackled more openly in the US than the UK. “I’m not saying America is the promised land in any way,” he notes. “Racism fear really upset me as a kid and I didn’t want to deal with it, whereas in America you David Harewood describes his new book as a love letter to his father, Romeo, who was sectioned when David was 15 have no choice. Parents will sit their children down and say, ‘These are the things you have to be careful of: the police, the authorities etc’. “You have to educate them to the threats they are likely to encounter. I was too busy dealing with it on my own.” “The scars of slavery and the struggle for black emancipation are much more prominent and understood, and are much more of an open wound in America. Over here, we don’t have the numbers to have these great civil rights movements.” He has been having therapy on and off since the age of 27, most recently when the documentary opened old wounds which he needed to deal with. Since the documentary, many have approached him to thank him for addressing the problem of mental health. “My career has actually blossomed since talking about it. We are on the cusp of a real revolution when it comes to bringing mental health to the fore. I can’t tell you the amount of tweets and messages I get saying thank you. But there’s still a long way to go to break the stigma.” ■■Maybe I don’t Belong Here by David Harewood is published by Bluebird, £20

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 49 REVIEWS fiction Freckles by Cecilia Ahern, HarperCollins, £16.99, ebook £10.99 HHHHI Cecilia Ahern – best known for her debut novel PS, I Love You – is back with her latest offering, Freckles. Misfit country girl Allegra ‘Freckles’ Bird moves to Dublin to achieve her dreams, but as reality sets in, she realises she isn’t exactly who she hoped she would become. A tense encounter with a stranger sets her on a journey to uncover the five people who have made her who she is, and in pursuit, she begins to uncover what truly defines her. This is fresh and timely, picking apart Allegra’s character thoughtfully without cliché or judgement. Asking boldly what and who make us who we are, Freckles teams wit and wisdom harmoniously – albeit wrapped in a slightly saccharine bow. pick of the week Snow Country by Sebastian Faulks, Hutchinson, £20, ebook £9.99 HHHHI Snow Country returns to the Schloss Seeblick sanatorium in Austria, loosely following Faulks’ 2005 novel Human Traces. The clinic is as much a personality as the two main characters, Anton and Lena – he a journalist, fortunate enough to travel before being plunged into the German trenches of the Western Front, and she an impoverished, uneducated child of a prostitute Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney, Faber & Faber, £16.99, ebook £8.99 HHIII The cult of Sally Rooney is so strong – her work has been adapted into an awardwinning TV programme, and her style has inspired waves of new writers – it’s easy to forget the latest release is looking for somewhere, or someone, to call home. Through all the political turbulence, love and loss, Schloss Seeblick is a place of calm – both for the characters that end up there, and for us, through Faulks’ flawless prose. Snow Country’s pensive wandering expresses mental resilience and wistful yearning in a love story that struggles to bloom in the lugubrious period between two world wars. only her third book. Beautiful World, Where Are You is unmistakeably Sally Rooney: but magnified to an extent it almost seems like a parody. Alice – a famous writer who has moved to the seaside after a mental breakdown – and Eileen – her best friend living in Dublin with a nice but unfulfilling job – are the central characters, along with the two men in their lives: Felix and Simon. There’s not too much plot in the book – it’s more of a meditation on life when you’re in the tail end of your 20s, and every second chapter is a long email between the two women. This format hinders the flow of the book – it feels like pages of selfindulgent musings about life, sex, capitalism and more. It’s heavy-handed and has none of the emotional heart of Rooney’s previous books. Non-fiction The Transgender Issue: An Argument For Justice by Shon Faye, Allen Lane, £20, ebook £9.99 HHHHI Few books are as urgent as trans activist and journalist Shon Faye’s debut. She covers the dire situation facing the trans community today. The analysis is thorough and heartbreaking. It’s a highly fact-based book backed up with statistics and case studies, but Faye manages to write it in a hugely emotive and powerful way. Top Tens bestsellers 1. The Song Of Achilles: Madeline Miller 2. The Dark Remains: Ian Rankin & William McIlvanney 3. A Slow Fire Burning: Paula Hawkins 4. Magpie: Elizabeth Day 5. Snow Country: Sebastian Faulks 6. How To Kill Your Family: Bella Mackie 7. The Heron’s Cry: Ann Cleeves 8. The Women Of Troy: Pat Barker 9. Freckles: Cecelia Ahern 10. 1979: Val McDermid Chart courtesy of Waterstones ebooks 1. One August Night: Victoria Hislop 2. The Holiday: T.M. Logan 3. Find Them Dead: Peter James 4. Dark Sacred Night: Michael Connelly 5. All That Remains: Sue Black 6. The Road Trip: Beth O’Leary 7. The Whistler: John Grisham 8. The Last Letter from Your Lover: Jojo Moyes 9. The Only Plane in the Sky: Garrett M. Graff 10. Beautiful World, Where Are You: Sally Rooney Chart courtesy of the Kindle store at Amazon Brown Cream Blue Green Forget fence worries for good. Choose 25 years maintenance free metal fencing*. Choose ColourFence.

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THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 53 Hotseat I just call myself a drag queen Michelle Visage is back on the judging panel for series three of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Georgia Humphreys found out why she adores the role From hitting the music charts with girl band Seduction to winning a whole new legion of fans thanks to starring in Strictly Come Dancing in 2019, Michelle Visage has had a glittering entertainment career. But there is one job which she is particularly famous for – being a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The third series of the UK version of the reality competition lands on BBC iPlayer this month, and once again, New Jersey-born Michelle, 52, who is married to author and screenwriter David Case, will be sitting on the panel alongside drag queen RuPaul, who she met on the New York scene in the 80s. Graham Norton and Alan Carr will alternate each week as guest judges, while other famous faces who have been confirmed to appear on the show are comedians Matt Lucas and Kathy Burke, Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse, pop star Nadine Coyle and Loose Women presenter Judi Love. A total of 12 queens will be sashaying down the runway. Amongst those hoping to impress is the show’s first-ever cisgender [meaning a person who’s sense of identity corresponds to their birth sex] female drag queen, Portsmouth-born Victoria Scone. Here, we find out more from mum-oftwo Michelle. How would you sum up the new series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK? It’s completely different, because it’s completely different queens, with completely different stories, completely different trajectories. You don’t know where somebody is going to go, and that’s the beauty of RuPaul’s Drag Race, you go on a ride with these people. How important is the decision to include Victoria Scone in the line up? I’ve always maintained that all drag is A lot of people try to fit into a certain mould to make people happy instead of making themselves happy Michelle Visage ‘SHE’S WONDERFUL’: Drag Race contestant Victoria Scone: valid, and it really is. It needs to be on RuPaul’s Drag Racelevel to get into the competition. So, we will always welcome everybody to audition – that audition tape better be very, very good! Having Victoria on this series is gamechanging. I consider myself a cis woman drag queen, AFAB [assigned female at birth] queen, whatever you want to call it – I just call myself a drag queen. And I’ve been trying to compete behind that judging table for 14 years now. It’s just part of the beautiful growth of drag, and what we represent, and we are all-inclusive, so it is important that she’s there. And she’s wonderful. You must get some amazing reactions from fans. What’s the strangest place you’ve been recognised? An odd place was at the gynaecologists’ office; sitting there waiting to go in and you see somebody looking, and it’s like, Michelle Visage says she is looking forward to watching this year’s drag queens do their thing Michelle fought through an early knee injury on Strictly ‘Do I have something on my face?’ It was one of those moments where I was like, ‘Well, I’m gonna remember this one!’. The queens get a lot of support on social media too. How does it feel to see drag becoming more accepted? I’ve been a fan of drag since I was a kid, and people thought I was crazy for loving drag. But drag, to me, has always been as viable an art form as painting, as dance. So, it’s very rewarding for me to sit back and go, ‘See, I told you! I knew it’. Drag is amazing and expressive and artistic, and it fills my soul and my heart with joy. No matter what it is, there’s going to be haters, whether it’s politics, whether it’s the arts, whether it’s your face, there’s always going to be somebody who has something negative to say. You just can’t spend too much time soaking in that. What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned in your career? I’ve learned to be flexible. A lot of people try to fit into a certain mould to make people happy instead of making themselves happy, and I have been a victim of that as well. If you can stay steadfast to who you are, and true to what you believe, what you feel you represent, you’ll be unstoppable. I’m the best Michelle Visage that there can be, and I need to just focus on that. Have you kept up ballroom dancing since competing on Strictly? I left Strictly and had to have knee surgery. I hurt my knee on the launch show. I did that entire competition with a torn meniscus. Obviously, the team knew, but I was given the OK to dance through it. I didn’t want the judges to know because I didn’t want to have a target on my back, I wanted to give it all I could. Two weeks after knee surgery, I said to my doctor, ‘When can I dance?’ He’s like, ‘You’re good! You can go dance’. So I take a dance class at least once a week. I’m still not great, but I love it so much. I found my love of Latin and ballroom through doing Strictly and I had the best experience of my life. ■■RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 3 will return to BBC Three and iPlayer on Thursday September 23, with new episodes dropping weekly.

54 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Fashion 6of the Best mini earrings 1 The hit list From quilted coats to capes, to statement sweaters, EMMA JOHNSON picks out her new season must buys Green and crystal £185, Monica Vinader 2 Silver Ocean Eyes £32, Milly Grace 3 MONSOON’S QUILTED COAT: Make every day a duvet day in this comfy yet bang-on-trend number. Stella coat £99, Monsoon Flowers £69, Daisy London 4 MANGO’S RHOMBUS SWEATER: Statement knits are big news for autumn/winter and this one certainly draws attention, £49.99, shop.mango.com Moon and star £42, Oliver Bonas 5 WAREHOUSE’S KNITTED MIDI DRESS: Knitted dresses are having a moment, make a statement in this one, £63.20, warehousefashion.com & OTHER STORIES’ JEANS: Step away from the skinnies this season and show a little flare. Patch pocket jeans £65, stories.com Crystal snakes £29.95 Seol + Gold 6 Rainbow drop £35, Scream Pretty KAREN MILLEN’S MILITARY CAPE: Steal a march on this beautiful buy before it is gone. Was £159, now £127.20, karenmillen.com

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 55 MARKS & SPENCER’S GEOMETRIC MIDAXI: This season’s must-have print, in a must-have silhouette, £39.50, marksandspencer.com *All prices correct at time of going to press EMMA JOHNSON tennis ace emma had a ball in new york SHE was on the same red carpet as icons like Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Debbie Harry and fellow tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, but teenage sporting sensation Emma Raducanu was the one courting all the attention at Monday’s Met Gala. Just 48 hours after she powered to victory in the US Open, the 18-year-old from Kent was posing for photographers at the event known as ‘the Oscars of the fashion world’ as if she had been doing it her whole life. Ditching her blue and red tennis kit for a black and white silk crop top, skirt and cape by Chanel, no less, it was a case of advantage Emma. While the likes of Kim Kardashian, 40, whose black Balenciaga number completely hid her face and hands, set out to shock, the youngster was understated and elegant. The pearl belly chain brought a fresh youthful touch to her ensemble. The Met Gala, which is a fundraiser for New York’s Costume Institute, has become renowned for weird and wacky outfits, but Kim’s top-to-toe Dementor-esque look and singer Frank Ocean’s creepy robotic baby aside – this year’s was a largely straightforward affair. Back to Kim, and how do we even know it was her under there? She could have been home watching reruns of her reality show. At least nobody came dressed as a cheeseburger this time, like ACE LOOK: Emma Raducanu singer Katy Perry did in 2019. Emma wasn’t the only Brit at the glittering party hosted by Vogue editor-in-chief and tennis fan Anna Wintour. Actress Sienna Miller, 39, looked radiant in a heavily embellished Gucci gown, while Girl on the Train star Emily Blunt, 38, channelled 1930s screen icon Hedy Lamarr in her Miu Miu ensemble and headdress. The event which was cancelled last year due to Covid, also saw the return of the ‘naked dress’ as seen on Kendall Jenner, 25, in Givenchy and Zoe Kravitz, 32, in Saint Laurent – how on earth did they sit down in all those rhinestones? Ouch! Jennifer Lopez, 52, was one of the stars who played to the night’s theme of In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, with a striking ensemble from US design icon Ralph Lauren. If they ever do a genderswitch Indiana Jones, J-Lo is a shoo-in. But with a smile wider than pop star Billie Eilish’s Oscar de la Renta ballgown, the evening belonged to Emma Raducanu. The Met Gala was also the second time in as many days the teen has been spotted wearing Chanel. She donned a shimmering strapless black mini dress by the French fashion house to collect her US Open trophy on Saturday, prompting speculation the label is wooing her as an ambassador. It has been predicted Emma could earn as much as £100m in sponsorship over the next few years. A Chanel deal would be a pretty ace way to start. DRESSED TO IMPRESS: Kendall Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt and Kim Kardashian at this week’s Met Gala

56 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Motoring with Colin Goodwin As I’ve often declared on these pages, I like estate cars. They’re better to drive than an SUV thanks to a lower centre of gravity and are often more spacious. However, the future is not looking bright for estate car fans at the moment. Currently it is possible to buy only two fully-electric estates. One is the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo which is a mighty fine machine but costs £81,500, and the other is the MG 5. You couldn’t get two more different machines. The Porsche is luxurious, full of leather, stylish and extremely fast. The MG 5 is quite basic inside, its plastic trim is a bit cheap and although it can do 0-62mph in 7.3sec (which is quite brisk) it couldn’t see where the Porsche had gone in a traffic light shootout. But there is one crucial area in which the humble MG 5 is very similar to the Porsche and that’s battery range. Originally launched just over a year ago, there’s now a new version called the MG Long Range. Fully charged, the car’s 57.7kWh battery gives it a range of 250 miles compared to 283 miles in the Taycan. This from a car that costs £26,495 after the PICG in its basic Excite trim version. Move up to the Exclusive, which Going the distance All-electric MG estate can cover 250 miles is the one we’ve been testing, and that goes up to £28,995. By electric car standards that’s extremely good value. Kia’s e-Niro, to get back to the real world after the Porsche, has a range of 180 miles for £30,000. Yes, the plastics inside are a bit cheap and cheerful, and some of the switches feel weak, but this is a car that has a 464 litre luggage area with the rear seats in place, sits adults comfortably in that rear seat and comes with a seven-year warranty. Although, like all MGs, the 5 is made in China, the UK engineering centre has an input into how the cars are set up for UK roads. The result of this approach is a car that is comfortable over bumps and is impressively quiet. You feel that you’re sitting slightly higher than you normally The MG 5 Long Range Exclusive would in an estate car or hatchback, particularly in the back where the seating position is in part dictated by the battery pack. It’s easy to find fault with the MG 5 Long Range. Some of my fellow car critics have poured scorn on the car’s ambiguous and rather bland styling, and have stuck the knife into the basic interior. However, these are people who are probably not in the market for a THE FACTS MG 5 Long Range Exclusive Price: £28,995 Engine:Electric motor Power: 160PS Torque: 260Nm Top speed: 115mph 0-62mph:7.3secs Range: 250 miles For: Range and value Against: Interior quality Sum up: No wonder MG is selling so many of them practical estate car that is so modestly priced. Only a fool could ignore the fact that the car’s range, which is a major concern with all fully-electric cars, beats all rivals at this price point. And as we’ve mentioned, many cars that are priced significantly above it. FREE ISSUE OF MAGAZINE WORTH £1.70 HOW TO CLAIM: Simply cut out the voucher and present it at any major retailer to get your free copy of The People’s Friend magazine. This offer is valid until Tuesday September 21 2021, while stocks last. Please read the terms and conditions on the voucher before redemption. For any queries relating to this promotion please email ceadmin@dcthomson.co.uk. Get your weekend off to a great start with this exclusive offer to claim the latest edition of The People’s Friend! If you’re in the mood for some feel-good reading, this issue has seven original short stories by favourite authors, and two exclusive serial instalments, plus a new episode of the much-loved soap, “Riverside”, by bestselling author Glenda Young From expert health advice to practical gardening hints and tips from regular columnist Alexandra Campbell and puzzles/brain teasers to keep your mind active, the “Friend” is the perfect companion to spend an hour or two with – just sit back, put your feet up and relax! So make sure you don’t miss out and visit your local retailer to get your free copy!

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 57 TV Nostalgia Four decades doing the rounds Postman Pat began his delivery round 40 years ago. Marion McMullenlooks back on his first class service POSTMAN Pat and his black and white cat Jess have become international stars since making their first delivery 40 years ago. There have been books, a video game, a stage show and even a movie, but it all began on September 16, 1981, when the jaunty theme tune was heard for the first time on BBC1. The adventures of rural postman Pat Clifton in the fictional village of Greendale were created by former librarian and teacher John Cunliffe who said he picked the name at random from the phone book. Quick fact Stephen Mangan was the voice of Postman Pat in the 2014 movie and joked: “You grow up thinking you might be James Bond one day and you turn out to be Postman Pat.” The voice cast also included Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint and Doctor Who star David Tennant. Ronan Keating provided Postman Pat’s singing voice. He wrote the scripts for the original 13-part series and the show was directed by animator Ivor Wood, who also worked on the Magic Roundabout, The Wombles, Paddington Bear and the Herbs. Greendale was based on the valley of Longsleddale, near Kendal, and more episodes and TV specials followed with a new version of the series produced by Cosgrove Hall Films from 2003. The show was so popular that Prince William took a Postman Pat flask with him on his first day of school and Harry Enfield Pat with Stephen Mangan Harry Enfield as Il Postino Pat with Dawn French did a TV comedy spoof sketch with Dawn French called Il Postino Pat. Singer Ken Barrie, who sang the theme tune to BBC sitcom Hi-De-Hi!, was the original voice of Pat and sang the show’s theme song. It reached number 44 in the charts in 1982 and was often played by Sir Terry Wogan on his radio programme. Pat has gone on to enjoy popularity in more than 100 countries around the world. Japanese children know him as Pato San and he became the Christmas mascot for the Post Office in Norway. He was even dubbed into German in 2006 when leading broadcaster Super RTL acquired the rights to show Postman Pat in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Postman Pat with Jess, the cat above, and with the German flag, right, after the rights to the kids’ show were snapped up by broadcaster Super RTL GET YOUR FAVOURITE PAPER FOR LESS - SAVE 40% * ORDER YOUR COPY DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR DOOR OR SUBSCRIBE TO PURCHASE AT A RETAILER OF YOUR CHOICE AND YOU WILL SAVE 40% THERE ARE TWO EASY WAYS TO CLAIM YOUR 40% DISCOUNT 1. You can order online at newspapersubs.co.uk/TJS It’s a quick and simple process that can be done 24 hours a day. Enter the offer code SUM21 when prompted to receive your 40% discount. 2. If you would prefer to speak to someone, please call us on 0333 202 8000 and one of our customer care advisers will be happy to assist you to arrange your home delivery or retail subscription. Don’t forget to mention the offer code SUM21 to claim your additional discount. If you want to arrange home delivery from a local newsagent, the 40% discount is also available using the same offer code as above and you can give the retail subscription vouchers we send you to the newsagent as payment. If you have any other questions, please email newspapersalesteam@reachplc.com Terms and conditions: This offer is for new customers only and redeemable by direct debit. NEWS COLLECTED: *The price is £4.98 per week (40% discount) for the first 13 weeks and then £6.64 per week (20% discount) moving forward. NEWS DELIVERED *The price is £5.58 per week (40% discount) for the first 13 weeks and then £7.24 per week (20% discount) moving forward. After this period you will be given a 20% discount unless you decide to cancel. Offer ends: 31/10/2021 *Offer details correct at the time of printing.

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EJL1ST THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 63 BROWN SIMON (Morpeth). On 11th September, aged 55 years, Simon, beloved husband of Mandy, much loved by all his dear family and friends. No flowers by request. Donations in lieu to the British Lung Foundation. Funeral at Cowpen Crematorium on Friday 24th September at 1pm. Friends please meet at crematorium. Please don't feel the need to wear black, it was a life lived in colour. Any enquiries to J. W. Peters Funeral Directors, 35A Oldgate, Morpeth NE61 1QF. DAVISON LUCINDA (nee Mills) (Humshaugh). Peacefully at home on 10th September 2021 aged 93 years. LUCY, dearly loved wife of the late John, much loved mother of Jeremy and Victoria, dear mother-in-law of Bridget and loving gran of Ffion and Natalie. Cremation to take place at Newcastle West Road Crematorium on Thursday 23rd September at 10.15am to be followed by Service of Thanksgiving at St. Peter's Church, Humshaugh at 12.00 noon. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to the Great North Air Ambulance Service. GREEN WILLIAM ALAN (Alnwick). Peacefully at home on 11th September aged 93 years, Alan, beloved husband of the late Sheila, much loved father of Edward and David and beloved father in law of Dorothy and Liz. Much loved grandfather of Sophie, James, Elizabeth, Caroline, John and James. A private funeral will take place followed by a memorial service to celebrate the lives of both Alan and Sheila at St James' U.R.C, Alnwick on Friday 1st October at 2:00p.m. GREGOR CAROL (Amble). Peacefully on the 10th September 2021 aged 75 years. Carol, beloved wife of Bill, loving mam of David and Anne- Marie, devoted grandma to Jamie, William, Amy and Harry. Also motherin-law to Jason and Joanne. Carol will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. A funeral service will take place at St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Amble on Friday 24th September at 11:00am followed by a committal service at Cowpen Crematorium. Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu to The Bobby Robson Foundation. LEWINGTON EDWARD (Ted, Lewie) (Bedlington). Peacefully in Chester Court Care Home on the 11th September aged 87 years, beloved husband of the late Ann and a dearly loved dad of Heather. Friends please meet for Requiem Mass at St. Bede's R.C. Church on Monday 27th September at 12.00pm. Private Interment. Family flowers only please, donations if desired may be given at church or on line for the benefit of The British Heart Foundation, enquiries c/o William Purves Funeral Directors, tel 01670 812117. On Whose Soul Sweet Jesus Have Mercy. Rest in Peace. MAXWELL ANDREW (Ashington). Former Justice of the Peace. Peacefully in hospital on the 7th September, aged 82 years, beloved husband of the late Rosina and a much loved brother and uncle. 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THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 67 speedway Diamonds set for home farewell after 92 years LAWRENCE HEPPELL Owner Rob Grant admits he expects tomorrow’s meeting will be the Newcastle Diamonds’ ‘last blast’ at Brough Park as nobody has yet come forward to save the financially-stricken club. After 92 years of racing at their Byker home, the Diamonds’ SGB Championship clash with Birmingham Brummies appears likely to be the last in their history. Unless a rescue package can be agreed, the team will not race in 2022 as owner Grant, who only took over the team in 2019, and co-promoter Dave Tattum are leaving at the end of the season. The pandemic wiped out the 2020 season and low attendances since have devastated the club’s finances, leaving the bottom-placed team on the brink of folding, Former Diamonds’ rider Grant expects tomorrow’s meeting will be an emotional affair and said he had hoped such a day would never come while he owned the team. He said: “It’s the lads’ last blast on Brough and we can only hope they raise their game up to match the drama of the occasion. “It’s going to be a mad night, full of great joy, great memories, great emotions, great sadness. “It will be a true rollercoaster for our fans, staff, riders and management on a night none of us ever wanted to face. Here’s hoping we can go out on a win.” A statement released on Tuesday revealed the club could have folded earlier in the season but added the ownership team has fought to keep the Diamonds going. However, time is running out if Newcastle is to find a saviour and extend itss 92-year history. World champions Ivan Mauger, Ole Olsen, Anders Michanek and Nicki Pedersen have all graced the Brough > > Newcastle Diamonds’ star Ben Barker and captain James Wright in action earlier this season Steve Brock It’s the lads’ last blast on Brough. It’s going to be a mad night, full of great joy, great memories, great emotions, great sadness Park track in Diamonds’ colours, while plenty of other British speedway stars have turned out for Newcastle over the years. Tomorrow, they will go up against one of their former favourites and another elite British rider still fighting to get off the bottom. Newcastle are four points behind Berwick and Plymouth with two meets to go. They face the Brummies again on Tuesday in the Midlands in what could be their final ever fixture. Rob Grant “In keeping with the rest of 2021, this meeting is going to be a tough test for the Diamonds,” Grant said of the Brummies. “Led by one of the best Team GB internationals and former Grand Prix star Chris Harris at number one, he’s rarely out of double figures. “They also boast former Diamonds’ favourite Ashley Morris, who was a force to be reckoned with here when with Newcastle and has never forgotten the quick lines and will be a danger to us. “Erik Riss is simply a class act while they’ve also needed guests at reserve and in Berwick’s Leon Flint they have a young lad who is more of a shooting star than rising star and will be looking for a big points haul. “Birmingham have had their trials and tribulations but for this match they’re dangerous. “We are again lacking the injured Matty Wethers and Paul Starke, who never gives up in any race, will guest for his four races.” Tickets for tomorrow’s meet, which starts at 6.30, are available from https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BFQF. Newcastle Diamonds: Ben Barker, Connor Mountain, James Wright (captain), Max Clegg, Paul Starke (guest), Archie Freeman, Adam Roynon. Birmingham Brummies: Chris Harris (captain), Josh MacDonald, James Shames - Rider replacement, Ashley Morris, Erik Riss, James Sarjeant (guest), Leon Flint (guest). Broberg gets in the swing in Holland Golf Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg holds a narrow lead at the halfway stage of the Dutch Open after a superb second round of 64 at Bernardus Golf. Broberg recorded nine birdies and a solitary bogey to establish a new course record and a one-shot lead over Denmark’s Marcus Helligkilde and Belgium’s Thomas Detry. Ireland’s Niall Kearney, who held the overnight lead following an opening 65, added a second round of 69 to lie two shots off the pace on 10 under par, alongside Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer. Broberg said: “I played really well today. “I started off with three straight birdies and then I hit a good shot on 13 but I missed a short one and then birdied 14. “I hit some bad shots and some really good shots but my putter is smoking hot so I am playing some decent golf. “I am taking it one shot at a time. I have been struggling all year with injuries so it is nice to be playing well again. “I was home for a month so saw an optician for my right eye and they saw something, so I have a contact lens on that eye so now I can see the putts on the line. “I am rolling it pretty good so happy with it.” Scotland’s David Drysdale fired five birdies and an eagle to cover the front nine in just 29 shots on his way to a 65 which left him on seven under alongside Ryder Cup vice-captain Graeme McDowell. 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68 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 CATTERICK TODAY Going: Good Draw: Low numbers have an advantage in races over five and seven furlongs, high best over six furlongs. Neptune Legend 2.25 Neptune Legend Sunday Justice 3.00 Crocodile Tears Shamlaan 3.35 King Of Speed Molinari 4.10 Molinari Love Is Golden 4.45 furzig Old Flame 5.15 Old Flame Aliento 5.45 Final Frontier 2.25 NURSERY (4) (2-Y-O) 7f Winner £3,726 (5 run) RTV 1 (5) 311 My Little Tip (4) G Boughey 9-9(6ex) (D2)........S Osborne (5) 81 2 (4) 182 Neptune Legend (14) H Palmer 9-7 (D)...................L Morris 73 3 (2) 483 Eternal Glory (15) M Johnston 8-10 (BF)............. F Norton 74 4 (1) 315 Tricky Business (15) K Dalgleish 8-10 (D)..............S James 66 5 (3) 415 Matty Too (23) T Easterby 8-7................................ P Dennis 74 BETTING: 6-5 My Little Tip, 5-2 Neptune Legend, 6 Eternal Glory, 8 Tricky Business, Matty Too. 2020: PAWS FOR THOUGHT 9 3, Jane Elliott 2-1 Fav (T Dascombe), drawn (2), 7 ran. FORM GUIDE: MY LITTLE TIP 1-2fav Close up, headway over 1f out, led entering final furlong, quickened clear, won at Yarmouth 7f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Penywern Taverner by 3 1/2l, 8 ran. NEPTUNE LEGEND 13-8 Broke well to lead, ridden at 2f, joined and all out inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Noisy Night at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol. ETERNAL GLORY 10-3fav Led, ridden and headed 1f out, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Kit Gabriel at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf. MATTY TOO 10-3 Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 6, 6l behind Makalu at Carlisle 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug. TRICKY BUSINESS 9-2 Led, ridden and headed inside 2f, weakened, 5th of 9, 6l behind Sanitiser at Newcastle 1m 2yo hcp (2). 3.00 NOVICE STAKES (GBB RACE) (5) (2-Y-O) 6f Winner £3,780 (5 run) RTV 1 (5) 51 Sunday Justice (19) T D Barron 9-7 (D).................D Costello 66 2 (2) 277 Crocodile Tears (24) H Palmer 8-11......................L Morris 80 3 (1) 85 My Bonnie Lassie (10) K Burke 8-11.......................S James 60 4 (4) 933 Better Half (10) M Johnston 8-9.......................... F Norton 62 5 (3) 68 Heart Of Kabeir (10) R Fahey 8-9.....................T Hamilton 59 BETTING: 7-4 Sunday Justice, 5-2 Better Half, 4 Crocodile Tears, 5 My Bonnie Lassie, 10 Heart Of Kabeir. 2020: No corresponding race. FORM GUIDE: SUNDAY JUSTICE 5-2 Led, ridden over 2f out, joined over 1f out, battled inside final furlong, all out, dead-heat, won at Ripon 6f 2yo nov stk (5) gd in Aug deadheating with Maybe Even Never (9-9), 8 ran. BETTER HALF 12-1 Tracked leader, ridden under 2f out, kept on, no impression, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Sandbeck at Carlisle 6f 2yo fll nov stks (5) gf. CROCODILE TEARS 9-2 Tracked leader until halfway, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 5l behind Belacqua at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Aug. MY BONNIE LASSIE 9-1 Tracked leaders, ridden and wandered over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 4l behind Sandbeck at Carlisle 6f 2yo fll nov stks (5) gf. HEART OF KABEIR 8-1 Towards rear, ridden well over 3f out, kept on final furlong, 8th of 13, 6l behind Sandbeck at Carlisle 6f 2yo fll nov stks (5) gf. 3.35 HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY TONY DITCHBURN NURSERY (4) (2-Y-O) 5f Winner £3,726 (6 run) RTV 1 (1) 141 Black Hill Storm (6) P Evans 9-11(6ex) (CD).B Sanderson (3) 74 2 (5) 310 King Of Speed (93) R Cowell 9-7 (D).........................L Morris 67 3 (3) 235 Sherdil (21) K Burke 9-5..........................................S James 70 4 (2) 313 Shamlaan (18) D O’Meara 8-13 (D)..............................S Gray 81 5 (4) 634 Just A Claim (7) R Fell 8-11 (D)............................Jane Elliott 73 6 (6) 647 Dandy Bay (48) T Easterby 8-6...............................J Gormley 66 BETTING: 11-8 Black Hill Storm, 4 Shamlaan, 9-2 King Of Speed, 5 Sherdil, 10 Just A Claim, 14 Dandy Bay. 2020: TATSTHEWAYTODOIT 9 1, Graham Lee 8-1 (K Dalgleish), drawn (5), 6 ran. FORM GUIDE: BLACK HILL STORM 17-2 Quickly away, made all, clear when shaken up over 1f out, ran on strongly, unchallenged, won at Bath 5f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) fm beating Bluebell Way by 5l, 9 ran. SHAMLAAN 7-2 Raced keenly chasing leader, led inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Mereside Angel at Ripon 5f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug. KING OF SPEED 50-1 Raced far side, prominent, ridden and edged left over 2f out, soon beaten, well held final furlong, 14th of 15, 14l behind Perfect Power at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun. SHERDIL 5-1 Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, could not match pace of leaders, weakened final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Heredia at Windsor 6f 2yo nov stk (5) gf in Aug. JUST A CLAIM 4-1 Chased leaders, ridden and every chance when edged right over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4l behind Mythical Molly at Musselburgh 5f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs. DANDY BAY 18-1 Held up in rear, pushed along 2f out, kept on same pace thereafter, 7th of 13, 7l behind Mitbaahy at Thirsk 5f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug. 4.10 VICKERS.BET BET 10 GET 20 HANDICAP (4) 1m 6f Winner £4,347 (6 run) RTV 1 (2) 377 Khagan (13) D O’Meara 5 10-1.....................................S Gray 83 2 (4) 711 Molinari (17) M Todhunter 4 9-9.............................D Nolan 81 3 (5) 312 Saligo Bay (21) R Charlton 3 9-7 (BF)..................... T Whelan 81 4 (6) 514 Dreams Unwind (17) M Johnston 3 9-2................ F Norton 81 5 (1) 925 Socially Shady (15) K Burke 4 9-1..........................S James 83 6 (3) 414 Eye Knee (12) T Easterby 3 8-6 (C).............................. H Shaw 81 BETTING: 2 Saligo Bay, 9-4 Molinari, 6 Socially Shady, Dreams Unwind, 8 Eye Knee, 10 Khagan. 2020: HERMAN HESSE 3 8 7, Cam Hardie 7-2 (D O’Meara), drawn (1), 5 ran. 4.45 MICK PAWLUK RETIREMENT FUND HANDICAP (3) 1m 4f Winner £6,480 (4 run) RTV 1 (4) 135 Caribeno (164) Sir M Prescott 4 10-2 (CD).................L Morris — 2 (2) 358 Furzig (30) R Fahey 6 9-7 (D4)..............................T Hamilton 94 3 (3) 124 Love Is Golden (15) M Johnston 3 9-5 (BF, D2)....... F Norton 98 4 (1) 605 Red Force One (13) P Kirby 6 9-2........................... P Dennis 83 BETTING: 5-4 Caribeno, 15-8 Love Is Golden, 7-2 Furzig, 14 Red Force One. 2020: KITTEN’S DREAM 3 8 9, Barry McHugh 11-2 (R Fahey), drawn (6), 7 ran. FORM GUIDE: CARIBENO 10-3 Went right start and settled at rear, asked to take closer order 3f out, under pressure over 2f out, unable to quicken, last of 5, 15l behind Rare Groove at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-105 (2) in Apr. LOVE IS GOLDEN 5-4fav Led, ridden and headed inside final 2f, no chance with winner when lost 2nd inside final furlong, weakened, 4th of 5, 8l behind Recovery Run at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gd. 5.15 MILLBRY HILL COUNTRY STORE NOVICE STAKES (5) 7f Winner £3,510 (4 run) RTV 1 (2) 1 Lightening Company (124) B Haslam 3 9-9 (D).....L Morris 85 2 (1) 41 Old Flame (14) R Beckett 3 9-9 (D)........................D Costello — 3 (4) 7 Bachau (213) E Bethell 3 9-2.............................S Osborne (5) — 4 (3) 35 Pixie Carter (10) J J Davies 3 8-11...........................S James 57 BETTING: 10-11 Lightening Company, 6-4 Old Flame, 10 Pixie Carter, 14 Bachau. 2020: LEAFHOPPER 3 9 4, Robert Havlin 5-4 JtFav (J & T Gosden), drawn (2), 8 ran. 5.45 RACING AGAIN 29TH SEPTEMBER HANDICAP (6) 7f Winner £2,700 (15 run) RTV 1 (1) 743 Aliento (11) M Dods 6 9-10 (CD).............................. F Norton 73 2 (8) 365 How Bizarre (10) Liam Bailey 6 9-9 (D2).................D Nolan 70 3 (3) 224 Mr Strutter (11) G Harker 7 9-9 (BF, CD3)...............A Elliott 70 4 (10) 301 Final Frontier (24) R Carr 8 9-8 (CD)...................J Gormley 70 5 (9) 502 Special Mayson (20) Mrs P Sly 3 9-5....................D Costello 68 6 (2) 386 Cragside (26) T Easterby 3 9-3................................ P Dennis 65 7 (5) 444 Hoofs Happy Now (86) M & D Easterby 3 9-1.Joanna Mason (3)65 8 (7) 978 Fircombe Hall (15) P Kirby 3 8-13....................... T Whelan 77 9 (4) 646 Bibbidibobbidiboo (5) Mrs A Duffield 6 8-12 (C, D)..S Gray 70 10 (14) 445 Lockdown Lass (32) G Hanmer 3 8-11...............T Hamilton 73 11 (6) 279 Jakacan (11) D Carroll 3 8-10.................................... H Shaw 73 12 (12) 709 Lukoutoldmakezebak (7) D Thompson 8 8-6 (CD).S James 68 13 (15) 434 The Grey Bay (21) J Camacho 4 8-5.....................Jane Elliott 67 14 (11) 702 Listen Again (7) T Easterby 3 8-5.....................S Osborne (5) 68 15 (13) 586 Christmas Night (11) O Pears 6 8-5 (CD)................L Morris 63 BETTING: 11-2 Aliento, 6 Mr Strutter, 7 Final Frontier, Special Mayson, 8 Listen Again, 10 Lockdown Lass, The Grey Bay, 12 Bibbidibobbidiboo, 14 Others. 2020: ALIENTO 5 9 7, Callum Rodriguez 3-1 Fav (M Dods), drawn (8), 10 ran. SARABAND MAJOR BET AYR TODAY NEWBURY TODAY Going: Good to firm Draw: A middle to high draw is an advantage in sprint races, low numbers favoured on the round course. Going: Good to soft Draw: High numbers best in large fields, especially in very soft ground. Makalu 1.20 vaccine Juan Elcano 1.55 Euchen Glen Blackrod 2.30 Royal Scimitar Canonized 3.05 Canonized Just Frank 3.40 Commanche Falls Shelir 4.15 Shelir Summa Peto 4.50 aSad Ben Lilly 5.20 Get Shirty Zoom 1.10 Beaches Firepower 1.40 Mr Tyrrell Khaadem 2.15 Hurricane Ivor Al Aasy (nb) 2.50 Solid Stone Injazati 3.25 Sam Cooke Wings Of War (nap) 4.00 Gis A Sub Sweet Summer 4.35 Definite Praiano 5.05 Fox Vardy 1.20 MICROTECH GROUP EBF NURSERY (3) (2-Y-O) 1m Winner £7,731 (9 run) RTV 1 (2) 816 Vaccine (36) M Dods 9-7 (C).................................... C Beasley 63 2 (6) 43D King Of York (32) K Ryan 9-4................................... K Stott 64 3 (8) 003 Highland Premiere (15) M Johnston 9-2..........J Fanning 72 4 (1) 402 The Dunkirk Lads (8) T Easterby 9-0......................D Allan 70 5 (7) 011 Makalu (23) K Ryan 9-0............................. O McSweeney (7) 69 6 (3) 224 Grifter (23) R Fahey 8-13 (BF).............................P Hanagan 73 7 (9) 416 She’s The Danger (10) A Keatley 8-10 (BF)........L Edmunds 65 8 (4) 543 Heights Of Aran (22) K Dalgleish 8-8.....................H Doyle 67 9 (5) 066 The Grey Wolf (14) T Easterby 8-0....................D Fentiman 65 BETTING: 10-3 King Of York, 4 The Dunkirk Lads, 9-2 Makalu, 6 Vaccine, 7 Grifter, 10 Highland Premiere, 12 Heights Of Aran, She’s The Danger, 16 The Grey Wolf. 2020: RECOVERY RUN 9 3, Oisin Murphy 16-5 (A Balding), drawn (3), 7 ran. 1.55 VIRGIN BET DOONSIDE CUP STAKES (LISTED) (1) 1m 2f Winner £22,684 (10 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (4) 250 Euchen Glen (28) J Goldie 8 9-8 (CD2)..............P Mulrennan 121 2 (2) 127 Juan Elcano (31) K Ryan 4 9-6 (D)............................ K Stott 122 3 (9) 175 Maydanny (14) M Johnston 5 9-3 (D).....................J Fanning 120 4 (8) 309 Palavecino (37) B Meehan 5 9-3 (D2)................R Kingscote 121 5 (10) 142 Platinumcard (2) K Dalgleish 6 9-3 (CD2)...........B Garritty 108 6 (5) 69 Bobby Shaftoe (10) J Goldie 3 8-12.............. Miss A Waugh 43 7 (3) 124 Juan De Montalban (21) D O’Meara 3 8-12 (D).... J Watson 105 8 (1) 7 Judgment Call (101) Miss L Perratt 3 8-12............ A Mullen — 9 (6) 6-7 Yaaser (166) J Goldie 3 8-12................................. JP Sullivan 53 10 (7) 561 The Flying Ginger (29) R Fell 3 8-7 (D)...................H Doyle 107 BETTING: 11-10 Juan Elcano, 11-4 Euchen Glen, 9-2 Maydanny, 12 Juan De Montalban, Palavecino, 14 Platinumcard, 25 The Flying Ginger, 100 Yaaser, Judgment Call, 200 Bobby Shaftoe. 2020: ADDEYBB 6 9 10, Tom Marquand 11-10 Fav (W Haggas), drawn (1), 7 ran. FORM GUIDE: JUAN ELCANO 40-1 Held up in rear, pushed along well over 2f out, soon ridden and weakened over 1f out, never on terms, last of 7, 11l behind Mishriff at York 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug. EUCHEN GLEN 28-1 Led, tracked leader 9f out, ridden and one pace 3f out, 11th of 20, 12l behind Sonnyboyliston at York 1m 6f hcp (4yo+) (2) gd in Aug. 2.30 VIRGIN BET AYR SILVER CUP HANDICAP (2) 6f Winner £25,770 (25 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (25) -80 Air Raid (91) J O’Keeffe 6 9-10 (D4).........................J Garritty 88 2 (24) 034 Total Commitment (49) S Hodgson 5 9-10 (D5).W Carver (3) 102 3 (21) 529 Rathbone (22) K Ryan 5 9-10 (BF, D4)........ O McSweeney (7) 102 4 (9) 382 Royal Scimitar (14) C Cox 3 9-10 (D)..................... H Crouch 104 5 (15) 119 Typhoon Ten (16) R Hannon 5 9-10 (D3)..................H Doyle 104 6 (4) 063 Magical Spirit (42) K Ryan 5 9-9 (BF, CD)................. K Stott 102 7 (11) 004 Boardman (28) T Easterby 5 9-9.........................P Hanagan 98 8 (17) 710 Bickerstaffe (49) K Burke 3 9-9 (BF, D2)..................... C Lee 102 9 (20) 409 Streamline (35) Miss L Perratt 4 9-8 (D2)............ JP Sullivan 84 10 (6) 040 Soldier’s Minute (35) K Dalgleish 6 9-7 (D4)... C Rodriguez 90 11 (23) 305 Lord Rapscallion (42) S C Williams 5 9-6 (D).......M Ghiani 100 12 (7) 093 Tinto (14) A Perrett 5 9-6 (D4)............................P Mulrennan 98 13 (2) 400 Staxton (35) T Easterby 6 9-6 (D7)......................D Fentiman 105 14 (5) 221 Bergerac (13) K Ryan 3 9-6 (D2)................................T Eaves 100 15 (22) 190 Kind Review (7) T Waggott 5 9-5 (D)...........................J Hart 101 16 (12) 161 Strike Red (16) R Fahey 3 9-5 (D4).......................P Mathers 92 17 (8) 221 Gabrial The Devil (7) R Fahey 6 9-5 (D7)......C Murtagh (3) 100 18 (3) 905 Shallow Hal (126) K Burke 5 9-4 (CD).............P-L Jamin (5) 95 19 (18) 248 Music Society (35) T Easterby 6 9-4 (CD)........Ella McCain (5) 103 20 (1) 330 Uncle Jumbo (98) K Ryan 3 9-4 (D)..............Megan Nicholls 103 21 (10) 211 Blackrod (28) M Dods 3 9-4 (D2)......................B Garritty (3) 106 22 (16) 592 Woven (22) M Dods 5 9-3....................................... C Beasley 104 23 (14) 617 Black Friday (48) R M Smith 6 9-2 (CD3).............. L Steward 101 24 (19) 726 Golden Apollo (15) T Easterby 7 9-1 (CD)................D Allan 100 25 (13) 172 Mid Winster (31) P Midgley 5 9-1 (C, D).......................G Lee 113 BETTING: 5 Blackrod, 8 Royal Scimitar, 10 Magical Spirit, 12 Bergerac, Bickerstaffe, 14 Total Commitment, Boardman, Woven, 16 Others. 2020: MAGICAL SPIRIT 4 9 4, Kevin Stott 18-1 (K Ryan), drawn (4), 24 ran. 1.10 SIR DAVID SIEFF EBF NOVICE STAKES (DIV 1) (GBB RACE) (STR) (4) (2-Y-O) 7f Winner £4,860 (13 run) RTV 1 (4) 6 Beaches (10) C Hills 9-5............................................W Buick 57 2 (5) 6 Brilliant Blue (14) G L Moore 9-5................... C Shepherd 13 3 (10) 7 Codswallop (24) A West 9-5............ Elisha Whittington (5) — 4 (8) 4 Dubai Poet (36) R Varian 9-5.................................. A Atzeni 63 5 (6) 832 Gaius (25) R Hannon 9-5........................................S M Levey 75 6 (9) Greg The Great E J-Houghton 9-5.........................C Bishop — 7 (12) Jabbar A Balding 9-5............................................O Murphy — 8 (1) Mambo Beat C Cox 9-5............................................. A Kirby — 9 (11) 05 Nietzsche’s Star (36) A Balding 9-5................James Doyle 41 10 (7) Royal Aviation R Beckett 9-5..............................R Hornby — 11 (3) Tropical Talent D Elsworth 9-5.........................D Probert — 12 (2) Zoom R Hannon 9-5................................................. P Dobbs — 13 (13) 9 Mrembo (16) J Portman 9-0................................G Downing 19 BETTING: 9-4 Dubai Poet, 7-2 Beaches, 5 Gaius, 7 Jabbar, 8 Royal Aviation, 10 Mambo Beat, 16 Tropical Talent, 20 Zoom, Nietzsche’s Star, Brilliant Blue, 25 Others. 2020: OO DE LALLY 9 5, David Probert 125-1 (A Balding), drawn (5), 13 ran. 1.40 HEATHERWOLD STUD HANDICAP (STR) (3) 7f Winner £6,210 (12 run) RTV 1 (9) 775 Diocles Of Rome (35) R Beckett 6 9-12 (D4)..........R Hornby 89 2 (8) 333 Ivatheengine (8) P & O Cole 4 9-10.....................M Tabti (7) 90 3 (6) /25 The Turpinator (8) M Tregoning 4 9-10................ A Atzeni 86 4 (7) 054 Tom Collins (84) W Haggas 4 9-9 (D)................T Marquand 87 5 (2) 931 Firepower (19) Muir & Grassick 4 9-8 (D)...............M Dwyer 92 6 (3) 153 Mr Tyrrell (14) R Hannon 7 9-6 (D)................. L Browne (7) 89 7 (4) 316 Spanish Star (8) P Chamings 6 9-6 (CD)................D Probert 92 8 (12) 884 Dulas (23) C Hills 4 9-6 (D)..................................James Doyle 95 9 (5) 096 Huddleton Mac (8) H Morrison 3 9-6 (D)................N Currie 84 10 (1) 222 Il Bandito (42) C Hills 3 9-5 (BF, D2).........................W Buick 92 11 (10) 226 Paxos (30) E Walker 4 9-5 (BF, D2)...........................O Murphy 94 12 (11) 564 Green Power (19) J Gallagher 6 8-12............. P J McDonald 94 BETTING: 5 Firepower, 6 Mr Tyrrell, 13-2 Il Bandito, Paxos, 15-2 Ivatheengine, 10 Dulas, Tom Collins, The Turpinator, Spanish Star, 12 Others. 2020: EPIC ENDEAVOUR 3 8 13, David Egan 10-1 (W Muir), drawn (10), 17 ran. 2.15 DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WORLD TROPHY STAKES (1) 5f Winner £39,697 (8 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (3) 031 Hurricane Ivor (7) W Haggas 4 9-1 (D2).........T Marquand 122 2 (8) 451 Khaadem (10) C Hills 5 9-1 (C, D)............................ J Crowley 122 3 (6) 736 King’s Lynn (63) A Balding 4 9-1 (BF, D).................O Murphy 120 4 (5) 402 Makanah (43) J Camacho 6 9-1 (D5)......................D Probert 118 5 (2) 220 Moss Gill (29) E Bethell 5 9-1 (D5)................... P J McDonald 125 6 (1) 311 Tis Marvellous (21) C Cox 7 9-1 (D6)....................... A Kirby 122 7 (7) 193 Atalis Bay (14) M Botti 3 9-0 (D3)............................ A Atzeni 118 8 (4) 468 Significantly (6) K Burke 3 9-0 (D2).......................W Buick 116 BETTING: 3 Khaadem, 7-2 Tis Marvellous, King’s Lynn, 9-2 Hurricane Ivor, 13-2 Moss Gill, 12 Atalis Bay, 20 Significantly, 25 Makanah. 2020: LAZULI 3 9 0, William Buick 5-2 (C Appleby), drawn (9), 7 ran. FORM GUIDE: KHAADEM 5-4fav Made most, ridden and ran on (new track record), won at Doncaster 5f listed stks (1) gf beating Live In The Moment by 1 3/4l, 6 ran. KING’S LYNN 9-4fav Tracked leaders in near side trio, never on terms with leaders, 6th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Happy Romance at Newbury 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul. TIS MARVELLOUS 7-1 Tracked leaders, switched right and headway under 2f out, switched left and closed to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, quickened clear closing stages, easily, won at Beverley 5f Listed stks (1) gf in Aug beating Justanotherbottle by 4l, 11 ran. HURRICANE IVOR 11-2fav Distracted by horse and taken out of stalls then reloaded, held up towards rear, good headway far side of group chasing leaders 2f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gs beating Boundless Power by 1/2l, 16 ran. MOSS GILL 28-1 In rear of midfield, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 14, 9l behind Winter Power at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gf in Aug. ATALIS BAY 5-1 Chased leaders, pushed along over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Mondammej at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) gf. SIGNIFICANTLY 66-1 Chased leaders on outer, ridden in 3rd 2f out, challenge 1 1/2f out, under pressure in 4th 1f out, no extra final furlong, 8th of 13, 5l behind Romantic Proposal at Curragh 5f Grp 1 (1) gd. 3.05 VIRGIN BET FIRTH OF CLYDE FILLIES’ STAKES ( (1) (2-Y-O) 6f Winner £22,684 (15 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (5) 344 Canonized (16) W Haggas 9-0.........................P Mulrennan 92 2 (15) 001 Choux (69) P Evans 9-0.........................................P Hanagan 60 3 (14) 063 Crazyland (16) C Cox 9-0...................................... H Crouch 91 4 (2) 42 Designer (15) J Butler 9-0..................................R Kingscote — 5 (6) 1 Hala Hala Athmani (31) K Ryan 9-0 (D)................. K Stott 72 6 (1) 11 Head Mistress (36) G M Lyons (IRE) 9-0...............G F Carroll 91 7 (9) 532 Hellomydarlin (19) G Boughey 9-0 (D)..................D Allan 100 8 (12) 641 Lady Of Yapham (24) B Smart 9-0..............................G Lee 85 9 (7) 219 Little Prayer (84) R Spencer 9-0 (D)......................A Villiers 84 10 (10) 176 Misty Ayr (16) K Dalgleish 9-0........................... C Rodriguez 90 11 (11) 148 Nazanin (30) A Watson 9-0 (D).................................H Doyle 87 12 (13) 1 Rishes Baar (15) D O’Meara 9-0 (D)....................... J Watson 95 13 (3) 171 Sadmah (28) K Ryan 9-0 (D2).....................................T Eaves 82 14 (4) 15 Scot’s Grace (14) K P De Foy 9-0 (D)..................... D Muscutt — 15 (8) 91 Snooze N You Lose (36) K Burke 9-0 (D)...................... C Lee 73 BETTING: 3 Head Mistress, 11-2 Scot’s Grace, 7 Hellomydarlin, Hala Hala Athmani, 8 Canonized, 10 Choux, 12 Crazyland, 14 Lady Of Yapham, 16 Others. 2020: UMM KULTHUM 9 0, Paul Hanagan 9-4 Fav (R Fahey), drawn (4), 15 ran. 3.40 VIRGIN BET AYR GOLD CUP HANDICAP (HERITAGE HANDICAP) (2) 6f Winner £77,310 (25 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (22) 018 Summerghand (14) D O’Meara 7 10-1 (D13). S B Kirrane (5) 110 2 (1) 311 Great Ambassador (13) E Walker 4 9-9 (D3)...R Kingscote 110 3 (2) 411 Commanche Falls (49) M Dods 4 9-8 (CD)........... C Beasley 113 4 (8) 244 Gulliver (6) D O’Meara 7 9-6 (D6)........................... J Watson 114 5 (12) 550 Brad The Brief (35) T Dascombe 4 9-5 (D5)....P-L Jamin (5) 109 6 (13) 000 Mr Lupton (35) R Fahey 8 9-5 (D6)............ O McSweeney (7) 116 7 (14) 467 Snazzy Jazzy (31) L Mullaney 6 9-4 (CD)....Laura Pearson (3) 114 8 (9) 140 Venturous (7) T D Barron 8 9-3 (D5).....................G F Carroll 113 9 (6) 373 Fivethousandtoone (13) A Balding 3 9-3 (D)...........G Lee 103 10 (20) 144 Edraak (15) M Appleby 5 9-3 (BF, D4).....................T Ladd (3) 114 11 (23) 431 Sunday Sovereign (28) T Easterby 4 9-3 (D2)..........T Eaves 111 12 (17) 100 Pendleton (31) M Dods 5 9-2 (D)................................. C Lee 115 13 (5) 456 Chiefofchiefs (21) C Fellowes 8 9-2 (D)............... L Steward 112 14 (16) 106 Mr Wagyu (7) J J Quinn 6 9-2 (CD2)..............................J Hart 115 15 (15) 244 Motagally (20) C Hills 5 9-1 (D4).........................P Hanagan 110 16 (10) 047 Volatile Analyst (35) K Dalgleish 4 9-1 (CD2). C Rodriguez 116 17 (24) 377 Above (91) S C Williams 4 9-1 (D)............................ D Muscutt 105 18 (3) 660 Hey Jonesy (49) K Ryan 6 9-1 (D2).................Megan Nicholls 117 19 (25) 286 Bielsa (49) K Ryan 6 9-1 (D4)...................................... K Stott 115 20 (11) 151 Popmaster (14) E Walker 3 9-1 (D4).........................H Doyle 116 21 (18) 351 Just Frank (22) J L Eyre 3 9-1 (D2)....................P Mulrennan 116 22 (7) 737 Lexington Dash (14) R Hannon 4 9-0 (D3)...........J Fanning 116 23 (19) 600 Lahore (31) Phillip Makin 7 9-0 (D2).......................... R Scott 115 24 (21) 094 Ostilio (21) P Midgley 6 8-13............................B Garritty (3) 107 25 (4) 683 Count D’Orsay (7) T Easterby 5 8-13.........................D Allan 114 BETTING: 5 Great Ambassador, 8 Commanche Falls, Popmaster, 10 Just Frank, 12 Bielsa, 14 Gulliver, Summerghand, Ostilio, Mr Wagyu, Chiefofchiefs, 16 Others. 2020: NAHAARR 4 9 5, Tom Marquand 7-2 Fav (W Haggas), drawn (13), 24 ran. 2.50 DUBAI DUTY FREE LEGACY CUP STAKES (GROUP 3) (1) 1m 3f Winner £39,697 (5 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (5) 122 Al Aasy (72) W Haggas 4 9-6 (BF, C2)....................... J Crowley 129 2 (2) 341 Solid Stone (21) Sir M Stoute 5 9-6..........................W Buick 119 3 (4) 180 Ilaraab (28) W Haggas 4 9-3 (BF, C)...................T Marquand 127 4 (3) 121 Foxes Tales (42) A Balding 3 9-0 (C)......................O Murphy 122 5 (1) -10 Ad Infinitum (93) D M Simcock 3 8-8................. C Shepherd 110 BETTING: 4-5 Al Aasy, 3 Foxes Tales, 11-2 Solid Stone, 8 Ilaraab, 25 Ad Infinitum. 2020: ELARQAM 5 9 3, Jim Crowley 2-1 (M Johnston), drawn (2), 4 ran. FORM GUIDE: AL AASY 1-2fav Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, driven to press winner inside final furlong, not quicken close home, 2nd of 5, nk behind Sir Ron Priestley at Newmarket 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul. FOXES TALES 5-4fav Chased leaders, nudged along over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to lead over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Haydock 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft in Aug beating Fancy Man by 3/4l, 6 ran. SOLID STONE 9-4 Wore hood entering stalls, made all, increased tempo 3f out, pressed final furlong, always doing enough, won at Windsor 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug beating Fancy Man by 3/4l, 4 ran. ILARAAB 5-1fav Slowly away, raced in rear, ridden well over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, never on terms, 18th of 20, well behind Sonnyboyliston at York 1m 6f hcp (4yo+) (2) gd in Aug. AD INFINITUM 20-1 Edged right start, held up in rear, raced freely, well beaten final 2f, 11th of 13, 10l behind Loving Dream at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun. 3.25 DUBAI DUTY FREE HANDICAP (2) 1m 2f Winner £25,770 (11 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (2) 453 Dawaam (20) Owen Burrows 5 9-10 (D2)................ J Crowley 107 2 (11) 16- King Leonidas (457) J & T Gosden 4 9-10 (BF)...James Doyle — 3 (6) 441 Sam Cooke (29) R Beckett 5 9-2..............................R Hornby 108 4 (9) 692 Pivoine (13) A Balding 7 9-1 (D5)...........................O Murphy 109 5 (7) 884 Strait Of Hormuz (10) J O’Keeffe 4 9-0 (D)........... A Atzeni 112 6 (8) -23 Fair Star (14) B Ellison 5 8-11............................ B Robinson — 7 (3) 211 Aramaic (13) W Haggas 3 8-11 (D).....................T Marquand 109 8 (1) 231 King Of Clubs (28) H Morrison 3 8-10 (D)..............D Probert 106 9 (4) 211 Mo’assess (29) S bin Suroor 3 8-10....................... R Dawson 95 10 (5) 311 Injazati (29) C Fellowes 3 8-8 (D2)...................... C Shepherd 101 11 (10) 571 Further Measure (16) S Kirk 4 8-8......................C Bishop 92 BETTING: 4 Aramaic, 11-2 King Of Clubs, 13-2 King Leonidas, Mo’assess, 7 Injazati, 15-2 Sam Cooke, 10 Dawaam, 12 Further Measure, Fair Star, 14 Others. 2020: ILARAAB 3 8 8, Martin Dwyer 15-2 (W Haggas), drawn (12), 11 ran. FORM GUIDE: ARAMAIC 13-8fav Chased leaders, pushed along and headway 3f out, ridden and led 2f out, stayed on well, readily, won at York 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Pivoine by 3 1/2l, 5 ran. KING OF CLUBS 5-2 Held up in mid-division, switched left over 2f out, headway over 1f out, 2nd and edged right inside final furlong, stayed on, led post, won at Sandown 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Aug beating Victory Chime by ns, 11 ran. KING LEONIDAS 9-4fav Raced quite freely, kept wide early, soon close 3rd, nudged along 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened final 100 yards, 6th of 13, 8l behind Molatham at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) sft in Jun ‘20. MO’ASSESS 5-4 Made all, came clear final 2f, unchallenged, won at Kempton 1m nov stk (5) pol in Aug beating Emblem Empire by 2 3/4l, 11 ran. INJAZATI 6-4fav Led, going well 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, drew clear inside final furlong, comfortably (hand time), won at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) in Aug beating Pallas Dancer by 2 1/2l, 5 ran. SAM COOKE 14-1 Prominent, travelled strongly behind leaders 3f out, progress between horses to lead over 1f out, ran on strongly under pressure final furlong, won at York 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug beating Throne Hall by nk, 15 ran. FORM GUIDE: GREAT AMBASSADOR 11-10fav Tracked leaders, ridden and pressed leaders under 2f out, led under 1f out, drifted left but kept on well final furlong, won at York 6f Listed stks (1) gf beating Tabdeed by 1 1/2l, 4 ran. COMMANCHE FALLS 10-1 Raced near side, held up headway chasing leaders over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led towards finish, ran on, won at Goodwood 6f hcap (2) sft in Jul beating Gulliver by nk, 24 ran. POPMASTER 2-1fav Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, led 1f out, ran on well, readily, won at Ascot 6f hcp 105 (2) gf beating Royal Scimitar by 2 1/2l, 7 ran. JUST FRANK 5-1 Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug beating Woven by 2 1/4l, 13 ran. BIELSA 9-1 Raced alone in centre, well up with the pace, every chance 1f out, weakened inside final 100 yards, 6th of 24, 2 3/4l behind Commanche Falls at Goodwood 6f hcap (2) sft in Jul. CHIEFOFCHIEFS 18-1 Steadied start, held up in rear, never on terms, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Summerghand at Newmarket 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Aug. 4.15 VIRGIN BET HANDICAP (2) 1m Winner £15,462 (12 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (11) 265 Marie’s Diamond (19) M Johnston 5 9-13 (CD).....J Fanning 106 2 (8) 620 Young Fire (30) D O’Meara 6 9-12 (D)..........................J Hart 104 3 (7) 324 Dance Fever (21) C Cox 4 9-12............................... H Crouch 106 4 (3) 171 Cruyff Turn (30) T Easterby 4 9-10 (D2)...................D Allan 104 5 (5) 292 Shelir (15) D O’Meara 5 9-9 (D2)............................. J Watson 104 6 (10) 330 Fame And Acclaim (30) J L Eyre 4 9-9 (D2).........L Edmunds 106 7 (1) 437 Revich (8) R Spencer 5 9-4 (BF, D)........................A Villiers (3) 107 8 (6) 011 Garden Oasis (19) T Easterby 6 9-3 (CD).............. JP Sullivan 105 9 (2) 113 Hong Kong Harry (23) R Fahey 4 8-13 (BF, C2)..P Hanagan 105 10 (12) 936 Jump The Gun (31) I Jardine 4 8-8 (BF, D)............... A Mullen 107 11 (4) 314 Challet (19) M Dods 4 8-7 (D4).............................. C Beasley 105 12 (9) 430 Maraakiz (2) Miss L Perratt 3 8-3..............Laura Pearson (3) 99 BETTING: 9-2 Cruyff Turn, 5 Dance Fever, 6 Shelir, 7 Hong Kong Harry, Garden Oasis, 10 Challet, Revich, 12 Marie’s Diamond, Jump The Gun, 16 Others. 2020: JOHAN 3 9 5, Tom Marquand 9-2 (W Haggas), drawn (4), 9 ran. 4.50 DOWNLOAD THE GRIBBENS TAXI APP NOW HANDICAP (3) 7f Winner £8,100 (14 run) RTV 1 (14) 280 Tammani (30) D O’Meara 4 9-10 (D)......................... J Watson 86 2 (11) 193 Redarna (10) D Sayer 7 9-5 (CD5)......................... JP Sullivan 101 3 (4) 103 Summa Peto (76) K Dalgleish 3 9-4 (C).............. C Rodriguez 96 4 (9) 526 Titan Rock (19) J J Quinn 3 9-2 (BF, D)..........................J Hart 103 5 (3) 204 Cassy O (2) T Easterby 4 9-1 (CD)...........................D Fentiman 102 6 (5) 160 Wobwobwob (70) A Keatley 3 9-0 (D2)...................H Doyle 97 7 (8) 324 Asad (28) M Appleby 5 8-13 (D)...............................T Ladd (3) 110 8 (7) 411 Bowman (11) M Johnston 3 8-12 (D3)....................J Fanning 100 9 (12) 132 Poet’s Magic (2) J J Quinn 5 8-11 (BF, CD2).........R Kingscote 101 10 (10) 379 Manigordo (6) T Easterby 4 8-11 (BF, D)...................D Allan 98 11 (2) 695 Admirality (2) R Fell 7 8-9 (D).................................. R Scott 103 12 (6) 968 Ebury (7) S Dixon 5 8-8.........................................P Mathers 100 13 (13) 005 Abduction (16) R Fahey 3 8-7.............................P Hanagan 112 14 (1) 352 Pockley (23) Miss L Perratt 3 8-6 (D)........................ A Mullen 101 BETTING: 5 Bowman, 11-2 Redarna, 7 Asad, 10 Manigordo, Abduction, Summa Peto, Wobwobwob, Poet’s Magic, 12 Others. 2020: ASCENSION 3 9 4, Andrea Atzeni 5-2 Fav (R Varian), drawn (4), 8 ran. 5.20 JORDAN ELECTRICS LTD HANDICAP (3) 1m 5f Winner £8,100 (9 run) RTV 1 (5) 334 Dark Jedi (7) T Easterby 5 10-4...........................D Fentiman 95 2 (8) -60 Get Shirty (31) D O’Meara 5 10-4........................... J Watson — 3 (7) 618 Dash Of Spice (22) A Keatley 7 10-0.........................H Doyle 94 4 (2) -00 Sir Chauvelin (8) J Goldie 9 10-0 (CD)...... Miss A Waugh (5) — 5 (3) 049 Ben Lilly (12) D Brown 4 9-10.................... O McSweeney (7) 90 6 (1) 700 Glasses Up (6) R M Smith 6 9-6 (C6)...........................D Allan 95 7 (4) 0-4 Beechwood Jude (25) K Dalgleish 5 9-2.......... C Rodriguez 77 8 (6) 325 Greengage (25) T Davidson 6 9-0 (CD2).......................J Hart 87 9 (9) 720 Annandale (28) M Johnston 3 8-12...................R Kingscote 96 BETTING: 3 Dark Jedi, 4 Greengage, 6 Annandale, 7 Beechwood Jude, 8 Get Shirty, Ben Lilly, 10 Dash Of Spice, 12 Sir Chauvelin, Glasses Up. 2020: MAKE MY DAY 4 9 13, Rob Hornby 6-4 Fav (R Beckett), drawn (6), 5 ran. 4.00 DUBAI DUTY FREE MILL REEF STAKES (GROUP 2) (1) (2-Y-O) 6f Winner £44,971 (10 run) ITV1/RTV 1 (5) 163 Dhabab (70) J & T Gosden 9-1 (BF, D)........................ R Havlin 98 2 (10) 124 Fearby (29) E Bethell 9-1 (D)............................ P J McDonald 100 3 (3) 162 Gis A Sub (29) K Ryan 9-1 (D)..............................James Doyle 101 4 (6) 135 Gubbass (27) R Hannon 9-1 (C)..............................S M Levey 103 5 (7) 113 Hierarchy (14) H Palmer 9-1 (D2).........................O Murphy 83 6 (9) 620 Khunan (27) R Fahey 9-1......................................... A Atzeni 100 7 (4) 122 Maglev (30) W Haggas 9-1 (BF, D)......................T Marquand 96 8 (2) 431 Manaccan (21) J Ryan 9-1 (D)..................................W Buick 88 9 (1) 14 Melayu Kingdom (19) K Ryan 9-1......................... N Callan 82 10 (8) 132 Wings Of War (14) C Cox 9-1 (BF, D).......................... A Kirby 91 BETTING: 13-8 Dhabab, 11-2 Gubbass, 13-2 Gis A Sub, 8 Fearby, 10 Manaccan, 12 Wings Of War, Maglev, Khunan, 14 Others. 2020: ALKUMAIT 9 1, Jim Crowley 8-1 (M Tregoning), drawn (1), 8 ran. FORM GUIDE: DHABAB 9-5fav Raced far side, tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and lost two places towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Native Trail at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul. GUBBASS 16-1 Mid-division, effort 2f out, kept on final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Perfect Power at Deauville(FR) 6f 2yo Grp 1 gs in Aug. GIS A SUB 8-1 Pressed leader, led narrowly when ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Lusail at York 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Aug. FEARBY 5-1 Held up in rear, steady headway when ridden over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, ran on final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Lusail at York 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Aug. MANACCAN 1-1fav Tracked leaders, led going well 2f out, clear when shaken up over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Aug beating Wajd by 4 1/2l, 9 ran. KHUNAN 20-1 Chased leaders, headway to challenge 2f out, not quicken, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 9l behind Perfect Power at Deauville(FR) 6f 2yo Grp 1 gs in Aug. 4.35 SIR DAVID SIEFF EBF NOVICE STAKES (DIV 2) (GBB RACE) (STR) (4) (2-Y-O) 7f Winner £4,860 (12 run) RTV 1 (9) 53 Ascending (41) C Cox 9-5.......................................... A Kirby 52 2 (10) Berrygar H Main 9-5.......................................... R Dawson — 3 (6) 8 Borntobealeader (99) A Perrett 9-5................. J Crowley 32 4 (11) 46 Definite (22) R Beckett 9-5....................................R Hornby 59 5 (3) 5 Dream By Day (15) J & T Gosden 9-5........................ R Havlin — 6 (1) Ermin Street C Hills 9-5.........................................W Buick — 7 (4) 0 Everyday (9) R Hannon 9-5...................................S M Levey — 8 (5) 52 Koy Koy (15) A Balding 9-5.....................................O Murphy 73 9 (8) Looe Beach R Hannon 9-5................................T Marquand — 10 (2) 9 Night Glass (15) R Hannon 9-5.............................. P Dobbs — 11 (7) Promotion D & C Kubler 9-5...................................N Currie — 12 (12) Sweet Summer R Charlton 9-0........................James Doyle — BETTING: 15-8 Koy Koy, 7-2 Ascending, 5 Dream By Day, 15-2 Definite, 12 Ermin Street, Looe Beach, 14 Sweet Summer, 16 Night Glass, 25 Others. 2020: IBIZA ROCKS 9 5, William Buick 11-1 (C Hills), drawn (5), 14 ran. 5.05 DUBAI DUTY FREE FINEST SURPRISE HANDICAP (3) 1m 4f Winner £6,210 (13 run) RTV 1 (2) 52- Fox Vardy (364) M Meade 5 10-2 (BF, D).......... P J McDonald — 2 (1) 360 Parachute (28) E Walker 3 9-7 (D)....................T Marquand 96 3 (11) 472 Without Revenge (20) R Charlton 3 9-6.............O Murphy 93 4 (4) 559 Ridgeway (27) E J-Houghton 4 9-5..........................C Bishop 101 5 (3) 142 Praiano (14) R Varian 3 9-4 (D)................................ A Atzeni 91 6 (10) 602 Whitehaven (43) H Morrison 4 9-3 (D)...................R Hornby 95 7 (8) 310 Imperial Sun (28) J & T Gosden 3 9-3 (D)................ R Havlin 81 8 (9) 733 Frontispiece (21) A Perrett 7 9-1 (CD).................. J Crowley 91 9 (12) 221 Tall Order (16) M Bell 3 8-13 (D).............................W Buick 90 10 (13) 121 Bague D’or (21) C Wall 3 8-13 (D)......................James Doyle 92 11 (6) 310 In The Breeze (51) R Charlton 3 8-12 (CD).......T Greatrex (3) 93 12 (7) 115 Winterwatch (16) A Balding 3 8-9 (D).....................J Bryan 90 13 (5) 423 Duke Of Verona (127) W Jarvis 3 8-8...................D Probert 93 BETTING: 5 Praiano, 11-2 Fox Vardy, 7 Bague D’or, 15-2 Tall Order, 8 Whitehaven, Without Revenge, 10 Parachute, Imperial Sun, 12 Others. 2020: UNION 3 8 8, David Egan 15-2 (R Varian), drawn (3), 7 ran. SARABAND MAJOR BET SARABAND MAJOR BET NEWMARKET TODAY Going: Good to soft Draw: Inconsistent. Mashaaer 1.00 Mystic Wells Mobadra 1.30 Anghaam Dancing To Win 2.05 mayaas World Of Windhover 2.40 Love Powerful Mancini 3.15 Hochfeld Sammarr 3.50 Sammarr Luna Magic 4.25 Luna Magic 1.00 EBF FILLIES’ NOVICE STAKES (GBB RACE) (4) (2-Y-O) 1m Winner £5,400 (9 run) RTV 1 (4) 71 Mystic Wells (34) G Boughey 9-6........................... B Curtis 45 2 (7) 5 Delphinus (25) J & T Gosden 9-0 (BF).....................M Harley 53 3 (5) 45 Homer’s Girl (28) E Dunlop 9-0.............................H Turner 47 4 (9) 87 La Belle Vie (29) H Main 9-0.......................................R Tate 24 5 (6) 2 Mashaaer (14) R Hannon 9-0.................................D O’Neill 70 6 (1) 2 Mellow Yellow (12) W Haggas 9-0........................C Fallon — 7 (8) 5 Moon De Vega (29) R Beckett 9-0...................... Rossa Ryan — 8 (3) Peripatetic R Varian 9-0................................... David Egan — 9 (2) Queens Ballet P Chapple-Hyam 9-0...............K Shoemark — BETTING: 5-2 Mashaaer, 3 Mellow Yellow, 5 Delphinus, 13-2 Mystic Wells, 15-2 Moon De Vega, 8 Peripatetic, 16 Queens Ballet, Homer’s Girl, 66 La Belle Vie. 2020: MONSOON MOON 9 0, Ryan Moore 2-5 Fav (J & T Gosden), drawn (5), 5 ran. 1.30 CLOSE BROTHERS PREMIUM FINANCE FILLIES’ HANDICAP (3) 1m Winner £7,560 (6 run) RTV 1 (6) /59 Ananya (29) Sir M Prescott 4 9-12................................R Tate 91 2 (3) 761 Caspian Queen (19) S P C Woods 4 9-9............... S Woods (5) 96 3 (2) 317 Anghaam (28) R Hannon 3 9-8 (D3).........................D O’Neill 96 4 (4) 345 Last Sunset (14) S bin Suroor 3 9-4.....................P Cosgrave 89 5 (1) 2-1 Mobadra (63) R Varian 3 8-11 (D)....................... David Egan 93 6 (5) 931 Madame Tantzy (22) E J-Houghton 5 8-10 (CD).Georgia Dobie (3) 95 BETTING: 7-4 Mobadra, 10-3 Anghaam, 4 Madame Tantzy, 11-2 Caspian Queen, 8 Last Sunset, 14 Ananya. 2020: MADAME TANTZY 4 8 7, Nicky Mackay 6-1 (E J-Houghton), drawn (5), 6 ran. FORM GUIDE: MOBADRA 4-1 Broke well, held up in touch, headway going well to lead over 2f out, stayed on, ridden out, won at Haydock 1m fll nov stks (5) gf in Jul beating Evident Beauty by 1l, 6 ran. ANGHAAM 15-2 Held up, soon in rear, last and pushed along 4f out, weakened over 2f out, eased over 1f out, last of 7, 32l behind Mrs Fitzherbert at Lingfield 1m hcap (3) pol in Aug. MADAME TANTZY 12-1 Held up, headway on outside over 3f out, led entering final furlong, edged right, stayed on, won at Goodwood 1m flls hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug beating Dalanijujo by 3/4l, 5 ran. 2.05 CLOSE BROTHERS ASSET FINANCE HANDICAP (4) (3-Y-O) 7f Winner £5,400 (12 run) RTV 1 (8) 41- Mayaas (356) W Haggas 9-7 (D)................................D O’Neill — 2 (3) 232 Street Kid (46) K P De Foy 9-6 (BF)........... Miss Mia Biggs (7) 90 3 (7) 3-8 Rich Waters (247) S bin Suroor 9-6 (D)...............P Cosgrave — 4 (12) 880 Giorgio Vasari (8) D Shaw 9-4 (D)...............A Farragher (5) 76 5 (11) 421 Dancing To Win (54) H Palmer 9-2 (D).................... B Curtis 97 6 (1) 752 Sir Maxi (9) G Boughey 9-1 (D)............................ Rossa Ryan 93 7 (5) 873 Sadiqaa (41) C Cox 9-0.................................................J Fahy 91 8 (6) 254 Royal Musketeer (21) C Hills 9-0....................K Shoemark 92 9 (10) 134 Dashing Dick (25) W Stone 8-13 (BF, D)...................C Fallon 92 10 (4) 624 Fangorn (25) M Channon 8-12 (BF, D)................. David Egan 93 11 (9) 131 Deputy (49) C Fellowes 8-8 (D2)................................H Turner 90 12 (2) 626 Ajrad (9) W Knight 8-7 (BF).............................. Jimmy Quinn 90 BETTING: 5 Deputy, 11-2 Dancing To Win, 7 Mayaas, Dashing Dick, 15-2 Sadiqaa, Street Kid, 8 Rich Waters, 10 Royal Musketeer, Sir Maxi, 12 Others. 2020: COLONEL WHITEHEAD 9 3, Ellie Mackenzie(7) 3-1 Fav (H Main), drawn (4), 9 ran. 2.40 CLOSE BROTHERS HANDICAP (4) 6f Winner £5,400 (8 run) RTV 1 (5) -55 Love Powerful (70) R Hannon 4 9-8 (D3)......... Rossa Ryan 87 2 (8) 211 Toussarok (11) M Johnston 3 9-7 (D3)..................... B Curtis 90 3 (4) 605 Beauty Choice (104) C Fellowes 4 9-5 (D)................H Turner 83 4 (3) 354 Inver Park (6) M Quinn 3 9-3 (D2)......................P Cosgrave 92 5 (1) 556 Equiano Springs (15) T Tate 7 9-2 (CD).............T P Queally 88 6 (6) 322 Spring Bloom (18) R Eddery 4 9-0.................... David Egan 92 7 (7) 731 World Of Windhover (20) C Dwyer 4 8-12 (D2)...C Fallon 91 8 (2) 404 My Style (9) E J-Houghton 5 8-9 (D2)..........Georgia Dobie (3) 93 BETTING: 9-4 Toussarok, 4 World Of Windhover, 5 Spring Bloom, 13-2 Love Powerful, 8 Inver Park, My Style, 12 Beauty Choice, 14 Equiano Springs. 2020: NEFARIOUS 4 9 1, Dane O’Neill 11-1 (H Candy), drawn (1), 8 ran. 3.15 CLOSE BROTHERS CESAREWITCH TRIAL HANDICAP (2) 2m 2f Winner £20,616 (10 run) RTV 1 (2) 114 Live Your Dream (21) S bin Suroor 4 9-10 (BF)...P Cosgrave 108 2 (8) 871 Themaxwecan (11) M Johnston 5 9-8..................... B Curtis 107 3 (10) 572 Hochfeld (7) M Johnston 7 9-7...............................D O’Neill 109 4 (3) 692 Mancini (28) I Williams 7 8-12 (BF)..................... David Egan 110 5 (1) 812 Indigo Times (11) D M Simcock 4 8-8......................H Turner 106 6 (4) 009 Cleonte (42) A Balding 8 8-8....................................C Fallon 106 7 (5) 030 Great Bear (7) T Gibney (IRE) 5 8-4...............A Farragher (5) 109 8 (9) 4-2 Turnpike Trip (15) C Byrnes (IRE) 7 8-2..................J F Egan 104 9 (6) -85 Ernesto (11) I Williams 6 8-2.....................Mollie Phillips (5) 35 10 (7) 125 Yagood (27) Joseph Parr 5 8-0.......................... Jimmy Quinn 101 BETTING: 11-4 Turnpike Trip, 3 Live Your Dream, 13-2 Themaxwecan, 7 Hochfeld, 15-2 Indigo Times, 10 Mancini, Great Bear, 16 Yagood, 20 Others. 2020: OCEAN WIND 4 9 1, Jack Mitchell 5-4 Fav (R Teal), drawn (4), 10 ran. FORM GUIDE: TURNPIKE TRIP 3-1 Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along over 3f out, soon ridden and no impression 1f out, under pressure and kept on to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Anyonecanhaveitall at Down Royal 2m 2f hcp 50-80 gd. LIVE YOUR DREAM 10-11fav Awkwardly away, tracked leaders in 4th, ridden to challenge over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Indigo Times at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug. THEMAXWECAN 7-4fav Chased leaders, ridden to press leaders 3f out, led 2f out, edged right well over 1f out, stayed on well, always doing enough, won at Goodwood 2m hcp 105 (2) gf beating Indigo Times by 3/4l, 5 ran. 3.50 CLOSE BROTHERS FILLIES’ HANDICAP (3) 1m 2f Winner £7,560 (7 run) RTV 1 (4) 1-3 Sammarr (215) R Varian 3 9-7 (BF)...................... C Noble (3) — 2 (6) 215 Jewel In My Crown (29) R Guest 3 9-5 (D2).......P Cosgrave 92 3 (1) -22 Tarroob (60) W Haggas 4 9-5 (BF, D)........................C Fallon — 4 (7) 146 Gal Wonder (27) J & T Gosden 3 9-1......................M Harley 89 5 (3) 302 Aveta (40) R Beckett 3 9-0................................... Rossa Ryan 89 6 (2) 325 Widaad (7) G Boughey 4 8-13 (BF, C).......................... B Curtis 90 7 (5) 214 Atavique (22) G Kelleway 4 8-10 (D2).......................H Turner 91 BETTING: 10-3 Tarroob, 7-2 Jewel In My Crown, 4 Sammarr, 5 Gal Wonder, 13-2 Aveta, 8 Atavique, 10 Widaad. 2020: No corresponding race. 4.25 AMATEUR JOCKEYS’ CAMBRIDGESHIRE (HANDICAP) (4) 1m 1f Winner £6,160 (13 run) RTV 1 (13) 686 Balgair (85) Tom Clover 7 11-0 (CD)................... Mr R Birkett 66 2 (2) 808 Kryptos (7) J Berry 7 10-11 (D).................Miss S Brotherton 62 3 (7) 311 Luna Magic (20) A Watson 7 10-9 (D3)...........Ms B Hampson 68 4 (9) 151 Sands Chorus (21) K Tutty 9 10-7 (D3)............Miss A Collier 68 5 (4) 922 Fieldsman (26) A Carroll 9 10-6 (C)..................Miss S Bowen 68 6 (8) 452 Global Art (15) E Dunlop 6 10-6 (D)........ Miss Sophie Smith 66 7 (3) 616 Secret Glow (183) H Main 3 10-6.................Mr Henry Main — 8 (6) 120 First Dance (10) T Tate 7 10-4 (D)...................Mr P Millman 68 9 (12) 621 Mercurius Power (9) A Balding 3 10-4 (D)......Mr S Walker 68 10 (1) 123 Mark Of Respect (29) J Portman 3 10-2............Mr M Ennis 69 11 (10) 634 Hotspur Harry (19) R Eddery 4 10-0.............. Mr G Eddery 74 12 (11) 870 Time Zone (25) L Allan 7 9-4 (C)......................Miss H C Tucker 43 13 (5) 347 Hugosthere (23) R Teal 3 8-13..............Miss Megan Jordan 59 BETTING: 5-2 Mercurius Power, 5 Luna Magic, 7 Sands Chorus, 8 First Dance, 10 Mark Of Respect, Global Art, Fieldsman, 12 Secret Glow, Hotspur Harry, 14 Others. 2020: BALGAIR 6 11 0, Mr Ross Birkett 12-1 (Tom Clover), drawn (3), 12 ran. SARABAND MAJOR BET Racing

statistics Weight watcher Horses which have dropped most from previous winning handicap marks in the last two years. AYR: 2.30 Tinto (won off 100 down 6lb to 94); 3.40 Lahore (4lb). CATTERICK: 4.10 Socially Shady (won off 69 down 3lb to 66); 4.45 Red Force One (3lb); 5.45 Lukoutoldmakezebak (3lb); How Bizarre (7lb); Christmas Night (8lb). NEWBURY: 1.40 Ivatheengine (won off 89 down 3lb to 86). NEWMARKET: 2.40 My Style (won off 76 down 6lb to 70); Equiano Springs (7lb). TRP EXTRAS: None. WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.55 Sparkling Diamond (won off 57 down 11lb to 46); 6.00 Tathmeen (4lb); Strong Power (5lb); Canford Bay (10lb); 6.30 The Blue Bower (5lb); 7.00 Donny Marlow (3lb). Downgraded Horses dropped two grades or more from their previous race. CATTERICK: 2.25 Tricky Business (down 2 grades), 3.35 King Of Speed (down 5). NEWMARKET: 2.05 Giorgio Vasari (down 2), 4.25 Balgair (down 2). WOLVERHAMPTON: 8.00 Geopolitic (down 2), 8.30 Merlin’s Beard (down 3). NEWBURY: 1.10 Beaches (down 2), 1.10 Mrembo (down 2), 2.15 Moss Gill (down 2), 2.15 Significantly (down 2), 3.25 King Leonidas (down 2). AYR: 1.55 Juan Elcano (down 3), 3.40 Summerghand (down 4). Stable movers Horses which are having their first run for a new trainer. CATTERICK: 5.15 Bachau (W Haggas to E Bethell). NEWMARKET: 3.15 Turnpike Trip (C Byrnes to C Byrnes), 4.25 Secret Glow (S & E Crisford to H Main). WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.30 Pretty Mahra (Adrian Nicholls to R Brotherton), 6.00 Seeking Perfection (K Burke to Frank Bishop), 6.00 Strong Power (G Scott to Alice Haynes), 7.00 Chillsea (R Fahey to T Ward), 7.30 All In The Game (S Kirk to J S Moore), 7.30 Girl From Ipanema (E Walker to R Stephens), 7.30 Wispering Angel (R Spencer to P Evans). TRP EXTRAS: 4.20 Al Mahbooba (A) (F Rohaut to James Owen), 4.20 Storm Troupour (A) (Randy Nunley to Ms B Deutrom). NEWBURY: None. AYR: 1.55 Judgment Call (D M Simcock to Miss L Perratt), 1.55 Yaaser (F Head to J Goldie), 2.30 Streamline (C Cox to Miss L Perratt), 3.40 Above (A Watson to S C Williams). Race trends Highlighting any races which a trainer has won twice or more in the past 10 years. AYR R Fahey won the 1.20 in 2013 and ‘15 and the 4.50 in 2012 and ‘15. D O’Meara won the 4.50 in 2014, ‘16 and ‘18 and the 4.15 in 2018 and ‘19. A Balding won the 3.40 in 2013 and ‘17. K Ryan won the 3.40 in 2011, ‘12 and ‘16. CATTERICK None. NEWBURY R Fahey won the 4.00 in 2013 and ‘15. W Haggas won the 2.50 in 2011 and ‘18. D M Simcock won the 2.50 in 2015, ‘16, ‘17 and ‘19. NEWMARKET J & T Gosden won the 1.00 in 2017 and ‘’. TRP EXTRAS None. WOLVERHAMPTON P Evans won the 7.00 in 2011 and ‘18. Fit and ready Horses which have won in the last 7 days. My Little Tip (2.25 Catterick) won at Salisbury (7f) hcp, Yarmouth (7f) hcp. Black Hill Storm (3.35 Catterick) won at Bath (5f) hcp. Merlin’s Beard (8.30 Wolverhampton) won at Bath (1m6f) hcp. Nicks Not Wonder (8.30 Wolverhampton) won at Bath (1m4f) hcp. Hurricane Ivor (2.15 Newbury) won at Doncaster (6f) hcp. Gabrial The Devil (2.30 Ayr) won at Chester (6f) hcp. THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 69 Calscost65pperminplusyourtelephonecompany’snetworkaccesscharge.18+only. SP:Spoke.Helpline:03332023390 OFFICIALHORSERACING COMMENTARY AND RESULTS Cal09016094248 racing RESULTS AYR Going: Good to Firm 1.00 (7f 50yds, £14,000 added): 1 GREEN TEAM (FR) (S A Gray) 13-2; 2 AZURE BLUE (IRE) 11-8Fav; 3 WOOTTON’SUN (FR) 14-1. Also: 3-1 Forgivable 4th, 11-1 Marhaba The Champ 5th, 40-1 Echosmith (IRE) 6th. 13 ran. 1l, ½l. (K A Ryan). NR: Beluga Gold. 1.35 (6f, £18,000 added): 1 STRAITS OF MOYLE (IRE) (B McHugh) 3-1Fav; 2 COTAI CLASS (IRE) 18-1; 3 LETHAL LEVI 5-1. Also: 7-1 Aleezdancer (IRE) 4th, 12-1 Lady Lade 6th, 14-1 Kendred Fire (IRE) 5th. 15 ran. 2½l, nk. (R A Fahey). 2.10 (5f, £43,000 added): 1 VERTIGINOUS (IRE) (P Mulrennan) 17-2; 2 MITBAAHY (IRE) 15-2; 3 GEOCENTRIC (IRE) 9-2Fav. Also: 13-2 Fast Response (IRE) 4th, 17-2 Vintage Clarets 6th, 10-1 Canonized 5th. 13 ran. 2l, 1l. (B J Meehan). 2.45 (5f 110yds, £54,500 added): 1 DANDALLA (IRE) (B A Curtis) 13-2; 2 BIMBLE (IRE) 18-1; 3 KEEP BUSY (IRE) 10-3Fav. Also: 18-5 Tweet Tweet 6th, 15-2 Tenaya Canyon 5th, 17-2 Teresa Mendoza (IRE) 4th. 16 ran. 1¾l, shd. (K R Burke). 3.20 (6f, £30,000 added): 1 CALL ME GINGER (P Mulrennan) 4-1Fav; 2 BE PROUD (IRE) 11-1; 3 DANZAN (IRE) 11-2; 4 NEVER DARK 33-1. Also: 14-1 Ghathanfar (IRE) 5th, 20-1 Boogie Time (IRE) 6th. 22 ran. ½l, nk, shd. (J S Goldie). NRs: Secretinthepark, Thegreatestshowman, Twilight Madness. 3.55 (2m 1f 105yds, £15,000 added): 1 PRINCE IMPERIAL (USA) (T Heard) 5-4Fav; 2 LUCKY DEAL 9-4; 3 LET ME BE (IRE) 3-1. Also: 10-1 Beechwood Jude (FR) 4th. 4 ran. 2l, ½l. (R Hughes). NR: Haveyoumissedme. 4.30 (1m, £7,000 added): 1 TILSITT (FR) (S B Kirrane) 7-4Fav; 2 LITTLE TED 6-1; 3 ROYAL REGENT 18-1. Also: 15-2 Al Erayg (IRE) 5th, 14-1 King Of Tonga (IRE) 4th, 22-1 Retirement Beckons 6th. 13 ran. 1½l, 3l. (R M Smith). NR: Shackabooah. 5.00 (1m, £7,000 added): 1 HAVANA GO (A Mullen) 16-1; 2 NORTH OF AMAZING 11-1; 3 CLAY REGAZZONI 5-1. Also: 3-1 Fav Bringitonboris (USA) 4th, 4-1 Ron O 5th, 11-1 Flying Moon (GER) 6th. 13 ran. ½l, ½l. (I Jardine). KEMPTON Going: Standard / Slow 4.50 (7f, £5,527 added): 1 ODISSEO (S Cherchi) 15-8Fav; 2 TWISTALINE 3-1; 3 STREAK JAZZ 33-1. Also: 4-1 Hurry Up Hedley (IRE) 4th, 9-2 Thatsthefinest (IRE) 6th, 11-1 Stargazer Lily (IRE) 5th. 10 ran. 2l, nk. (M Botti). NRs: Hen Harrier, Mild Reflection, Mythical Star. 5.25 (6f, £6,500 added): 1 THALER (R Kingscote) 1-2Fav; 2 SHOBIZ 5-2; 3 DREAM A LITTLE 7-1. Also: 14-1 Frosted Angel (IRE) 4th, 66-1 Are You Able 5th, 80-1 Blackthirtyone 6th. 9 ran. 4l, 2¾l. (Sir Michael Stoute). NRs: Alafdhal, Tridevi. 6.00 (7f, £7,200 added): 1 LOS CAMACHOS (IRE) (G McEntee) 8-1; 2 LIGER KING (IRE) 7-1; 3 ALLERBY 4-1. Also: 11-2 Phuket Power (IRE) 5th, 11-1 Crocus (IRE) 6th, 20-1 Actaea 4th. 10 ran. 2¼l, 2¾l. (J Gallagher). NR: Blackcastle Storm. 6.30 (1m 3f 219yds, £7,500 added): 1 BEHOLDING (R Havlin) 8-11Fav; 2 RESTITUTION (FR) 6-1; 3 KING CAPELLA 5-4. Also: 50-1 Scherbobalob 4th, 50-1 Thebannerkingrebel (IRE) 5th, 125-1 Joy Coast (USA) fell, 300-1 Lassie (IRE) 6th. 9 ran. 12l, 13l. (J & T Gosden). NR: Cu Chulainn. 7.00 (1m 7f 218yds, £11,200 added): 1 GOOD SOUL (C Fallon) 9-2; 2 EVALUATION 11-8Fav; 3 OLYMPIC HONOUR (FR) 13-2. Also: 10-1 Cochise 4th, 16-1 Artemis Sky 6th, 50-1 Darksideoftarnside (IRE) 5th. 7 ran. 2l, 7l. (H Palmer). NR: Dreambird. 7.30 (1m 2f 219yds, £5,527 added): 1= RUMI (T E Whelan) 13-2: 1= RUSKIN RED (IRE) (C Fallon) 9-2CoFav 3 LIKE SUGAR 9-2CoFav. Also: 9-2 Co Fav Eaglesglen 4th, 11-1 Savitar (IRE) 5th, 12-1 Almufeed (IRE) 6th. 14 ran., hd (R Charlton, D J Coakley). 8.00 (1m, £5,527 added): 1 PROCLAIMER (R Kingscote) 2-1Fav; 2 UNCLE DICK 9-2; 3 CARPENTIER (FR) 10-1. Also: 13-2 Pedestal (IRE) 4th, 15-2 Pride Of Hawridge (IRE) 5th, 33-1 Latent Heat (IRE) 6th. 13 ran. ½l, ¾l. (Miss J A Camacho). NR: Publicist. 8.30 (1m, £5,527 added): 1 POET’S EYE (S Osborne) 15-8Fav; 2 MOUNTAIN ASH (IRE) 3-1; 3 DOURADO (IRE) 4-1. Also: 9-1 Catch My Breath 5th, 16-1 Makambe (IRE) 6th, 22-1 Chifa (IRE) 4th. 9 ran. NEWBURY Going: Good to Soft (Good in places) 1.15 (6f, £12,100 added): 1 DEODAR (R Hornby) 12-1; 2 WITCH HUNTER (FR) 7-4Fav; 3 DARK SWANSONG (IRE) 9-4. Also: 11-4 Flying Secret 6th, 15-2 Neptunian (IRE) 5th, 25-1 Botanist 4th. 11 ran. nk, shd. (R M Beckett). 1.45 (7f, £16,500 added): 1 HEREDIA (S M Levey) 5-1; 2 SILK ROMANCE (IRE) 4-9Fav; 3 FAST ATTACK (IRE) 6-1. Also: 11-1 Star From Afarhh 4th. 4 ran. nk, shd. (R Hannon). 2.20 (7f, £10,000 added): 1 AMERICAN STAR (IRE) (O Murphy) 11-2; 2 CROUPIER (IRE) 85-40Fav; 3 ALTRAIF 10-3. Also: 11-5 Nuance 4th, 22-1 Like A Lion (IRE) 5th, 22-1 Secret Strength (IRE) 6th. 6 ran. 1¾l, 2l. (E Walker). NR: Jazz Club. 2.55 (1m, £18,000 added): 1 ZECHARIAH (IRE) (T Marquand) 9-1; 2 WESTOVER 3-1; 3 KING OF CONQUEST 5-4Fav. Also: 5-1 Bolthole (IRE) 6th, 12-1 Paradias (GER) 4th, 14-1 Rawyaan 5th. 6 ran. 2¼l, 5½l. (M Meade). 3.30 (7f, £40,000 added): 1 SILENT ESCAPE (IRE) (O Murphy) 16-5JtFav; 2 D’BAI (IRE) 8-1; 3 AL SUHAIL 16-5JtFav. Also: 12-1 Matthew Flinders 6th, 16-1 River Nymph 4th, 28-1 With Thanks (IRE) 5th. 15 ran. 1½l, ¾l. (S bin Suroor). 4.05 (1m 4f, £20,000 added): 1 MAKRAM (IRE) (J Doyle) 11-4Fav; 2 CALLING THE WIND (IRE) 18-1; 3 SEXTANT 16-1. Also: 3-1 Surrey Gold (IRE) 6th, 5-1 Star Caliber 4th, 14-1 Favorite Moon (GER) 5th. 12 ran. hd, 1¼l. (R Charlton). 4.35 (1m 2f, £9,250 added): 1 NEENEE’S CHOICE (O Murphy) 13-8Fav; 2 KATTANI (IRE) 11-1; 3 ARTHUR’S REALM (IRE) 17-2. Also: 3-1 Dartington (IRE) 6th, 8-1 Alternative Fact 5th, 16-1 Remedium 4th. 10 ran. 1½l, shd. (A M Balding). NEWTON ABBOT Going: Good (Good to Firm in places) 1.53 (2m 5f 122yds, £7,500 added): 1 DILIGENT (FR) (K Buckley) 4-9Fav; 2 EVERY BREAKIN WAVE (IRE) 9-4; 3 OSCARS REIGN (IRE) 40-1. Also: 22-1 Southfield Lily refused to race. 4 ran. 21l, 99l. (N J Hawke). 2.28 (3m 1f 170yds, £8,000 added): 1 JOEY STEEL (IRE) (N Scholfield) 2-1JtFav; 2 FACT OF THE MATTER (IRE) 2-1JtFav; 3 CAGE OF FEAR (IRE) 11-4. Also: 5-1 Black Anthem (IRE) 4th. 4 ran. 1½l, 19l. (Christian Williams). 3.03 (2m 167yds, £7,500 added): 1 GINGER DU VAL (FR) (M Ben Bromley) 15-8; 2 SHE’S A NOVELTY (IRE) EvensFav; 3 AMELIA’S DANCE (IRE) 15-2. Also: 22-1 Ince (AUT) 6th, 33-1 Roque Angel 4th, 150-1 Gaelic Belle pulled up, 150-1 Saxon Queen 5th. 8 ran. 2¾l, 3l. (M Rowley). 3.38 (2m 167yds, £6,436 added): 1 BORAK (IRE) (N Scholfield) 100-1; 2 EASKEY LAD (IRE) 7-1; 3 FLAMENCO DE KERSER (FR) 18-1. Also: 11-10 Fav Sergeant (FR) fell, 4-1 Balzac 6th, 14-1 Alramz 5th, 28-1 Invincible Wish (IRE) 4th. 11 ran. 1¾l, nk. (D Faulkner). NR: Good Bye. 4.13 (3m 2f 105yds, £7,200 added): 1 VALENTINO (H Kimber) 9-2; 2 AYE AYE CHARLIE 3-1; 3 KENDELU (IRE) 12-1. Also: 15-8 Fav Decoration Of War (IRE) 4th, 9-2 Easyrun De Vassy (FR) 6th, 16-1 Whatsthecraicjack 5th. 6 ran. 8½l, 20l. (Miss J Du Plessis). 4.45 (3m 1f 170yds, £14,400 added): 1 SISTER RAPHAEL (IRE) (C Brace) 40-1; 2 ARC OF BUBBLES (IRE) 8-1; 3 EGLANTINE DU SEUIL (FR) 1-12Fav. Also: 66-1 Mister Robbo (IRE) 4th. 4 ran. hd, 8l. (J L Flint). 5.15 (2m 167yds, £3,500 added): 1 BARI BREEZE (IRE) (P J Brennan) 6-5JtFav; 2 LOUP DE MAULDE (FR) 5-1; 3 BEST PAL (IRE) 6-5JtFav. 3 ran. 6l, 13l. (M F Harris). WOLVERHAMPTON TODAY Going: Standard Draw: Littl e effect. 4.55 WHATACCA.COM GET FREE BETTING TIPS HANDICAP (6) 6f Winner £2,700 (13 run) SSR 1 (2) -53 Jungle Inthebungle (5) Phillip Makin 5 9-7...H Burns (5) 52 2 (4) 351 Thaki (24) C Dwyer 4 9-6 (CD)...............T Hammer Hansen (3) 62 3 (5) 722 Big Impact (2) R Brisland 4 9-4 (D).................... M Crehan (3) 63 4 (9) 7P0 Blue Cable (74) M Attwater 4 9-4 (BF, CD)..............S W Kelly 62 5 (8) 600 Bernard Spierpoint (2) C Wallis 4 9-3.............. R Ffrench 64 6 (12) 544 Iesha (9) C Wallis 3 9-3............................................D Keenan 71 7 (11) 090 Makter (24) Andi Brown 4 9-2...........................S Cherchi (3) 46 8 (10) 806 Jazz Legend (163) Miss M Rowland 8 9-2 (D5)..........K O’Neill 66 9 (1) 936 Surewecan (24) Sarah Hollinshead 9 8-13 (D5)......W Cox (3) 82 10 (13) 780 Krazy Paving (24) O Murphy 9 8-12 (CD)..Grace McEntee (5) 72 11 (6) 007 Carlovian (22) M Walford 8 8-12 (C, D4).............. T Heard (5) 46 12 (7) 700 Sparkling Diamond (5) Frank Bishop 4 8-12 (CD).W Carson 67 13 (3) 590 Lasting Beauty (9) J Butler 3 8-11.....................B McHugh 64 BETTING: 2 Thaki, 9-2 Big Impact, 6 Iesha, 8 Blue Cable, Jungle Inthebungle, 10 Bernard Spierpoint, 12 Lasting Beauty, 20 Surewecan, 25 Others. 2020: No corresponding race. 5.30 FREE REPLAYS ON ATTHERACES.COM SELLING STAKES (6) (2-Y-O) 6f Winner £2,700 (10 run) SSR 1 (9) 605 Three Dons (4) R Hannon 8-12..........T Hammer Hansen (3) 75 2 (5) 6 Arlady Aitch (28) P McBride 8-7.........................B McHugh 55 3 (6) 75 Bella Rosetta (10) Joseph Parr 8-7.....................D Keenan 52 4 (10) 5 Darcy’s Rock (26) S Durack 8-7.............................W Cox (3) — 5 (4) 49 Heidi High (109) A Watson 8-7............................. C Bennett — 6 (7) 864 Jam Tart (24) M Loughnane 8-7...............Josephine Gordon 57 7 (1) 76 Pretty Mahra (88) R Brotherton 8-7........C Hutchinson (5) — 8 (3) 4 Reem Zabeel (47) R Hughes 8-7......................... G Rooke (3) 57 9 (2) 650 Regal Rhapsody (2) G Boughey 8-7......................J Haynes 42 10 (8) 88 She’s Sophie (10) P Evans 8-7.................................C Hardie 41 BETTING: 3 Three Dons, 7-2 Regal Rhapsody, Heidi High, 6 Reem Zabeel, 7 Jam Tart, 8 Arlady Aitch, 20 Darcy’s Rock, 25 Bella Rosetta, Pretty Mahra, 50 She’s Sophie. 2020: SOURCE OF WEALTH 8 9, Cam Hardie 85-40 Fav (D O’Meara), drawn (8), 11 ran. 6.00 CAZOO HANDICAP (5) 6f Winner £3,240 (10 run) SSR 1 (2).......................................................................................413 Verreaux Eagle (12) E Dunlop 3 9-10 (BF, CD).......................... M Crehan (3) 82 2 (6) 113 Lilkian (14) Darryll Holland 4 9-10 (CD)................ T Heard (5) 84 3 (5) 155 Tathmeen (19) A Brittain 6 9-8 (CD2)..............K Schofield (5) 82 4 (10) 252 Twilight Secret (15) J Tate 3 9-8....................S Cherchi (3) 83 5 (7) 534 Strong Power (46) Alice Haynes 4 9-5 (D).............K O’Neill 90 6 (4) 849 Show Me A Sunset (19) R Cowell 5 9-4...............B McHugh 83 7 (9) 351 Canford Bay (19) A Brittain 7 9-4 (CD)....................C Hardie 92 8 (3) 642 Tawaazon (26) Owen Burrows 3 9-3......................S W Kelly — 9 (1) 324 Seeking Perfection (39) Frank Bishop 3 9-1 (BF, D).W Carson 83 10 (8) 245 Strike Me A Pose (9) A Watson 3 8-10................. C Bennett 73 BETTING: 4 Twilight Secret, 9-2 Verreaux Eagle, 5 Tawaazon, 13-2 Canford Bay, 8 Lilkian, 10 Strike Me A Pose, Strong Power, Tathmeen, 12 Others. 2020: BAHUTA ACHA 5 8 13, Luke Morris 13-2 (D Loughnane), drawn (5), 10 ran. 6.30 READ KEVIN BLAKE ON ATTHERACES.COM FILLIES’ HAND- ICAP (5) 7f Winner £3,240 (9 run) SSR 1 (5) 257 The Blue Bower (14) J Portman 4 9-9 (CD).Josephine Gordon 82 2 (9) 111 Sky Blue Thinking (9) A West 3 9-8 (CD2).......... C Bennett 76 3 (8) 221 Far From A Ruby (14) Muir & Grassick 4 9-7 (C).Cathal Gahan (7)77 4 (7) 013 Annie Rose (19) T D Barron 3 9-5 (C2)................S Cherchi (3) 75 5 (2) 477 Dacesa (117) P Evans 3 9-5.......................................C Hardie 78 6 (3) 430 Port Noir (19) R Stephens 4 9-4 (CD).....................D Keenan 82 7 (6) 047 White Lady (115) C Hills 3 9-3............................... W Carson 67 8 (4) 136 Clegane (7) J Chapple-Hyam 4 9-2 (D2)........................R Tart 77 9 (1) 574 Lady Alavesa (150) M Herrington 6 9-2 (D3)........B McHugh 76 BETTING: 5-2 Sky Blue Thinking, 3 Far From A Ruby, 5 Annie Rose, 10 Dacesa, Port Noir, 12 Clegane, The Blue Bower, Lady Alavesa, White Lady. 2020: No corresponding race. 7.00 FREE FOOTBALL TIPS AT WHATACCA.COM HANDICAP (DIV 1) (6) (3-Y-O) 7f Winner £2,700 (10 run) SSR 1 (5) 867 Donny Marlow (54) A Keatley 9-10 (C)...... Ryan Sexton (7) 75 2 (1) 452 Across The Nile (24) J Ferguson 9-7...............S Mooney (7) 69 3 (8) 384 Hot Day (12) J S Moore 9-6...................... Laura Coughlan (5) 66 4 (6) 576 Elektronic (31) R Hughes 9-5...............................S W Kelly 70 5 (3) 220 Secret To Success (9) P McEntee 9-4 (C)..............D Keenan 72 6 (4) 657 Royal Heart (135) E Dunlop 9-3...................... M Crehan (3) 77 7 (2) 717 Silk Tie (22) P Evans 9-3 (BF, C).................................C Hardie 70 8 (7) 532 Chillsea (95) T Ward 9-2.........................................K O’Neill 66 9 (9) 305 Raffles Rebel (41) A Stronge 9-0.............R Clutterbuck (5) 69 10 (10) 891 Polam Lane (11) T D Barron 8-12.............Josephine Gordon 37 BETTING: 10-3 Across The Nile, 5 Chillsea, 6 Polam Lane, Silk Tie, 8 Elektronic, Royal Heart, 10 Raffles Rebel, 12 Hot Day, 14 Others. 2020: IVADREAM 9 2, Adam J McNamara 15-2 (R Charlton), drawn (4), 11 ran. 7.30 FREE FOOTBALL TIPS AT WHATACCA.COM HANDICAP (DIV 2) (6) (3-Y-O) 7f Winner £2,700 (10 run) SSR 1 (10) 122 Distinction (11) K Burke 9-7 (D).................. Alan Persse (7) — 2 (4) 135 Alcazan (19) R Teal 9-6 (D2).................................. W Carson 71 3 (9) 670 Keep Right On (9) R Hannon 9-5.......T Hammer Hansen (3) 44 4 (7) 589 Smart Qibili (17) P McEntee 9-4.............Grace McEntee (5) 84 5 (8) 233 Nurse Florence (8) J Osborne 9-3........................S W Kelly 73 6 (6) 47- Wispering Angel (430) P Evans 9-2......................C Hardie — 7 (5) 755 The First Hurrah (24) C Fellowes 9-2..............S Donohoe 66 8 (2) 491 Girl From Ipanema (22) R Stephens 9-1 (D).......D Keenan — 9 (1) 971 Priscilla’s Wish (38) P McBride 8-11 (D)............B McHugh 47 10 (3) 80- All In The Game (310) J S Moore 8-3.......Josephine Gordon — BETTING: 5-2 Distinction, 4 Nurse Florence, 5 Alcazan, 8 Priscilla’s Wish, The First Hurrah, Wispering Angel, 10 Girl From Ipanema, 14 Keep Right On, 25 Others. 2020: No corresponding race. 8.00 SKY SPORTS RACING SKY 415 EBF NOVICE STAKES (GBB RACE) (5) (2-Y-O) 1m 1f Winner £3,780 (9 run) SSR 1 (3) 81 Justice Protecol (16) I Mohammed 9-6.........S Cherchi (3) 54 2 (4) Away Wit Da Fairys Alice Haynes 9-2...................K O’Neill — 3 (9) Cabinet Maker M Johnston 9-2............................C Hardie — 4 (7) 0 Drawing Clocks (36) E Dunlop 9-2................ M Crehan (3) — 5 (1) Geelong P & O Cole 9-2...........................................S W Kelly — 6 (6) 0 Geopolitic (8) R Hannon 9-2.............T Hammer Hansen (3) — 7 (5) Military Crown C Appleby 9-2........................... R Ffrench — 8 (2) 6 Sandy Paradise (9) R Hannon 9-2.....................S Hitchcott 49 9 (8) 8 Rita Rana (11) A West 8-11.................................. C Bennett — BETTING: 2 Military Crown, 5-2 Justice Protecol, 4 Cabinet Maker, 7 Sandy Paradise, 10 Geelong, 20 Geopolitic, Away Wit Da Fairys, 25 Drawing Clocks, 66 Rita Rana. 2020: GREATGADIAN 9 5, Eoin Walsh 2-5 Fav (R Varian), drawn (3), 9 ran. 8.30 CAZOO SEARCH DRIVE SMILE HANDICAP (5) 1m 6f Winner £3,240 (4 run) SSR 1 (1) 241 Nicks Not Wonder (7) J Osborne 4 10-5..............S W Kelly 71 2 (2) 111 Merlin’s Beard (6) R Hughes 3 9-4 (D)............. G Rooke (3) 41 3 (4) 323 Dreambird (16) R Charlton 3 9-3.......T Hammer Hansen (3) 59 4 (3) 566 Divine Comedy (31) C Wall 3 9-2..............Josephine Gordon 59 BETTING: 11-10 Merlin’s Beard, 13-8 Nicks Not Wonder, 6 Dreambird, 10 Divine Comedy. 2020: No corresponding race. Thaki 4.55 Big Impact Reem Zabeel 5.30 Heidi High Twilight Secret 6.00 Canford Bay Annie Rose 6.30 Far From A Ruby Chillsea 7.00 Silk Tie Nurse Florence 7.30 Alcazan Geelong 8.00 Cabinet Maker Dreambird 8.30 Nicks Not Wonder SARABAND MAJOR BET HAMILTON TOMORROW Going: Good Jackpot meeting 1.45 EBF NOVICE STAKES (GBB RACE) (5) (2-Y-O) 1m Winner £3,510 (6 run) RTV 1 (6) 41 Evocative Spark (23) H Palmer 9-9.....................O Murphy 70 2 (1) 66 Bellslea (23) K Dalgleish 9-2............................ C Rodriguez 40 3 (3) 8 Dark Mystery (53) I Williams 9-2.................. P J McDonald 52 4 (4) 0 Nicolas Andry (37) Phillip Makin 9-2...................... R Scott 30 5 (5) 3 Qitaal (17) M Johnston 9-2......................................D O’Neill 62 6 (2) 83 Sharvara (15) R Hannon 9-2................................... B Curtis 60 BETTING: 13-8 Qitaal, 9-4 Sharvara, 5-2 Evocative Spark, 10 Dark Mystery, 33 Nicolas Andry, Bellslea. 2020: No corresponding race. 2.20 USAVE BUSINESS ENERGY SPECIALIST FILLIES’ HANDICAP (4) 1m Winner £4,347 (4 run) RTV 1 (1) 712 Voice Of Wisdom (61) S & E Crisford 3 9-8 (D). P J McDonald 85 2 (2) 340 Urban Violet (28) M Channon 3 9-7....................O Murphy 86 3 (4) 114 Alpha Cru (17) D O’Meara 3 9-3 (D2)................... D Tudhope 87 4 (3) 234 Omany Amber (59) K Burke 3 8-10 (D)......................... C Lee 89 BETTING: 5-4 Voice Of Wisdom, 3 Urban Violet, 7-2 Alpha Cru, 5 Omany Amber. 2020: FREYJA 3 9 7, Ben Curtis 11-2 (M Johnston), drawn (3), 4 ran. 2.50 BIG DREW HUNTER MEMORIAL SELLING STAKES (4) 1m 1f Winner £4,347 (9 run) RTV 1 (7) 465 Caballero (11) K Dalgleish 5 9-0...................... C Rodriguez 77 2 (4) 668 Lexington Force (6) R Hannon 4 9-0..................... B Curtis 89 3 (5) New Delhi Express I Jardine 5 9-0...................... A Mullen — 4 (3) 667 Arctic Victory (31) B J Llewellyn 4 8-9.......................G Lee 98 5 (6) 5 Mustavim (69) J Wainwright 3 8-9.................K Schofield (5) — 6 (8) 048 Sleight (6) I Jardine 3 8-9..........................................T Eaves 56 7 (2) 859 Trusty Scout (10) D O’Meara 3 8-9......................O Murphy 72 8 (9) -69 Wee Dracula (20) I Jardine 3 8-9..........................J Gormley 25 9 (1) Hallow Hallie R M Smith 2021 8-4....................P Mathers — BETTING: 13-8 Lexington Force, 4 Arctic Victory, 9-2 Trusty Scout, 7 Caballero, 10 Mustavim, 12 Sleight, 14 New Delhi Express, 25 Wee Dracula, 33 Hallow Hallie. 2020: No corresponding race. FORM GUIDE: LEXINGTON FORCE 33-1 Slowly into stride, behind, never on terms, 8th of 13, 10l behind Diamond Bay at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol. ARCTIC VICTORY 50-1 Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened quickly, 7th of 9, 8l behind Spirit Of The Bay at Chepstow 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug. TRUSTY SCOUT 28-1 Mid-division, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakening when hung left over 1f out, 9th of 11, 7l behind Sky Blue Thinking at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (6) pol. CABALLERO 14-1 Towards rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 3l behind Captain Corelli at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf. MUSTAVIM 28-1 Close up, pushed along 3f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 13, 8l behind Totally Charming at Wolverhampton 1m 1f nov auc stk (6) in Jul. SLEIGHT 40-1 Mid-division, ridden halfway, kept on one pace, 8th of 18, 6l behind Manumission at Thirsk 6f sell hcap (6) gf. NEW DELHI EXPRESS 28-1 Always towards rear, never on terms, tailed off and pulled up before the last, in a race won by Abington Park at Hexham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-105 (5) gd in Aug, 11 ran. WEE DRACULA 14-1 Towards rear, pushed along 3f out, kept on same pace from 2f out, 9th of 11, 16l behind Seven For A Pound at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Aug. HALLOW HALLIE unknown sire horse out of unknown dam. 3.20 RACINGTV.COM HANDICAP (5) (3-Y-O) 6f Winner £2,862 (11 run) RTV 1 (8) 460 The Thin Blue Line (43) K Dalgleish 9-7 (D)..... C Rodriguez 81 2 (10) 035 Water Of Leith (20) R Menzies 9-7 (D2)...............O Murphy 80 3 (9) 157 Impeller (24) T Easterby 9-6 (D2)..............................D Allan 79 4 (4) 117 Patsy Fagan (59) R Fahey 9-1 (D2)......................P Hanagan 65 5 (1) 222 Iris Dancer (18) T Davidson 9-0 (BF, D).................. P Dennis 78 6 (11) 491 Basharat (12) J R Jenkins 8-13 (D)........................ C Beasley 78 7 (5) 702 Elladora (32) K Scott 8-11.........................................J Hart 77 8 (2) 562 Kats Bob (44) I Jardine 8-11................................... A Mullen 76 9 (7) 609 Dandy’s Max (26) E Alston 8-2.............................P Mathers 81 10 (6) 384 Sixcor (3) Miss L Perratt 8-2................................. JP Sullivan 74 11 (3) 785 Toshack (108) I Jardine 8-2...................................J Gormley 56 BETTING: 4 Iris Dancer, 6 Water Of Leith, Elladora, 7 Basharat, Kats Bob, 8 The Thin Blue Line, Patsy Fagan, 12 Impeller, Sixcor, 14 Others. 2020: VINTAGE POLLY 9 4, Callum Rodriguez 12-1 (R Menzies), drawn (8), 11 ran. 3.50 MEMBERS OF HAMILTON PARK RACECOURSE HANDICAP (6) 5f Winner £2,322 (9 run) RTV 1 (5) 326 Mews House (3) G Tuer 4 9-12 (D4).......................O Murphy 66 2 (3) 756 Tomily (23) I Jardine 7 9-10 (D5).............................. A Mullen 75 3 (8) 380 Economic Crisis (7) A Berry 12 9-9 (CD6).........H Russell (3) 69 4 (9) 641 Albegone (7) T Easterby 3 9-8 (D)..............................D Allan 59 5 (7) 587 Shesadabber (23) M Mullineaux 5 9-6 (CD3)......... P Dennis 70 6 (6) 452 The Gloaming (8) I Jardine 3 9-6 (D).........................T Eaves 67 7 (1) 938 Angel Eyes (7) J Riches 6 8-10........................K Schofield (5) 59 8 (4) 000 Heer Me (26) D Whillans 4 8-10................. Joanna Mason (3) 24 9 (2) 386 Lancashire Life (21) Mrs Stella Barclay 3 8-9.F McManoman (3) 48 BETTING: 6-4 Albegone, 7-2 Mews House, 4 The Gloaming, 8 Tomily, 12 Lancashire Life, 14 Shesadabber, 16 Economic Crisis, 25 Angel Eyes, 66 Heer Me. 2020: SHESADABBER 4 9 5, Phil Dennis 11-2 (M Mullineaux), drawn (4), 12 ran. 4.20 ALEX MAC DONALD MEMORIAL CELEBRATION HANDICAP (6) 1m 4f Winner £2,322 (14 run) RTV 1 (13) 003 Ooh La Lah (12) J J Davies 4 9-7....................................G Lee 62 2 (8) 0-4 Port Or Starboard (39) B J Llewellyn 4 9-6..... Jordan Williams (7) 45 3 (7) -51 Card High (115) W Storey 11 9-6 (CD)....... Joanna Mason (3) 68 4 (10) 777 Dandy’s Angel (21) J Wainwright 4 9-5............H Russell (3) 67 5 (4) 164 Well Planted (115) J J Quinn 4 9-5 (D).......................J Hart 66 6 (1) 348 G For Gabrial (17) R Fahey 4 9-4 (D3)................P Hanagan 72 7 (11) 836 Ezanak (73) J Wainwright 8 9-2 (D).............................T Eaves 69 8 (6) 350 Edgar Allan Poe (33) Harvey Bastiman 7 9-1 (C2, D).D Allan 69 9 (2) 812 De Mazzaro (7) T Davidson 7 9-1 (BF, CD)............... P Dennis 68 10 (3) 165 Havana Go (8) I Jardine 6 8-12 (C)..........................J Gormley 70 11 (12) 338 Mistamel (12) I Jardine 9 8-12 (D).......................... A Mullen 65 12 (9) 804 Cheese And Wine (33) Ewan Whillans 4 8-12........... R Scott 62 13 (14) 333 The Brora Pobbles (18) Ewan Whillans 6 8-12.P J McDonald 63 14 (5) -05 Tsarmina (58) M Mullineaux 5 8-12.........F McManoman (3) 24 BETTING: 4 De Mazzaro, 5 Card High, 6 Havana Go, 7 Ooh La Lah, 10 Well Planted, Cheese And Wine, 12 The Brora Pobbles, Dandy’s Angel, 14 Others. 2020: TATTENHAMS 4 9 5, Charlie Bennett 13-8 Fav (A West), drawn (6), 10 ran. 4.50 STAY AT OUR ONSITE HOTEL HANDICAP (5) (3-Y-O) 1m 4f Winner £2,862 (7 run) RTV 1 (4) 241 Haveyoumissedme (13) I Jardine 10-2 (D)........... A Mullen 28 2 (3) 602 Doctor Parnassus (18) D O’Meara 9-13.......... D Tudhope 76 3 (2) 318 Prison Break (43) R Fahey 9-13 (D)...................P Hanagan 70 4 (5) 260 Carn A Chlamain (29) K Dalgleish 9-9............ C Rodriguez 73 5 (1) 513 Berry Edge (47) M Dods 9-7................................. C Beasley 72 6 (6) 061 Liberated Lad (12) I Williams 9-2........................... B Curtis 70 7 (7) 751 Hellenista (27) T Easterby 8-12 (D)..........................D Allan 70 BETTING: 9-4 Haveyoumissedme, 7-2 Hellenista, 4 Liberated Lad, 7 Berry Edge, 8 Doctor Parnassus, 10 Carn A Chlamain, Prison Break. 2020: No corresponding race. FORM GUIDE: HAVEYOUMISSEDME 13-8 Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) beating Mushirif by 1 1/4l, 8 ran. HELLENISTA 9-2 Slowly into stride, held up last, pushed along and headway out wide chasing leaders 3f out, challenged and hung right 2f out, led inside final 2f, ridden and stayed on well, won at Ripon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug beating Out Of Sight by 2l, 6 ran. Qitaal 1.45 Evocative Spark Omany Amber 2.20 Urban Violet Arctic Victory 2.50 Arctic Victory Elladora (nb) 3.20 Water Of Leith Shesadabber 3.50 Mews House De Mazzaro (nap) 4.20 Card High Liberated Lad 4.50 Hellenista SARABAND MAJOR BET PLUMPTON TOMORROW Going: Good to firmgood in places 2.10 J H BUILDERS MAIDEN HURDLE (GBB RACE) (4) 2m 2f Winner £4,084 (8 run) SSR 1 4/5 On The Meter (27) D Bridgwater 7 11-4......................B J Powell 94 2 54 Alioski (18) G Brown 4 11-2................................Paul O’Brien (3) 94 3 2 Galata Bridge (18) Dr R Newland 4 11-2 (BF)..S Twiston-Davies 119 4 Mickey Drippin C Poulton 4 11-2...........................M Batchelor — 5 424 Splinter (51) A Hales 4 11-2..........................................K Woods 121 6 2-7 Carole’s Tzarina (32) A Murphy 5 10-11....................J Quinlan 51 7 Anyonewhohadaheart Miss S West 4 10-9........ M Goldstein — 8 4 City Escape (14) S Humphrey 4 10-9........................ N Scholfield 58 BETTING: 4-5 Galata Bridge, 5-2 Splinter, 8 Alioski, 10 On The Meter, 20 Carole’s Tzarina, 25 Anyonewhohadaheart, 50 City Escape, Mickey Drippin. 2020: ZARRAR 5 10 12, Nick Scholfield 15-2 (R Guest), 8 ran. 2.40 HANDICAP HURDLE (3) 2m Winner £7,951 (6 run) SSR 1............................................................................................ 5-2 Glory And Fortune (133) T Lacey 6 11-12 (BF, D)...................... S Sheppard 135 2 10- Leroy Leroy J Boyle 5 11-7 (D2)..................................B J Powell — 3 834 Constancio (17) D McCain 8 11-2 (BF, CD)....................B Hughes 133 4 311 Manor Park B Barr 6 11-2 (D)................................P Cowley (3) 136 5 -14 Zuba N Gifford 5 10-6 (CD)............................................J M Davies 133 6 336 Sufi M Harris 7 10-4.....................................................K Jones (3) 135 BETTING: 15-8 Glory And Fortune, 5-2 Manor Park, 4 Zuba, 7 Leroy Leroy, 8 Constancio, 16 Sufi. 2020: GET BACK GET BACK 5 11 6, Sean Bowen 10-3 Fav (H Fry), 8 ran. FORM GUIDE: GLORY AND FORTUNE 2-1fav Prominent, led 2nd, dived at 3 out, mistake 2 out, soon driven and hung left, headed last, held flat, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Cotton End at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in May. MANOR PARK 9-4fav Always prominent, led 3 out, clear before next, easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jul beating First Quest by 10l, 7 ran. ZUBA 5-1 Midfield, keen, headway to chase leader after 4 out, ridden before 3 out, weakened, 4th of 9, 29l behind Fire Away at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul. LEROY LEROY 22-1 Chased leaders, raced keenly, steadied after 2nd, effort 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 15th of 17, 40l behind Lively Citizen at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) gs in Nov. CONSTANCIO 2-1fav Tracked leader, led narrowly 3rd, not fluent 4th and headed narrowly, losing touch when ridden after 2 out, no extra, 4th of 6, 7l behind Lucky Robin at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd. SUFI 25-1 Midfield, pushed along when not fluent 3 out, faded approaching last, 6th of 8, 24l behind Alqamar at Cartmel 2m 1f (3) gd in Jul. 3.10 PETER EARL MEMORIAL HANDICAP CHASE (4) 2m 1f Winner £4,275 (5 run) SSR 1 112 Romanor (15) Seamus Mullins 7 11-12 (D)..............D Sansom (3) 119 2 7P4 Lord Schnapps (17) Dr R Newland 8 11-9.......S Twiston-Davies 124 3 233 Dogon (19) P Nicholls 6 11-9.................................... Bryony Frost 120 4 U64 Away For Slates (15) M Harris 11 11-5 (D)...........M Bastyan (3) 121 5 464 Court Jurado (36) D McCain 7 10-7............................B Hughes 121 BETTING: 13-8 Romanor, 9-4 Dogon, 4 Lord Schnapps, 7 Court Jurado, 10 Away For Slates. 2020: CAROLINES CHARM 6 11 7, Robbie Dunne 5-1 (N Mulholland), 6 ran. FORM GUIDE: ROMANOR 9-2 Held up, headway to chase leader 4th, led 6th, clear 3 out until after 2 out, soon headed, no impression last, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Larch Hill at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd. DOGON 10-3 Led, going easily 3 out, not fluent 2 out, no extra soon after, 3rd of 6, 15l behind Cheltenam De Vaige at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug. LORD SCHNAPPS 11-2 Led narrowly, headed 2nd, chased leading pair 3rd, ridden and not fluent 3 out, weakened before last, last of 4, 46l behind Caddyhill at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd. COURT JURADO 10-1 Chased leaders, went second 4 out, ridden and weakened 3f out, 4th of 7, 31l behind Captain Cobajay at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (5) gd in Aug. AWAY FOR SLATES 40-1 Chased winner until 2nd, outpaced 4 out, well beaten from next, 4th of 7, 23l behind Larch Hill at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd. 3.40 STRONG FLAVOURS CATERING JUVENILE HURDLE (GBB RACE) (4) (3-Y-O) 2m 2f Winner £4,357 (12 run) SSR 1 221 Fred Bear (27) Miss S West 11-5.............................. M Goldstein 99 2 7 Aggagio G L Moore 10-12...................................... Joshua Moore 40 3 Babajan A Murphy 10-12.............................................J Quinlan — 4 8 Business Flight (18) G Brown 10-12................Paul O’Brien (3) 30 5 Epic Pass B Barr 10-12.............................................P Cowley (3) — 6 Impulsive One N Henderson 10-12..............................J Bowen — 7 4 Prey For Glory (27) D P Quinn 10-12........................T J O’Brien 54 8 55 Sir Taweel (14) N King 10-12................................. Bryony Frost 33 9 P4 Tara Iti (14) G L Moore 10-12..................................Jamie Moore 47 10 1 The Yellow Mini (14) M Wigham 10-12 (D).............. G Sheehan 113 11 7P Baby Sham (27) Seamus Mullins 10-5...................... A Thorne (5) 83 12 45 Dark Motive (18) J Snowden 10-5........................... Page Fuller 88 BETTING: 11-4 The Yellow Mini, 3 Fred Bear, 10-3 Impulsive One, 8 Dark Motive, 12 Babajan, 14 Aggagio, Tara Iti, Epic Pass, 25 Others. 2020: PEAT MOSS 10 12, David Noonan 11-1 (N Hawke), 8 ran. 4.10 HANDICAP HURDLE (5) 2m 4f 114yds Winner £2,832 (14 run) SSR 1 637 One Handsome Dude (11) A West 6 11-12 (CD)......... L Edwards 102 2 690 Top Man (54) C Gordon 7 11-12 (CD).............................. T Cannon 97 3 72- Imphal G L Moore 7 11-10 (BF).............................. Joshua Moore 108 4 U41 Bagan (15) Seamus Mullins 7 11-8 (D)..........................K Jones (3) 106 5 P-P My Boy James (82) Mrs L Mongan 9 11-5...........N F Houlihan (5) — 6 55- Jumping Cats (168) G L Moore 6 11-2 (BF)..............Jamie Moore 106 7 113 Andapa (31) M Roberts 7 11-1 (BF, C)...........................T J O’Brien 108 8 59- Sixties Secret (168) Miss S West 6 10-13 (CD).......... M Goldstein 108 9 -7U Jumping Jack P Butler 7 10-9 (C)............................ A Thorne (5) 111 10 127 Kilchreest Moon (66) Henry Oliver 10 10-8 (BF)... N Scholfield 106 11 6P3 Strike The Flint (14) Miss Suzy Smith 7 10-0 (C).... H Bannister 106 12 -8F Watchman (67) Mrs N Evans 7 10-0............................ J Dixon (5) 109 13 853 Mr Yeats (62) M Harris 4 10-0.................................M Bastyan (3) 103 14 P08 Bullsempire (11) C Hobson 8 10-0..............Tabitha Worsley (5) — BETTING: 4 Imphal, 9-2 Bagan, 5 Jumping Cats, 7 Andapa, 8 Kilchreest Moon, 10 Top Man, 12 One Handsome Dude, Strike The Flint, Sixties Secret, 14 Others. 2020: SIXTIES SECRET 5 11 0, Niall Houlihan(7) 17-2 (Miss S West), 12 ran. 4.40 NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE (5) 2m 4f Winner £3,050 (6 run) SSR 1 142 Air Hair Lair (27) Miss S West 5 11-12 (BF)............. M Goldstein 90 2 3-2 Valentine’s Turf (118) Christian Williams 6 11-11..... A Wedge — 3 243 Outlaw Jack (11) J Farrelly 9 11-9..............................B J Powell — 4 543 Game In The Park (15) N King 8 10-12........................J Quinlan 102 5 285 Hold Me Tight (18) P Gundry 7 10-12..................... N Scholfield 104 6 F98 Pirate Sam (54) D Bridgwater 6 10-12...................M Bastyan (3) 78 BETTING: 2 Air Hair Lair, 5-2 Valentine’s Turf, 4 Outlaw Jack, 7 Hold Me Tight, Game In The Park, 16 Pirate Sam. 2020: CAPTAIN SPEAKING 5 11 10, Joshua Moore 11-4 Fav (N Littmoden), 8 ran. 5.10 SKY SPORTS RACING OPEN NH FLAT RACE (GBB RACE) (5) 2m 2f Winner £2,178 (5 run) SSR 1 -31 Strensham Court (15) S Drinkwater 6 11-7..........D Burton (5) 121 2 70- Noahthirtytwored (174) A West 5 11-0............Jamie Moore — 3 Harptree Hill N Mulholland 4 10-12......................... S Bowen — 4 26 Sister Sophie (49) Christian Williams 5 10-7................ A Wedge 129 5 86 Triptothecity (15) N King 4 10-5......................... Bryony Frost 41 BETTING: 8-11 Strensham Court, 5-2 Sister Sophie, 4 Harptree Hill, 50 Triptothecity, Noahthirtytwored. 2020: ON MY COMMAND 4 10 5, Jack Quinlan 10-3 Fav (A Murphy), 7 ran. Galata Bridge 2.10 Splinter Leroy Leroy 2.40 Manor Park Dogon 3.10 Lord Schnapps The Yellow Mini 3.40 Impulsive One Imphal 4.10 Bagan Air Hair Lair 4.40 Valentine’s Turf Strensham Court 5.10 Sister Sophie SARABAND MAJOR BET

70 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Cricket Campbell is eager to dish out big hits of her own Ami Campbell feels like she has taken “hit after hit after hit” over the last few months – but now the Northern Diamonds’ ace is ready to land a knockout blow herself. Newcastle-born Campbell struggled for early-season form before spending the opening stages of the Hundred on the sidelines with the Northern Superchargers. She then contracted coronavirus during the second half of that competition but returned in style last weekend with a season-best 48 in a Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy win for the Diamonds against Thunder at Durham. It was a victory which put her side top of the table and set up a mouth-watering group finale tomorrow against second-placed Southern Vipers at the Ageas Bowl (10.30). The two sides are level on 23 points, separated by net run-rate. Central Sparks are third on 22. Both the Diamonds and Vipers know a bonus-point win will qualify them directly for the final at Northampton next Saturday, while the strength of the Diamonds’ run-rate means a fourpoint win will likely do the trick even if Sparks win with a bonus point against Lightning. A tie at the Ageas Bowl and a Sparks win would see them advance to the final and the Diamonds and Vipers meet again on Wednesday in an eliminator. Campbell, 30, said: “I was quite poorly with Covid and was a good five days in bed. I lost my smell and taste, suffered headaches. “I had 10 days in isolation and another two weeks not playing. “It was heartbreaking, especially when you’ve not a had a great start to the season. “The Hundred knocked me massively confidence-wise because I didn’t get selected. “When I could have potentially been selected at the end, that’s when I had Covid. It was almost like hit after hit after hit. “If I didn’t really want to do well with my cricket I think that would have tipped me over the edge and I’d have cut the season short and taken a break - but I’m desperate to do well and was willing to do anything to get back. “I’m a big believer that things will fall into place at the right time. Fingers crossed, Sunday was the start of things turning for me.” Geographically, the obvious regional rivalry comes between the Diamonds and the Lancashire-based Thunder, whom they thumped last weekend. Campbell’s innings supplemented half-centuries for Sterre Kalis (57), Bess Heath (78) and Beth Langston (57) to post 294-6. The visiting reply was then limited to 189-8 as Katie Levick claimed 4-34. Campbell added: “That’s how we play when we’re at our best. “The team’s feeling really strong at the moment. Everything’s working well.” Pakistan tours on a knife edge after Kiwis pull out England will decide in the next 48 hours whether their planned Twenty20 internationals in Pakistan will go ahead after New Zealand abandoned their tour of the country over security concerns. The Black Caps were due to play Pakistan yesterday in the first of three one-day internationals in Rawalpindi before moving to Lahore for a fivematch Twenty20 series - but pulled out of the tour on the morning of the first match. New Zealand Cricket said the team would return home “following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground”. England are due to play Pakistan in back-to-back men’s Twenty20 internationals in Rawalpindi on October 13th and 14th. England Women also have Twenty20 matches scheduled against Pakistan on the same dates before three one-day internationals on October 17th, 19th and 21st. An ECB spokesperson said: “We’re aware of New Zealand’s decision to pull out of the Pakistan tour due to a security alert. “We are liaising with our security team who are on the ground in Pakistan to fully understand the situation. “The ECB board will then decide in Champions are up for a promotion showdown CONSETT and Seaham Park face off this afternoon for the right to play in Division One of the Dukes North East Premier League next season. The Spa Grounds, home of Shotley Bridge Cricket Club, is the venue for the winner-takes-all clash which brings the local league campaign to a close. It brings together two of this summer’s league champions. Consett lifted the Northumberland and Tyneside > > England’s Jos Buttler in action against Pakistan in the T20 International at Old Trafford in July North east premier league League title while Seaham Park prevailed in Division One of the the Readers Durham and North East League. Consett skipper Stuart Graham said: “We are looking forward to the game but unfortunately we will be without our professional Azim Kazi. “He has returned to India for the start of their domestic season.” the next 24-48 hours whether our planned tour should proceed.” New Zealand Cricket said it would not comment on the details of the security threat. NZC chief executive David White said: “I understand this will be a blow for the PCB, who have been wonderful hosts, but player safety is paramount and we believe this is the only responsible option.” In a statement of its own, the Pakistan Cricket Board expressed disappointment in the decision and said it was willing to continue the series. “Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series,” the statement said. “Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan Government made foolproof security arrangements for all visiting teams. We have assured New Zealand Cricket of the same. “The Pakistan Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in Also absent are Robbie Winn and Andy Stokoe, Steven Turnbull, Andy Forster and Ewan McCabe drafted in. Graham added: “Ewan has fared well in the all-rounder stakes throughout the season. “In his 38 outings he has managed 36 wickets at 20 apiece and a respectable 22 average with the bat. the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team. “The security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the Pakistan Government throughout their stay here. “PCB is willing to continue the scheduled matches. “However, cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed by this last-minute withdrawal.” Last week the final Test between England and India was called off at the last minute as the tourists reported a number of Covid-19 cases within their camp, while England have postponed their own planned tour of Bangladesh to 2023. “Steven and Andy have also not let the side down either during their appearances.” Seaham Park skipper Dale Shaw said: “The club has had great success this summer. “We have achieved what we wanted to do - not only with the first and second teams but with our junior sides who have also done very well. “This game is a testament to the club and the committee for all their hard work this season.”

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 71 tennis / golf Will Europe’s experience or the youth of USA take Cup honours? YOUTH versus experience. Enthusiasm and a lack of scar tissue from previous defeats against grizzled veterans who have seen it all before. That is one way to view the 43rd Ryder Cup between the United States and Europe at Whistling Straits, a view which has a lot to commend it. For the first time since their comfortable victory at Valhalla in 2008, half of the US team is made up of rookies - albeit rookies with impressive claims to fame. Collin Morikawa was still a university student during the last Ryder Cup in Paris but has since won the 2020 US PGA and this year’s Open Championship to be the leading automatic qualifier for Steve Stricker’s side. Patrick Cantlay claimed his place on the team in style, shooting 27 under par in the BMW Championship before beating Bryson DeChambeau in a six-hole play-off to claim his third win of the season. Cantlay then won the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup title for good measure and is likely to resume his Presidents Cup partnership with good friend and fellow rookie Xander Schauffele, who also happens to be the Olympic champion. Harris English, Daniel Berger and Scottie Scheffler have less immediately eye-catching CVs but world number 21 Scheffler is the lowestranked player on the team, which includes eight of the top 10 and has a record-low average ranking of 9.0. Europe can boast the world number one in Spain’s Jon Rahm - but the US Open champion is the only one of the team inside the world’s top 10 and the average ranking of Padraig Harrington’s side is 30.08. Even if world number 61 Bernd Wiesberger had not qualified and Harrington had given Justin Rose (42nd) a wild card, that would have only brought the average age down to 28.5. The other big discrepancy is in the ages of the two sides. When Europe last won on American soil at Medinah in 2012, Paul Lawrie was their only player over the age of 40. At Whistling Straits their side will contain four players in their 40s - including a 48-year-old Lee Westwood who has not had a top-20 finish since March and lost all three of his matches on his last appearance in 2016. The oldest player in the American team is Dustin Johnson at 37. The next after him are Tony Finau and Harris English at 32. The home side may also benefit from the absence of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson - experienced players with poor Ryder Cup records - and also Patrick Reed, the self-styled ‘Captain America’ who has become a disruptive influence in the team room. Add in the fact the crowd will be even more one-sided than usual due to travel restrictions preventing large numbers of European fans from attending and it is easy to see why the United States are odds-on favourites to regain the trophy. Yet despite Europe winning seven of the last nine contests, five of the last six were won by the home side and it took a “miracle” at Medinah to prevent that being six out of six. So who will come out on top in the battle between youth and experience? > > Close House touring professional Lee Westwood, 48, will feature for an experienced European Ryder Cup team next week “Hopefully it will work out better for us than it will for them,” said Europe wild card Sergio Garcia, the contest’s all-time record points scorer. “I can see what they are trying to do. I can see they need new energy in there. They need new experiences. “It’s always a double-edged sword I guess. It’s going to be interesting to see how they all react to it all.” Raducanu still reeling a week on from glory Emma Raducanu revealed she spent her first night back in the UK watching a replay of her US Open final victory. The 18-year-old arrived back at home in Bromley on Thursday, five days after her historic victory in New York. Raducanu spent Friday morning doing the rounds of breakfast TV and radio and revealed:“I think it’s gradually sinking in a bit more. “Last night I re-watched the final and tried to relive a couple of the moments and remember how it felt. “It’s still such a whirlwind of an experience. I’ve loved every moment of it. It is something which is very difficult to fully comprehend. “When I was watching it it almost felt like that was not me who was playing and pulling off some of those shots. “I knew exactly what was going to happen but still there were some very tense moments and I was really proud of how I came through some of those moments. “The timeout at the end, I didn’t realise how stressful that was watching on TV.” Raducanu has spoken of how her parents’ strict approach helped her become a grand slam champion. Of her welcome home, the teenager said: “They just gave me a hug when I came back, nothing crazy. My mum made some really good homemade dumplings. “Just reassurance in saying they’re proud of me is enough.” Raducanu has not yet treated herself to anything with the £1.8million prize money she won. Both the teenager’s parents are in finance and the teenager added: “I know tennis is an extremely expensive sport so it will probably go towards that.” Raducanu became an A-list celebrity overnight, receiving a last-minute invitation to the glitzy Met Gala in New York. She said: “I found out the night before and it was amazing. I was so grateful to get the opportunity to go. The performances were amazing. “I managed to see Lewis Hamilton, which was really cool because I’m a huge motorsports fan.” Along with a letter of congratulations from the Queen, Raducanu also spoke on the phone to Prime Minister Boris When I was watching it, it almost felt like that was not me who was playing and pulling off some of those shots. I knew exactly what was going to happen but still there were some very tense moments Emma Raducanu (pictured) Johnson.She said: “It was really nice of him and he congratulated me but we also spoke about how we both wanted to try to inspire more kids into grassroots tennis and get more young children involved. “Hopefully my win can show you can live a normal life and achieve great things.” Raducanu has been inundated with praise for her achievement, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp calling her “the talent of the century”. She went on: “I think women’s tennis at the moment is extremely strong and the depth t the game has, all of the players can pretty much win every event. “I’m really grateful to Jurgen Klopp for his comments.” Raducanu is now one of the world’s most marketable athletes and is sure to be showered with offers of endorsements - but she vowed to keep her eye firmly on the ball. She said: “I won’t overcommit myself. “I’ll just take it as it is and the most important thing for me is still my tennis and improving and training. I won’t let any commitments get in the way of that. “My goal now is just to keep improving and maximising my potential and what I can do. “I feel like even though I won the US Open there are still many, many aspects of my game which can improve.” Raducanu will take some time at home to rest and recover before deciding where to make her next appearance on tour, with Indian Wells next month the leading candidate.

72 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Rugby union Bath debut for Cipriani in clash with old side Sale Danny Cipriani will make his first appearance in 10 months after being given his Bath debut in today’s Gallagher Premiership clash with Sale. Cipriani left Gloucester abruptly having made just one appearance last season in the round one defeat at Leicester and after taking a sabbatical he moved to the Recreation Ground. Although available for the business end of Bath’s 2020-21 campaign, he was not selected and instead will make his first appearance in today’s trip to Manchester. Cipriani, who turns 34 in November, has been installed as first choice fly-half while 19- year-old Orlando Bailey continues his development and will be responsible for shaping the club’s attack. He won the last of his 16 caps in 2018, unable to convince Eddie Jones of his value to England despite being named players’ player of the year and Premiership player of the year in 2019. “Danny’s been great. He’s obviously been out of the game a long time, so there’s a big excitement for him to get back and get the ball in his hands and get playing,” Bath director of rugby Stuart Hooper said. “I want him to enjoy himself, I want him to play games with a smile on his face and be the dominant attacking force that we’ve seen him be previously.” Meanwhile, Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam has signed a fiveyear contract extension which will keep him at Ashton Gate until 2028. The Bears’ most successful coach of the professional era presided over the 2020 European Challenge triumph and steered the club to a first-place finish at the end of the 2020-21 Gallagher Premiership regular season. Lam’s previous contract was due to expire in 2023 but Bristol have moved to secure the 52-yearold former All Black on a longterm basis. “It’s an absolute honour to continue as director of rugby at Bristol. To have the opportunity to work with a great group of people and to represent our community with pride and love is very special,” Lam said. “While we have come a long way in the last four years, I’m really excited by what is still to come as we challenge all of us individually and collectively to raise the bar every day.” Bristol finished three points clear of second-place Exeter last season only to then meet an inspired Harlequins, who fought back from 28-0 down to triumph 43-36 in a breathtaking semifinal. The Bears, who finished third in 2020, began the new Premiership campaign last night by suffering a 26-9 home defeat to Saracens on the visitors’ first game back in the top flight. THE PREVIEW: Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins Fifty games for Mulipola as Falcons take on Quins Logovi’i Mulipola makes his 50th appearance for Newcastle Falcons tomorrow when they kick-off their Gallagher Premiership season at home to champions Harlequins. The Samoan international prop packs down at loose-head side in a team which features a first-team debut for former Leeds Rhinos’ rugby league wing Iwan Stephens – son of ex-Wales rugby union international Colin Stephens. A rib injury picked up in last weekend’s win at Edinburgh means summer signing Mike Brown misses out on the chance to face his former club, while Mark Wilson and Luther Burrell are both absent due to knee injuries. Adam Radwan starts on the right wing after scoring a hat-trick on his England debut in July, with Trevor Davison, another England debutant in the summer, starting at tight-head prop. Will Welch captains the side from the open-side flank as the Falcons aim to repeat the 25-22 victory they enjoyed over Harlequins on their last visit to the North East. Scrum-half Cameron Nordli- Kelemeti could make his Gallagher Premiership debut from the bench after spending the majority of last season on loan at Jersey, while George Wacokecoke is also among the replacements having scored in Newcastle Falcons’ pre-season victories away to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Playing the champions on the opening weekend gives you a measure of where you are and everybody’s up for it. “We know we’re playing against a side which is very unpredictable, we’ll fight until the end and we’re not in a bad place going into it.” Having seen his side win all three of its warm-up games away to Glasgow (7-12), at home to Doncaster > > Falcons’ Iwan Stephens is tackled by Ratu Tagive of Glasgow Warriors during the friendly earlier this month > > Logovi’i Mulipola makes his 50th appearance for Newcastle Falcons tomorrow (33-29) and away to Edinburgh (10- 26), the Falcons’ boss joked: “I hate winning pre-season friendlies. “Historically I’ve always worried if the boys win all their games – but to be fair to the squad they seem in good shape mentally. “Even on the field we’re putting it together and this weekend it’s a case of turning up with a real focus and making it happen. We know it will be a hard game against a good side but it’s a game we can win. “We’ve had a better pre-season this year because we’ve gone from one season into another rather than having an eight-month gap between games. “That’s allowed us to be sharper and more balanced, and across the three games I’ve been happy with a We know we’re playing against a side which is very unpredictable, we’ll fight until the end and we’re not in a bad place going into it lot of what we’ve done. We’ve had questions asked of us, we’ve been found wanting at times in certain areas but we’ve found a way to come out the other side of it. “We’ve been challenged by our opposition, we’ve worked hard to find the answers and I think the boys are in good nick.” A variety of law changes for the new season include the new 50:22 kick and goal-line drop-outs with Richards (below) asked if this placed more of an emphasis on ‘attacking rugby.’ He said: “If you look at the international game you’d say it’s predominantly defence-oriented in terms of how far up the field teams will choose to play but I think in the club game there’s scope for a maverick team like Harlequins last season to come in and win the league with much more of a running style of game. “I think the new laws to a small extent might bring about more attacking play but we have to be careful in assuming that’s what everyone wants. “I could name six or seven clubs off the top of my head whereby the home crowd would be just as happy watching a good 7-7 or 10-3 as long as the intensity Dean Richards and accuracy is there and they’re not there for the basketball approach. “We have to be careful we don’t go down the Super Rugby route, where coincidentally they’re losing fans. “I think for lots of supporters in this part of the world rugby is a gladiatorial game and we want to make sure they get that intensity inside the stadiums rather than just catering for people sat at home. “A procession of 53-45 basketball games might look good on TV but it becomes a bit monotonous for your rank-and-file supporter who pays at the turnstile. “I love a good 12-10 as much as anything if it’s a quality game with that high level of intensity and topclass defence and I think if you ask your regular rugby fan a lot of them would say the same. “We’ve drifted away from that a little bit as a sport and we may end up losing the spectators who like that gladiatorial type of contest if we don’t keep an eye on it.” Newcastle Falcons team v Harlequins (Sunday, 3.00, Kingston Park Stadium, live on BT Sport 1) : 15 Tom Penny, 14 Adam Radwan, 13 Ben Stevenson, 12 Pete Lucock, 11 Iwan Stephens, 10 Brett Connon, 9 Louis Schreuder; 1 Logovi’i Mulipola, 2 George McGuigan, 3 Trevor Davison, 4 Greg Peterson, 5 Sean Robinson, 6 Philip van der Walt, 7 Will Welch (captain), 8 Carl Fearns. Replacements: 16 Jamie Blamire, 17 Kyle Cooper, 18 Mark Tampin, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Connor Collett, 21 Cameron Nordli-Kelemeti, 22 Will Haydon- Wood, 23 George Wacokecoke.

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 73 football THE MATCH: England 8 Nth Macedonia 0, World Cup Qualifier Wiegman era off to a winning start SARINA Wiegman could not have wished for an easier start to life as England manager as she watched her new side thrash North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier at St Mary’s. Appointed last year, this was former Holland boss Wiegman’s first game at the helm, a number of wasted chances the only complaint she could have as the Lionnesses outclassed their visitors. England had waited 804 days for a competitive fixture but this was one by name only as they breezed to victory - Ellen White and Beth England helping themselves to braces with Ella Toone and Beth Mead on target and two own goals further widening the gap. With North Macedonia sitting some 123 places below England in the FIFA rankings, this was never likely to be a close contest - and the scoreline should have been even bigger but for profligate finishing in front of 8,214 fans on the south coast. Mead’s low cross was steered just wide of the post by White as England predictably started on the front foot. Toone - picking up her third cap after an impressive start to the WSL season at Manchester United - could only head wide when picked out free 10 yards from goal. She would make amends just moments later, latching on to a perfect through ball from Leah Williamson and hitting a weak shot which somehow beat Suarta Dervishi in the visitors’ goal. Lauren Hemp was the next to miss a good chance, heading wide from six yards out. Toone’s evening looked to be over as she went down in tears following an innocuous challenge but she was thankfully back on the pitch to help England finally double their lead. She was involved in the build-up, keeping the ball alive before Macedonian defender Sara Kolarovska slid in and accidentally directed the ball into the path of White, who made no mistake. Further calamitous defending allowed England to go in at half-time three goals to the good, Dervishi missing her attempt at punching clear a Mead corner, Julija Zivikj then turning into her own goal. Wiegman introduced Arsenal pair Lotte Wubben-Moy and Nikita Parris just after the hour, moments before the fourth goal was scored. Captain for the night Williamson was tripped outside the box by the unfortunate Zivikj but referee Maria Madrona pointed for a penalty, White converting her second of the night. Jill Scott rattled the crossbar having come off the bench before fellow substitute England struck, heading home from point-blank range. Moments later and Kolarovska was next to turn into her own net, getting herself all tied up by a Mead cross and converting past Dervishi. Parris missed chances to extend the lead before England headed home in the last minute and Mead got in on the act to complete the rout. > > England’s Bethany England (right) celebrates with teammate Jill Scott after scoring her side’s fifth goal against North Macedonia

74 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 non-league football FOOTBALL shorts ARSENAL Signings will boost morale Mikel Arteta believes it was crucial Arsenal’s summer signings not only improved his side on the pitch but also in the dressing room. Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard all started last week’s 1-0 win over Norwich, while fellow new arrival Nuno Tavares was an unused sub. The harmony of the dressing room has reportedly been threatened on a number of occasions in recent times but Arteta is pleased to have addressed that this summer. The one-time Newcastle managerial target said: “You have to create energy between each other. To do that there has to be some affection, some love, some belief between them.” Manchester United Deals put club on right track Ed Woodward is “more confident than ever” Manchester United are on the “right track” having signed the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. Last season’s Premier League and Europa League runners-up followed up deals for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane by re-signing club great Ronaldo. While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under fire after a shock 2-1 loss at Young Boys, executive vice-chairman Woodward is sure they are on the right track. He said: “We have been clear in our strategy to build a squad with a blend of top-class recruits and homegrown talent, comprising a balance of youth and experience, with the aim of winning trophies and playing attacking football the Manchester United way.” Tottenham hotspur South America rebels available Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo says Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez will be considered for selection against Chelsea tomorrow. All three players have been in Croatia for the last 10 days following their decision to defy Premier League rules and travel to South America for World Cup qualifiers. Lo Celso and Romero travelled to Argentina while Sanchez was in Colombia, meaning they would have had to do a hard quarantine had they come straight back to England. Instead, they circumvented that by going to Croatia, where rules are relaxed, and will return to England and train with team-mates today. Watson: We just have to battle on until injury list reduces JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD look set to plough on with low numbers until they have a couple of players back from long-term injuries. Defender Elliot Forbes and midfield anchor Jack Hunter are back in light training but are some way from a return. Forbes is likely to be the first back, midfield duo Danny Greenfield and Luke Williams longer-term casualties. Gateshead had only had 15 players in each of their three games on the road last week, a figure which should rise to 16 today. Teenage prodigy Connor Pani is back but with seven substitutes allowed in the FA Cup the Heed will still be two short. They could bring in a couple of academy players to fill the bench but are likely to go with five substitutes. Pani scored Gateshead Under-18s’ goal in their FA Youth Cup tie at Spennymoor Town in midweek. The 17-year-old was also on the mark during the Tynesiders’ triumphant penalty shoot-out win at the Brewery Field. Gateshead will hope to replicate their youngsters and ladies team success in their respective FA knockout competitions by progressing in the FA Cup. Standing in their way today is fellow National League North side Pep Guardiola has refused to back down or apologise after calling for “more people” to attend Manchester City’s clash with Southampton today. The City boss sparked a debate over attendances when he said would like a bigger crowd at the Etihad Stadium than the 38,062 that watched Wednesday’s Champions League victory over RB Leipzig. Those comments went down badly with some fans who felt that, as they indirectly highlighted the number of empty seats at the 54,000-capacity arena, their loyalty was being questioned. Kevin Parker, the general secretary Bradford Park Avenue, whose only win was at Darlington earlier this month. Despite a lack of numbers Gateshead have started the season well with three wins and just one defeat from their first six games. They have scored three goals in three of those games and have won both of their matches at the International Stadium. Maintaining their 100% record on home soil in the cup will see the Heed bag £3,375 in prize money with £1,125 going to the losers. Progression through the three qualifying rounds will boost the club’s finances to the tune of £18,375 - a not unsubstantial amount. Gateshead fell at the first hurdle in the Cup last season but reached the first round proper the previous year, losing narrowly to Oldham. Assistant boss Ian Watson is aware of the importance of the FA Cup, particularly to non-league clubs. “The first-round game against Oldham is something we’d like to revisit and we want to get as far through the rounds as we can,” said Watson. “At this level the FA Cup is massive for clubs. It comes with financial benefits and we feel any game at home is winnable. “The fact we’ve drawn another team from our league makes it more difficult because there are no easy games in National League North. “However, we’re at home and in of City’s official supporters’ club, labelled the remarks “disappointing and uncalled for” and suggested Guardiola should stick to coaching. He added the manager should be more considerate of the reasons why people are unable to attend certain games. Guardiola, however, was in no mood to retract his statement, saying his comments have been widely misinterpreted. The Spaniard says he > > Former Newcastle U23s’ captain Owen Bailey has settled into life across the Tyne at Gateshead PICTURE: Charlie Waugh good form. We will look to take the game to Bradford for what we expect will be a tough game.” Watson has indicated the squad will still be depleted with no one coming in to bolster the ranks. He added: “We’ll be pretty much the same as we have been with no fresh faces, though Pani is back after illness. “He has trained this week and played in the FA Youth Cup on Thursday, so he will be an extra body.” Former Newcastle under-23s captain Owen Bailey has deputised impressively for the injured Hunter in a holding midfield role. Sidelined for 538 days due to a serious knee injury while at Newcastle, Bailey linked up with Gateshead in the summer. He was close to his first goal for the Heed when his header at Southport two weeks ago was tipped on to the bar and is enjoying life on the other side of the Tyne. was speaking more generally about the benefits of playing at a full house in a tough game. The ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss said: “Did I say after the game against Leipzig I was disappointed because the stadium was not full? “An interpretation is interpretation. “I’m not going to apologise for what I said. I’m surprised about what happened with this man (Parker). “I made an approach Bailey said: “We have had a decent start to the season and I’m loving it at Gateshead, where I already knew a few of the players. “It is a proper taste of senior football, which is what I needed really. “I wanted to pitch myself as high as possible and had been on trial at a couple of clubs. “Nothing came about but Gateshead became a real option and I haven’t looked back to be honest. “I am enjoying playing regularly after missing a lot of time on the pitch over the last two years. “Playing Saturday and then Monday recently is something I have never done in my life. “All the doubts in my mind about my injury are gone and I’m looking forward to showing what I can do and putting the injury worries behind me. “The set-up at Gateshead is great and the day-to-day stuff we do is not a million miles away from what we did at Newcastle.” Guardiola refusing to back down in crowd row to do something together again on Saturday at 3.00. What I said was we would love, and need, their support. “Whether it’s 10,000 people, 40,000 or 50,000 – it doesn’t matter how many people come. We need their support. “If you want to join us we will be incredibly happy if you come to the next game because I know how difficult it will be. “I’d prefer to be with my people than without my people but if you can’t come, don’t come. “I never have the words to say, ‘Why didn’t you come?’ Mr Parker should review the comments.”

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 75 non-league football Wat a Cup occasion as Hornets face York tester UTS hope to be Dun with poor results NPL East MARK CARRUTHERS Hebburn Town manager Kevin Bolam is relishing the opportunity to pit his wits against former Newcastle United favourite Steve Watson today. The Hornets face Watson’s York City in their first FA Cup second qualifying round tie for a decade. The meeting with the National League North club offers a significant challenge for Bolam and his players as they take on a Minstermen side sat two levels above them in the non-league system. However, the Hornets’ boss has revealed his determination to use the experience to help the club “move forwards,” no matter what the result is later this afternoon. He said: “From a personal point of view it’s a fantastic tie. “I watched Steve many a time from the stands at St James Park and playing a side managed by him makes the day even more special. “We can dream, it’s the FA Cup, and it allows clubs like us to dream. “However, we are also realistic and we know it’s a massive task ahead of us on Saturday. “We will enjoy the day no matter what, we will use the experience to move forwards and we will have a go and see what happens.” Bolam confirmed experienced trio Damen Mullen, Michael McKeown and Darren Lough will be available. Blyth Spartans will check on the fitness of Dan Maguire and Nathan Buddle ahead of their home tie with Northern P r e m i e r League club FC United of Manchester. > > Hebburn Town manager Kevin Bolam is taking his Hornets side to Steve Watson’s York Spartans manager Michael Nelson is hoping to receive positive news ahead of what he called “a tough game.” He told The Journal: “We may have players back so we can give them s o m e v i t a l gametime. “It is a big boost because we have been without some key players. The squad has been coping well but the return of those players will give us a bit of a lift. “It will be a tough game but we are expecting a good crowd here because I am sure they will bring a few and I am sure we will have a lot of support behind us.” Managerless Morpeth Town have a number of injury problems ahead of their tie with Lancaster City. Liam Henderson, Wayne Phillips, Chris Reid, Connor Oliver, Sam Hodgson and Stephen Forster are all expected to miss the game at Craik Park. Ben Ramsey could return to contention and caretaker manager Craig Lynch will check on the fitness of experienced striker Carl Finnigan. South Shields also have injury concerns ahead of their trip to Marske United. Mariners’ boss Graham Fenton will be missing Joao Gomes (knee), Nathan Lowe (hamstring) and Jordan Hunter (broken arm) as his side faces a tough-looking tie against the Seasiders. There will be one new face in the South Shields squad after the South Tynesiders confirmed the loan signing of Accrington Stanley youngster Dan Martin. Liam O’Sullivan (injured) and James Fairley (cup-tied) will miss out for their hosts. Dunston UTS are in league action this weekend as they look to end a poor run of form with a home win against Yorkshire outfit Frickley Athletic. Boss Chris Swailes will check on the fitness of defender Craig Scott, winger Luke Porritt and forward Lee Mason as his side looks to end a disappointing sequence of four consecutive defeats. One confirmed absentee is midfielder Michael Pearson as he serves a suspension following the red card he received in last weekend’s defeat at league leaders Liversedge. Shildon are also back in action as they look to continue their impressive start to life in step four. Daniel Moore’s Railwaymen travel to Bridlington Town with the aim of extending a fine run of form consisting of just one defeat in their opening seven league fixtures. Goalkeeper Shaun Newbrook is available again after he completed a three-match suspension for the red card he was shown in the FA Cup first qualifying round defeat against South Shields. Stockton Town head into their tie at National League North club Curzon Ashton looking to make club history as a victory in the North West would see the Anchors reach the third qualifying round for the first time. Long-serving captain Adam Nicholson will miss the tie as he serves a suspension. Spennymoor Town and Darlington both face fellow National League North opposition as the Moors travel to AFC Fylde and the Quakers host Chester at Blackwell Meadows. Darlington will be able to field loan signing Jake Cooper after he was given permission to play by parent club Rotherham United. Northern league North Shields assistant manager Anthony Woodhouse is “fully aware” of the threat posed by today’s opponents Newton Aycliffe. The two sides were heavily tipped for success in Northern League Division One this season but head into this afternoon’s meeting at the Daren Persson Stadium sat outside of the promotion places. The Robins head into the game looking to preserve an unbeaten league record for the season - although they have drawn half of their eight fixtures so far. Woodhouse is looking forward to the meeting with Colin Stromsoy’s side - but admitted his own players would have to be at their best if they are to claim a win. He said: “It will be nice to be back on our home ground after three consecutive away games. “We are fully aware of Newton Aycliffe’s strengths and we will have to be at our best to win the game. “They’ve had brilliant results this season and Colin will have his side well organised to play against us. “It should be a good game and we are confident of a large crowd.” Greg Purvis, Tom Bexton and David Robinson are missing for the Robins - but there was good news for the North Tynesiders as Cam Cunningham is back in contention. ■■ ASHINGTON will be without midfielder Max Emmerson and winger Bobby Taylor for their trip to Bishop Auckland and Sam Walton is available for Newcastle Benfield’s game at Sunderland RCA before starting a suspension. ■■ DIVISION One leaders Consett face a tough-looking trip to a West Auckland Town side looking for a fourth consecutive victory and third-placed Crook Town will hope to go one better when they head to Redcar Athletic. ■■ WHITLEY Bay are targeting a first win in four league games when they host Billingham Town and are hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to a fifth game when they entertain Thornaby. ■■ DAVID Vincent is the only absentee from the Ryhope CW squad for their visit to West Allotment Celtic and Whickham hope Jack Robson and Conor Newton will be fit for their home game with Northallerton Town. ■■ DIVISION Two leaders Heaton Stannington could claim a fifth success on the spin if they prevail at home to Redcar Town. ■■ AARON Williams is the only absentee from the Boldon CA squad as they host Easington Colliery and Horden CW could hand a start to new signing Graeme Pickering when they visit Jarrow. ■■ CHESTER-le-Street Town will hand fitness tests to Fraser Colling and Dan Hepplewhite ahead of their home game with Esh Winning and Sunderland West End have a full squad available as they prepare to welcome Bedlington Terriers. ■■ NEW signing Thibault Charmey will be in the Birtley Town squad as they travel to Tow Law Town and Daniel Kent is in line for a first appearance for Ryton and Crawcrook Albion when they visit Blyth Town. ■■ BOTTOM club Durham City entertain fellow strugglers Brandon United and Washington go to Carlisle City. ■■ WILLINGTON host Wearside League club West Auckland Tunns in the Durham Challenge Cup.

76 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 football New boys aim to help Pools break away duck league two Hartlepool United will have two new faces in their squad as they look to kickstart their away form at Oldham Athletic this afternoon. Former Sunderland and Gateshead forward Jordan Cook and fellow frontman Mike Fondop will be available for selection after agreeing to join the club on Thursday. Cook made three Premier League appearances for the Black Cats after graduating from the Academy of Light in 2010 and also had loan spells at Darlington, Walsall and Carlisle United. He departed Wearside in 2012 to join Charlton Athletic before going on to feature for Walsall, Luton Town and Grimsby Town. Cook returned to the North East to join Gateshead in October 2020 but left the International Stadium at the end of last season. He will now add some experience to Dave Challinor’s options at the top end of the pitch – and the Hetton-le-Holeborn frontman is relishing the opportunity to impress at Victoria Park. Cook said: “I am delighted to finally get this done. “I have been training with the squad for a few weeks and it is a great bunch of lads. “There is a lot of potential with this squad and I am looking forward to being apart of it.” He is joined at Pools by former Chesterfield and Burton Albion striker Fondop, who has also been training with Challinor’s squad over the last few weeks. The Pools boss believes the double addition will allow him to “mix things up at the top end of the pitch” as he looks to inspire his side to a first away win of the season. He said: “Both players have been training with us and it’s great to be able to add them to the squad. “They’re different to what we have and, most importantly, their experience will undoubtedly allow us to mix things up at the top end of the pitch. “We are very young at the top end and that brings inconsistencies at times and we can’t rely solely on that youthful exuberance. “Without question we need to add presence and goals to the team and both Jordan and Mike have shown a capacity to be able to do this.” Midfield duo Gavan Holohan and Mark Shelton both missed Tuesday’s defeat at Sutton United but the latter is expected to be available today. Loan forward Tyler Burey will miss the game as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. THE AGENDA: Fleetwood Town v Sunderland Practice will hopefully make perfect for keeper JAMES HUNTER Sunderland writer james.hunter@reachplc.com New signing Ron-Thorben Hoffmann will have benefited from a full week of training with Sunderland’s centre-backs after being thrown in at the deep end last Saturday, according to Lee Johnson. On-loan Bayern Munich goalkeeper Hoffmann made his Black Cats debut in the 2-1 win against Accrington Stanley last weekend and at times his decision-making at setpieces led to heart-in-mouth moments when he came to collect aerial balls but was caught in traffic. However, Johnson pointed out the 22-year-old had only had half a day’s training with centre-backs Tom Flanagan and Callum Doyle ahead of the game, both defenders having been away on international duty with Northern Ireland and England Under-19s respectively. Sunderland head to Fleetwood Town today and if Hoffmann keeps his place ahead of Lee Burge he will have had more time to get to know the defenders around him, although it is likely Bailey Wright will start as Flanagan is suspended. After the Accrington game, Johnson said playing Hoffmann was a ‘risky decision’ but has explained that was because of the lack of time the new shotstopper had had to work with Flanagan and Doyle. He said: “The risk I was referring to was not so much blooding him but that the internationals had only come back on Friday “He’d had 10 days’ training with everyone else but not with the two centre-halves who were playing in front of him – he’d only had half a day to work with them and that’s the bit we’ve tried to work on this week as much as possible.” After the game, Johnson praised Hoffmann for making ‘bold decisions’, even if he ‘maybe just hasn’t quite got his timing yet’. > > Shrewsbury Town manager Steve Cotterill Johnson says that, while goalkeepers will inevitably make mistakes, he wants them to be aggressive in order to set Sunderland off on the counterattack. He added: “It’s something we try to coach into all our goalkeepers – we want them to be bold. “Our goalkeepers are going to make mistakes this year because all goalkeepers do, but it’s the reaction to those mistakes which is very important - both their reaction as individuals and also the reactions of their teammates. “We want them to set us off on a counter-attack, it’s the way we want to play. “There was one in particular last Saturday where Hoffmann had caught it, came out to the edge of his box with real tempo, but we had switched off when we could have had a one-vs-one in half the pitch – and they are good odds! – but we failed to take that chance. “It’s all part of getting to know each other but bold goalkeeping is something we try to promote and encourage. “Not silly or stupid goalkeeping, coming for things you can’t get anywhere near, but collecting things and then looking for very bold and direct counter-attacking options.” Burge started the season as Sunderland’s number one, but an elbow injury saw academy graduate Anthony Patterson take over before the international break, the 21-year-old making his league debut in the home win against AFC Wimbledon. Hoffmann was one of two deadline day acquisitions, the other being winger Leon Dajaku who arrived on loan from Union Berlin, that duo becoming Sunderland’s eighth and ninth summer signings. Johnson is keen to give the German pair a chance to show what they can do, along with some of the other arrivals such as youngsters Niall Huggins, Frederik Alves and Nathan Broadhead. Owls ‘biggest club in League One’ Former Sunderland assistant boss Steve Cotterill says Sheffield Wednesday are ‘the biggest’ club in League One - though said it was nip and tuck with the Black Cats. Cotterill currently manages Shrewsbury Town, who sit in the 21st spot in the division, and his side plays Sheffield Wednesday today needing to pick up points to move away from the relegation zone. Ahead of Shrewsbury’s trip to Hillsborough, Cotterill described the Owls as the biggest club in League One. He said: “Sheffield Wednesday are a huge club, arguably the biggest in > > On-loan Bayern Munich goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann made his Sunderland debut last week He said: “To be honest, over the next four or five weeks I want to see what we have because there are a lot of new players here “We learnt a lot from the Blackpool Carabao Cup game, blooding a lot of new players alongside a sprinkling of players who were here before and who have been consistent performers. “It’s early in the season but I think the division, they and Sunderland are nip and tuck.” Cotterill was Howard Wilkinson’s assistant at Sunderland in 2002-03. The pair took over from Peter Reid and were tasked with keeping the Wearsiders in the top division. However, they were sacked after steering the club to only two wins in 27 games, leaving the Black Cats seven points adrift at the bottom of the table. With only nine games left to turn things around, Mick McCarthy took over but the Wearsiders were relegated, having registered just 19 points. we can get results because we’ve signed players who we believe can get us there - but at the same time we need to know what we have as quickly as possible. “Ideally we’d have done all this recruitment in pre-season and used those games to work out exactly what we have - but as it is we are having to do that during the season.” Comparing the two clubs, Sunderland’s Stadium of Light has a capacity of 49,000. The team have won the FA Cup twice, the League Cup twice, and the top division six times, albeit the last time was in 1936. Sheffield Wednesday play at the 34,000-capacity Hillsborough, have won the FA Cup three times, the League Cup once, and the top division four times - most recently in 1930. Sunderland also have a higher attendance by several thousand in recent seasons. Sheffield Wednesday currently sit 12th in table, while Sunderland hold the top spot.

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 77 football JAMES HUNTER Sunderland writer james.hunter@reachplc.com @JHunterChron Lee Johnson has described it as ‘an honour’ to have coached Grant Leadbitter following the midfielder’s decision to hang up his boots this week. Leadbitter announced on Tuesday he was calling time on his playing career at the age of 35, with his second spell at his boyhood favourites Sunderland having come to an end when his contract expired in the summer. Leadbitter worked under Johnson, who took over on Wearside in December, and it was in that period the academy graduate became a Wembley winner with the Black Cats when the club lifted the EFL Trophy in March. The statement released by Leadbitter on social media said he was weighing up his options as far as a post-playing career is concerned, with coaching or a move into the media among the courses he is considering. Asked about Leadbitter, Johnson said: “Grant’s passion came across from day one. “It was an honour, really, to coach someone of that quality – you could see every day in training he just oozed that class and quality. “Age catches up with us all but in the end it was down to him. “No manager has ever retired a player, the player himself decides when it is time. “Grant has a lovely family and I know for a fact he wanted to spend a period of time with his family to decide what he wanted to do afterwards. “He’ll have so many options – on the coaching side with the intelligence he has and football IQ or maybe in the media in this area. “He’d be an asset to any organisation with his experience and his passion and the great values he possesses.” Leadbitter came through the youth system at Sunderland and made his first-team debut as a 17-year-old in 2003. He became a first-team regular under Roy Keane in the 2006-07 Championship-winning season, before leaving Wearside in 2009 to link up with Keane again at Ipswich Town. After three years at Portman Road, he moved to Middlesbrough in 2012 > > Defeat at Burton is the only blot on Sunderland’s copybook so far this term 3.00, League One, Highbury Stadium and from there he returned to Sunderland in January 2019. He made almost 600 career appearances, with 210 of those coming across his two spells with Sunderland. Leadbitter’s Instagram post announcing his retirement read: “The time has come to officially end my days playing professional football. “After taking a few months off to enjoy a holiday with the family and reflect, I’ve realised I am ready to retire. “Of course there has been a temptation to carry on but since playing my final game for Sunderland in May I have had it in my mind I wasn’t going to play on. I just wanted to be sure it was the correct decision. “For me to finish after my second and final spell at the club where it all started, the one I supported as a boy, Boss: Players don’t believe the hype FROM BACK PAGE the tactical side, the technical side, the players’ confidence. “It’s never-ending because it’s always evolving as we keep trying to improve. “I think we’ve done a good job so far this season, the players have done a good job of flattening those waves – they haven’t become bigtime or started believing their own hype.” Sunderland have won five of their first six league games, the outlier being a 1-0 defeat at Burton Albion last month in which Johnson felt his It’s been an honour to coach a class act – Johnson Black Cats boss pays tribute to retiring Leadbitter and where I loved going with my mam and dad, just seems right. Now I can look forward. “I would like to thank my mam and dad for everything they did for me and my sisters – helping me to fulfil a dream. “Of course, I want to thank my wife and two daughters for all of their support throughout a career which has led me to play for clubs with great history. “The memories I have from playing for Sunderland, It was an honour to coach someone of that quality... he just oozed class Lee Johnson side should have taken at least a point, and that makes this the Wearsiders’ best start to a season since 1925. However, Johnson warns it will not be all plain sailing between now and the end of the season and says it is vital Sunderland respond in the right way to the inevitable setbacks that lie ahead. He said: “We have to be careful not to over-coach, not to make it too complicated, particularly when things are going well – that can lead to a potential loss of form. “It is going to happen, we are going to lose games of football this Middlesbrough and Ipswich will live with me forever. “Those promotion celebrations with Sunderland and Middlesbrough were incredible and I am proud to have played in the Premier League for both. “I have worked with some fantastic people, some top players and under brilliant managers. I loved wearing the colours of all the clubs I played for and it was an honour to wear the England shirt from schoolboy all the way up to under-21s. “Who knows what the future holds but I am excited about it. “I will miss playing but whether I go into coaching, the media or even something else I know I can draw on my experiences and help others in the future. “Once again, thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way.” season. We don’t want it to happen but it will and it has already happened once at Burton when we didn’t feel we deserved it - and that will happen again. “The key thing is to show the strength and the resilience to bounce back when it happens and to make sure we continue playing our way. “If we lose a game, it must be because we have run out of time rather than because we weren’t good enough on the day or that we weren’t committed enough. “If we do that over the longer-term we can be successful.” football shorts everton Rafa paved the way for Gray Rafael Benitez has revealed he always planned to sign Demarai Gray for his next club when he returned to management. The winger had been on the radar of the Everton boss since impressing him while at Leicester, when the Spaniard was in charge of Newcastle. Gray has scored three goals in four matches since joining Everton from Bayer Leverkusen in a reported £1.7m deal. “When I was at Newcastle we played against Leicester and he did really well,” said Benitez. “Since then we were following him and I was in contact with his agent asking about how he was doing. “I also sent the boy a message when he was in Germany asking how he was getting on.” leicester Rodgers: We will get better Brendan Rodgers has backed Leicester to find their form after admitting they need to improve. The Foxes are yet to hit top gear this season ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Brighton. They lost a 2-0 lead against Napoli to draw 2-2 in the Europa League on Thursday to continue a mixed start to the campaign. Leicester have lost to West Ham and Manchester City in the Premier League and have beaten Wolves and Norwich - but Rodgers expects more progress as they find their feet this term. He said: “We need to improve and that’s something I’m very confident we’ll do throughout the remainder of the season. It’s still so early. I think everyone will assess things after 10 games.” norwich Farke: This is no ‘must-win’ Norwich head coach Daniel Farke rejects the idea today’s top-flight showdown with Watford is a “must-win” game. The Canaries swept to a second Sky Bet Championship title under the German last season but so far have again come up short on their return to the top flight. After losing to Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester and Arsenal, the visit of fellow new boys Watford would appear to offer the perfect platform. Farke said: “The outside world is quite often pretty quick to judge the game as ‘must-win’ – I even heard this when we had to travel to Arsenal. “It is not at all. We want to win points in each and every game but for us at this level not one game is easy.”

78 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 football FOOTBALL shorts Chelsea Tuchel thought Kane would go Thomas Tuchel has admitted he expected Harry Kane to join Manchester City in the summer. The Chelsea boss revealed he never had any serious ambition to try to sign the Tottenham talisman, especially given the strong links to the Premier League champions. Pep Guardiola’s City pushed all summer to recruit Kane but never came close to striking a deal with Spurs, who face Chelsea tomorrow in North London. Asked about City’s attempts to sign Kane, Tuchel replied: “I thought that this would happen. “We never had a list with his name on it and I never went to (Chelsea director) Marina (Granovskaia) to tell her to buy him.” West Ham United No Irons in fire for United star David Moyes has revealed a return to West Ham for Jesse Lingard was never on the cards over the summer. Yet the Hammers boss has not ruled out a move for the Manchester United ace in the future. Lingard enjoyed a sparkling loan spell with West Ham at the end of last season, scoring nine goals in 16 matches and getting back into the England squad. Ex-Sunderland chief Moyes revealed United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer nipped any potential transfer in the bud soon after the campaign had finished. He said: “I knew pretty early he would be staying at Manchester United. I was hearing all the stuff but I had a private conversation with Ole who made it clear he was staying.” Liverpool ‘Midfielder is like a top golfer’ Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp likened Thiago Alcantara’s touch to that of a world-class golfer, adding the midfielder still has plenty to contribute. The Spain international’s first season in England was difficult, with the injury-hit ex-Bayern Munich star only showing his talents near the end of the season. However, last weekend’s win at Leeds offered a glimpse of his best form and Klopp hopes he will get into his stride soon. He said: “We want him to play his natural football. In a closed area with his passing he is really good and he can chip balls into each area like a golfer. A good golfer. A world-class golfer. “He does that without even thinking. I love the way he plays.” THE MATCH: Newcastle United 1 Leeds United 1 Saint-Maximin stars again as United ease pressure with a point CIARAN KELLY Newcastle United writer ciaran.kelly02@reachplc.com Friday night football was back at St James’ Park and it certainly lived up to its billing as Newcastle United and Leeds played out the most entertaining 1-1 draw you are likely to see this season. Raphinha gave the visitors the lead in the 13th minute but Newcastle equalised through Allan Saint-Maximin before the break in a thrilling end-to-end game. Both sides ultimately ended up having to settle for a point. It could have been so much worse for Steve Bruce, as supporters again made their feelings clear towards the Newcastle head coach, but the Magpies are still searching for their first win of the season amid a backdrop of supporter unrest. Whereas St James’ Park was a safe haven last season, when players and staff were shielded from criticism from the terraces while games were played behind closed doors, that is no longer the case. Newcastle’s controversial club statement last month may have ended with the call for ‘all our loyal supporters to get behind their team, because we are stronger together’, but that support should never be taken for granted; the team’s performance was going to dictate the crowd’s response. Bruce recognised that as he pointed out that if ‘the team first of all puts a performance together which the fans enjoy watching’ then they will ‘support the team like they always have done’. > > Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll If Newcastle failed to make an encouraging start, you felt there would be a long way back for the Magpies. Those first anti-Bruce chants were aired following an awful opening against Southampton in Newcastle’s last game at St James’ Park. Similarly, it was only after the game got away from the Magpies at Old Trafford last time out that the away end turned on Bruce during the 4-1 defeat against Manchester United. While Bruce has taken positives from a half here or an hour there, a complete performance and result was badly needed in the first of a trilogy of crucial fixtures against Leeds, Watford and Wolves. Callum Wilson remains a huge miss, that one player who can be relied upon to bail Newcastle out up front, but if United could at least improve at the back, they had a chance against a Leeds side missing a host of defenders through injury and suspension. No other side has conceded more goals than Newcastle in the Premier League this season so, perhaps, it was not a surprise that Bruce and his staff focused on defending at the training ground this week. Bruce ultimately kept faith with the outfield players who tasted defeat at Old Trafford eight days previously and resisted the urge to tweak his backline for the first time this season. However, the Newcastle head coach had an easy decision to make in goal after Freddie Woodman picked up a knock in training on Wednesday so Karl Darlow made his first appearance since February after Lack of contract offer a surprise for Andy Carroll has admitted his exit from Newcastle United came as a shock after not even receiving a contract offer from his boyhood club. The 32-year-old has been without a club since it was decided that he would not be getting a new deal at St James’ Park over the summer. He claimed that, despite only starting four times for the Magpies in the Premier League last season, he still had plenty more to offer the club. Speaking in an interview with club legend Alan Shearer, Carroll said he thought he should have had more involvement last season. recovering from Covid. Darlow was used to some busy nights when he filled in for Martin Dubravka in the first half of last season, but the shot-stopper was soon called into action. With Newcastle sitting back, Leeds were allowed to dominate possession and territory and Raphinha fired an early warning with just 12 minutes on the clock after getting on the end of Rodrigo’s cross but Darlow managed to make the save. However, just a minute later, the visitors were in front after Raphinha’s whipped ball from the edge of the area evaded everyone, Darlow included, and nestled in the net. Cue ‘We want Brucie out!’ reverberating around the stadium. It was certainly not the start that Bruce had in mind – a nervous Ciaran Clark booted the ball out of play at one point despite not being under He said: “100 per cent I wanted to be there. “I could have played more last season, I could be playing there this season. I’m not saying I should be playing every week, but I think I’ve still hsve something to give, to be part of Newcastle or any club. I still have that hunger in me. “The manager makes his decisions. That’s what happens in football. He had his ideas and I wasn’t part of them.” With Callum Wilson’s recurring injury problems, Carroll may have been useful for Newcastle but his record over the last two seasons was > > A cross from Raphinha (far right) floats beyond Karl Darlow and into the Newcastle net pressure – but Leeds’ patched up defence was still there to be got at. As vulnerable as Newcastle looked, in Allan Saint-Maximin, the hosts had a player capable of hurting Leeds’ and the Frenchman flew past captain Liam Cooper in the 24 minute before cutting the ball back. Miguel Almiron’s mishit effort fell to Joelinton but Ilan Meslier made a big save to deny the forward from close range. The chance at least gave Newcastle fans something to shout about and Bruce tweaked his shape and switched to a back four as Isaac Hayden moved into a struggling midfield. Leeds repeatedly used the same tactic in getting the ball out to the right to either Raphinha or Rodrigo and then cutting the ball back to an unmarked team-mate but Newcastle simply could not cope with it and simply not good enough to justify a new deal. Although many of his appearances came from the bench, in 43 games across all competitions, he managed just one goal and four assists. Given there was something of a clearout at the club over the summer with a number of players not having their contracts renewed, it was always unlikely Carroll would be the recipient of a new offer. In 381 minutes’ worth of action across 18 games last term, the ninetime England international managed just one goal, a consolation in the 2-1 defeat against Leicester.

THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 79 football St James’ Park, Premier League > > Allan Saint-Maximin finishes off a brilliant solo run with a strike into the bottom-left corner to level the scores just before the break Carragher blasts squad for bust-up story leak NEWCASTLE UNITED Darlow, Manquillo (Krafth 81), Hayden, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Willock, S Longstaff, Almiron (Fraser 62), Saint-Maximin, Joelinton (Murphy 90). Subs not used: Gillespie, Fernandez, Schar, Lewis, Hendrick, Gayle. Bookings: Ritchie 8, Almiron 40 Goals: Saint-Maximin 44 Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral) Attendance: 50,407 Kalvin Phillips fired just wide before the half-hour mark from such a move. While it only took two or three passes for Leeds to cut Newcastle open, equally, the Magpies found it easy to create decent chances against the visitors’ own porous backline and Matt Ritchie hit the post with an effort from the edge of the area in the 35th minute. former forward Carroll LEEDS UNITED Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Firpo, Phillips, Raphinha (Summerville 67), Rodrigo, Klich, James (Roberts 61), Bamford. Subs not used: Klaesson, Cresswell, McKinstry, Greenwood, McCarron, Shackleton, Kenneh. Bookings: Rodrigo 57, Firpo 81 Goals: Raphinha 13 7 SHOTS ON TARGET 9 10 SHOTS OFF TARGET 13 4 CORNERS 5 8 FOULS COMMITTED 11 37 %POSSESSION 63 Newcastle were getting closer and Saint-Maximin duly pulled his side level just before half-time after jinking past three Leeds defenders inside the box before coolly firing the ball past Meslier to send the home fans into raptures. It was the perfect time to score – you could feel the atmosphere inside the stadium change – but this game was so utterly bonkers that Leeds Despite his reputation being one of an injury-prone striker, Carroll insisted that he remained fit for the majority of last season and that was even one of the best in training. He added: “I didn’t really get a run out at Newcastle,. “I was in, I was out, I was in again. Yet I was fit all season. “The stats say that for 43 games, I was available for 40 of them. “I was training every day - I think I was in the top four in training throughout the year.” Gateshead-born Carroll re-joined the Magpies on an initial one-year deal in 2019 and while he was unable to find the back of the net during that season, he agreed an extension of another year. He revealed he was in discussion with the powers-that-be regarding a new contract last term but it never amounted to anything more concrete. Carroll said: “We were talking and mentioning it. I said: ‘What’s happening?’ and it was: ‘At the end of the season we’ll talk about it’ and that’s how it was left. “At the end of the season, it wasn’t talked about. I just kind of got the idea. There was no point in chasing anything.” league table as it stands P W D L F A Pts Man Utd 4 3 1 0 11 3 10 Chelsea 4 3 1 0 9 1 10 Liverpool 4 3 1 0 9 1 10 Everton 4 3 1 0 10 4 10 Man City 4 3 0 1 11 1 9 Brighton 4 3 0 1 5 3 9 Tottenham Hotspur 4 3 0 1 3 3 9 West Ham 4 2 2 0 10 5 8 Leicester 4 2 0 2 4 6 6 Brentford 4 1 2 1 3 2 5 Crystal Palace 4 1 2 1 5 5 5 Aston Villa 4 1 1 2 5 7 4 Wolverhampton 4 1 0 3 2 3 3 Southampton 4 0 3 1 4 6 3 Watford 4 1 0 3 3 7 3 Leeds 5 0 3 2 5 12 3 Arsenal 4 1 0 3 1 9 3 Newcastle 5 0 2 3 6 13 2 Burnley 4 0 1 3 3 8 1 Norwich 4 0 0 4 1 11 0 nearly retook the lead just a few seconds later only for Hayden to get across to make a vital block to keep out Raphinha’s effort. Neutrals watching on from home will have been hard pressed to find a more entertaining first half this season but Newcastle simply had to reorganise and tighten up at the break. However, with both these sides ex-Magpie fractures skull FORMER Newcastle defender James Perch has fractured his skull in a training session with Mansfield Town and will miss the rest of the season. The 35-year-old sustained the injury last month following what the Stags called ‘an innocuous aerial challenge’. A scan has now revealed the severity of the injury with the club offering the versatile veteran their ‘unreserved support’. “I’d like to thank the medical staff at the club, the manager and his staff, my family and the Stags’ fans for their support and well wishes,” seeking their first win of the season, there was so much at stake and, unsurprisingly, the second half was open. Darlow was called into action in the 54th minute to prevent Lascelles’ flick going into the net after the Newcastle skipper turned James’ cross towards his own goal. Plenty will have been said by Leeds’ coaching staff at half-time about Saint-Maximin but the Frenchman was still causing the visitors real problems and he forced Meslier into an important save just before the hour mark. The game was on a knife edge and Newcastle supporters feared the worst when Bamford was played through in the 72nd minute but the England international fired straight at Darlow. Both sides went in search of what would have been a winner and Saint- Maximin seized upon a miskick by Luke Ayling late on but Meslier was equal to his close-range effort. Ultimately, they had to settle for a point. said Perch, who signed for his boyhood club last summer and who made four appearances for Mansfield this season before the injury. “I’ll remain as positive as possible and as one of the experienced players in the squad I’ll be doing my utmost to support the boys in and around the training ground on a daily basis.” Perch played 81 games for United between 2010 and 2013, signing from Nottingham Forest then joining Wigan Athletic. He scored one goal for the Magpies. Former England and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher slammed some Newcastle United players, calling leakers at the club as “an absolute disgrace.” Yesterday brought allegations of a training-ground bust-up between striker Dwight Gayle, and assistant coach Graeme Jones, said head coach Steve Bruce had slammed Isaac Hayden’s defending last weekend in the 4-1 defeat at Manchester United and suggested some players are unhappy. The reports compound what has been a difficult start to the season for the Magpies, who have failed to win any of first six competitive games this season. After a summer transfer window in which the club signed just one player – Joe Willock, who spent the second half of last season on loan on Tyneside – tension has been high. With Bruce under severe pressure going into last night’s game with Leeds and the club struggling, Sky Sports pundit Carragher lambasted the leakers exacerbating the situation. He even suggested some players were to blame for the story getting out and didn’t mince his words in analysing the leak from behind the scenes. “What I would say this morning is I read a newspaper article which is obviously coming from players in the dressing room leaking four or five stories on the morning of a match as big as this I think is an absolute disgrace, it really was,” Carragher said. “Steve Bruce will get the criticism whether they think he’s good enough for this club, yeah or no, we analyse that on our show and it’s boring to talk about club owner Mike Ashley, he has no interest in this football club going forward. “Yet these players have to look at themselves as well, not just in terms of performance but I’m talking about feeding stories about a manager or training regime or questions going on behind the scenes. It’s just not right. “You should not be waking up as a Newcastle supporter reading a double-page spread in a national newspaper talking about the manager, who said what to who - it’s not right, it’s a disgrace.” > > Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher

chroniclelive.co.uk home of the Journal online Sport Sign Saturday, September 18, 2021 Falcons new boy Brown to miss quins reunion RUGBY UNION: PAGE 72 up for our sport newsletter: www.chroniclelive.co.uk/signup Fans voice opposition to Bruce again despite draw newcastle united 1 leeds united 1 LEE RYDER Chief Newcastle United writer lee.ryder@reachplc.com Newcastle United’s hardfought point could not keep Steve Bruce’s critics at bay on an intense evening at St James’ Park. Allan Saint-Maximin’s first-half equaliser ensured the Magpies’ difficult week didn’t at least get any worse, but there were still chants calling for the embattled head coach to go. Things could have been a lot worse for the Magpies after Leeds, who took the lead after Raphinha’s floated ball in found the net, squandered a host of chances when on top in the first half. But the chants against Magpies boss Bruce started as early as the third minute and filled St James’ Park throughout as the two struggling sides put on an entertaining game. French talisman Saint-Maximin was United’s hero once more, causing the visiting defence all sorts of problems. In a game full of chances, Joelinton had an opportunity saved by Ilian Meslier, Matt Ritchie hit the post and Saint-Maximin also tested his countryman in the Leeds goal. However, neither side was able to secure the victory they so desperately needed, with both still looking for their first win of the campaign. The point moved Newcastle up to 18th, albeit having played a game more than their rivals. But, perhaps more importantly, it might slightly ease the pressure on the United manager. > > Allan Saint-Maximin fires in a low strike to level the scores at St James’ Park in Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United MATCH REPORT: Pages 78&79 Johnson: Cats players don’t believe the hype > > Black Cats boss Lee Johnson JAMES HUNTER Sunderland writer james.hunter@reachplc.com @JHunterChron Sunderland are the early pacesetters in League One – but Lee Johnson insists his players have not become ‘big-time’ or begun ‘believing their own hype’. The Black Cats are two points clear at the top of the table going into this afternoon’s game at Fleetwood Town, having risen to the summit at the end of August. It is the first time Sunderland have been top of the table since they were relegated to the third tier in 2018, save for a few hours on the opening day of the 2018-19 season when they beat Charlton Athletic in a lunchtime televised fixture before the rest of the teams had kicked a ball. In their previous three seasons in League One, Sunderland have had to play catch-up – not least because they have more often than not had games in hand of the sides above them – but this time round they are the team leading the way, albeit at a very early stage of the campaign. Sitting atop the table can bring its own pressure with other clubs seeing the leaders as the team to beat, but head coach Lee Johnson does not see it that way. “Whether we are top or bottom, teams want to beat Sunderland – that’s just the way it is, because we are a big club in League One,” he said, “so I don’t really look at it like that. “I’ve spoken before about the process and how hard we have to work to make sure that everything is right: the physical side, the mental side, Turn to Page 77 The Journal © incorporating the North Mail. Published by ncjMedia, 2nd Floor, INTU Eldon Square, Eldon Court, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7JB telephone (0191) 232 7500, and printed by Reach Printing Services (Teesside) Limited. Registered as a newspaper at the Post Office.

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2 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 homemaker Looking peachy Give your home a forever summer vibe with warm shades of terracotta and sunbaked ceramics, says Victoria Gray Create an eclectic look with rustic plant pots in different shapes and sizes. These H&M Home pots start at £8.99 A day bed is such a versatile piece of furniture – it can be used for seating and doubles up as a spare bed, too. This Copenhagen Air Daybed, £1,075 from Broste Copenhagen, is low and contemporary, but its simple styling means it would also fit happily into traditional schemes George Home’s soft pink bedding features a 60s-inspired pattern that brings out the colour of the plastered walls and sits well with the natural wood of the bedframe and the rattan accessories. The Leaf double duvet set and the Graphic Floral double duvet set cost £12 each, the cushions are £7 each, the cotton waffle throw is £15 and the jute rug is £45 Embrace Mediterranean-style dining with Primark’s stylish tableware and accessories. The terracotta bowl costs £7, the wooden bowl, wooden serving board and jug are all £5 each, and the green tableware starts at £3.50 Marimekko Silkkikuikka basket, Abode Living, £45 Nevada cushion, Sass & Belle, £18 Samuel Sparrow ceramics £28-32, gracesisters.com Garden chair in terracotta resin and black metal, £97.50, maisondumonde.com Faux olive plant, Poundland, £5 left: Peach tones go perfectly with the dark oak frame of the Ercol Marlia midcentury-style armchair, £719. The Madrid coffee table is £229. Both are from Furniture Village Rust stoneware vase, Rose & Grey, £45

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4 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 homemaker Into the blue... Sam Wylie-Harris hunts down homewares in the calming colour of blue Inspired by ocean blues, Mediterranean backdrops and azure skies, indigo is one of the easiest shades to colour your world. Like pulling on your favourite pair of jeans, there’s durability with denim, sun-bleached blues and classic navy. Whether you’re in a faraway frame of mind or in need of a quickie makeover, blue is where it’s at... Dark blue recycled glass desk and table lamp, £45 (bulb not included), Oliver Bonas This trendy table lamp will steal the spotlight once you’ve tracked down a Tala Gaia bulb (Heal’s stock them) to light up the indigo tones and gleaming pattern Stoneware plate medina blue tile, £8.95, Rex London Think breakfast outside, fresh bread rolls warmed by the sun and this Moroccaninspired stoneware plate is just the ticket Hudson stool, Sundance Collection, Rhodes fabric, £570, Mind The Gap An object of desire and prized for its versatility – an ottoman can double up as a stool, padded bench or coffee table – this cushioned seat is upholstered in blue palm trees with pops of yellow, and you can almost feel the Mediterranean breeze and soothing sounds of the waves Dartington Wellness Calm Collection in blue: Tall vase, £37, Calm orb vase, £32, Calm small vase, £32, Calm candleholder, £28, Dartington Dartington Crystal’s new Wellness Collection in blue is designed to channel a ‘relaxing element to any space’ and certainly brings to mind serene surroundings To The Moon LED neon sign, £240, Yellowpop We’ve taken a shine to this LED neon sign which will brighten up a home bar space, cosy corner or if you’re really star-struck, a TV room John Lewis woodland fable duvet cover set, from £55 to £85, John Lewis & Partners upholstered bed frame, double, saga mustard, £549, other items from a selection, John Lewis With a dark blue background and charming folk inspired print, this cotton satin duvet can be styled with indigo wool throws, Mongolian cushions in teal or French blue and an eye-catching bed frame in mustard yellow, to spice up the bedroom ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners spindle dining chair, set of 2, blue, FSC certified (beech), £179, John Lewis Whether you’re a farmhouse country kitchen or city dweller, a classic spindle chair is trusty and timeless. Easy to stack (how much have we appreciated adaptable furniture in the past year or so?) and style up or down depending on your decor and tablescaping, a blue painted finish is bang up to date Bundle of six navy blue candles, £6, Heavenly Homes and Gardens A rustic navy blue candle imbibes thoughts of Provencal blue room settings, painted blue shutters and lavender fields. The next best thing? Style them in a country basket next to your bedside table with bunches of dried lavender

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T Coyne AIf the wall is single brick (no-cavity), it will be more difficult to achieve than if you had a cavity because the wall might be damp. I would simply dot and dab (using dry wall adhesive) insulated plasterboard to the cold wall, then plaster and paint it. You will probably need a radiator or some form of heating to keep the porch warm as cold walls condensate. QWe are having to soundproof our bedroom wall – can you advise on how to do this please? Chas Brown, by email AFix 15mm of acoustic plasterboard to the wall, leaving a 20mm air gap (this is key), and build a Ena blue fabric wall hanging, £59.50, Oliver Bonas Magazine file in wave indigo, £32, Cambridge Imprint Whether you’re upgrading a home office or having a post-summer sort out, a stylish magazine holder is invaluable for those travel mags and to-do lists If you’re dreaming of a hammock strung up on the beach, or the next time you can wear your faded denim cut-offs, this textured wall hanging with fringe and tassels has enough flair to fill that void Use nonferrous metal screws for a toilet to prevent rusting timber or metal stud wall at 600mm centres. Fill between the 600mm studs with acoustic insulation. Next, double sheet the stud portion with 2 x 15mm acoustic plasterboard. Plaster/tape and then paint. QOne of my plastic bath handles is now a different colour to the other one - what should I do? Janet Pooley, by email ARust-Oleum manufactures a plastic primer, which is quick-drying and provides a tight bond – perfectly preparing the plastic for your top coat. Email diy.donny@reachplc.com All you need to do is ask The UK’s housing market is still going strong, as house hunters turn their attention to buying this autumn. Bidding wars remain common, according to estate agent Hamptons, which says more than a third (38%) of homes sold in July had offers from three or more potential buyers. If you’re a first-time buyer however, or you haven’t had much experience viewing properties before, knowing the right questions to ask upfront could help you save some time and possibly money. It’s important to know exactly what you will be getting when you set your sights on a new home, and to avoid any unexpected costly surprises along the way. To give home buyers a helping hand, the mortgage experts at onlinemortgageadvisor.co.uk have listed eight questions buyers could ask when viewing a property... 1. How long has the property been on the market? If the property has been on the market for more than, say, four months, do not be afraid to ask the agent why they think it is not selling. There could be problems that other potential buyers may have spotted but you haven’t, so it is important that these are flagged from the get-go. It could also be down to the property being overpriced. 2. When do the sellers want to move out? This is a really important question to ask when you are considering buying a property. If the sellers are caught in a chain, it could drag out your moving process – potentially for months. If however, they are not in a chain, this wait could go down. 3. Which way does the property face? Having a gorgeous decking area in the garden is all well and good – until you find out there is hardly ever any sun on it. Ask the agent which way the property faces, to make sure you will be able to enjoy the maximum amount of sunlight. The housing market is booming right now Asking some key questions when viewing properties could save you time and money, says Vicky Shaw 4. Is the property listed? As beautiful as listed properties tend to be, they can also be a nightmare when it comes to what changes you can make. If you come across a listed building that needs a bit of TLC, then perhaps give this one a swerve, if you are under time or cost constraints. But if you have fallen in love with the property and the works needed are really urgent, you may want to try discussing this with the planning services department at your local council. 5. What are the neighbours like? Moving into a property with noisy neighbours can be a living nightmare. 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Bear in mind that if you go very low, this may be deemed cheeky and the seller may think you are not serious. So be brave, but be fair.

6 THE JOURNAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 homemaker Winter wonders Plant OF THE WEEK liriope muscari Commonly known as lily turf, this is a useful ground-cover plant for sunny areas or the dappled shade you get under trees and shrubs. Give it a lime-free or even slightly acidic soil and it will thrive. It’s an evergreen perennial that forms 12-18in tall tufts of arching, coarse grass. In time, the clumps will join up and form a lovely green carpet. At flowering time – from mid-August to November when colour in the garden can be in short supply – it produces foot-high spikes of violet flowers that look like giant grape hyacinths. Invest in a few potfuls now, plant and enjoy. Then simply dig up and divide established plants in spring. to do list ■■Refresh patio pots. Replace compost and replant with winter pansies, redstemmed dogwood, heathers or ornamental cabbages. ■■The first frosts are not far off. However, before bringing tender plants back indoors, check them over for pests and give the pots a good clean. ■■The best way to ripen green tomatoes is to place them in a box with a ripe apple or banana – both give off ethylene gas that will help speed up the ripening process. Store the box in a cool, dark place. Use bananas to ripen your tomoatoes To ensure your garden looks good all year round, plan now for the colder months with topiary and evergreens Alan Titchmarsh Gardening Expert How good does your garden look out of season? Go on – be honest. Too many people settle for browned-off borders offset by shaggy lawns and thickets of bare twigs, shrugging off their dismal surroundings by thinking, “Well it’s winter, what do you expect?” But a garden does not magically appear for six months of summer – it surrounds you for 365 days a year, so why not create a scheme that will look good whatever the season? I always think of the Sussex garden of my old friend, the late Christopher Lloyd. The basic framework was created by his father Nathaniel Lloyd using the great architect Edwin Lutyens. Together they designed the backbone of yew hedges, paths, steps, paving and arches heavily decorated with topiary, leaving beds and borders like a blank canvas to be painted with flowers. If you visit Great Dixter in summer, what you’re aware of are its flowers and plants. The background topiary, stone paths and decorative steps add a richness, but as features they take a back seat – until winter, when the floral spectacle dies down and a new, sculptural landscape emerges. With everything tidied, supports taken out and bare ground forked over and mulched, suddenly it almost looks like a Distinctive dogwood second garden in the same place. If you have a well-planned garden that just needs more winter interest, you can often fine-tune what is there without major changes. Beef up borders with an outline of low-clipped box edgings, or divide them into a series of boxedged planting bays. An area of lawn Great Dixter looks instantly more interesting given a trio of clipped evergreen topiary. Try planting three different-sized spheres running into each other. A long, straight evergreen hedge can be given off-season appeal by having a peephole cut through it, opening up views beyond. Alternatively, you could clip a castellated top or grow a couple of taller towers or a pillar, crowned with a topiary shape. Even a patio can be wintered up by outlining the shape with low evergreen edgings and add- Cotoneaster franchetii ing a few pieces of potted topiary and a trough of winter bedding. These are all things you can do right now for immediate effect. Airy seed heads, large leaves and bare twigs look sensational outlined in frost, so arrange a few ornamental grasses, large-leaved evergreens and Sedum spectabile close to the house (where the frost melts last). Include as much colour as you can. A dark evergreen background of hedging such as yew sets off yellow, orange or red witch hazel blooms perfectly, and large-leaved Fatsia japonica teams wonderfully with winter jasmine on a wall. Cotoneaster franchetii offers bright red berries, while blue to blue-green conifers look stunning behind clusters of redstemmed dogwoods. Make the most of contrasting shapes to create effective winter cameo plantings. Choose from long, lean bamboo stems and large evergreen leaves that are smooth, thick and rounded (bergenia), strap-shaped (phormium) or long, oval and leathery (Viburnum rhytidophyllum). To keep costs down, root cuttings of box, rosemary, euonymus and bay during the summer and train your own potted topiary shapes over preformed frames. Keep them in pots while they are young and you can stand them in place temporarily wherever you need winter interest. If you are starting from scratch or making major alterations, it’s worth thinking architecturally and planning your scheme out to scale on squared paper. Starting from the house, aim to create a journey through the garden that wanders round a series of small cameo features. You can create natural features that look good in winter if you make a wildlife-friendly log pile with woodland plants round them, with a decent stand of redstemmed dogwoods just offside. If your garden is tiny, create a small formal knot garden – an area of gravel decorated with low-clipped evergreens planted in complicated patterns which can be filled in with flowers in summer. Clipped evergreen hedges, an attractive hardwood seat and a statue standing on stone paving complete the scene. So don’t write off your patch in winter, as it has got plenty of potential. Just think about structure and you’ll soon discover your inner secret garden.

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