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Did Durham County Council sell a listed country house for a song? We look back on a black day for Tyneside when the receivers moved in to Swan Hunter. And we travel to Germany to find out why a ticket for the match is so much cheaper than a Premier game here.

29 minutes

Last on

Mon 18 Feb 2013 19:30
BBC One North East & Cumbria only

Windlestone Hall

Windlestone Hall

A council has been criticised for selling off a country estate for less than the price of a three-bedroom semi detached home despite a higher bid.

 

Windlestone Hall, near Rushyford - set in 25 acres - was the home of former Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden.

 

A Durham County Council spokesman said negotiations were dragging on and the sale "made sense" in the "current climate".

 

Read the full story on the BBC News website.

20th anniversary of Swan Hunter's collapse

20th anniversary of Swan Hunter's collapse

BBC Inside Out looks back on the day 20 years ago when the receivers moved in to Swan Hunter, the Newcastle shipbuilding yard.

 

Swan Hunter was forced to call in the receivers following the decision by the UK government in 1993 to award the contract for the Royal Navy's HMS Ocean to another shipyard.


 

Inside Out talks to some of the people who were involved in the collapse of the yard from the receiver to the workers.


 

Watch a video feature on the BBC News website.

Reliving Swan Hunter's darkest day

Reliving Swan Hunter's darkest day

"There was a palpable change in the atmosphere over Tyneside the day that Swan Hunter unexpectedly failed to win a Ministry of Defence order.

 

"As a reporter on Look North I had been documenting the regular problems the yard had faced as its order book would seem to be depleting, only for another military warship order to restore its fortunes..."

 

Read Chris Jackson's correspondent blog post.

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