• Ex-Saint Shearer set for sentimental Toon return?

    Alan Shearer's installation as Newcastle manager has been seen by many as a foregone conclusion for years. Successive occupants of the St James' Park hot-seat have set to work rightly or wrongly amid the perception that they were doing so in the shadow

  • Boy injured in road crash outside school

    A SCHOOLBOY has been left with grazes to his face after a collision with a car outside Toynbee School in Eastleigh. The boy was in collision with a Ford Focus at around 3.20pm, in Bodycoats Road, Chandler's Ford, as students were leaving school for the

  • Fresh start for troubled post office

    A POST office plagued by bad fortune in 2007 is due to start afresh today. Sway Post Office in the New Forest has been closed since December 13 following an audit. Earlier that month, the branch's former sub-postmaster Ian Kirk was found guilty of

  • New home for map-makers gets go-ahead

    PROPOSALS for a multi-million pound development for the new home of map-makers Ordnance Survey has been given the green light. Last night members of Test Valley's southern planning committee voted unanimously to accept the first part of a major transformation

  • High rising ambition for new tower plans

    THIS is the sight that could one day be dominating one of the major gateways into Southampton. Towering 15 storeys high, the City Gateway project is the latest proposed development that would change the city skyline. The complex, on the junction of

  • Airport numbers on the increase

    THE UK's major airports, including Southampton, handled almost 150 million passengers last year - a 1.6% increase on 2006, it was announced today. A total of 149,953,800 passed through the seven airports run by the BAA company in 2007, with Heathrow

  • Disabled man turned himself into human fireball

    A HAMPSHIRE disabled man died after turning himself into a human fireball to prove a point, an inquest has heard. The court in Winchester heard that 43-year-old Michael Toye doused himself in white spirit and set fire to himself at his home in Simmons

  • Overturned lorry brings motorway to standstill

    A LORRY brought traffic to a standstill after overturning on one of the busiest routes into Southampton today. The accident happened at 12.49pm on the roundabout at junction three of the M27 where it meets the M271. The driver managed to escape from

  • Ainslie highlights need for China homework

    Ben Ainslie has highlighted the need for extensive "venue familiarisation" during the British Sailing Team's training for the 2008 Olympic regatta to be held in Qingdao this August. Currently in Melbourne ahead of this month's Finn World Championships

  • Vulnerable Kelly was abandoned for hours, inquest told

    A STEP-MUM told today how Southampton General Hospital abandoned her vulnerable daughter in a room for five hours in the moments leading up to her death. Merrisa Hutchings was giving evidence this morning to an inquest into the death of pregnant 22-year-old

  • Campaigner's delight as death row Scot returns to freedom

    A SOUTHAMPTON woman who spent five years campaigning to save a Scottish man from death row has spoken of her relief as he returns home today. Beth Currie, 34, joined the fight to free Kenny Richey after being inspired to help by Amnesty International

  • ASBO teen banned from five shops

    A TEENAGER who spent six months in a young offenders' institution has been warned that he could be locked up again if he is spotted visiting local shops, getting drunk or even swearing in public. Persistent offender Lawrence Cuthbert is now starting

  • Sad farewell to mum in double birthing tragedy

    THE funeral of one of the mums who died after giving birth at a Winchester hospital was held yesterday. The church, at the Hospital of St Cross in Winchester, was packed for the service for mother-of-three Amy Kimmance. Mrs Kimmance, 39, gave birth

  • KTM launches car

    KTM Powersports has confirmed that its stunning new X-Bow sportscar will be exhibited at the Autosport International Racing Car Show starting on Thursday. The lightweight, high-performance X-Bow marks motorcycle manufacturer KTM's groundbreaking move

  • Beware threat of ‘experts’

    A LEADING EU transport "expert" has questioned whether there is any place for motorcycles on Europe's roads. Norwegian Rune Elvik said: "In Norway, I believe all the most cost-effective measures have been implemented - mandatory helmet use, strict licensing

  • Cool comfort and protection promised with new armour

    AFTER the Christmas spending spree funds, like my waistline, can be tight so it's a good time to keep an eye out for bargains. Bargains like the new offering from Knox incorporating a substantial CE-approved back-protector into a zip-up gilet that is

  • Hats off to Harley!

    NOW THIS really impressed me: at last year's Labor Day telethon, hosted by Jerry Lewis in Las Vegas, Harley-Davidson presented a cheque for 5.1 million dollars to their chosen charity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). That money had been raised

  • Post Office closures

    Post Office branches that will close: Anna Valley, Foundry Road Andover SP11 7ND Arundel Drive, The Post Office, Arundel Drive Fareham PO16 7NU Ashford Hill, The Ship Inn, Ashford Hill Thatcham RG19 8BD Ashley, 1 The Parade, Ashley Road New

  • Pensioner, 83, attacked and robbed

    POLICE have issued an appeal for witnesses after a pensioner was attacked and robbed in a Hampshire town. The 83-year-old woman was hit from behind and fell to the ground in the attack, which took place in Avenue Road, Lymington, yesterday afternoon.

  • 61 post offices WILL close in Hampshire

    Click HERE for the full list DOZENS of post offices in Hampshire will close from next month, it was announced this morning. The Post Office announced its decision to close 61 of its 291 full-time sub post offices in rural and urban areas of Hampshire

  • Brown is largely to blame

    TONY Blair got everything wrong from day one as Prime Minister and it really showed up by the time he finally left office. The same as Gordon Brown got his sums wrong from day one as chancellor. Brown was always borrowing money, and used our gold resources

  • Still nothing for the youngsters to do

    HOW nice it was to read in Heritage about the Surrey House Estate's shows in St Francis Church Hall. The only sad thing about it is 50-odd years on there is still nothing on the estate for the children to do. There is no church and no youth club so we

  • Dead animals on road verges

    WHO is responsible for clearing dead animals from the roadside? I travel along the Ringwood bypass, Poulner Hill and the Bournemouth Spur Road twice a week. For the past six or seven weeks there have been three foxes and one badger carcass laying on

  • Why not an ice rink?

    WHAT is it about not giving Southampton as ice rink? It seems that any other money spending scheme is put forward instead of a much needed recreation facility. We have cinemas, shops and so many apartments already, so please why not an ice rink? Our

  • An elected mayor?

    Ian Murray poses once again the question of good governance in the affairs of Southampton. Would you like an elected mayor? My heart is definitely against the idea, having served in the old style of council at senior level I know that it is a system

  • Visit waterside at Halifax, Nova Scotia

    DAILY Echo letters (December 14 and 15) have the nub of debate about Southampton. Yes, we already have the wow factor and our own identity to build on: historical elements and commerce regrown from marine heritage. The sign welcoming you into Southampton

  • Generous people of Southampton

    LAST year just on £10,000 has been given to Macmillan Cancer Support by the generous people of Southampton. The local supermarkets have allowed our team of volunteers to collect in their stores on six weekends and raised just over £6,000. In nearly 100

  • City will suffer a cut in spending

    IT is now official. Next year Southampton will suffer a cut in real terms in its funding from a Labour Government which continues to transfer money from the south of England to its heartlands in the north. It is not just a problem for the local authority

  • Pile-ups cause major tailbacks

    Check the latest travel news in Southampton COMMUTERS faced rush hour chaos in the New Forest this morning after a six-car pile-up, a broken down lorry and a two-vehicle smash - all on the same road. All three incidents happened on the A31 between

  • A third of new homes must be for families

    DEVELOPERS will be told to dedicate almost a third of new housing projects to family homes, under new planning rules being drawn up by Southampton council chiefs. But critics say the definition of a family home, which may include some flats, could

  • Honey news is sweet

    HAMPSHIRE'S mini army of beekeepers is welcoming news the price of honey is set to soar. The sweet spread enjoyed sales of £68m last year - up 2.5 per cent on 2006. Thomas Heck, chairman of the UK Honey Association, said demand for honey was unrelenting

  • Contain yourself in budget hotel

    AS an estate agent might say, it's a self-contained residence. Budget hotel giant Travelodge is to save £10m by importing ready-built hotel rooms from China through Southampton docks. The move is part of a radical new construction method that sees

  • Is today your ‘no pay day’?

    IF YOU'RE feeling the pinch today, you're not alone, with almost three-quarters of people running out of cash thanks to Christmas, a new study says. A poll names January 9 "no pay day" because many people who were paid early because of Christmas have

  • Burley doesn't rate his Scotland chances

    Saints boss George Burley has played down reports continuing to link him with the vacant Scotland post. Burley is said to be on a shortlist of four managers that the Scottish Football Association are considering, with an appointment likely by the end

  • Budget for bad behaviour at school slashed

    CITY chiefs are to slash funds spent on children with behaviour problems despite pupils in Southampton's secondary schools being branded the worst behaved in the country. They are sticking to plans to cut £2.81m from the education budget - including

  • Orchard Infant School

    Orchard Infant School Inspection report Unique Reference Number 115977 Local Authority Hampshire Inspection number 312129 Inspection date 13 November 2007 Reporting inspector John Seal HMI This inspection of the school was carried out under section

  • M&S feels festive pinch

    Retail giant Marks & Spencer today reported its worst quarterly trading for more than two years as it revealed a 2.2 per cent drop in Christmas sales. M&S boss Sir Stuart Rose - knighted in the New Year Honours list - said market conditions became

  • Dock Movements

    Today's principal Southampton arrivals Verona, roro, 0600, 105; Hercules Highway, roro, 0630, 43; Nagato Reefer, refrigerated, 0730, 104; Spiegelgracht, cargo, 0830, 47n; Maersk Kuantan, container, 1000, 204; Vans Queen, roro, 1130, 201; Morning Courier

  • McGoldrick and Idiakez impress for Reserves

    David McGoldrick scored twice and Inigo Idiakez played 80 minutes for Saints' reserve team in their 4-1 win over Millwall to push their claims for a place in the side to face Scunthorpe at the weekend. For McGoldrick it was an immediate return to form

  • Burley's challenges to Vignal

    George Burley has challenged Gregory Vignal to make the left back spot his own. The French defender has struggled to hold down a place in the team since his summer arrival at the club as Burley has chopped and changed to try and find a replacement

  • Residents have their say on development plan

    RESIDENTS had their first chance to debate a strategy to influence where development takes place during the next 20 years. Winchester City Council is holding workshops across the district, having released its first draft last month. Seven events are

  • Hampshire Police named among best gay-friendly in country

    HAMPSHIRE Police is today honoured for being the best gay-friendly force in the country. Tonight the county's police force will be officially named as the joint-top gay-friendly force in the UK and the third best public and private sector employer of

  • Motorists face weeks of chaos across city

    Check the latest travel news in Southampton MOTORISTS are facing weeks of traffic misery from today when one of Hampshire's busiest routes is shut. From 9am engineers are to close Romsey Road in Winchester for water works for up to ten weeks. The

  • Hospital is given 'deep clean' blitz

    SOUTHAMPTON is among only 50 hospital trusts in the country to have "deep cleaned" to try to prevent superbug infections, the Daily Echo can reveal. Bosses at Southampton General implemented the blitz, the biggest ever clean-up of its kind, in September

  • Town's cinema complex set to open later this year

    AFTER years of being starved of big screen action, Eastleigh's film buffs will at last be able to see their dreams come true. A £24m scheme, which is on course for completion later this year, includes a nine screen multiplex cinema and a 20-lane bowling

  • Asbestos support group reaches charity milestone

    A SUPPORT group set up by two Hampshire sisters to help families deal with asbestos-related cancers has become a registered charity. Diane McLellan and Lynne Squibb set up the Hampshire Asbestos Support and Awareness Group - HASAG - after they were confronted

  • LEECH DAVID Passed

    LEECH DAVID Passed away ten long years ago today.  Love you always my darling and miss you every day as do Peter, Andrew, Sharan, Jane and all your grandchildren and family.  You are very special to us, always were, always will be, Eileen. X X X 


    CHARD ADIE HELEN (TOPSY) Passed away peacefully on January 6th, 2008, aged 84 years. Widow of Jim (Farmer and Accountant). ---------- Funeral Service at Southampton Crematorium, East Chapel, on Wednesday, January 16th, 2008, at 3.40 p.m. No flowers but


    GLYNN WINIFRED ANNIE Died on December 31st, 2007, at home, surrounded by her family. Finally at peace. An inspiration to us all in all she said and did.  ---------- Funeral Service to be held at Romsey Methodist Church, on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008,


    AITKENHEAD JEANETTE LINSEY Joy Boella wishes to thank relatives, friends and neighbours for their sympathy, help and support, for the generous donations to chosen charities following the death of her beloved Sister.  Sincere thanks also to the emergency


    LAMB MARGARET ANNE On this day last year, the Angels called you up to Heaven and you went with all our love.  Your memory in our hearts this day means more to us than words can say. No length of time can take away our thoughts of you from day to day. 

  • NINA

    NINA MCTIGUE AND ADAM BOURNER  Congratulations. Baby boy, Taylor born on December 27th, 2007.  Thank you for my precious Grandson.  Love Mum, Chris and Adam.  X X X 


    ALEXANDER NORMAN ROBERT Passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 13th, 2007 at Rosewood Care Home, Woolston aged 82 years. "Like a bird that he loved, At last flying free. To soar, dive and land where his fancy take he.  So cherish him Lord in your


    LORRAINE LeFEUVRE Congratulations on the 30th anniversary of your 21st Birthday!. With love and best wishes. Christine. 

  • Alan

    Alan and Christine Couzins  January 6th, 2008  Alan, thank you for 40 wonderful, exciting and challenging years.   Yours always,  Christine.   X X  


    YOUNG PAT AND ROLAND Passed away January 6th and 10th, 2007. A year has passed, we miss you both so much. We will never forget the special times we all shared. You'll always be in our hearts. All our love from your granddaughters, Marie and Katie and


    BELLOWS KATHLEEN Passed away peacefully on January 2nd, 2008. Reunited with Dad. God Bless. Eileen, Alan and family. Gordon and Della. 


    HONEYSETT LEANNE and AUSTIN (Nee FISHER) Doreen and Keith Fisher announce the birth of their beautiful Grandson COHEN KEITH A baby brother for Bailey, born January 2nd 2008, weighing 8lb 5oz. With all our love and congratulations to you both. Mum, Dad

  • SMITH NORA Taken

    SMITH NORA Taken from me twenty five years ago today after a long illness, bravely borne. Love Val X X X 


    DORIS KATE WILDING IN LOVING MEMORY Forty years you lived on earth, forty years ago today you were taken from us so suddenly. We were but children then, now we understand how young you were. Your memory lives on in us all. Geoffrey, Diane, Andrew and


    RIGNEY ANNETTE Will miss you always Attie. With love, your twin brother Tony and wife Marjorie. X X X 


    SMITH FREDERICK  GEORGE Died on January 2nd, 2008 aged 79 years at Queen Alexandra Hospital. Funeral Service at Portchester Crematorium on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 at 12.15 p.m. Family flowers only but donations if desired to Cancer Research UK c/o


    CHAPPELL PATRICK MICHAEL Known as Michael On January 1st, 2008. Peacefully at home surrounded by his family. So dearly loved by his family and friends, will be sadly missed by all. ---------- Funeral Service at St. Marys and All Saints Church, Droxford


    BLAKE MAURICE Passed away on December 31st, 2007, aged 76 years. Will be sadly missed by all his family. ---------- The Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday January 16th, 2008 at Southampton Crematorium, West Chapel at 1.15 p.m. Flowers accepted

  • FELL LIN Memories

    FELL LIN Memories of you will live forever in the two Millie's, Sky and Gyzmo. We will miss you you old trout. Much love. Karen and Ellen. X X X 

  • AUSTIN KEN Passed

    AUSTIN KEN Passed away peacefully on January 3rd, 2008 at South Haven Lodge, Woolston. Loving Husband of Mary, dearest Father, Father-in-law and Grandad. Will be sadly missed. ---------- The Funeral Service will take place on Friday, January 18th, 2008


    RIGNEY ANNETTE A dearly loved Auntie, who passed away January 7th, 2008. You will be sadly missed, but always loved by Ginny, Paul, Dominic, Leo and Maxine. X X X 


    WRIXON ALICE LOUISE (Nee BRIXEY) Peacefully on December 31st, 2007, at Swindon, aged 91 years (Formerly of Swaythling and Bishopstoke)  Dearly loved Wife of Ronald James Wrixon (deceased). Mother of Alan. Mother-in-law of Christine and Grandmother of


    CHURCHILL STAN Loving memories of my Stan. Ten years have passed by. Still thinking of you. Loving wife Eileen. X X 


    ZOSIA AND KEN THOROUGHGOOD Congratulations, you made it to 60 years together. Great achievement Mum and Dad! Love from all the family. XXX 


    BLACK JOSEPH  "JO" Aged 73. Former Employee of Pirelli Cables and a former resident of Lordshill.  Died suddenly after many years of suffering on December 22nd, 2007, in his homeland of Scotland He will be sadly missed by wife Dawn, Nick, Sue, Cindy,


    CROSS EDNA JEAN Nee GUDGEON Passed away peacefully on January 3rd, 2008, after much suffering. Sadly missed by sisters Norma and Myra. Rest in peace.  


    CROSS EDNA (Nee GUDGEON) Passed away peacefully on January 3rd 2008. Sadly missed by brother Mervyn and family.  

  • Alex

    Alex Easson Have a very  Happy Birthday (Gotcha Scuddie!)  All our love Mum, Dad and Dani. X 


    CROSS EDNA JEAN (Nee GUDGEON) Now at rest. Dearest Sister of Peter, sister-in-law Irene and family. God bless.  


    GILVARRY Nee GLEDHILL   To Matthew and Lucy,  on December 18th, 2007 at the Princess Anne, Southampton a handsome Son Thomas Arthur,  lovely brother for Mabel and Molly and yet another delight for four grandparents.  "That's all Folks!"  


    HOBLEY EDWARD (EDDIE) Died on January 6th, 2008, aged 85. Happily reunited with Doris. Much loved Dad, Father-in-law and Grandad. Sadly missed by us all. ----------- A joint Funeral Service with Doris will now be held on Thursday January 17th at Southampton


    MICHELLE AND JUSTIN would like to announce the safe arrival of Alex John Holden. January 6th 2008. Weighing 9lbs 14ozs a new little brother for Charlotte, Adam and Oliver. X X X 

  • CROSS EDNA Sister

    CROSS EDNA Sister and Auntie. Remembered with love and affection. Sheila, John, Bob, Mark and families. 

  • FELL LIN Gone

    FELL LIN Gone but not forgotten. Fondly remembered for your humour and courage.  The nursery is not the same without your smile. From the Beaulieu Jammie Dodgers. X