Northallerton teenager makes debut in the Touring Car Championship

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, a SEVENTEEN-year-old driver was set to make his debut as the youngest racer on the grid of a famous championship.

Ethan Hammerton was ready to don his racing boots and suit for the final two rounds of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), to be held at the world-famous Silverstone and Brands Hatch circuits.

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The teenager from Northallerton was called up to replace Team Hard racer Michael Caine, a former British GT Championship winner who had raced in the BTCC since 2011.

The young racer overtook more than 100 other drivers to secure the Team Hard GKR Scaffolding scholarship and has since competed in the prestigious VW Cup Championship.

His promotion to the BTCC came much sooner than expected and is a recognition of his talent on the right track.

“I’ve watched British Touring Cars at Croft with my mum, dad and brother since I was a little boy and I can’t believe I’ll actually be driving in the Championship now,” he said.

“In 2015, when I was 15 years old, I switched from racing karts to racing cars in the Junior Saloon Car Championship. Back then my goal was to compete in the BTCC and I achieved that goal – it’s a dream come true.”

A group of Dale women exposed themselves for charity by creating their own nude calendar in September 2018.

The Weardale Calendar Girls 2019 project began as a dare in a pub in Stanhope with hairdresser and businesswoman Jackie Brown.

Ms Brown, a cancer survivor, was organizing a Women’s Day fundraiser for Cancer Research UK when, following the success of BBC show The Real Full Monty earlier this year, she urged some local men to take part in a Full Monty contribution.

The men agreed, but only if the women were willing to start their own Calendar Girls project.

Ms Brown, 43, said the idea snowballed from there and before she knew it, a team of 27 ladies had bravely volunteered for the cause.

“I suffered from cancer last year and am now in remission for Hodgkin lymphoma,” she said. “I got the diagnosis after four months and I was in stage three when they got infected. So I had to undergo aggressive chemotherapy, but now I’m on the other side and I wanted to give something back.”

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Scenes include enjoying a drink outside the local pub in the snow, trying out the local greengrocers and showing off their shooting skills on the mountainside.

The mother-of-two said: “We had a blast and laughed from start to finish.”

Animal lovers urged people to help save the slaughter chickens by adopting them and giving them a new home to live out their lives.

Emma Docherty’s home on Langley Moor near Durham was to serve as a housing center for some of the thousands of hens that have lost their use in commercial egg production.

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She said: “When the hens are 72 weeks old, the farmers send them to slaughter because they are not suitable for egg production.”

“Their carcasses are worth very little and are usually sold for dog food, baby food or cheap, processed cakes.

“Fresh Start for Hens has good relationships with UK farmers and buys the cage, barn and free range chickens just before they are due to be slaughtered.” Northallerton teenager makes debut in the Touring Car Championship

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