Round Up! Here’s all the exciting Darlington news you need to know
Darlington has always been an area renowned for its sense of community, with a rich history to its name and an enviable location in the heart of the North East. And the fun, celebration and innovation continue to thrive in the town to this day, with plenty of events and updates to get excited about.
So, to make sure you stay up to date with all the latest happenings in Darlington, here’s our round-up of the best recent news stories.
£20 million secured for town centre rail attractions
The local authority has succeeded in securing significant funding for the region’s next major railway attractions. Last year, the Tees Valley Combined Authority revealed that it would fund the creation of new rail heritage attractions in Darlington. This is to help celebrate the town’s famous rail history, including the Stockton and Darlington Railway which opened in 1825.
Darlington Borough Council member Nick Wallis has now confirmed that £20 million has been secured for the project, saying:
“We are incredibly lucky here in Darlington to have the excellent Head of Steam museum, home of the iconic Locomotion No. 1 engine, which pulled the first passenger journey back in 1825.
September 2025 marks the 200th anniversary of that momentous occasion and we want that to be not just a national event, but an international event.
We’re delighted to have secured up to £20m to deliver that ambition. With this investment, the countdown to 2025 is well underway.”
It has also been confirmed that some of the funding will be used to update existing attractions and historical sites, too.
Women come together to celebrate International Women’s Day in Darlington
In honour of International Women’s Day on the 8th March, women across Darlington and the surrounding area came together. The group was made up of women who work in what have traditionally be thought of as male-dominated industries, showing that they really can do it all.
The group consisted of funeral directors, local journalists, a painter and decorator, an embalmer, a celebrant, a locksmith, a firefighter, two police officers and volunteers from Darlington FC.
Vikki Lazenby of Co-op Funeralcare, who organised the event, commented on its success, saying:
“It’s important to celebrate the diversity and opportunity our town offers to our aspiring next generation, and also recognise how far we have come as a community and society in this century.”
Hannah Chapman, editor of The Northern Echo, also commented:
“It was inspiring to see a range of careers represented and well done to Vikki for bringing us all together and showing that any path is available to youngsters, no matter what their gender.”
Darlington law firm helps UK charity set up a Veterans’ Hub
Latimer Hinks has been a local business in Darlington for more than 125 years, and is part of the ‘I’m Backing Darlington’ campaign. The law firm recently supported the national charity Sporting Force by helping them acquire new premises on Darlington’s High Row.
Sporting Force was founded in Darlington in 2015 by Tommy Lowther, following his discharge from the army and diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Lowther uses links to professional sports teams to retrain former service personnel for new careers, with links to Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds United, Sunderland and Newcastle Falcons among others.
With its new premises, Sporting Force is able to establish a veterans’ hub in which former servicemen and women can ease the transition to civilian life.