northern lives


Meet Hector, the Bothy Ballads stalwart

April 14, 2019

If you happen to be walking through the beautiful woods of Finzean estate in Aberdeenshire, you might be lucky enough to hear a rich Doric voice rising in song.


Looking back from New Zealand

April 17, 2016

Ethel Greig was born in Turriff Cottage Hospital on October 2, 1939. Although she now lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband Selwyn, the close-knit streets of her home village New Byth remain close to her heart. Here, to kick off our new memoirs series in YL, Ethel recalls her childhood in Aberdeenshire and ventures abroad


VIDEO: Addicted woman spent £250,000 on gambling machines

August 20, 2015

Addicted Tara Mooney, spent up to 12-hours every day putting every penny she earned as a bus driver into the gambling machines. Tara, originally from High Wycombe, Bucks has finally managed to kick her decade-long habit – after already losing her home and three children – when she was sacked for missing shifts.