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Town appoints resident 'tweeter'

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The partnership appealed for the town's most prolific tweeter

A teacher has been appointed as the "tweeter in residence" for a County Durham town.

Mike McTimoney will use the networking website Twitter - updates on which are called tweets - to keep people abreast of news and events in Darlington.

The Darlington Partnership, which is behind the scheme, said the teacher's messages would also be displayed on its Dx2 website.

He is being paid £140-a-year to tweet under the name TheDarloBard.

Mr McTimoney, of the town's Queen Elizabeth sixth form college, said: "I am really into social media and all the fantastic opportunities the internet offers, so I thought this would be an interesting thing to do."

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