Green light: A £36.1 million investment into Hexham's schools that would see 1,900 pupils brought together on one side was given the go-ahead.

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Survival fight: Hexham's high street was dealt a bitter blow when Hexham Outlet Centre, owned by Beales, announced it would be closing its store on Fore Street as the retailer faced an uncertain future.

Virus threat: The Siddle family from faced being torn apart after Chinese-born mother and wife Sindy was refused a seat on a flight from Wuhan back to the UK due to fears over coronavirus, which had killed 130 people at the time.


Homes plan: The Duke of Northumberland revealed plans to build at least 100 new homes in Prudhoe, on the former allotments site south of Broomhouse Lane.

Tyne troubles: Tynedale was battered by Storm Ciara. The Tyne burst its banks at Corbridge, Haydon Bridge, and Prudhoe, and an elderly couple had to be rescued when their car was caught in a flood at Bywell.

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New service: Hexham's post office relocated to a convenience store on Battle Hill, after the former office in Beales closed a week earlier in advance of the rest of the store closing down that week.


Club killed: Planning permission was secured that would see former Hexham nightclub Dontino's turned into flats by Newcastle-based developer Lugano.

Fast food: McDonald's confirmed its plans to open its first ever store in Tynedale, at the new Tyneview Retail Park at Low Prudhoe.

Lockdown begins: Life in the Tyne Valley and the wider UK was turned upside down as the country was forced into lockdown on March 23. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the country to stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives.


Tributes paid: The mother of Prudhoe cancer survivor Kian Musgrove, Kat, paid tribute to nurse Rebecca Mack after her death from coronavirus. The 29-year-old from Morpeth had cared for Kian at the RVI in Newcastle on the children's cancer unit.

Widow's walk: Becca Wolf-Gasparetto raised £1,900 for NHS Charities Together by walking six miles in her wedding dress in honour of her late husband, Jules, who died in 2014 at the age of 23 after a short battle with bladder cancer.

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Harrowing experience: Former Prudhoe resident Scott Dixon shared his experience of coronavirus after he was diagnosed with the disease while living in Edinburgh.

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