A trip down memory lane, we take a look back at the stories to have hit the headlines 10, 25, 50, 75, 100 and 125-years ago. Do you remember any of the events?


FINAL TRIBUTE: Family, friends and classmates paid their respects to Emma Newton - the student who died when her car was crushed by a tree - in an evening of activity.

PEAK ACHIEVEMENT: Former Tynedale rugby star Andy Blyth reached the 19,000-foot summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, raising £100,000 for charity.

COMMUNITY MOURNING: The Catholic community was coming to terms with the death of Father Martin Deegan - head of the Catholic Church in Hexham for 35 years. He had been ill for some time and died just days after the 54th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.

PARTY IN PARK: Record crowds turned out for Ponteland’s Party in the Park organised by the town’s churches with star-studded performances from local groups.

TRIPLE TRAUMA: A family blighted by three different degenerative diseases were preparing to host an action-packed, fun day to raise funds for research. Parkinson’s sufferer Vicki Dillon had her great niece Anya Potter and her sister Jeanette Brazier very much in mind while organising Parky in the Park.

TAKING NAP: A crook broke into a caravan for an unauthorised kip! The man was arrested and charged with committing criminal damage to the caravan.

MAN HUNT: A taxi driver was punched in the face in Wylam after picking up a customer from Newcastle. The passenger tried to make off without paying for the journey and when the taxi driver tried to stop him, was punched in the face.

AWAITING FATE: Around 200 elderly residents were caught up in the financial plight of the Southern Cross Healthcare Group. Their worried families were waiting to find out what the future held for Hexham’s Sunningdale Lodge and Sunningdale House, Prudhoe’s Red Brick House and the Ponteland Manor Care Home.

ROAD WORKS: Road works outside the Border Reiver shop in Otterburn were put on hold so they didn’t interfere with weddings at nearby Otterburn Hall, angering shop proprietor Gordon Moore who complained takings had dropped.


FIRE SCARE: Office workers at the Fairnington Centre mental health administration unit at Hexham Hospital looked on in horror as an arsonist set fire to the reception area. The disguised rider - who police thought could be a mental health patient - poured petrol through the reception hatch at the unit on Corbridge Road and lit the fuel before making off on a motorcycle.

PARASOL PARADE: Umbrellas were out in force for Hexham Jazz Festival’s New Orleans-style street parade - but they were not to keep the rain off. Dancers with twirling parasols joined the Hi-Life brass marching band as it toured the streets.

NEAR MISS: A helicopter and RAF fighter were involved in a near miss over Slaley Hall golf course as celebrities and top golfers prepared for the pro-am and Northumberland Challenge competitions.

SPINAL UNIT: There were fears Hexham was set to lose its spinal centre, with local health chiefs saying an announcement was to be made on its future within the next week.


TEACHER STRIKE: Prudhoe High School was hit by a one-day strike over teachers’ salaries.

RESERVOIR REJECTION: County planners agreed to stand by their objections to plans to create a giant reservoir at Kielder.

FISHING FEAT: Andrew Cuthbertson (13), of Haydon Bridge, caught a 2lb brown trout while angling near the village - it was reported to be one of the biggest fish landed in the area for some years.

BEST INTERESTS: Then Hexham MP Geoffrey Rippon, also Britain’s chief common market negotiator, told a meeting joining the European Community was in Britain’s best interests.


POOR MAINTENANCE: Hexham Urban Council chairman Joseph Cullen criticised the council’s workmen for their poor maintenance of the town’s gutters. The workers responsible were lame ducks who should hang their heads in shame, he said.

RATION RUMPUS: Hexham Urban Council, the town’s food control committee and representatives of local women protested about government plans to ration bread.


MEMORIAL UNVEILED: A war memorial was put up at Haydon Bridge Shaftoe Trust School to commemorate former pupils and members of staff killed during WW1.

PERFECT HARMONY: Allendale Choral Society held an open-air concert in the village’s Market Place.


SCHOOL PLANS: Haydon Bridge Parish Council and the Shaftoe Trust School discussed plans for the establishment of a secondary school.

CEMETERY CONSECRATED: A new area added to Alston’s parish cemetery was consecrated by the then bishop of Newcastle.

POPULAR PICNIC: More than 100 children turned out for Barrasford’s annual picnic and ball held at North Park.