Looking back at what happened this week in Tyndedale 10, 25, 50, 75, 100 and 125 years ago.


LEGAL CHALLENGE: A store owner whose business was ruined by floods said he will sue Northumbrian Water for failing to prevent the catastrophe. Peter Smith had been trapped with staff and customers at Tyne Valley Discount Clearance Centre, on Low Prudhoe, watching as the bulk of his stock became submerged in several feet of water. Mr Smith was adamant the flooding was due to serious drainage problems on the nearby Castlefields estate.

WINDFARM PROPOSALS: A major windfarm was proposed close to one of Tynedale's most iconic historical sites. Nine 125-metre high turbines were applied for overlooking Winter's Gibbet, near Elsdon, on the edge of Northumberland National Park.

WALL WRECKED: The wall at a Tynedale first school collapsed into the playground after it was struck by a 4X4 during a crash. A Nissan Navara pick-up was pulling out of Mickley First School onto the A695 at around 2.30pm last Thursday when it was hit by a Royal Mail post van travelling along the road. The Nissan was thought to have spun in the carriageway on impact, causing it to crash into the school's boundary wall.

MAN SHOT: A Stocksfield man relived the terrifying ordeal of being shot outside his home. Andrew Openshaw (35), of New Ridley Road, told Newcastle Crown Court of the moment he was shot in the shoulder in May the year before. He was giving evidence at the trial of Lee Robert Scott (35), of Ivy Close, Newcastle, who denied charges of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.


FOOTPATH RE-OPENING: Tynedale Council threatened to take Northumberland County Council to court over its failure to have the footpath through Hexham Middle School's grounds re-opened. At a meeting of the district council's environmental services committee, calls for immediate legal action were turned down. However it was agreed that the committee should step up its pressure on the county council to re-open the controversial footpath from Eastgate to Wanless Lane, which had been blocked off at one end since last year.

FARMHOUSE BLAZE: Firefighters from Allendale, Hexham and Haydon Bridge took five hours to tackle a fire in a farmhouse. The fire at Netherscotch Hall began in an adjoining garage, which was destroyed by the fire. It spread to the farmhouse, severely damaging the first floor and the roof, but the occupants of the house escaped unhurt.

OUT-OF-HOURS PLAN: Tynedale family doctors announced details of the out-of-hours scheme. It was revealed the scheme will be based at centres in Hexham General Hospital and the West Wylam Health Centre in Prudhoe, though there would be instances in which patients will still be visited at home.


WASH-OUT: That year's Slaley show was reported to be the wettest in the event's then 113-year history.

POPULATION DROP: Census returns published that week revealed that the population in most parts of Tynedale had fallen over the past 20 years, although some areas had shown notable increases. In the Haltwhistle rural area there had been a drop of almost 1,000 to 6,531, it was reported.

DRAMATIST'S LAST ACT: Northumbrian playwright Esther McCracken, an erstwhile resident of Heddon, died, aged 69.


LIFE SAVER: Their terrier's barking saved a Hexhamshire couple's lives when fire broke out at their High Dalton home 50 years ago. Mr Edward Stobbs and his wife escaped with their lives when the barking woke them up, but they lost much of their furniture, clothes and belongings in the blaze.

KILLED OFF: Allendale Parish Council was told by the Ministry of Health that it could extend the village cemetery only by enough to cater for the likely demand over the next five years. This restriction, imposed because money, materials and manpower were then in short supply, meant the council could create enough space for just another 200 graves instead of the 2,000 it had in mind.

HOUSING SHORTAGE: Haltwhistle councillors called for 500 new houses to be built at Bardon Mill to accommodate people needed to work at the nearby Birkshaw colliery.


POULTRY LECTURE: Stamfordham Women's Institute was given a lecture on poultry-keeping for profit. Members learnt how to rear poultry and prepare them for market.

FUND-RAISING CARNIVAL: A fancy-dress ball and carnival held at Allendale Church Hall raised £19 for local charities, including the village football club, the district nursing association and the rector's billiard table fund.


POPULAR PICNIC: Chollerford was the venue for that year's Wallsend Habitation of the Primrose League annual picnic outing. Some 400 people took part in this trip.