Pictured are Michael Maughan, David Hefferan, Sandra Hefferan, Kerry Robinson, David Jackson, Ian Jackson, David Robinson, Steven Davison, Alan Robinson, Paul Grant, Darren Grant, Melanie Maughan, Stuart Moffit, Rachael Jackson, Michael Wilson, Mark Moffit, Julie Watson, and Victoria Monahan,


POISON PARK: Plans to return Tyne Green to its Victorian splendour were scuppered when proposals to move the adventure play park there had to be abandoned after the new site was found to be contaminated - it had been the location of the town's sewage works.

BANK BETRAYAL: Despite protests, HSBC abandoned villagers in Haydon Bridge, leaving residents without a way to withdraw cash and forced to travel to Hexham or Haltwhistle to do so.

GLASSES RAISED: After four years in business, the team at the Allendale brewery reached a major milestone after the millionth pint produced there was poured.

ASSETS STRIPPED: The Abbeyfield Society, castigated as an immoral asset stripper went ahead with plans to sell of an old people's home in Hexham - Abbeyfield House - despite being given the building free of charge on the understanding it would continue to be run as sheltered accommodation for the elderly.


RELIEF ROAD: Hexham councillors renewed their pleas for a southern relief road for the town, connecting the road for the then-new Co-op store and the former War Memorial Hospital in order to ease pressure on Eastgate.

CRIME SPATE: Thieves and vandals could drive visitors away from Hexham, claimed traders, after a spate of petty crime in the town centre.

RESTAURANT RAIDED: Masked men carrying hammers threatened staff at the Little Chef of Bardon Mill, forcing them to empty the contents of the till.

SHEEP SUSPICIONS: Families on the historic Wallington estate - where sightings of large cats had been reported in recent months - were living in fear after more than 20 sheep were slaughtered and others maimed by a mystery predator.


ALL CHANGE: Dramatic alterations to education provision in Tynedale were announced, with schools for teenagers at Haydon Bridge and Prudhoe to become comprehensives, while schools for younger pupils at Matfen, Wall, Birtley and Bingfield were to be closed.

PLAYGROUND SLAMMED: At a meeting of Prudhoe Urban Council, the town's Oakfield Park playground was described as a death trap.

SHOW STOPPER: Hexham Amateur Stage Society's production of Jerome Kern's "Show Boat" at the town's Forum theatre attracted record attendances. The show drew capacity crowds three nights running for the first time in the society's history.


OFFICE PLANS: Plans to build a new post office in Battle Hill, Hexham, were given the go-ahead by Hexham Urban Council - some 31 years after they were first drawn up.

FUND SHARE-OUT: Hexham Welcome Home Committee announced that it intended to distribute the £3,000 it had raised among the 810 townsfolk due to return to Hexham after serving in the Armed Forces during World War II. A public welcome home ceremony was also to be held the following year.

GOALS GALORE: Hexham Hearts football team beat Prudhoe's ICI side 15-0 at Crawcrook to go seven points clear at the top of their league.


GLEEMEN GLEE: The Prudhoe Gleemen, reformed the previous year after having been in abeyance during World War I, concluded a record-breaking season during which it won prizes at all 11 competitions it took part in, including six for taking first place.

RODENT RECORD: Cavy exhibitor William Surtees, of Wellington Cottage in Riding Mill, notched up a record number of wins at cavy competitions held throughout the North East that year. Despite having only been a cavy exhibitor for two years, Mr Surtees had already been appointed vice-president of the Abyssian Cavy Club.

NONAGENARIAN DIES: Job Stobart, then Allendale's oldest resident, died at the age of 93.


PRIESTS' PROGRESS: Church-goers at Newbrough gave their Vicar, the Rev. E.W.R Walters, £70 and a brass lamp as leaving presents when he left the parish to take up a new post at Heddon-on-the-Wall. Elsewhere, the Rev. G.E Richmond, formerly a curate at Newburn, was appointed the Vicar of Bywell.

RAILWAY TRAGEDY: A farm labourer was knocked over and killed by a train while delivering milk to Wylam railway station.


UNUSUAL SIGHT: There was a "beautifual lunar rainbow" on Tuesday morning, at about 6am, the Courant reported.

SNOW JOKE: There had been a fall of snow in the district and the nearby hills were covered, following two or three extremely cold days.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT: A nine-year-old girl suffered a severe concussion when she came across an "infuriate bullock" on Cockshaw Lane in Hexham.