Round-up: Most read Hexham Courant stories of the week

We’ve rounded up the 10 most read stories on the Hexham Courant website this week.

1) WATCH: Milestone achieved in major upgrade to the A69 at Hexham

A major milestone has been achieved in the upgrade of a key route Trans-Pennine route.

2) Top Gear presenter set to compete in popular rallying event in Northumberland 

A BBC Top Gear presenter has been announced to take part in a motorsport event in the region later this year.

3) 'I asked everyone to keep a safe distance' - Venomous snake spotted at world famous landmark

A warning was made after a venomous snake was spotted at a popular area in Northumberland. Several readers also shared their own adder pictures on Facebook.

4) Police called after concern for man in Hexham

Northumbria Police were called to Hexham over concerns of a man’s welfare.

5) Steam locomotive set to visit Tyne Valley - here's when

The Flying Scotsman is due to visit the Tyne Valley and we revealed when that would be.

6) Gino D’Acampo restaurant to open - here's where and when

Renowned Italian chef Gino D’Acampo announced when his restaurant will be opening in the North East.

7) Northumberland pub and hotel named in the top 10 per cent of hotels in the world

A Northumberland pub and hotel was named in the top 10 per cent of hotels in the world by travel aggregator TripAdvisor.

8) Temporary traffic restrictions in town centre to be lifted

The temporary traffic restrictions in Hexham will be lifted on Monday to coincide with the latest lockdown easing.

9) Section of A69 to close for seven nights for resurfacing work

A section of the A69 between Carlisle and Newcastle is set to close for seven nights so that resurfacing work can be carried out.

10) Motorists warned as bridge in Tynedale town closes for essential works

A Northumberland bridge will be closed until Monday morning to allow for essential rail replacement works.