A LOOK back at what made the headlines 10, 25, 50, 75, 100 and 125-years-ago. Do you remember any of these stories?


CAR CRASHES: A month-old baby and four adults were taken to hospital after a car left the road and overturned on a grass verge at Ottercops. The Great North Air Ambulance was called to airlift a 27-year-old Polish woman to hospital, while another woman, two men and the baby were all taken to Newcastle's RVI. The Pride of Cumbria, based at Penrith, was also scrambled after a Citroen Berlingo came off the a68 near Ridsdale. The 51-year-old driver had to be cut free by fire crews and was also airlifted to the Newcastle hospital.

APPRENTICE STAR: A Corbridge restaurant was a favourite haunt of one of the contestants vying to be hired as the next successful candidate on the BBC TV series The Apprentice. Helen Louise Milligan had a taste for Chinese cuisine as a familiar face at Artisam on Front Street.

NEW NAME: Haltwhistle Football Club renamed its Burnside field ground Powell Park after the man who had been leading a campaign to have the pitch declared a village green. Chairman of the Fairfield Park and Willia Road Neighbourhood Action Ground Brendan Powell was "flabbergasted" by the change of heart from the club.

CARE CRISIS: Families of hundreds of pensioners in four Southern Cross care homes - including Hexham's Sunningdale Lodge and Sunningdale House, Prudhoe's Red Brick House and The Ponteland Manor Care Home - were given assurances the premises would remain open. The search began for new care home operators after the company announced it was to fold.

PARKING CHARGES: A delegation of angry traders from across Northumberland forced the council to rethink its 'controversial parking strategy.' Hexham Business Forum was among traders to stage a demonstration after 'long-standing equalisation' of parking charges across the county had not been resolved.


KITTEN HOMING: The Northumberland West branch of the RSPCA was inundated with unwanted kittens. The RSPCA had around 40 waiting to be homed - as well as neutered adults - and since the branch did not have a cattery, all of the kittens were living with unpaid foster carers.

TRAFFIC PETITION: Tynedale Council's planners 'washed their hands' of a 77-name petition calling for a major rethink on traffic movements in Corbridge. Residents asked St Helen's Street to be made one way, with parking on one side of the road only and for residents only parking to be introduced.

BRIDGE BID: A bid to have a new foot bridge built near Humshaugh 'sunk without a trace', parish councillors heard. The council learnt a package of bids for Millennium Commission funding for up to 100 new bridges, including one near the North Tyne village, had been unsuccessful.

HAYDON HOUSING: Public opinion forced Tynedale planners to delay a decision on a bid by Bellway Homes to build 20 new houses in Haydon Bridge. The scheme was met with fierce opposition and a site visit was to take place.

HOT STUFF: Hexham's fire cover arrangements were given the thumbs-up in a new report by HM Inspectorate of Fire Service. The Hexham brigade was praised for its work.


ROYAL VISIT: A Royal visit was in the offing for Prudhoe; the town's Kimberly Clark paper tissue factory was to be officially opened by Princess Anne.

TEACHING CONTROVERSY: Mr R.H. Dakin, then headteacher at Mowden Hall Preparatory School, near Newton, criticised 'trendy teaching methods in vogue', saying education looked likely to be replaced by indoctrination and soon literacy would be considered elitist and made an offence.

SPORTS INITIATIVE: A new £4,200 sports centre was opened at Acomb.


QUARRY APPROVAL: Hexham Rural Council gave the go-ahead to plans to reopen Newbrough's Carrstones quarry and create a new one at nearby Torney's Fell.

FARM DROUGHT: Hexhamshire farmers were reported to be hard hit by a drought that left some without water to cool their milk for two months.

SOCCER SUPPORT: Fans of the Hexham Hearts football team set up a supporters' club.

SANATORIUM BLAZE: A fire broke out at Barrasford's sanatorium, causing a considerable amount of damage. Staff and patients, however, were unhurt.


WATER MYSTERY: Allendale was reported to be unaffected by a drought besetting most of Tynedale. It was the worst experienced for 20 to 30 years and the 'Dale' was traditionally one of the first to run short.

DOG DIES: A champion St Bernard from Stocksfield died of pneumonia. King Mark was the only dog of its breed to have picked up a Crufts prize.


COUPLE REUNITED: A man arrived in Alston to meet his wife for a holiday only to find he had forgotten the name of the guesthouse she was staying in! A Courant reporter reunited the pair using visitor lists.