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?


SCHOOL BUS CRASH: Eleven school children escaped unhurt after a bus carrying them home from school swerved off a road. The LDV Convoy mini-bus was taking pupils aged between nine and 13 home from the upper school at Haltwhistle Community Campus, when it left the road and hit a wall at Westwood, near Bardon Mill.

SKIMMING DEVICE: A skimming device was fitted to a cashpoint in Prudhoe. The device, which was seized by police and sent for forensic examination, was found on the ATM outside Prudhoe co-op on Oakfield Terrace.

PLANE FUEL: Villagers in Heddon on the Wall were warned not to eat anything out of their gardens after their homes were swamped by what was believed to be aviation fuel. Residents living on Aquila Drive awoke to find their driveways and garages covered in a pungent, sticky substance, thought to be kerosene.


TB DIAGNOSIS: A doctor who was working in the maternity unit at Hexham General Hospital that summer was diagnoses as having the contagious disease tuberculosis. Steps were taken to arrange for those newborn babies who were handled by the temporary doctor during his temporary spell in the unit to be screened. Health officials urged members of the public not to panic.

A68 CRASH: A woman was taken to Newcastle General Hospital with head injuries following another accident on the A68 trunk road near Byrness. Ruth Heather Wallace (20), of East Lothian, was a passenger in a vehicle which hit a wall and overturned. She had to be cut from the wreckage of the vehicle by firemen from Hexham, Bellingham and Jedburgh.

PUZZLED ESTATE: Residents in Oaklands Rise, Riding Mill, had been waiting 11 years for a street name sign. But when it was finally erected, it was put up in the wrong street, with a Tynedale Council workman cementing it in place nearly quarter of a mile away.

GOING 'CHEEP': Thieves who struck at an aviary in Heddon flew the coop with 30 valuable budgies. The birds were worth over £900 in total. Chief Inspector Jeff Wilkinson of Hexham Police commented: "Police are looking for birds going 'cheep'."


BRIDGE REVAMP: £40,000 worth of repairs were to be carried out on Haltwhistle's metal bridge, it was announced.

SUCCESS FOR SINGERS: Hexham Male Voice Choir achieved it greatest success thus far by coming second in a contest for senior choir at 1971's Blackpool Music Festival.

BUS ROUTE THREAT: Tyne Valley Coaches turned down an offer of a £5,000 subsidy for continuing to run services from Hexham to Newbrough and Bellingham, saying it was not enough to break even on the route.

SHOCK FOR TENANTS: Emergency work was carried out on 12 council houses at South Park, Slaley after their electrical systems were found to be dangerous.


PICTURE PRESENT POOH-POOHED: Allendale Parish Council turned down Newcastle's Laing Art Gallery's offer to give it a picture painted by Allendale artist John Dickinson because it did not have anywhere to hang it. This painting was of carpenter Nicholas and Joseph Shield at work in Allendale's Shield Street.

BIRDS BLAMED: Jackdaws were blamed for litter theft in Allendale's Market Place at weekends. A parish councillor there claimed that the birds removed paper used to wrap fish and chips from bins and deposited it in the village centre. This explanation of the 'Dale's litter problems failed to convince his colleagues, who thought it more likely that litter louts were responsible, however.

PIPE PRESENT: Charles Parker, a worker at Eltringham's Sanitary Pipe Company, near Prudhoe, was presented with a pipe and a pouch of tobacco upon retiring after over 50 years there.

VOLUNTARY WORK: German officers held prisoner at Featherstone Park, near Haltwhistle, won praise for the voluntary work they undertook at various local farms, 50 years ago. In one month alone, Featherstone Park inmates had carried out 125,000 hours' worth of unpaid labour, the Hexham Courant revealed.


SUCCESSFUL SALE: A sale of work raised almost £170 for "ladies in reduced circumstances" then living in Corbridge.

MEMORIAL UNVEILED: A lych-gate war memorial was unveiled at St Mary Magdalene Church in Prudhoe by the then Duke of Northumberland.


TABLES TURNED: Hexham's football team exacted revenge for a 3-0 home defeat by Heaton's Science and Art by notching up a surprise 5-0 away win.