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?


FUNDING DOUBT: The future of Hexham Community Partnership hung in the balance, it was reported. Hexham Town Council's finance and general purposes committee failed to back a proposal to fund the partnership to the tune of £30,000 for the next year at a meeting. Finance committee member Coun. Andy Travis was keen to stress no decisions had yet been taken.

MASKED RAIDERS: A Tynedale pub landlord spoke about his terrifying ordeal after being threatened and robbed by masked raiders for the second time in four years. Norman Weatherburn, who runs the Boathouse Inn at Wylam, was sleeping in the flat above the pub when he was woken by two raiders wearing ski masks and brandishing a truncheon. The pair threatened Mr Weatherburn and demanded he hand over any takings on the premises, before making off with a substantial amount of cash and important paperwork, including vehicle registration documents and insurance policies.

CROSSING CAMPAIGN: A petition was launched in Otterburn, after a child narrowly avoided being mown down by a speeding car. There are calls for a crossing to be installed to curb the speed of vehicles through the village.


BONFIRE ALARM: Spectators at Hexham's firework display looked on amazed as a faulty firework flew off horizontally and hit a parked car. Hexham Round Table, which organised the display, wrote to the fireworks' manufacturer to complain about the fault.

SAFEWAY MOVE: Members of Tynedale Council's planning committee were allegedly being kept in the dark over new proposals for a major redevelopment in Hexham. Notification that Safeway's supermarket wanted to move from its store at Wentworth to Station Road had not been passed to councillors.

SIBLING REUNION: In an amazing coincidence, a Stocksfield woman's fellow golfer in a competition at Slaley Hall turned out to be the long-lost brother she had searched for for 35 years. Tina Dixon had not seen her brother Mark Innes since 1961, when her family was split up for adoption.


SEWAGE SCHEME: Plans to carry out £664,500 worth of improvements to Hexham's sewage works were given the go-ahead by urban councillors. New works costing £250,000 had been opened just three years previously but these were already proving to be completely inadequate for the town's needs, it was reported.

HOTEL PROJECT: Plans were drawn up for the construction of a £600,000 hotel and leisure centre at Wardrew Manor, Gilsland. Its developers, the Wardrew Manor Association, anticipated that this 130-bedroom hotel would be open for business by February 1973.

ROOF REPLACEMENT: All Saints' Church at West Woodburn was able to replace its old roof with a new one costing £1,000, thanks to a mystery donor putting up half the cost.

SCHOOL PLANS: Overcrowding at Wylam's 242-pupil first school prompted the county council to draw up, and include in its budget programme, plans for a replacement capable of accommodating 400 children.


TAXING MOVE: Hexham's tax inspection office relocated from Battle Hill to Allendale Road. This move, it was reported, was expected to take some months to complete.

TYNEDALE TOUR: Sweden's top football team, Norkopping, visited Hexham Abbey and the Roman fort at Housesteads, near Bardon Mill, as part of a tour of England arranged by the British Council.

RAILWAY RETIREMENT: London and North-East Railway's Corbridge stationmaster Mr T. Fields retired after 24 years there and 50 years' service with the company overall.

SUPPORT FOR STATUS QUO: Hexham Rural Council came out against changes proposed by the Boundary Commission and called for things to be kept as they were.


NEW VICAR: The Rev. J.H. Davies, of Hebburn, was inducted as vicar of Humshaugh.

EFFLUENT EMISSIONS: Allendale's creamery was ordered to clean up its act and cut down on effluent emissions 75 years ago. Effluence from the creamery was reported to be creating a health hazard and the owner, Allendale Farmers, was given three months to clean up its act by Hexham Rural Council officers.


STATION ACCIDENT: Matfen man Thomas Black (35) broke one of his legs when he tried to alight from a moving train at Newcastle's central station and became trapped between the train and the platform.

WORRY OVER SHEEP WORRYING: Attacks on sheep flocks by dogs were causing concern in Redesdale. At farms near Redesmouth and West Woodburn, 10 sheep were killed and many more were so badly injured they had to be destroyed subsequently.