A trip down memory lane at what made the headlines in years gone by.


PROJECT OPPOSITION: There was opposition to plans for a money-spinning hydro-electricity scheme on the Tyne at Hexham. Angling groups on England's premier salmon fishing river claimed that hydro schemes are a waste of tax payers' money and damaging to the environment.

SCHOOL ASSAULT INQUIRY: Police were called to Hexham's Queen Elizabeth High School after a fight broke out between two students. One of the boys involved in the alleged assault was arrested.

STATION SWITCH: More than 1,000 people signed a petition demanding that Hexham Bus Station stayed where it was. The future of the dilapidated council-owned structure in Priestpopple had hung in the balance for some time, and Northumberland County Council made it clear it wanted to move the bus station a quarter of a mile down the road to Loosing Hill. Hexham residents Anne Pickering and Aileen Hendricks handed over the petition to a meeting of the county council's west area committee, calling for the station to be renovated rather than razed.

SHOW'S NEW HOME: It was reported the next year's Northumberland County Show would be the last one to be held at Corbridge. Show organisers confirmed the switch from Tynedale Park to Lord Allendale's estate at Bywell, near Stocksfield, in 2013. They said the substantially larger 105-acre site at Bywell would allow the show to expand its programme of attractions.


DRIVER TRAPPED: One man was trapped in his truck for an hour and a half and then had to be airlifted to hospital after he was involved in an accident near Heddon-on-the-Wall.

ICY ROADS: Tynedale was hit with the first real signs of winter, and police warned of the hazardous driving conditions it was bringing. Up to six inches fell on one night in areas above 1,000 feet. Police blamed the weather for contributing to a serious accident on the Military Road at Rudchester crossroads as well as minor accidents.

HISTORIC SHOP FIND: Builders converting a Hexham shop accidentally uncovered a piece of the town's history which possibly dated back three centuries. The former gas board premises on Fore Street were being developed for an Argos store when builders rediscovered cellars that may have been home to people during the 17th Century.


VILLAGERS VOTE: At an extraordinary parish meeting held in Riding Mill, villagers agreed to buy three patches of land there, for use as public open spaces, for £2,600.

WINTER ARRIVES: Tynedale emerged relatively unscathed from snowstorms that caused chaos elsewhere in the North-East.

BUS RUMPUS: The Ribble Bus Company's Alston depot pledged to recruit more drivers following complaints about services to Brampton being cancelled due to staff being off sick or on holiday.

AT THE MOVIES: The controversial western 'Soldier Blue', starring Candice Bergen and Donald Pleasance, and John Wayne's jingositic war film 'The Green Berets' were showing at Hexham's Forum Cinema.


ROYAL VISIT: Hexham was visited by the then princess royal, who, during her 20 minutes in the town, unveiled a plaque at the West Quarter rest-break house.

RECORD SET: 1946's Remembrance Sunday collections in Tynedale brought in the record-breaking sum of £427.

PLAQUE UNVEILED: A new plaque in memory of Stocksfield folk killed during World War II was unveiled at the village's war memorial.


MINE REVIVAL: A jobs boost was in the offing for the North Tyne Valley as Bellingham's Hesleyside colliery prepared to re-open after having been closed for some time.


TOP MARKS: Birtley School, near Wark, was given top marks following a visit by a diocesan inspector. Everything inspected was either excellent or all that could be desired, it was reported.

MEMORIAL UNVEILED: A stained glass window was fitted at Otterburn's Presbyterian Church in memory of William Thompson, a villager killed in an accident five years earlier.

MUSICAL FUND-RAISER: That year's annual concert at Bardon Mill's public hall raised £9 for the village's reading institute.