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


VILLAGE GREEN: County councillors were advised to approve an application from Fairfield and Willia Road Neighbourhood Action Group to register the Old School playing field in Haltwhistle as a village group. It was reported approval would scupper long-standing plans to create top quality football facilities there, including a full-sized pitch and changing rooms. "It will be the end of football in Hexham," said Haltwhistle Conservative Club FC manager and secretary Cameron Bell.

WATER SUPPLIES: Six homes near Kirkharle were without water after a 44-ton lorry crashed and severed a main.

FUEL PRICES: Rural households fought back against rocketing heating oil prices. Villages formed their own oil buying cooperatives to ensure their communities got a fair deal, and residents in Humshaugh were the latest to band together to drive down prices. 43 households in the village agreed to buy in bulk thanks to an initiative by Humshaugh Community Ventures.

LORRY BAN: Lorries are to be banned from the bridge over the Tyne at Corbridge, it was reported.


A69 CRASH: A Cumbrian woman died in a crash on the A69 at Bardon Mill, in the third fatal accident on the road in Tynedale in less than a month. The accident again called into question the safety of the A69.

PLAY AREA OPENING: Television presenter Wendy Gibson officially opened the soft play area for West Woodburn First School's playgroup.

APPEAL LAUNCHED: An appeal was launched to help pay for a headstone for the grave of an unknown baby, whose remains were buried at Allendale. The remains - believed to date back at least 40 years - were discovered in the loft of a farmhouse in Langley by Robert Coulson, during renovations.


NIGHTCLUB OUTCRY: Plans to open a nightclub in Hexham's Priestpopple sparked an outcry among residents of nearby streets. These protests prompted local planners to put off making a decision on the Dontino's scheme despite it being recommended for acceptance.

ELDERLY INITIATIVE: Houses in Hexham's Cockshaw and Glovers Place were demolished to make way for homes for the elderly.

LAST DANCE: Hexham's Queen's Ballroom, now an arts centre, closed after almost 50 years of hosting dances.

FIRST FOR HOSPITAL: A sports club for paraplegics and tetraplegics was set up at Hexham General Hospital. The Hexham Paratet Sports Club, as it was known, was reported to be the first organisation of its kind in Northern England.


DAMP SQUIB: A £2,800 borehole scheme intended to ease Acomb's acute water shortage problems proved a resounding failure. Instead, Hexham Rural Council embarked on a project that it was hoped would increase threefold the supply of water yielded by the village spring at Silver Hill.

CHURCH CHEERED: A gift day held at Hexham Abbey raised £300 for the church's funds.

OPENING HOURS: Calls were made for Hexham shops to remain open at Tuesday lunch-times. Their closing then caused much inconvenience to prospective customers, a Hexham Rural Council meeting heard.


FEVER ALERT: Haydon Bridge was feared to be on the brink of an outbreak of scarlet fever after two pupils at its Shaftoe Trust First School were found to be suffering from this malady.

METHODIST FUND-RAISER: A collection at Wall's Wesleyan chapel raised over £6 for a Russian famine fund. This was said to be a respectable sum bearing in mind how many members of this church's congregation were unemployed or on short-time work at that time.

AGRICULTURAL OBITUARY: Joseph Pumphrey, of Stocksfield's Hindley Hall, said to be a leading breeder of pedigree shorthorn cattle and one of the best-known farmers in Northern England, died, aged 72.


BUILDING BRIDGES: Corsenside Parish Council, at a meeting at West Woodburn Board School, agreed to have a wooden footbridge over Chesterhope Burn that had fallen into a state of disrepair mended.

FIRST-CLASS TURNOUT: A series of first-aid classes at Ninebanks, led by West Allendale doctor Warwick Steele, proved popular, attracting 36 participants.