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?


EMPTY HOMES: Almost a quarter of the homes in Northumberland which had been empty for six months or more were in Tynedale, it was reported. The biggest problem in Tynedale appeared to be in the Bellingham division, where 53 properties were vacant - 2.7 per cent of the division's total housing stock.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS: Hundreds of extra visitors headed into Hexham for the annual Christmas market, bringing a much needed festive boost for local businesses. Around 80 stalls lined the Market Place and Beaumont Street.

MOVIE STARS: Tynedale's unspoiled countryside played host to the cast and crew of a major new blockbuster film. St Mary's Church, in Slaley, and the woods around neighbouring Healey provided a backdrop for filming big-budget production The Liability.


£2.4M FOR TOWN: Prudhoe received an early Christmas present in the form of a £2.4 million government grant to the town's Community Partnership. Among long-term schemes given support by the grant were the arts centre at Prudhoe High School and a sports hall designed to revitalise the town centre.

FESTIVE PAYOUT: Several Tynedale charities celebrated after being handed a £709,562 festive payout from the National Lottery. A total of five charities from across Tynedale area were told they had won the grants under the health, disability and care programme section of the Lottery Charities Board.

CAT SHOT: A tabby cat called Willow had to have an operation to have one of its legs pinned after it was shot in woodland behind its owners' house the day before.


FILM FEAST: Movie buffs were being treated to a top-class comedy double bill, consisting of "Carry on up the Khyber" and "Carry on Doctor", at Hexham's Forum Cinema.

EXPLOSION PROMPTS COURT ACTION: A Haydon Bridge garage was fined £50 for breaching safety regulations after one of its employees was injured when a diesel tank he was welding exploded.

LIGHT LOUTS: Hexham's Christmas lights were beset by vandals and thieves. Some 20 lights on a Christmas tree outside the town's abbey were stolen or broken within hours of it being put up.

BRIDGE DEBATE: An accident prompted Haltwhistle rural councillors to call for the bridge at Longbyre to be improved.

LAST LESSONS: Wall's first school closed.


PRISONERS PLAY SANTA CLAUS: German officers held at Featherstone Park's prisoner-of-war camp made toys as Christmas presents for the village's children.

PLENITUDE OF POULTRY: Supplies of turkey, geese and other festive poultry in Hexham were reported to be at their most plentiful since the outbreak of World War II.

CHAIRMAN CARRIES ON: Wark's Royal British Legion branch appointed Robert Frankland as its chairman for the 20th year running.

UNDER THE HAMMER: A semi-detached house in Woodside Avenue, Corbridge, was sold at auction for £1,700.


FALSTONE FUNDRAISER: A bazaar at Falstone raised £48 for the North Tyne Nursing Association and the Willington training centre.

FARMYARD FEAT: A pullet owned by Slaggyford farmer William Dickinson laid what was for that area then a record number of eggs - some 323 in a year.


WOMEN WARNED: J.M. Wilson, a teacher at Hexham Presbyterian Church, warned women against reading romantic novels, dismissing such books as silly, vapid, immoral and liable to destroy their readers' souls and minds.

METHODISTS HOODWINKED: A confidence trickster swindled Mickley Methodist Chapel official William Gair and several other members of this chapel's congregation out of substantial quantities of food and money after claiming to be acquainted with former friends of theirs.