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?


PAIR ARE HONOURED: A retired GP and a Red Cross volunteer were celebrating this week after being named in the New Year's Honours List. Dr Bill Cunningham and Mary Robinson were both made MBEs.

RAIL TALKS CONTINUE: Talks between Northern Rail chiefs and rail unions over the "torchgate" commuter train row on the Tyne Valley line were "extremely constructive," it was reported. The emergency talks were called after an extra carriage on the crowded 7.42am train from Hexham to Newcastle was taken off after just three days. Although neither side was prepared to comment officially on the reason for the carriage's removal, it was understood that drivers refused to walk on an unlit track in the Hexham sidings for health and safety reasons.

NO POWER: Storm force winds left more than 1,000 people without power and caused major disruption across Tynedale. Motorists were warned to avoid unnecessary travel as gales approaching 100mph battered the district, and the heavy winds caused damage to overhead conductors which resulted in a power cut that affected 1,600 homes in Wylam.


HISTORY MADE: An Ovingham couple made history at their wedding when they became the first couple that century to be born in the village and married in its parish church. Peter Blackburn and Joanna Stokoe married at St Mary the Virgin Church.

HOMES CUT OFF: More than 2,000 homes in and around Haltwhistle were without electricity for four and a half hours following damage to a high voltage overhead cable near Bardon Mill.

RECORD DAY: Northumbria's ambulance control room received a record number of emergency calls over the new year - more than twice normal for a 24-hour period. In the busiest ever new year for the region's ambulance service, 825 calls were received by the control room, 8 per cent up on the year before.

SOUR NOTE: Thousands of pounds worth of musical equipment was stolen from a musician's home in Hexham. Thieves entered the house in Pearson Terrace by forcing a rear door. They stole £8,000 worth of equipment, including a VCR, three keyboards, an accordion and a computer.


THUMBS-UP FOR PRUDHOE PLANS: Councillors at Prudhoe gave the go-ahead in principle to plans to demolish the town's Front Street Methodist chapel and build a supermarket and office block.

WHERE THE STREETS AD NO NAMES: A lack of street signs on Wylam's Dene estate was causing postmen there much confusion. Some 20 streets had no nameplates and many had either 'dene' or 'dean' in their names.

JOBS BOOST: Tyneside kitchen firm Pybelle announced plans to open a factory at Prudhoe.


POPULAR PRODUCTION: That year's Hexham Amateur Stage Society production of "The Mikado", proved its most popular ever, attracting total audiences of 3,000.

SAFE STOLEN: Thieves stole a safe containing £150 from Gilsland C-op and dumped the empty safe in Colt Crag reservoir.

PERMISSION REFUSED: Tynedale's first double-decker buses were being kept off the road - for lack of planning permission for a new garage. The Ministry of Town and Country Planning had overturned a council decision to give Charlton's permission for the lofty building.


ABATTOIR PLANS: Prudhoe urban councillors suggested providing a new, public slaughterhouse in the town.

ROAD PLANS AIRED: Plans were drawn up for the provision of a new 1.5-mile road in Bellingham, linking Plashetts with the main road there.


ALLENDALE ACCIDENT: An Allendale man was seriously scalded when he fell into a lead pan at the village's smelt mills, but was recovering after prompt treatment.

BOOST FOR CHAPEL: Baronet John Swinburne, of Capheaton Hall, offered to provide, at the nominal cost of 20 shillings, the stone needed to build a village chapel.