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


PETROL PANIC: Filling stations across Tynedale returned to normal after the chaos caused by the previous week's buying of petrol. Fears of a tanker drivers' strike prompted long queues at the tail end of the week, with garages in both Stocksfield and Corbridge running out of diesel.

WEATHER REVERSAL: Just days after Tynedale was basking in a heatwave, a dramatic reversal in the weather saw residents battling against snow storms, sleet and strong winds. As temperatures plummeted into single figures, the district became engulfed in a blanket of white, which caused chaos on the roads and left thousands of homes and businesses without electricity.

PROBLEM RESIDENT: Hexham Town Council launched a campaign to starve feral pigeons out of town. While stopping short of creating a bye-law banning people from feeding the birds, the town council is determined to discourage the practice. The pigeons' droppings have made public seating unusable, and have been blamed for damaging historic building such as Hexham Abbey.


POLICE CRACKDOWN: Bikers using Tynedale's roads as race tracks were being targeted by police. Police patrols operating over the previous two weekends stopped over 160 riders on the A689 near Whitfield and the C200 at Kielder - noted accident blackspots. They reported that almost two-thirds were committing offences.

LOTTERY WIN: A man from Prudhoe scooped more than £50,000 on the National Lottery. The father of two, who did not want to be named, won £51,874 when he got five numbers and the bonus ball on a midweek draw with no jackpot winner.


HOUSING SELL-OFF: The Forestry Commission confirmed that it intended selling off all but two of its 49 houses at Byrness and renouncing its responsibility for the Redesdale village's public footpaths and open spaces.

ESTATE BID DITCHED: Fairclough Homes dropped its controversial plans to build 65 mock-Tudor houses near Slaley.

TELEVISION VENUE: Two episodes of the BBC quiz programme Mastermind filmed at Hexham's Queen's Hall two months earlier were televised.

PENSIONERS PENSIVE: Elderly residents of Prudhoe's West Wylam estate were reported to be living in fear following one of their numbers being duped by a bogus caller.


NOT CRICKET: Stocksfield Cricket Club gave the thumbs-down to Broomley Parish Council's suggestion that it create a car-park on its ground in a bid to cut down on the number of cars parking on the nearby main road.

PAVILION PLANS: Wark villagers voted in favour of a rates increase to fund a sports pavilion then being planned.

DIPS PLEA: Haltwhistle Rural Council called for the two severe dips on the B6318 Military Road, at Bradley Park and East Twice Brewed, to be filled in, saying road safety was more important than Tynedale's Roman heritage.


OCTOGENARIAN MOURNED: Eliza Coulson, of Ninebanks, then the West Allen Valley's oldest resident, died at the age of 85.

RUDE WORDS ROW: Hexham Urban Council launched a crack-down on market traders prone to using bad language.

RAISING THE ROOF: Gale-force winds blew off the roof of Tynedale Rugby Club's 300-seat grandstand at Dene Park, Hexham, pitching it onto the nearby main road.


FABRIC FUND-RAISER: A sale of work held at Corbridge Town Hall raised £160 for the parish council's fabric fund.

MUSICAL EVENT: A fundraising concert at the former Bingfield school, near Great Whittington, brought in £10 for Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.


GOLDEN GOOSE: A goose at Stoopridge, Simonburn, was reported to have laid 100 eggs that season.

HARD TO SWALLOW: Two of the first swallows of spring 1897 were sighted at Warden, as was a painted lady butterfly.


VICAR'S VOLUME: Chollerton vicar C. Bird published a book made up of 24 of his sermons. This volume, entitled Sermons in a Country Parish, was printed by J. Catherall & Co., the company which prints the Hexham Courant.