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?


COUNCIL £3.2M BILL: Over £140,000 of debt owed by failed businesses in Tynedale was written off by Northumberland County Council. The money was part of £3.2m of bad debts the authority deemed to be either unrecoverable or uneconomical to pursue.

BARGAIN PRICE TAG: One of Hexham's most historic buildings could be sold for less than half of its original asking price, it was reported. The Old Grammar School in Hallgate - which at the time was housing Northumberland County Council's west area planning department - was assigned a reserve of just £450,000 when it was to be auctioned in London that week.


BYPASS TO OPEN: The long-awaited A69 Haltwhistle bypass was set to open that week - over two months ahead of the original deadline. However, hopes that Labour's new Roads Minister would open it were dashed due to a clash of dates.

BOOST FOR PLAYGROUP: A Prudhoe playgroup and Great Whittington village hall were among the first groups to receive grants from a new lottery fund. Prudhoe Pre-school Playgroup received a grant of £4,000.


EGGER EXPANDS: Hexham's Egger UK plant took delivery of a chipboard press said to be the longest in the world. The installation of this 52m-long press, scheduled to take place the month after, was part of a £10 million expansion scheme then under way.

EYESORE UPROAR: Hexham town councillors demanded that Tynedale Council get rid of six seats and plant pots it had sited alongside the town's abbey, describing them as an ugly eyesore that looked like something from outer space.

ROAD ROW: Not for the last time, protestors' calls for lorries to be banned from using Stocksfield's New Ridley Road were dismissed by the county council.


DoE OKs A69 revamp: The Department of the Environment announced plans to spend £570,000 on improving the A69 over the following three years. These enhancements, consisting of 13 separate schemes to be carried out on stretches of the A69 between Heddon-on-the-Wall and Greenhead, were to take place alongside larger improvement projects in the pipeline.

PARENTS PUT OUT BT MIX-UP: Wylam parents were dismayed after learning that work on building a new first school would not get under way within weeks, as they had been told by council chiefs, due to a calendar mix-up, but would have to wait until the year after.

WATERLOO DO: Riding Mill's Wellington Hotel held a Napoleonic banquet to mark the 157th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo.


MUSICAL YOUTH: More than 600 children from 15 Tynedale schools took part in a choral music festival at the Forum, Hexham.

SACKING DEMAND: Hexham Trades Council secretary J.G. Clark called for the town's urban council to be sacked en masse over its alleged mishandling of housing shortage problems being experienced locally.

BYPASS BLOW: Work was abandoned on a bypass for Haltwhistle on the Carlisle-Sunderland trunk road then being proposed.


FALLEN REMEMBERED: A tablet commemorating local men killed during World War I was unveiled at Hexham post office, then in Market Street.

BOOST FOR HOSPITAL: A dance held at Capheaton Institute raised £22 for Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

POULTRY PRIZE: A speckled Sussex cock from Wylam's Close House poultry farm picked up its 30th successive first-place show prize at the Ayr show in Scotland.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Jobs advertised in the Hexham Courant situations-vacant column included ones for a "young country girl", "good plain cook" and "lad to go with horse".


FACELIFT VOTE: A meeting of Hexham's commoners was called to discuss ways of preserving and improving the town's Tyne Green, said to be in a disgraceful state. It was agreed that the riverside common be given a facelift, to be funded by public subscription.

DOUBLE BOOST: An auction mart and a branch of the Alnwick and County Bank were opened at Bellingham.

RAILWAY TRAGEDY: Robert Lockhart (23), a porter at Riding Mill railway station, was knocked over and killed by a goods train travelling along the Newcastle-Carlisle line.