A LOOK back at what made the headlines 10, 25, 50, 75, 100 and 125-years-ago. Do you remember any of these stories?


POLLUTION ALERT: A team of ecologists were drafted into the Kirkwhelpington area after aviation fuel spilled from an overturned tanker, prompting the second closure of the A696 in a matter of weeks.

£30M FACELIFT: More than five years after the scheme was first put forward, planners finally approved controversial plans for a massive revamp of Prudhoe town centre. The project involved the construction of a Sainsbury's supermarket and other shops, over 100 houses and apartments, a new town square and a multi-storey car park, as well as the relocation of Prudhoe United Services Club.


NONE THE WORSE FOR HER ORDEAL: Being stuck down a rabbit hole for four days did not cramp the style of Capheaton terrier Squeak who went on to become champion terrier at Kirkheaton Show that week, just a day after she was found. Juliet Rogers' dog had went missing from her home before eventually local farmer Bobby Gordon found her, trapped in a hole in his field.

£2M CASH LIFELINE: The remote rural community of Kielder was set to reel in a £2 million cash lifeline that would help rescue its ailing economy. Kielder's "Tourism and Community in Partnership" beat off bids from Holy Island, Amble, Widdrington Station and Stobswood and Tynedale district to bid for Rural Development Commission money.


CRECHE CRASH: The creche at Hexham's Wentworth leisure centre folded for the second time within a matter of months. County council regulations were blamed for making the creche unviable.

MINE BID FAILS: County councillors blocked a bid to extend an opencast mine site at Brieredge, near Bellingham.


NAME DECISION: Tynedale Council was christened. Representatives of the five smaller councils - Hexham and Prudhoe urban councils and Hexham, Bellingham and Haltwhistle rural councils - that were merged in 1974 to form a new district council decided that this forthcoming body should go by the name of Tynedale Council.

REVAMP FOR 'BLACK SPOT': Highway chiefs agreed to spend £450,000 on improving the A69 at Bush Bends, near Haydon Bridge, after years of complaints about this stretch of road, reportedly claimed by some to be an accident black spot.

SHOPS SHUN SABBATH: Haltwhistle traders were given the go-ahead to open on Sundays. County councillors granted an application to allow Sunday trading by Haltwhistle Tradesmen's Association after a survey of businesses there found 71 per cent of them to be in favour, 5 per cent more than was required by law for observation of the sabbath to be abandoned.


PROPOSAL POOH-POOHED: Hexham Rural Council came out against the proposed addition of Newburn to the Hexham parliamentary constituency area, urging the Boundary Commission to leave things as they were.

ALLENDALE INITIATIVE: A £3,000 scheme to provide recreation facilities in Allendale was launched. These facilities, to be paid for by private subscription, were to include tennis courts, a bowling green and a children's playground.

TRANSPORT STRIKE: Rail and bus workers in Hexham went on strike over their working conditions.


PARLOUR-MAID IN COURT: A parlour-maid was given a two-year bind-over by Hexham magistrates after admitting stealing £32 worth of property, including clothes and crockery, from her employer.

ROUTE IMPROVED: Road widening works were carried out at Dalla Bank, near Chollerton, to make this route safer for travellers to negotiate.

BATHS PLEA: Hexham Rural Council agreed to provide baths at Prudhoe's isolation hospital after Prudhoe urban councillors complained about the lack of bathing facilities there.


DIAMOND DO: Celebrations were held throughout Tynedale to mark Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee.

DOGS DIE: Several dogs were reported to have been poisoned in Bellingham.

PIT INJURY: Mickley miner John Grant sustained severe cuts after being hit by falling stones at the village pit.


LEAVING GIFTS: Hexham Methodist circuit superintendent John Hallam, then bound for another job in North Shields, was given a 10-volume encyclopaedia and an inkstand as leaving presents by members of a mutual improvement class he took during his four years in this post.

GOING TO THE DOGS: Hexham Local Board of Health agreed to provide a small stone trough for dogs to drink out of in the town's Priestpopple alongside a larger trough already to be found there.

HOME AND DRY: A two-day bazaar held at Riding Mill raised £200 towards the £450 cost, £300 of which had already been raised by private subscription, of building a new house for Broomhaugh's Baptist minister, Mr Menzies.