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?


INVESTMENT PLANS: The Allen Valleys were in line for a £1.8m programme of investment which will attract extra tourists into the area, it was reported. The North Pennines AONB Partnership announced plans for the project to enhance heritage sites and the local landscape as visitor attractions.

OLYMPIC SPIRIT: Residents in Hexham's West End were given the chance to take part in their own mini Olympic torch relay thanks to their neighbour Terry Eccles. Terry, who was chosen to carry the Olympic flame through Newcastle, encouraged residents to carry his torch in a two-hour relay covering some of the town's streets.


CCTV CAMERAS: Hexham's business community delivered a resounding slap in the face to plans to extend the hi-tech spy camera scheme operating in the town centre. Although 260 businesses in the town were invited to a demonstration of the new scheme at the Queen's Hall on Tuesday night, only four businessmen turned up.

LOTTERY GRANTS: Three groups in Tynedale received National Lottery cash totalling nearly £8,000 under the Arts for Everyone Express scheme.


FRUITS OF THE ORIENT: A lucky Hexham bobby coined in £26 from a fruit machine at the station after being given a lucky token by some Taiwanese tourists he had rescued earlier the same day.

QUIET IN CORBRIDGE: There was a stony silence in Corbridge after young vandals damaged the automatic bell ringing system in St. Andrew's Church.

MAGICAL MYSTERY: The mysterious history of Bywell was being unearthed by archaeologists from Milton Keynes using new electronic sounding equipment, which revealed that the castle was built as early as the 13th Century - and not the 15th Century, as was previously thought.


SHOPPING DAYS: A daily market in the Shambles, in Hexham's marketplace, was in the offing following an application to the DoE by Hexham Urban Council's pleasure grounds and markets committee.

COW'S THAT: A Hexham farmer was one of the first to be prosecuted under the new Animals Act 1971. Within three hours of the act coming into force, one of his heifers while it was out looking for its calf, jumped on to and over a car.

SHRUGGING IN THE FRUG: Youngsters in Stocksfield were turning their backs on the "frug and other modern contortion dances" in favour of the more traditional waltz and schottische.


DRY SEASON: Acomb's annual drought was to be prevented by providing it with water from Corbridge's supply. The scheme also included Sandhoe, Anick and Oakwood.

GIRL POWER: 60 Girl Guides including contingents from France and Denmark visited Brunton Park, home of the Northumberland Girl Guides' Commission.


EGGSTRAORDINARY: A Wylam poultry farmer amazed local people with a four and three-quarter ounce egg layed by a White Leghorn which the Courant described as a "splendidly shaped egg".

FISH SUPPER: A young Corbridge apprentice had a stipulation in his contract which allowed him salmon only twice a week because his employer claimed that "familarity breeds contempt".

BOWLED OVER: Tynedale took a step up the ladder of the Tyneside senior cricket league after an impressive win against Greenside at Prior's Flat.


CHILDREN'S DAY: Punch and Judy and a magician entertained the schoolchildren of Stamfordham when they had their annual treat on the lawn in front of the vicarage.

OPTIMISTIC PICNIC: The Haltwhistle Band of Hope held their annual picnic in a field at Bellister Haughs.

BEER FOR BREAKFAST: The water supply to Prudhoe had been stopped for two days when one Courant reader complained that, had it not been for a bottle of ginger beer, he would have gone to work without breakfast.


FOREIGN DISEASES: There were fears that the cattle disease, rinderpest, was being brought to Tynedale from ships coming into Newcastle carrying animals.

HORSE ATTACKED: A mad dog appeared at Dipton and eluded those chasing it by hiding in a manger at Dipton Colliery. It bit a horse which died in agony later in the week, but the dog escaped.

CARRIED AWAY: A sudden downpour of rain caused the North Tyne to flood, with sheep, cows and posstubs taken away on the torrent. The bridge at Chollerford was only just high enough to stay dry.