A trip down memory lane, we take a look back at the stories to have hit the headlines 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 125 and 150-years ago. Do you remember any of the events?


75MPH CAT-NAP: A mischievous moggie from Acomb avoided a near cat-astrophe. Seven-year-old ginger tabby Dandelion mistook the engine compartment of a Volkswagen for a comfortable place to curl up for a snooze. It wasn't until after she'd been for a 30 minute shopping trip to Waitrose in Hexham and hurtled at speeds of up to 70mph on the A69, that she plucked up the courage to emerge from beneath the bonnet of the car in Allendale.

MATT MAKES HISTORY: Hexham rower Matt Wells was that week a member of the first British men's quadruple scull team to make it through to an Olympic final.


HEXHAM MCDONALD'S: Hexham was in line for its own McDonald's drive-through restaurant in the Wentworth car park, it was reported. Developers submitted plans showing the Safeway supermarket being demolished and replaced with an office complex, together with a drive-through fast-food outlet - McDonald's being the favourites to take the tenancy of the building.

TIME STOOD STILL: The Cumbria Clock Company began dismantling the four faces of the town clock in the Abbey Tower so they can be taken away and restored. Work on the clock cost £5,000.


NEW CLUB DOES WELL: Dontino's had to turn some 150 disappointed customers away from its officers while holding the final of its talent competition, which was won by Allendale comedian Ken Cousins.

MICKLEY IS TIDIED UP: A scheme, estimated to cost about £29,500, was put forward to provide West Mickley with new street works, a new sewage system and general relandscaping of the village.

BLANCHLAND BLAZE: Three youths from Newcastle were fined when they started a large fire at Blanchland which required the attendance of appliances from Hexham, Consett, Prudhoe and Haydon Bridge. They had been 'experimenting' with petrol bombs.


HISTORY MADE: Hexham Rotary Club made history when it invited two German officers, being held as prisoners of war, to its meeting.


LABOUR OF LOVE: A largely attended meeting was held in Hexham Market Place in support of the Labour Party's programme and policy. Chairman Henry Dunn urged electors to vote Labour, to "give the workers a fairer share of the good things in life".

IN MEMORY: A grand fete in aid of Hexham and District War Memorial Hospital funds was held in the Abbey grounds. It was the second year in which the fete was held for this cause. Entrance cost 6d.

SEAT VANDALS: Allendale parish council had a long discussion about seats in the village that were reportedly being damaged. One was pulled out of the ground and carried away by a woman, and children were seen using the broken bits as a see-saw.


WARNING SHOTS: A West Wylam pitman appeared in court on charges of shooting a Prudhoe man using a starting pistol at West Wylam sports field, near a tent where a ball was being held. The defendant said he intended to fire the gun over the tent to warn off those outside who were putting their feet under the canvas, tripping up dancers inside.

THE HEXHAM SIX: Six Hexham men were summoned to Hexham court for gambling on Tyne Green after being caught playing cards by two police officers hiding in bushes. Each was fined 2s 6d.

FRACTURED SKULL: A young cyclist suffered a fractured skull and a broken collarbone after speeding down a hill near Alston.


WATER PERIL: Hexham Board of Health insisted work be done to put up iron bars at Cockshaw Burn in the town after a young boy stuck his head in the water and fainted one week earlier.

NIGHT LIGHT: A brilliant meteor was seen in the skies above Hexham. It was bluish white in colour and was nearly three times the apparent size of the planet Venus. A luminous train was visible for several seconds after the star had vanished, which it did amid a bright shower of sparks.