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?


BUS STATION FUTURE: The Labour administration at Northumberland County Council was considering developing the long neglected site as a modern service hub for the west of the country, the Courant reported. It was envisaged the facility would house a new library, advice centre, one stop payments office and a state-of-the-art tourist centre.

FLOODS HIT TYNEDALE: Floods caused disruption across Tynedale as nearly two inches of rain fell during a torrential 12-hour period. Rising water levels reached gardens and even doorsteps in some areas. Sandbags were issued as a precaution, but flood defences and drains held firm to protect vulnerable homes.


CHEERS GREET THE QUEEN: The Queen enjoyed a warm welcome and a glimpse of the past, present and future when she made her long-awaited third visit to Tynedale. Young and old alike lined the streets of Prudhoe and yet more turned out to see her pass through the adjoining villages on her way to Vindolanda Roman fort.

TONY BLAIR MEETING: Prudhoe headteacher John Baumber was due to meet Prime Minister Tony Blair at Downing Street that week. Mr Baumber, head of Prudhoe Community High School, and an Ashington head were forwarded for their outstanding work by county education boss Chris Tipple when Mr Blair announced he would be hosting educationalists from throughout the country.


FISHY PROTEST: Tynedale anglers boycotted Hexham's Tyne Green in protest at new rod fees introduced by the town's urban council.

MONUMENTAL MOVE: Plans were drawn up for the relocation of a Hexham landmark, Benson's Monument, from the junction of Battle Hill and Beaumont Street to the nearby Abbey Grounds.

HOTEL THUMBS-UP: Planners gave the thumbs-up for a 20-bedroom hotel and social services complex at Errington Place in Prudhoe.


CASTLE CONVERSION: Barrasford's Swinburne Castle, the ancestral home of the Riddell family, was converted into a hospital to be run by the monastic order of St Camillus.

LET'S DANCE: Hexham folk musician William Scott came up with a hornpipe jig called The Hexham Courant to feature at a programme of barn dances throughout the North being organised by the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

COLD AS ICE: Some 19 inmates of Haltwhistle Institution called for ice cream to be dropped from menus there, complaining that it was too cold for their liking.

OTTER ATTACK: A four-year-old border terrier belonging to Graham Robson (9), of Wark, was badly mauled by an otter that attacked it alongside the River North Tyne at Wark.


HOSPITAL RUMPUS: Hexham urban councillors were up in arms over their rural counterparts' plans to set up an isolation hospital in the town.

ARMCHAIR CEREMONY: Two retired miners from West Wylam in Prudhoe, Roberts Collins and Philipson, aged 73 and 72 respectively, were presented with armchairs by fellow trade unionists in recognition of their services over the years.

FALLEN REMEMBERED: An oak chancel screen in memory of 13 Kirkwhelpington men killed during World War I was fitted at the village church, St Bartholomew's.

ORGAN TRANSPLANT: Prudhoe's West Wylam Primitive Methodist Church had a £380 pipe organ installed.


RAILWAY DEATH: Thomas Rayne (60), a farm labourer at Keepwick, near Chollerton, died after a wagon ran into him at Chollerton railway station while he was there to collect a horse.

ROAD ACCIDENT: Cyclist William Clementson (54), a miner, of West Wylam, Prudhoe, sustained fatal injuries when he was knocked off his bike by a coach and horses near Seaton Burn.

ON CUE: Corbridge's Golden Lion Hotel took delivery of a billiards table.