We looked back through our archives to find out what made Hexham Courant headlines up to 150 years ago.

10 years ago 

REVIVAL: Plans to move Hexham fire station to the town's general hospital site were just part of a £4m project to revive the town centre, along with creating a council 'super depot' on the site.

JOB BOOST: Businesses in Hexham were given grants worth £332,000 to set up two new enterprise hubs in the town, expected to create 25 new jobs and 18 state-of-the-art workplaces.

DEMO: Shoppers enjoying Hexham on the weekend were confronted by a demonstration by members of the National Front, who were brandishing banners and handing out leaflets.

25 years ago

RED CARPET: Princess Anne visited Hexham Racecourse and the £900,000 railway station complex at Haltwhistle.

SAVED: Hexham's Territorial Army was saved from the axe in a surprise Government U-turn.

Hexham Courant: Student Bridie Chomse won a regional award for a BT poetry competition in 1998Student Bridie Chomse won a regional award for a BT poetry competition in 1998 (Image: Newsquest)

WASTE BUILD-UP: Controversial plans to increase the amount of rubbish stored at Hexham's waste transfer station were binned. 

50 years ago 

ROOF ROW: Protests by villagers about sloping roofs of new council houses being built at Haydon Bridge's Greenwich Garden estate failed to sway Haydon Rural Council. 

WYLAM FIRST: Plans were afoot to set up Wylam's first-ever youth club to be based at the community centre.

SPRING CHICKEN: Hexham Courant assistant editor Brian Tilley joined the Northumbrian newspaper from the Macclesfield Advertiser as its sports editor and chief reporter. Ronnie Turnbull, who edited the Courant from 1984 to 1995 joined at the same time as assistant editor.

75 years ago

YMCA FAIR: A fair held at Hexham raised £500 for the YMCA.

MOURNED: Haltwhistle's oldest butcher, James Norman, 62, collapsed and died at his Westgate shop.

TOP TURNOUT: A record 5,000 store cattle went under the hammer at a Friday sale at Hexham Auction Mart.

100 years ago

TOILET QUEST: The search was on for a site for public conveniences in Otterburn, a plot of land near the Murray Arms being among the contenders under consideration.

DIRTY WATER: Wark's reservoir was cleaned for the first time in years, prompted by concerns about the state the reservoir was in.

EDITOR'S WILL: It was revealed £6,700 was left in the will of former Newcastle Courant editor William Pickering of St Helen's Gate in Corbridge.

125 years ago 

PLAIN SAILING: Corbridge Parish Council was worried the village boating green could be lost for public use if the boating club there were to fold, as looked likely.

SALE: The Harbut Lodge estate near Alston was bought for an undisclosed amount by Mr R Yielder, of Paisley in Scotland.

150 years ago

FULL STEAM AHEAD: A steam traction engine was sighted on the roads of Weardale for the first time. The engine was en route to Allendale where it was to be used to transport lead ores from various mines to the village's smelt mill.