BOTH ends of the age spectrum joined together as a parade of blazing barrels roared in the New Year at Allendale. About 40 guisers – led by centenarian Allen Smith – carried the burning tar bar’ls through the Market Square in front of more than 1,000 people who travelled from far and wide to witness the spectacular ceremony.
This week in... 1949Friday, December 9, 1949...
A workman was buried alive while digging a drain in the Prudhoe Urban Council's housing estate at Oaklands.
Workmates rushed to the aid of 50-year-old Richard Barclay, of Stocksfield, when the wall of the trench he was digging collapsed.
They managed to dig his head and shoulders free before finally pulling him from the earth. He was found to be suffering from shock and bruising.