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Making the news in this week's Mercury:

Pubs across the dale have been warned not to flout Covid-19 rules, otherwise they face closure

A field on the outskirts of Barnard Castle which a developer wants to turn into a new housing estate was deemed "unsuitable" by Durham County Council last year

Barnard Castle was one of a small number of towns to observe Merchant Navy Day

Fundraiser Peter Dixon is putting in the leg work for Cancer Research UK

Organisers of an annual dog walk to raise funds for greyhound charities have been forced to call off this year's event

Volunteers are needed to help staff a drive-thru flu clinic at Gainford

Artist Judy Caplin tells all in this week's Q&A feature

Jazz on the green at Gainford raised more than £500 which will go to the village's church and community hall

Meet the sheep which a dale farmer was happy to pay 25,000gns for at auction

In sport, we chat to Barnard Castle Golf Club's new pro, along with a full cricket and football round-up

Plus... have a go at Bob Gartland's quiz, readers' letters, family notices, services and much more. 

All in this week's paper which is out now