In this week's Mercury
Making the news this week...
Traffic cones put out by Durham County Council to ensure social distancing have been described as "ridiculous" by businesses
Visitors to the upper dale flouted no parking rules by simply pulling up on the grass verges
Barnard Castle Town Council members have voted themselves sweeping new powers
An upper dale church which is undergoing repairs costing £120,000 has been hit by another blow after wet and dry rot was discovered in the floor
A petition has been launched calling for the route of a Barnard Castle relief road to be included in a blueprint for development in County Durham
Concern has been voiced over a lack of donations to a foodbank in Barnard Castle
Volunteers are to receive special training ahead of the reopening of Barnard Castle's arts centre
Antiques expert David Harper has turned author with the publication of his first book – a lighthearted look at life in the Georgian era
Young angler James McCrindle was delighted to land a giant trout – all 3lb 2oz of it
In sport, Bowes FC has received a £2,500 grant to ensure the club's Tensfield pitch is in top condition when action resumes
Plus...beastly goings on in Remember When; the welcome return of Teesdale Disability Access Forum in At Your Service and all your letters and family announcements.