In your first Mercury of 2021...
The dale's ex-MP Helen Goodman is plotting a political comeback – as a county councillor
MP Dehenna Davison says she hopes to focus on some of the local issues on which she successfully campaigned during the General Election after a challenging first 12 months in the job that were dominated by the pandemic
Craftsman Trevor Dixon has produced a stunning model of Barnard Castle's iconic Market Cross
Antiques dealer Charlie Ing has taken over as chairman of the Deerbolt Young Offenders' Institution independent monitoring board
Staff from a Barnard Castle travel agency are in the running for a top industry award
Dale-based mountaineer Alan Hinkes has helped to raise more than £400 towards a rescue team's £80,000 appeal for a new vehicle
A photographer is putting public art in the picture as part of a three-year project
An rise in discarded poultry due to the bird flu scare has meant an increase in the workload at a dale animal rescue centre
Drivers of 4x4 vehicles are being blamed for destroying fragile peatland on a dale fell
In sport, junior footballers are celebrating a £42,000 grant to improve their pitches
Plus... we head back in time in Remember When; Iris Hillery and Allan Jones take part in this wek's Q&A feature; Bob Garton's back with his popular quiz; plus there are all your letters and family notices...
All in this week's Mercury, out now