This week's P1
This week's P1

In this week's Mercury:

Barnard Castle Town Council has been left "in limbo" after the employment tribunal panel which awarded £55,000 to the council's former clerk was asked to reconsider its decision

Volunteers have been out in force to ensure the dale is looking its best this spring:

- The Roman Way picnic site, in Barnard Castle has been spruced up

- Friends Allen Jenkins and Barry Parker have planted 2,000 daffodil bulbs to brighten up the Darlington Road entrance to Barney

- Anti-litter campaigner George O'Brien as teamed up with toy shop owner Pauline Connelly to launch a "litter pick loan hub"

- A community clean-up in Evenwood and Ramshaw resulted in 70 bags of rubbish collected

- Litter picks and other work are planned in Middleton and Staindrop

Fundraisers have walked their way to more than £4,000 for the Teesdale branch of Cancer Research UK

A unique documentary of how life was affected by lockdown has been premiered by a dale filmmaker

A joint campaign has been launched urging dog owners to keep their pets on a lead when near farm livestock

In sport, junior footballers are now playing on a tip top surface thanks to the efforts of an expert groundsman and Barnard Castle's bowlers are preparing for action

Plus: Andrew Wilkinson on all things angling; Flora and Fauna with Dr Richard Warren; John and Ronnie Lowery take part in this week's Q&A feature; readers' letters; family notices... and much more.

All in this week's paper, which is out now.