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The first Teesdale Mercury of the year is in the shops. Here’s the news:

Barnard Castle couple get the perfect Christmas Day gift – a baby daughter.

Rallying cry for town centre shops.

Tributes paid to community champion Marie Yarker.

Dale remembers author and village stalwart Stan Walinets.

Consultation on latest cutbacks to Richardson hospital is extended.

Inspirational actor Andrew Stainthorpe is remembered by friends and colleagues.

Butterknowle school to get a shared headteacher as Tessa bids farewell.

Show must go on – group safeguards popular social afternoon at Barnard Castle Cricket Club.

Slump in visitors to Barney’s mini-golf course.

Shake up over mental health services.

Upper dale tourist centre needs volunteers.

It’s party time as hairdresser Sue Birdsall, of Hair Studio, celebrates 25 years.

Town mural art risk of being lost to future generations.

Plus letters, farming, community news, art and leisure, what’s on and sport.