This week's front page
This week's front page

This week's issue of the Teesdale Mercury is hitting the news stands as normal today.

The Mercury is experiencing the same challenges faced by countless other businesses across the country but we are determined to continue our central role of informing communities in the dale – as we have done for more than 160 years.

Given the current Government instructions, the number of pages we are able to produce will change but more than ever in these testing times we still want to hear your news, views, appeals and information and you can contact our reporters in the normal way – call 01833 637140 or email

Anyone who can't get out for their paper can arrange delivery by calling Galgate News on 01833 690355.

For those readers connected to the internet, there is a digital version of the full paper available online at

In this week's paper we have extensive coverage across five pages of how communities in the dale are coming together in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

In other news, we meet the new faces on Barnard Castle Town Council and Middleton-in-Teesdale and Newbiggin Parish Council.

There has been much debate in Etherley over the state of a wildlife area – is it overgrown or just as it should be?

A petition calling for safety measures at Kinninvie crossroads has gathered almost 1,000 signatures as a driver involved in another of the recent spate of accidents added his voice in support of the campaign.

We report on the uncertain future faced by arts centres and community halls during the current crisis, while we round up the latest from the dale's sports clubs.

In addition, we look back with Remember When, there are all our readers' letters plus family announcements and we report how its 'business as usual' for farmers in lambing time.