THE annual meet in Barnard Castle began life as a gathering of cyclists in 1885.

The first event included a procession from the railway station, with huge crowds lining the streets to watch 20 cycling clubs from the Tyneside and Wearside area as well as local groups, taking part in events.

By 1961, as our picture to the right shows, the event had transformed into a wider festival, which included marching bands, such as the Heortnesse Highlanders.

LAST week, The Northern Echo reported how villagers in Barningham, near Barnard Castle, had lost all track of time.

Their village hall clock had gone away to Ripon to be cleaned before the First World War, and seems never to have come back.

Neil Turner, landlord of the Milbank Arms, in the village, has discovered this 1890s picture of the hall, which clearly has a clock on it.

It proves the clock is not a figment of their imagination.