25 years ago this week: Friday, November 7, 1986

COUNCILLORS are summoning up the ghost of Alnwick’s most famous son to boost the area’s fortunes.

They hope to call up the spirit of the 14th century warrior Harry Hotspur to do battle on the tourism front.

The district may be sold to holidaymakers as Harry Hotspur’s Northumberland in the light of South Tyneside’s phenomenally successful Catherine Cookson County.

The name would strike a chord with Shakespeare lovers everywhere, Coun Albert Davidson told the district’s tourism and employment sub-committee.

He foresaw some of the millions of tourists who visit Stratford making a pilgrimage to the home of the character they knew from the play Henry IV.

The committee was told that much can be made of the district’s historical background and countryside by drawing on the story of the Percy family, who between the 14th and 16th century influenced the future of England.

The saga, involving Alnwick, Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Harbottle castles, as well as the battlefields of Otterburn and Hedgeley, has been recounted in the trilogy of novels by chatton writer Carol Wensby-Scott.

She and her publishers are willing to promote the scheme, councillors heard.