Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, April 10, 2014)

The Northumberland Gazette delves into the archives to remind readers of stories from the past.

10 YEARS AGO - Thursday, April 15, 2004

Work is progresing on a major investment programme to improve Northumberland National Park Authority’s two local visitor centres. The project involves refurbishing the centres at Church House, Rothbury, and Ingram Visitor Centre. Once the work is complete, the centres will offer contemporary facilities to complement Northumberland National Park’s new brand and provide a range of new facilities to improve the visitor experience. Duncan Wise, authority Team Leader for Visitor Service, said: “This refurbishement programme will create two ultra modern new visitor centres which will provide a unique visitor experience. “We hope that visitors to the centres will be inspired by what they see and will go and enjoy all the special qualities that Northumberland National Park has to offer.”

25 YEARS AGO - Thursday, April 13, 1989

The Lockerbie disaster, followed by the threat of further terrorist actions, has left Alnwick Music Festival organisers with a problem. The risk of further action has meant that the major attraction due to attend the International Music Festival from August 5 to 13 have withdrawn. Festival co-ordinator, Jim Thompson, said it was now certain that the return visit of the Whalley Legion Marching Display Band from Canada would not take place in 1989, leaving a major gap in the line-up of entertainers expected this year. The committee are extremely disappointed but understand the problems. Adrian Ions, a committee member, spoke to the leaders of the band by telephone and received the news. The band usually visits Alnwick as part of a tour which takes in visits to army bases in other countries.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday, April 17, 1964

Northumbrians showed the kind of County Council they wanted last Thursday. But Labour, although remaining at the helm, had their previous lead slashed to one. It was the marginal seat at Warkworth that saved them being toppled from power for the first time in 12 years. Labour’s win at Warkworth was reversed in one of the Berwick districts where Col. J.I.M. Smail took the seat for the Independents from Mrs BFC Adams, who held it for 16 years. Elsewhere there was no change. Increased majorities were reported from most places, reflecting the interest taken in contests. Independents clashed with Independents in both the Bamburgh and Embleton districts. No change was reported from the two Morpeth wards.