Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, April 24, 2014)

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, April 22, 2004

Alan Beith yesterday took the fight to save RAF Boulmer to the Prime Minister. The Berwick MP tackled Mr Blair during Prime Minister’s Question Time over the possible move. Mr Beith asked the Prime Minister to look again at the MoD figures which he is calling into question. The Berwick MP also claimed moving the base would take money out of the North East in contradiction to regional policy. Mr Blair replied that he realised the seriousness of the situation and, without commitment, agreed to look at the Boulmer case again. Mr Beith said later that he feared the Prime Minister would use the current disputed figures and so devalue the whole thing. He said: “Since nothing can happen at RAF Boulmer for some years, they could defer the decision.”

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, April 20, 1989

A truce has been reached between fisherman and the Harbour Commissioners in Amble. Dredging work at Amble harbour has been halted and the fishermen have withdrawn their threat to stop paying harbour dues. In the past, problems have arisen at the harbour over dredging which caused concern to port users and the Warkworth Harbour Commissioners. One of these problems centred around the use of the suction dredger, particularly where the slurry and sand it produced should be dumped. Fishermen wanted the waste sand dumped on the north side of the harbour to reclaim lost ground but this was ruled out, partly on environmental grounds. It was decided to dump the waste out to sea, just over the south breakwater of the harbour.

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, April 24, 1964

A section of broken fence bordering the Chevington-Amble branch railway line running past Togston is to be the subject of a strong protest to British Railways by the parish council. The protest, calling for the immediate repair of the fence, arose from last Thursday’s monthly meeting of the council. Members were told that the driver of a mineral train had recently been forced to stop and remove two tiny tots walking hand-in-hand along the tracks. One complaint dealt with ashes being blown from lorries travelling through the parish. It was agreed to ask Mr EJ Boydell, the divisonal surveyor, for his observations. Complaint number two concerned the all-night parking of cars whose owners were alleged to have garages.