Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, Jan 2, 2014)

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

10 YEARS AGO - Thursday, January 1, 2004

Plans to build a £4million complex of homes, offices and shops in Alnwick town centre have been submitted to Alnwick District Council. The two sets of plans would restore Bolam’s Mill and part of the derelict Maltings on Dispensary Street, redeveloping the site to create 32 new homes as well as shops, and offices for businesses currently occupying the mill. Bolam’s Mill owner and the scheme’s architect, John Edwards, said: “The development will be an exciting mixed-use, town-centre scheme and will be the first of its kind in Alnwick. “Together with the restoration and development of the Maltings on the adjoining site, it will regenerate a run-down part of the conservation area, transforming it into a vibrant quarter of the town.” The plan is to convert Bolam’s Mill into 12 loft apartments.

25 YEARS AGO - Thursday, December 29, 1988

He did it his way! That was the message from staff and pupils for a popular Alnwick headmaster who retired last week. Albert ‘Dave’ Davidson’s retirement from the Lindisfarne Middle School will now allow him to concentrate on his work as chairman of Alnwick District Council, but everyone connected with the school ensured he went out in a blaze of glory. On Monday, December 19, Mr Davidson was presented with numerous gifts at a special parents and governors evening. Not only were the silver and gold cufflinks and tie pin custom-made in Norway, they carried the school motif to remind Mr Davidson of his years at Lindisfarne. Mr Davidson’s wife Betty was given a brooch in the same style, while the PTA presented a copy of Brian Redhead’s book, Northumberland.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday, January 3, 1964

A suggestion that the now disused Rothbury railway station yard might be used as a loading dock for animals from the nearby mart was made at the monthly meeting of Rothbury Rural Council last week. Members were told that it was sometimes chaotic on wet days because animals had to cross the Hexham road to reach the present loading dock. “It is getting to the state when traffic is completely held up because the stock have to cross the road,” said Coun FW Whitton and suggested that if the council had anything to do with the disposal of the land, they might consider offering the mart company the chance to use it as a loading dock to overcome the difficulty of transport and loading of stock. The chairman, Coun T Phillips, said they would bear it in mind when they met on the site to discuss its possible use.