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

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, July 8, 2004

The campaign for the complete dualling of the A1 received a major boost this week. The Scottish Executive has identified the road as the main transport link between England and Scotland. A new National Planning Framework for the Scottish Parliament identifies the A1 as the key link and calls for its improvement. Now, the A1 Safelink group, which is campaigning for its dualling, says upgrading the road is an economic necessity. Coun Mick Scullion, Northumberland County Council’s executive member for highways, said: “We have said before that good road links are vital for a thriving North East and Scottish economy. The Scottish Executive sees the A1 as vital to establishing good links between Scotland and the rest of the UK. This adds more weight to what we have campaigned for.”

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, July 6, 1989

A beach warden is to be appointed to patrol Beadnell Bay in a bid to halt ‘dangerous and irresponsible’ behaviour by a minority of water-skiers and an increasing number of jet-skiers. Borough councillors have agreed to appoint the warden immediately for the rest of the summer. Fees for boat-launching permits will be doubled to help meet the cost. Members of the policy committee were unanimous in their condemnation of what was described as a minority of water-skiers and an increasing number of jet-skiers, many of whom were said to ‘flout the byelaws with complete disregard for the safety of other water users, including swimmers, children and windsurfers.’ The problem was so severe, especially on the recent very warm weekends, that the marine police have been called in.

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, July 10, 1964

Scouting’s biggest stamina and fitness test for senior members of the movement swings into action in north Northumberland on August 1 with the Cheviot Hill country providing the testing ground. Ninety senior Scouts of First Class badge standard from places as far apart as Kent and Caithness, Scotland, will be taking part in a nine-day expedition aimed at giving them practical experience om climbing, forestry, hiking, advanced pioneering, canoeing, confidence work and Civil Defence rescue work. Jumping-off points will be Hethpool, near Wooler, and Bannamoor, near Eglingham. The scheme is being sponsored by the Northumberland Boy Scouts under County Commissioner Major Ralph Carr-Ellison and the Assistant Commissioner, Mr Ted Wrangham, an experienced climber of international repute.