Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, June 18, 2015)

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

Thursday, June 16, 2005

The owners of an Alnwick school, which is to close at the end of the summer term, want the sight to be retained for educational use.

The Institute of Sisters of Mercy want the land at St Oswald’s to be used for Catholic education but say its ‘early days’ in discussions.

The institute has leased the site, at South Road, to the charity running the school since 1993.

Peter Burnett, solicitor, said : “The institute is aware the school is going to close and if the school wish to hand the lease back to the institute we will accept it.

“We would like the site to be protected for education. Our preference would be for Catholic education to continue under the state system.

However the proposed reorganisation of schools in Northumberland could affect plans.

Friday, June 14, 1990

Bingo fan May Moore has 55,000 reasons to celebrate this week after scooping the biggest win of her life.

Mrs Moore, who lives at St James’s Estate, Alnwick, won the National Bingo Game Association’s jackpot at the Corn Exchange in Alnwick last Friday night and walked away with a cool £55,000.

A regular since the Marina Bingo Club opened at the cinema complex in Alnwick three years ago, Mrs Moore has won small amounts and seen shares of up to £4,000 claimed from the regional prize, but nothing that compares with the small fortune she won with lucky number four, the last on her card.

“It has taken a bit of believing and didn’t really sink in until today,” Said an excited Mrs Moore.

The winning number was the 47th out of the bag from the association’s Bedfordshire headquarters.

Friday, June 18, 1965

Filming started on Monday of the full length comedy thriller Dul-de-Sac. About 50 executives, actors and technicians have given an added boost to the island’s summer trade for their accommodation in hotels and boarding houses is booked up until the end of July.

Their operations will provide an added attraction for holiday-makers.

In the leading roles are the French actress Francoise Dorleac, taking the part in her second British picture, Donald Pleasance and Lionel Stander.

Miss Dorleac missed the premiere on Thursday of the film Genghis Khan in London, in which she plays a leading part. She could not be released from the Holy Island set.

Production HQ is in the village hall, and the main background for the film is Northumberland’s 16th century Lindisfarne Castle.