Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, June 19, 2014)

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, June 17, 2004

A family of Amble Weetabix fans who sent off a 70-year-old coupon offering a free sample of the breakfast cereal were stunned to find it was still valid. Bob and Audrey Jones found the coupon from a 1934 issue of the Liverpool Echo tucked into an old picture frame. So they sent it off on a whim to Weetabix Ltd. The couple, of Ladbrooke Street, were amazed to receive in return a voucher from the company for £2.50 to spend on Weetabix. Bob, 68, said: “We have been getting Weetabix for years and I would think it was a surprise for them. We thought they would be interested in it. The cutting was behind a picture and we found it when the picture fell off the mantlepiece in my daughter Jacqueline’s bedroom. The frame broke and we saw the paper and opened it up.”

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, June 15, 1989

Organisers of the Great North Music Fair to be held in Alnwick next month say the event is all set to become one of the largest and most spectacular of its kind in Britain. “Over the years, we have performed at this sort of event all over the world and now we think it’s time the North East had one,” said Rod Clements, bass guitarist with legendary local band Lindisfarne and one of the men masterminding the ambitious Music Fair project. “This year is the starting point for what we hope will become a major national event. “We’re not looking at ever putting on Michael Jackson, but once we have established the Fair’s credibility, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t attract big names from Europe or even the United States.” The Music Fair will be held on The Pastures below Alnwick Castle on Sunday, July 2.

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, June 19, 1964

Fears that an increased entrance fee for today’s start of the Northumberland County Show at Alnwick might reduce the ‘gate’ were discounted by an official of the society yesterday. Mr AE Brewer, vice-chairman of the Northumberland Agricultural Society and a member of its finance committee, told the Northumberland Gazette: “We certainly hope the increased entrance fee won’t keep people away from the show. We had to spread the jumping over two days because of the longer programme, and we thought the jumping alone was not likely to attract many of the general public. At first, it was suggested that Friday’s events should be for members only, but we finally decided to open the gates to the public if they are prepared to pay the 10s 6d (5s for children) entrance on the first day.”