Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, March 26, 2015)

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

Thursday, March 24, 2005

A treasured teddy bear which was to help children in Chatton to learn about geography has gone missing on his first trip abroad. Pupils at Chatton First School have been left disappointed after Barnaby Bear failed to return from a holiday in Paris with a classmate in February. The lovable teddy went with six-year-old Stuart Munro and his parents David and Fiona so he could ‘tell’ the pupils more about France when he got back. The family took him to the Eiffel Tower and Disneyland and caught all the memories on camera. But on the day they were coming home, the suitcase containing Barnaby Bear was stolen from the family’s hotel and he has not been seen since. Teacher Maureen Ayre, who arranged for the bear to come to the school, said: “The children are disappointed. They all took to the bear when I introduced him.”

Friday, March 23, 1990

Hoards of spawning toads are being given a helping hand to reach their breeding ground in safety thanks to a revolutionary ‘help a toad across the road’ scheme at Lucker. Northumberland’s first official toad crossing site has been established on the B1341 near Lucker and this week the county council erected signs on the side of the road warning motorists to look out for the stranded amphibians. Now conservationists hope that hundreds of common toads hopping their way across the Bamburgh to Lucker road road to spawn at the Hoppen Kiln ponds will be saved from an untimely death. The crossing is the brainchild of Mr Graham Bell, who witnessed the toad problem first-hand when travelling from his Bamburgh home. “A lot of the toads coming to the ponds were getting crushed,” he said, “Hopefully this crossing will reduce mortalilties.”

Friday, March 26, 1965

In his first speech since the General Election, when he was Liberal candidate for Berwick, Mr Nicolas Madison strongly attacked the proposed scheme for the development of the centre of Alnwick. Addressing a meeting of Alnwick and District Liberal Association in the Louvre Café, Alnwick, on Friday night, he said: “This seems to me the most arrant piece of nonsense in relation to what is needed in this part of the world.” Mr Madison said that fundamentally he was not against the development of the centre of Alnwick as such. But the population was dwindling and it followed that there was a dwindling shopping public. “We have been told that to do this to the centre of Alnwick is going to encourage people from all over the place. On what evidence?”