Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, March 5, 2015)

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

Friday, March 3, 2004

First-school headteachers in Northumberland have renewed their support for plans to change the education system. They believe that the debate has been hijacked by middle-school campaigners. Headteachers representing the majority of first schools – including Peter Ayres at Wooler First School – have published 10 Reasons to Go 2, referring to a two-tier primary and secondary set-up. They believe the discussions about Northumberland County Council’s proposals to scrap the three-tier system have been one-sided and the public should be given the bigger picture as the first phase of the consultation draws to a close. They say their reluctance to enter into what they describe as a ‘public row’ with colleagues should not be mistaken either for ‘weakness nor for indifference’.

Thursday, March 2, 1990

The frustration and anger of people caught up in Alnwick District Council’s serious housing crisis is beginning to show. District housing manager Mr Graham Kent made the claim this week as the council-house waiting list now has around 1,200 names on it. Mr Kent and his staff have suffered abuse from the public because of the situation. He told the Gazette some people are so desperate they stage sit-ins at the council offices and make threats. “They come into the office and will not go away until something is done,” he said, adding: “We always get all sorts of problems, but it is becoming worse.” Other behaviour includes abuse, foul language and even remarks on the street or in shops to housing staff. Mr Kent said the shortage of homes is not the fault of the council, but of a Government policy which is not working.

Friday, March 5, 1965

An Alnwick man has launched an attack on waht he considers is unfair trading by electricity boards and has made an approach to his MP, Viscount Lambton. He is Mr Douglas Bell, an electrical supplier, of Bondgate Within, who has approached Viscount Lambton in an attempt to bring the present situation before the House of Commons. Mr Bell considers that electricity boards have an unfair monopoly on the sale of electrical appliances against which the private dealer cannot compete. “The boards supply their own special lines such as cookers, refrigerators, irons and kettles, which are manufactured to their own specification and not available to private traders,” he told the Northumberland Gazette. “These are sold at a lower retail price than similar appliances offered by the private dealer.”