Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, May 7, 2015)

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

Thursday, May 5, 2005

The famous Chillingham wild cattle and the parkland where they have roamed for the last 700 years were united under one ownership this week. The Chillingham Wild Cattle Association completed the £350,000 purchase of Chillingham Park from landowners College Valley Estates on Tuesday. The changeover marked the end of the first phase of the four-year £2million appeal to raise money to upgrade access to the herd, improve visitor facilities and restore the perimeter wall. Philip Deakin, president of the association, said: “This is a gigantic milestone for the association and it’s probably the most important thing to have happened to it since it was set up in 1939. What we have got to do is assure the future of the cattle and if the park hadn’t have been bought by us, it could have been bought by someone else.”

Friday, May 4, 1990

Around 500 people have said they want a new nightclub for Alnwick, but district councillors once again threw out the plans this week. The applicant, Mr Frank Wathen, remains determined as ever and told the Gazette the battle is not yet over as he plans to appeal. Alnwick District Council’s planning and economic development committee considered a revised application by Mr Wathen, owner of Oscar’s Wine Bar in the town. He wants to change Sheraton House at Clayport Square from a warehouse into a private club. A previous application was refused, but Mr Wathen produced another plan together with a list of about 500 people who say they want a new nightclub. The second application differs in that Mr Wathen offered to improve the approach to the building from Clayport Square and restrict access to the side and rear.

Friday, May 7, 1965

Rothbury magistrates on Monday granted an application by Northumberland County Council to divert a footpath over the stepping stones at Rothbury. Mr A Adcock, for the council, said the stepping stones formed part of a footpath which ran from Rothbury across the River Coquet to Carterside. They were a potential danger as far as children and elderly people were concerned and, at the request of Rothbury Rural Council, the county council had agreed to erect a permanent footbridge. If the application was approved, the bridge could be erected in two months and the stepping stones could then be removed, said Mr Adcock. He added that it was a measure of satisfaction to the council that no one had come forward to object. Announcing the approval, Major R Milburn said: “The bridge will be a great improvement.”