Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, November 19, 2015)

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

Thursday, November 24, 2005

The Duke of Northumberland this week opened one of Alnwick’s historic community buildings. Following an ambitious restoration project. The Centre at Fenkle Street was officially declared open on Wednesday, November 23, after the completion of £300,000 renovation works. The historic Grade II listed building was opened by the Duke and Jane Nolan MBE, border member of One North East and chairman of the Northumberland Strategic Partnership. The building benefited from the renovation and conversion project to allow local community and voluntary organisations to come together under one roof.

Thursday, November 15, 1990

More famous sights are set to disappear from the local skyline, it has been confirmed. Following the news that a radar mast at RAF Boulmer is to come down, it has also been announced that the Army’s communication site at Brizlee Wood is set to close early next year. That means the four radio dishes, each standing 130ft high, will all be dismantled after being declared obsolete. However, the MoD has not yet decided what to do with the site once closure is completed in May next year. Plans for a 300ft high communications mast are currently being considered, although several objectors have made their oppositions known.

Friday, November 19, 1965

More women than men use the facilities offered by the four-year-old Seahouses County Secondary School - claimed to be one of the best equipped small schools in the North - says headteacher Mr Sampy, and he would like to see the position equated. “If the men have any particular interest, I shall be pleased to try to cater for them if they only request the opportunity from me,” he promised at the school’s annual speech day on Wednesday. Mr Sampy, who confessed an ambition to wanting to see closer links forged between home and school, pointed out that the school buildings and facilities should be regarded as belonging to the neighbourhood too.