Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, November 6, 2014)

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, November 4, 2004

Parents fighting to save Northumberland’s middle schools staged a pumpkin parade on Hallowe’en in a county-wide display of unity. Campaigners opposed to Northumberland County Council’s plans to introduce primary and secondary schools marched through Morpeth bearing the slogan Three Cheers for Three Tiers. Parents from Wooler, Rothbury, Seahouses and Alnwick attended the parade, which was organised by Northumberland Education Action Group (NEAG). Children laid 44 pumpkin lanterns – one for each middle school earmarked for closure – on a giant map of Northumberland which was spread across the car park at County Hall. Sue Burston, chairman of governors at Glendale Middle School, Wooler, said: “That was a clear statement that we want that light kept there.”

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, November 2, 1989

Small is beautiful. That could well be the motto of a local restaurant which has been named Northumbria Restaurant of the Year in a prestigious culinary guide. Blackmore’s restaurant in Narrowgate, Alnwick, has been open for less than three years, but, in that time, it has established a reputation as one of the region’s top eating places and won a host of awards to prove it. But its inclusion in the 1990 edition of the recently published Good Food Guide is the icing on the cake for the couple who run it, husband-and-wife team John and Penny Blackmore.And as Penny said, one of the keys to their success is the size of this cosy but elegant eating house. “It is a small place, but we wouldn’t want it any bigger, because we have more control this way.” John, a former head chef at the Linden Hall Hotel is in charge of the bulk of the cooking.

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, November 6, 1964

“They grow not old as we who are left grow old...” The memorable words will echo through hamlet, village and town in north Northumberland on Sunday as homage is paid to the dead of two world wars. Legionnaires, members of the Armed Forces, Territorials and members of other service, civil and public bodies will be on parade on Remembrance Sunday in the towns and larger villages. At Alnwick, the parade will assemble in Fenkle Street at 2.30pm and will march to the War Memorial, headed by the band and drums of the 7th Battallion RNF. Taking part will be a contingent from RAF Boulmer, Ex-service organisations, the British Legion and members of the Alnwick UDC. The services of remembrance at 3pm will be conducted by Canon W Eyton Lloyd and the address will be given by the Rev A J Meakin.