Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, Oct 3, 2013)

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, October 2, 2003

The legendary Alnwick Rum, blended from a secret recipe, is set to make a historic return to pubs, shops, supermarkets and off-licences before Christmas thanks to Ian Linsley, whose late father John set up the original Alnwick Rum Company.

Ian said: “I feel that my father would have approved of the taste and I’m determined to make a success of the venture as a tribute to his memory.

“And as he created the yellow and black labels that replaced the old white ones, I’m sure he would love our latest black and gold label design.”

Older residents will recall rum being blended by the former Alnwick Brewery from the early 20th century and in the mid 1960s by the original Alnwick Rum Company.

That company, which ceased trading in the 1980s, was set up by John.

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, September 29, 1988

People who are buying their council houses could soon be helping to save ratepayers in the district up to £35,000 a year. This will happen if district councillors decide to go ahead with a plan to use the money brought in from council-house sales and other capital receipts to reduce their overall debt of £16million.Members of the finance committee, meeting on Tuesday night, took the first step down this road when they authorised the treasurer, Bill Bell, to look into ways of investing the capital receipts externally. Mr Bell stated that, currently, capital receipts were invested internally within the council structure, but they could earn much better rates of interest by being invested externally. He explained that although the Government did not currently allow a high proportion to be spent, it did not stop councils investing the money they received.

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, October 4, 1963

The new bus station at Clayport Street, Alnwick, came into use on Sunday, replacing the Market Place as the main bus terminal. It has been built on land owned by the United company adjoining the Inquiry Office in Clayport Street. A large concrete area has been formed and lawns will be laid along the north and south of the site. Six loading bays have been built and an extensive passenger shelter of modern design has been provided. The buses will drive into bays and reverse out, leaving the stand on the one-way system. While the sawtooth platform arrangement is new to Alnwick, it has been adopted successfully in many modern bus stations elsewhere. Its value lies in the fact that a greater number of services can be brought onto the one passenger area without excessive platform length and with increased safety.