Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, October 8, 2015)

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

Thursday, October 6, 2005

Tourism businesses have reacted with horror to plans for a ten turbine wind farm in the heart of the Northumberland countryside.

Various accommodation providers who can boast superb views to Holy Island and the Cheviots fear a wind farm on their doorsteps could put their livelihoods at risk.

Ann Lamb, who runs Barmoor Castle Country Park with husband Hedley, said: “We are horrified at the proposals and are very worried about the impact it will have on our business.”

The couple have spent 15 years building up their luxury caravan park, marketing it specifically at people who enjoy the open countryside.

Thursday, October 4, 1990

British Rail has been accused of acting disgracefully by withdrawing a school commuter train at only a few days’ notice.

Berwick MP Alan Beith, local councillors and parents of schoolchildren are up in arms this week after the decision to terminate the 4.13pm Newcastle to Alnmouth train at Morpeth. The train had previously continued to Pegswood, Widdrington, Acklington and then on to Alnmouth until last week’s decision was made to end the service at Morpeth as from Monday. Mr Beith said: “I think British Rail have behaved disgracefully by making this change without any warning at all the people involved.”

Friday, October 8, 1965

Something new in housing design specially tailored to match Alnwick’s medieval characteristics will become a feature of the skyline of the town’s Clayport south west area with the building by the Urban Council of blocks of modern flats as part of the town’s comprehensive development. The scheme, costing an estimated £115,000, calls for 25 one-bedroom flats; five two-bedroom maisonnettes; three three-bedroom maisonnettes and four bed-sitters as well as garages. There was a variance of opinion when it came up for discussion at last Thursday’s meeting of the council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee after the matter had been thoroughly aired.