Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, Sept 5, 2013)

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

10 YEARS AGO - Thursday, September 4, 2003

The refusal of the Tesco application has provoked fury and outrage across the board. MP Alan Beith has joined Alnwick District Council, councillors, Alnwick Civic Society, Alnwick businesses and shoppers in slamming the Government’s decision not to allow a supermarket to be built on the Willis garage site on South Road. The district council spoke in favour of Tesco’s application at last September’s public inquiry and leader Coun John Taylor this week expressed the authority’s frustration at the decision. “The Deputy Prime Minister’s decision on this important local matter is a bitter disappointment and a serious blow to local democracy,” he said. “It appears that very little weight has been given to the overwhelming weight of local opinion in favour of the proposal.”

25 YEARS AGO - Thursday, September 1, 1988

It looks like a winner! That is the verdict from two of the area’s headmasters about the new GCSE exam following publication of the first set of results. But worries about the amount of coursework and grading methods in some subjects means the new system cannot claim a 100 per cent pass rate in Alnwick and Amble. The new structure was introduced to replace the old O-Level and CSE system last year, so these results offer the first opportunity to gauge its success. Roy Todd, headmaster at the Duchess’s High School in Alnwick, believes the new set-up has proved an instant winner. “I am very pleased with the results, we have had almost a 100 per cent pass rate.” At Coquet High School in Amble, headmaster Bob Fisk declared himself happy with this year’s results.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday, September 6, 1963

An Alnwick garage firm’s plans to demolish a disused church and erect a showroom and petrol pumps in Bondgate Without was the subject of a public inquiry at Alnwick on Tuesday.

The firm of JC and EW Blackshaw appealed against a decision of Alnwick Urban Council, acting on behalf of Northumberland County Council, refusing planning permission. It was turned down on the following grounds: 1. The proposed petrol filling station would cause a large number of vehicles to leave and rejoin the traffic stream and would interfere with the flow of traffic. 2. The site was too small to permit an adequate layout in accordance with regulations. 3. As there was already a petrol filling station immediately adjacent on the same side of the road there was no need for additional facilities.