NOSTALGIA: Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette Thursday, December 24, 2015)

Lynn Hope and son Daniel, who was born at Hillcrest Maternity Unit on Christmas Day, 25 years ago.
Lynn Hope and son Daniel, who was born at Hillcrest Maternity Unit on Christmas Day, 25 years ago.

Take a look at the stories of yesteryear. Hopes of work starting on dualling the A1 with four years were dashed; there was a notable Christmas Day birth at Hillcrest maternity unit; and Tyne Tees visited Dr Thomlinson’s Secondary School at Rothbury.

10 YEARS AGO: Thursday, December 22, 2005

Dan Hope in his West End role as Boq in Wicked (see 25 years ago).

Dan Hope in his West End role as Boq in Wicked (see 25 years ago).

Hopes that work to part dual the A1 in north Northumberland would start within four years look to have been dashed. A regional transport report is recommending that plans to widen the road between Felton and Morpeth are put back for a decade. And this has prompted fears that dualling proposals for Adderstone – due to be completed around the same time – will also be hit. MP Alan Beith and Alnwick District Council have reacted angrily to the news. Mr Beith said: “Projects in north Northumberland could be traded for other urgent ones like a second Tyne Tunnel. It is quite ridiculous to do that as these projects have had preparatory work done on them and the Government has given a firm commitment.”

25 YEARS AGO: Thursday, December 27, 1990

Alnwick’s new Hillcrest maternity unit celebrated another first with a beautiful baby born early on Christmas morning. Daniel Hope weighed in at seven pounds five-and-a-half ounces after his mother Lynn was rushed into the unit at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve. Less than two hours later baby Daniel was born – a brother for Lynn’s four-year-old daughter Linzi. Proud father Lee Hope was with his wife at the birth after a swift telephone call to ask her mother, Mrs Rosemary Mark, to come and look after Linzi at their home in Cawledge View, Alnwick. Once Linzi had been brought in to see her new brother on Christmas Day, staff at Hillcrest allowed Lynn to go to her in-laws for a special Christmas lunch. She was back at the unit with Daniel soon afterwards.

50 YEARS AGO: Friday, December 24, 1965

Dr Thomlinson’s Secondary School at Rothbury took on a new role on Monday evening when Tyne-Tees Television staged the first of 13 inter-town knockout quiz programmes under the name of Tournament. The programme was filmed with the aid of two cameras, while the soundtrack was relayed by radio and recorded in the TTT studios at Newcastle. And for many of the 300 people in the school’s assemble hall, it was a unique experience to see and hear a television programme in the making. The glaring lights, the geometric simplicity of the actual set, and the two squat cameras with their crew on their elevated wooden platforms somehow did not look out of place in the new modern surroundings. Indeed a spokesman for TTT said that they had found the building ideal for the acoustics and accommodation.