Those were the days...

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THE town featured in our photos this week may look familiar to most readers but the pictures have travelled home from the other side of the world.

Barbara Graham Barker, who lives in Port Angeles in Washington state, on the north-west coast of the United States, sent in these photos from her collection of soldiers parading in Alnwick.

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They were taken by her husband Richard on September 8, 1961, over 50 years ago.

She said: “My husband and I were on a motorcycle (Norton Dominator) trip from Washington state to Norway.

“We stopped for lunch in Alnwick on our way to Whitley Bay and the SS Leda.

“The waitress in the Alnwick restaurant – on a second floor I believe – told us there would be a parade of the soldiers leaving the Castle.

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“We remain grateful for her telling us.

“My husband took the pictures. Like us, the young spectators and many of the soldiers would be in their late seventies by now.

“I recall how splendid was the precision of the marchers and the photos bare out that memory.”

l We would like to invite readers from all over north Northumberland to send in old pictures.

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Perhaps you have a mystery that needs solving or would just like to share part of your own album with other readers.

Email pictures to northumberland.gazette@northeast-press.co.uk or post them to Those Were The Days, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, NE66 1PN.

We would also like to hear your stories inspired by the pictures we publish.

Call Ben O’Connell on 01665 602234 or email ben.oconnell@northeast-press.co.uk