NOSTALGIA: Looking back 10, 25 and 50 years ago (published Gazette January 14, 2016)

Take a look at some stories of yesteryear. Sisters team up to raise funds for Romanian orphans, sporting ace Laura Weightman starts her award-winning success and fishermen question new planning applications in Beadnell.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

A host of energetic athletes have been hailed for their contribution to sports in Alnwick district at an annual awards ceremony.

Alnwick and District Sports Council Annual Awards saw people from all walks of life being commended for their hard work.

Laura Weightman was crowned junior female of the year for the second year running.

Her track record for success in road, country and track running with Morpeth Harriers and the Duchess’s High School team, as well as her entry in the Junior Great North Run and National Relay helped her scoop her award.

Daniel Young walked away with junior male 2005 for his involvement in a variety of sports ranging from rugby to gymnastics.

Senior female went to last year’s winner Mary Purvis.

Thursday, January 18, 1991

After one successful money raising venture an Alnwick girl has teamed up with her sister for a second fund-raising event in aid of the Romanian orphans.

The degrading pictures supplied by Anneka Rice’s Challenge Anneka BBC television programme prompted 11-year-old Christine Allan to hold a raffle, for which she raised £70.

Spurred on by people’s generosity and the success of her raffle, she and her 15-year-old sister, Wendy, are holding a coffee morning in the Town Hall on Saturday, January 19.

The girls’ mother Hazel Allan said: “It’s all snowballed since the raffle and although it’s a lot of work it’s a worthwhile cause.”

The girls have already received over 50 prizes or donations towards their coffee morning from numerous businesses in the town. Prizes include meals, haircuts and more.

Friday, January 21, 1966

Northumberland Sea Fisheries Committee is to back an appeal by Beadnell fishermen calling on Belford Rural Council to make the outfall for a proposed sewer on a different part of Beadnell Point.

“Their salmon fishing area is already cramped and they feel it will be even more curtailed by the proposed building of 250 chalets in the village which will entail a bigger sewer,” Dr Rowland told the committee on Tuesday. He added that if the request was granted it would obviate the fouling of the beach and would not interfere with the salmon fishing.

At the start of the meeting the members observed a short silence in memory of the late Mr. W Handyside, engineer of the committee’s patrol vessels since 1930.

The fishery officers’ reports showed that continued spells of bad weather had hit lobster fishing.