25 years ago this week: Friday, March 28, 1986

TIME is running out for townspeople working to make Alnwick bloom this summer.

That could mean a planned new look for the Column Field will be delayed until the autumn – too late to catch the eye of Britain in Bloom judges.

A bold planting scheme around the landmark would be ideal to spearhead Alnwick’s campaign for honours in this year’s competition, a public meeting at the White Swan Hotel heard on Monday.

About 20 people were at the meeting to hear Northumbria in Bloom chairman Mr Bob Woolley and his wife, May, of Ponteland, spell out Alnwick’s needs.

They agreed that the approaches to the town gave a good impression but said the look of the Column field was disappointing with its small, scattered flower beds.

Vital to the town’s efforts was the enthusiasm of residents – individuals could transform housing estates with a little work on their own gardens, traders and councils could brighten up the shopping centre.

Sponsorship from local industry might provide much-needed funds, it was said.

The meeting was told that local councils and the Chamber of Trade were already working on the Bloom competition.