Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, April 10, 2014)

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

10 YEARS AGO - Thursday, April 8, 2004

Hands off our school – that’s the message north Northumberland has given to the man who could wield the axe. Parents, governors, teachers and pupils from middle and first schools across the area turned out in force yesterday to hear director of education Brian Edwards spell out details of the proposed education system shake-up. As many as 100 representatives from Wooler, Rothbury and Seahouses schools packed into Embleton Hall, Longframlington, to show the director the strength of feeling over the threat to their schools. Mr Edwards was attending a meeting of Northumberland County Council’s Alnwick area committee, where he said the changes featured in the Putting the Learner First document are merely options rather than proposals.

25 YEARS AGO - Thursday, April 6, 1989

Callous canine killers have struck again in Rothbury, bringing yet more heartache for two young children. Seven-year-old Ridley Errington and his brother Matthew, six, recoiled in horror when they found the body of their pet border terrier Spike last week. She had died a lingering, painful death from strychnine poisoning – the same fate which befell the family’s pet labrador George just over a year ago. The youngsters’ mother, Gill, of Addycombe Farm, Hillside Road, explained how tragedy had struck one of their pets for the second year running. “Last year, six dogs were killed by strychnine poisoning in Rothbury, including our labrador George,” she said. Mrs Errington added that Spike used to go out into woods behind the family home in search of rabbits. but always returned.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday, April 10, 1964

Estimate pruning by Northumberland Education Committee in an effort to cut its expenditure had not jeopardised Alnwick’s chances of financial help for a swimming bath. “It is not strictly correct to say that no grant will be available,” said Coun ST Pickup at Tuesday night’s council meeting. His comment was made after the reading of a streets committee minute stating that the grant provision had been deleted from the 1964-5 estimates and that it would not be known until about June whether, having regard to the reduced amounts now provided, any grant could be made towards the Alnwick project. He said: “I have seen the county council clerk and he agrees that a letter sent to this council was misleading.”