Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, August 28, 2014)

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, August 26, 2004

An Alnwick schoolgirl had double reason to celebrate last week – the birth of her son and achieving three A grades in her A-Levels. Amy Hansens had baby Joshua, weighing 7lb 3oz, in the early hours of Saturday, August 14. Five days later, she found out that she had gained top grades in biology, chemistry and geography in her A-Levels. She was unable to collect her results from the Duchess’s Community High School with her classmates last Thursday because she was still in Hillcrest Maternity Unit. But her husband, Daniel, whom she married in March, went along and brought the papers to the infirmary for her to open. Formerly Amy Burns, the proud young mum said: “If someone had told me I would have got married and had a baby before I got my results, I wouldn’t have believed them.”

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, August 24, 1989

Fed-up villagers have given their reaction over plans to upgrade one of the north’s leading motocross circuits...on your bike! The track at Chester Hills Farm, Swarland, has been a top motorcycle scrambling circuit for eight years, with meetings attracting some of the country’s top riders. To help maintain its growing status in the sport, track owner Mr Gerry Balmbra has drawn up plans to improve the site and hopes to get full planning consent designating it a permanent motocross (MX) track. Currently, a general development order restricts racing at Chester Hills to a maximum of 14 days a year. Mr Balmbra aims to improve facilities and get an increase on the amount of permitted race days to around 20. But some locals are far from happy at his proposals and have pledged to oppose the plans.

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, August 28, 1964

After 30 years in England, an Amble man is returning next month to South Africa, the country of his birth, with his wife and family. He is Mr J Honey, who, with his wife Gwen and his two children, Josephine and William, will be sailing from Southampton on September 24 in the Edinburgh Castle. Mr Honey came to this country in 1934 and worked for a time in the mines. He served six years in the Army and in 1946 moved to Northumberland. His two sisters, Gladys and Olive, are in South Africa and he has not seen Gladys since 1934. When asked why he was returning to South Africa, Mr Honey told the Northumberland Gazette: “There are no prospects for youngsters here – Josephine has the GCE in seven subjects and there are no really good jobs.”