Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, December 18, 2014)

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

Thursday, December 16, 2014

Councillors are often accused of just sitting around a table, spouting hot air and not actually doing anything of use to their community. But Coun Tony Sandford, a member of Rothbury Parish Council, could hardly be accused of that. Having heard of the imminent demise of a village bus service, he has taken on the responsibility of replacing it – not by using his political clout, but by getting his car out and running the service himself. Coun Sandford, of Hillside Road, said: “I am pleased to do it. One sits at the table and talks about lots of things, some of which never happen. This is providing something which is very concrete. It is helping people.” From January 3, Coun Sandford will offer a transitional service on Mondays between Rothbury, Thropton, Snitter and Whitton, while the Friday service has been saved.

Thursday, December 14, 1989

An Alnwick smoked-salmon firm is set to scale new heights in a fishy fashion venture. Fresh from a successful first year in business, the Northumbria Smoked Salmon Company on Alnwick’s Sawmill Industrial Estate is testing new waters with a new line in clothes and jewellery, made from salmon skin! Now hopes are high that before too long, all the best-dressed people will be slipping into something piscine. The idea is the brainchild of company chairman Keith Taylor, who dreamed up the scheme when he saw the amount of discarded fish skins landing in his firm’s bins. With the help of Scottish leather tanner Roy Brown and design students at Newcastle polytechnic, Mr Taylor has found a way to transform the slithery skins into a hard-wearing leather material which could make reptile skin outfits a thing of the past.

Friday, December 1964

A really remarkable transformation’ – that was how the Duke of Northumberland described the new lounge and bar which he officially opened at Alnwick Working Men’s Club on Wednesday night. Addressing a large gathering of members, the Duke said that to bring about such a transformation required not only considerable imagination and vision, but also a great deal of hard work by the committee and members. He went on: “One of the most pleasing aspects is that it is you who have transformed and produced a club which I think everybody will agree is a credit and benefit to the town of Alnwick of which we are all so proud. It has struck me that you are particularly fortunate to have managed to do this without beholding to anybody. As far as I know, you have no debts and are not tied in any particular way.”