Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, Feb 13, 2014)

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, February 12, 2004

Campaigners for CCTV in Alnwick will get their wish if a £54,000 scheme for town-centre cameras gets the go-ahead. The scheme would see four town-centre cameras installed. The White Swan Hotel and The George pub on Bondgate Within, Northumbria Pets on Fenkle Street and Willcox the Jewellers in the Market Place are all ear-marked for cameras. Alnwick is the last town centre in Northumberland without CCTV and many shopkeepers feel it is long overdue. Chairman of business group In Business, David Jackson, said: “We have always supported CCTV for Alnwick and look forward to it coming. Although we appreciate Alnwick doesn’t have a severe crime problem, we don’t want to encourage one in the future.”

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, February 9, 1989

Attention please! If you are a young woman wanting to break into the world of the army cadet, now’s your chance. The Northumbria Army Cadet Force has just appointed its first woman sergeant and now aims to attract more ladies and girls to its twice-weekly Alnwick meetings. Sgt Marjorie Gentle joins the group in which her husband Douglas is already heavily involved and is looking for girls with an adventurous outlook willing to tackle demanding but enjoyable military-style tasks. Captain Brian Finlayson has been Detachment Commander for Alnwick since 1976 and he explained what the army cadets can offer new female recruits. “We’ve been a male-dominated unit for a lot of years, but we have now been allowed to bring girls into it and I believe it is definitely worth coming along.”

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, February 14, 1964

Northumberland County Council is looking for spare-time adventure for young people. Officials are sure they can turn the adventurous spirit of youth to the voluntary service of the community. Hundreds of organisations – including local authorities – have been asked if they have any odd jobs which young people could turn thier hands to. County officials are sure that if an element of danger can be included, young people will be only too anxious to help. Local community service will be an extension of the overseas-service scheme, in which young people spend weeks or months in a work camp. The local scheme will enable them to serve at weekends and in spare time at nights. Jobs in hospitals, the coastguards and police are envisaged in addition to helping old people and the sick.