Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, Feb 20, 2014)

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, February 19, 2004

A strong ‘no’ vote towards handing over power to an elected North East Assembly has been indicated by voters in Alnwick district. In a mock poll organised by Alnwick District Council at a meeting on Tuesday, 71 people voted against an elected North East Assembly with 25 in favour. Many at the council’s State of the District Debate feared voting for an assembly would mean handing the region’s power over to a faceless group in Newcastle. Coun Hugh Philipson, a member of both Alnwick District and Northumberland County councils, strongly attacked the idea. He said: “We are very proud to be British, English and Northumbrian and I don’t think we should be bullied into accepting a regional assembly. It’s time we took a good look at ourselves and see what we have got.”

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, February 16, 1989

A controversial pet-cremation service being run by a Rothbury resident has struck a raw nerve with villagers. Local residents claim the animal incinerator at Addycombe Farm, Rothbury, has been causing offensive smells and is not in keeping with an area of outstanding natural beauty. However, angry crematorium boss Mrs Jill Errington dismissed the fears, stating talk of wholesale animal burning was simply ‘rumour and conjecture’. Now the matter is set to come to a head when Alnwick District Council’s planning committee debate an application for the incinerator, although that has been postponed from next Tuesday. District council chief executive, Mr Alf Groome, explained the scheme cannot be considered at the present time because details have not been advertised by the applicant.

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, February 21, 1964

Although still more than six weeks away, the first moves in the spring local government elections are being made in north Northumberland with independents and socialists lining up for vital Northumberland County Council elections on April 9. The Alnwick Labour Party has nominated Dr Gordon Adam, the Berwick constituency, as its candidate. He will oppose the Alnwick division’s present Independent member, Coun Sidney T Pickup, a member and former chairman of Alnwick Urban Council, on which he has sat for the past 21 years. Coun Pickup has announced his intention of standing for re-election. Dr Adam – he obtained his doctorate in philosophy at Leeds University where he graduated from grammar school in his native Carlisle – is a bachelor in his early 30s and a mining technician.