Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, February 12, 2015)

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

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Anglers have called foul over a rule change which means they have to buy new rods in order to fish stretches of the River Aln. The rules, brought in by the River Aln Angling Association (RAAA), mean shorter rods must be used this season on its six-mile stretch of water. And with RAAA tickets costing £70 a year, many have reacted angrily to the rules brought in on February 1 to reduce suspected foul hooking, where a fish is not hooked through the mouth. David Rutherford, who has fished the Aln for 26 years, said: “About seven years ago, you could fish with any size rod. Then they brought in a rule which said you had to have a rod of 12ft 6in, so everyone bought one of them. Now, in their wisdom, they have brought in a rule for 10ft 6in rods. For a trout rod, it’s £450 from House of Hardy and then you have reels and line, so it’s £750.”

Friday, February 9, 1990

Fishermen at Seahouses and Amble face a worrying future and the possible loss of their livelihoods because of the devastation of haddock stocks by Scottish fishermen. Under pressure from the EEC, the Government is poised to introduce a 30 per cent cut in the North Sea fishing effort, which will mean a drastic loss of income for a large proportion of the boats at the two north Northumberland ports.

Seahouses fisherman Mr Charlie Dawson, chairman of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations and the Seahouses Fishermen’s Association, this week appealed to the fisheries minister to exclude the region’s fishermen from the ban, but he was not optimistic. And he said the reduction in fishing days spells potential disaster for some of the boats in Seahouses and further down the coast.

Friday, February 12, 1965

When Chevington Parish Council met last Thursday night, it was reported that there was little improvement in the matter of dumping rubbish and litter on grass flats at East Chevington. Conditions had been made worse by cars and wagons being driven over these grass flats. On the other hand, the spare plot near the Grey Arms at Red Row had been greatly improved and Coun Spears said he thought Messrs Pettica Bros. should be commended for this. No new club: A letter was received from the secretary of Togston Terrace Club officially confirming that the proposal to build a new club on a site in the North Broomhill Welfare Park had been abandoned. Coun Crockett said he doubted if the Charity Commissioners would grant permission for the use of any of the land for building other than for social amenities.