Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, June 11, 2015)

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

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Alnwick International Music Festival is to stay put after a deal was struck to solve its accommodation crisis. Organisers were considering scrapping or relocating the showpiece, having been told that Alnwick’s three middle schools would not host any of the 400 performers – leaving a shortage of beds. Two local authorities and a private company from the Borders offered to stage the festival, which attracts acts from around the world. An urgent meeting was called for last night to thrash out a decision. But trustees of Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, and owner Alnwick District Council, stepped in to offer use of the facility for the July 30 to August 6 event. Festival chairman John Moodie said: “It has been said by the district council that if everything is suitable to both parties, it is a long-term solution.”

Friday, June 8, 1990

Fisheries leader Charlie Dawson has demanded that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food issue a statement clearing shellfish caught off the Northumberland coast of the poison scare, triggered last week, as fishermen in the region face an uncertain future. Together with the Department of Health, the ministry issued a warning last week stating that all shellfish and crustaceans, including crabs, lobsters and prawns, caught off the coast between the Humber and Montrose contained unacceptably high levels of the poisonous algae toxin, making them dangerous to eat. Since then the warning has been partially lifted with lobsters, shrimps and prawns cleared by the Department of Health and declared safe for consumption. But according to Seahouses fisherman Mr Dawson, the damage has already been done.

Friday, June 11, 1965

Formal invitations are now going out for one of the greatest music treats ever organised in Northumberland – the visit of the celebrated violinist Yehudi Menuihin and his sister, Hepzibah, to give a recital in Bamburgh Castle on July 24. It is expected 400 will attend the recital, which is being arranged by Lady Armstrong and Mrs Baker-Cresswell. All the proceeds will go to the funds of the Alnwick, Rothbury and Morpeth Divisions of the Red Cross. Tickets at £3 3s. each include a champagne buffet. Yehudi Menuhin is always anxious to help the Red Cross, but it was also the lure of the historic 12th-century castle, built on a rock overlooking the North Sea, which ensured his acceptance of the invitation to give a recital. “It must be wonderful when there is a storm,” he said, as he agreed.