Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, June 26, 2014)

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, June 24, 2004

A new national guide to good food and drink has come under fire for ignoring north Northumberland. Alnwick district councillor David Wright, a hotel and catering consultant, claims there are many examples of fine food being produced or supplied in the district, all of which have been left out of the publication – Eating British. Coun Wright welcomed the principle of the guide, but he said: “The first edition gives a very misleading impression of an area renowned for its hospitality. Have the authors not heard of Craster kippers, Alnwick Rum or Lindisfarne Mead? Regionally, also, there is no mention of restaurants and hotels that have received the highest accolades in the catering business. It is unfortunate that those offering high-quality catering and food have not received the recogntion they deserve.”

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, June 22, 1989

Angry Shilbottle mothers are petitioning to get their proper baby clinic back since it was closed two months ago. Up until recently a doctor attended the monthly clinic where mums could take their babies and toddlers for innoculations and regular checks. Now the mums, who say they weren’t given any warning, are having to take their babies into Alnwick for their check-ups. Northumberland Health Authority representative, Coun Ernie Tully, said the doctor at the clinic had left to have a baby herself and they were ‘having difficulties’ in finding a replacement. “It is only a temporary hiccup and a doctor will be at the clinic again once a replacement is found,” he said. Jennifer Effendi says her daughter was due four weeks ago, but she is refusing to go to Alnwick on principle.

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, June 26, 1964

Notices sent by an Alnwick headteacher to parents of pupils, inviting them to attend recent lectures at the school aimed at helping children choose a career when they left, were simply ignored. Not one parent turned up. Yesterday, Mr Joseph Raine, head of the town’s county secondary school, said: “I am disappointed. I did feel that some at least would be interested enough to attend just one lecture.” The course, the first of its kind held at Alnwick, lasted three days. Talks were given on such subjects as the Civil Service, how to dress for a job, nursing, hotel and catering jobs, the Police, the Armed Forces, engineering, the Merchant Navy, mining, farming, health and hygiene, and further education. Reactions of the pupils was that too much emphasis was given to jobs demanding high qualifications.