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Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, May 14, 2015)

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

Thursday, May 12, 2005

North Northumberland’s castles are providing magnificent backdrops for a multi-million-pound BBC TV historical mini-series about Queen Elizabeth I. On Tuesday, crews began filming scenes for the four-part drama, Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen, at Warkworth Castle, which was transformed into the interior of the Tower of London for the series, which is set to hit screens early next year. Others castles across the county that will feature in the production are Alnwick Castle, where the filming of gruesome scenes of the burning of heretics during the struggle between Roman Catholics and Protestants will take place, and Bamburgh and Chillingham Castles, as well as Raby Castle in County Durham. The show was written by Paula Milne and will star Bafta-nominated Anne-Marie Duff, of Shameless.

Friday, May 11, 1990

Republic of Ireland World Cup boss Jack Charlton came home to a birthday treat this week thanks to Seahouses baker Mrs Sheela Trotter. Back in his native Ashington for a fishing competition, Big Jack was given a surprise party to honour his 55th birthday on Tuesday and was presented with a magnificent cake made by Mrs Trotter to mark the occasion. Everything held dear by the former Leeds and England centre-half was epitomised on the giant 30 by 18-inch cake which took Mrs Trotter, a partner in the Seahouses baking firm, two days to make and ice. ‘Happy Birthday Jack’ and ‘Best Wishes Italy 1990’ were piped above images of the World Cup logo and Jack fishing midstream while Mrs Trotter completed the masterpiece with a delicate green and white trim, the national colours of Jack’s adopted country.

Friday, May 14, 1965

Half-a-dozen working-class families in the Glanton area have told Alnwick Rural Council: “We cannot afford to live in the houses you have offered us because of the high rents.” Seven houses have been built in the village by the council at a cost of £20,000. They include three old-people’s bungalows, which have since been let. When it came to letting the other four three-bedroom houses, the council hit a snag. No one wanted them because the rents were too high. They worked out at £2 15s a week plus 15s rates – and the average wage in the area is around £11 a week. “We are experiencing considerable difficulty in letting them,” admitted Mr T Robson, clerk to the council. The council’s worries, however, are slowly disappearing. Yesterday, they announced they had managed to let two of the almost-finished houses.