Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, Nov 14, 2013)

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, November 13, 2003

McDonalds has binned plans to build a new restaurant and drive-thru on the outskirts of Alnwick, putting pay to 60 new jobs. A spokesman for the company this week said that, although planning permission to build a 60-seater restaurant at Willowburn Avenue was granted in October last year, there are no current plans to come to Alnwick. He said: “We don’t have any plans to build a McDonalds restaurant in Alnwick, certainly in the short term. We are, however, constantly reviewing our policy and that may change in the years ahead. There is a huge amount of investment required when we open a new restaurant anywhere and we consider a number of factors including local population and traffic generated. Obviously we can’t open a restaurant in every part of the British Isles, where there’s a conurbation.”

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, November 10, 1988

The poll tax could see Alnwick Town Council plummet in the popularity stakes. That was the forecast from Alnwick’s Mayor, Philip Deakin, speaking to Alnwick Chamber of Trade on Monday night. Coun Deakin was giving his personal view of the future for Alnwick, his gloomy prediction coming because, when the new ‘community charge’ is introduced, money from business rates will be distributed back to district councils, but not to town councils. According to Coun Deakin, that would leave Alnwick Town Council with the headache of providing the same services with less money coming in. He said: “I’m afraid it appears we will have to take a lot more money from householders to maintain services – we aren’t going to be popular, but there is nothing we can do about it.”

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, November 15, 1963

A popular public shelter, which has stood on a prominent site on Alnmouth Links for over 60 years, is to be demolished – because of continued vandalism. During the past five years, the cost of maintaining the shelter has amounted to £123, about half of this sum being expended due to vandalism. Over the past few months, the vandals have again been at work on the shelter and the parish council has been faced with an estimated bill of £97 17s. 6d. to repair the damage. When the council considered at its last meeting, the members decided that in view of its age and the fact that no sooner was it repaired than it was damaged again, the shelter should be demolished to save the ratepayers further expense. They are, however, to consider erecting a more robust type of shelter.