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

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

Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Northumberland Gazette has a new man at the helm. Paul Larkin has been appointed as the paper’s 17th editor. Paul, 42, has lived in Alnwick district for the past 15 years and has spend the past 14 years working at the Gazette’s sister paper, the Sunderland Echo, the last four of those as deputy editor. “I am extremely honoured to be given the chance to edit what I regard as my local paper,” said Paul. “The Northumberland Gazette is a cracking newspaper with a local and committed readership, and I hope to take it forward in the way readers want, with a particular emphasis on local news. This is the readers’ newspaper, their voicepiece, their means of communication. I am very keen that the community of north Northumberland is fully represented and its voice is heard.”

Thursday, November 8, 1990

A familiar face on the Boulmer skyline will soon disappear for good.

As technology revolutionises Britain’s air defence system, so a lumbering 65 tonne radar mast at RAF Boulmer has become obsolete. And sadly on October 23, at precisely 2.30pm, the scanner was finally switched off after serving Boulmer for just over 22 years. Now it is turned off, work is under way dismantling the huge piece of equipment which, at 22ft high, 60ft wide, and standing on a 155ft high tower, is a well-known feature of the local landscape. In its place come mobile radar stations which use a fraction of the electricity. It will also take up less than half the space and are much more versatile. But there will still be sadness when the radar disappears from the RAF base later in the month.

Friday, November 15, 1965

Dissatisfaction was expressed by members of Chevington Parish Council at their meeting last week at the decision to allow opencast mining to go ahead on the Coldrife site at Broomhill. Coun Crackett presided at the meeting and the Coldrife decision was reported by the Clerk. The Clerk said a letter had been received from the Ministry of Fuel and Power stating that after giving due consideration to the report of the inspector in charge of the public inquiry, the minister had given his decision to authorise opencast working on the Coldrife site. This decision was received with great dissatisfaction by members of the council. The North Broomhill Welfare Park was again under discussion and it was reported that the Togston Parish Council had decided that they could offer no financial aid towards the upkeep.