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

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, October 9, 2003

Policeman Martin Caddy, on a Rotary International exchange, has been walking the streets to get a taste of life on the beat in England. Martin, who is staying with a couple in Alnwick, has spent some of his time on foot patrol with local officers, but he has also used the trip as a fact-finding mission. As the station’s youth officer in Frankston, South Australia, Martin has been speaking to counterparts here to find out how they deal with those sorts of issues. He said: “My particular area at home is similar to Stockton, we have high crime figures, high drug use and domestic violence is a problem so I’ve been speaking to officers there. “Alnwick is more like country Victoria, where I’ve also worked. “It’s very community-orientated and it’s a pleasure working in this area. This place is amazing.”

25 YEARS AGO - Thursday, October 6, 1988

The Farne Islands could become the nuclear waste dustbin of Britain. This is revealed by the publication of a secret report, which says that the islands, one of the country’s foremost nature reserves, have been earmarked as the site for waste dumping. The news comes just as the furore over the deep-rock testing of the Cheviot hills, as a possible waste disposal site, has died down. A map, leaked to anti-nuclear campaigners, shows several islands earmarked as potential sites for the disposal of ‘intermediate level’ nuclear waste. The Farne Islands are featured on this map. Sixteen sites are shown on the map, but few could provoke such an outcry as the Farne Islands were they to be chosen. Environmental group Friends of the Earth, among others, believes the map to be genuine.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday, October 11, 1963

The accent will be on safety – safety on the roads, on Northumberland’s beaches, in the homes and on the farms – at an interesting three-day exhibition which is being staged in the Neptune Ballroom, Seahouses, next week. With the road accident toll on the increase, with lifeboats around Britain’s coasts being called out almost daily during the summertime to the help of holidaymakers and with indoor accidents claiming another host of victims, the exhibition should have a special significance for those familiar with the old cliche – prevention is better than cure – and that means you, the general public. Sponsoring the exhibition, which opens on Tuesday, October 15, until the Thursday, are members of Belford Rural Council’s road and sea safety committee.