Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, Oct 17, 2013)

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, October 16, 2003

The jewel in the crown of a tiny parish council is being eyed enviously by its much larger neighbour. Under a parish boundary review, Greensfield Moor and Lionheart Park, which includes the Lionheart Enterprise Park in Alnwick and which currently fall inside the Denwick parish boundary, can be contested by Alnwick Town Council. In the 1991 census, Denwick had 310 residents in the parish with the three Alnwick wards having a combined population of 7,767. At the October meeting of Alnwick Town Council, members agreed that the softly softly approach was best and to put out a few feelers with Denwick. Coun Dorothy Hankin questioned the advantage of bringing Lionheart Park within the Alnwick boundary. Coun Louis Levi said: “There would be a considerable advantage as it would increase our rateable value.”

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, October 13, 1988

His Grace Hugh Algernon Percy, Tenth Duke of Northumberland, KG, GCVO, K St J, PC, TD, FRS, died in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday at Syon House, Brentford, Middlesex. The Duke, who was 74, succeeded to the title on his brother’s death at Dunkirk in 1940. He is succeeded by his eldest son, Henry Alan Walter Richard Percy, aged 35, who is now the Eleventh Duke of Northumberland. There will be a private funeral later this week and memorial services will be held in a few weeks’ time in Alnwick and at Westminster Abbey. The Duke of Northumberland, held in immense respect throughout the country, had his home at Alnwick Castle. He was a man with the ability to mix readily with the general public as easily as he did with Royalty.

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, October 18, 1963

Drift-net boats from North Shields and the west coast of Scotland are being accused of causing extensive damage to the equipment of inshore fishermen at Beadnell, on the north Northumbrian coast. Mr Bill Douglas, 82-year-old harbourmaster and leader of the fishermen in Beadnell, said on Monday that herring are coming closer inshore this year than they have done for nearly a century. Drift-net boats following the shoals have cut crab and lobster gear to ribbons, he claims. Six boats work from Beadnell and last week they had to fish for lobsters nearly a mile further north in an attempt to save their gear. They dared not go out to the crab grounds. Said Mr Douglas: “There is not one boat which has not lost marker buoys because of drift-net boats cutting across them. One man lost 14 in three days.”