Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, October 23, 2014)

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, October 21, 2004

Alnwick laid out the red carpet yesterday for the arrival of the Duke of York. Prince Andrew visited Alnmaritec, the aluminium alloy boat design and build company based at Willowburn Industrial Estate. He met the management team and all of the staff as well as viewing several of the vessels Alnmaritec has under construction at present. The visit was organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). Alnmaritec, which has been operating since 2002, has worked closely with UKTI, which has encouraged them in their research and development markets. Prince Andrew’s involvement with UK Trade and Investment began in October 2001 and, as a special representative for UKTI, the visit was part of his work to Britain as an excellent place to do business.

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, October 19, 1989

The fight to upgrade the notorious ‘killer’ A1 to dual-carriageway standard throughout was boosted at a county council meeting this week. A joint technical report on the case for a better A1 has been produced by the Northumberland County, Borders and Lothian Regional councils and the document was fully supported by county councillors at Monday’s highways and transport committee meeting. The report calls for the A1 to be improved to dual-carriageway standard between Newcastle and Edinburgh and will be sent to all local MPs, recommending that a joint meeting should be held to work out the best way to press the case. While the A1 accident rate as a whole is less than the average for similar roads, there is a significant proportion of fatal/serious accidents involving overtaking manoeuvres on single track.

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, October 23, 1964

Although a Conservative win was more or less anticipated in the Berwick Parliamentary Division, the swing to Labour throughout the country generally tended to cast doubts on the size of the majority Viscount Lambton could expect in last week’s General Election battle. As it turned out, his majority of 7,633 was only 634 short of his 1959 majority figure of 8,267. In that year, he pulled in a total of 19,904 votes in a straight fight with Mr Chris Jelley, the Labour candidate, who got 11,637. This year, in a three-cornered fight, 15,851 voters gave him their backing. Altogether 31,750 or 77 per cent voted, compared with 32,541 or 77.1 per cent in 1959. The counting of the votes was again carried out at the Duke’s Grammar School, Alnwick. People, including several from outside areas, began to gather before the announcement at 1.50pm.