Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, Sept 19, 2013)

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

10 YEARS AGO – Thursday, September 18, 2003

Appearing on a programme entitled UK’s Worst... would be very damaging for a small visitor attraction and mildly upsetting to say the least.

But that certainly wasn’t the case for Northumbria’s Haunted Kingdom at Seahouses, which featured on the BBC show in August, competing against the likes of Alton Towers and a Blackpool waxworks for the title of Britain’s worst day out.

Since then, rather than being put off, visitors have flocked to the ghostly attraction, part of the Marine Life and Fishing Heritage Centre on Main Street, increasing its attendance figures fivefold.

Solicitors were put to one side and owner Duncan Allan was left eternally grateful to whoever’s complaint it was that resulted in ‘the best bit of free advertising’ he could wish for.

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, September 15, 1988

There were stormy scenes as a new pressure group was formed in Warkworth last Thursday night.

Four people, including a parish councillor and a local businessman, were ordered out of the Memorial Hall as the Warkworth by-pass action committee was launched.

The four were ejected from the meeting by chairman Peter Thompson, because they opposed the principle of bypassing the village.

Mr Thompson had told the meeting beforehand that any people with such views should either stay quiet or leave, as it was a gathering to form the new pressure group and not an open public meeting where both sides of the argument could be aired.

The four, businessman Chris Chesney and wife Sarah, parish councillor Flo Bell and her friend Betty Garside, were all very upset at being asked to leave.

50 YEARS AGO – Thursday, September 20, 1988

Some of the exotic brilliance of the South Seas was brought to Northumberland this week by five women social workers from Indonesia.

The beautiful colours of their costumes showed in all their glory against the green lawns and the grey walls of Preston Tower, where they were the guests of Major and Mrs TH Baker-Cresswell, and where the traditions of east and west came together in happy contrast.

Mrs Lasmindar, Mrs Wijono, Mrs Sukardjo and Mrs Abdurachman Prawirakusumi are executives and leading members of Persit, the Indonesian Army Wives’ Association, and Mrs Sukahar is president for Central Java of the Police Wives’ Association.

They have come to this country to observe our social and welfare services.