Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, Sept 26, 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 25, 2003

Going, going gone is Alnwick’s best-known auctioneer as Ian Robertson held his final sale after more than half-a-century in the business. Asking who would start the bidding for the last time, Mr Robertson conducted his last sale at the Narrowgate Salerooms this week. After 35 years in Alnwick, Mr Robertson has decided to retire from the job which proved to be just as much a hobby. He said: “I have mixed feelings as I have enjoyed my time and to me the business was a hobby as well as a job. But you reach the age of 74 and you don’t want the little details of business, you want to relax a bit, but I have enjoyed myself. I have got good staff and have made some very good customers and friends through this business.” The decision to retire has left the way open for Newcastle-based Anderson & Garland to take over.

25 YEARS AGO – Thursday, September 22, 1988

Marathon charity fund-raiser Arthur Cross fell just short of his goal at the weekend, but still hopes to raise more than £400 for the starving.Arthur, 29, a shepherd of Causey Park, completed all but two-and-a-half miles of a 95-mile run, walk and bike ride on Saturday, despite being plagued by cramps for much of the way. He left Seahouses at 7am and cycled to Wooler before climbing Cheviot, which is where he started to run into some trouble by falling behind schedule. Arthur still managed to go to Rothbury then Thropton Show where he gave a rendition on the Northumbrian pipes. From there it was on the bike to Amble then Alnwick before the cycle was abandoned in Denwick as he attempted an approximate half-marathon run back to Seahouses.

50 YEARS AGO – Friday, September 27, 1963

Seven people were killed on the roads in Northumberland last month compared with four in August 1962, bringing the number of road deaths this year to 41 as against 28 in the corresponding period last year. Of those killed, two were boys, aged three and nine. There were 493 accidents during the month in which 82 people were seriously injured and 195 slightly injured. The corresponding totals for August 1962 were 80 and 209. The monthly accident report also shows that 44 people were injured in incidents during the August Bank Holiday weekend, 10 fewer than the previous year. In his thought for the month, the Chief Constable points out that the stationary vehicle causes many accidents. He says drivers should try to park off the road wherever possible even if this means extra travel and effort.