NOSTALGIA: Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, December 10, 2015)

Take a look at the stories of yesteryear. Amble soldiers head out to Iraq, plans are afoot for Middlemoor windfarm and education bills hit an all-time record.

An application was submitted yesterday to build the North East’s most powerful wind farm near North Charlton.

Npower Renewables is seeking permission from the Government to build 18 turbines at Middlemoor – seven fewer than originally proposed because of objections. The turbines are also to be sited further away from North and South Charlton after concerns were raised at public exhibitions in April. But protesters are still opposed to the plan because they feel it would spoil the countryside and damage tourism.

Clare Wilson, Npower regional development manager, said: “It is a hit to our economics having 18 turbines instead of 25 but we have to live with the community. We have listened to the comments and the turbines closest to the community have been removed or relocated.”

Friday, December 13th, 1990

While all the media attention is being focussed on the home-coming hostages from Iraq, a group of Amble soldiers are quietly preparing to head out in the opposite direction.

Men from the 3rd Battalion the Royal Fusiliers, currently based near Dortmund, Germany, are expected to fly out to the Middle East on December 20, replacing another regiment who have completed their tour of duty,

Twenty-year-old Jason Moore, of King Edward Street, and Michael Holt (20) of Leazes Street, join Mike Thompson and Tony Murray, also of the 3rd Battalion, and Cpl Nicholas Flanighan, of Leazes Street, who is returning for his second tour since the crisis erupted in August. For Pte Moore, his departure not only means Christmas away from home, but celebrating his 21st birthday in Germany.

Friday, December 10th, 1965

Northumberland’s mounting education bill touches a new all-time record next year with yesterday’s announcement that £15,286,410 will be spent during 1966-67.

This compares with an estimate for the current year of £12,974,500 - an increase of £2,311,910.

The Education Committee, however, points out that this, in fact ,is not a true comparison because already this year, to cover items beyond its control, such as teachers’ salary award, supplementary estimates totalling nearly £700,000 have already been submitted. It warns that it is more than probable that further applications will have to be made.

It adds that a large proportion of the increase over those for the current year is for items over which it has no control whatsoever. The main ones are in teachers’ salaries.