NOSTALGIA: Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, November 26, 2015)

Take a look at the stories of yesteryear. Brizlee Tower was restored, a wall collapsed on Bondgate Without and a record sum of money was raised.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Alnwick’s fairytale tower has been rescued from the ravages of more than two centuries of Northumbrian weather and restored to its former glory. Brizlee Tower, one of the town’s most important historical landmarks, on top of a hill in Hulne Park, was officially opened by Duchess Elizabeth on Monday after a £500,000 grant and four years of renovation works in a project by Northumberland Estates and English Heritage. Hugh, First Duke of Northumberland, commissioned the construction of the tower in memory of his wife, Elizabeth. Completed by 1783, it provides some of the best views to seven of Northumberland’s castles.

Thursday, November 22, 1990

Bondgate Without was, if not exactly teeming, filled with a steady flow of gaping pedestrians who stopped to stare at Castle Garage building work. A bulldozer stood braced against the remains of an outbuilding behind The Plough after the gable end collapsed, sending tonnes of masonry into the yard below. The was being held up by the digger, despite a huge crack running from top to bottom. Landlord Mr George Gray bemoaned the fact that he was losing a day’s meals on Thursday after some of the rubble landed on top of deep freezers behind the pub, but he was otherwise in good spirits and blaming the mishap on ‘the moving ground’.

Friday, November 26, 1965

A record sum of £293 was raised at the annual bring and buy sale held by Belford Parish Church in the Secondary School on Saturday. The proceeds this year were in aid of the church gallery conversion fund. The sale was officially opened by Mrs Baker Cresswell, of Preston Towers, who was introduced by the vicar, the Rev W Hardy. A vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Dunlop, the vicar’s warden, and a presentation to the opener was made by Lesley Huchinson. As usual much care and thought had gone into the goods and articles in the well-laden stalls, and prospective buyers were given the opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping.