NOSTALGIA: Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, Thursday, April 7)

Delving into the Gazette archives
Delving into the Gazette archives

Take a look at some stories of yesteryear from the Gazette archives. We reported on Sainsbury’s battle to open a shop in Alnwick, a visit of the Duchess of Kent to Amble and a row at Rothbury Rural Council.

10 YEARS AGO: Thursday, April 13, 2006

Sainsbury’s has upped the stakes in the battle to set up shop in Alnwick, with a failed bid to go head-to-head with supermarket rival Lidl. Northumberland Estates, the landowner behind the chain’s imminent planning application, this week called on Alnwick District Council to delay a decision on Lidl’s plan to allow both to be thrashed out together. The Estates believes the planning authority should not decide Lidl’s proposals until it has sight of all the options for addressing the town’s lack of shopping choice. It claimed the council should not determine Lidl’s scheme in the knowledge that Sainsbury’s application was just round the corner. Lidl then hit back by telling the Gazette there was ‘absolutely no reason’ for its project to be put on hold.

25 YEARS AGO: Friday, April 12, 1991

The Duchess of Kent brought tears to the eyes of one lady when she visited Amble on Wednesday to open a new sheltered housing development. Mrs Dinah Waggit, who was originally from Northern Ireland but now lives at Dolphin Court, was so thrilled to meet the Duchess that as she was speaking to her tears rolled down her face. The Duchess produced her gloves and said: “Use these.” Instead, she presented Mrs Waggit with a lace-trimmed handkerchief and said with a smile: “I’ll have to use a Kleenex now.” Her Royal Highness was in the town to officially open the new £1 million development in Percy Drive. Crowds of people both young and old stood patiently in a strong breeze and gave a rousing cheer as the Duchess arrived dressed in a pastel pink fitted jacket.

50 YEARS AGO: Friday, April 15, 1966

The absence of representation from Rothbury Rural Council on the Alnwick and Rothbury Hospital Management Committee provoked sharp criticism from councillors at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting of the council. Coun J Ashcroft said: “I think it is disgraceful that we have no representative on the committee when we have a hospital in our own area. We keep putting up nominations and they are never looked at.” A letter from the Newcastle Regional Hospital Board informed the council of the four persons appointed to the committee this year. Neither of Rothbury’s two nominations was among them though two were from the Alnwick Rural area. “It is very disappointing,” commented the chairman Coun J Phillips.