Greetings from one northern town to another

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Here is a photograph of me holding a Northumberland Gazette at Dawson City in the Yukon, north Canada.

Dawson is just a few hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle.

My wife and I spent three days here at the beginning of June and then travelled south to Whitehorse where we spent a further five days before heading south to Vancouver Island.

While in Dawson City, which is the historical town from the Klondike gold rush of 1897, we met the Mayor Wayne Potoroka.

We passed on the greetings from the Mayor of Alnwick Bill Grisdale, who supported the initiative of meeting the mayor from Dawson.

Our invented ‘prompt’ for such a meeting was for Alnwick as the most northern county town in England to say hello to Dawson City as the most northern city in Canada.

Bill Grisdale gave us a Northumberland flag as well as some Alnwick lapel pins and ballpoint pens.

We also took along a book of aerial photographs of North East England, a book on the coast of Northumberland and a silver tea spoon from Alnwick Castle.

Wayne was delighted with the gifts from Alnwick and has promised to hoist the Northumberland flag over the city office in Dawson for a day.

We wanted to hire a car in Whitehorse and drive the Alaskan highway down the 1,500 miles to Vancouver.

Hire companies do not let you pick up a car in Whitehorse and drop it off in Vancouver.

My wife therefore decided to fly the two-and-a-half hours back to Vancouver whilst I elected to take the Greyhound bus.

The Alaskan highway was not a journey to miss.

This was a continuous journey of 42 hours involving five separate buses setting off at 6pm from Whitehorse on Friday, June 7, and pulling into Vancouver central bus station on Sunday at 1.30pm on June 9.

I wouldn’t recommend such a trip to anybody.

Peter Atkinson,

Castle Street,