All our Yesteryears – August 21, 1986, and August 17, 1961

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Thursday, August 21, 1986

THREE pensioners living in Riverbank in Stakeford have been told they can’t have gas heating in their cottages unless they pay hundreds of pounds. They have been told they will have to pay £800 to have their cottages linked up to the gas supply.

RESIDENTS are fighting plans to open a chapel of rest in the tiny village of Woodhorn. They claim the chapel and undertaker’s site on the village’s main road would be morbid and distressing.

MORPETH must cash in on its Britain in Bloom success, say council leisure chiefs. Signposts should tell people that it is the best small town in Northumbria, they agreed.

Thursday, August 17, 1961

ISABELLA Colliery residents angered and annoyed at the threat to their children’s lives from speeding motorists, have petitioned Blyth Town Council for the introduction of a 15mph restriction.

A 25-YEAR-OLD Blyth National Service man’s bid to establish his own commercial garage and workshop in the town had a sequel at a public enquiry after Blyth Town Council refused permission.

THE village of Shankhouse is under a cloud – a black cloud which is turning the inhabitants into a community of clockwatchers. When night comes to this once thriving mining area it brings in its wake fear of parents for their young daughters who have to alight from brightly-lit buses into a world of darkness.