All our Yesteryears – Thursday, January 8, 1987, and Thursday, January 4, 1961

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Thursday, January 8, 1987

SEVEN puppies left to die of cold in a carrier bag have been saved by a Boxing Day jogger. Michael Morris was out on his morning run in fields behind the Keel Row pub, Seaton Delaval. Michael, who is a member of Blyth Running Club, heard a wimpering sound from a bag looped over a fence about half a mile from the main road.

A TOTAL of 60 hardy souls braved the elements on Boxing Day to join the Ashington Lions’ annual dip in the sea at Newbiggin. They were watched by more than 700 people and altogether the event raised £2,350 for the Lions’ appeal to raise money for a caravan for the disabled.

CAMBOIS villagers may soon get a New Year tonic – a doctors’ surgery of their own. The isolated community has been without a surgery in the village for nine months and patients including the elderly and young mothers have had to travel up to four miles.

Thursday, January 4, 1962

EAST Northumberland’s ravaged landscape torn by generations of industrial upheaval is to be given the ‘ace lift’ of the century. Pit heaps – stigma No. 1 – are likely to be given top priority ‘scar’ rating in the biggest clean-up project ever to be undertaken by Northumberland County Council.

JANUARY is bursting out all over and in Northumberland plumbers are working night and day to “fill in the cracks”. It is estimated that since the big freeze-up began with heavy falls of snow on New Year’s Eve a total of 500 calls have ‘flooded’ into council works departments and private plumbing businesses.

HEAVY snowfall combined with a quick freeze-up caused the cancellation of last Saturday’s race meeting at Ashington. Workers have been busy clearing ice and snow from the track and laying fresh straw for Monday’s meeting.