All our Yesteryears – Thursday, December 4, 1986, and Thursday, November 30, 1961

Thursday, December 4, 1986

FORTY years of local government service by Coun Gilbert Barker were recognised by colleagues during a ceremony in Blyth Valley Council’s chamber. On behalf of members, he was presented wih a set of prints of old Blyth by the Major, Coun Dora Potts.

BUSINESS continues to boom at Northumbria Craft Centre in Morpeth. Takings from the 40 stalls at The Chantry far outweigh expectations. Councillors were told that there is no sign of custom slacking off.

VANDALS have taken their toll on Morpeth’s Christmas lights show. Thirty-seven bulbs were snatched from Black Riggs on the eve of the switch-on ceremony. More disappeared as council chiefs condemned the killjoys.

Thursday, November 30, 1961

MORE than 100 Blyth motorists have already applied to attend classes to learn the police system of driving in a bid to promote greater safety on the roads. This follows quickly on the announcement by the chief constable that such classes would be instituted if there was a demand.

THE first step in a bid to restore Bedlingtonshire Labour Party to full strength was taken on Sunday when the Netherton Ward Labour group was reformed.

ONE of the biggest combined operations in the country swings into action this week with the introduction of the now-famous turkey patrols, a measure to safeguard the Christmas dinners of thousands of people.