All our Yesteryears – Thursday, October 16, 1986, and Thursday, October 12, 1961

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Thursday, October 16, 1986

A £75 grant from Northern Arts is to be spent on balloons. But these balloons will be used to launch 600 poems composed by Northumberland first school pupils. The great poetry launch will take place as part of an arts project.

Morpeth headmaster Michael Duffy says the new GCSE examinations have got to be made to work. Mr Duffy, headmaster at King Edward VI High School, said he was concerned at public criticism by teaching unions of the new examination.

THE north east’s 16,000 miners are continuing to break records, British Coal reported. Hard on the heels of their best ever performance of 3.17 tonnes a man shift last month came last weeks 3.34 tonnes – an all-time high.

Thursday, October 12, 1961

Bedlington Council’s general purposes committee decided to recommend that the weekly rental for a site at the Hartford Caravan park should be 16 shillings a week.

Sol Sheckman, head of the Essoldo Circuit, announced that he intends reopening the Theatre Royal in Blyth for professional shows next month.

Jimmy Roger confessed that he only had four leeks to choose from for the Clayton Arms leek show at Dudley.