ACKLINGTON HISTORY SLOT
This old photograph from 1948 shows two Acklington
residents, Jimmy Foggon and Bill Crisp, with an osprey
that was found injured in the parish. Sadly the bird
died and ended up as an exhibit in the Hancock Museum at
Newcastle. Today, ospreys can frequently be seen in
parts of Scotland. They have also recently began
breeding in England at Bassenthwaite in Cumbria. It is
interesting to note, however, that in days gone by these
birds of prey could be found here in Northumberland.
Apparently some ospreys nested in the Scottish Borders
last year so maybe with any luck 2008 could mark their
return to our area. Keep your eyes open.
Thank you to Nelson McDougal for the above photograph.
If you have any old photographs taken in Acklington
Parish then I would be delighted to hear from you. They
may even get printed in the Pelican.
John Davison 01670 760609