For six years I wrote a short history
article in the monthly parish magazine,
The Pelican. One of the articles is
shown in the column opposite.
Articles can be accessed by
clicking on the appropriate title from
the index below.
If anyone has any old photographs or
parish information which they would like
recorded (for present and future
generations to share) then please get in
touch with me.
John Davison (Website Co-ordinator)
Alan’s Acklington Appearances
The Right Honourable Sir Alan Beith has had a busy time
in Acklington lately. He attended the Sesquicentennial
Thanksgiving Service in Acklington Church on 25th
September. He was back in the village again on 27th
September as part of his marathon autumn surgery tour.
He returned once more to open the new play area on 8th
October…. a play area which looked in jeopardy until Sir
Alan’s last minute intervention with the Justice
Minister to ensure the land was acquired before the
grants which the parish council had secured ran out.
As our MP, of course, one would expect him to attend
certain events that take place in his constituency. What
sets our MP apart, however, is that (despite his high
profile parliamentary commitments in Westminster) he has
never wavered in his loyalty and dedication to his
constituency and his constituents over such a very long
period of time.
Even though his 56,700 electorate is spread over a
thousand square miles (England’s third largest
constituency) he annually visits every corner of his
constituency and maintains strong links with all of its
various communities…. Acklington and Guyzance included.
Which ever political party people may support, one
cannot fail to respect and admire our MP’s tireless and
most distinguished devotion to his work.
Here are a couple
of pictures from the archives. The picture on
the right shows Alan Beith when he became our MP
(winning the seat by just 57 votes) back in
The picture below shows him performing the
opening of Acklington Post Office in 1979. Sadly
the Village Post Office is an amenity which has
long since disappeared from our community… but
thankfully we continue to retain an exceptional
and inspiring member of parliament. Well done
Sir Alan, and thank you for all your support.
History Slot by John Davison (Tel 01670 760609)