Valerie Short (right) and Liz O'Donnell inspect The Journal's coverage in 1990 of Alcan's tow million tonnes production milestone

Volunteers sought to compile history of Alcan at Northumberland site

Archive will be compiled of Alcan Northumberland site

Rio Tinto's Joanne Hannay (left) and Wansbeck Valley Food Bank's Linda Fugill

Wansbeck Valley Food Bank gets £10k boost from Rio Tinto Legacy Fund

The food bank provided food parcels to people in South East Northumberland to 132 adults and 97 children in one month alone

The Alcan power station at Lynemouth, Northumberland

Biomass switch moves closer for Lynemouth Power Station

Lynemouth Power Station's switch to biomass has moved a step closer following the award of a contract

The Rio Tinto Alcan plant at Lynemouth in Northumberland

Alcan owners apply to demolish chimneys at Lynemouth aluminium smelter

Rio Tinto have started the paperwork required to gain permission to demolish chimneys at their aluminium smelter in Lynemouth, Northumberland

Mountains of coal pieces being stored for shipping

Drilling date set for North Sea’s vast coal reserves

Tynemouth to be one of first locations for £1bn scheme to access deep sea deposits which could power Britain for centuries

A young handler at Northumberland County Show

Northumberland County show responds to requests and opens up sheep class

Northumberland County Show has opened up its Young Sheep Handlers Class to beast of all ages as YoungsRPS renew their section sponsorship.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

George Osborne praised for playing to North East's strengths

Chancellor George Osborne offered backing for exporters and manufacturing in his Budget announcement yesterday

Aerial view of the North Blyth Biomass Power Station

Port of Blyth boss pledges to refocus on growth after £300m investment plans axed

Martin Lawlor, of Port of Blyth, spoke out after the official announcement on Friday that renewable energy developer RES would no longer be building a £300m biomass power station in the estuary due to what it called ongoing uncertainty in the UK energy policy

The Rio Tinto Alcan plant at Lynemouth in Northumberland

Former Alcan workers in legal battle over pay-offs

The GMB Union, on behalf of people who lost their jobs at Rio Tinto Alcan when the plant closed, has launched employment tribunal proceedings

Concerns have been growing as to what the new plans are for the land connected to the Alcan site near Lynemouth

Buyer urged to spell out plans for former Rio Tinto Alcan farming estate

The Crown Estate has been urged to spell out its plans for the former Rio Tinto Alcan farming portfolio, amid concerns local people are in the dark

One of the Rio Tinto farms at Ellington which has been sold to the Crown Estate

Selling agents report strong demand for Rio Tinto's Alcan Farms portfolio

The Crown Estate’s purchase of Rio Tinto's land portfolio underlined the strength of investor demand for UK farmland, said Graeme Bruce of YoungsRPS

Hazel and Erik Sommerfeld

Northumberland farming estate tenants voice fears for homes

Private tenants on a Northumberland farming estate which has been sold last night spoke of their fears at being forced from their homes

The Alcan site

Crown Estate buys Alcan site - Sale prompts fears of spoiled landscape in Northumberland

The Queen's property company, the Crown Estate, announced last night that it had bought the land linked to Rio Tinto’s mothballed aluminium smelter

Martin Lawlor, chief executive of Port of Blyth

Another record year for Port of Blyth as turnover hits £17.5m

Fast-growing and ambitious Port of Blyth has provisionally announced record turnover of £17.5m for the second year in succession

Aartoft Limited

Northumberland bathroom manufacturer Aartoft taps into growth programme

Northumberland bathroom manufacturer Aartoft is looking at tapping into emerging UK markets after getting specialist business coaching

The Alcan power station at Lynemouth, Northumberland

Conversion of Lynemouth power station moves closer

Conversion of Lynemouth Power Station to biomass has moved a step closer following a government funding boost

Chris and Irene Charlton at their shop in Bedlington

Teen charged over Bedlington newsagent burglary

A teenager has been arrested and charged following the burglary of a newsagent in Bedlington which left the owner facing financial ruin

Chris and Irene Charlton at their shop in Bedlington

Thieves ruin former Alcan employee's business venture in Bedlington

Thieves have struck at a newsagents in Bedlington, leaving the owner facing ruin after he used redundancy money from former employee Alcan to start up

The Alcan site in Blyth

£1bn North Sea energy plan could bring hundreds of jobs to the North East

The Government is close to guaranteeing a £1bn energy scheme which would see Northumberand open a new gas plant processing fuel recovered from rocks beneath the North Sea

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

Skills gap in rural Northumberland must be tackled, says MP

Bigger efforts must be made to address a growing skills gap in rural areas, according to a Northumberland MP


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