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From the Durham County Advertiser 50 years ago. –
4:53pm Thursday 24th May 2012 in Looking Back
From the Durham County Advertiser 50 years ago. – Assurances that the creation of 2,000 new jobs in the city through the transfer from London of the Savings Certficiate Division of the Post Office and the resultant demand for houses would not affect the existing needs of residents have been given by the Mayor, Coun N S Williamson. He was “thrilled” by the announcement, he said, which comes just when his year of office as Mayor is drawing to a close. Also delighted at the news, and “feeling like making whoopee”, was Mr Charles F Grey, MP for Durham, who has campaigned for the last 12 years for Government departments to come to the North East. “Durham has everything needed to cater for such departments and I am certain there will never be any regrets about this decision”, he said.
A site in Milburngate (opposite the Ice Rink) has been earmarked for the new building, which will cover an area equal in size to the County Hall. It will be bounded by the new Flambard Bridge to the south and by the new Framwellgate Peth on the west!