MEMORY LANE: What made the news in High Peak 25, 50 and 100 years ago

Whaley Bridge Cricket Club Pavilion was virtually destroyed by the storms of February 1990.
Whaley Bridge Cricket Club Pavilion was virtually destroyed by the storms of February 1990.

Here’s a look back at the stories making the headlines 25, 50 and 100 years ago in the Buxton Advertiser & Herald.

25 years ago: Gales brought a trail of destruction to the High Peak early this week, with power cuts hitting thousands of homes.

This huge tree in the Pavilion Gardens was one of the victims of this week's storms. Buxton Advertiser, February 28, 1990.

This huge tree in the Pavilion Gardens was one of the victims of this week's storms. Buxton Advertiser, February 28, 1990.

Storm-force winds gusted up to hurricane speeds of 100 miles an hour and 70mph winds were sustained for over 24 hours - longer than the storms of a month ago.

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Factories and homes were seriously damaged and the winds hurled one car into the side of a house.

At one stage, more than 3,000 homes and businesses were left without power as Norweb dealt with high-voltage power cables which had been severed by falling trees and broken poles. Lightning also hampered the repair work.

The back of a building at Chemquip, on Station Approach, Chinley, was blown onto the railway, while the gable end of a bungalow at Parkway, New Mills, collapsed.

Buxton police rushed to Tongue Lane, Fairfield, where roofing from Bentley Electricals was in danger of falling onto children on their way to school.

A worker narrowly escaped serious injury when a large section of roof was torn off at Street Crane in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

And a runaway car careered out of control through the streets of New Mills, leaving a trail of destruction. The vehicle had been parked on Laygate View, off Godward Road, and the gales blew it down the hill. It clipped another car before embedding itself in a house.

The pavilion at Whaley Bridge Cricket Club was also destroyed by the gales, just weeks before the start of the new season.

50 years ago: Buxton is going on the ‘box’ in an effort to bring more holidaymakers to the area, and a programme of five 15-second spots on Granada Television, advertising the town, will start probably at the end of next week, at a cost of about £650.

• A 12-hour snowstorm caught Buxton by surprise in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Snow quickly froze on the main roads from the town, and provided a hazard to early morning traffic. There were many accidents on the roads, but thankfully no serious injuries.

100 years ago: After a quiet period, Buxton is again taking on the appearance of a military town.

During the last few days a number of men of the Royal Engineers have been drafted into the town and have found comfortable billets among the householders.

About 300 of the Army Service Corps are expected from Aldershot to make up the battalion now in quarters at the Empire Barracks.

Fairfield Common makes a splendid training ground for the ASC. The evolutions of the mounted men in the field off Lascelles Road is providing much interest.