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

Celebrating the launch of High Peak Hospice, March 1990. The Lodge Hospice committee Delyth Horsley, Tony Thompson, Ann Gutteridge, Enid Pearce and Rev Betty Packham.
Celebrating the launch of High Peak Hospice, March 1990. The Lodge Hospice committee Delyth Horsley, Tony Thompson, Ann Gutteridge, Enid Pearce and Rev Betty Packham.
  • 25 years ago: New Chapel-en-le-Frith hospice is a dream come true
  • 50 years ago: Music mania as 1,100 watch Pretty Things live in Buxton
  • 100 years ago: Buxton man aiming to drive new invention

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

Young and old protest against the poll tax in Whaley Bridge, March 1990.

Young and old protest against the poll tax in Whaley Bridge, March 1990.

Three years ago a heart-rending story planted the seeds of a dream in the mind of a Buxton deaconess who wanted to help people who were dying.

That dream is now reality and terminally ill cancer patients and their families are at last getting the support they need.

The Rev Betty Packham opened her doors to a widower who had become blind and was dying of cancer. And he spent the last four months of his life in Betty’s home.

His death spurred Betty on to help others in his situation and now cancer sufferers and others with terminal illness can get support, a helping hand, a listening ear and smiling friends at a small house, The Lodge, in Chapel where a few determined carers have started High Peak Hospice.

1990 Hayfield May Queen Holly Jackson.

1990 Hayfield May Queen Holly Jackson.

• High Peak poll tax protests have gathered momentum, with an estimated 300 people turning out to a weekend rally in Whaley Bridge.

Derbyshire County Council was even bussing angry residents to Westminster as they lead a deputation calling on the government to abolish the community charge.

Families, pensioners and the young all turned up - some with placards - for the rally organised by local mother Helen Sanchez, who was keen to stress it was non-political. The crowd was addressed by county councillor Martin Doughty, who said figures showed that 80 per cent of people in Whaley Bridge would be worse off.

• A vast part of Buxton will become a no-go area for lorries between midnight and 7am if High Peak Council get their way.

In a determined bid to improve the quality of life, and cut the noise levels on several of the busiest routes through the town, they are calling on the county council to implement an early-morning ban.

• Buxton Wells Festival Queen-elect for 1990 is 15-year-old Anna Brindley, of West Road. Junior attendants are Catherine Mansfield, 10, of Arbor Grove, and 11-year-old Laura Hooley, of Overdale Avenue. Trainbearers are Marie Rodgers, 5, of Heath Grove, and four-year-old Claire Webster, of Harpur Hill.

50 years ago

Scenes reminiscent of the Beatles’ visit to Buxton were witnessed at the Pavilion Gardens Ballroom on Saturday, when the Pretty Things played before an audience of 1,100.

Screaming teenage girls invaded the stage, mobbing singer Phil May.

More than 24 girls were treated for shock by members of the St John Ambulance Brigade, who had set up an emergency post in the cloakroom.

Plain-clothed CID officers mingled with the dancers after a tip-off that there was to be a large-scale fight.

100 years ago

A Buxton man claims to have an invention which, when applied to engines, motors or power-driven machinery, would make it from one to ten times stronger, increasing the speed if necessary.

Such a patent would no doubt be very useful at the present time for aeroplanes, ships, trams, motors and bicycles.

The inventor, we understand (a working man), is not in a position to build, complete or protect his device. Anyone interested can be put into direct confidential communication through the offices of this paper.

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