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

Professionals Tony Jones and David Singh on a visit to Whaley Bridge Bowling Club.
Professionals Tony Jones and David Singh on a visit to Whaley Bridge Bowling Club.
  • 25 years ago: Earthquake felt in High Peak
  • 50 years ago: Countryside hit by moorland fires
  • 100 years ago: Large attendance at shire horse parade

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: Shockwaves shivered through the High Peak at 2.48pm on Monday as Britain’s biggest earthquake since 1984 reverberated around the country.

Police switchboards in Buxton were kept busy after the tremor - graded at 5.2 on the Richter scale at its epicentre in Wrexham - but there were no reports of injuries or structural damage.

But one Buxton resident, Paul Timmins, of Glenmoor Road, said: “My whole house was shaking.”

• A last-ditch bid by protestors to stop a chimney at the new Buxton Community School has failed.

Objectors have finally lost their battle against it going up, with a complaint of maladministration against Derbyshire County Council having been rejected.

The Ombudsman who investigated has come down firmly on the side of the council.

Residents claimed that the council were installing a heating system which would pollute the air and had not considered how to heat the school most efficiently and cleanly. The Ombudsman - a local government watchdog - said: “The council assure me they have incorporated the latest technology to reduce the effect on the environment.”

• Former matron Shirley Tomkinson was presented with an MBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace last week.

Miss Tomkinson was matron of Branksome Nursing Home, Carlisle Road, for civil servants and their families from 1974 to 1989.

And the award came as recognition of her work for the fund, which runs nine nursing homes for civil servants throughout Britain.

50 years ago: With the exceptionally hot dry weather conditions this week has come the hazard of fire.

Local fire brigades have been kept busy 24 hours a day controlling grass fires and moorland blazes.

On Monday, 18 calls were received at Buxton, most concerning grass or moorland fires.

The largest of these, near Goyt’s Bridge, covered a square mile of moorland.

One fire officer told the Advertiser: “After the cold, frosty winter we expect an outbreak of fires. The gorse is tinder-dry.”

100 years ago: The usual April parade of entire horses placed at the disposal of North Derbyshire horse breeders took place in Buxton on Thursday afternoon.

The large attendance and the interest shown seemed to point to the fact that farmers and breeders are seriously realising the fact that now the countryside has been so depleted of horse stock owing to the war demand, the deficiency created must be made up at the earliest opportunity.

There were some splendid entries from right across the district.

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