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

Cheese production at Nuttall's Dairy Crest creamery at Hartington, January 1990.
Cheese production at Nuttall's Dairy Crest creamery at Hartington, January 1990.
  • 25 years ago: Poll tax cap ‘a disaster’ amid warning on local services
  • 50 years ago: In spite of petition, pigeons must die
  • 100 years ago: Increased motor service is proposed

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: The government has been accused of “political chicanery” in charge-capping the county council over the poll tax.

After the capping announcement by Environment Secretary Chris Patten last week, Derbyshire county council leader David Bookbinder said: “We are like a football team being given the rules at half-time.”

Cllr Bookbinder said that forcing the county council to cut their budget by £40 million - or take £56 a head off poll tax bills - was a disaster for local services.

• The future of the world-famous Buxton Festival is “at risk”, it is admitted.

Organisers have revealed that fundraising problems are much more serious than past years in a frank letter to regular patrons appealing for donations.

• Romance is alive and well and living in Longmeade Drive, Chapel-en-le-Frith, where novelist Derek Nicholls has become the only man to be shortlisted for this year’s Boots Romantic Novelist of the Year award, with his first book “The Blue Riband’.

• Ten Bamford residents were star guests at The Marquis of Granby hotel last week when the Broadcasting Standards Council asked for their views on sex, violence and distasteful TV and radio.

The ten villagers were selected by an independent market research company for the BSC who want to collect public opinion about broadcasting.

• A plan to open a bridleway along the length of the Pennines could be an important feature for High Peak’s tourism. The trail is planned to link Derbyshire with Northumberland.

50 years ago: Some of the pigeons in the Crescent are to die after all, if Buxton Borough Council accepts the view of their Health Committee, who feel they should go ahead with the scheme despite a 2,400-name petition asking to change their minds.

The petition, which was handed in to the town hall two hours before the committee met, said that it “desires to place before the Corporation their abhorrence of the proposed extermination of the pigeons in the Crescent, which they claim, is an attraction to visitors and residents alike.”

100 years ago: Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge are to have a motor bus service, provided there is sufficient public support.

The British Automobile Traction Co, Macclesfield, is already running between Macclesfield and Buxton district.

On Wednesday, the Chapel Council granted licences to ply for hire in the parishes of Chapel and Fernilee.

A regular service ought to be most useful, and doubtless Buxton people will avail themselves of the facilities provided.

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