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

The Old Nag's Head at the start of the Pennine Way in Edale, pictured in August 1972.

The Old Nag's Head at the start of the Pennine Way in Edale, pictured in August 1972.

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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: Libraries face the axe

This picture, from October 1974, shows Mike Hammond, Peak District National Park Ranger and leader of Edale Mountain Rescue Team, with Tess, one of his own search and rescue dogs. At the time, Tess had located nine accident victims personally and assisted in locating 12 others.

This picture, from October 1974, shows Mike Hammond, Peak District National Park Ranger and leader of Edale Mountain Rescue Team, with Tess, one of his own search and rescue dogs. At the time, Tess had located nine accident victims personally and assisted in locating 12 others.

Five local libraries are among 11 recommended for closure to satisfy government demands that Derbyshire County Council reduce its poll tax.

The libraries earmarked for the chop are Hayfield, Chinley, Tideswell, Hathersage and Bradwell.

The decision on their future will be made on Thursday at Matlock, where coachloads of protestors plan to lobby councillors attending a meeting of the county education committee, which will also determine the future of Buxton Museum and Opera House.

Councillors will be urged by the protestors to vote against official recommendations to sell works of art at the museum by Lowry, Rembrandt, Goya and Stubbs, and withdraw a £30,000 grant to the Opera House.

25 YEARS AGO: School’s lesson in community links

Friday sees the start of term for the new Buxton Community School - the biggest secondary education project in the town’s history.

New headmaster Neil Hassall took charge of the brand new building on College Road on Monday.

The five-tier building is a modern school with many of the floors carpeted, high-level walkways and many glass ceilings.

It marks the start of the 1,180-pupil merger of Buxton College and Buxton Girls School.

50 YEARS AGO: Introducing ‘Speedshop’

After 105 years, Whaley Bridge and Buxton Co-operative Society have gone mobile - by giving a new lease of life to a former RAF bus.

The vehicle - bought by the society from a Supply Ministry sales depot near Nottingham - has been skilfully converted into a gleaming new, attractive ‘Speedshop’.

Which in fact, means that it’s a fully-stocked, modern, self-service supermarket on wheels!

To be introduced on Monday September 13, it will initially replace two shops which are closing - the branches at Longnor and Sterndale Moor, both of which have unfortunately become uneconomic units.

‘Speedshop’ will carry a comprehensive range of groceries and provisions, green groceries and fruit, frozen foods, bread and confectionery.

Meat and meat-produce will be available at the mobile self-service supermarket if it is ordered previously.

50 YEARS AGO: Crowd of 11,000

A lack of sunshine and the changed date of the August Bank Holiday did not affect the success of Hope Show on Monday.

In spite of the dull and threatening skies and a cold wind, attendance came near the record set three years ago. Attendance topped the 11,000 mark and entries on the whole were well up to the average of recent years.

100 YEARS AGO: Recruiting march

Five hundred men of the 14th Sherwood Foresters marched into Buxton in search of recruits.

Their depot is Lichfield, but during the week they had visited Derby, Ashbourne, Matlock and Bakewell.

Every man had an appeal to make: “To Notts and Derby men. Your own country Battalions are now fighting at the front, but they must have more men. Join now and get trained and ready to help your pals.”

100 YEARS AGO: Official inspection

On Sunday afternoon on Fairfield Common, the members of the North Derbyshire Battalion of Home Guards, comprising contingents from Buxton, Fairfield, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge, Chinley, Mellor, Derwent and Hope Valley to the number of nearly 500, underwent an official inspection by their Colonel, His Grace the Duke of Devonshire.

The weather was rather unsettled, but the Common was crowded by a large and evidently interested throng of spectators.

The men, who presented a very smart and soldier-like appearance, were drawn up in line, and as His Grace came on the field he was greeted with a general salute.

The battalion then marched past in review order and subsequently in column on route.

The Buxton detachment gave a very creditable exhibition of bayonet exercise.

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