What was in the Fenland news this week in 1966

PUBLISHED: 11:25 12 May 2006 | UPDATED: 21:52 28 May 2010

- MARCH now has a wider claim to fame than Wisbech s Capital of the Fens . It is that of Top town of East Anglia . Such was the opinion expressed by Mr George Campell, chairman of March Urban District Council, when he spoke at a Wisbech luncheon last Th

- MARCH now has a wider claim to fame than Wisbech's 'Capital of the Fens'. It is that of 'Top town of East Anglia'. Such was the opinion expressed by Mr George Campell, chairman of March Urban District Council, when he spoke at a Wisbech luncheon last Thursday.

He said: "We feel that we have a much wider claim, which was substantiated last year when March won the Top Town Television competition. We class ourselves as the top town of East Anglia and the gateway to the area."

- WHITTLESEY United, on the verge of clinching the Division One championship, carried off the North Cambs Junior Cup at March, when they whipped Division Two side Manea.

It was a good performance by Whittlesey who were reduced to 10 men in the 35th minute, when skipper Trevor Bass limped off the field with a knee injury and did not return. The score was the 1-0 in Whittlesey's favour, but with 10 men they surprised even their own supporters when they scored four more times to win the trophy they last lifted in 1962.

- WISBECH Stock car driver Tony Wicks is now one of 15 drivers in the country who have been graded 'star' men. In the new list he is ninth.

This means that he will start even further back on the grid. Outwell's Haley Cavert is still 'B' grade. In Sunday's final at Cadwell Park, Haley led for several laps and was still second when he spun into straw bales with two laps remaining. In trying to get away from the obstacle he accidentally set fire to it.

- SPEND half-an-hour or so in the company of Mr Arthur Redvers Randell and you will hear some fascinating tales of the Fens of long ago . . . of witches, broomstick dances, country cures and mighty men of folklore Fenland.

So vivid and adventurous are these tales that Arthur, of Waldersea Sidings, Friday Bridge, has finally put pen to paper, and his first book, entitled 'Sixty Years a Fenman', will soon be on sale locally.

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