Nostalgia: Backward glance

PUBLISHED: 11:50 06 January 2006 | UPDATED: 13:21 28 May 2010

What was making the news this week in Fenland back in 1960 * THAT the use of javelins in all schools in the Isle of Ely be forbidden. That was the recommendation to the Isle of Ely Education Committee from the governors of the Chatteris Cromwell School

What was making the news this week in Fenland back in 1960

* "THAT the use of javelins in all schools in the Isle of Ely be forbidden." That was the recommendation to the Isle of Ely Education Committee from the governors of the Chatteris Cromwell School.

It was reported that the governors strongly opposed the use of javelins, but considered that to deny the use of javelins to pupils placed them at a disadvantage when competing in county sports.

At Tuesday's meeting of the committee it was agreed not to approve the recommendation.

* A WISBECH St Mary man, Charles Coleman, left Peterborough North Station on Friday afternoon, en route for Edinburgh, with a one-way ticket in his pocket.

He was determined to beat the Russian-born Dr Barbara Moore's walk from Edinburgh to London which she triumphantly finished on Christmas Eve.

On arrival at Edinburgh he reported at a police station and began to walk at 1.30am.

Unfortunately Mr Coleman had to spend Monday evening in Darlington Hospital after falling on ice and injuring his knee.

Up to yesterday his wife, Iris, had had no word from him.

* THERE were between 300 and 350 members and friends of Orchard Products' social club present to enjoy an evening of modern and old time dancing at a New Year carnival social held in the Wisbech Women's Institute Hall on Friday.

Mr D Hite acted as MC and he kept the programme running smoothly with several spot dance competitions.

Music was provided by the Skymasters' Orchestra from Spalding, and the successful event was organised by the social club committee.

* ALTHOUGH 12,000 birds have been slaughtered as a result of fowl pest, in the Isle since Wednesday week, there have been only six reported outbreaks, and two of these at Manea, accounted for more than half this number.

The other, much more moderate outbreaks were at Wimblington, Doddington and Thorney.

A Ministry of Agriculture spokesman said at March on Wednesday although the situation continues to improve the affected area is still in force and poultry should only be moved under licence.

Licences are only issued for poultry going to slaughter, he added.

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