GLORIA LEWIS looks at what was reported in the Kentish Express 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.
March 9, 1907
Anxious to dispose of their smallpox hospital the Sandgate Urban Council have decided to write to the Town Council of Hythe asking if they are prepared to purchase the building on the basis of cost.
March 4, 1932
Samuel Everett, 79 years of age, was charged with absconding from the West Ashford Workhouse and with stealing clothing, the property of the Guardians. The magistrate sent him to prison for seven days without hard labour.
The recent strong easterly winds were contributory causes of two outbreaks of fire at Ashford on Sunday night. The wind, it is assumed, blew a spark from a passing railway engine on to the windswept bracken at the Warren and caused such a large area to be involved that it was necessary to call out the Fire Brigade. The fire spread to a wood and threatened buildings in close proximity, but the firemen beat out the flames before any serious damage resulted. Within two hours of their return to the fire station their services were required at the rear of Messrs. Headley’s British Wheel Works, Wellesley Road, where a stretch of long, dry grass had caught fire. The flames seriously endangered the wheel works and timber, but the firemen soon had the outbreak under control.
Inquiries are being made as to the cause of an accident “believed to be a road accident about a month ago” to Kenneth Hymers, aged seven years, son of a labourer, of Beaver Lane, Ashford, who died in Ashford Hospital on Wednesday from pneumonia, following a septic foot.
March 8, 1957
Dungeness lifeboat put to sea on Tuesday morning after a call for help from the 7,000 ton British ship Marietta which had collided with a German tanker six miles south-east of Dungeness in thick fog. The engine room of the Marietta was flooded but a French tug managed to tow her into Antwerp. Nobody was injured in the collision and the lifeboat returned.
March 5, 1982
Gawain Beste, 14, missing from his home at Upper Queens Road, Ashford, since Sunday, was found alive and well in Chilham on Wednesday. Police, who had earlier said they were “concerned” about the boy, confirmed that he was at Canterbury police station, awaiting his parents. The police spokesman said: “The CB people found him.” His blind stepfather, Frank Freeman, alerted fellow CB radio enthusiasts late on Sunday night and since then hundreds of CB radio operators had been searching throughout Kent and East Sussex.
The village of Great Chart has breathed a great sigh of relief with the news that the county council is to start constructing its bypass. Tenders to build the two-kilometre long road are being sent out and work is due to start in the autumn. It will take two years to complete.