From the archive
50 YEARS AGO
Family and Marmalade gig
MORE than 1,000 people saw the pop group Marmalade, the Family and the Bakerloo Blues at Loughborough University. The event was a sell out. The Echo reported that Leicester group Family were a hit with the youngsters. The band was Roger Chapman on harmonica, saxophone and lead vocals, Jim King on saxophone and piano, Ric Grech on bass violin and cello, John Whitney on lead guitar, steel guitar, sitar and piano and Rob Townsend on drums.
Opportunity was knocking for Deirdre
DEIRDRE Edwards-Quemby, a teacher at Joan Neal Academy of Dancing, comedienne and pantomime artist had been selected to appear on the television programme Opportunity Knocks, presented by Hughie Green.
An employee of Department 26, Herbert Morris Ltd, Deirdre, 22 lived in Rothley.
Richard Armitage’s dancing success
A SHEPSHED teenager who started dancing just two years previously was covering himself in glory.
In the living room at the home of Richard Armitage, 88 Anson Road was an impressive display of trophies and medals.
Richard, 15, had just gained his latest success at the Fourth Annual Skegness Ballroom Festival.
Whip round for Braund footballers
EMPLOYEES of George Braund Ltd, the Shepshed hosiery firm, were dipping into their hands into their pockets, due to broken bones being suffered by two members of the form’s football club.
The club received its first stroke of bad luck just before the season commenced when goalkeeper Colin Ferguson, 21 broke his leg in a friendly game between the first and second teams. He was still off work and getting about on crutches. Then, second team skipper Bill Facer was playing in for Leicester GPO in a league match when he sustained a broken bone in a foot.
The misfortunes saw workers organising a whip round for the pair.
25 YEARS AGO Death threats over hunt ban
COUNTY councillor Adrian Cross, on the receiving end of death threats over his part in banning fox hunting on council land, vowed to keep his phone number in the book and open to the public.
The Whitwick councillor had been advised to change his route to work and check his mail and car for dangers.
But he was defiant saying: “I was elected to do a job and I’ve still got to be accessible to the people who elected me.”
Sarah named Young Rider of the Year
A LOUGHBOROUGH motorcyclist was on top of the world when she became the first Shell Suzuki BMF Young Rider of the Year.
Sarah Smitten of Wheatland Drive, Loughborough won the new title and a motorbike worth £3,499 in the competition held at Loughborough University.