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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Looking Back -


PETER­BOR­OUGH Cathe­dral fund-fundrais­ers were reel­ing af­ter spe­cial­ists re­vealed the cost of com­plet­ing es­sen­tial restora­tion work to its iconic West Front had risen by £30,000. The ex­tra cash re­quire­ment came af­ter ar­chae­ol­ogy ex­perts scaled the scaf­fold­ing and dis­cov­ered a unique me­dieval build­ing tech­nique had been used on the an­cient stonework. This left the cathe­dral in a race against time to se­cure the cash needed.


OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the East of Eng­land Show hailed the event as a great suc­cess af­ter it re­cov­ered from a big drop in at­ten­dance the pre­vi­ous year. 1999 was the first year the show was held over a week­end, rather than its tra­di­tional mid-week slot, and at­ten­dance dropped by 30,000 peo­ple. But things im­proved the fol­low­ing year, with 135,881 peo­ple at­tend­ing, an in­crease of nearly 6,000 on 1999.


DE­MO­LI­TION work had started on Peter­bor­ough’s Trop­i­cana club, the build­ing next to the threat­ened Wir­rina sta­dium. Bull­doz­ers started knock­ing down the 22-year-old club in an op­er­a­tion sched­uled to take about two weeks. The build­ing had stood empty for seven months, af­ter the owner, Tony De Marco, fenced it off. He wanted to buy Wir­rina as well and build a ho­tel.


CITY diesel gi­ant Perkins En­gines had a se­cret “world beat­ing” car en­gine un­der wraps at its East­field plant. It was thought the en­gine, which would be adapt­able to run on ei­ther petrol or diesel fuel, and pos­si­bly in the fu­ture, al­ter­na­tive fu­els such as veg­etable oil, would out­strip Bri­tish Ley­land’s 100 mpg ex­per­i­men­tal car. It was hoped the new en­gine would be ready for pro­duc­tion by 1984.


A MYS­TERY in­sect which was found out­side a win­dow at the Combex fac­tory, Lin­coln Road, Wal­ton, had lo­cal ex­perts puz­zled. The in­sect, which looks like a moth, was found by two ladies who worked in the sales of­fice at the firm. In an at­tempt to dis­cover what it was, they rang Peter­bor­ough Mu­seum, who could not iden­tify it, but said it was prob­a­bly for­eign. It was not thought to be dan­ger­ous.

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