On This Day
Looking back through the ET archives
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.