Tragedy, hor­ror and suc­cess in sport and mu­sic dur­ing the 90s

Gloucestershire Echo - - NOSTALGA -

IT was the decade that be­gan with Nel­son Man­dela be­ing re­leased from prison af­ter 27 years amid signs that South Africa’s apartheid regime was tot­ter­ing.

De­spite wide­spread mad cow dis­ease, Bri­tain’s agri­cul­ture min­is­ter John Gum­mer as­sured ev­ery­one it was OK to eat beef­burg­ers.

John Ma­jor took up res­i­dence in Num­ber 10 fol­low­ing Mrs Thatcher’s de­par­ture and the Chan­nel Tun­nel be­came a real­ity.

In Glouces­ter­shire mil­i­tary mat­ters hit the head­lines at the start of the decade as the Glouces­ter­shire Reg­i­ment merged with the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Royal Reg­i­ment.

RAF Quedge­ley was to close with a loss of 1,000 jobs and the US air­force flew out of its base at Fair­ford as Amer­ica made sweep­ing de­fence spend­ing cuts at the end of the Cold War.

In May 1995 Gloucester RFC be­came GRFC Ltd and cap­tain David Sims signed a two-year con­tract to be its first full-time pro­fes­sional.

The long-empty Re­gal Cin­ema in Gloucester opened its doors once more but this time the cus­tomers were drinkers, rather than movie­go­ers.

In 1994 Gloucester builder Fred West was ar­rested, ac­cused of mur­der­ing his daugh­ter, and po­lice be­gan in­ves­ti­ga­tions at his home in Cromwell Street.

Hu­man re­mains, all of young women, were dis­cov­ered and, ac­cused of 12 mur­ders, Fred West was found hanged in his cell at Win­son Green Prison, Birm­ing­ham while on re­mand.

His ac­com­plice wife Rose­mary was charged with the mur­der of 10 young women, in­clud­ing her 16-year-old daugh­ter, her step-daugh­ter and Fred West’s preg­nant mis­tress Shirley Robin­son. She was found guilty on all counts.

Stroud Farm­ers’ Mar­ket was launched in 1999 by Jasper Con­ran and Is­abella Blow.

Staged weekly in Corn­hill, it was an im­me­di­ate suc­cess and con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength.

The Bishop of Tewkes­bury or­dained 13 Glouces­ter­shire women as priests and the Chel­tenham and County Con­sti­tu­tional Club opened its doors to women for the first time in its 95-year his­tory.

Chel­tenham won the Bri­tain in Bloom ti­tle for the first time in 1991.

Ace Chel­to­nian bowls player Tony All­cock be­came world cham­pion, the Robins won pro­mo­tion to the Foot­ball League and in the 1992 gen­eral elec­tion, Nigel Jones won the Chel­tenham seat for the Lib Dems.

Plans were re­vealed for large-scale hous­ing de­vel­op­ment at Bishop’s Cleeve and three op­tions for the de­vel­op­ment of the St James’s sta­tion site went on show in the High Street.

Cavendish House closed its food hall, then in 1998 The Spa Shut­tle, oth­er­wise known as the Noddy Train, went into ser­vice.

On the main­line, many lives were lost and hun­dreds of pas­sen­gers in­jured when the 6.03am from Lans­down sta­tion collided with a com­muter train near Padding­ton.

Slad au­thor Lau­rie Lee, best known for Cider With Rosie died. So did Den­nis Pot­ter of Berry Hill, near Cole­ford, who penned clas­sic TV dra­mas such as The Singing De­tec­tive.

The for­mer Sev­ern and Wye Rail­way sta­tion at Lyd­ney Junc­tion opened to Dean For­est Rail­way pas­sen­ger trains and For­est pop group EMF scored a hit in Bri­tain and the US with Un­be­liev­able.

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RAF Quedge­ley

Dean For­est Rail­way

Pop group EMF

The Re­gal in Gloucester

USAF planes at Fair­ford

Gloucester’s Dave Sims

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