Tragedy, horror and success in sport and music during the 90s
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.
Dean Forest Railway
Pop group EMF
The Regal in Gloucester
USAF planes at Fairford
Gloucester’s Dave Sims