From the ar­chive

50 YEARS AGO

Loughborough Echo - - LOOKING BACK -

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.

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