Memory Lane

PUBLISHED: 17:01 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:59 17 June 2010

75 years ago Better than anything they have done before was the comment of the majority of the very large audience which crowded the Sidbury Village Hall on the occasion of the annual concert given by the scholars of the Sidbury C. of E. School on Tues

75 years ago

"Better than anything they have done before" was the comment of the majority of the very large audience which crowded the Sidbury Village Hall on the occasion of the annual concert given by the scholars of the Sidbury C. of E. School on Tuesday. This year the work chosen for the senior school was the delightful operetta, "Zurika the Gipsy Maid."

Under the presidency of Sir Edward Cave, Bt, and the chairmanship of Mr G Ransom, Sidbury Rifle Club, which was reconstructed about fifteen months since, is going steadily forward with the full intention of wresting back, if possible, the Morrison-Bell Cup, with which a few years back this club experienced such outstanding successes. To mark the end of the club's year 1932/33 a dinner was held in the Royal Oak on Thursday evening, when Mr Ransom presided over a very happy gathering, being supported by Mr S R Strouts, the officers of Committee and practically every member of the Club.

50 years ago

This Christmas the nation's milkmen will be placing no less than 150,000,000 bottles of milk on the country's doorstep. This staggering figure comes to life a little more when it is realised that these bottles standing upright would cover all the football pitches, of the Football League's 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Divisions! And there would be a good many million bottles left too.

A branch of the Midland Bank is to open in Sidmouth on January 1st in premises at the junction of Fore Street and New Street. Extensive alterations have been made to these premises, which were previously occupied by a chain grocery store.

25 years ago

Defiant landlord John Webb has ignored a notice to quit the Horse and Groom public house and is continuing to serve beer. Devenish Brewery served a notice on Mr. Webb terminating his tenancy at the public house in Russell Street, Sidmouth, on Tuesday. Mr. Webb decided however that while he has sufficient stock he will carry on serving.

Falling slates in gale force winds on Wednesday caused New Street, Sidmouth, to be closed to traffic. And the danger has forced the hand of Bass, the brewers, into repairing the roof of The Royal London Hotel.

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