Memory Lane

PUBLISHED: 09:01 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:00 17 June 2010

75 years ago On Tuesday, the pupils of All Saints School gave their customary entertainment to such a large gathering of parents, that accommodation was severely taxed to find room for everybody. In addition to the usual carols, dances and recitations, m

75 years ago

On Tuesday, the pupils of All Saints School gave their customary entertainment to such a large gathering of parents, that accommodation was severely taxed to find room for everybody. In addition to the usual carols, dances and recitations, much amusement was caused by the percussion band, a novel item, provided by Miss Keel's class.

The monthly Urban Council Meeting was held on Tuesday. The Chairman alluded to the compliment paid the Council by Seaton in extending an invitation to take part in the opening of the new waterworks installation. He and the Deputy Clerk had attended and had spent a very enjoyable and interesting time.

50 years ago

Last Sunday morning there was a large and appreciative congregation at Chapel Street where the service took the form of the Festival of Seven Lessons and Carols. The beautiful appearance of the Church was much admired, with the large Christmas Tree (a gift from Bicton) which had been decorated by the Leaders and members of Junior Church.

It was "House Full" at the Methodist Schoolroom on Dec. 8th, when the Life Boys (the Junior Reserve of the Boys' Brigade) presented their first Pantomime and Christmas Concert. How the audience enjoyed every minute of the entertainment given, despite the discomfort of a crowded hall with some having to stand. The pantomime, "Dick Whittington," specially written for boys, was a great success, with Alan Liverton shining as Dick, Christopher Dawe as a shy Alice and Geoffrey Clode as Dicks' cat.

25 years ago

A massive beech on Tuesday came within a couple of feet of demolishing a house when it came crashing down during storms. Mr. James Skinner, aged 22, was awoken by branches of the tree smashing his bedroom windows at the home of his parents, Gable End, 29 Livonia Road. Another few feet one way and the trunk of the tree would have sliced through the house.

A Sidmouth man spent a night locked in the toilets at the Balfour Arms, Woolbrook. Mr. Norman Maer went into the toilets just before closing time on Thursday last week and apparently fell asleep. Staff checked the toilets at the end of the night and even called out to ask if anyone was about. When they received no reply, the doors were locked.

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