Wander through the history of Sidmouth's Memory Lane...

25 Years Ago OVER 100 dogs from all over the country took part in an exemption dog show at Branscombe.

25 Years Ago

OVER 100 dogs from all over the country took part in an exemption dog show at Branscombe. The show was held in aid of the Sidmouth Animal Rescue Centre and the organiser hope it will have raised over �270. Best in show went to a boxer named Holly, owned by Mrs Susan Green of Thirsk, Yorkshire. The judge was Mr Frank Philp, assisted by Mr David Bishop and Mrs Molly Nott-Bower. Other attractions included a pets corner, a children's bouncy castle, and several stalls.

IT was the day Sidmouth will never forget. The day a brave young pilot ditched his million pound jet into the sea as thousands on Sidmouth's Esplanade watched in horror. A silence fell over the sea front, until the news that the Red Arrow pilot, 28-year-old Peter Lees, had ejected and escaped serious injury. For Flight Lieutenant Lees, it was the moment every pilot dreads. His intense training was put to the test - and he came through with flying colours. Today, we salute Peter Lees.

50 Years Ago

AT opening meeting of the winter session of Sidmouth & District Photographic Club, Mr P G Field, F.R.P.S., of the Exmouth Camera Club, gave a very interesting account of a "Transatlantic Holiday." His vivid description of the places visited, principally in New England, were illustrated by colour slides. The President, Mr Garnet Skinner, in introducing Mr Field, spoke of the great he had done for photography over many years.

CONGRATULATIONS to Ann Parkyn, a Sidmouth girl, who although un-attached to any school, has achieved passes in three subjects in the General Certificate of Education - for Mathematics, English Language, and Art.

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75 Years Ago

JACKSON'S 1934 Repertory Company are presenting this world-famous farce, by Avery Hopwood, at the Manor Hall on September 13, 14 and 15, and will doubtless draw big "houses". The play will be produced by Mr Max Roma, who will take the part of "Bill", which he has played with such wonderful success in 1,000 performances, and he will be supported by a first class cast.

THANKS to the excellent results of past efforts on behalf of charity, the Inland Revenne have now handed back to the Sidmouth Arts Club the sum (approximately �40) paid by them in entertainment tax in connection with performances of "Pirates of Penzance" conditionally on its being handed over to charity, the charities being Sidmouth Victoria Cottage Hospital, Sidmouth St John Ambulance, Sidmouth District Nursing Association and Sidmouth Infant Welfare Centre.