Feature: Looking back

10 YEARS AGO: Journal, February 13, 2003

Council tax payers in Newmarket and Mildenhall are set to see their bills soar with an increase in the cost of district services due to be approved. Forest Heath Council is proposing a 10.36 per cent rise for an average Band D property, which is to be recommended for approval at a meeting of the authority’s corporate services committee. The increase has been blamed on the loss of negative housing subsidy which means the council has to pay income from its housing stock directly to the Government instead of retaining it.

A Newmarket county councillor has pledged to “fight the town’s corner” in a bid to secure funds for repairs to one of its busiest roads. Cllr Don Levick said the current state of Exning Road was a cause for concern and although some patching had been done, it was in need of complete resurfacing.

Newmarket Hospital has been presented with a new machine for x-raying teeth by the WRVS and the League of Friends. The two organisations provided the £2,500 purchase price and cost of installation.

25 YEARS AGO: Journal, February 18, 1988

A Lakenheath girl gets her first taste of international competition when she rides for England in the under-21 show jumping team. Alison Bradley, 17, of Drift Road, was thrilled to hear she had been picked for the four-strong team to compete in a Home International at Mill Lodge, near Wisbech. She will be riding a horse called Bon Voyage in the competition involving Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England. Her family - parents Michael and Jill Bradley and sisters Caroline, 23, and 21-year-old Jackie - will be there to cheer her on.

Over £1 million-worth of export sales has been achieved by seed drill specialists Stanhay Webb at Exning in their first year as an independent manufacturer, following the management buy-out from Hestair Farm Equipment. This is due to be announced by director Mike Heywood. At the end of 1987, he said, the company’s share of the UK market for precision seed drills was an estimated 70 per cent. Overseas sales of £1.06 million comfortably exceeded the firm’s target.

100 YEARS AGO: Journal, February 15, 1913

Considerable interest centred in the wedding solemnised at the parish church in Ashley of Miss Elsie May Pooley, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Pooley, of this parish, and Mr Montagu Wadsworth, of Newmarket. The Misses Winifred and Blanche Pooley, sisters of the bride, attended as bridesmaids and were attired in saxe blue fancy voile. Each also wore a gold bracelet and carried a bouquet of tulips, the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr Horace Rayner acted as best man.

During the month of January 2,400 free meals were given to children at the Newmarket Soup Kitchens. Lady Edith Douglas-Pennant 10s (50p), Mr Frank Milne and Mr T Cole 2s 6d each (12½p), Mr Dadley 2s (10p), Mr Alec Fuller 1s (5p) offered subscriptions.

Newmarket Rural District Council reported that a cottage on Qua Fen Common, Soham, belonging to C J R Fyson, and occupied by George Jobson, was in such a state as to be unfit for human habitation.

ON THIS DAY IN (Thursday) ...

1477 The earliest recorded Valentine’s card was sent, in Norfolk.

1852 Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in London admitted its first patient.

1929 The St Valentine’s Day Massacre took place in Chicago.

1945 Dresden was reduced to rubble by Allied bombing.

1946 The Bank of England was nationalised.

1963 Harold Wilson took over the leadership of the Labour Party after the death of Hugh Gaitskell.

1995 Britain’s third national commercial radio station, Talk Radio, went on air.

2001 The last three-wheeled Robin Reliant rolled off the production line.

AND FINALLY ... 1999 Buckingham Palace admitted that royal horses were sometimes drugged before official ceremonies.