NOSTALGIA: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, March 11

Nostalgia - rabbits in Barton Mills 1982
Nostalgia - rabbits in Barton Mills 1982
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This photo from the Bury Free Press archives takes you back to April 1982 when the centre of Barton Mills was invaded by little ‘rabbits’.

About 25 under-fives from the village playgroup took to the fields dressed in costumes for an Easter bunny parade.

Winners of the competition were awarded Easter eggs and all entrants received chocolate treats.

The picture above shows four of the contestants, Sarah Frostick, Vicky Hopson, Dawn Carpenter and Zoe Knight.

HEADLINES FROM THE PAST

10 YEARS AGO

Terrorist response vehicles were being introduced at Ixworth under plans unveiled by Suffolk Fire Service.

Retained crews at the village station were to receive specialist training to man the two vehicles which would carry decontamination equipment, while the station was to undergo a £30,000 refurbishment to accommodate them.

The new vehicles, which were being funded through the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister at an estimated cost of £400,000, were announced as details of Suffolk Fire Service’s integrated risk management plan were outlined.

Norfolk, meanwhile, was to get an urban search and rescue unit to help free people trapped under rubble.

25 YEARS AGO

The future of this year’s Mildenhall air show - the biggest air show in the country - had been secured with the end of the Gulf War.

A USAF base chief told the Bury Free Press the final decision to go ahead with the show on the May Bank Holiday weekend was taken on Monday after months of uncertainty.

It had been feared the show would have to be scrapped because of the heightened security on the base and the lack of staff to cope with the large crowds.

Frank Randall, chief of media affairs at the base, said: “Now the decision has been made to hold the show we will be working long and hard to plan it.”

The air fete programme was being kept secret until next month.

100 YEARS AGO

It is with regret we have to record the death of Corporal Herbert Crysell, 2nd Suffolk Regiment, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Charles Crysell, of Bridegman’s Farm, who was killed in action by the explosion of a mine on January 22nd.

The deceased, who was 26 years of age, had a brother, Private George Crysell, killed in action about three months ago. A letter to his parents reads: “I very much regret to inform you that Corpl Crysell, of the company under my command, met his death by the explosion of a mine under our trenches on the morning of the 22nd of January and his body with has not been recovered owing to so much earth being blown upon them. The burial service has been read over them...”