NOSTALGIA: Patients ‘hijack’ Bildeston GP

Bildeston GP Keir Fisher's retirement celebration in July 1993 ANL-161114-100704001
Bildeston GP Keir Fisher's retirement celebration in July 1993 ANL-161114-100704001
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This photo of Dr Keir Fisher and his wife Joyce was taken in July 1993.

The couple were waylaid as they drove home from Hitcham and forced to abandon their car on the outskirts of Bildeston. They were then taken into the village on a decorated float pulled by local sports club members. Hundreds of friends and patients had gathered in the market place to say farewell to the popular GP who was retiring after more than 30 years in the village and, in honour of the Fishers’ Scottish origins, the procession was headed by a kilted bagpiper. At the party the couple were presented with a camcorder, video player and a cheque for the remaining £4,500 donated by well-wishers from 30 surrounding parishes.

HEADLINES FROM THE PAST

10 YEARS AGO

Plans to build a multi-million pound retail unit were given the go ahead in Stowmarket – bringing more than 100 jobs to the town.

The £9 million scheme was set to transform the former Seamans Builders Yard, in Milton Road South, into a 2,029sqm building to house three retail outlets.

Marks & Spencer ‘Simply Food’ had snapped up the largest shop, providing 35 full-time and 167 part-time jobs. A further 40 full-time and around 20 part-time jobs were predicted for the other retail units.

Under the plans, Milton Road car park was to be remodelled, reducing spaces from 128 to 98. Pedestrian links to Ipswich Street and Gipping Way would also be provided, and a zebra crossing to Milton Road South.

25 YEARS AGO

Friends of the Earth campaigners spent Saturday protesting outside DIY specialists B & Q, in Bury St Edmunds, about the company’s marketing of tropical hardwood.

Roy Tapping, a member of the Bury branch of the conservation group, said the response from the public had been very favourable with hundreds of people signing a petition calling for a ban on the selling of wood from the rainforests.

He said the Bury protest was in line with other branches across the country who were also demonstrating outside other hardware stores.

He praised B & Q’s cooperation on Saturday but said its pledge to stop selling tropical hardwood by 1995 did not go far enough.

100 YEARS AGO

It is with deep and sincere regret we announce the death in action in France of a brave and loyal soldier of the King, and an able and highly esteemed member of the staff of the Bury Free Press.

We allude to Private Arthur Sewards who, prior to joining the Army in the early part of the present year, was for more than five years chief reporter on this journal, in which capacity he gained the confidence and high regard of the editor, and the goodwill, nay, the affection, of those who worked with him on the paper, and of members of the profession whom he came in contact with in the discharge of his duties.

He was killed in the trenches, while serving with the 4th Suffolks.