NOSTALGIA: Were you stepping out for charity in 1986?

Youngsters from the Academy of Dancing
Youngsters from the Academy of Dancing
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This happy band of smiling youngsters from the Academy of Dancing stepped out in style in 1986 in a bid to raise over £1,000 for charity at their biggest ever sponsored dance.

Well over 100 pupils, with ages ranging from three to adult raised money for the St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds.

The sponsored dance followed an event the previous year which raised over £400 for West Suffolk Hospital.

The academy was based in Mildenhall, but also attracted large numbers of pupils at its classes in Hopton, Stanton, Rickinghall Great Barton and Thurston.

HEADLINES FROM THE PAST

10 YEARS AGO

Green fingered youngsters were aiming to be the best pumpkin–grower at Stowmarket’s first annual Pumpkin Festival at the Museum of East Anglian Life, which saw 75 entries in four categories.

Eleven-year-old Jim Marschalek and his siste Annie, eight, took first prize for the heaviest pumpkin, with their effort weighing 101.8lbs.

They won a family season ticket for the museum and agreed to donate seeds from the winning pumpkin to next year’s competition.

Prizes also went to Sonia Lovett, 47, of Stowmarket, who baked the best pumpkin pie.

Caroline Dye, Stowmarket Tourist Information Centre said: “We had to bring out extra tables for all the entries as there were so many.”

25 YEARS AGO

Children at the special unit at Chilton Primary School in Stowmarket were able to enjoy new equipment thanks to local estate agent Abbots.

Staff at the unit were presented with a cheque for £575 by regional manager Mr Tim Dempsey.

The children were also sponsored by Abbots to go to a special party held at Battersea Park earlier in the year, which was organised by the

Paul O’Gorman foundation for Children with leukaemia.

The cheque presented was the unit’s share of the remaining money.

Unit teacher Mrs Margaret Raney said they were very grateful to the company as the money would allow them to buy equipment they could not otherwise afford.

100 YEARS AGO

We record with regret the death of Prvt. Frederick Charles Buckle, 7th Suffolk Regt, who was officially reported missing, but now reported to have been killed in action on July 3rd.

The deceased volunteered his service in the early part of 1915, soon after the outbreak of the war, proceeding to France after several months’ training.

Before joining the colours he worked on the estate of the Marquis of Bristol, where he was very popular and respected by all.

Private Buckle, who was 23 years of age, was of a quiet disposition, and his death is much regretted by many of his friends.

Much sympathy is felt for his remaining family.