These headlines appeared in the Bury Free Press on this week in years gone by.
10 years ago:
Seventeen staff and regulars at the Pickerel Inn, in Stowmarket, had stripped off in the name of charity. The group had posed for a racy 17 month calendar, featuring plasterers, window cleaners and shop workers, in the hope of raising £2,500. It was originally planned as a 12 month calendar but so many people came forward that it was extended. Five hundred calendars had been produced and were expected to sell for £5 each when they went on sale in July, with all proceeds going to charities and good causes in the town.
25 years ago:
Plans had been put forward to solve the problem of the crumbling North Wing of the Bury St Edmunds Abbey Ruins. The scheme involved the sale of the North Wing by the council to the Town Trust for a modest £15,000. In turn, St Edmundsbury would provide an estimated £400,000 to convert the building into three flats. The move was aimed at preserving a historic building and avoiding ownership being retained by the council to prevent tenants from exercising their right to buy them.
50 years ago:
Residents on Bury’s Gainsborough Estate were complaining of youngsters on motorbikes ‘habitually riding round and round the estate and causing a nuisance’. The chairman of the estate’s residents’ association had suggested installing road signs to deter speeding.