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NOSTALGIA: From the Bury Free Press, of Friday, March 25

Nostalgia 1990 - NYNUK 11 dance group
Nostalgia 1990 - NYNUK 11 dance group

This week’s photograph takes us back to May 1990 when American boy band New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) were popular.

So popular that five Mid Suffolk girls had started a dance team hoping to realise their burning ambition to meet the group.

Jennie Cook, Shona Dowell, Amira Harris, Clare Kenrick and Caroline Ash, pictured, were all pupils at Stowupland High School and aged 14.

They had joined forces to form NYNUK – the pop group’s original name – II and planned to send a video of their dance sequence to TV programmes with a plea to appear with the band.


10 Years Ago

A couple in Mildenhall were set to become one of the first to take advantage of new laws for same sex partnerships.

Zoe Johnson, 28, and Amelia Tucciarone, 18, were planning to make the ultimate declaration of their love for each other following the introduction of civil partnerships three months earlier.

The couple could not find a church to perform the ceremony so decided to get married at Bury St Edmunds Register Office, followed by a reception at the White Hart in Mildenhall.

After the wedding, in June, they planned to move to Zoe’s home in St John’s Street to live with her four children, Stevie-Lee, 10, Billie-Joe, eight, Taylor, six, and Harry, three.

25 Years Ago

A Mildenhall supermarket looked like it could be forced to close on Sundays after complaints from people who wanted to keep the Sabbath special.

Forest Heath Council had received letters of protest and a petition from locals, including church ministers and their congregations, about Budgens’ 9am-6pm Sunday opening.

The matter was being investigated by the district environmental services manager, John Tanswell, to see if the store was breaking any laws.

He said: “There have been an increasing number of complaints about Sunday trading brought to my attention recently and we are looking carefully at the Budgens case.”

100 Years Ago

It is with regret we record the death of Lance Corporal J A Pawsey, of the 9th Suffolk Regiment, who died of wounds in France on February 14 at the age of 23.

The deceased is a son of Mr Fred Pawsey, a much respected inhabitant of Fornham St Martin, who also has two other sons on active service and much sympathy is extended to Mr and Mrs Pawsey in their bereavement. A letter from the captain of his company said: “He was one of our most promising NCOs and possessed a high sense of duty, any work undertaken by him being carried out to the best of his ability. Lance-Corpl Pawsey was justly held in much esteem by his comrades for the sterling soldierly qualities he displayed on all occasions.”


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