These headlines appeared in the Bury Free Press on this week in years gone by.
10 years ago:
Schoolchildren from Methwold High School got hot under the collar when they helped put out a fire during a training exercise at RAF Mildenhall. The 18 youngsters, aged between 14 and 15, took part in a Skillforce programme, run in conjunction with the British Army and Norfolk education committee. They were kitted out in full protective gear as they helped fire crews put out a blaze at the fire training pit. Base public affairs spokeswoman Karen Abeyasekere said it was the first time the fire department had been used in the programme.
25 years ago:
Shock statistics revealed the suicide rate in the Bury St Edmunds area had doubled in the first five months of the year. There had been 14 suicides since the start of the year compared to seven in the same period both the year before and in 1986. The Samaritans director for the region blamed the increase largely on ‘the pace of life’ in West Suffolk, following the town’s expansion as a domestic and business centre.
50 years ago:
‘Open warfare’ broke out between some of Bury’s election candidates with accusations of one using his office to influence voters, a smearing campaign with late leaflet distribution on the eve of the election and one ‘smacking’ another in the eye.