25 years ago

May 28, 1998

Action is being taken to remove a group of ‘gypsies’ residing and believed to be trading on Holsworthy’s Dobles Lane Industrial Estate where an established firm fears customers’ confusion may bring about a loss of trade.

Supporters battling to save Winsford Hospital suffered another blow this week when they were warned legal action against the health authority would fail.

First 75 pinta man from Trevalga: Bob Pethick was presented with an engraved glass goblet by Camelford Mayor, Cllr Pearl Roberts, when he made his 75th blood donation at the National Blood Transfusion visit to Camelford Hall.

Three councillors and the ‘Cornish and Devon Post’ received a copy of a forged letter, apparently signed by the Mayor of Launceston, Cllr Colin Warne, it has been revealed. The forgery, in which “the mayor” said he was going to residing from the council (The Post, May 21), has been reported to the police.

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40 years ago

May 28, 1983

The Mayor of Launceston (Mr Arthur Wills) prepared to take the salute during a display given by the Band of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and the Corps of Drums in the town square on Tuesday. The event was held to mark Police Community Friendship Week.

Miss Gwen Jones was presented with a Teasmade and a carriage clock by Mrs May Hicks on behalf of the Marhamchurch Girls’ Friendly Society on the occasion of the closing of the branch, after 107 years and following a thanksgiving service in the Parish Church conducted by Fr Noakes.

Bude-Stratton Town Council chairman, Mr Bryan Dudley Stamp, plants a tree with Madame Marie-Francoise Hemery to mark the fifth anniversary of the town’s twinning with Ergue Gaberic, France.

The new parish council met for its first meeting at Clawton Primary School on Monday week. Mr R H Stuart and Mr R J Cole were elected chairman and vice-chairman respectively.

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50 years ago

May 26, 1973

The last mayor-choosing in the centuries-old history of Launceston Borough took place yesterday in the Town Hall with the honour of being the last mayor going to Cllr Cyril John Moore. Due to its absorption into the North Cornwall District Council, Launceston by this time next year will no longer be a royal and loyal borough.

Friends of Nannie Harris, aged 87 of Chelsea, gathered in Week St Mary Parish Hall for a party. Nannie has been a familiar figure in Week St Mary since 1937 when she came in search of her father’s birthplace. She received presents at the party which was arranged by her foster children, Margaret O’Sullivan and Suzanne Rutland.

Cidermaker Horace Lancaster, of Felldown Head, Milton Abbott, has been invited to take part in the Lord Mayor’s procession in Plymouth tomorrow (Saturday). He will be driving a horse and wagon loaded with barrels.

Rev W J P Boyd has been appointed Honorary Prebendary of the Church of St Endellienta.

Yeolmbridge Post Office is open again on a full-time basis, a new sub-postmaster having been appointed. He is Mr Ron Body, who, with his wife, will be running the Post Office on the same premises.

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60 years ago

May 22, 1963

Described in one of the speeches at the traditional Mayor-choosing ceremony as ‘Launceston personified...the one man who represents in himself the long history of Launceston past and the ideals of Launceston presents,” Mr Stuart Luttrell Peter was elected on Monday as the borough’s Coronation Year Mayor.

Practically everything is set for the big motor-racing venture at Davidstow on Whit Monday.

In a letter to the Editor, Mr F W Harcourt-Munning has announced his resignation as prospective Labour candidate for the Tavistock division.

The suspected case of foot and mouth disease reported on Saturday at Middle Tor Farm, Sourton, owned by Mr H T Heathman, was officially stated on Monday not to be foot and mouth, and the five-mile standstill order imposed b the Ministry of Agriculture as from Saturday was withdrawn.

Methodists from all parts of the circuit rallies round friends of Tregadillett on the occasion of the re-opening of the church on Thursday week after extensive renovation and re-decoration. The opening ceremony was performed by Mrs H Barriball (Launceston) who was presented with a spray by little Rhona Vanstone.

The little parish church of Tremaine, said to be the smallest in Cornwall at only 12ft wide and 44ft long has just undergone repairs. A special service of thanksgiving was held last week conducted by the vicar, Rev C P Triplett.

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