Nostalgia corner: The Citizen looks back

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The Citizen has looked back through its archives to add a touch of nostalgia to the newspaper following reader response asking for more memories of yesteryear.

As our paper has been relaunched in October, we have focused on October in the 1980s in Fenland. Our research raised a few smiles when we found advertised in 1987 a T-registration Austin Princess HL car with a mileage of 44,000 being sold as a bargain at £595.

Goldspink and Housden estate agents at the time advertised a starter home in Wisbech for £32,500 for a three-bed semi-detached house.

In the news for that month:

• There was opposition to a ‘high density’ development of 232 new homes at March proposed by Occidental Securities Ltd, of London. Councillors agreed to oppose the application after expressing concerns about access and density.

• Fenland District councillors were facing a smoking ban when March councillor Chris Bennett called for no smoking at the Thursday full council meetings.

• Gorefield Women’s Institute celebrated their Diamond Jubilee with the official handing over of a seat to the village positioned outside the church.

• Wisbech firm Metal Box held their annual gala - the factory’s eighth - was opened by Anglia TV birthday club hostess Caroline Oldrey and attracted a huge crowd.

• March Athletic Club hosted an octhathlon and pentathlon championship. Among those taking part was the now power lifting champion Louise Fox.