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100 YEARS AGO

April 20, 1912

Between midnight on Saturday and Monday morning the old iron bridge which spanned the River Don and the South Yorkshire Navigation Canal between Doncaster and Barnby Dun was replaced by a modern steel bridge that weighs between 300 and 400 tons. The new bridge is a huge structure with a span of 110 feet, and is capable of coping with the enormous amount of heavy traffic on the Doncaster and Frodingham section of the company’s line.

75 YEARS AGO

April 16, 1937

Mr J Sandars, of Gate Burton Hall, was unanimously elected to the office of President, vacant by the death of Major H Marshall, at the annual meeting of the Gainsborough Division Conservative and Unionist Association, held at the Constitutional Club, Etherington Street, Gainsborough, on Friday. For the past few years Mr Sandars has been Chairman of the Association, and his successor in this office is Major W Cracroft Amcotts, of Kettlethorpe Hall. Mr T Prismall, the agent, read the annual report which revealed that the activities of the Association had been well maintained.

50 YEARS AGO

April 20, 1962

Star turns at Haxey Methodists’ Spring Fayre were the Sunday School children who performed at the evening concert. They proved themselves a talented troupe in songs and dances and they formed part of a non-stop entertainment which was compered from behind the scenes by Mrs Rita Keightley, who with helpers had trained the children. Each different dance was embraced in an individual scene and the pity about all the effort that had gone into it was that it was not seen by a full hall, instead of one half-full. Others taking part in the concert were Mr B Hoole (guitar), Miss Gwynneth Revitt (piano) and Rosemary and Hazel Buckle (elocutionists). Mrs Ruby Dawson accompanied the song-and-dancers. The fayre was opened in the afternoon by Mrs D Harris of Eastlound, who was presented with a bouquet by Judith Collett of Graizelound.

25 YEARS AGO

April 17, 1987

Easter Monday sees students past and present of the Old School now converted to an inn, studiously raising funds for the Rotary Alligator Jumbulance and at the same time having fun in games and team competitions. Teams are coming from far and wide to enter the ‘Yard of Ale’ contest for both men and women and the fun centres around controlling the bubble of air in the bulbous container. There is also a competition for the individual who can eat four dry cream crackers in the quickest time, and teams of four from all walks of life are invited to join in the ‘boat race’. Rotaractors from Scunthorpe will be helping with proceedings and teams would be welcome from the local Fire Brigade, football club, hockey players and the Young Farmers Club, and the Lions, and “in fact anyone who can muster a team would be welcome” said Mr Stuart Fricker, licensee “for what promises to be a very entertaining afternoon.” Incoming president of Scunthorpe Pentagon Rotary Club Rotarian John Adams, said of Epworth “We are delighted that Stuart has taken the initiative to help raise funds towards the purchase of the Alligator Jumbulance, costing £200,000.”