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100 YEARS AGO

May 11, 1912

A well attended meeting of local shopkeepers was held in the Temperance Hall, Epworth, on Monday night. Mr R Brown was voted to the chair. The Shops Act and its effect locally was the subject for consideration and the meeting decided unanimously to adhere to Wednesday afternoon for the weekly half-holiday, the shops to close at one o’clock. A good deal of discussion resulted with reference to the effect of the Act on businesses in country places, and it was evident that its provisions were cordially welcomed by the majority of those present. Among the questions were (l) Whether the Act permits a shopkeeper who is also a licensed hawker to pursue his round on the half-holiday and (2) whether a travelling salesman renting a local hall will be permitted to keep his salesroom open on the half-day local shops are closed.

75 YEARS AGO

May 7, 1937

A beautiful new altar frontal presented by the Ladies Sewing Party, was dedicated for use at Epworth Parish Church at evensong on Sunday by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln. The service was conducted by the Rev O Mordaunt Burrows MA, rector who read the lesssons. Referring to the Coronation service in Westminster Abbey, he said it means consecration to service on the part of the King and Queen, just as on the other part it means God gives them strength and power to fulfil their high calling. He hoped that all his hearers who could would join in the service by listening-in to the broadcast. It was a time of consecration for us all. Reference to the Coronation service is made by the Bishop writing in the ‘Lincoln Diocesan Magazine’. The Bishop refers to the Archbishop’s appeal in his broadcast at the end of last year. He says ‘Our prayer is that our nation and the peoples from other lands will see behind the pomp and pageantry and the universal rejoicing of it not only as a coronation but the meaning of it, as our King in the eyes of a watching world publicly receives his consecration.’

50 YEARS AGO

May 11, 1962

Reaching Gibraltar from Gunness (1,700 miles) in sixty three and a half hours, crossing England, France and Spain in a mini-car, Mr Michael Briggs, licensee of the Jolly Sailor Inn, Gunness, won wagers totalling £1,000. Four of his customers made bets that he could not reach Gibraltar by Wednesday midnight, leaving Gunness on Monday. He arrived with an hour and a half to spare. With him as navigator he had Mr Harry Abraham.

25 YEARS AGO

May 8, 1987

A complaint too many Humberside policemen have to spend too much time on paperwork has been voiced by Coun Terry Geraghty, leader of Humberside County Council. Instead of dealing with so much paperwork, they should be on the streets fighting the mounting crime wave, he says. He thought it was shocking that people dare not walk the streets at night. Coun Geraghty denies Conservative claims that the police budget has been cut by Labour in recent years, and asserted that they spent more, and were up to Home office establishment figures. As a result of employing more civilians, another 85 uniformed officers will be available