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A look at Macclesfield news of 1984

Ian Storer  
Apr 5, 2010

My latest look at the local newspapers took in 1984. The first new face was that of six pound nine ounce little boy who arrived at 12.45pm on New Year’s Day. Pictured with mum Mrs Linda Rothwell of Padstow Close was bundle of fun Rory.

Pictured proving anything men can do women can do just as well were Carol Shaw and Alison Welsby of the 1st Henbury Venture Scout Unit at a Queen’s Scout Presentation. I was the Venture Scout Leader at Henbury at the time and remember well that the two young ladies worked hard to progress through a variety of challenging activities, enjoying camaraderie and fun along the way.

A sheep worrying leopard was causing concern at Nab Farm, Wildboarclough for locals acting in the 9th and 10th episodes of a BBC production called “One by One” starting on Sunday January 29th. “One by One” was a series of self contained episodes set in 1959 about the unusual life of a zoo vet and his peculiar dealings with exotic animals from pythons to orang-utans.

Tommy Docherty, former Manchester United and Scotland football manager, opened Scotts Sports and Leisure Shop on Chestergate.

In February, Maxonians were able to take a nostalgic journey back to post war Macclesfield when the Majestic Cinema screened the film “So Well Remembered”. Star of the film, Sir John Mills, had been invited to the special screening. In a letter explaining that a current filming schedule prevented his attendance, Sir John explained that he remembered clearly making the film and particularly a scene in the Market Place being captured by hidden cameras. Sir John’s role as a prospective Member of Parliament meant that he was required to make a powerful speech, after which many locals who were encouraged to be part of the crowd scene, believing his role to be real, affirmed their support and, with tearful eyes, said that they would vote for him at the forthcoming election.

Macclesfield man Geoffrey Mycock was freed after serving 15 years in prison. A Court of Appeal had found that his original conviction for the murder of an elderly Macclesfield lady in 1968 had been unsafe and unsatisfactory.

Appearing live at “The Whisper” on Ingersley Road in Bollington on April 17th and 18th, Ken Dodd formed part of a cabaret during which a three course meal was served. The cost of a ticket for the event was £12 per person

The Mayor of Macclesfield was pictured lending his support to The Bollington Arts Centre which had opened in the former Methodist Sunday School. Dr John Coope of the Arts Centre Committee hoped that more than a thousand people would be attracted to join the 200 club set up to provide financial support.

A rather special wrist watch was the retirement gift of Chief Inspector Jim Forrester after 34 years service with the police service. It was presented on behalf of his colleagues at the Macclesfield Division at a farewell party at the Queen’s Hotel.

In May, Lord Tim Hudson saw a dream come true. His Birtles village Cricket was graced by Geoff Boycott and Ian Botham.

Showing at the Majestic Cinema in July was “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom”, whilst at the Rex in Wilmslow, prior to going to London’s West End, Paul Jones and Kiki Dee were appearing in the stage musical “Straight from the Heart”.

In August it was reported that a fantastic performance by Macclesfield show jumping ace John Whittaker earned Britain a 5th silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

During the summer months, The Macclesfield Express had asked its readers to elect one person over whom they would like to see a cement mixer load of custard poured. The nominees were Signal Radio DJ Ray Teret, MP Nicolas Winterton, local Labour Party Leader Basil Jeuda, local newspaper editor Doug Pickford and Macclesfield Traffic Warden Eileen Twig. Having received the most votes, Eileen Twig was the unfortunate recipient of the load of yellow dessert at the Astle Park Steam Rally in Chelford.

A crowd of ten thousand visitors flocked to the West Park for the Vintage Car and Family Fun Day. Following on the success of the first event of its kind in 1983, attractions at the event included free rides on a horse drawn bus loaned by Tim Richards of Gawsworth Hall. Other attractions included dancing displays, it’s a Knockout and funfair rides under the organisation of Macclesfield Borough Council Leisure Activities Officer Bill North. The event subsequently continued as annual event for a quarter century.

Following the closure of St Peter’s day school on Windmill Street, the vacant building was taken over by squatters. Eight young people gained entry and remained in the building for several days. Legal advice was sought to secure their eviction.

Since the time of the reconstruction of Macclesfield Railway Station in the early 1960s, a pedestrian underpass from the Water’s Green entrance to Davenport Street had cost several thousand pounds to maintain. Towards the end of 1984 the decision was taken to close it completely.

In November Nicholas Winterton was pictured with the Guy Fawkes and Miss Fermain, Mandy St Ledger, at the Fermain Youth Club annual bonfire. Bad weather on the evening did not prevent all present from enjoying themselves. The event was sponsored by Ciba Geigy.


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