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For many he was – and is – the jockey of all time

On Thursday, 5th May 1904 there were, I am sure, quite a few male children being born. One of them was born in Ivy Row – known to the locals as Potato Row – in Donnington Wood, Oakengates, just outside Telford in Shropshire. He was baptised Gordon, the son of Mr & Mrs Richards, and […]

27th April every year is the feast day of St Zita.

Zita, also written Citha or Sitha, lived between 1218 & 1272. Born in Monsagrati, she was a serving maid of the Fatinelli household from the age of 12 to the end of her life. She was often misunderstood and criticized by them but won their respect through her preserving devotion. It was in the later […]

Three stories from April 15th in days gone by

The first Lincoln Cathedral on the present site was finished it in 1092. In 1141 the timber roofing was destroyed in a fire.  It was rebuilt and expanded but in Monday 15th April 1185 the cathedral was mostly destroyed by an earthquake – one of the largest felt in the UK. The damage to the […]

It happened in April in years gone by

Some while ago I compiled a set of 12 ‘It Happened in ….’ books – one for each day of each month of the year.  It was sold locally and went quite well.  However, various things came along and stopped me taking the ‘Happenings’ further.  Now – hopefully – this is the beginning of the […]

The Salute on Thursday 7th February following the death of the King

Smoke from the guns of the Honorable Artillery Company billowed out over the Thames at Tower Bridge.  From the Tower of London the Company fired one shot a minute for each of the 56 years of the Kink’s life.  A similar salute was fired in Hyde Park by the six guns of the King’s Troop, […]

The story of the death of a King

The newspapers of England were, on Thursday 7th February 1952, reporting the death of King George 6th.  Unfortunately I had a later date on my notes!  I am bringing this error up to date and the first report will be published here at 14.00 hours today.  Sorry.  

Buddy and ‘Peggy Sue’ and others will be remembered.

In my younger days – the 1950’s that is – I was one of those thousands, or maybe millions, of British teenagers who latched on to the US ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ performers. Elvis was my number one with Buddy Holly a close second.  I can remember hearing – and then getting dad to buy – […]