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Nostalgia in Lynn News, 1996: Downham Market Friends of Papworth Hospital; and 2012: wind farms in West Norfolk, Fakenham Racecourse, Hunstanton and Mary Portas, King’s Lynn Palm Paper at Saddlebow, Spring Clean for the Queen with Tesco Hardwick, Leziate, BBC & ITV TV stars Michael Aspel and Una Stubbs at Landles Auctioneers, Linnets’ Gary Setchell and Jack Defty, Constitutional Hill and West Winch link road, Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre

• Nostalgia photo and round-up from the Lynn News, Tuesday, May 30:

Members of Downham and District Friends of Papworth Hospital were celebrating in May 1996 when handing over a record-breaking £8,000 cheque to the Cambridgeshire hospital.

It was presented by former Papworth patient Tinker Taylor – known affectionally as Mr Downham Market – to Mrs Fiona Petch, who received the donation on behalf of her husband Dr Michael Petch, a senior cardiologist at Papworth; they are surrounded by committee members, including the chairman Bill Miller (right, back row). The money was to be used to buy equipment for a new day centre at the hospital. In its ten-year history, the Friends had raised £43,000 for Papworth and in acknowledging the efforts of the people of Downham and surrounding area, a special plaque was to be put up in the hospital’s day centre. Photo: MLNF-960544

Downham and District Friends of Papworth Hospital in May 1996 handed over a record-breaking £8,000 cheque. MLNF-960544
Downham and District Friends of Papworth Hospital in May 1996 handed over a record-breaking £8,000 cheque. MLNF-960544

• On this week: May 28 – June 3, 2012

• Two wind farms will be built in West Norfolk despite local opposition after planning inspector Robert Mellor gave the go-ahead. He has finally given his decision to end three months of waiting for residents living in the Stanhoe area.

In doing so, Mr Mellor has overruled West Norfolk Council’s decision to refuse permission for the companies RES and E.On following an appeal in February. RES will build six 126.5m turbines on land at Jack’s Lane, Barwick Road, near Stanhoe, while E.On is going to put up five 100m turbines on a site near Chiplow.

• Stunning hats and fabulous dresses were on show during Fakenham Racecourse’s first ladies day. Thousands of women donned their Sunday best to support the new addition to the course’s racing programme. Staff decided to introduce a ladies day to their programme following the success of Sunday meetings on the track – and it was a resounding success. Chief executive David Hunter said: “All of the ladies were looking elegant and next year we will encourage the gentlemen to make an effort.”

• Political and business leaders will continue their efforts to improve the fortunes of Hunstanton, despite the town failing to secure a slice of government cash for regeneration projects.

The pledge came after it was confirmed the resort had not been named one of 12 Portas Pilot towns which have each secured £100,000 of investment to breathe new life into their town centres. It is expected that Hunstanton will be put forward for a second phase of the national competition launched by retail expert and television personality Mary Portas.

• The Lynn skyline featured one of the country’s largest mobile cranes as the town’s Palm Paper factory closed for a maintenance programme. The Saddlebow mill called in the massive crane to help with its annual shutdown and it was used to remove large sections of the roof in order to replace key components of the boiler system. During the work it was necessary to have low wind speeds so that the roof sections could be removed safely.

• A nationwide campaign called Spring Clean for the Queen has been launched and, in Lynn, the Tesco superstore at Hardwick is hoping to bring the community together to form litter patrols to support the project. The aim is to unite residents to tackle the litter problem around the Hardwick area by holding a litter pick over a 90-minute period.

Amy Ranger, Tesco community champion, said: “Hundreds of staff across the country have been getting involved in this project ahead of the Jubilee weekend and we thought it such a good idea that we wanted to help, too.”

• Rural walks in the Leziate area will soon become impassable due to a Norfolk County Council policy change, it has been claimed.

The parish council says some of the village’s country walks are becoming overgrown and want regular grass cuts, adding: “We used to have regular grass cuts to keep the paths reasonably open, but these are not happening now. A county council spokesman said footpath workers and highways rangers had been amalgamated to make a bigger team, but insisted the budget for looking after footpaths had not been reduced.

• Well known personalities Michael Aspel and Una Stubbs have visited Landles Auctioneers in Lynn for the filming of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

Mr Aspel and Ms Stubbs – who both arrived in classic cars, a Jensen and a Citroen 2CV – joined by experts Thomas Plant and James Lewis, were selling 10 items found in North Norfolk antique shops. The lots going under the hammer included a Regency cast bronze lamp stand, a pair of 20th century officer’s boots and a model ship.

• King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell has promised fans some high-profile signings following the shock release of talismatic striker Jack Defty. Linnets legend Defty, scorer of 161 goals in 401 appearances for the club, was told he was free to leave by Setchell during a meeting with his playing squad at the weekend.

• Hopkins Homes builders has outlined plans for a £180 million housing development on the outskirts of Lynn. It is looking to construct 1,300 homes on a 50-hectare field which runs south of Constitutional Hill. The development known as Hardwick Green would run between the A10 and A47 roads and could include a school, shops, and a link road for West Winch.

• Pat Brooks, a former manager of Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre whose acting career included appearances in Coronation Street, Crown Court and Tales of the Unexpected, has died at the age of 88. She was living near Sedgeford when first appointed manager of the theatre and continued in the post when West Norfolk Council took over control in 1983.

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