BYGONES: Bobby’s friends chip in at golf

Stoke Poges Golf Club hosted a very special charity golf day in 1996, when celebrity friends of Bobby Moore, England’s world cup winning captain, gathered to raise money for cancer research.

Those teeing off at the course included his former England colleagues Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Roger Hunt, alongside many other football stars, Pat Jennings, Rodney Marsh and George Graham.

Celebrities from the world of entertainment include, Jimmy Tarbuck, Bruce Forsyth, Kenny Lynch and Michael Parkinson, with personal messages in the event brochure from Gary Lineker and pop star Phil Collins.

A 3,000-year-old flint axe and a Bronze Age arrowhead were unearthed 24 years ago in an area which archaeologists had nicknamed the ‘Cippenham Sector’.

As well as uncovering silted-up ditches believed to date from Roman times, a team from the Thames Valley Archaeological Services had uncovered a circular ‘quern’ stone, used for corn-milling during the same period.

Local legend, that had persisted for many years, maintained that a full-blown Roman ‘Palace’ was situated in the vicinity, but no evidence had yet been found.

The six-week dig was hoping to find more evidence Slough’s earliest residents, before the site was given back to developers for housing.

Exhibits at the Stoke Poges Show were well down on previous years due to the poor summer weather, worst hit were the floral sections, especially the roses.

Show supervisor Cyril Brown told the Observer: “We are quite pleased with the event but the problem this year was that we never knew when spring ended and when summer began.”

“At one time we were six weeks behind in our flower growing, which is partly why the numbers of flowers and roses were down.”

Track athlete Mark Richardson became an Observer columnist for the duration of the Olympic games in 1996, winning a silver medal with the 4x400m relay team and breaking the British record for his leg of the race.

His diary from the Atlanta games gave a rare insight into the highs and lows of a modern athlete and Mark admitted:” This season has been a trying one for me. To be in possession of an Olympic medal is a dream come true.”

A brilliant century from former England cricket opening batsman Wayne Larkins sent Eastern Division leaders Buckinghamshire to their third defeat of the season.

Set 273 to win on a good pitch, Bedfordshire made a bad start when Denzil Owen removed two batsmen for ducks.

However, this only brought Wayne Larkins to the crease and his superlative 153 not out included 13 fours and four massive sixes off leg spinner Andy Clarke.

Splash, the summer fun scheme for young people in Slough, was celebrating its fourth year in 1996 by expanding its range of activities across six centres of excellence.

Youngsters aged from 13 to 18 could try their hands at football, swimming, ice-skating, go-karting, canoeing, climbing and abseiling.

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