BYGONES: Ponies rescued as fire ravages barn

SLOUGH Greyhound Stadium played host to the final of the Buckinghamshire Cup in 1981, but only one local dog, Paradise Star, competed for the £500 top prize.

The race, over 625m distance, was one of the traditional big events at the stadium and on the same night the Harefield Pottery Trophy was won by Looting Liz, trained by Ted Dickson.

Frightened polo ponies were led to safety at a Wraysbury stables in 1981, after fire swept through three large haybarns at Ankerwyke Priory Farm.

Two fearless grooms, Sally Butterfield, 20, and Ruth Phillips, 14, had been watching television nearby, when they heard another employee shouting to raise the alarm.

After rushing outside to see what was happening, the two youngsters quickly realised that several horses were trapped in the stables and ran inside, despite the danger, to lead them to safety.

The blaze had spread so quickly, that by the time firefighters arrived, all the 11,000 bales of hay were burnt and a large quantity of sileage was reduced to ashes.

A two-minute silence was held on Windsor Bridge to commemorate the dropping of the second atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945.

Members of four Berkshire groups representing the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), stood in silence at exactly the time that the bomb was dropped.

After the silent vigil, 150 CND members threw white flowers into the River Thames and the groups returned in the evening to light candles, each flame to represent the souls of the victims.

Two former Scouts, both aged 79, returned to give a helping hand at their old troop in Upton Court Park when they cut the ‘first sod’ at their new headquarters.

Eddie Bucknell and George Harris had joined the troop in 1913, when the group was called the 3rd Slough, they were amalgamated with Langley in 1975, to form the 3rd Upton.

After performing the ceremony George told the Observer: “We were both greatly honoured to be asked to perform this task.”

A new rock band, “The Onlookers” were taking a ‘trip’ down memory lane to packed audiences at Studio One 38 years ago, even attracting coachloads of fans from London.

The smartly dressed foursome had decided to base their sound around the psychedelic music of the 1960’s, when they would have been aged five or six years old.

The onlookers, Nick Stone, Mark Leach, Dean Bruce and Mark Bevis also dressed in a style reminiscent of the Beatles during their ‘flower power’ phase.

Comedy legend, Faith Brown, wowed youngsters at the Horsemoor Bonanza as she performed the opening ceremony for the two-week extravaganza of children’s activities.

Sensing the enthusiasm, Faith broke into a routine of impressions including, Margaret Thatcher and Kate Bush.

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