Memory Corner April 25th 2019

Friday April 25th, 1794

ON WEDNESDAY last week arrived at Chester, after a passage of eleven days and nights, the coaster Dick of Chester from Londonderry, which place she left on Saturday 5th, but owing to contrary winds put into Loudis harbour on the north coast of Scotland.  She was laden with green hides and had on board 17 recruits belonging to the Train of Artillery, and three of their wives, who are all well; to one of whom (William Anderson from Antrim) we are informed, the captain is indebted for the saving of his vessel, cargo and passengers.


Friday April 23rd, 1819

INQUESTS – at Eyton, in the parish of Lydbury North, on 17thinst., before John Wollaston Esq, Coroner, of Bishop’s Castle, on the body of Charles George, an infant, whose father accidentally let fall a basin of boiling milk on him, which so dreadfully scalded him that, after languishing some hours, the child died in great agony.  Also, on 8thinst., at Claverley, before Ed Whitcombe Esq, Coroner, of Cleobury Mortimer, on the body of Mary Ball, a child which fell into a hole of water, and was drowned.  Verdict in each case – accidental death.


Friday April 23rd, 1869

ANOTHER great bank scandal has been brought to the surface in London by the apprehension of Mr Samuel Finney, the manager of the English Joint-stock Bank Company Limited, who is accused with having, in collusion with the directors, against whom a prosecution is also to be instituted, “cooked” the accounts, with the object of rigging the market.  The further hearing of the case has been adjourned till next Tuesday.

THE WASTE PAPER, twine, old quills etc. of the government offices realise £10,000 a year.

AN AMERICAN PAPER states that in consequence [of the fashion] for hair of peculiar colours and shades a new branch of [thieving] has sprung up in New York.  The tresses dangling behind the head are his easy prey.


Friday April 25th, 1919

Recruits for the KSLI 1914

THE GALLANT SHROPSHIRES – the cadre of the 1stKing’s Shropshire Light Infantry reached Shrewsbury on Tuesday afternoon from Germany and was accorded a magnificent welcome. The town was en fete in honour of the Battalion, which has served with distinction in all parts of the world, and, since going to France with the 6thDivision, has greatly enhanced its reputation as one of the finest fighting regiments in His Majesty’s Forces.  Thousands of enthusiasts gathered in the vicinity of the railway station to participate in the initial welcome, and multitudes lined the route to the Square, where the official welcome took place.


Friday April 27th, 1979

SHREWSBURY, like other parts of the country, has been gripped by election fever, with candidates from the three major parties contesting the town seat.  For the past week or so the would-be MPs have been out and about canvassing the local electorate, with both Labour and Liberal candidates trying to upset the traditional Tory stronghold.  It would take quite a big swing to unseat Shrewsbury’s MP for the past 34 years Sir John Holt, who at the October 1974 election was returned for the tenth successive time with a majority of 5,421. At that election Liberal Bill Marsh polled 13,643 votes, while for Labour, Derek Woodvine picked up 11,504 votes.


Thursday April 28th, 1994

SHREWSBURY TOWN enter the last week of the football season knowing two victories from their final three matches will make them Third Division champions.  One win might be enough.  If Town win at Scunthorpe on Saturday and second-placed Chester, who have only two games left, lose at Northampton, the title will be Gay Meadow-bound.  There was no shortage of celebration last Saturday as Shrewsbury managed a 2-1 home win against Northampton to clinch promotion.  “The scenes last Saturday were tremendous,” commented manager Fred Davies, “and if the title is won it will make for a real party.  But nobody is going to hand the championship to us – so it’s up to us to make sure we keep things going.”


Thursday April 30th, 2009

A CROWD OF AROUND 500 flocked to Sundorne Castle for Shrewsbury Rugby Club’s eagerly awaited centenary match against the Wooden Spoon Anti-Assassins.  Shrewsbury may have lost Saturday’s match 50-21 against a strong invitation side, but the result, for once, was of secondary importance. “It was a great day, and everyone enjoyed themselves,” said Shrewsbury’s long-serving fly half Mattie Morris.  “It was nice to see such a good crowd, and over £600 was raised for the Wooden Spoon charity.  Anti-Assassins put out a good side.  A lot of the players they fielded are regulars for Kenilworth in Midlands One and some other top Midland clubs.”  The main entertainment was preceded by Shrewsbury Ladies handing out a heavy beating to Nuneaton, with the day’s entertainment rounded off by the Shrewsbury Police Choir.