Mail memories: Headlines from history

10 years ago: Fined for parking just inches over the line

The controversial issue of parking charges returned to the front pages of the Mail about ten years ago this week.

This time it was over-zealous parking attendants who were in the firing line after a motorist was slapped with a fine for parking just inches over a line.

Foxton resident Kathryn Barnett was angered after getting the £50 fine from Harborough District Council, reported the Mail on December 16, 2004.

Her Mercedes-Benz estate car was parked just inches over a parking space line in Harborough’s Market Hall car park, off Northampton Road.

She appealed against the fine but was told by council parking bosses that it would be upheld.

Another motorist, Nicci Watefield, of Nosely, received a similar fine on the same day.

25 years ago: Epidemic hits community

A flu virus sweeping across Britain was beginning to take hold in the Harborough area, 25 years ago this week.

Children and teachers in the district were falling ill in their hundreds, leaving headteachers scrambling for supply cover to keep schools open.

And Christmas festivities were being cancelled across the patch.

Market Harborough C of E Primary School lost a third of its pupils and staff to the bug and medical services were stretched to capacity.

Extra staff were being recruited to help Market Harborough’s Cottage Hospital cope with the epidemic and community nurses were forced to delay non-urgent visits. Doctors at Harborough’s Northampton Road surgery saw home visits quadruple and surgery visits triple.

50 years ago: Lucky escape for passenger

A lorry passenger survived a major car crash with “only a slight cut” after the vehicle he was riding in ploughed into another vehicle and was sliced completely in half, the Mail reported about 50 years ago this week.

Michael Tolton, of Kettering, survived the crash, which happened in Wilbarston.

The lorry driver “did not have a hope of avoiding” the collision, which left him seriously injured and killed the other car driver, said the Mail on December 10, 1964.

The collision was the latest in a shocking spate of road crashes in the Harborough district.

The car driver was the sixth person killed in a crash in the Harborough area in the space of 37 days, including two collisions on the A6, and one involving a baby.