Mail memories: Headlines from History

10 years ago: Clubbers stayed at bar during fire

Revellers at a Harborough night club came in for harsh criticism about 10 years ago this week after a fire sparked at a town bar.

An electrical short circuit started the fire at Enigma, in Coventry Road, on Sunday, December 12, at about 1.15am.

The club was evacuated and about 500 people had to leave the building.

But Harborough’s most senior firefighter at the time, Steve Read, said some people had acted “inappropriately”.

“Some people acted rather improperly,” said Mr Read at the time. “Some were trying to get their coats and others were still trying to buy drinks.

“They were being asked to leave for their own good.”

In other news, air space campaigners travelled to London to take their protest to MPs. They were lobbying for East Midlands Airport to face more stringent noise controls.

25 years ago: Two died in crash horror

Horrified police officers arrived at the scene of a double-fatal crash to discover their young colleague was one of the victims.

Twenty-year-old motorcyclist Robert Beadnall finished his duty at Harborough Police Station just minutes before the collision with pedestrian Neil Holyoak on Tuesday, December 19, 1989.

PC Beadnall and father-of-four Mr Holyoak (41) were both taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary after the crash, on the A6 at the Gallowfields crossroads just outside Harborough.

PC Beadnall, who was just about to complete a two-year training period with Leicestershire Police, died from head injuries.

Mr Holyoak, a prison officer at Gartree, suffered multiple injuries.

50 years ago: Cattle market not for sale

The district council’s chairman denied reports that the local authority was planning to sell off Market Harborough’s cattle market, the Mail reported about 50 years ago this week.

Despite many reports at the time that financial troubles surrounding the market were likely to lead to its sale, a high-ranking councillor “clarified” recent “misinterpretations”.

Cllr RLD Crisp, chairman of the Harborough Urban Council, told farmers ‘most emphatically’ that the council was not planning to close it.

His statements were made during the annual dinner of the Market Harborough Fatstock Society at The Angel Hotel on December 15, 1964.

He said: “This is the point I want to stress.

“We have never thought of closing the cattle market.”