Mail Memories: Headlines from History

10 years ago: We thought the world was ending

A Harborough man told of the shock and helplessness he felt when the Boxing Day tsunami hit ten years go.

Guy Harris, then aged 26 and an apprentice electrician,was backpacking around Thailand at the time.

When the tidal wave came, Guy was on the fourth floor of a hotel close to Phuket Beach.

The Mail interviewed Guy on his return to Harborough for the January 6, 2005, edition of the paper.

“At first I thought it must be a bomb. People were shouting ‘water, water’. There was no electricity so in the end we had to phone our families to find out what had happened.

“We thought the world was ending.”

He witnessed harrowing sights including a dead body, severe injuries and people jumping into the back of a dustbin lorry trying to escape.

25 years ago: Romanian mercy trip for duo

A pair of friends from Harborough were planning a mercy mission to trouble-torn Romania with a lorry load of essential goods to ease hardship for citizens, the Mail reported in its last edition of 1989 on December 28 .

Pals Ken Millett and Dave Argo were due to visit the country that 25 years ago had become the most recent to overthrow its Communist overlords after leader Nicolae Ceaușescu had been toppled on Christmas Day, 1989.

Mr Millett and Mr Argo had asked the people of the district for donations and money for their mission.

Meanwhile, in a glimpse of the cost of living 25 years ago – council tax rents were due to rise by £1.33 a week, bringing average council bills in the district to £20.62 per week.

50 years ago: High street parking problems

Traffic congestion in High Street, Market Harborough, had reached such a parlous state 25 years ago that “pressure was being brought to bear for the complete prohibition of all parking” there, the Mail reported on January 7, 1965.

The problem of traffic jams had been in the High Street for many years said the Mail but had “deteriorated seriously” over the previous 12 months.

And it was High Street traders who appeared to be taking most of the blame.

Occupiers of trading premises were being asked to help alleviate the problem “in every way possible” by the Market Harborough Urban District Council.

Some councillors were even pushing for a parking ban between 8am and 6pm.