Mail Memories: Headlines from History

10 Years Ago: Man’s lucky escape after train hits van

A 36-year-old van driver had a lucky escape after his vehicle plunged down an embankment near Great Bowden and ended up on the rail tracks.

The Kettering man’s red Vauxhall Corsa van was then hit by the 5.21am Sheffield to St Pancras Midland Mainline Inter-City train.

The motorist managed to scramble free just moments before. Luckily, the train was not derailed and the 100 passengers on board were unhurt.

Meanwhile, health chiefs from the Melton, Rutland and Harborough Primary Care Trust were slammed for wasting money on a controversial out-of-hours service.

A performance report showed that patients had experienced a “below average” service in its first two months, and few people were using it, meaning it was costing about £649 per patient.

25 Years Ago: Production halted at tungstone

Workers at Market Harborough’s former Tungstone Batteries factory were asked to take a fortnight’s holiday in a temporary production stop by what was then the town’s biggest employer.

About 100 car battery assemblers were to take two weeks’ of their annual leave in the face of a massive increase in the price of lead.

An estimated three-quarters of the production team were expected to stay on at the Lathkill Street company.

Tungstone continued until August 2002.

It was once the largest battery manufacturers in the country, producing more than 700,000 batteries in a year.

The site of the factory was later sold to developers and is now home to hundreds of new houses.

50 Years Ago: Scheme to tackle congestion

It’s a topic guaranteed to get the blood boiling these days – and 50 years ago it was causing much the same consternation.

Market Harborough’s Urban Council was devising a scheme to alleviate traffic woes in the town with lengthy discussions on the way for several points, reported the Mail on March 25, 1965.

A special meeting was called to discuss parking restrictions in the town centre, four years after calls were first made to introduce the measures. It was felt parking restrictions in High Street could alleviate pinch-points.

Contemporary concerns are along the same lines.

Motorists often point out how long it takes to get from Kettering Road to the top of High Street with traffic moving at a crawl in rush hours.