Dateline From Our Files
Friday 22nd January 2016 @ 16:17 by Mark Phillip

– Glossop football fans had to sit huddled around the fireside as a sudden dip in the temperature made for an ice-covered Surrey Street.

But they managed a match at Church Lane where Manchester League leaders New Mills had a slender 1-0 win over second in the table Nantwich Town.

– Conditions on the road were also bad as driver Reginald Hancock of Pikes Lane, Glossop, found to his cost.

His car skidded on Hyde Road, Mottram, and demolished a lamp- post, luckily no one was hurt.

– Glossop firefighters were called to the Snake Pass when calls came in of a blazing car.

The driver and passengers managed to escape although the vehicle was totally destroyed.

– A new activity which did not depend on fine weather was sweeping (well almost) Glossop.

The drawing room game of Bridge was packing classes at Glossop Evening Institute and there was talk of extending the hours.

– It was a happy start to the year for the Walster family of Charlesworth re-united with pet donkey Softie – who had run off just before Christmas.

Softie had wandered to a farm in Mottram more than a mile away where she used to live before the Walsters bought her.

– Happy mum Patricia Roberts of Wesley Street, Hadfield, was hoping for a Christmas Day baby.

But her daughter, not named when our photographer called at Glossop’s Partington Maternity Hospital, came bouncing into the world at 6lbs 4oz, at 9.45pm on Boxing Day.

– The man who was headmaster of the school he attended as a boy was celebrating a special anniversary.

Fred Colclough was clocking up 20 years in charge of Glossop’s Duke of Norfolk Primary.

– Frankie Postlethwaite and Harry Holland of New Mills Young Farmers’ Club were representing Derbyshire at London Smithfield Show’s pig contest. Their particular prize porker came 12th in an entry of 48.

– Ken Kelly of New Mills was looking forward to going on an expedition to New Guinea to explore the as yet unexplored Blue Mountains.

The region was apparently way off the beaten track and Ken and his colleagues had acquired a former motor torpedo launch to get them there.

– Glossop WEA branch was beginning the new year with a series of lectures in the Far East by Professor Colin Adamson.

– Glossop Young Conservatives entertained more than 50 guests at their first annual dinner at the Norfolk Arms Hotel.

– It was reported that Chapel Rural District Council was to increase the charge to businesses for rodent control to 12 shillings and sixpence (62p) an hour.