MAY 6, 1994

EMERGENCY CALL: A helicopter used in an air-sea rescue display at West Bay returned to tackle a real-life emergency involving a diver with a suspected bends attack.

Diver Alan Sargeant was taken by West Bay coastguards from the slipway in the harbour to a field nearby. He was then flown to a re-compression chamber near Poole and later released.

STOP TO HUNT MEET: Brushes with protesters have killed off the Cattistock Hunt’s traditional Boxing Day meet in Bridport.

The joint masters have told the town council that protestors “rowdy behaviour” has made the meet “an unacceptable risk to public safety”.

BYPASS OBJECTIONS: The National Trust’s regional director, David Bett, could hardly have put his opposition to the proposed Chideock and Morcombelake bypass in starker terms: “This is not some minor dispute about a local road scheme, this is a fight to save the jewel in the crown.

Those against the plans argue that the Department of Transport’s plans will damage the ecology, landscape and public enjoyment of the trust’s Golden Cap estate and surrounding areas.


MAY 2, 1969

WORLD RECORD: An attempt may be made at the Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis, to break a world record.

Two teams from the school are giving serious consideration to a crack at the non-stop basketball record of 72 hours.

The teams held a 13 and a half hour non-stop stint overnight and were keen to try and achieve a world record.

EXTENSION: The proposed enlargement of Charmouth Primary School is to go ahead, despite objections by parents, and a petition to the Secretary of State for Education and Science.

With the closure of Wootton Fitzpaine and Whitchurch School imminent, it is not yet known when the amalgamation will come into effect.

BRIDPORT’S MRS BRITAIN: The title of Mrs. Britain 1969 came one step nearer reality for west Dorset housewife Mrs. Jennifer Warren, of Uplands in Walditch, for Mrs. Warren was one of four mums chosen by a selection committee in Bristol to go forward to the national finals.