JULY 1, 1994

One hour’s free parking looks set to arrive in Bridport - but only for shoppers who spend £10 or more at a participating store.

Half of the £30,000 cost of the scheme looks likely to be borne for the first six months by West Dorset Council, which noted the fact that 48 per cent of traders don’t want to reimburse people themselves.

Aspiring children’s nanny Sarah Elizabeth Taylor (16) had all the credentials to earn her the Miss Bridport title when she beat eight other girls to the coveted prize at Freshwater Caravan Park.

Tourists will be boarding railway coaches at West Bay station for the first time in 64 years if a district council scheme gets the green light.

The council wants to use part of the land as a base for work on West Bay’s harbour. Engineering manager Keith Cole said his team would soon be in West Bay, perhaps in converted railway carriages.


JUNE 27, 1969

Uplyme and Lyme Regis Cricket Club has adopted, in principle, a five-point plan for its own salvation.

The ‘blue print’ included the abolition of the club’s colts policy, the enforcement of the rule that only paid-up members should be selected, gifts from players to make the provision of teas more profitable, fundraising and the formation of a supporters club.

For the first time since the inception of the 1947 town and country planning act, Bridport council has appeared at a public inquiry in opposition to the county council.

It happened at an inquiry into an application by Mr and Mrs Victor Whiffen of Highlands End Farm, Eype, for permanent planning permission for keeping 80 caravans on their land, which had been used for camping since the 1930s, which Bridport supported.

A claim that the whole history of Bridport’s Concord Club had been dogged by a series of ‘gentleman’s agreements’ was made by the chairman.

After it was disclosed that debts amounted to almost £600, it was decided that the club should go into voluntary liquidation.