Unclaimed, lost and stolen property recovered by police and later sold helped swell the coffers of a fund to finance a youth advice and social centre for Bridport on the premises of a disused pub.

At a presentation ceremony in the town, cheques worth nearly £1,700 were handed over to Bridport Young Person’s Action Trust members to help with the refurbishment of the former Mason’s Arms at North Street.

Creditors this week started to examine what went wrong at Bridport’s second largest employer, Solent Furniture, which went into voluntary liquidation last month with a list of 316 creditors owed nearly £750,000.

The company’s estimated total assets for paying off its £126,700 debt to preferential creditors are £51,500.

Traders seeking to revitalise Bridport town Centre are to target selected national retail chainstores and invite them to open a local branch.

They will use information gained in a recent survey to persuade the big companies of the perceived demand from local shoppers for their wares.


OCTOBER 31, 1969

Lyme Regis branch of the British Legion’s next project is to be a scheme to provide flatlets in the borough for ex-servicemen or their dependents.

Chairman Mr Quick came up with the idea after visiting a relative in a clinic in Exminster which looked after many people who could not care for themselves.

Charmouth Young Wives finally decided that they had discussed the problems of lonely old people for too long. It was time to act. They organised a coffee morning for the old folks and the event in the club room of the Church Hall was well supported.

“There aren’t many sensations in a man’s life to beat it.” That’s how a Bridport veterinary surgeon describes the experience of his first jump. Twenty-four-year-old Maurice Kirk has been parachuting for six months, but it was only recently that he made a free fall.