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1972: Five students from Furze Platt Secondary School cut firewood for the elderly at the King George VI Club in York Road.

Two lorries full of old shelves had been delivered to the club from a factory in the industrial estate of Slough for members to use on their fires.


1982: Marlow’s teacher, Alison Boak, made history when she became the first woman to arrest Big Ben.

In fact, she became the first member of the public to turn the clock back, marking the end of British Summer Time.

Alison has won the right to interfere with the normally uninterrupted accuracy of the world’s most famous clock in a raffle organized by the Cancer Research Campaign.


1987: Hundreds of people walked through the doors as the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow visited Maidenhead for the first time.

Presenter Hugh Scully and his team of experts have been busy at the Magnet Leisure Centre, reviewing
antique furniture, porcelain, paintings, militaria, jewelry and other objects.


1987: Maidenhead Rugby Club made history by reaching the third round of the John Players Cup for the first time.

In front of a packed Braywick crowd, the Maids beat the Old Alleynians 13-3 to set up a clash with one of rugby union’s most famous clubs – Harlequins.


1987: The boys from Desborough School were digging to improve the appearance of the place.

Due to cash cuts from Berkshire County Council, the school grounds and gardens had taken on a derelict and neglected look.

But a team of 60 volunteers got down to landscaping, gardening and replanting – and their classmates provided support by raising money for new trees and flowers.


1992: The advertiser’s longest-serving employee, George Lawrence, retired after 49 years with the paper.

George joined the announcer after leaving St Luke’s Senior Boys’ School, becoming an apprentice machine supervisor after a brief interview with publisher-owner Louis Baylis.

Louis asked a simple question – ‘Maidonian?’

When George said he was, and his grandfather had a business in town, Louis said “that’s enough for me.”


1997 : St Luke’s Primary School said goodbye to two of its oldest staff and recognized the hard work of another with an award.

Diner Phyllis Goff retired after 23 years at St Luke’s and Gladys Rance retired after spending 25 years also working in the school kitchens.

Non-teaching assistant Margaret Martin also marked 25 years at the school, although she was not retiring.

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