Thursday, April 18, 2024

Thurrock News: September 1985


Each week, we will be selecting new items from the past. One week, we will be going back to 1985 and the next week we will be going back to 2000. Sometimes, you have to be quite disciplined. You sit in the Thameside Library, looking at the archive and many of the stories start to produce more answers than questions…..

The Spy Who Loved Thurrock!
A Russian Shipping Boss and friend of the Mayor of Thurrock has been accused of being a russian spy by a man who had recently defected from the Soviet Union.

Ivan Viklolula was the Managing Director of Russian Cruise Line Company CTC who regularly berthed at Tilbury. He had become a regular figure on the civic circuit and had been a guest at the Mayor’s Banquet.

He had been ordered to leave the UK by October 7th.

Mayor Arthur Clarke was asked to comment on the news. He said: “Ivan has been a good friend to Thurrock. I can tell you now that he did not attempt to elicit any secrets from me.”

Chesham 1 v 4 Grays Ath

A Tony Mahoney double strike gave The Blues the three point away at Chesham. Mahoney has now scored six goals in a week. His two goals came in the first thirty minutes. Chesham managed to grab a goal back when a mistake was made by defender Craig Johnson but the Blues put the pressure back on to secure the three points in the Vauxhall Opel League.

Plan For 5,000 New Homes In Bulphan Rejected

A proposal to put 5,000 new homes in Tillingham Hall, Bulphan has been booted out by Thurrock Council.

The plan by Consortium Development Limited would have seen a whole new community develop in the village.

Council leader Ann Geaney said: “There has been laws laid out to protect the green belt since the war. We have to work hard to prevent the area from Thurrock to Southend ending up in concrete”

Leader of the Conservative Group, Chris Hammett said: “Over the years this area has been raped by industry and development. It is no wonder that this place has become known as the cesspit of the south.”

Scout Wins Award

A teenager from the 2nd Corringham Scouts has been presented with the Queen Scouts Award. Michelle Collier (16) was presented with the award by the District Commissioner Francis Bevan.

Michelle was praised for her work including night hikes, helping church groups, weekends away on the Norfolk Broads and helping younger members.


  1. wow this brings back some memories.
    michelle was a neighbour of mine and she was doing lots for the scouts back then and thoroughly deserved her award .


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