Thurrock News: Sept 1985

In the second part of our trip down memory lane, we found the following articles:

Give “Em Hell!

A JP who retired after 32 years on the bench in Grays Magistrates Court made a rousing speech where he advocated that those found guilty at the court should serve time in POW style Labour Camps.

Mr Hew Alf was most concerned at the increase in vandalism, assaults and burglaries.

He said: “I put it down to the sixties and all that was relaxed then. I went to school with patched up clothes but I knew right from wrong.”

Concerns About The Commies

Local Tories have slammed the idea of further links between Thurrock students and those in Leningrad. Tory councillor, Ted Lott felt that “Indoctrination could take place” as more plans were afoot to send students to the Soviet Union on exchange visits.

Labour councillor dismissed the claims. He said: “I have been to the Soviet Union over seventeen times. They don’t have horns you know.”

Mayor Meets Norman Wisdom

The Mayor Elsie Smith was delighted to meet the star of stage and screen, Norman Wisdom as he put on two shows at the Thameside Theatre. The Mayor went backstage and had a cup of tea with the star who had the Mayor in stitches.

Grays Athletic 3 v 0 Oxford City

Goals by Ian Cowell, Martin Chester and Mickey Welsh saw the Blues grab the points with another excellent performance in the Vauxhall Opel League.

Grays had made three changes from their last game including dropping fans favourite Craig Johnson but that was soon forgotten as Ian Cowell scored in the first minute.

Pontins Winners

Julie Nurse from Morley Hill, Corringham won Miss Lovely Legs at Pontins in South Devon and Danny Nyland, Coronation Avenue in East Tilbury won a Pool competition in Jersey.

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