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Rewind...July 28-August 2 1980: Agincourt all over again

Swindon Advertiser:

8:10am Monday 28th July 2014

A BITTER Anglo-French row, accusations about Dunkirk and a threat by a school vice-principal to shoot a reporter – it’s not often an education story is quite so juicy.

REMEMBER WHEN: A no show by PJ for McIlroys gig

4:07pm Sunday 27th July 2014

HE was already a star but a failed trouser seam would soon make him a notorious one.

THE LIST...VIDEO SPECIAL WITH DAVID HAYE: 10 knockout ways to keep your pet cool

Swindon Advertiser:

2:45pm Friday 25th July 2014

FORMER boxing heavyweight champion of the world and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! contestant David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye is back on our screens - this time as a weatherman for dogs.

Wonderful, wonderful WOMAD

Swindon Advertiser:

3:15pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AS the sun beats down on a lazy Sunday afternoon in the green baize of the Wiltshire countryside a troupe of Pakistani devotional singers, strikingly draped in silky orange stage costumes, marches in unison from an open-air arena where they have just performed a heartfelt set of choral, call-and-response pieces.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Putting excellence first in classroom

Swindon Advertiser:

11:19am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Barrie Hudson talks to Highworth Warneford head John Saunders.

Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 8

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 1

5:06pm Monday 21st July 2014

The eighth part in our series celebrating the town's all-time top headliners.

THE LIST: Eye of the storm

Swindon Advertiser:

1:35pm Monday 21st July 2014

FOLLOWING Friday night's lightning, the skies of Swindon turned a dark shade of apocalyptic again ahead of Saturday's huge downpour.

Rewind...July 21-26 1974: Tales of flying and fleeing

Swindon Advertiser:

12:04pm Monday 21st July 2014

A MEMBER of a dedicated yet unsuccessful aviation dynasty was front page news in the Adver 40 years ago today.

REMEMBER WHEN: In praise of Danny

Swindon Advertiser:

11:59am Monday 21st July 2014

DANNY La Rue will be honoured at the Wyvern Theatre later this week to mark what would have been his 87th birthday.

Martin’s reels of treasure

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 16th July 2014

MOST of us have seen them at one time or other… those grainy monochrome films that help define our nation: Winston Churchill resolutely striding through the blitzed streets of war-ravaged London, the Coronation of the Queen in all of its pomp and ceremony, the toothless grin of Nobby Stiles as he joyfully jigs around Wembley Stadium with the World Cup on his head.

Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 7

Swindon Advertiser:

8:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

The seventh in our ten-part countdown featuring Swindon'd top headliners.

Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 6

Swindon Advertiser:

5:48pm Monday 7th July 2014

As we celebrate 160 years of the Adver, we enter the second half of our rundown of the town's great headline makers.

REMEMBER WHEN: The great Cricklade Saxon pot hoax

Swindon Advertiser:

2:14pm Monday 7th July 2014

IT WAS 38 years ago that the Adver broke the story of the Saxon pot that was not.

Rewind...July 7-12, 1968: Floods? you should have been here 46 years ago

Swindon Advertiser:

2:21pm Monday 7th July 2014

AN INTERVIEW with a 21-year-old Justin Hayward only merited a photo and a few paragraphs on an inside page of his local paper this week in 1968.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Taking nursing to a different level

Swindon Advertiser:

12:25pm Monday 7th July 2014

CHERYL Kelser, 51, is a Great Western Hospital intensive care nurse and an RAF reservist corporal who has served two tours in Afghanistan with 4626 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. She lives in Wroughton with husband Ross, who works in security in Iraq, and has a grown-up daughter. Cheryl is preparing for duty at the Royal International Air Tattoo...

Walk down Brick Lane

Swindon Advertiser:

5:19pm Friday 4th July 2014

Collector James is fast becoming a Lego legend

Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 5

Swindon Advertiser:

4:47pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

The fifth chapter in our rundown of Swindon's greatest headline grabbers brings us to the halfway point in the series.

The gentle giant who just grew and grew

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

EVERYONE loves a tall story… and they don’t come any taller than that of Frederick John Kempster, The Avebury Giant.

Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 4

Swindon Advertiser:

8:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

The countdown continues as we chart the town's 160 biggest headliners.

Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 3

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 1

2:48pm Monday 30th June 2014

The third chapter of our celebratory special on the greatest headline makers in Swindon's history.

REMEMBER WHEN: A naughty night out

Swindon Advertiser: A poster advertising the saucy Swindon show

11:44am Monday 30th June 2014

WHEN a most famous adult entertainment star came to Swindon 33 years ago her posters were banned from the buses.

Rewind...June 30-July 5 1976: It was the long hot summer

Swindon Advertiser: Brenda Wozencroft catches some rays in 1976

12:08pm Monday 30th June 2014

THIS week in 1976 it was hot.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Venue hunt’s been no trapeze-y task

Swindon Advertiser: Lee Williams wants to set up a venue in Swindon for artists of any kind to use as a base for training

5:30am Monday 30th June 2014

TRAPEZE artist and businessman Lee Williams, 32, hopes to turn the vacant Maxwell Street gym into a training space for circus and dance acts and other artists. He lives in Kingshill

Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 2

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 1

9:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

The second installment of our ten-part series on 160 great headline makers in Swindon's history.

She ain’t nothing but a hound’s doc

Swindon Advertiser: Dog whisperer Christine Emerson

5:30am Saturday 28th June 2014

WHETHER your collie was traumatised by a hot air balloon landing in her back garden or your bulldog had an embarassing way of attention-seeking, for about 20 years Christine Emerson was the person to call.

Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 1

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 1

9:00am Friday 27th June 2014

The opening chapter of our ten-part series on 160 great headline makers in Swindon's history.

Hundreds flocked to get heads cropped when movie stars came to town...but were you a hater?

Swindon Advertiser: Several hundred extras, mostly from Swindon, appeared alongside nine professional actors and actresses during the Two Minutes Hate scene at RAF Hullavington in June 1984

3:24pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

“YOU have to work yourself into a lather… a screaming demented rage… you have got to look brutal… you must seethe with hatred… stomp your feet… shake your fists… grind your teeth… groan with passionate, frustrated loathing… you must become A REAL NAZI FACIST…”

Rewind...June 23-28 1981: So who's monkeying around with Terry?

Swindon Advertiser: An urban gorilla lurked behind Terry Wogan when he arrived to open a showhome in Covingham

12:10pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

THE Eighties weren’t as weird as the Seventies or the Sixties, but you could still find men in gorilla suits on suburban rooftops.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Give something back to society

Swindon Advertiser: Alan Nix MBE

11:32am Tuesday 24th June 2014

Barrie Hudson talks to ALAN NIX, who has been made an MBE.

REMEMBER WHEN: Poles apart, but loving Swindon

Swindon Advertiser: Honorata Belzki with her mother-in-law Maria Belzki and assorted children

12:34pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

WE’RE used to news stories about how newcomers to Britain are faring, but the Adver was running them well over half a century ago.

The alternative England squad

Swindon Advertiser: The boys in Brazil….the Wild Westerners pictured before their game against a bunch of thin and fit young fellows with a neat line in step-overs and bicycle kicks in Buzios, 2004

11:58am Wednesday 18th June 2014

The Wild Westerners were a Swindon based football team formed in 1988 by ex-Advertiser journalists-turned-travel industry writers Stewart Cruttenden and Steve Kelly. The aim was to combine a passion for travel, football and drinking.

THE LIST: 23 stunning pictures of Swindon's great storm

Swindon Advertiser: Our readers captured some stunning pictures of Friday's storm

2:11pm Monday 16th June 2014

FRIDAY the 13th provided the perfect eerie platform for one of the most visually stunning storms to hit Swindon in years.

Rewind...June 16-21 1977: Stone the crows! It's Charlie

Swindon Advertiser: Charlie Watts in the Adver after his Arts Centre gig

5:28pm Monday 16th June 2014

A MEMBER of perhaps the biggest band in the world played for a 200-strong Arts Centre audience this week in 1977.

REMEMBER WHEN: Swindon schoolboy's was so nearly first Brit in space

Swindon Advertiser: Bruce Patchett photographed in 1978

5:22pm Monday 16th June 2014

HELEN Sharman became Britain’s first astronaut in 1991, ascending to the old Mir space station aboard a Russian Soyuz.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: A pillar of health

Swindon Advertiser: Jeremy Redford

5:00am Monday 16th June 2014

Jeremy Redford, 41, recently took the world record for burpees – a form of squat thrust – by completing 8,089 in 12 hours. The ex-Army officer is about to start work at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham. He lives in Watchfield with wife Alison, and their daughter Lucy, 11...

THE LIST: The 12 most expensive properties currently on the market in Wiltshire

Swindon Advertiser: The £26m Manton House Estate recently put on the market by the Sangster family

6:35pm Friday 13th June 2014

FOLLOWING on from our recent list of high-end Swindon houses up for sale, we bring you a fresh countdown of property porn on an even higher level.

The mug that's finally found its way home

Swindon Advertiser: Barry Leighton presents Diane Everett and Andy Binks, of the Swindon Society, with Richard Bullen’s mug at the location of the Union Hotel, now part of a car park adjoining Swindon station

5:30am Wednesday 11th June 2014

WHENEVER Swindon pub landlord Richard Bullen downed a swift half of Hulbert’s finest ale, brewed just a few miles away in hilltop Highworth, he almost certainly did so from his personalised pewter beer mug.

Rewind...June 9-14 1980: Things that went bump in the night

Swindon Advertiser: Perry Boyce, girlfriend Donna and baby Emma say they were plagued by an evil spirit at their Penhill home. The council took their complaint seriously enough to call in an exorcist

2:09pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

AN EVIL spirit had the run of a Swindon couple’s home this week in 1980 – and the council was calling in an exorcist.

REMEMBER WHEN: Stars in their eyes

Swindon Advertiser: 20-year-old John Krelli and his Afghan hound

2:00pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

AS regular Rewind readers know, we sometimes invite you to help us out with information about items we find in our files.

THE LIST: Swindon's top 10 most requested books

Swindon Advertiser: JK Rowling

3:35pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

AFTER the subjective storm created by our recent top 20 restaurants lists, we take shelter in more sedate territory: the library.

THE LIST...UPDATE: Swindon's 20 best restaurants, as voted by us...

Swindon Advertiser: Cappuccino crème brulee

5:00am Friday 6th June 2014

EARLIER this week we published a list of Swindon's 20 best restaurants, as voted by the public via Trip Advisor.

Pete has got a grand old bag

Swindon Advertiser: Peter Cousins reflecting on his Kempsters paper bag

5:30am Wednesday 4th June 2014

IT is just an old bag really – a throwaway item of which several thousand were produced over the years and duly consigned to the bin without a moment’s thought when its purpose had been served… which in most cases was as soon as you got home.

THE LIST: The 20 best restaurants in Swindon, as voted by you...

Swindon Advertiser: THE LIST: The 20 best restaurants in Swindon, as voted by you...

3:06pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

IF you're debating where to go for a bite to eat this evening, here are Swindon's top 20 eateries as voted by by the town's diners on Trip Advisor.

REMEMBER WHEN: Morris man courts controversy again

Swindon Advertiser: Desmond Morris promoting The Human Animal in 1994

4:34pm Monday 2nd June 2014

DESMOND Morris was at the centre of a media-driven sex controversy almost exactly 20 years ago.

Rewind...June 2-7 1969: Youth had something to say

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's planning strategy came under fierce scrutiny

4:41pm Monday 2nd June 2014

SOMEWHERE in America, an unnamed five and dime with a six-stringed musical instrument in stock happened to be open on a certain day.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: It's a good life for a Rotarian

Swindon Advertiser: Steve Parsons

5:00am Monday 2nd June 2014

COMMUNITY-mindedness and altruism are often said to be dead or dying in this frantic, belt-tightening age, but Steve Parsons begs to differ.

Remembering the unmistakeable Paul Cooke

Swindon Advertiser: Let’s hear it for the Big Fella...

5:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

AS the final strains of the band’s heady take on Howling Wolf’s Chicago blues classic Killing Floor evaporate into the dank air of a packed, smoke-filled pub, the sax player’s timing is perfect as he proclaims, with the exaggerated swank of a fairground barker: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I want you to put your hands together and welcome onstage the man everyone is talking about… in the flesh… the fabulous… the one and only… the unmistakable… Paul Cooke.”

THE LIST...UPDATE: Did you correctly identify the four aerial pics of Swindon in the early part of the 20th century?

Swindon Advertiser: Pics from the past

2:59pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

WE HAVE teamed up with English Heritage to bring you a selection of images taken from the skies above Swindon during the first half of the 20th century.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Helping others is helping yourself

Swindon Advertiser: Marilyn Beale in Penhill Community Orchard

3:56pm Monday 26th May 2014

Marilyn Beale, 69, is secretary of the Penhill Forum, which is a non-political body made up of community groups and representatives. She lives in Penhill with husband Tony, a retired sheet metal worker. They have three children and two grandchildren...

REMEMBER WHEN: A classy cocktail

Swindon Advertiser: The opening of The Goldfinger Tavern

5:25pm Monday 26th May 2014

THIS week we look back to the day when a Highworth pub was opened by the widow of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

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