New supermarket opens its doors

Swindon Advertiser:

9:56am Monday 13th October 2014

THE new Morrisons store at Regent Circus opened its doors for the first time today.

Remember When: Netballer is looking for school pals

Swindon Advertiser: Standing from left, Eileen Miller, Barbara Smart, Pamela Hillman, Carole Heath, June Sleeman and Maureen Miles; seated from left, Sally Wyse, Sheila Webb, Brenda Day, Coral Winchcombe, Shirley Fisher and Sheila Collins

5:20pm Friday 14th June 2013

THE larger group shown here was photographed in 1953 and the smaller a year later.

Can you put names to the young faces?

Swindon Advertiser: The 1939 picture taken at Westcott Place School, with finalists from Swindon Schools Amateur Athletics

4:50pm Friday 31st May 2013

ADVER reader Clive Bright is an avid collector of old photographs, and especially ones with a Swindon connection.

Dambusting aircraft scrapped in village

Swindon Advertiser: The Lancaster bomber

5:50pm Friday 24th May 2013

MANY people know that last week was the 70th anniversary of Operation Chastise – the attack that gave the Dambusters their name.

Remember When: Model behaviour brings a little joy

Swindon Advertiser: Kathleen Bex, Gwyneth Williams and Jeannette Holley help to arrange Peggy Smith for her turn to display fashions for Messrs Anstiss at the Savoy in 1948

12:00pm Sunday 19th May 2013

THESE amateur models posed for an Adver photographer nearly 65 years ago.

Remember When: Real high-flyers

Swindon Advertiser: Alderman AJ Bown, who took to the skies in the line of his civic duties

7:20pm Friday 3rd May 2013

THERE was a time when Swindon mayors piloted jet aircraft and rode gliders into storm clouds – and it didn’t even merit a front page news story.

Remember When: We will rock you – again

Swindon Advertiser: Elton John performing at the County Ground

7:20pm Friday 26th April 2013

THE County Ground will host six weekends of music this summer.

Teenager who was a North Sea high-flier

Swindon Advertiser: David Spalding with a model of a Fairey Swordfish – he flew the real thing in the Second World War.

4:08pm Wednesday 24th April 2013

A RECENT Remember When about a crucial World War Two air strike brought a flood of memories for an 88-year-old Wroughton man.

When the sun set on the Empire Theatre

Swindon Advertiser: Roger Trayhurn and Mark Child with their new book, All For The Empire

7:20pm Thursday 18th April 2013

“IT was winter, and as we were kids we played snowballs.”

Remember the annual work's outing?

Swindon Advertiser: Former colleague, John Dashfield and Roger Hayes now

5:03pm Tuesday 16th April 2013

DO you or perhaps your dad or granddad remember going on a work's outing?

Firm boasts impressive collection of mobiles

Swindon Advertiser: hugely impressive Robert Checker, of Prestige Communications, with a vintage satellite phone,

4:08pm Friday 12th April 2013

A SWINDON business has a vintage mobile phone collection to rival any seen in 40th anniversary news reports.

Pilot’s first-hand account of raid on Nazi battleship

5:49pm Thursday 4th April 2013

PRECISELY 69 years ago this coming Wednesday, a daring Allied air strike crippled one of Hitler’s greatest battleships as it hid among the fjords of occupied Norway.

REMEMBER WHEN: How the times have changed

Swindon Advertiser: Regent Circus showing the former Corporation Electricity Showrooms and Regent cinema

3:00pm Saturday 23rd March 2013

WELCOME to the central Swindon of today and of years, decades and centuries gone by.

REMEMBER WHEN: Mum makes a royal discovery

Swindon Advertiser: WHAT A FIND Michael Richardson and his mother Kathleen with an old picture of a Victorian actor who appeared in Swindon

5:15pm Friday 22nd March 2013

MEMORABILIA of three monarchs emerged from a wardrobe during a spring clean.

REMEMBER WHEN: What’s in a name?

Swindon Advertiser: What’s in a name?

4:17pm Friday 22nd March 2013

IN this week’s Remember When we’re back at the start of what many proud Swindonians thought of as a dark age.

Beermat of mystery

Swindon Advertiser: coveted Mick Hewer, above left, with the beermat advertising the Empire Theatre show.

4:34pm Wednesday 6th March 2013

WHAT connects Swindon, Morecambe and Wise and an American music hall star mortally shot while pretending to catch a bullet in his teeth?

Seventies hi-fi is music to my ears

Swindon Advertiser: Music man Fergie Hewer with his Dynatron Stereo from Duck, Son and Pinker Picture: Siobhan Boyle

4:14pm Wednesday 20th February 2013

A RECENT Remember When about old Adver hi-fi adverts brought back a flood of memories for Fergie Hewer.

Music to our ears

Swindon Advertiser: 'Dolly bird’ optional: Attempting to sell the unsellable

4:06pm Wednesday 6th February 2013

A MUSIC lover’s phone usually contains enough albums to fill a shelf with cds or a van with vinyl.

Were you snapped?

Swindon Advertiser: memories Some of the pictures which featured in Faces of Swindon in 1997

4:42pm Wednesday 30th January 2013

REMEMBER When often journeys several decades into the past, but this week our trip is a little shorter.

Fond memories of a seafaring dad

Swindon Advertiser: SOUVENIR Josie Lewis with the nameplate. And left, two seamen with the nameplate on board the vessel      Picture: JAMES DOUGLAS

4:59pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013

ONE day in the mid 1940s, crewmen of the RAF rescue boat Flying Norseman posed proudly by the home-made wooden nameplate of their vessel.

Man lost land in drive for schools

3:35pm Wednesday 16th January 2013

A COMPULSORY Purchase Order signed by the town clerk known as the father of modern Swindon has been discovered in the Adver’s archives.

Fascinating details in 1960 town guide

Swindon Advertiser: Fascinating details  in 1960 town guide

5:43pm Friday 11th January 2013

“SWINDON, an industrial town of 82,000 population and growing, is set in the green countryside between the upper Thames and the Wiltshire Downs. It is historically a fusion of three towns.”

Cards tell story of Christmas past

Swindon Advertiser: Cards tell story of Christmas past

3:51pm Thursday 3rd January 2013

AS verses in Christmas cards go, it’s hardly the cheery doggerel we’re used to: “This Christmastide your lights can shine brightly as they did in days of old.

An 80s Christmas

Swindon Advertiser: Festive guide front cover

4:41pm Wednesday 19th December 2012

WELCOME to a place so near that the streets are familiar, yet so distant that it might as well be another dimension.

A woman’s place... and how it stopped being in the home

Swindon Advertiser: A woman’s place... and how it stopped being in the home

5:05pm Tuesday 4th December 2012

“HOUSE-BOUND housewives, are you frustrated in your efforts to find an intellectual escape from the kitchen sink and chores?”

Remember When: Notes on the past

Swindon Advertiser: Kathleen Bull in later years

5:20pm Friday 16th November 2012

THESE words are not some gorgeous piece of verse, but a list of memories from a notebook written for posterity by a 90-year-old woman.

Go with the Flo

Swindon Advertiser: Flo Cole

4:02pm Wednesday 14th November 2012

Codebreaker played vital role during World War Two

How railway won the west and saw off the canals

3:37pm Friday 9th November 2012

A FOURTH generation Swindon railway worker has written what may be the definitive history of the GWR’s rise.

Missile crisis saw world on the brink of Armageddon

Swindon Advertiser: John F Kennedy

3:04pm Wednesday 31st October 2012

WE focus on the end of the world in this week’s Remember When.

Squadrons’ debts honoured

Swindon Advertiser: BEGINNING OF THE END Above, Rommel and his Nazi troops in North Africa

4:25pm Wednesday 24th October 2012

TOMORROW two Army squadrons will parade through Swindon.

So, who said philately gets you nowhere?

Swindon Advertiser: HOBBY Keith and Elizabeth Eade in the mid-1980s on the Talyllyn Railway; inset, Sara Eade also on the Talyllyn Railway with Trefor Davies and Andrew Rawlins on Corris Loco 7; below, the two postcards found in a Totnes charity shop

4:03pm Wednesday 10th October 2012

REMEMBER When’s Nova Scotia postcard mystery has been solved.

When a Hollywood star, Pam Grier called Swindon home

Swindon Advertiser: Pam Grier in her most famous role in Jackie Brown.

3:10pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012

HERE’S a challenge: think of a famous actress who’s called Swindon home.

Postcards all the way from Canada

Swindon Advertiser: population 400 the remote town of Hubbards, Nova Scotia

4:16pm Wednesday 26th September 2012

WE like to set Remember When readers mysteries to solve, and here’s one of our best yet.

The working day began here...

5:41pm Friday 14th September 2012

THESE images are from the vast collection of lifelong Swindon railway enthusiast and photographer Bob Grainger.

A magnificent man and his flying machine

1:18pm Thursday 13th September 2012

THE aviation section of the Swindon Advertiser cuttings library is dominated by RAF Lyneham, the Royal International Air Tattoo and Concorde flight tests at RAF Fairford.

Reaction reaction

Swindon Advertiser: Reaction reaction

3:56pm Wednesday 29th August 2012

A FORTNIGHT ago we wrote about an EP recorded by a Swindon band called Reaction.

Further education

Swindon Advertiser: Further education

3:54pm Thursday 23rd August 2012

Royalty was in town to open our new college

Reaction leapt into action

Swindon Advertiser: Reaction leapt into action

12:53pm Friday 17th August 2012

Recording revives memories of band

Saved by his mum’s jumper

Swindon Advertiser: Saved by his mum’s jumper

1:28pm Wednesday 8th August 2012

SOUVENIRS of Swindon Town’s 1969 League Cup victory don’t come more permanent than Dave Smart’s.

When the Adver was an A4 sheet

3:54pm Wednesday 1st August 2012

IN its time, the Adver has been both a broadsheet and a tabloid-sized newspaper, and these days it’s also a website and an app.

A photographic id parade

4:33pm Wednesday 1st August 2012

A SAMPLE of 40,000 photographs taken by Swindon photographer Albert Beaney will feature at new exhibitions in coming months.

Glad we have a mayor

3:58pm Wednesday 1st August 2012

I had the privilege of being Mayor's Secretary for eight years in the days when the Borough was called Thamesdown. In those days the post was combined with that of Civic Services Officer responsible for security, tea ladies (remember them?) and any functions that did not fit neatly into any other department, so it is not directly comparable.

That’s our dad in that picture

Swindon Advertiser: That’s our dad in that picture

4:58pm Wednesday 4th July 2012

LAST week we appealed for information about a photograph of the 3rd Swindon Scouts which turned up at a car boot sale.

Any familiar faces?

Swindon Advertiser: Any familiar faces?

4:55pm Wednesday 27th June 2012

Can you shed light on this mystery photo of Swindon scouts? ONCE again we appeal to Swindon Advertiser readers to tell us the story behind a haunting image.

A princess paid a visit

4:20pm Wednesday 6th June 2012

WHEN the Queen first visited Swindon it was a jubilee year but she wasn’t the Queen – and the jubilee was our own.

The year Eurovision came to town

Swindon Advertiser: The year Eurovision came to town

5:25pm Wednesday 30th May 2012

TONIGHT Englebert Humper-dinck aims to score the first British Eurovision victory in 15 years.

Memories of Mr Dann... and his apprentices

5:10pm Wednesday 23rd May 2012

MORE than two dozen people have got in touch with the organisers of a forthcoming Works Training School reunion after reading about it in Remember When.

This is no mug’s game for David

Swindon Advertiser: This is no mug’s game for David

5:15pm Thursday 17th May 2012

IN a cabinet in a Swindon living room, two Diamond Jubilee mugs are separated by a couple of inches of shelf space and 41,986 days.

Town not quite the Best

4:37pm Friday 11th May 2012

Having despatched Queens Park Rangers 6-1 on aggregate, Town then faced Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup Final, played over two legs 48 years ago this week, in April 1964.

Why the show must go on

Swindon Advertiser: Why the show must go on

4:36pm Friday 11th May 2012

FOR 57 years the Empire Theatre Swindon stood on a 115ft x 90ft plot at the corner of Groundwell Road and Clarence Street.

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