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Diving board disaster

I can remember back in the 1950’s when I was a child, our next door neighbour went swimming at Coate Water. She was a good swimmer and loved to dive off the top of the diving board. This particular day she dived off the top, onto a man’s bald head and hit out her two front teeth! What fun there was to be had.

Janet Woodham, Scotby Avenue, Swindon

Thanks for messages

On 21st February, you published the article “Town says goodbye to Community Hero and Rotary Legend Alan Nix.”

His wife, Valerie Nix, would like to thank everyone for their cards, messages of condolence and attending the funeral and celebration of Alan’s life.

They have been a great comfort to the family at this sad time.

Sarah Abbott, Alan’s daughter

Swindon in the past

I think we will all be glad to see the end of the harshest, most windswept and wettest February in my living memory in my forty nine years in Swindon.

Mind you a summers day in my homeland Scotland. I jest or do I? To more serious matters than the British climate,or is there ?

When I came to Swindon in 1971 you could pick your job. You would be eligible after taking residence, to secure, I use that word very carefully, in six months council accommodation.

I speak from personal experience on that issue. You could make the brave financial choice to buy your house at three times your annual salary. The town centre was a vibrant place teaming with shoppers of all ages and a joy to walk through with your wife and kids. As I did on many memorable occasions now past memories.

Back to the future, where has it all gone wrong?

Bill Williams, Merlin Way, Covingham

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