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Celebrations marked 75th anniversary

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

OXFORD City Football Club marked its 75th anniversary with a dinner, dance and cabaret at Oxford Town Hall.

American sport proves popular

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE tough world of ice hockey was opened up to these youngsters, even though there was no ice and they were wearing soft shoes.

On the march to help pick up litter

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

DIDCOT’S dirtiest streets sparkled after a successful litter pick by members of Didcot Diamonds’ marching band.

Murky water did not deter young swimmers from pool

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE bathing place on the River Cherwell in North Oxford was called the Rhea.

The terrible price family paid in First World War

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE First World War brought heartache to the Hirons’ family from Bicester. Five brothers went to war, but only one returned.

The changing face of Cholsey

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE Greyhound tug-of-war team showed plenty of heave-ho to beat Cholsey Rugby Club in the annual village show in 1982.

Goodbye to Rolls-Royce

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

WORKERS at the Cowley car factories grew attached to the models they were making. Whenever one came to the end of its run, a brief celebration was often held to mark its passing.

Mailbag October 13, 2014

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 13th October 2014

Can you help with names?

British Expeditionary Force's 1974 Oxford get-together

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 13th October 2014

THEY got their name from a disparaging remark by the German Kaiser, but the Old Contemptibles were anything but contemptible.

Marlborough School days of 1958 remembered

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 13th October 2014

THIS is a picture of staff and pupils at The Marlborough School, Woodstock, in 1958. It is the middle section of one of those panoramic pictures which were popular at schools at the time.

Remembering young man who loved football but who lost his life at a very early age

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 13th October 2014

BOB Gray was a talented young footballer whose life was cut short by illness.The schoolboy international died at the age of 16 in 1949 from a rare blood disease.

Bit of a softie for cuddly toys

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 13th October 2014

A BLACKSMITH, a thatcher and a potter were among craftsmen and women at a craft fair at Finstock Primary School in 1984.

Staff to the rescue at Oxford University Press

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 13th October 2014

WITH helmets in place, it was time for these workers to show their versatility. Fire had put a large part of Oxford University Press out of action and all hands were needed to get the plant back into production.

The changing face of: Burford

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 13th October 2014

These three girls formed a clarinet trio in Burford School band. They are Veronica Badenhorst, Dawn Wallace and Susan Preston pictured when they were diligently rehearsing for a concert in 1976. Do you recognise them?

Memory Lane Mailbag:There's a memory in every photograph

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

EVERY memory, story or photograph which appears in Memory Lane seems to start a chain reaction which triggers memories with your readers and results in more memories and photographs arising. How great.

The Changing Face of Wantage

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

Picture 1 MODEL locomotives were on display at Wantage Museum in 1978 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington railway, and the opening of the National Railway Museum at York. Among the visitors were three-year-old Andrew Francis and his father.

Brushing up their singing

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

THESE pupils were ‘gated’ after school and enjoyed every minute of it.

A look back at Harvest festivals

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

CHILDREN were always generous when it was harvest time.

A cracking game

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

IT WAS one of those days when the Manor Road football ground at Headington was packed to the rafters.

Where were they off to?

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

I T WAS a day to abandon the pub and go on an outing when regulars at the Friar pub in Marston Road, Oxford, and members of the Marston branch of the British Legion joined forces for a day out.

A proud City

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

THESE are the players and officials who kept Oxford City Football Club in the public eye in the late 1950s.

Card sent from the front

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

LITTLE is known about Frederick Walker’s involvement in the First World War.

Hullabaloo with Lulu

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

THE appearance of Lulu at the Commonwealth Games reminded Ann Spokes Symonds of the night she appeared on stage with the singer.

Residents get caught by the buzz

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

A STEADY hand was needed in this game to avoid touching a wire and setting off a bell which eliminated the contestant.

The changing face of Faringdon

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

These girls were champions when it came to knowing the Highway Code. They were named the top team in the Thames Valley in a competition which attracted entries from more than 40 schools in 1974. The girls are, left to right, Gillian East, 14, Caroline Daniels, 14, Sarah France, 14, Deborah Bolton, 13, and Jane Bayes, 14.

Recalling nurse’s bad hair day

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

NURSE Dawn Griffis sent shock waves through her hospital when she arrived for work with orange hair.

Night a policeman drowned escaping from a hostile crowd

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A CONSTABLE drowned in one of the first incidents dealt with by the new Oxford City police force.

Was Harry Ball one of Rising Sun pub’s landlords?

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

HARPSICHORD Place, a modern development off Cherwell Street, St Clement's, is a revival of an old Oxford name.

Band strummed a popular note

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

DOES anyone remember Jack Viner’s dance band? It appears to have been very popular, particularly in the 1930s.

Blaze burned into memory of firefighter

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

RETIRED firefighter Bill Law vividly remembers the day a thatched cottage caught alight.

The changing face of: Woodstock

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Pupils at Marlborough School were given the task of preparing the decorations for the mayor’s ball in 1972. Norman Allan, left, and Michael Brown, both 14, are pictured hard at work in the art class.

The best with bandages won twice

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

IF YOU suffered an injury, you could always rely on these girls to help you.

Hailing rail days of old

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

WHEN the Oxford Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway opened in 1853, Chipping Norton found itself a few tantalising miles from the steel road to Victorian prosperity, writes William Crossley.

Showing a nose for a good story

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

WITH a nose and outfit like these, young Jo Butler can be playing only one part – Pinocchio.

Life in the very slow lane

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

AMID all the recent anniversaries, one has been overlooked – the day the last tram ran in Oxford.

MAILBAG: Pop star Billy met with art winners

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

I READ your interesting articles on Helen Shapiro in Memory Lane recently and thought your readers might be interested in another pop star of the 1960s.

The changing face of Witney

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

The annual Witney Feast has been drawing the crowds for years, as these pictures from our archives show. Two-year-old Sherrie Nunn, above, gets close to a Womble of Wimbledon Common, watched by her mother, Gladys, in 1974.

Mailbag September 8

Oxford Mail:

11:52am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Getting a good view at St Giles Fair

The changing face of: Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

11:43am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Dunmore Primary School returned to Victorian times with a cast of 320 pupils starring in an old-time music hall in 1988. Among them were Catherine King, left, James Hathaway and Alison Sharp. Parents made costumes for their children and joined in the fun by wearing Victorian outfits – one father dressed as Queen Victoria.

A look back at St Giles Fair

Oxford Mail:

11:39am Wednesday 10th September 2014

ST Giles Fair in Oxford has catered for people of all ages for centuries. These are just some of the thousands of photographs taken at the annual festival.

Kidlington soldier was among first to die

Oxford Mail:

11:21am Wednesday 10th September 2014

THOMAS Neighbour was one of the first Commonwealth soldiers to be killed in the First World War.

From strict roots to dance fun

Oxford Mail:

11:17am Wednesday 10th September 2014

NO-ONE was left out when this school staged a variety show. All 207 pupils at SS Philip and James School in North Oxford took part in a stage spectacular which included no fewer than three productions.

‘We were never bored’

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

School summer holidays in the 1930s

Did the former marine know drowned men?

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

READER Matthew Smaldon has shed light on the mystery of a group of British servicemen who drowned in the Second World War.

Top trumps

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

YOU’RE never too young to start blowing your own trumpet – or trombone.

The changing face of: Chipping Norton

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

Members of the Tuesday Club were wary of new technology, so there was a little hesitancy when a public address system arrived in 1974. The Ladies’ Circle had presented it to the Cotshill Pavilion, where the club met. Circle chairman Sandie Buckley is holding the mic.

End of the line for MG

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

WE’RE not sure if this was an occasion for celebration or not. The last MG car body was leaving the Pressed Steel Fisher factory at Cowley.

Danish bicycle cut quite a dash

Oxford Mail:

5:51pm Monday 25th August 2014

HELEN Chapman turned plenty of heads as she rode around Wallingford on this unusual bike.

Cartoon that marked the rise of Headington United

Oxford Mail:

5:49pm Monday 25th August 2014

AN ALAN Course cartoon summed up a football club’s hopes when it turned professional.

Scouts rustle up some sizzling carnival food

Oxford Mail:

5:18pm Monday 25th August 2014

THESE Scouts made sure people didn’t go hungry at Blackbird Leys Carnival.






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