50 years ago
Saturday, May 6, 1961
New society: Labour supporters from all over the Dales gave a rousing reception to Barbara Castle, MP for Blackburn and former Labour Party chairman, when she addressed a meeting at Matlock Town Hall. Mrs Castle said that recent Labour gain in Matlock had been heartening. She added that the country was in the birth throes of a new society and the fact that there was a struggle for the transfer of power meant that the country was living in an uneasy and dangerous age.
30 years ago
Friday, May 8, 1981
Space invasion: Angry parish councillors called for stronger action to head off a space invasion. Matlock Bath Parish Council alleged that a flush of coin-operated video game machines, including many controversial Space Invaders, was spreading along the Golden Mile of North and South Parades in defiance of planning regulations. And Parish and District Councils were set on a head-on collision course over a decision to serve an enforcement notice on the owner of a North Parade arcade.
10 years ago
Thursday, May 3
editor’s award: Matlock Mercury editor Don Hale met Prime Minister Tony Blair at a prestigious international awards ceremony at Claridge’s, in London. Don was receiving his third award in a week and his tenth in total for his campaigning work on behalf of Bakewell man Stephen Downing, jailed in 1974 for a murder he always claimed he did not commit. Don won the Freedom Award, presented by the former editor of USA Today.