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Paper found in loft now has pride of place in pub
8:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
FOR more than 40 years an old copy of the Evesham Journal lay in the roof space of a home in Battleton Road.
But when a couple decided to renovate their home the paper, dated Thursday, January 7, 1971, was uncovered, revealing stories untold for four decades.
Ian Hepher and Shelia Davidson came across the old Journal which has stories of louts rampaging in cemeteries and challenges to bus giants splashed on its front page, is now hanging in the Trumpet pub in Merstow Green, where it has become quite a talking point.
Mr Hepher said: “We had a look and there was this paper.
Initially I was going to throw it away but it has raised an awful lot of interest.
“There was one guy who saw his grandfather in an article. He took a picture of it and is going to give it to him as a present. Another chap saw his neighbour’s property was being advertised in there for £7,000. He decided to frame it and it is now on the wall in the Trumpet.”
While only the front page of the paper can be viewed through its frame Mr Hepher said they are hoping the pages will be turned every now and again so people can see all the stories from that week in the early 1970s.
“It was interesting to read,” said Mr Hepher. “The Regal Cinema was showing Spartacus.
“One of the key things was the Trumpet, they were good in the dominoes league and good at quoits. There were lots of people who recognised people in sports teams.”
But the story doesn’t end there as the couple made sure they left their own mark when replacing the ceiling by putting a present day Journal in the new roof.
Mr Hepher said: “It was the week Prince George was born. It would be great if someone found it in 40 or 50 years’ time.”
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