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Remember When: A four-legged winner, a three-legged race and an Abel victor

Remember When: A four-legged winner, a three-legged race and an Abel victor

Some well-earned pints were enjoyed after the Queens Arms sponsored three-legged race in 1979.

Welcome to Remember When, our weekly delve into the Advertiser archives to see what was making headlines 25, 30, 40 and 50 years ago this week. If you recognise your younger self in any of the pictures please get in touch to share your memories.


1969: Drama, swimming and football were just some of the activities on offer for the Holiday Activities Group at Maidenhead’s youth centre.

About 650 children had joined the group for the summer, with gymnastics, tennis and model-making also on the agenda.


1969: A prize-winning motor called Abel had racked up more than 200,000 miles.

Abel was an Austin Ruby Seven which had been on the scene for more than 30 years and was winning rosettes left, right and centre, including first prize in its class at a show in Longleat.

Abel belonged to N Baldry, a boatbuilder from Maidenhead.


1979: A sponsored three-legged race at the Queens Arms pub in Maidenhead was completed (main picture).

Oddly dressed athletes raced the 10 miles from Windsor Castle to their home pub and succeeded in raising in excess of £450 for the children at Clarefield Court Hospital.


1979: The story of the Bewitched Prince Carl was told to children at Cox Green Community Centre.

The play was part of the hour-long show, How the Jester Got a Job, in which two clowns, Malcolm Le Maistre and Rackis, played numerous parts.


1984: Hurley was the perfect place to be for a day of messing about on the river.

The village’s regatta featured long boats, short boats and some odd-looking rafts.

The event had grown since it first started in 1973 and the 1984 edition featured a small funfair and events featuring a variety of boats including Canadian canoes, skulls, dinghies, punts and the ever-popular raft race.


1989: The district council was inundated with some 600 telephone calls every day as teething problems with its reorganised refuse collection service caused the widespread accumulation of rubbish.

Woodlands Park resident Thomas Francis said he had eight bags full of rubbish outside his home.

The council apologised for the issues.


1994: Maidenhead McDonald’s personnel raised £200 during their 12-hour bowlathon for Castle Hill Youth Centre.

The restaurant hoped to raise a total of £2,000 by the end of September to help towards buying fitness training equipment for the centre.


1994: Georgina walked off with two trophies and three rosettes at the International Cat Show in Worthing.

The pet, who had a dominant strain of Persian, belong to Rosemary Abbott of Maidenhead.

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