Bacup Times 16 Feb 1889

Alex Coles is undertaking a One-Place Study of Wing in Buckinghamshire. As part of this she is looking at the weekly newspaper covering the area and Tweeting an item or snippet of news from Wing from that week in 1873, i.e. 150 years ago. Never one to let a good idea go by I have decided to try a similar project, aided by the publication of the Bacup Times and Rossendale Advertiser on the British Newspaper Archives' online repository this week. So far only 1889 has been published, so that is the year which will be covered.

So, in the 'Bacup Times' for week commencing 16 Feb 1889 we find:

Rossendale Football Club will hold a Grand Bazaar in Bethesda Schools on February 21st and two following days. Entertainment included minstrel performances, silouhettes (sic), selections on the bones and musical glasses, a wheel of fortune and a string band. Patrons included Charles Patrick of Springhill. The match between Rossendale and Haslingden finished 2-2.

Rossendale Union Gas Co paid a 10% dividend on ordinary shares, having sold gas 3% in excess of the same period last year, 'notwithstanding the fact that the majority of mills worked short time'. Patrick was a shareholder.

Several small flocks of snow buntings were noted on the higher reaches of the area, together with a number of siskin.

The annual festival of Sion Baptist Band of Hope included tea for over 200 people followed by entertainment and a short address by Mr H A Rose of Accrington and Mr Brown of Lancaster.

A slight earthquake was felt in the area on the previous Sunday in which crockery was noted to jingle, pictures to sway and a young lady had a great fright and pulled the bedcovers over her head.

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