This story lifted my spirits when I picked up the paper on this very cold morning (-3.7 as I write). I have seen Frank several times this week, and, great storyteller that he is, he never mentioned this one. Well done Frank!
The Rising Sun also features on the front page of the BFP today, as it does in Ruby's blog. I won't go into the detail, but the landlord's indirectly quoted remark that the decision "spells the end for live music in the town" couldn't be further from the truth, unless he is referring to live amplified music. It is only amplification that has been banned.
Veterans were upset by the "streamlining" of the wreath laying in St Mary's Church last Sunday, according to a story on page 3. Apparently Peggy Brame of Severn Road was also "angry" about waiting for the Mayor, councillors and VIPs to arrive at the war memorial on Angel Hill. I don't know why, as we arrived well in time for the 11 o'clock start, and there was no delay. (There was no report about the people who were relieved the service started promptly at the traditional time.)
The Bury Society want the Borough Offices on Angel Hill listed (p.6) apparently because the building is in "a distinguished position" and no doubt to scupper chances of its demolition. Whilst no decision about its future has yet been made, how sacred is this 1930s building? There were houses there beforehand and an imaginatively designed "west terrace" could perfectly complement the existing north terrace of houses. (It could also mean a better deal for the council tax payer.) But that would mean change!