Blast from the Past

Stagecoach bus.
Stagecoach bus.

Five years ago: Residents living near a new wind turbine said it sounded like a ‘steam train’.

The windmill, sited at Intec (UK) Ltd on Penrod Way, Heysham, had been turned on to full capacity and then it became apparent that the noise for neighbouring properties was, according to residents, ‘torture’. The company who provided the wind turbine said that although the turbines were one of the quietest, they were not silent.

A drink-fuelled teenager stole a bus from Lancaster Bus Station and took it on a 100-mile joyride. The lad was eventually arrested near Barrow after police deployed a ‘stinger’ trap while he was on his way back up the A590 to Kendal. The drama started to unfold minutes after the driver got out of the bus at the bus station and the teenager got on board the bus and drove it away. Staff at the bus station looked on in disbelief.

Ten years ago:

More sandy beaches would only be a stone’s throw away. The final phases of work to Morecambe’s coastal defences had just one more hurdle to climb before finally being built. All that remained was for a ‘compensatory habitat’ to be found for species of birds that would be affected by the scheme. Subject to a suitable site being found, work on the last two phases of the scheme would start by 2006.

Four years of planning by the Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust came to fruition, when 48 fourth year medical students from Liverpool University arrived in Morecambe Bay. The students – who would be divided equally between Lancaster and Barrow, would spend the whole academic year learning in local hospitals and general practices. Preparations for their arrival included the building of a £2m Education Centre.

20 yeasr ago:

Anxious commuters claimed that local public transport would be thrown into turmoil when bus services underwent a big shake-up later in the month. But Stagecoach were adamant that the changes were for the better, despite the fact that the frequency of routes on the Heysham/Morecambe/Lancaster main line had been slashed by two buses per hour. The shake-up would see many routes and services altered.

The city council rejected claims that Crinkley Bottom had hit a cash crisis. The quality of the attraction and its value for money came under strong fire in a two page spread in the Sunday Express, in which the Happy Mount Park attraction was slammed by visitors and residents. Noel Edmonds and the city council were meeting to review events since Crinkley Bottom opened on July 30 and to plan the following year’s phase.