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50 YEARS AGO Goodbye to the old Golden Fleece ANOTHER old Loughborough building, in the hands of the demolition men, was the old Golden Fleece at the corner of the Cattle Market and Granby Street.

The Echo reported that the site was to be developed by Tesco Stores Ltd with a modern store for retailing clothing, furniture etc.

The Excise licence for selling liquor had been transferred some time ago to newly-built compact premises just a little way down Granby Street, retaining the original name.

The Echo said that the Golden Fleece name: "Commemorated Loughborough's interest in the wool trade.

"The inn, which was certainly in existence in 1828 may have stood in Devonshire Square a little further away from the corner site.

"As the nearest inn to the Cattle Market it was regularly used by 'persons frequenting the market' and many a bargain was struck there on Mondays when licensing justices granted an extension of drinking hours."

Part of mining fortune left to Shepshed A FORMER Shepshed man who made a fortune in mining in South Africa had left money in his to places of worship in the town.

In all, Edward Francis Woolley of Parktown, Johannesburg, who had died the previous august aged 68, left PS3,500 to seven Shepshed places of worship.

Shepshed Parish Church was to receive PS1,000 and PS500 apiece was to go to St Winefride's roman Catholic Church, Field Street methodist, Charnwood Road methodist, Charnwood Road Baptist, Belton Street Baptist and Bethesda Baptist.

Mr Woolley who was born in Shepshed, formed his Rio Rita Mining Company with a partner in 1954, the year he and his family left England.

It followed his discovery of rich manganese deposits when he was on a shooting trip in the Transvaal.

Mr Woolley first started in the garage trade with his own business in Shepshed. He later worked at Parr's Garage in Abbey Lane, Leicester as sales manager, before he left England.

From the end of Word War Two he had been the manager of Bob Gerard's motor racing team.

Bonzo Dog to play last ever gig at Uni' THE Bonzo Dog Band of Urban Spaceman fame, were due to make their last public performance at Loughborough University on March 14 as part of "Karnival Week".

The Echo reported that the group was to perform for two hours in front of a capacity audience and predicted that tickets would be very hard to obtain because the event was "something every music fan would want to attend."

Villagers set to build their own path VILLAGERS in Copt Oak intended to roll up their sleeves and build a pavement along the main road because Leicestershire County Council wouldn't do it.

For several months residents had tried toi persuade the council to construct a pavement on the road between Copt Oak and the Flying Horse roundabout on the A50 road between Leicester and Coalville.

Some parents thought the road dangerous and wouldn't let their children go to school in South Charnwood if they missed the bus.

Parts had been repaved but the villagers said two thirds needed constructing.

One resident told the Echo that there were several builders in the village and they were prepared to help: "Because the county council won't act we have decided to the best thing to do is to take the matter into our hands."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Loughborough Echo (Loughborough, England)
Date:Feb 12, 2020
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