Best Reading Stories of the Early 80s
This week, we unearthed some stunning archival footage of the Borough’s best stories from the early 1980s.
The month of May 1982 saw a group of men dressed in rabbit uniforms being turned away by staff at Ibiza airport.
The guys from Reading, who were regulars at the Beadles wine bar, arrived at the airport dressed as bunnies and were sent straight home with no explanation – and less than a week’s vacation with the 18-30 Club.
They had been sponsored to raise funds for the Ken Thomas Scanner Appeal and the Tilehurst Animal Sanctuary to complete their flight to Ibiza in rabbit outfit.
Upon arrival, two of the rabbits and another member of the group who had not dressed were let pass – the other four were turned back and took a ferry to France to end their vacation there.
That same month, Holy Trinity Church became the only place of worship in Reading to appear in the first issue of The Good Church Guide.
The book, edited by Anthony Kilmister, described the church as “all glorious inside” and praised its “magnificent” facilities.
In other news, a group of unusual squatters led the council quacks as they took to a pond in Reading City Offices.
The duck pair then produced a brood of chicks – 10 ducklings in total – appeared to be enjoying their town hall, but council officials feared they might have trouble finding food there.
But they had not negotiated on the intelligence of the family. They fought their corner as employees advanced with giant nets and a box to move them safely to a nearby river.
The parents have gathered their brood in a nearby shrub.
A mother of two told The Chronicle about her achievement at the London Marathon, describing the atmosphere as “catchy and exhilarating.”
Winner woman Anne Coffey completed the 26.2 mile course in five hours 53 seconds and also raised £ 1,000 for the Wokingham Theater.
In May, the Woodley Townswomen Guild also celebrated its 21st anniversary, Berkshire County Council elected its first Labor president and six new magistrates were sworn in in a special ceremony.
A new golf club was opened at Dinton Pastures in Hurst by Trevor Osborne, then leader of the Wokingham Tories. members of the Caversham Rotaract Club participated in a sponsored parachute jump in Englefield to raise funds for the Olympic Village of Stoke Mandeville.
Finally, a creative writing course set a young mother from Twyford on the path to a successful career as an author.
Mary Hooper, a well-established novelist, began writing when her children were very young after taking a creative writing class.
In no time, she launched into a full-time career, writing love stories for teenage and women’s magazines.