(Intrepid Pangolin reporter, Rupert Besley, delves into the archives - possibly for the last time in 2012)
Five Years Ago
In a surprise move attracting criticism from all quarters, villagers from Lubberthwaite in Yorkshire voted for withdrawal from the United Kingdom along with immediate opt-out from the European Community. In a further vote, carried in the Parish Council, war was declared on Bercy-les-Mouffles in France and Bad Dinkheim in Germany, both previously twinned with the West Riding village. Go-it-alone Lubberthwaite (motto, ‘Do It For Thy Sen’) had at the last census a population of 573.
Twelve Years Ago
Large crowds packed into the small Somerset village of Combe Zoyland for Pip Apple Day. With five ambulances in attendance and two fire appliances on standby, casualties were down on previous years as locals got through the day’s events, which began as ever with the Blossom Dance and Crowning of the Tipsy Queen and ended with the traditional de-bagging of the vicar.
Four Years Ago