Eighty-Five Years Ago
Business developer Reginald Scoggins unveiled to a sceptical press his new system of road navigationalism for motorists. This came in the form of a network of smartly uniformed ladies for hire, equipped with large maps and commanding voices, suitable for giving directions and instructions at every point of the way. Hatnav, the Motorist's Friend (named after the inventor's wife, Hattie), was stated to be near foolproof, ready for roll-out and soon to be seen as standard on all journeys.
The tycoon from Tidworth dismissed as early teething problems reports from around the country of systems failure and human error resulting in large vehicles getting stuck in muddy fields, private gateways and a small cave in a rocky outcrop off the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Ninety Years Ago
Wigan eccentric Wilfred Arkenshaw was refused admission to the local football derby with Accrington Stanley, when he appeared at the turnstile not wearing a cap. Defending the action of the club, Board Member Alderman Trussington Smythe put the question, 'What if they all did this?'
One Hundred Years Ago
A collision in poor visibility on the Great North Road (A1) near Hatfield brought traffic to a standstill, causing a tailback of vehicles in each direction of almost thirty yards.