From the Guardian files

The former Mitchells Brewery in Lancaster
The former Mitchells Brewery in Lancaster
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What happened around the district five, 10 and 25 years ago this week.

5 years ago

Mitchell’s had announced plans to demolish its old brewery buildings.

The redundant buildings, in Brewery Lane, formed part of the plans by developers Centros for the regeneration of the canal corridor site.

The £150 million scheme was under consideration by the Secretary of State.

Police discovered 210 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine stashed in a gear stick after carrying out a stop check in Lancaster. The drugs, with an estimated street value of £2,000, were found hidden in the gear stick of a car stopped by officers in Caton Road.

Youngsters were being asked to ‘Name that Tag’ after graffiti was scrawled over a building at a Halton beauty spot. White paint was used to daub names, obscenities and symbols on the fishing hut at Luneside Fisheries in Halton. A bench set in a stone alcove was also targeted by the vandals.

Torrisholme Cemetery was the best in the country. The Lancaster City Council owned burial ground won Cemetery of the Year 2009 in the five-15 acre category at an awards ceremony.

10 years ago

Housing services in Lancaster were on the move to newly-refurbished offices at 38 Cable Street. The building – next to Lancaster Fire Station and formerly occupied by Lancaster Fabrics – would be their new home. The move would see the closure of the three existing offices at Lancaster’s Dalton Square, Morecambe Town Hall and Ryelands Park. A significant and continuing reduction in the council’s housing stock meant that it was no longer financially viable to operate three separate reception facilities.

As many as 32 students could be moved to alternative accommodation after contingency rooms at Lancaster University were accidentally flooded. Students on campus were to be moved from block five to block 12 of Fylde contingency accommodation, after builders knocked through a wall, causing flooding.

The original charity for the rehabilitation of racehorses was moving to a new suitably named Lancaster home. The Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre announced that it had bought a 266-acre Whinney Hill farm at Halton. The centre was home to ex-race horses including Springfield Scally who enjoyed a successful 11-year racing career, and Grand National winner Hello Dandy.

25 years ago

The first two phases in the transformation of Lancaster Town Hall were expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The first items on Lancaster City Council’s agenda were the alterations to their premises at Dalton Square followed by conversion of the Lower Hall of the Town Hall, a former public hall, into open plan offices.

The following year the remaining 10 phases would be under way with new cash collection offices being installed in the ground floor.

A village school, which had been fighting for its life, saw the dedication of a brand new teaching wing by the Bishop of Blackburn in a ceremony which effectively sealed the victory of parents, governors and staff who had battled for years with the education authority.

Arkholme Church of England Primary School had 53 children, but at one stage the school roll dropped to 20.

The history of a 30-year struggle to persuade the authorities of the worth of Arkholme CE Primary was outlined by a parent governor.

Ambulances services continued to be under pressure following the decision by officers to join the staff overtime ban. And because of the industrial action in protest over their 6.6 per cent pay offer, ambulance staff were refusing to fill out incident reports for station officers. Emergency and out-patients continued to be cared for as usual.