Looking Back: Fuel prices have always been a big talking point

Looking Back: On This Day 22 January - Patrick Maunsell is handed the keys the the Key Theatre by outgoing boss Jack Emery.

Looking Back: On This Day 22 January - Patrick Maunsell is handed the keys the the Key Theatre by outgoing boss Jack Emery.

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From PT archives, 22 January: While the talk currently is on falling petrol prices, back in 1975 MPs locally were warning of the effect of petrol price rationing at the height of the oil crisis on the front page of the Telegraph, where it was also confirmed Princess Anne would be visiting the city.

Inside crossing patrol Muriel Ducker was urging drivers to take care because of dangers to schoolchildren in Market Deeping, and Patrick Maunsell was given the keys to the Key Theatre as the new man in charge.

The front page in 1985 revealed plans by Sodastream workers in the city to push for a £40-a-week pay rise, and inside we had photos of a clear-up at Northborough Primary school after a wall collapsed and pensioners going snooker loopy for a new “activity in retirement” course at Brook Street College.

A first appearance in court for Ruth Neave accused of child cruelty dominated the 1995 front page. Inside we told the sad tale of wheelchair-bound Mary Kennedy who was trapped indoors after a ramp was stolen from outside her home in Paston.

And 10 years ago city councillors were on the verge of getting a 10.5 per cent raise in their basic allowance.

Inside we featured primary school children being helped with basic French and German in a scheme at Stanground College, and Mike Conway launching a recruitment drive at the soon to open city prison.

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