Rope making, jobs saved and world war two veteran receiving medals 50 years late - What was in the Diss Mercury 25 years ago?

The Diss Mercury from June 25 1993. Picture: Archant

The Diss Mercury from June 25 1993. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

The Diss Mercury has been servicing the local community for more than 25 years.

The Diss Mercury from June 25 1993. Picture: Archant

The Diss Mercury from June 25 1993. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

We have delved into the archives that have been stored away in the Mercury Office on Mere Street to see just what was in the paper 25 years ago.

On Friday, June 25, 1993 it was reported that factory jobs at meat processing firm Crooks of Harleston had been saved.

For the 106 workers, after a three month wait, they found their jobs at been secured after the take over by Hornton Cavell Investments from Surrey.

Diss pensioner Ron Kedgeley was given his service medals nearly 50 years after the second world war.


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He had serviced in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force but had not bothered to apply for the medals after the war.

With encouragement from his family he applied for the medals and they were pinned on by Air Marshal Sir John Kemball at the Diss branch of the Royal Air Force.

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