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bob fousert on Prince Phillip

10th April 2021 @ 11:15am

During 20 years as an Army photographer I met and photographed most of the senior royals including, Diana, Princess Anne, Princess Margaret , Prince Charles and the Queen Mother as well as the likes of Sultan Qaboos of Oman and the King of Jordan during their often private visits to military units. In one particular incident I photographed Prince Philip planting a tree at a military base near Loughborough (the only decent part of a boring office hoping, visit). As I was taking my shots he looked up at me and said "Aren't you a bit too close?" To which I replied "No sir, got a wide angle lens on." He just raised his eyebrows and carried on. I then thought, maybe he's referring to the fact that protocol dictates I should be a bit further away than I was. However, on the many times I photographed him he was always very good and knew just what he needed to do for the best shots. There was also a time when I was glared at by the Queen, but that's a different story. Hey ho, those were the days!

Peter Morgan on Prince Phillip

9th April 2021 @ 6:04pm

Although expected, It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of Prince Phillip, for whatever your own personal view of the monarchy may be, none can surely doubt the great service and sincerity of the man who never tried to hide his views on matters far and wide. Not for him the snake oil blather of politicians, he nailed his views to the barn door for better or worse. Often the latter, but oh what joy to hear. I respected him also, for the fact that he had personal experience of prejudice in his own life, for despite his wartime service in the RN he was looked down upon by the 'Establishment,' of the day, coming as he did from the background of relatively minor royalty, his family thrown out of Greece and later supporting the Nazis, plus the mental fragility of his mother who spent much of her life in an asylum. But he, having seen tough times, endured. Unlike some latecomers. A good man.

Peter Morgan on Support your local milkman

9th April 2021 @ 6:02pm

Whilst on his morning delivery along Woore Road this week, on the bad corner at junction with Sandy Lane, Anthony, our intrepid milkman spots a little person tottering unaccompanied down the narrow pavement to the corner. Without a second thought he pulls up and whilst another vehicle displays its hazard lights to stop the traffic, picks up the errant little absconder and returns him/her safely to the garden and mummy's arms. All this witnessed by a neighbour who was also on her way to assist. There can be very few parents who have not shared similar terrifying moments when their own little chicks have slipped under the radar. I know we have, so it's a gold top moment for Anthony and another reason to support our milkman.

Brian Bugeja on Flag at half-mast

9th April 2021 @ 5:55pm

Before someone raises the question, that the flag on the church cannot be flown any lower, otherwise the edge may get tangled against the stonework on the church tower.

Billy Gibbons on Locksmith Recommendation

8th April 2021 @ 4:08pm

"Lock, Stock & Burrell"

I'd use them and I don't even need a lock repairing; what a great name! I know I'm easily pleased but even so, very imaginative.
A bit like the German Barber in Market Drayton; Herr Kutz. Except he wasn't German, he was born in Barnsley. And he wasn't a Barber, he was a Tyre Fitter. And he lived in Plymouth most of his adult life. So, to sum up...beggar all like the German Barber from Market Drayton then.....

Chris Whalley on Locksmith Recommendation

8th April 2021 @ 8:53am

Thanks for the recommendation Chloe however I found Andy Burrell of Lock, Stock & Burrell in Nantwich who was with me within 30 minutes of calling him. He is an independent, fully trained locksmith and is not part of a franchise. When you call you actually speak to Andy, not a call centre.

Great service, great workmanship and he supports NHS Staff Discounts.

colin cliffe on oil fired nobel cooker

7th April 2021 @ 9:28pm

Hi Shona Thank you so much for that, that is definitely the chap I used before who did a brilliant job, thanks again

Chloe Harris on Locksmith Recommendation

7th April 2021 @ 7:22pm

I was lucky enough to find Ian Parkinson on the Oil Baron's list of recommendations. His phone number is 01948 666116 or 07918 617744. He repaired the lock on my back door.

Shona Shannon on oil fired nobel cooker

7th April 2021 @ 6:17pm

Hi Colin, I think it would be Dave Major, 5 Corbet Drive, Adderley, 01630 638588

He is registered as an AGA engineer and does similar, we always found him to be very good.

Hope this helps


Jude Goldie on Mobile Hairdresser

7th April 2021 @ 8:40am

Can anybody recommend a mobile hairdresser for ladies hair?

colin cliffe on oil fired nobel cooker

6th April 2021 @ 9:03pm

I seem to remember using a chap to service my Nobel cooker a few years ago but can't find his contact details. I am pretty sure he came from Adderley, does anyone have his details or those of someone else they could recommend, thanks

Chris Whalley on Locksmith Recommendation

6th April 2021 @ 11:47am

Looking for a Locksmith recommendation please.

Bill Biggar on Stonehenge.

4th April 2021 @ 10:37pm

Thankyou Edwin for your most interesting article. I'm doing some serious research into my family tree presently and some records and information which turns up is fascinating.

Nigel Mottershead on Stonehenge.

4th April 2021 @ 3:19pm

Yes – really fascinating and the paintings are really first class and captured the atmosphere and the weather.
Thank you.

Ann Tilling on Stonehenge.

4th April 2021 @ 8:49am

Thank you Edwin for sharing with us the Stonehenge letters and pictures. Really interesting.

Kate Tilling on 1st April

1st April 2021 @ 10:58am

Lovely to see your news section this morning.... in a time of often-depressing news it was great to be cheered up, and see your long-standing tradition of April "news items" is still going strong(I still remember the Audlem-joins-Wales story!).

jim vallings on HS2 latest news

1st April 2021 @ 10:36am

Congratulations for the super spoof this morning! Its so pleasing to hear that lockdown has'nt deprived your correspondents of their sense of humour nor desire for a bit of excitement! Local landowners will be rubbing their hands and the Parish Council calling an Emergency meeting.

JUDITH EVANS on Coxbank International

1st April 2021 @ 8:16am

Readers may be surprised and shocked to know that there is actually a small element of truth in today's HS2 story. My late father (Derek McKelvey) did indeed advocate the building of "Coxbank international" although this proposal was in fact for an airport, rather than a railway station. The idea was formulated by him and the late (and great), John Stothert, former owner of the Canal Shop. John kindly invited my father as a passenger on board his microlight. John having purchased the microlight after being advised by Doctors to give up skiing, after he broke his neck (!)skiing in France – clearly John (also an excellent sailor) wasn't the type of person who was willing to settle for more sedentary pastimes. For their joint maiden flight they had obtained permission for the use of Hardy's fields at Coxbank, as an 'airstrip' – thereafter referred to as Coxbank International. My father would have relished todays feature, particularly as the motto of the rock climbing club he jointly founded was always ; "never let the truth get in the way of a good story" !

John Brians on April fools

1st April 2021 @ 7:18am

Funny April fools on the hs2 Post.

Chris Lewis on Dog theft in Nantwich

31st March 2021 @ 9:20am

Be careful even if you leave your dog in a car( not advisable for any length of time from now onwards as they heat up very fast). A colleague from Reading reports car windows smashed to steal a couple of Cockerpoos. Fortunately the thief was chased off by bystanders.
Chris Lewis

Tim B on Pruning of Apple Tree

31st March 2021 @ 6:42am

Green Valley Tree Surgery
Green valley farm
Common lane

Nigel Mottershead on Dog theft in Nantwich

30th March 2021 @ 2:52pm

Thank goodness a happy ending.
The two black Labradors were found at an address in Stoke this morning.
They are back with their owners now who must be so relieved.
I hope the thieves get the correct punishment as an example to others.

Kevin Errington on Dog theft in Nantwich

28th March 2021 @ 5:12pm

Be careful out there

B Jones on Pruning of Apple Tree

28th March 2021 @ 3:11pm

Hi Just wondering if anyone can reccommend somebody who could prune an old apple tree, it would involve cutting some of the main crown branches, thank you

Chris Lewis on Ferret

28th March 2021 @ 11:35am

I wonder if the ferret is indeed a ferret and not a Pole cat. Very similar to ferrets and RSPCA at Nantwich release some at times and it may have become a little domesticated. The real expert on ferrets is of course the much lamented Compo from The last of the Summer wine
Chris Lewis

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