A man was unfortunately killed when a machine exploded at Chettle’s Ditchford plant.
200 people connected with the 2nd Rushden (St.Mary’s) Guides attended a service and tea to celebrate their 60th Anniversary.
£1,500 worth of silver was stolen from St.Mary’s Church. Thieves entered the church by forcing a window and took the safe outside to break it open. The haul included plate, flagons and chalices.
A rival petition was planned in favour of a link road between Grangeway and Wymington Road.
In reply to a question asked in the House of Commons, the Employment Minister stated that Rushden had the biggest percentage increase in employment in England being 447% between 1979 and 1982.
John and Susan Walker realised the ambition of a lifetime and converted an old sawmill, shoe factory and toy factory into the Coffee Tavern Restaurant. It was only yards away from the site of the popular Victorian coffee tavern.
Palace Motors, in Alfred Street, was put up for sale at £85,000.
Rushden Boys’ School Under-15 cricket eleven won the Claridge Cup County Knockout competition. They beat Campion School of Bugbrooke in the final at Rushden Town’s ground.
Bowls players complained that their Council-owned clubhouse at Spencer Park had the worst facilities in the country. The ladies’ toilets were falling into the brook and there ws no hot water or lighting.
The future of the Jubilee shopping arcade in the High Street was in doubt. Embassy Snooker Club was trying to take over the lease.
A model railway exhibition organised by the Historical Transport Society at Queen Street Sunday Schoolo Rooms was poorly attended and made a loss of about £20.
Alan Herridge, the drag racing pioneer who built the first British drag racing car, was killed in an accident at Santa Pod.
The local Rotary Club, which had outstanding success with its ‘Old Rushden’ book in 1979, was planning to produce a similar photographic record of Higham Ferrers.