Newspaper carries mention of a visit by prime minister’s husband

DENNIS Thatcher gets a rare mention in a Bognor Regis Observer found in a Nyetimber bungalow.

The late husband of the former British prime minister was appearing at the Regis Centre in early 1988.

And an advertisement for his show, with satirist John Wells, featured in the first Observer of that year on January 7.

Their appearance was in aid of Ashley House, which was about to hold its annual pantomime there.

The pristine copy of the Observer’s 24-page broadsheet front section was found by carpet fitters at the Pryors Lane home of Gordon Sawkins.

Mr Sawkins, 81, said: “The paper was under the old carpet in the lounge. I immediately took it off them because I thought it might be interesting.

“The main thing that struck me as I looked through the paper was how cheap the prices of things were.

“There were also a lot of familiar names among the adverts. I used to live about an hour-and-a-half away so I was aware of many of them.”

Mr Sawkins and his wife moved into the bungalow last summer.

Co-incidentally, the date of the paper is also Mr Sawkins’ birthday.

A glance at the front page shows the Birdman Rally in the news. The inside pages feature flooding and reports on the poll tax.