Villagers in Ombersley, near Droitwich, were shocked when the body of a French student was discovered in a layby in 1996. Celine Figard, aged 19, had last been seen accepting a lift at a motorway service station while travelling to spend Christmas with her cousin at a Hampshire hotel. The investigation received extensive news coverage amid speculation […]
When Chas Newby taught maths at Droitwich Spa High School in the 1990s his students had little interest in his illustrious musical past. “I was just some crusty old bloke who played in a band years before they were born,” said the man who joined The Beatles before they were famous. “It didn’t mean much to […]
Everyone remembers the excitement and national pride generated by the amazing London 2012 Olympic Games – and Droitwich played its part. The Olympic Flame, lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, home of the Ancient Olympic Games, on May 10, made its way to Droitwich on May 24. Thousands of people lined the streets, cheering […]
Hanbury Hall, the National Trust property near Droitwich, was once the scene of a scandal worthy of an ITV period drama. The William & Mary house was the seat of the Vernon family for three centuries and in the 1770s it was passed to young Emma Vernon, and the search began for a worthy husband. The […]
“What the %!%!?” she yelped in reaction to the instant stab of pain, but by the time her hand recoiled from the radio dial it was over – the small syringe was empty. With the question barely begun her young life was almost at an end. She crumpled into her seat, unable to giggle another […]
We’ve all experienced that awkward moment when two people are on a collision course as they walk along a narrow path or across a bridge. Almost inevitably, attempts to get out of each other’s way end in failure, and no little embarrassment. First you both shuffle to one side, then you both shuffle to the […]
Hindlip Hall, three miles south of Droitwich, is well known as the headquarters of West Mercia Police, but it is also associated with two of history’s greatest crimes. The present stately home, which dates from 1820, replaced an earlier 16th century building which played a role in both the Babington Plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth […]
Droitwich-based Matt Neal is a motorsport legend, having won the British Touring Car Championships in 2005, 2006 and 2011. Matt made his debut in 1991 and eight years later he picked up a cheque for £250,000 for being the first independent driver to win a BTCC race. By that time he was on his way […]
Actress Claire Faulconbridge worked with Robin Williams on hit US comedy show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In and played alongside Richard Gere in Grease as it made its West End debut. She went on to enthral around 15 million viewers five days a week as flame-haired rich bitch Miranda Pollard during six years with popular […]
Mammoth and bison roamed Droitwich during the Ice Age (80,000 to 8,000BC). They were attracted to the area by saltish brackish pools which formed along the banks of the River Salwarpe. The history of Droitwich salt goes back 200 million years to when the area was periodically flooded by seawater. The water evaporated in the […]
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KAPOW! How’s this for a comic book tale? A Droitwich company played a crucial role in the first big screen reboot of Batman, which starred Michael Keaton. Nu-Way, of Vines Lane, made the rocket boosters for the Batmobile, recreating its famous flames. Chief designer and engineer Peter Wilkinson took one week to complete the unusual project, then delivered and fitted the boosters to the Caped crusader’s car at Pinewood Studios.