Echo, April 27, 1989
Many were shocked to hear that Sir John Mowbray had lost his job as agent of the Thurlow Estate after 30 years in the post.
Edmund Vestey, owner of the estate, told the Echo he was very saddened to have to make the change, but said it was necessary to improve efficiency.
The management of the estate was to be taken over by Major Patrick Bell, who was running the Ashdon estate but was appointed by Mr Vestey to run the Thurlow estate too.
Haverhill town councillors planned to launch a campaign to clean up the town’s tarnished image following a recent government report on rural violence.
One suggestion made at their meeting was that the Home Office, who published the report showing the town in a bad light, should be asked to come and see Haverhill and publish another report.
George Hatchell said at the meeting: “Why don’t they come and give the same prominence to the good things that go on here.”
Other councillors said undesirables were being attracted to town to look for trouble after seeing the media coverage.