Echo 10 years ago

ECHO, April 7, 2005,

ALL RELIGIONS REMEMBER A ‘STRONG, UNIQUE MAN’

Congregations of Catholic and non-Catholic churches alike across the Haverhill area mourned the death of his holiness, Pope John Paul II.

The pope, one of the most influential figures in the world, died on Saturday, April 2.

Prayers were said every day at St Felix Catholic church and a requiem mass was held to pray for the repose of his soul.

Father Michael Teader, of St Felix Church, said: “Pope John Paul the Great - one only had to scan the faces of the crowds to see that he appealed to everyone, young and old alike.

DAWN OF A NEW ERA FOR LEISURE FACILITIES

A new feature for sports and leisure in St Edmundsbury dawned as a new trust, Abbeycroft Leisure, took over the management and operation of the borough’s leisure centres.

Corporate director of community, Mike Dawson, handed over the key to Abbeycroft Leisure chairman, David Howells.Abbeycroft leisure was set up as a limited company with charitable objectives. Any profits would go to leisure services.