Echo, 25 years ago

Echo, February 8, 1990

DOUBLE JOY FOR COUPLE

A Haverhill couple who went to Sri Lanka hoping to adopt a baby amazed relatives when they returned with two tiny girls.

Stephen and Kerry Jackman, of Forest Glade, were overjoyed with their luck at bringing back Shanika and Chloe, who they intended to bring up as their own children.

In their 12 years of marriage, Kerry had had 12 miscarriages and the couple had to give up the idea of having children of their own.

Stephen said: “They will grow up as sisters here in Haverhill. All our family and friends have taken them to heart. This whole thing has been blessed, we know.”

VILLAGE HIT BY HOUSING CRISIS

A Whittlesford charity asked the district council to consider the village’s urgent housing needs for younger people when deciding whether or not to approve Ciba Geigy’s housing development in the village.

Ciba wanted to build 46 houses and five flats on the former Maynards site ion the village, including 16 housing association units for rent or low-cost sale. An earlier application had been withdrawn.