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Echo, November 22, 1990


Haverhill food wrappings company, Marchant Manufacturing, was hit by a health warning about plastic cling film, which caused it to stop producing the product.

The firm, which employed 200 staff, took the step after a Ministry of Agriculture report recommended full toxicological studies be carried out on chemicals used in the packaging that could be linked to causing cancer.

Marchants managing director Philip Marchant said the chemicals used in the product had been tested three years earlier and were found to be safe, as long as instructions on how to use the cling film were followed.


Snooker player Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins played eight frames against local players to mark the relaunch of Haverhill Snooker Club.

The ‘bad boy’ of snooker, who was then serving a ban by World Snooker, entertained some 300 fans with his play.

One player, Kevin Watts, caused a minor sensation when he potted the black in his frame with Higgins still requiring snookers.

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