A 12-FOOT long yellow python was found dead curled around a tree next to a town centre car park. The slightly-nibbled carcass was uncovered by a surprised local before being removed by council binmen.
THE leading candidates for the General Election refused to attend a pre-vote hustings after learning the controversial British National Party had been invited. Michael Foster (Labour) refused to share a stage with Nick Prince (BNP)–- leading to Amber Rudd (Conservative) and Nick Perry (Lib Dem) both saying they would stay away.
SECONDARY school pupils staged a mass walk-out in protest against plans to replace three schools with two new academies – 100 Filsham Valley students downed pens and left the classroom.
COASTGUARD Bud White was praised for completing 40 years of voluntary service. Bud, a popular figure in the Old Town, followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, father and uncle – with the family clocking up 200 years of service in total.
ROYAL weddings would never be the same again after May Fisher passed away, aged 91. The well-known local lady regularly featured in the Observer thanks to her love of the Royals – more often than not pictured in her trademark Union Jack outfit.
Sporting highlight: St Leonards cueman Mark Davis booked his place at the venue stage of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championships. It was the sixth time Davis had reached the final stages of the prestigious competition. He overcame Dave Harold 10-7 in the final round of qualifying.