A blast from the past for two new St Leonards residents

27/7/11- Vicky Plummer and Thomas Phelan from St Leonards with the 1963 copy of the Hastings and St Leonards Observer they found while laying new carpet in their new home.
27/7/11- Vicky Plummer and Thomas Phelan from St Leonards with the 1963 copy of the Hastings and St Leonards Observer they found while laying new carpet in their new home.

A SPOT of DIY led to a surprise discovery for a couple who recently moved to the town.

Thomas Phelan, 35, and his partner Victoria Plummer, 42, were taking up the carpet in their new home in Jameson Crescent, St Leonards, when they found pages from an old Hastings Observer.

Collecting the pages together, they realised they had a complete edition of the paper from June 15, 1963.

Mr Phelan, who had moved with Victoria from south London, said: “At first we didn’t realise that we had the whole paper.

“It makes quite an interesting read, it’s packed full of news.”