What was on the front of the Evening News this week five, 10, 15 and 20 years ago

Evening News front pages through the years.

Evening News front pages through the years. - Credit: Archant

We look back at what was happening in Norwich this week five, 10, 15 and 20 years ago through the front pages of the Evening News.

20 years ago

• A charity funday to give people with disabilities vital weekends away was abandoned after travellers took over the venue.

Drayton parishioners are facing a £1000 bill for evicting the travellers from the Thorpe Marriott playing fields and there are fears that football pitches may not be playable at the start of the season.

Around 15 caravans appeared at the Long Dale playing field two weeks ago, triggering more than 100 complaints to Drayton Parish Council which owns the field.

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• Norwich's name is to be emblazoned on supermarket shelves across Britain as Colman's proudly shows off its Fine City heritage.

The company has just revealed that millions of pots, packets and jars are to carry its new 'Colman's of Norwich' corporate logo as part of a major brand relaunch.

Colman's products have in the past carried a discreet 'of Norwich' logo. But now the company wants to spell out its Norwich roots loud and clear on the front of its packaging.

15 years ago

• Weekend rampages by arsonists and pranksters are costing Norfolk Fire Service almost half a million pounds a year.

The number of bogus calls and arson attacks is growing at a frightening rate, and senior officers today warned lives would be lost if it continued.

In an average weekend, people making false 999 calls and arsonists attacking cars, buildings and fields waste the time of 120 firefighters and cost £8,000.

This weekend alone there were 10 car fires in Norfolk.

• Council tenants who feed pigeons from their flats could be evicted as part of a clampdown on the birds.

But some people have said the threat from Norwich City Council, which also included issuing persistent offenders with anti-social behaviour orders, was a 'ridiculous' step too far.

People in Mile Cross have had problems for years with pigeons roosting in the tower blocks and defecating.

The council said part of the problem was tenants insist on feeding the birds, even though its officers have asked them to stop.

10 years ago

• A deadly canine virus sweeping the city has put every unvaccinated dog at risk.

Since the parvovirus was first detected in Norwich last month, at least 67 dogs have become infected with 43 either dying or having to be put down.

The virus is so infectious that vets are warning owners to get their dead pets immediately cremated instead of burying them, as the disease will come up through the soil and potentially infect more animals.

• Proposals to introduce trams in Norwich will be scrapped by cash-strapped council bosses, it has emerged.

The potential for a tram service linking the east and the west of the city was mooted last year when Norwich City Council's then ruling Liberal Democrat group set aside £100,000 for a feasibility study.

However, the Evening News has been told the Labour group, which is now in the majority at City Hall, wants to scrap the feasibility study because it says there are more important things the money could be spent on.

Five years ago

• Civic watchdogs have launched a new drive to help prevent Norwich's rich heritage from being lost forever and have identified more than 100 locations around the city they think should be protected from the bulldozer.

Schools, shops, pubs, houses, churches, libraries, factories, bridges and County Hall, the headquarters of Norfolk County Council, are among the sites in Norwich which have been put forward for safeguarding.

The Norwich Society has spent the past three years drawing up a list of the buildings and landmarks around Norwich in an attempt to prevent the fate which befell the Earl of Leicester pub from happening to other buildings.

• A footballer whose leg was broken during a match has told how he had to lie in the middle of the pitch for an hour and a quarter waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Ryan Smith was playing in a friendly for Thorpe St Andrew's Thorpe Village FC when a tackle left him with both of the bones in his lower leg broken above his right ankle.

• Westlegate House, considered by many to be one of the ugliest buildings in Norwich, has been bought, fuelling hopes it could soon be redeveloped.

The 11-storey tower, in Westlegate, was put on the market in March with a £1m price tag, and today it was announced that it had been purchased, after 15 years of standing empty