LOOKING back on some of the stories the Gazette has reported through the years...

September 1977

DESPITE the changeable season, there were some excellent exhibits in the 92nd Hawkesbury Horticultural Society’s Annual Show on Saturday.

While flower entries were down in many classes, there was improved support in others, such as the ladies ‘ floral display, which had seven entries this year compared with only four in 1976.

The weather also affected the carnival - farmers could not spare their tractors and trailers for the floats - they were too busy catching up with the late night harvest. But the standard of this year’s entries was, as usual, very high.

September 1987

VIOLENCE broke out to shatter the peace of a successful Berkeley Hunt Agricultural Show, leaving a policeman injured, a policewoman thrown into the river, and a youth knocked down by a police car.

The incident started when a group of youths began throwing bystanders into the river and special constable, Jacqueline Davies, went to check after screaming protests from a girl who objected.

Jacqueline (20) of Dursley ended up being thrown down the five foot bank into the river. Accompanied by another police officer, she later returned to the corner of the field near the beer tent to identify the youths who had assaulted her.

Minutes later a police car arrived on the scene and a youth was put inside for questioning. This seemed to spark off the first tinders of violence as a group of youths surrounded the car.

“A crowd of really cocky youths surrounded the car,” said an eye witness. “The police were getting a lot of abuse, and they tried to overturn the car.”