Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from 1993.

A BARNSLEY couple have sunk their savings, and those of their families, into a business venture which they hope will put the town on the kit car manufacturing map.

Thirty-year-old David Evans, who formerly worked for T and J Sports Cars of Doncaster, and his 22-year-old girlfriend, Rachel Hunter, have purchased the mouldings, jigs and rights to build the ‘Maelstrom’, a revolutionary car which earned glowing reports from Sir Jack Brabham and the motoring press when unveiled in 1985.

The two-seater convertible, designed to house Ford Cortina parts in a steel, space-frame chassis and glass-fibre body, was never put into large-scale production despite two examples producing very creditable performances on racing circuits.

- THE future of the Crime Zone show has been safeguarded by the presentation of cheques totalling more than £3,500 by four South Yorkshire Rotary Clubs.

The show, supported and funded by Barnsley Crime Prevention Panel, sees students at Barnsley College’s Electric Theatre travel to schools using live theatre to get over the anti-crime message.

The students put on a special show for the visiting Rotarians at their Eastgate studio to coincide with the cheque presentation.

The cheques were received by Barnsley Crime Prevention Panel’s treasurer Trish Arundel and chairman John Hallows, who said: “Crime Zone is a revolutionary initiative aimed at the education and development of our young people at a time when their personalities, perceptions and values are being both shaped and, to some extent, directed by a number of factors.”

- A ROYSTON pensioner will take a mighty leap back in time next year - out of a plane.

Tom Hicks, of East End Crescent, will join 50 other war veterans from all over the country who will launch themselves from the skies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem.

But even at the age of 74, Mr Hicks says the jump will be no problem and he is looking forward to it very much.

“I do a parachute jump every year so it will be nothing new for me,” he explained.

“In fact it will be great to land on the heath at Arnhem, where I have so many memories of the war.”

- SILKSTONE Golf Club members turned back the clock to celebrate the start of the club’s centenary year.

Golf was introduced to Barnsley in 1893 by business and professional gentlemen who established a golf club at Dayhouse Farm on Huddersfield Road.

The club moved to Field Head, Silkstone, in 1905. The site was chosen because it was near Dodworth Railway Station.

Early members met at the Queen’s Hotel, travelled by train to Dodworth, then horse and carriage to the course.

A group of members, dressed like their counterparts at the early part of the century, followed the footsteps of the first golfers.

They met at the hotel, travelled by train and sang a special centenary song composed for the event.