Events in May, past and present, in Cheshire

PUBLISHED: 16:05 14 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:09 20 February 2013

Action from the West Kirby Sailing Club vs New York Yacht Club final of the Wilson Trophy (copyright West Kirby Sailing Club)

Action from the West Kirby Sailing Club vs New York Yacht Club final of the Wilson Trophy (copyright West Kirby Sailing Club)

Now and then


Antiques Roadshow at Tatton
Fiona Bruce brings the BBCs Antiques Roadshow toTatton Park on Thursday May 20th. Bring your family heirlooms and car boot bargains for free advice and valuation by the experts.
The event runs from 9.30 am to 4.30pm, and entry is free.

Paint a bucket
Try your hand at the traditional techniques used to decorate flowerpots, watering cans and buckets in the style used on canal boats by barge owners for the last 100 years. All materials included.
The day school is at Sir John Deanes College, Northwich, on Saturday 8 May. Tel: 01606 46011, email The 33 cost includes light lunch.

Watery challenge
Crews will battle it out at West Kirby in the largest team racing event in the sailing world, for the coveted Wilson Trophy, now in its 61st year.
Five American and two Irish teams will join 25 UK teams in the competition over three days, from May 7 to 9.
Teams include defending Wilson Trophy champions West Kirby Sailing Club, current British Universities Champions, Oxford, and three teams from New York Yacht Club.


30 years ago:
Singer Ian Curtis dies
Legendary Joy Division singer Ian Curtis killed himself at his home in Barton Street, Macclesfield, in the early hours of May 18, 1980, on the eve of the bands US tour. The cult singer, 23, suffered from depression and epilepsy, and had recently split from his wife.

200 years ago:
Colliers wanted, Dukinfield
Bateman and Sherrats colliery were advertising for steady, good workmen in May, 1810, promising constant Employment and liberal Wages at their Dukinfield colliery. In the same month, Northwich liquor merchant Charles Wharton was declared bankrupt.

125 years ago:
Drunk in a cocoa tavern
Joseph Crawford, a shoemaker, was summoned for intoxication in May 1885, after PC Hill found him drunk in the Nags Head Cocoa House, Foregate Street, Chester. The defendant emphatically denied being drunk ... He said Good evening, officer! Will you have a cup of coffee? and the policeman without more ceremony battered his hat in and took him in charge.

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