10 entertaining photos from 1983

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Loyal bakery customers saved Berry's, an Oxford bread shop in March 1983.
Loyal bakery customers saved Berry's, an Oxford bread shop in March 1983.

Here we look at photos from the Oxford Mail archive in 1983.

It was the year when customers stepped in to save Berry’s Bakery in north Oxford, and singer Barry Manilow dropped in at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock.

Residents were horrified when they heard company owners planned to turn Berry’s Bakery, in South Parade, into an estate agents.

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But the Summertown customers continued to buy their loaves from the bread store after it was saved by public demand.

Bakery manager Greta Wojcik, who had been manager for seven years, was delighted with the news.

In Wallingford the same year, Helen Chapman turned plenty of heads as she rode around Wallingford on this unusual bike.

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Long John, as the bike was known, was ideal for nipping through the town’s congested streets and delivering car batteries and other bulky items.

It belonged to Haynes Bros, auto-electrical engineers.

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Managing director Keith Haynes saw a similar bike in Denmark and decided he had to buy one to help with his deliveries.

And Oxford University students were having fun on the rooftops.

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Christ Church student Henry Robinson donned a flying jacket and goggles as he bounced off the top of the High Street buildings.

The 21-year-old took his chances on Friday 13 and dangled 40ft in the air above the crowd.

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Mr Robinson was a member of the Dangerous Sports Club, which tried to escape the boredom of everyday life with their risky acts.

The stunt also marked the opening of the Oxford Student Travel Centre and later Mr Robinson was carried through the new store in a wheelchair on skis.

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