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Fire at the Punch and Judy cafe in 1968.

In the August of 1968 fire destroyed the Punch and Judy Cafe in Manor Road which was owned at that time by Mrs Grace Sims.

It was attended by the Cranborne Fire Appliance as Verwood did not have its own fire station at that time.

The building was eventually pulled down and replaced as an Estate Agents by local businessman Brian Hall.

It was later extended towards the main road and the northern shop after briefly becoming a clothes shop became "Champagne", the Chinese take away which it still is today (2017) alongside the Verwood Post Office.

Carole Hadley (nee Clements) who in 1968 was then living at No. 5 Manor Road went to buy some sweets and found it closed with the windows misted up which she thought at the time was Windolene so that people could not look in.

In fact she didn't realise it was smoke damage. She later discovered that a dog had died in the fire and has always felt guilty that she may have been able to raise the alarm earlier.
 

 

 
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