In 1877 John
Player, the son of a solicitor, took over a tobacconist's in Broad
Marsh, where he conceived the idea of selling pre-packed and labelled
tobacco. By 1881 additional land had to be bought at Radford so three
new factory blocks could be built. Less than a hundred years later
(1972), Player's was making a third of Britain's cigarettes. Today
the old "lace factory" on the Radford site is dwarfed by
the branch's modern factories.
The growth of his business.
and screen - Actress
actress who became a fixture on BBC television in the 1980's in a
series of comedy shows. She first came to prominence in "Hi-De-Hi"
in which she played chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw from 1980 to 1988.
Away from television, Su regularly appears on stage and had her own
one woman show "A Song, A Frock and a Tinkle." She also
took the song "Starting Together" to number two in the charts
"Hi-De-Hi" 1980-1988, "You Rang M'Lord" 1988-92,
"Oh Doctor Beeching" (all BBC Television).