Hi-tech firms start heading for Bristol
THIS was the week when 61 year old Peter Jordan, a retired teacher from Headley Park, surprised his former associates by admitting a charge of conspiring to cause an explosion in the UK with intent to endanger life or property.
Appearing at Manchester Crown Court, Jordan had been in jail since his arrest on Christmas Eve, 1984.
Two other men and a woman, also with links to known terrorist mastermind Danny Ryan, had the same charge put to them.
Jordan, it transpired, had agreed to use his Bristol home as a "safe" address for correspondence in the planning of an Irish bomb plot to kill an ex SAS officer.
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Jordan was jailed for 14 years for his part in the plot.
On the industrial front everyone was getting very excited about plans by the giant US company DuPont to set up an electronics plant on a 38 acre site at Coldharbour Lane.
It was hoped that the move would create at least 400 jobs as well as furthering Bristol's ambitions to became the "silicon valley" of the West Country. Another US giant, Hewlett-Packard, had already moved to the area.
We also heard that a centre for circus skills, the first in the UK in fact, was to be set up in a church hall in St Paul's.
It was the ideas of Richard Ward, a member of Butterfingers, a group of acrobats and jugglers appearing in pantomime at the Hippodrome.
Courses, he said, would be held in juggling, balancing, uni-cycling, trapeze, tightrope, stilt walking and clowning, as well as mime, magic and puppetry.
The circus school, which has gone from strength to strength, is now based in St Paul's church, which has been restored.
And, finally, this was a big week for local (and national) politics when 31 year old Dawn Primarolo managed to oust 56 year old MP Michael Cocks as nominated Labour candidate for the Bristol South constituency.
With the voting 71 to 56 in her favour many of Cock's supporters, talking of a left-wing takeover, vowed never to vote Labour again.
"Moderate" Michael Cocks had been an MP for 16 years in what was then the only Labour seat in the South outside of London.
First elected in 1987, with a majority of 4,734, Dawn Primarolo has held the Bristol South seat ever since.