Perched high on his Penny Farthing, dressed in check knee britches and deer stalker hat, 53-year-old Terry Quantrill was becoming a familiar sight around Bracknell in 1987.

The cycling air-traffic controller was due to take part in the Three Counties Cycle Ride, after getting to grips with his new cycle over the previous three months.

Terry explained to the News:” The Penny Farthing is basically unstable, whilst riding uphill is okay, riding down can be crazy if it runs away with you!”

He added that a couple of years before he had come off the bike and went over the handlebars, breaking his collar-bone:” It made everybody’s day, except mine, the doctor in the hospital recognised me and said ‘see you again soon!’ ”

When 14-year-old Bracknell schoolboy Andrew Rollings replied to an advert by Mensa 32 years ago, he had no idea where his actions would lead.

Andrew subsequently took a home test and received an IQ score of 156, the national average being between 90 and 100, and was invited to take another one at Birkbeck College, London.

This resulted in an improvement in his initial grading to a whopping 177, the highest score ever for his age group, which prompted his Garth Hill School headteacher to comment that his pupil was a “very shy, modest lad.”

A sparkling break of 103 by newly crowned World Snooker Champion Steve Davis delighted spectators at the Courage Challenge Exhibition in 1987.

‘Interestingly’, Steve took on seven local amateur players, including John Mills from Englefield Green, who took him on and won, after being gifted a head start of 21.

Aspiring actress Claire Wilke was hoping that landing a part in the new BBC children’s television show “Alien in the House” would see her reaching for the stars in 1987.

The 13-year-old Binfield pupil from the Redroofs Theatre School, had endured two days of auditions before being selected for a role in the 12-week production.

The manager of the Princess Square shopping centre was proving you could have your cake and eat it when the Square celebrated its third birthday.

Staff and customers all tucked into a giant cake after it was cut by Peter Smith- who made sure everyone got a piece of the action.

NSPCC volunteer Ann Thornton found a ‘novel’ way to keep herself dry during their fund-raising event at the Pinewood Leisure Centre.

She was there to help the Crowthorne branch to raise money with raffles, sideshows and a bouncy castle- and they succeeded in raising £500- despite torrential downpours all afternoon.

A spokesman for the charity, Pauline Tysoe told the News:” The weather was so miserable, cold and wet but our loyal supporters braved the conditions.”