Duke and Duchess of York visit village

Timothy Bavin
Timothy Bavin
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Speculation was rife that the Duke and Duchess of York were about to get back together after the couple attended a wedding at Wickham.

The estranged royals made a low-key visit to the village with daughters Beatrice, aged seven, and Eugenie, five.

Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly

Royal watchers believed the duke and duchess, who had split three years previously, were on the brink of a reconciliation.

Portsmouth Cathedral echoed with laughter when Bishop Timothy Bavin said farewell to the flock he had served for a decade.

In a moving service laced with humour, hundreds of people attended to say goodbye to the popular Anglican bishop.

He gave his parting words in several different languages, including Italian and German.

Three months later he entered Alton Abbey to train as a monk. He was replaced by the Right Rev Dr Kenneth Stevenson.

Pompey boss Terry Fenwick was considering appealing against the sending off the previous Saturday of central defender Jon Gittens in the Blues’ 3-1 defeat at Luton.

The Football League warned Brighton and Hove Albion their plan to share Fratton Park the following season would not be allowed until it had received definite proposals for the Seagulls’ new stadium. They were selling their Goldstone Ground to pay off crippling debts. On TV that night Billy Connolly was visiting Culloden at part of his World Tour of Scotland, the 1990 film Die Hard 2 starring Bruce Willis was showing on Meridian and Bet Lynch heard some startling news about the Rovers Return in Corrie.