A Royal Gala at Windsor’s Theatre Royal drew a galaxy of stars to see new musical ‘Lovely Lady’ in 1993 and The Observer got a chance to chat with its guest of honour, Prince Edward.

Amongst the other famous faces were actors Angharad Rees, Susan George and Hi-De-Hi star Ruth Madoc.

Wraysbury resident Susan George was full of praise for the new production and hoped it would go on to London.

All the proceeds from the Royal Gala were donated to the British Diabetic Association and after the show Prince Edward said: “I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was jolly good.”

Thames Valley Police had 24 new hi-tech, invisible video camera enabled enforcement vehicles to

help catch speeding vehicles around the Slough and Windsor area.

The Observer went on patrol with traffic officers 25 years ago and PC Martin Harper explained: “Technology is moving on and things are getting smaller, the previous equipment we used was the size of a Palmcorder and had to be screwed onto the dashboard.”

Thousands of proud parents packed Windsor Castle’s Quadrangle to watch the Duke of Kent inspect their sons and daughters during the Queen’s Scouts Parade.

Despite the fire damage to the castle in November 1992, the annual ceremony took place as usual, with 15 Scouts from Berkshire and 19 from Buckinghamshire joining the 977 taking part in the parade.

Thames Water sewage experts promised that Slough would no longer be known as the ‘Pong City’ after they had invested £3 million to fix the local smelly sewage plant.

The utilities chief ‘pong buster’, Gerry Winterbourne said: “We are planning an open day in September, by which time the work will be finished, residents will be breathing fresh air again.”

The solution to the ‘Slough stench’ was an ingenious technique of using biofilters of peat.

Dorney County Combined School pupils starred in their version of ‘Jason and His Technicolour Dreamcoat’ in 1993 and 12-year-old Adam Taylor donned the famous ‘Dreamcoat’ to play the lead role.

The sell-out show went off without a hitch, and teacher Lesley Burton said: “The pupils turned in some really great Oscar-winning performances.”

Sprightly pensioner Jack Thomas proved that you’re never too old to take up running to stay fit.

The 72-year-old won the Burnham 10k veterans race.