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Ask Arbury & Arbury Postbag - 2: Manor School, Dormitory Suburbs, Andrew McCulloch, The King Street Tragedy, Phone Boxes in Arbury, and a Plesiosaur Relic

Thanks for all the emails to Arbury Cambridge . We appreciate the questions and feedback and have replied to all. This is the second of our Ask Arbury articles, in which we highlight some readers' comments and questions. Mr Reid has written: I remember the pictures of Andy and Florrie Capp at Turners Fish Locker in Arbury Court. Do you remember Andrew McCulloch's video library in the 1980s and 1990s? We do! VCRs became affordable and widespread during the 1980s, and Andrew McCulloch was very much into the new technology. Delicious! A 1978 'Cambridge Evening News' advertisement for Turners Fish Locker in Arbury Court. Mos has written: I have been reading here since you started. It is excellent to know the history of  Arbury and where everything was. I don't think historic areas are considered to be that important now, simply as election wards which are not in the right areas in Arbury. Everybody only talks about being in Central Cambridge or North Cambridge or Great
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