This week I have taken a look back in the archive to 1994.

• Singer Michelle Gayle opened the first HMV store in Old Basing Mall.

• The 'Wote Street Willy' was unveiled by singer Sarah Brightman to mixed reaction

• The Le Tour cycle race came through town.

• The town's first ever Lottery machine is installed, ready for the launch of The National Lottery in November 1994

• TV presenter Andy Crane launched the new Basingstoke Tour Bus, only to find he was the victim of a Noel Edmonds Gotcha Oscar.

We welcome your contributions for Flashback Thursday. You can email your memories to or via The Gazette, Pelton Road Basingstoke RG21 6XD