A CLASH to settle historic disputes between Thatcham and Newbury will be held this weekend. Two local historians are to intellectually joust with some of the most contentious topics surrounding the two towns. In the Thatcham corner is Dr Nick Young (pictured top), representing the Thatcham Historical Society, while Dr David Peacock of the Newbury Society will fight Newbury’s case. The duelling doctors will pitch their wit and knowledge against one another to settle a few old scores: Which town came first? Which is more important? What famous sons and daughters has each town produced? The event is hosted by the Newbury Society at St Nicolas Church hall at 7pm on Saturday, January 20. Forty tickets are available per town on a first-come, first-served basis, and the society is asking people to support their historical champion. Tickets cost £7 and a drink and nibbles are included in the price.