Backtracking: Hucknall Dispatch headlines from 17th July 1964

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HEADLINERS -- the Medical Officer of Hucknall and Kirkby-in-Ashfield Urban Councils, Dr J.V.Loughlin, gives a stark warning about the dangers of atmospheric POLLUTION.

He says the ‘cosy coal fire’ attitude of many people must be replaced by an awareness of the FILTHY and unhealthy air we breathe.

A lorry driver from Bulwell is banned from the road for five years after he pleads guilty at a court to causing the DEATH of a six-year-old boy by dangerous driving.

The case arose from an accident in which the boy was RUN OVER on a pedestrian crossing.

In mitigation, the court hears that the defendant, who had 40 years’ experience as a driver, was TERRIBLY UPSET by the tragedy.

A Bulwell HUSBAND behaved in a ‘thoroughly disgraceful and deceptive’ manner, says a Divorce Court judge.

He strongly criticises the man for not telling his wife or the court that a woman with whom he committed adultery had borne his CHILD.

A Bulwell action group fear that the RIVER LEEN could flood again before improvement work, scheduled to start in August, reaches the area.

Members are concerned that the Bulwell stretch of the Leen will be DELAYED because the work is due to begin at the Lenton end of the river.

On the day after an accident in which a Bulwell motorist was killed, the driver of a van which was involved VANISHED from his lodgings, an inquest jury hears. An open verdict is recorded on the 22-year-old victim.

Hucknall Urban Council’s REFUSE TIP near the River Leen is causing problems, it is claimed at a meeting of Bestwood Parish Council.

The Chairman, Mrs Margaret Mayes, says firefighters are having to make frequent visits to the site to keep FIRES there under control.

An ‘accidental death’ verdict is recorded on a 77-year-old man who was KILLED in a collision with a lorry while he and his wife were walking over a pedestrian crossing on Hucknall Lane, Bulwell.

Nottingham Coroner Tony Rothera says: “Quite clearly, the lorry driver assumed the couple were going to WAIT for him to pass before they crossed. It was a false assumption.”

A Nottinghamshire Area demand for a SIX-HOUR SHIFT is among resolutions approved at the annual conference of the National Union of Mineworkers in Blackpool.

The union says automation of the industry means that unless hours are substantially reduced and the purchasing power of workers is increased, the country will inevitably face large-scale UNEMPLOYMENT.

It is also claimed that the noise of machinery in the mines has produced a new industrial hazard in the form of DEAFNESS, while working through ‘snap’ team will mean more stomach ulcers.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- a party is held at the STORK CLUB on Annesley Road, Hucknall, for the three oldest members -- Mr F.Askey (88), Mr R.Duffield (84) and Mrs A.Hind (84).

The party is organised by JOHNNY ‘KID’ MOFFATT, who was formerly well-known as a boxer.

A new lectern BIBLE is dedicated at St John’s Church, Bulwell, by the Assistant Bishop of Southwell.

The Bible was given in memory of FREDERICK PIKE, who was director of a hosiery finishing company in Bulwell.

A planning appeal is held against a decision not to give the go-ahead for a cash BETTING OFFICE in Bulwell.

Dispatch founder Henry Morley writes a three-column article to mark the 140th anniversary of LORD BYRON being buried in the family vault at Hucknall Parish Church.

Instead of dealing with ‘less worthy’ aspects of Byron’s life, Mr Morley focuses on the poet’s compassion and IDEALISM.

He describes Byron’s burial-place as ‘a SHRINE to which many pilgrims have wended their way’.

Jerry Lewis plays a hapless department store employee in ‘Who’s Minding The Store?’, a hilarious comedy which can be seen at Hucknall’s BYRON CINEMA.

NAMES -- the death occurs of FRANK WARD, of Hall Cottages, Papplewick, who served four-and-a-half years in India and Ceylon during World War Two.

Many tributes are paid to Bulwell man the late GEORGE ASLIN, who was secretary of Nottingham and District Anglers’ Federation for many years.

Champagne blonde WENDY PEARSON, of Henry Street, Hucknall, wins the title of Hucknall Round Table Carnival Queen.

At the crowning ceremony in Hucknall and Linby Miners Welfare, Wendy sports a gorgeous tan acquired during a holiday in SARDINIA.

Well-known Bulwell billiards and snooker player TONY MATTHEWS is married to SUSAN MANTON at St Mary’s Church, Bulwell.

The wedding also takes place of PETER WHITEHEAD, formerly of Hucknall, and MARILYN MILLS, of Radcliffe-on Trent, who have just graduated from their universities.

COURT -- an Annesley Woodhouse teenager is fined £10 by Mansfield magistrates for an unprovoked attack on a 16-year-old youth on a BUS.

He is said to have grabbed the victim by the hair, forced him across a seat and PUNCHED him in the face, causing his nose and mouth to bleed profusely.

SPORT -- a gallant LAST-WICKET STAND helps Bestwood Colliery Cricket Club to salvage a draw with local rivals Cinderhill Colliery in a Notts Amateur League division one match.