Backtracking: Dispatch headlines from April 1964

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HEADLINERS -- the Pied Piper will soon be needed to get rid of RATS which are claimed to come from the Linby Colliery tip, a neighbouring reident claims.

He is strongly opposed to controversial plans by the National Coal Board to EXTEND the tip.

Hucknall soldier Alex Meldrun (24), of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment, leaves for peace-keeping operations in strife-torn CYPRUS -- two days before his wife, Jean, gives birth to their baby son.

Bulwell Flood Committee are delighted that the go-ahead has been received for the RIVER LEEN to get a £1 million improvement.

But members feel that some remedial work should be done on the Bulwell stretch of the Leen before next winter to cut out a BIG RISK of flood damage.

In December, 1960, flooding from the river meant that residents of the adjoining Jennison Street had to be evacuated from their homes by BOAT.

Nearly the entire stock is destroyed when fire breaks out at the premises of a Bulwell WASTE PAPER merchant

A 77-year-old Hucknall widow, FLORRIE BUZZARD, is found dead in her bed. A post-mortem examination shows she died from natural causes and there is no inquest.

Mrs Buzzard was the wife of the late C.H.BUZZARD, who was secretary of the Hucknall branch of the British Legion for many years.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- pride is a foolish reason not to apply for NATIONAL ASSISTANCE, says the local Board manager in a talk to Bulwell No 1 Old Age Pensioners Association.

He claims the assistance is a RIGHT and the Board can help with anything from providing coal to a home help and from medical advice to wigs if there is a genuine need..

Hucknall Round Table plan a FANCY DRESS event entitled ‘A Shakespearean Evening Or Something’.

Beat contest winners The Rockin’ Vulcans and The Zany Royalists perform for the Friday BEAT NIGHT at the Co-operative Hall, Hucknall.

A total of 120 members and wives attend the annual dinner and dance of Linby Colliery division of the St John Ambulance Brigade at the Lads’ Club, Hucknall.

A letter-writer to the Dispatch praises Hucknall HOLY CROSS Dramatic Society for what he describes as a ‘brilliant’ production of the play, ‘When We Are Married’.

‘The Yellow Teddy Bears’, showing at the BYRON CINEMA in Hucknall, stars Annette Whitely as a 16-year-old schoolgirl who runs away to London after becoming pregnant.

A grand dance for the selection of a COAL QUEEN is held by the Annesley Colliery branch of the National Union of Mineworkers at Annesley Miners Welfare Hall,.

The Trent bus company advertise a trip to see Nottingham Forest take on BURNLEY at the City Ground.

Dispatch readers are invited to come and enjoy a drink of Shipstones Ales with the Zodiacs Band at the STAR INN, Main Street, Bulwell.

A writing desk said to have belonged to LORD BYRON is sold for £862 in an auction of contents of the Labia Palace on the Grand Canal in Venice.

NAMES -- the rector of Bulwell for the last 19 years, Canon GEORGE SPRITTLES is married at the age of 77 to Doris Stone, of Arnold.

The service takes place at SOUTHWELL MINSTER and the rector’s curate, the Rev C.H.Hind, is best man.

The death occurs at the age of 51 after a short illness of SIDNEY BAILEY, of Fox Meadow, High Leys Road, Hucknall.

Mr Bailey was a builder by trade and bult the bungalow where he lived. He was a keen animal lover and kept a FOX as a pet for six years.

He is one of 13 local people whose DEATHS are reported in this week’s edition of the Dispatch.

Former policeman CJ.L.NORRIS and his wife celebrate their golden wedding.

The new stationmaster of the Bulwell Market railway station is WILLIAM R.CLARKE, who also has charge of Basford Vernon station.

COURT -- an accident near the ADELPHI CINEMA, Bulwell, leads to the appearance of a 17-year-old trainee miner before Nottingham magistrates.

He is fined and banned from driving for 12 months for taking a car without consent and other motoring offences.

An Annesley Woodhouse woman working as CHIEF CLERK to a plumbing firm pocketed nearly £1,400 of her employers’ money over a period of 12 months, another court is told.

A 33-year-old Bulwell housewife is accused of persuading a 13-YEAR-OLD BOY to break into a house and steal 27 shillings.

A man who was acting as treasurer to an old people’s CHRISTMAS CLUB at the Highbury Vale pub in Bulwell vanished just before the payout was due, it is alleged at Notts Quarter Sessions.

He is FINED £10 for fraudulently converting £105 to his own use and is ordered to reimburse the club.

SPORT -- Newstead Welfare under-18 team reach the semi-finals of the Notts Area Miners Union SIX-A-SIDE football competition.

A LOCAL DERBY in the semi-finals of the Notts Sunday League Knockout Cup results in a 3-2 win for Linby Welfare over Hucknall St Pauls.

A WOMEN’S team beat a men’s side 4-2 in a charity football match on the St Albans Road playing field in Bulwell.

The women’s goalkeeper is helped by a group of BOYS who run in front of the goal to kick away several net-bound shots.

Sometimes, the women get bored wih conforming to the rules and try a spot of RUGBY and netball as well.

The chaotic match is refereed by former Notts County and England centre-forward TOMMY LAWTON, who must have wondered what he had let himself in for.