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MANCHESTER EYEWITNESS
ISSUE NUMBER 17 SATURDAY, JUNE 28TH, 1947


The week started with deadlock as a strike shut four pits near Manchester on Monday. Mines at Pendlebury, Walkden and Swinton were closed, and the walkouts spread to other pits as the week progressed. On Thursday, two more collieries went out on strike causing 40,000 tons of coal to be lost.

Meanwhile, the busmens strike which caused so much disruption in the North-west and the Midlands last week continued, though there was a gradual drift back to work as the week progressed. The TGWU, which supports the claims of workers for equal status with municipal employees, urged the busmen to go back to work.

While British workers took strike action, three parties of European volunteer workers arrived in Manchester this week to work in the spinning mills of Lancashire. 270 girls have been recruited from the continent to come and work in Britain. "Most of them have had tragic lives, and they are quick to learn and anxious to please", said Mrs Graf, the Cotton Board's interpreter and welfare visitor.

An exhibition about displaced persons from Europe was held at the Friend's Meeting House this week. Exhibits included dolls dressed in the national costumes of the Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland. The dolls were made by the displaced persons, using scrap materials.

An attempted smash and grab raid on a shop in Hulme on Tuesday was foiled by a home made burglar alarm. The owner of the shop, Mr Joseph Payne, put a thick electrified brass bar across the window. At about 3 am, the window was broken and a scream was heard. Nothing in the window was touched. "The brass bar is a burglar alarm I made myself," he said. There have been so many thefts near here recently, I decided to do something about it. The person who smashed the window must have got quite a shock."

Academy No 1, the first cinema in Manchester to specialise in Continental films, will open on September the 1st. The Academy is currently the Market-street cinema. It was purchased by the Buxton group of cinemas, and a suitably continental atmosphere will be provided, with a resident interpreter fluent in nine languages, and a programme in French and English for all performances.

About 70,000 picture postcards, half from Blackpool, were delivered in Oldham from Wakes holidaymakers. 700 boxes of kippers from the Isle of Man were also delivered. The postal authorities have been making a good profit from surcharges on postcards bearing 1d instead of 2d stamps.

On Saturday, pickets tried to stop holiday buses from leaving garages around the region. Despite cries of "scab", Bolton drivers of the Ribble bus company took Wakes Week crowds on holiday. But in Stafford, a window was broken and police had to intervene after strikers stopped a Midland Red bus, and ordered the passengers off. The bus returned empty to Birmingham. Another bus came later to pick up the stranded holidaymakers. About 1000 men are out at Ribble bus stations in Chorley, Burnley, Blackburn, Clitheroe, Blackpool and Preston.

At Lower Mosley-street bus station, the biggest holiday queue so far this year began to form at 7 am, and was 100 yards long by 10 o'clock. The railways reported a slightly bigger rush than usual.

Manchester's civic film "A City Speaks", which I saw this week, has still not been shown to the general public. Many Manchester people who took part in the film are hoping to see it soon. There is no definite date yet for a public showing.

Weather forecasters say there's sunshine ahead, but advise people to take their macs, or carry a raincoat. The sun will bring high temperatures, but thundery conditions are moving in from France, and there is a risk of thundery showers tomorrow. The temperature at noon today was 74.6 degrees. At 3pm it was 70.9 but had risen to 73.2 by 4pm.


THE MAIN NATIONAL HEADLINE THIS WEEK:
The Clemens trial in Southport has dominated all the national headlines this week. A jury of nine inquired into the deaths of Mrs Amy Victoria Clemens, who died suddenly on May the 27th. Dr Rober George Clemens was found dying on May the 30th and Mr JM Houson, a pathologist, was found dead on June 2nd. The jury found that Mr Clemens had killed his wife using morphine and subsequently killed himself.

And on a lighter note, here is the schedule for BBC Light Programme for tomorrow, Sunday the 29th of June, 1947:


8-0 Breakfast Club (records) 9-0 News 9-10 John Blore's Orchestra 10-0 Royal Marines (Plymouth Division) Band 10-30 Down Your Way: Windsor 11-30 Service 12-00 Hallelujah: Negro Service from New Orleans 1-15 Peter Yorke's Concert Orchestra 2-0 "The Daring Dexters" (serial thriller) 3-0 Much-Binding-in-the-March: Richard Murdoch 3-30 Books and authors: JB Priestley

4-0 Variety Bandbox: Terry-Thomas, Paula Grey 5-0 Merry Go Round: Eric Barker 6-0 Rocky Mountain Rhythm: Big Bill Campbell 6-30 Transatlantic quiz 7-0 News 7-10 Carroll Levis Show: Forsythe, Seamon and Farrell 8-15 Rainbow Room: John Blore's Orchestra 9-0 Sunday Half-Hour (Community Hymns) 9-30 Vera Lynn sings 10-0 News 10-15 Sandy McPherson (organ) 10-45 Think on these Things (hymns).

Text and photos by Aidan O'Rourke

Based on reports in the Manchester Evening News

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