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MANCHESTER EYEWITNESS
WEEK NUMBER 41 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1947


Manchester's water supplies are dwindling. Despite rain, reserves are now down to 18 days supply. Mr A. Atkinson, Engineer-Manager of the Corporation's waterworks said the situation was "getting desperate". The message from the Manchester Waterworks Committee and Corporation officials was clear: "SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!"

In a 240 page report for 1946 published yesterday, Dr C Metcalfe-Brown states that out of a population of 668,660 people in Manchester, 10,246 are living in overcrowded conditions. The Corporation have said that on September 30th, 26,218 people were on the city's waiting list for houses and flats, and 19,453 of them were in lodgings. Manchester's population increased by 45,180 from 1945, but fell by 58,940 from 1939. 13m was spent on running public services for the twelve months up to March 31st. The Corporation employs 34,772 workers, who are paid salaries totalling 10,668,087.

Brinksway Reform Club, in Stockport, has been closed after police discovered four men and two women at 11.30 pm on Sept the 6th sitting in various rooms in partial darkness. In court, Mr Ernest Barlow, defending, said the lights had fused at 10.20pm and the problem had not been fully repaired by the time the police arrived. This explanation was rejected by the prosecution, and each of the defendants was fined 1 for after-hours drinking.

On Tuesday, 300 delegates of the United Kingdom Alliance attended their annual council meeting at the Friends Meeting House, Mount-street Manchester to further the cause of "removing the evils of drink from the nation". Unlike meetings in previous years, the mood was described as grey and subdued.

One speaker stated that if all alcohol production in the United Kingdom ceased, thousands of workers would be released for other industries.

A sixteen year old Withington boy told Manchester City Magistrates that during the four months he was missing from home, he took twelve cars from different parts of the city. The boy was sent to a remand home. Police have said that there has been a wave of thefts of removable car parts, including wheels, tyres, inner tubes. A Levenshulme trader recently had his new van stolen. It was recovered in Baguley - all the wheels had been removed.

On Thursday, 28 people were taken to Park Hospital, Davyhulme, after two double decker buses operated by Lancashire United crashed. Only four people were seriously hurt.

Two hour talks in Manchester between the NUM and the North West Coal Board ended in deadlock today. The dispute is over mealtimes and arrangements for overtime payments for Saturday working, due to start at the beginning of November.

In bright sunshine, three mannequins displayed the new 14 inch hemline to passers-by on Piccadilly Gardens on Monday, and every day this week. They had come from J G Needham's Warehouse on Great Ancoats-street. On the street, the fashions met with mixed reactions: "Very graceful" said George Shippen from Higher Broughton, but Dorothy Stanistreet, a young shop worker from Longsight said: "I don't think I like them."

The forecast is for moderate or fresh southerly winds, with bright periods. It will be cold, and some ground frost is likely.


AND HERE ARE SOME OF THE NATIONAL HEADLINES THIS WEEK


31 are dead and 63 injured in a collision between two electric trains in dense fog near South Croydon yesterday

In the King's Speech, on Tuesday, the Labour government announced its plan to curb the power of the House of Lords to delay or hamper legislation.

On Wednesday, Mr W Gallacher, Communist MP for West Fife, attacked the "lavish expenditure" on the Royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Mountbatten.


Text by Aidan O'Rourke

Based on reports in the Manchester Evening News

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