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MANCHESTER EYEWITNESS
WEEK NUMBER 44 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST, 1947


The Halle concerts opened at Belle Vue under conductor John Barbirolli on Sunday night. A varied programme ended with a performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Manchester City Council agreed on Wednesday to a payment of 6000 to the Halle Concert Society for 1947-8, and to the guaranteeing of a financial loss of 9000.

Mr Harold Wilson, President of the Board of Trade, visited Manchester and spoke to Sir Raymond Streat, Chairman of the Cotton Board. He also went to see some Lancashire cotton mills and expressed his satisfaction with the high quality of goods produced, which, he said, would find markets in the dollar area. He also discussed coming modernisation plans with members of the Amalgamated Association of Card, Blowing and Ring Operatives.

Manchester's water shortage provoked lively discussion at this week's City Council meeting. Sir William Key, Chairman of the Waterworks Board, urged the go-ahead for the Haweswater viaduct, which has been held up for over 15 years.

Foundations have been laid in Wythenshawe for twelve houses to be erected at Wythenshawe for disabled ex-gunners. All the houses are specially designed for disabled men. Three will have ramps, and doors wide enough for wheel chairs.

The houses, costing 1600 each, stand on the corner between Crossacres Road and Hedge Road.

The decision of the Manchester Council Watch Committee to allow "Birth of a Baby" to be screened only to over 18's in separate showings for the sexes, was criticised by Councillor B. S. Langton (Labour). He said the Committee was treating the people of the city like children and urged the screening of the film to mixed audiences.

200 seamen went on strike at Manchester Docks in sympathy with Liverpool strikers. Pickets were due to be posted this afternoon, and the strike committee urged men to join the action. 200 dockers also stopped work on two ships in protest against alleged plain clothes detectives spying on men in order to catch them for smoking offences.

Oldham's Manchester-street Methodist Church, opened by John Wesley, is to be demolished. It is reported to be seriously affected by dry rot, and in view of town developments, it is considered financially inadvisable to undertake repairs.

The weather forecast is for moderate to fresh south-westerly winds. It will be cloudy, with the possibility of some bright periods.


SOME NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES THIS WEEK

44 die in a Skymaster crash in Athens on Monday.

On Tuesday, in reference to the Government's export drive, Mr Churchill said "Don't starve the home market to death".

The India and Pakistan dominions are said to be "on the brink of war".

The Scots express derailed last week with the loss of 28 lives, "flashed by a red signal at 60 mph" the Ministry of Transport inquiry was told.


Text by Aidan O'Rourke

Based on reports in the Manchester Evening News

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