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MANCHESTER EYEWITNESS
WEEK NUMBER 27 SATURDAY, JULY 3RD, 1948

SUMMER SALES BEGIN
BARGAIN HUNTERS WAITED outside C. & A. Modes in Oldham-street early on Monday, as the summer sales started. The hat counters saw the biggest rush, with felts and straws on sale at 2s 6d and 1s 6d. Stylish new sailor hats were available at 8s. But on the first floor, some choosiness was in evidence: Women were rejecting coupon-free plastic macs at 14s 11d on the grounds of bad fitting. At Roland & Revkin's, Oxford-street, model gowns were reduced to only 3 guineas from 15 or more.

ALDERMAN SETS OFF AQUEDUCT EXPLOSION
ALDERMAN SIR WILLIAM KAY set off an explosion at Newton, near Clitheroe on Wednesday. The ceremony marked the official start of work on this section of the Haweswater Aqueduct Scheme. The aqueduct will eventually bring 12,000,000 gallons of lakeland water from Haweswater via Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, Accrington, Haslingden and Bury to Manchester's Heaton Park reservoir, a distance of 74 miles. The job will take 800 men six to seven years to complete, at a cost of 2,500,000

MAN HAS SHRAPNEL REMOVED AFTER 30 YEARS
49 YEAR OLD Mr Frederick Johnson, of Bredbury Green, Romiley, had a two and a quarter inch long piece of shrapnel removed at Stockport Infirmary this week. He had first complained of throat trouble and believed he had quinsies. An X-Ray revealed the shrapnel, and he was operated on soon after. The shrapnel had become lodged in his body in a World War 1 explosion in 1918.

And at Lake Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne, Mrs Elizabeth Thomas, of Wharf-street, Droylsden died, aged 102.

FERRANTI EXTENDS HOLLINWOOD FACTORY
THE LANCASHIRE ELECTRICAL engineering firm Ferranti Ltd is extending its factory at Hollinwood, near Oldham. The existing factory employs 2000 people, many of whom will be moved into the new building. The firm produced 30,000,000 worth of radio and electrical equipment during the war.

LOCAL AIR CHARTER FIRM ON STANDBY
SILVERNIGHT AIRWAYS LTD, the Manchester charter firm is standing by with its fleet of nine planes, including two Dakotas, in case any of their aircraft should be needed to supply Berlin. A shuttle air service has started to supply Berlin due to the Soviet blockade of the western part of the city.

NATIONAL INSURANCE STARTS MONDAY
ON MONDAY, the great National Insurance scheme begins, and Minister of Health Mr Aneurin Bevan has been giving information about the scheme. He reassured the public about the facts of the scheme and some myths which have arisen. For instance, everyone will be entitled to hospital treatment, even if they do not join the scheme. As from Monday, men 18 and over will pay 4s 11d a week, with a contribution of 4s 2d from the employer. For women, the weekly rates are 3s 10d and 3s 3d respectively. As for self-employed persons, men will pay 6s 2d and women 5s 1d.

DEGREES CONFERRED ON 400 STUDENTS
DRESSED IN THE ROYAL BLUE and gold robes of the Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Lord Woolton conferred degrees on more than 400 students. Honorary degrees were given to seven men for their contributions to areas as diverse as trades unionism and amateur dramatics.


Text by Aidan O'Rourke

Based on reports in the Manchester Evening News

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