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26 people were rushed to hospital on Monday after two single-decker buses crashed on icy roads between Warrington and Newton-le-Willows. 28 more people were hurt in two other bus crashes in the region.

The owner of a butcher's shop in Salford was fined 12 for what the prosecution described as "absolutely appalling" standards of hygiene.

Bus fares in Manchester may go up again. It is believed that the minimum fare will go up from one penny to a penny halfpenny.

Manchester's civic film"A City Speaks" is finished and accepted and about to be shown. Produced by Paul Rowha, the film features the life and development of the city. It was made at a cost 16000, and received the assistance of the Corporation.

A Manchester street hawker was gaoled for three months for operating without a licence and attempting to sell oranges at a price exceeding the maximum. And at his weekly press conference, held this week in Manchester, Mr Strachey, the Food Minister, said he was considering re-imposing price control on vegetables.

Salford approved a rate of 22s in the for the period 1947-1948, the highest in the history of the city.

Alderman J Parks (Labour) chairman of the finance committee, said that a higher increase was only narrowly avoided.

With serious flooding all over the country, the river Irwell in Salford is being watched 24 hours a day by the Catchment Board, the City Engineer's Department and the Police. Hundreds of people in the Salford flood area are ready to move out at the first sign of danger.

Manchester's electricity supply is now safe, due mainly to increased coal deliveries rather than electricity economy.

The Manchester Ice Palace on Derby-st re-opened this week after several years of closure. The building, hit by a bomb during air raids, was used as a depot for servicing warplanes.

200 delegates of the United Textile Factory Worker's Association, rep\resenting 25000 cotton workers, accepted the Cripps Plan, including double-shift working, by a 2-1 majority at a meeting in Manchester.

The Air Ministry has predicted rain and gales for Britain in the next few days with strong, fresh southerly winds and some local hail and thunder.

Text and photos by Aidan O'Rourke

(Based on reports in the Manchester Evening News)

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