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Manchester's plan to build 6000 houses a year has had to be scrapped, it was announced on Monday. The city had hoped to have 25,940 houses ready by March 1951, but has had to scrap the plan due to the fuel crisis and a shortage of labour and materials. It was also announced that as pressure has now returned to normal for the first time in about two months.

Manchester was visited by a Russian Industrial delegation on Tuesday. The group, consisting of two men and one woman, asked upon arrival to see the Cotton Board's Design and Style Centre in York-street.

Also on Tuesday, Cinema magnate J Arthur Rank was seen attending the first screening of "A City Speaks". The 65-minute film is about the work of the Corporation and the part it plays in the life of the city.

Members of the public, some of whom were featured in the film, complained that they had not been allowed into the first screening, but were told that the premiere was reserved for Corporation officials and invited guests.

Highway authorities in the region are co-operating to abolish toll roads. They will turn their attention first to the toll on the Warburton Bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal.

The only tolls left in Manchester are at Victoria Park, the residential district near Rusholme, first opened in 1837. Entry or transit costs 6d. The Corporation also pays the Victoria Park Trust 800 a year to run trams through the Park along Anson Road.

On Thursday, traffic on the Manchester Ship Canal was held up due to a strike by 120 tugmen. They struck against four recent promotions which they allege were not made on the basis of seniority or experience.

On Friday, Mr and Mrs W. W. Jackson of Wythenshawe Road, Baguley celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They were married at St Georges' Church, Oldham Road on March 24th 1897.

On Saturday, a 70 year old woman was found murdered in a room above her shop in Bedford-street, Hulme. Miss Nellie Massey was believed to have been robbed during the night and battered to death with a heavy weapon. Police have launched a murder enquiry.

This year's Grand National, held at Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool, was won by the Irish horse I Caughoo, ridden by E. Dempsey. A record 500,000 people saw the race.

Text and photos by Aidan O'Rourke

(Based on reports in the Manchester Evening News)

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