ARGUS ARCHIVE: Newport beat the Springboks
12:30pm Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News
100 YEARS AGO
● A daring burglary at Mr E Jacobs, jewellers, of Alice Street, Newport, resulted in a haul of jewellery worth £150 being stolen.
● The South African rugby team arrived in Newport and were met at Newport station by a team of horses and carriages dressed in Springbok colours.
● A meeting of the Western Valleys Miners’ Council was held to discuss the delay of the Minimum Wage Act.
● Newport beat South Africa in the visitors’ first defeat of their tour. Takings at the gate were a record for the home side.
50 YEARS AGO
● The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Edwin Morris, told a large congregation at St Mark’s Church, Llanhilleth, that it was not a contradiction for Christians to support the possession of nuclear weapons.
● A plan for a £65,000 shopping centre at Trevethin was presented to Pontypool Urban Council.
● Bedwas Colliery was hit by a strike following trouble over payments at the coalface.
● Four people were killed and three injured at the notorious Black Rock Hill, Brynmawr, when a lorry loaded with 16 tons of steel ran out of control.
● The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited Newport for the official opening of RTB’s new steelworks at Llanwern. October 26, 1962, was pronounced a great day for Britain.
25 YEARS AGO
● A senior Gwent county councillor, speaking out at the proposed closure of the maternity unit at County Hospital, claimed that consultants at the Royal Gwent Hospital did not want to visit valley hospitals and expected patients to come to them.
●The Peace Pledge Union launched a campaign to encourage schoolchildren to buy controversial white poppies and observe an alternative Remembrance Day.
● A dramatic slump in the number of apprenticeships being offered to Gwent youngsters was causing concern among further education and careers chiefs.
● A group of parents succeeded in the first stage of their legal battle and were granted a judicial review of the county’s decision to close Mathern Primary School.
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