ARGUS ARCHIVE: Houdini due to perform at Newport Empire
8:30pm Tuesday 5th March 2013 in News
100 YEARS AGO
● A Newport man was killed on the Great Western railway track at Bassaleg. He was found with both legs severed immediately after the train left the station for Newport.
● Acclaimed self-liberator Houdini was due to perform his latest wonder at the Newport Empire, eight years after he had first appeared in the town.
● An open-air suffragette meeting in Bridge Street, Newport, had to be broken up after disorderley scenes were reported.
● Viscount Tredegar’s health continued to cause considerable concern and it was noted that his physician had been summoned to his bedside, spending over an hour with the patient.
50 YEARS AGO
● The market building at Priory Street, Monmouth, which also housed the newspaper offices of the Monmouthshire Beacon, was gutted by fire after a blaze started in the paper room.
● It was announced that two secondary schools were to be built by Monmouthshire Education Committee, one at Monmouth and the other at Oakdale.
● Newport Town Council announced a rate increase of 2 shillings, taking the annual rates for the coming year up to 10s 4d.
● Stories of good neighbourliness and help to the aged during the last months of bitter weather were revealed at the Monmouthshire old people’s welfare executive meeting.
25 YEARS AGO
● Newport County FC manager, Brian Eastick, was told to sell players in a desperate bid for financial survival.
● Wales celebrated a Triple Crown victory against Ireland at Lansdowne Road for the first time in nine years. Hopes were raised for the Grand Slam clash against France.
● Controversial plans to dig up human remains at Castle Street Baptist Chapel, Caerleon, for a housing development, were halted when relatives of the last person to be buried there exercised their right to veto.
● An investigation was launched into the cause of a fire that had caused £500,000 worth of damage to the factory of Bowater.