HERE is what was making the news in Argus 100, 50 and 25 years ago. * 3,000 miners strike in Cwmtillery * Schools closed in Blaina after polio outbreak * Newport County launch bid to stop
100 YEARS AGO
● King George and Queen Mary attended a reception and presentation at City Hall, Cardiff. Newport Station was closed for some time to allow the royal train to pass through. Railway staff stood with
their hats off in respect.
● A collision in Commercial Street, Newport, between a hearse and a taxi-cab resulted in the former being overturned and two men injured.
● Around 3,000 workmen of Cwmtillery and Roseheyworth collieries were still on strike over the dismissal of an official of the Labourer’s union.
● Newport beat Swansea Otters at Swansea Baths in the first round of the water polo Welsh championships.
● Charles Powell of Pill saved Walter Beaven, aged 12, of Newport, from drowning in the River Usk. Artificial respiration was successful and brandy was administered by Elizabeth Wilson.
50 YEARS AGO
● All schools in Nantyglo and Blaina areas, and junior and infant schools in Abertillery, were closed due to the Western Valley polio outbreak.
An intensified drive to vaccinate everyone in the district was being planned by Dr Thomas Stephens, Ebbw Vale medical officer of health
● Leo Abse MP was included in the year’s list of ten best-dressed men.
● The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied workers was calling on staff at Burton’s Supermarket, Commercial St, to boycott the store on Friday evenings, 6pm- 8pm, in protest of late-night opening
● Five people escaped serious injury in a three-vehicle pile-up at Black Rock Hill, Brynmawr, caused by a lorry running out of control. A young married couple were saved due to the fact that their
car was fitted with safety belts.
25 YEARS AGO
● Newport County launched a £160,000 appeal to save themselves from liquidation in the High Court.
● King Street, Baptist Chapel, Abertillery was hit by fire causing £10,000 worth of damage. The fire was not being treated as suspicious.
● Uskvale County Club went into liquidation at a shareholders’ meeting, leaving wedding couples without a venue.
● A mass walkout was threatened at Newport Business Statistics Office in a row over the privatisation of the messenger services.
● Labour leader Neil Kinnock visited the South Wales Argus to start the presses rolling following new computer installations at the newspaper.