Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

1959: Time of Icons; Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST Our Series Focussing on Eventful Years in History Continues

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

1959: Time of Icons; Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST Our Series Focussing on Eventful Years in History Continues

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Byline: RAY MARSHALL

IT WAS the year Fidel Castro took over government in Cuba and the year Buddy Holly died in a plane crash.

Nearer to home the hovercraft made its first flight in public, at Cowes, before making its first channel crossing.

The M1 motorway was opened in November (two people died in a crash in its first week) and the Archbishop of Canterbury called for adultery to be made a criminal act.

Also the new Mini, which was to become an iconic image, made its debut on the car market.

The Chronicle started the year leading on Russia's attempt to conquer space.

They were firing a rocket at the moon, travelling at seven miles a second and it was due to pass within 5,000 miles of the moon before becoming a new planet circling the sun.

The future of North Shields as a fishing port was in doubt as a row between the Transport and General Workers Union and trawler owner, George Purdy came to a head.

Mr Purdy said he had refused "outrageous" pay demands and said that unless his terms were accepted he would withdraw them and his firm would have to close.

This would affect six boats out of the port's fleet of 16.

The Chronicle urged Geordies to send old songs from the region to Geordie exiles - to keep the dialect alive.

Police were hunting Denis Stafford, described as a 25-year-old debonair playboy crook, who was on the run from Dartmoor.

Gateshead's "Great Heap" which had been described as a "gold mine the socialists had given away", is in fact an "enormous headache" according to the firm contracted to remove it.

In a letter to the council Lythgoe Brothers Ltd described as "ludicrous" a suggestion that they made pounds 1,000,000 profit from the lime they had removed from the heap.

"So far as we are concerned the Great Heap is not a goldmine, but an enormous headache," the letter stated. …

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