Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Still Time for Fun despite the War

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Still Time for Fun despite the War

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WITH the war effort in full swing, 70 years ago today the Evening Chronicle led on the fate of two Nazi agents, hanged for being spies.

The men had landed offshore in Scotland by seaplane and paddled ashore in a dinghy. But within hours both spies were arrested while studying the timetable at a railway station. At trial both men were found guilty under the Treachery Act, 1940, and sentenced to death.

Another story told of an overnight raid by the RAF, whose bombers had flown through gale-force conditions to drop some of their heaviest bombs on the German towns of Mannheim, Frankfurt and Karlsruhe, causing widespread damage according to the Air Ministry.

The Government announced that the cheese ration was to be increased but that the public must register for milk rations.

The letters page proves interesting. One letter, written by PEN-PUSHER, Newcastle, said that it was time that men below 40 working in offices should be called up.

"Practically all work can be done by women and, I think, in a good many instances, work is being transferred from women to men as an excuse to keep them out of the Army. It is fighting personnel we require if we are to win this war, and a comb-out in offices is what is needed, or we will find shortly that the women are in the fighting line and the men at home."

Another letter, appearing the following day, concerned Grey's Monument.

"Sir, regarding the damage done to Grey's Monument, perhaps now the old question of the removal of this column can be dealt with finally.

"For a number of years it has been an obstruction to road traffic, and during this time of war many consider it a menace. If the monument is replaced by an ornamental island lamp, with a small flower pot at base, it would improve the appearance of the heart of the city."

JE, of Newcastle, went on to suggest the stone of the Monument could be better used as a bomb shelter.

On the advertisement front, one advert asked smokers to be moderate and have patience, but above all - DO NOT HOARD. …

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