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1967 TUESDAY JUNE 13; Civic reception for boxer Winstone, purple hearts crackdown, apology for Aberfan day trips and much more made the news 50 years ago this week.

The champ comes home with a vow HOWARD Winstone, Merthyr's modest hero, was cheered by a crowd of more than 1,500 people when he arrived at the town hall to be honoured at a civic reception.

Hands were thrust forward to congratulate Winstone as he reached the town's main street in an open Land Rover accompanied by his wife Benita, his manager Eddie Thomas and the Mayor of Merthyr, Ald Mrs Alice Evans.

Police helped to clear a way for him to reach the steps of the Town Hall, where his six-year-old twins wearing over-sized rosettes proclaiming "Daddy is Champ", waited with his mother-in-law.

"I thought there would be no-one here this time," Winstone joked while his manager told the waiting crowd: "The first thing Howard said to me this morning when he got out of bed was, 'I can beat Saldivar, get him for me again'.

"If I can make a match we will even go to Mexico to fight," added Thomas, following his fighter's gallant display in defeat.

Traffic in 'purple hearts' clampdown THE illegal sale of "purple hearts" among young people in Cardiff has been checked by city police flowing an intensive probe into drug-peddling, a police spokesman announced.

"Joint action by the police, doctors and welfare workers has helped the problem, and those pep pills are now far more difficult to obtain," said the spokesman.

Doctors have tightened up on giving prescriptions to obtain drinamyl tablets - "purple hearts" - and other "soft" drugs such as dexodrine and amphetamine. A watch was being kept on unscrupulous "patients".

Young peddlers have been selling these pills for as much as 1s each at several premises in Cardiff where "junkies" (drug addicts) are known to meet.

Aberfan day trips 'a misunderstanding' THE manager of a Somerset coach firm who ran day trips through Aberfan apologised today for any grief his trips may have caused to residents of the disaster village, and said the whole business had been a "gross misunderstanding".

On three occasions only, said Glen Willcox, manager of a Martock coach firm, had West Country trippers gone through the village.

"They were private parties on a tour of the Brecon Beacons and Merthyr Vale, who asked if they could drive thorough Aberfan," he added.

"The coaches were driven through the village slowly, but without stopping and nobody got out. Many of the passengers had contributed to the disaster fund, and some of them have roots in the area.

"They were genuinely interested and concerned to see the site of a national disaster and on their behalf I want to apologise to the residents of Aberfan for any grief of distress we might have caused."

'Don't dawdle on the bridge' drivers warned AS SOUTH Wales weekend trippers took to the roads in their thousands heading for the beaches, mountains and beauty spots, an appeal went out from the Severn Bridge management - "Don't dawdle on the bridge".

More than 50,000 vehicles were expected to cross the bridge this weekend as people on both sides of the channel take full advantage of the heatwave.

The slow drivers have been causing big hold-ups on the bridge and a management spokesman appealed: "We run a bridge, not a promenade. Motorists spend too much time looking at the view instead of concentrating on their driving."

The day green flies hit Maesteg MAESTEG'S fly plague is over. The bodies of millions of the small green flies which smothered the town lingered on window sills and flat surfaces everywhere.

The invasion lasted from the early hours of the morning until dusk and during the day shoppers in the street wore handkerchiefs over their faces to prevent the flies from clinging to their skin.

The flying invasion however brought a booming trade for traders selling flykilling chemicals.

Welshmen pour in for Eisteddfod proclamation THOUSANDS of Welshmen from all parts of the world poured into the streets of Barry for the proclamation of next year's Royal National Eisteddfod.

Holiday traffic was diverted from the centre of town as the half-mile-long procession headed by Archdruid Gwyndaf and the bards - formed up to march from the town hall to the Gorsedd circle at Gladstone Park.

Man accused of illegal operation A 29-YEAR-OLD man was remanded in custody when he appeared before Cardiff Magistrates' Court.

The man is charged with using certain instruments at Cardiff with the intention of procuring a miscarriage.

Sell-out for Tom's free show WHEN Tom Jones walks out on stage at Ebbw Vale on Sunday to entertain in his chart-topping style, he'll be doing it for free.

Pontypridd-born Tom and Cwmborn actor Victor Spinetti are heading the bill in a pop concert in aid of "talking books" for the blind appeal fund.

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Date:Jun 13, 2017
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