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1970 TUESDAY JUNE 21; Poster wars ahead of the general election, students hop to it to break record, girl bitten by adder, man dies after fall, and much more made the news 46 years ago...

Labour election posters torn down POSTERS of Ted Rowlands, Labour candidate in Cardiff North, were pulled from the windows of committee rooms last night and Plaid Cymru stickers put in their place.

The target of the poster attack was the Central and Plasnewydd ward committee rooms in an empty shop at the junction of Coburn and Wyverne Road, Cathays.

Several scarlet posters of Mr Rowlands were covered in Plaid posters.

Hoppers chalk up a new record TEN students from University College, Cardiff - six girls and four men - set a new world record at the John Collins Pleasure Park, Barry Island today.

The broke by 22 hours the world hopscotch record when the completed 48 hours of non-stop hopping.

In contrast to yesterday's crowds in the sunny weather there were only a handful of spectators as rain fell steadily and the official scorers huddled together under umbrellas.

Members of St John Ambulance attended to one sprained ankle and numerous cases of "hopscotchers cramp" during the record feat, but skipper Mike McGowen, aged 20, urged his team to keep going.

Only one student failed to last the course of more than 500 games - Celia Thompson, aged 19, who sprained her adder bites policeman's daughter, aged five A CARDIFF police officer's daughter is recovering in hospital after being bitten by an adder on the Wenallt, Rhiwbina.

Hayley Ash, five, daughter of police constable Ronald Ash, of Maes-y-Coed, Rhiwbina, who was with her mother, was playing on a footpath with other children when the snake attacked her.

She was taken to Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

Earlier this month, a plague of adders was reported on the Gower Penisula and children were warned to keep clear of wooded areas and grassland. A zoolology expert at Swansea said the exceptional hot weather drew them out to bask.

'You can film Evans house if you buy it' A FILM company reconstructing the activities of mass murderer John Christie will have to buy an empty house in Aberfan if they want to use it to shoot the scenes.

Merthyr Borough Council, which owns the terraced house in Coronation Place, is afraid adverse publicity will affect its chances of selling it.

Councillor Bryn Watkins said: "To safeguard our interests we should allow it to be used only if the company buy it. Then they can do what they like."

The house is wanted for the shooting of scenes involving Merthyr-born Timothy Evans who was hanged 20 years ago after being found guilty of murdering his baby daughter.

Evans who was later given a free pardon, once shared a house with Christie at 10 Rillington Place, Notting Hill, London, after which the film is named.

Man dies in fall at city theatre A CARDIFF Corporation workman was killed today when he fell through trap door in the stage at the Orbit Theatre.

The man who was an employee in the building section was returning scenery the council borrowed for the New Theatre during Young People's Theatre Week.

The man's name and address is being withheld until relatives have been informed.

The sweet notes of a pealing belle PENARTH pop group Stone Idol will be turning heads and popping eyeballs wherever they go in future, and not just because of their music.

The group have what you might call a revealing act - their new singer is also a striptease dancer.

For months the group had been searching for a girl vocalist. The they spotted Margaret Heath (stage name Suzie Quan) doing a little artistic undressing at an airman's club and they decided she was just what they wanted... for their act.

Margaret isn't just a pretty face however. She's a very good singer and sang with her brother's group before turning to stripping.

Although she will probably still do a spot of striptease "on selected occasions", she will mostly sing and do go-go dancing with the group.

Margaret, speaking at her Cardiff home, said: "I was trained at a school for modern dance and ballet and later drifted into strip-tease. I don't really enjoy stripping all the time, my real love is singing and I jumped at the chance of singing with Stone Idol.

The boys seem happy too seem happy with the arrangement. A spokesman for the group said: "We used to have three girl dancers with us before we got fed up of finding copies of Woman's Own in the van. Margaret is different. She's one of the boys, a great laugh."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jun 21, 2016
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