June 16, 1962 A LIVERPOOL man groped his way through thick black smoke to rescue his four young children from an upstairs bedroom, after fire broke out in the kitchen of his home in Tillard Street, Kirkdale. Joseph O'Hara was in bed when he smelt smoke and went downstairs to investigate, finding the kitchen resembling "an inferno". Mr O'Hara woke his wife, Teresa, and the pair brought their older children Rita, nine, Joseph, seven, and Laurence, five, downstairs, before Mr O'Hara fought his way back upstairs to rescue their youngest, Christine, four, from her cot. The heroic dad told the ECHO: "I was lucky to smell the smoke so quickly. I had to use a rag over my mouth and nose, or I would have been choked by it."
| Liverpool police were hunting a tall, bearded man with thick, horn-rimmed spectacles, after a late-night altercation outside a cafe in Prescot Road left a man critically ill with head injuries. The 33-year-old victim, who had been seen talking to the suspect, was taken to the Royal Infirmary and put into intensive care. | In politics, the Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, was challenged by Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell to call a General Election, after the Government suffered a shock by-election defeat. But Gaitskell died just seven months later - and new leader Harold Wilson eventually won the next election in 1964.
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Jun 16, 2019|
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