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Lone Ranger rides in to traffic chaos, railway posters prove too steamy, boy's tunnel walk terror and much more made the news 56 years ago this week Thousands jam Cardiff for the Lone Ranger THE Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore, the television cowboy who always wears a black mask, caused chaos in Cardiff this afternoon.

Hours before he was due to arrive at the Cardiff store of Messrs, James Howell, Ltd, thousands of people, mainly children, thronged into the street to see him.

The heavy Thursday afternoon traffic in St Mary Street was practically paralysed as the children over-flowed the pavements on to the roadway.

Police reinforcements were rushed in to try to clear a passage for motor vehicles, and they had a difficult task on their hands.

The Lone Ranger was late, evidently held up in the traffic, and when he arrived the crowd for a quarter of a mile radius was as dense as any for a Royal tour.

In James Howell's, a switchboard operator described the crowd there as being like one at a "free fight".

"The place is jam-packed with people all over the departments and they are even sitting on the stairs. There is hardly any room to move."

Inside the room the Lone Ranger was to make his appearance, children and adults jostled and pushed to get near the platform.

When the Lone Ranger finally arrived he gave them an old Indian greeting - "Faithful friends", twirled his six-shooter, thanked all "you wonderful boys and girls", apologised for being late and fought his way out of the door.

The event for which some had waited nearly three hours was over in five minutes.

Strip-tease girls have gone off the rails BRITISH Railways have banned New Theatre and the Prince of Wales Theatre posters from their Cardiff hoardings - posters advertising their shows next week. At the New Theatre is the "Strip Tease Peep-show". At the Prince of Wales, "Femmes de Paris", a French film.

Today, an indignant Mr Reg Phillips, manager of the New Theatre, accused British Railways of "prudishness" and says that never has he known of a similar ban.

The palaver began yesterday when the New Theatre posters were being put up on the hoardings.

They came to the notice of Mr W R Peacock, the British Transport Commission's advertising chief in the area. And as soon as he saw them, he knew they wouldn't do, not for British Railways.

So Mr Peacock promptly made a call to the New Theatre and told them the posters would have to stay down.

Today, Mr Phillips was at a loss to know why they were too brazen for British Railways.

"About 100 have gone up and I haven't had any complaints about them," he said. On the posters are the silhouettes of two girls seen through a keyhole.

A fly cost man his life JUST as a 40-year-old, steel erector foreman from Rumney, Cardiff got off the pillion seat of a motorcycle combination to remove a fly from the driver's eye, he was struck by a car.

The man Arthur Austin, was dead on arrival at St David's Hospital, a Cardiff coroner's jury heard today.

The driver Mr George Cummins, of Llanrumney, Cardiff, said that at about 8am on July 18, he was driving along Cowbridge Road, when a fly got in his eye. He could not get it out and asked Austin to do it.

He pulled into the verge. Austin got off and was standing alongside him. Next thing he saw was Austin rolling down the road.

A saloon car stopped a short distance ahead.

Boy's Severn Tunnel walk 'a miracle' RAILWAYMEN in South Wales and the West Country are today discussing the feat of a 16-year-old Cardiff boy who found his way through the five-mile long Severn Tunnel in a bid to reach home.

The boy absconded from the nautical school at Portishead, Bristol. And made the nightmare walk through the tunnel, under the Bristol Channel, as a shortcut - an 80-mile saving on the 120-mile round-the-round journey to Cardiff.

A British Railways spokesman at Temple Meads, Bristol, commented: "To walk through the Severn Tunnel is a very scary experience and is not one I would want to undergo myself."

He added: "The atmosphere is most depressing and the floor of the tunnel is usually wet.

A member of the tunnel repair gang said: "It must have been the most terrifying two-hour ordeal of the boy's life. It's a miracle his nerve didn't crack after the first hundred yards. It is a very frightening place in the darkness. If trains passed him it's a miracle he was not killed.

"He would have been unable to tell when the trains were approaching because there is always a loud roaring noise in the tunnel. It takes an experienced man to know when a train is coming."

Workman's pick set off bomb A WESTERN Command explosives team travelled to Blackwood today to deal with 70 Molotov Cocktail-type bombs found on a building site. The discovery was made when one of the bombs exploded as it was struck by a workman's pick Mt Mick Howarth, aged 20, of Newbridge, was digging in a trench when the pick pierced the top of a crate about two inches beneath the surface.

"There was a terrific flash and flames shot out of the earth in front of me," he said today.

Mr Howarth was not hurt and with his workmates carefully dug around the spot. They found 69 other bombs in crates.

The bombs were found on the site of a Territorial Army Drill Hall in Sunnybank Road.

DO YOU REMEMBER? Archive information courtesy of: Central Library, Mill Lane, Cardiff, CF10 1FL Tel: 029 2038 2116. E-mail: localstudieslibrary Website: Opening hours: Mon to Wed, 9am to 6pm; Thurs, 9am to 7pm; Fri, 9am to 6pm; Sat, 9am to 5.30pm Were you involved in any of the events described here, or do you remember anything about them? We'd love to hear your memories.

Write to Tony Woolway, South Wales Echo, Six Park Street, CF10 1XR.


Chaos in St Mary Street as thousands of people turn out to get a glimpse of The Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore, during a visit to James Howells department store. Clayton |Moore's cowboy hat can just be seen amongst the crowd, fighting his way to the entrance - see report left.
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Date:Aug 5, 2014
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