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1960 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Merthyr's Tremelos strike a chord, airlift underway for Dublin and much more make the news 52 years ago this week Rugby airlift is on - even if pilots strike Aer Lingus representatives at Cardiff (Rhoose) Airport stated this afternoon that the big rugby airlift between South Wales and Dublin would continue with aircraft chattered from other companies.

As news came through from Dublin that negotiations between management and the 120 pilots who intend to strike at midnight had not been resumed, airline officials at Rhoose were busy contacting other airlines and altering schedules.

Mr BJT Callan, operations manager for Cambrian Airways, who represent Aer Lingus in South Wales said: "The airlift will definitely carry on with Cambrian doing as much of the work as they can and aircraft and crews chartered from other companies doing the rest.

"We expect to carry out tomorrow's programme of 13 flights carrying 750 passengers with only timing alterations affecting the schedule."

The Irish Airline Pilots Association called the strike in protest against disciplinary action taken by Air Lingus against three pilots.

The action arose out of a party held in a Shannon hotel after three of the airline's aircraft had been diverted there by bad weather.

The pilots were alleged to have broken regulations by drinking while in uniform and 12 hours prior to a flight.

Aer Lingus pilots, who strike at midnight were busy today flying about 800 rugby fans to Dublin Cardiff 'Strip-tease in chapel' protests Cardiff's first Soho-style strip-tease club may open in a disused Butetown chapel next Monday if protests from city councillors and church officials fail.

The Seven Arts Theatre Club's plans to use the old Bethel Baptist Church in Mount Stuart Square has been called "disgusting" and a "dreadful disgrace." But church officials have little power to stop the show going on.

"The lease we had on the church ended nearly 10 years ago and we moved to another building," said Rev William Davies, superintendent of Baptist Churches in South Wales.

In restructuring the inside of the chapel, a jukebox has replaced the organ and the vestry turned partly into a bar, the rest a dressing room for the girls at the chapel where composer Ivor Novello was christened.

Duke's anxiety for hurt Barry girl The 10-year-old Barry girl Alexandra Kendrick, who was injured when she stepped into the road to wave to the Duke of Edinburgh, below, was satisfactory at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

Alexandra, of Morningside Walk, Colcot, was injured by a passing van when the Duke was being driven to Cardiff (Rhoose) Airport at the end of his flying visit to South Wales.

The Royal car slowed down and a Glamorgan police patrol car driven by Patrol-officer Peter Coslett, pulled out of the column. Its crew gave first aid until an ambulance arrived.

A message was sent to the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle last night to let him know of Alexandra's condition.

When the Duke, above, arrived at Cardiff (Rhoose) Airport he asked that such a message should be sent to him and expressed anxiety about the accident.

Margaret makes a welcome return For years Margaret John, above, has patiently worked at her routine job as a comptometer operator with the National Coal Board in Swansea. But now she's packing it in and returning to the career she loves - acting.

If you watched the BBC television serialisation of Richard Llewellyn's "How Green Was My Valley." you saw Margaret - she played Bronwen... and that's what's decided her to return to the stage permanently.

"I'd never make a good comptometer operator," said Margaret. "I've known all along in my heart that I'd have to go back to acting one day. I've been putting off the decision all the time - but the serial has made my mind up for me."

Margaret gave up full-time acting 10 years ago but since then has had parts in Swansea's Grand Theatre and toured in Arts Council productions.

"When I was with the Coal Board I used to say to myself Sunday night, 'Oh Lord, Monday tomorrow. Now I look forward to Mondays - it means another week of acting," said Margaret Larry plumps for love, not riches.... Blond rock 'n' roll singer Larry Page, known all over the country as "the teenage rage" - has solved his marriage difficulties, given up show business and has come to South Wales as assistant manager in a Newport ballroom.

Twenty-three-year-old Larry, who was born in Port Talbot, gave a one-word reason when asked why? "Security" he said.

Eighteen months ago his marriage to his attractive wife Ann seemed to be going on the rocks for he was saying that his career must come before his marriage. And his wife wasn't prepared to share him with his fans.

So behind Larry's decision to step down from the ranks of Britain's rock 'n' rollers lies his determination to stick by his wife. He has given up riches for... love.

For five years he kept up his guitar-strumming career earning hundreds of pounds during some weeks. Now he has taken a job as assistant manager in the town's Majestic ballroom.

* Archive information courtesy of: Central Library, Mill Lane, Cardiff, CF10 1FL.

Tel: 029 2038 2116. E-mail: localstudieslibrary Website: /libraries. Opening hours: Mon to Wed, 9am to 6pm; Thurs, 9am to 7pm; Fri, 9am to 6pm; Sat, 9am to 5.30pm But any teenagers there who try to persuade him to give them a song from the ballroom's rostrum will be disappointed. For apart from occasional television appearances he doesn't intend performing in public any more.

* This advert for BOAC appeared in the Echo, this week in 1960 Do you remember? * 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.


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Date:Mar 6, 2012
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