50 Years Ago

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l Calls for the sale of cigarettes in hospitals to be banned were ignored by Grantham Hospital management committee.

lA 50-year-old man appeared at Grantham County Court and was given 56 years to pay off his debt. The judge said: “It all seems rather ridiculous. He will be as old as Methuselah by the time he clears this debt.”

l Reigning ABA welterweight champion John Pritchett of Bingham ABC was tipped to earn a spot on the England squad for the Commonwealth Games after out-pointing Ralph Charles of West Ham ABC.