50 Years Ago

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l Great Gonerby man John Chilcott headed off to Perth in Australia as a member of the England team in the first British Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. The wheelchair-user hoped to do well in the discus.

l Grantham Railway Station was idle for the first time in 36 years during a strike by members of the NUR. No trains ran for more than 24 hours.

l A £2,000,000 by-pass at Grantham was opened by the Earl of Ancaster after two-and-a-half years of work. The six-mile road ran from near Allington to Barrowby.