CHAOTIC traffic conditions in the town centre were the subject of serious debate at a meeting of Huddersfield Town Council.
There was a lively debate on a proposal to close two streets in the town centre to private motor traffic and to prohibit the delivery of non-perishable goods there for long periods of the day. After protests that traders and other interested parties should be given the chance to air their views before the Ministry of Transport’s observations were invited, the council approved an amendment which referred back to the watch committee for further discussion part of a resolution arising from a traffic census in Shambles Lane and Victoria Lane. The resolution was that the town clerk be instructed to prepare a draft order for the observation of the Ministry of Transport prohibiting private vehicles from entering these roads before 6pm on weekdays and banning delivery of perishable goods to shops in the streets on weekdays between 10am and 5pm. Ald Sidney Kaye said that vehicles had become bigger and more than once he had seen pedestrians ducking into shop doorways on the narrow streets to avoid being knocked down. “We must show both reason and common sense and unless something is done we shall have a very serious accident and possibly a fatality.” The meeting also considered the problems of lack of car parking facilities in the town centre. Ald J F Shaw said that people from the Denby Dale area and Kirkburton were going to Barnsley to do their shopping because of the parking restrictions in Huddersfield.
THE Examiner reported the dramatic story of a 21-year-old Huddersfield man whose dream holiday turned into a nightmare when he was shipwrecked off the Norwegian coast. Colin Hutchinson, of 33, Frederick Street, Crosland Moor, was sailing towards the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ aboard the 796-ton Brand V with 50 other British passengers when his ship hit a submerged rock. Recounting the drama to an Examiner reporter, Colin said that he lost practically all his belongings when, after the ship went aground, and was holed, sea water and oil flooded his cabin. The cruise through the Norwegian fjords to the North Cape was to have been an excitingly new and experimental feature of YMCA sponsored holidays abroad. The Brand V – formerly an escort vessel – had been converted into a cruiser by the Norwegian YMCA. She was fitted out for 150 passengers and an ex U-boat power unit had been installed. The tourists had sailed from Newcastle on June 13. “Rather ominous, eh?” remarked Colin, cheerful despite his frightening ordeal and losing a suit of clothes, currency and other valuables. “Everything was going well until we were about 20 miles off Aalesund...then it happened.” So bad was the ship’s list after striking the rock that only two lifeboats could be launched. But there was no panic. A pilot scoop came alongside and the passengers, including a 75-year-old woman, scrambled down rope ladders and were hoisted to safety. About 40 Norwegians were also aboard. The ship was declared a total loss. Salvage crews boarded the half-sunken vessel and recovered some of the luggage. But Colin and about eight other people lost everything except the clothes they were wearing. – and Colin also managed to save his precious camera and exposure meter. The Norwegian YMCA and Red Cross saw to it that the holiday did not end there and then. After relief clothing had been supplied the ‘cruise’ continued by coach, train and steamer. “But we never saw the Midnight Sun,” said Colin.
Vandalism in the town’s parks was increasing. Damage to plants, flowers and seats in Greenhead Park was a real concern, said Capt J H Irons, general superintendent of Huddersfield Corporations parks. The latest acts of wanton destruction occurred in the Greenhead Park conservatory. Unripened bananas had been stripped from the trees, bitten then thrown away and a large leaf of the banana plant, which had been bearing fruit for the first time since the war had been broken off. It was the second attack on the tree in a week. “Before the war it was never touched,” said Capt Irons.
Twenty-one years’ service on the Huddersfield and District Football Association by Mr Alfred Richardson was honoured at the annual meeting in Northumberland Street when he was made a life member of the association and received a salver, sugar basin and milk jug to complete a tea set. The occasion was unique in local football as the presentation was made by his brother Mr Frank Richardson, president of the association, who said it was exactly 29 years since he had been appointed honorary secretary, so he and his brother had between them completed 50 years’ service.
Clr Vernon Hirst, of The Kennels, Stocksmoor, an internationally-famous dog breeder and judge, was to fly to Australia, with his wife, in September to adjudicate at the Royal Melbourne Coronation Show.