Saturday, December 24, 2011

December 14-20, 1939

Described as a garrulous Irish man, Frank Cosgrove caused a stir in Swindon when he performed an impromptu striptease in Drove Road on Thursday December 14.

Smelling of alcohol, Cosgrove arrived in Swindon from Devizes and promptly made a nuisance of himself, begging for money for Christmas in Cricklade Street.

"I never begged in my life," Cosgrove exclaimed when he appeared before Swindon magistrates. "The constable called me an Irish **** and that caused me to take off my clothes."

"As Frank didn't know where he was going to sleep, the magistrates arranged a night's accommodation for him at the police station," reported the Advertiser.

"Have a good night's rest," advised Mr Withy, the magistrate's clerk. "Tomorrow morning at nine o'clock you must march - out of Swindon."

Two thousand gas helmets designed for babies under the age of fourteen months were due for distribution in Swindon on December 19 & 20 under the supervision of Mrs B.O.D. Palmer and Mrs Milton.

Carol singers were warned that their lanterns must conform with the regulations concerning hand lamps. Handbell ringing out of doors was prohibited under the Control of Noise Order.

Gorse Hill footballer, D. Edwards 17, gave 'a good account of himself' during a trial with Wolverhampton Wanderers when the first division team played Bromsgrove Rangers on Saturday December 16. Edwards had played for Swindon Boys in the English Schools Shield Competition on several occasions and, prior to the outbreak of war, was a member of the GWR Staff Association team.

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