Thursday, July 12, 2012

February 8-14, 1941

A bus ploughed through front gardens on Oxford Road and demolished a bread van when the driver lost control.  Faulty steering was blamed for the accident in which a Kingshill Co-operative Society bread van was wrecked and property at number 41 and 42 Oxford Road damaged.

The Bristol Bus Company vehicle mounted the verge before swerving across the road.  It crashed into the van, lifting it and turning it on its side.  A handcart belonging to painter and decorators Hayward bros was also damaged as the bus ploughed its way through two front gardens, destroying a front wall before smashing into the door of one house and the window of another.

Mrs J.E. Mortimer was coming down the stairs with a baby in her arms when she heard a grinding noise as the front room window crashed in and a pile of bricks and debris fell on the floor.

“I thought it was the Germans who had dropped a bomb,” she told an Advertiser reporter.

Next door Mrs Tuckwell was ill in bed when the crash occurred.  “Her daughter, Mr J. Frierly, rushed upstairs to reassure her, for the front door had been smashed in by the cloud of bricks, coping stone and fencing thrown up by the bus in its career,” reported the Advertiser.  “Mrs Tuckwell soon recovered, sufficiently however to get up and have a look at the damage.”

Although shocked, passengers on the Stratton bound bus were uninjured.  The driver of the bread van was delivering at a house further up the road when the accident occurred.

Romance was most definitely in the air this week, but Swindon sweethearts reported yet another shortage, this time, Valentine cards.  One of Swindon’s leading stationers reported they had sold their entire stock.  “If we had had them we could have sold dozens more,” a shop assistant told the Advertiser.  And it was a quiet week for weddings in Swindon.  

Local girl Sylvia Bond of Moredon Road braved the wintry weather to marry Airman Ronald Burt of Mildenhall near Marlborough at St. Mary’s, Rodbourne Cheney.

Wearing a dress of white taffeta and carrying red carnations, the bride was given away by her father.  Bridesmaid Dorothy Martin wore blue taffeta while the other attendants, Ivy Deacon and Dorothy Gleed wore dresses of mauve taffeta.

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