Nostalgia: Havering in history on May 9, 1954, 1974 and 1994
18:41 09 May 2014
This week in history - 60, 40 and 20 years ago.
Sixty years ago - 1954
A new father and two other men attacked a garage worker on the same evening his baby was born.
The three hired a car to bring the man’s wife home from hospital and then went out in it later to celebrate.
When it ran out of petrol, the Harold Hill men pushed it to Moon’s Garage at 11pm that evening, where the pumps were locked and the attendant said he couldn’t supply them with any petrol.
An argument flared up and the attendant was hit.
He fell against a window, which caused cuts to his face and finger.
The men admitted being concerned together in inflicting grievous bodily harm.
They were fined 50 shillings each and ordered to pay 50 shillings each as compensation to the victim.
A solicitor’s wife from Romford on holiday abroad chased a thief who stole her handbag.
The woman, who was in Nice, France, ran after the man after he snatched the item from behind. As she chased him, he scattered the contents in the road, keeping only a key purse.
The rest of the items were recovered.
A Romford man took control of a boat containing 42 people after the man driving it collapsed, and saved four men from a capsized rowing boat – all in one day.
Percy Rogers, of the St John Ambulance Corps, was in Southend when the incidents happened.
The boat had been heading out to sea when its skipper fell ill. Mr Rogers stopped the engine before turning it around so the man could go to hospital.
He then saw four swimmers in difficulty and dived in fully clothed to rescue them.
Forty years ago - 1974
The borough’s residents were waiting to find out who would take control of the council.
Although Labour won the most votes, they were due to be in a minority of two when new aldermen were elected.
It was possible that they were going to be able to form a minority administration.
Despite this, the Conservatives and ratepayers/independents could outvote them in the appointment of committees and committee chairmen and vice-chairmen.
A small dog was found tied to the bumper of a lorry so the driver took the animal home with him.
The man gave little Peter to a neighbour, who then passed him on to pensioner Ellen Sampson to look after.
However, Mrs Sampson decided he would be happier with a family.
She said: “He is a lovely dog and I shall be sorry to see him go, but he is very playful and needs lots of attention.
“Children would love him because he is so lively. I hate the idea of him being ill-treated so I would love to be sure he was going to a good home, but he is getting too much for me to handle.”
Protesters marched on the town hall in an attempt to stop the closure of the Mawney Road swimming baths, in Romford.
A petition containing 22,684 signatures was handed to the outgoing mayor.
Plans for a £1million sports complex at Cranham were being drawn up.
The proposals, put forward by a Romford building firm, would cover nearly 50 acres of farming land.
The site was being planned to potentially include speedway and greyhound racing and the land was part of a green belt.
Twenty years ago - 1994
A pirate radio group was said to be putting lives at risk because its transmissions affected a service for elderly people.
The “hardcore rave” station was believed to be causing major interference to Havering Council’s “panic button” helpline service for the elderly and the disabled.
A spokesman said: “These illegal broadcasts are interfering with our radio helpline frequency, thus endangering hundreds of residents’ lives.”
The group was also said to have cut off lifts and caused fire hazards by running cables along hot ventilation shafts at three tower blocks in Harold Hill and Collier Row.
Officers had so far been unable to locate the studios or base stations.
A man was trapped under a lorry after an accident.
The man, in his 60s, was in a critical condition after the collision between a moped and a lorry outside Havering Technical College.
He was flown to Whitechapel Hospital suffering from multiple injuries.
An angry resident said: “I want the area outside the college to be declared an accident blackspot.
“This is yet another accident in a long line going back many years.”
A charity-supporting sergeant was to receive a reward for his work with sick children.
Hornchurch man Malcolm Haddow, who worked at Barking police station, was to be awarded the first ever Churchillian Community Spirit Award.
The award was part of an event launched by the Daily Mirror and the Sir Winston Churchill Britain at War Experience, due to be attended by other winners such as Sting and Richard Branson.
Malcolm set up the National Holiday Fund for Sick and Disabled Children in 1998 with his wife Liz.