Killer whales ahoy

Last updated 08:27 08/02/2014

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A school of killer whales was seen off Ngamotu Beach by members of the New Plymouth Underwater Club who were on board the trawler Norman McLeod and the club secretary, Mrs T A Hines, said the sharks came within 50 yards of the trawler.

Sixty-five musical ambassadors from Buckingham Palace, the pipers, drummers and Highland dancers of the Scots Guard Band, attracted 10,000 people to New Plymouth's Pukekura Park, the price for admission being 7s6d for adults and 2s6d for children.

One of the keenest supporters of the All Blacks touring France must have been 97-year-old Mr J P Every of New Plymouth, who sat up in the early hours of the morning to hear the direct radio broadcast of the test match.

The Egmont County Council approved plans by the Opunake Seaside Improvement Society and the Opunake Jaycees to purchase for [PndStlg]150 an Avenger torpedo aircraft located at the Te Kuiti airfield for erection at the Opunake beach.

Movies: Jason And The Argonauts (New Plymouth Opera House), Todd Armstrong and Nancy Kovack; Francis Joins The Wacs (Hawera Opera House), Donald O'Connor; It Happened At The World's Fair (Opunake Everybody's), Elvis Presley; Witness For The Defence (Inglewood Civic), Nigel Patrick and Yvonne Mitchell.

More than 100 crippled children - three busloads - attended a picnic and entertainment at Rahotu as part of an annual outing arranged by the New Plymouth municipal bus drivers' social committee.

An Australian who had come to live in New Plymouth, Mr J R S Lyon, was one of eight from New Zealand selected to attend the army officer cadet training school at Portsea, Victoria.

The senior female championship at the Inglewood Jersey Cattle Club's 29th annual show was awarded to an aged cow, Sproston Begonia, entered by Inglewood's Atkinson Bros.

Competing in the nail driving event at the annual Whangamomona and Districts' Sports Club's meeting, C Kjestrup won the men's event and Mrs C Kjestrup the women's.

A Girl Guide company was formed at Opunake with Mrs Horgan as president and Mrs S Clark as secretary and it was hoped to have a Brownies group if leaders could be found.

When the North Island's 20-man motorcycle scramble team was announced to meet the South Island at Wanganui it included five New Plymouth riders, A King, B Campbell, M Campbell, J Furze and C Dixon.

A young Manaia herd tester, Mr Michael Richardson, won an armchair when he answered several questions during a sponsored radio quiz show at Manaia compered by Selywn Toogood and Ted Thorpe.

Despite an objection by the resident engineer of the Ministry of Works at New Plymouth, Mr G D Sanderson, the Taranaki County Council approved an application by Mr W E Reardon of Manaia to erect a fruit and produce stall on the north side of the Omata township at the brow of the Omata hill.

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The Stratford Technical High School roll of 745, 64 more than at the same time in the previous year, was more than the headmaster, Mr T R Chadwick, had expected and classrooms were getting slightly overcrowded.

Four men, brothers Douglas, Athol and Brian Fleming and Mr Les Brewer, who had gone wading off the end of Manihi Rd, near Rahotu, seeking mussels, scrambled to safety on a rock when an eight-foot shark cruised towards them, but it soon swam away.

35 Years Ago: Hec Stockman (New Plymouth) wins New Zealand three-quarter speed car title at Stratford speedway; triplet sons born to Mr and Mrs M Whittaker at Taranaki Base Hospital, New Plymouth; Mr Gary McKenna elected life member of Patea Rugby Football Club; Taranaki United Council holds first meeting.

25 Years Ago: Jamie Stroud (East End, New Plymouth) wins annual Flannagan Cup harbour swim at Port Taranaki; Mr Roger White appointed Baptist minister at New Plymouth; Department of Scientific and Industrial Research checks out thermal activity on Mt Egmont; Taranaki Sports Foundation begins its first courses, women in sport and club administration.

- Taranaki Daily News

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