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A substantial extension to Ards Hospital was opened on 3 May and named the Calder Teatre Suite in honour of the late Alexander M. Calder, a key figure in the hospital’s growth. He worked there for 33 years, serving as Consultant Surgeon until his death in 1965. A plaque was unveiled by his widow, Mrs N. M. Calder.

Strangford ferry engineer John Murray, from Te Strand, Portaferry, fulfilled a life’s ambition in May when he completed work on his own boat. It was constructed at Portaferry Technical School under the watchful eye of

woodwork teacher Jim Mawhinney. Named Roisin Dubh, the boat was launched with the traditional champagne bottle by John’s daughter Eileen.

Cllr John D. Beckett was re-elected in mid-May to serve as Mayor of Newtownards Borough for a fourth time – he would be the last Mayor of the old authority prior to the reorganisation of local government and its replacement by Ards District (later Borough) Council. Over in Donaghadee Cllr Henry Cosbey was re-elected as chairman of the local Urban District Council. Although the new District Councils did not take over control until 1 October,

the elections were held on 30 May (and also 20 June in Ards electoral area ‘A’ owing to the death of one of the candidates). Te 17 seats were filled by 11 Unionists (John Algie, Myrtle Cooke, David

Hamilton, Hamilton McKeag, William Spratt, Henry Cosbey, John Scott, James Donnan, Tomas Pollock, Oliver Johnston and Jean McMordie), two Alliance (Charles Dorrian, Tomas McBriar), one Loyalist Coalition (Robert Brown), one Independent (James Caughey), one Labour (Edmond Gaw) and one SDLP (Brendan MacPolin). Mr Algie, a former Mayor of Newtownards Borough Council, was elected chairman of the new authority.

Newtownards bus driver Samuel Alexander Rush, from Windsor Avenue in the town, was killed on 10 June while driving his vehicle on a late journey between Belfast and Bangor. He was hit in the head by gunfire aimed at an Army vehicle checkpoint near Short Strand in East Belfast. Te shots missed their intended target but struck the bus, which subsequently crashed into another checkpoint at Madrid Street. Soldiers and local residents comforted the shocked passengers until another bus was able to take them home. Mr Rush’s death was blamed on the Ulster Defence Association, which had been

involved in a number of shooting incidents along the Newtownards Road. He became the 11th bus service employee to be killed during the four years of the


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