From the ‘Derry Journal’ of Friday, February 6, 1961

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Warning to Derry council house tenants - The sub-committee of Derry Corporation agreed that all tenants in Corporation houses should be aware that structural alterations would not be tolerated, and tenants were given a warning that any of them violating the terms of their agreement in this respect would likely be evicted.

This followed the unusual story of how one tenant made some structural alterations which resulted in an outbreak of fire in his home. He occupied one of the earliest houses built at Creggan Estate, and although he counted three chimney pots on his house there were only two fireplaces in his home.

The dining room was heated by an electric fire, but he decided some weeks ago to install a solid fuel range there, and as an outlet he used an air vent which the builders had put there for the purpose of an electric fire.

He thought that this vent was a flue lining to the third chimney pot, whereas it was unlined and the designers did not intend this chimney pot to be used at all. A fire was lit in the range, but there was a wood trimmer in the vent and this became ignited, resulting in a fire breaking out in a bedroom overhead.

The Housing sub-committee decided to inform this tenant that unless he restored the house to its original state eviction proceedings would be instituted against him.

Public at film previews - When Derry Corporation met in the ABC Cinema to review a film for censorship purposes Councillor McFarland lodged a strong protest against the number of people present at the preview.

Members of the newly formed The Branch District Derry City Supporters Club pictured when their special guests were City players Nelson Da Silva and Jose Mokendi at a get-together held in the Venue, Ballymagroarty. (0402MM01)

Members of the newly formed The Branch District Derry City Supporters Club pictured when their special guests were City players Nelson Da Silva and Jose Mokendi at a get-together held in the Venue, Ballymagroarty. (0402MM01)

He said that he had counted 180. At the Corporation meeting which followed the preview, he said; “I think it is a bit of a farce.” Alderman Glover, who presided at the meeting, said Councillor McFarland would have to raise that matter later as the preview meeting was a special meeting.

Councillor McFarland - “I am saying it now. I think it is a farce. “There should be only 20 people present, or possibly 24.”

Councillor Glackin said he had raised the same matter nine months ago in another cinema and Councillor McFarland was there the night he raised the stink about it.

There was no reply when the councillor McDaid asked: “How is it that the Town Clerk’s staff can get tickets for the previews and some heads of department don’t?”

Alderman Hamilton proposed and Councillor McDaid seconded that the film ‘Saturday night and Sunday morning’ - which carried an X certificate - should not be shown.