From the archive: Blowing up a hot water bottle in the Guildhall until it bursts - December 1967

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Top attractions at physical culture show

The North West Physical Culture Association’s big show in Derry Guildhall on Monday night promises to be one of the most attractive of its kind ever staged in the city.

Appearing for the first time in Ireland will be Mr. World 1967 (Rick Wayne) and Mr. Universe 1967 (John Citrone), who is also world bench press champion under 12 stone.

Mr. World won his title six weeks ago in New York. Mr. Universe includes in his feats of strength, blowing up a hot water bottle until it bursts.

Both men will be received by the Mayor, A.W. Anderson before the show in the Guildhall.

Eglinton airport could be goldmine

Mr. Liam Connolly, managing director of Emerald Airways, told a meeting of Derry Rotary Club yesterday that he thought Eglinton airport could, if fully developed, be a real goldmine.

Stressing Eglinton’s potential, Mr. Connolly, said it was a good operational airfield close to the city.

Over 18,600 passengers had been carried during the last twelve months, including some 4,000 in the month of July.

If the airfield was equipped for night landings it would be a great step forward, he said, and he appealed to the citizens of Derry the district to ensure that it is maintained and expanded.

Clonmany onion experiment

An onion-growing experiment started three years ago at Clonmany, Co. Donegal, has steadily grown in popularity and has now developed into a worthwhile project.

Behind the project and giving it unfailing support is the Clonmany Development Association, which was formed in 1965 with Rev. M. Douglas P.P., Clonmany as chairman.

During the winter of 1966 the committee decided on growing onions on an experimental basis. They chose onions as a crop suitable for extensive cultivation and provided plenty of farmyard capable under normal conditions of giving a high cash return per acre.