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Dance Band Members Crash at Quorn

Loughborough Echo - 24th March 1939

Dance band instruments were scattered over the road at Quorn early on Saturday morning, when a car in which were two members of a Rugby dance band, crashed into a telephone post.

Both passengers had lucky escapes from injury and were detained in Loughborough Hospital less than 48 hours. They were Michael Lyon, "Hillrise", Hillmorton, and Edwin Kenneth Wild, 88, Park Road, Rugby.

The noise of the crash awoke Mr W F Bent Beardsley, the Loughborough solicitor, who telephoned for the Loughborough Ambulance and assisted in rendering first-aid. One of the men was taken into his house for this purpose.

It is understood that the men, who members of the Les Smith Rhythm Aces Band, Rugby had been to a dance band contest at Nottingham. The possible cause of the accident, which occurred at 3am, was a skid. The car was wrecked, the radiator and engine being telescoped into the body. When it was dragged away the bumper bar remained wrapped around the telegraph post. The remarkable escape of the driver was apparent, for the steering wheel snapped in two.

Except for a broken cymbal the band instruments and drums, which were valued at 50, were little damaged.

 Submitted on: 2009-08-03
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 461
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