This week 60 years ago: Benny Hill in Chapel Market, fire at Scouts and 19 bus accident

Islington Gazette: February 28, 1958

Islington Gazette: February 28, 1958 - Credit: Archant

A fire destroyed the HQ of 211th North London Sea Scouts in Mildmay Park.

It happened less than an hour after the scoutmasters had locked up for the night, and left a gaping hole in the roof.

The cause was unknown and leader E. Freeman bemoaned: “Everything seemed to be normal when we left.”

The 150 boys on the group’s books had to make do with a small chapel as repairs began.

In other news, film and TV personality Benny Hill opened Charles Phillips’ “Supermart” shop in Chapel Market.


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The Gazette reported how “women shoppers” had mobbed him as he arrived.

Meanwhile, a bus conductor was injured when she was thrown off a bus into the street while heading through Highbury.

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During a blizzard, the number 19 bus that she was working on had swerved to avoid a 40-foot tree, which had fallen across the carriageway in Highbury Grove.

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