BERKSHIRE BYGONES: Find out what made the news in 1960

THREE Mute Swans had a lucky escape when they were poisoned during an oil tanker spill in the Western Industrial Estate, Bracknell, in 1960.

A nearby stream became polluted with thick black oil, but the birds had a large stroke of luck when the local RSPCA Branch President, Sir Geoffrey Lowles, spotted the distressed swans and called in staff to rescue them.

But despite their best efforts to catch them they had to call the Royal Swan Keeper, John Turk and some of his boatmen to finally rescue the struggling birds.

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The swans were taken by the RSPCA officers to a nearby stable, where they were given a lanolin shampoo and laid to rest on a bed of hay, under infra-red heaters.

A group of teachers from Wick Hill and Borough Green schools took a trip to the giant Austin car factory at Longbridge, Birmingham 59 years ago.

The ‘day trippers’ learnt how the production line assembled hundreds of cars- in an area the size of a small town- with its own railway sidings, restaurants, medical and welfare centres.

Bracknell Photographic Society were preparing for their first portrait session in 1960, with model Shirley Nelson sitting patiently under the floodlights.

The society were looking for new members and although many had reached a high degree of skill levels, the outright beginners were being encouraged to

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