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A re-reading of the First News

: Portadown Skittles

A commentary by Raymond Glendenning on the Cup Final between 9th Old Boys and Edgarstown, from the Welfare Recreation Club, Portadown Raymond Glendenning has commentated on most pastimes that amuse mankind, but tonight he tries a new one when he goes to Portadown for the Skittles Cup Final.
This is a special sort of skittles.
Two teams, each of eight players, will compete for the cup, and there will be eight singles matches of 50 up. Each player has three wooden throwers cylindrical pieces of wood eight inches long by two inches in diameter.
Standing In a circle twenty-seven feet from the front of the 'stone', the player has to knock down as many skittles as he can by pitching the 'thrower' in a space twelve inches wide between the 'brass' and the 'stone'. The game must be finished with the exact number required.


Commentary: Raymond Glendenning


' Mr. Stormont' answers questions Tonight ' Mr. Stormont', who is Northern Ireland's ' Mr. Whitehall replies to the first batch of listeners' questions on Civil Defence in the Province. He will at the same time continue his discussion on the subject with the interlocutor, and listeners who want to know more should write to 'Mr. Stormont' c/o the BBC, Belfast.


Sole proprietor and licensee,
Tommy Thompson


Unknown: Tommy Thompson


An up-to-the-minute report on the state of the principal fishing waters of Ulster


Harry Dyson (flute) ; Gethyn Wykeham-George (violoncello) ;
Tina Bonifacio (harp)


Flute: Harry Dyson
Harp: Tina Bonifacio


including Weather Forecast

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