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ARSON was feared after a £10,000 blaze at the Mormon chapel in Queen Alexander Road in November 1972.

PLANS to convert the Greenwell ship repair yard into a covered shipbuilding yard – bringing 2,000 jobs to Wearside – were shelved in August 1972.

 Court Line made a £10million take-over bid bid for Doxford and Sunderland Ltd in May, opted instead to continue the business as a ship repairers.

 “The Doxford Pallion yard is now being considered for redevelopment with covered berths,” the company revealed in statement.

 “This might well be a quicker and more economical development because of facilities which already exist at Pallion.”

PRISONERS at Durham Jail staged a sit-down strike on August 4 in support of national demands for improved conditions.

 The action was called by the Preservation of the Rights of Prisoners – the “prisoners’ union” – to seek better conditions and restoration of rights.

 Just 149 of Durham’s 927 prisoners took part in the action however, while 4,000 prisoners took part nation-wide.

 “Morale at Durham, once a hot-bed of unrest, has been higher than ever since the recent closure of the top security E Wing,” reported the Echo.

 “This is a probable explanation for the small percentage of men who took part in the protest.”

A PILOT walked away unhurt after his light aircraft made a dramatic emergency landing on just one wheel at Sunderland Airport in September 1972.

 Raymond Selkirk, of Chester-le-Street, said afterwards: “I wasn’t worried about myself. I was more worried about breaking the aeroplane.”

THE last remaining part of Usworth brick works at Washington – a 150ft chimney dating from the 1920s – was demolished on June 20, 1972. The chimney was built in the 1920s, and the demolition work was carried by William Gallagher and Son, of Seaham.