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“I moved quicker than Bannister!”

Those were the words of Emma Barnett of Great Gonerby, who had the shock of her life at Grantham station when a railway carriage hit the end wall of the down side refreshment room where Emma was working.  It happened on Tuesday 8th June 1954 - only a month after Roger Bannister first ran a mile in less than 4 minutes.

Here's the story from the front page of the following Friday's Grantham Journal.  The print is small, so try setting your browser to 300% enlargement.

The Grantham Journal 11th June 1954, page 1 From The British Newspaper Archive Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
The Grantham Journal 11th June 1954, page 1
From The British Newspaper Archive
Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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