JOIN the Bury Times as we travel back 50 years to the headlines on May 14, 1969, when noisy lorries, stolen pop, intrepid hikers and hospital hairdryers were the talk of the town. BRAD MARSHALL takes a look back in the archives...

OUTRAGED residents, left unable to sleep due to the racket made by motorway construction works, halted lorries in their tracks on Sunday in protest.

Police were called to deal with the Castle Hill Road residents causing the transportation of hardcore material from Castle Hill Quarry to the trans-Pennine motorway to cease until mud had been removed from the lorries' wheels.

The residents complain that the lorries have been working through the night keeping them awake, depositing mud on the road, and causing a general nuisance.

Quarry foreman Mr Chowdry said the contractors do not want to cause trouble and aim to complete their work, weather permitting, in the next four weeks.

"And then we will go elsewhere," he added.

A NEW £600 domestic science room will be the reward for girls at Bury Convent Grammar School after their efforts in a strenuous, rain-drenched 15-mile sponsored walk.

A total of 233 pupils, teachers, parents and friends ­— including several boys from St Gabriel's Roman Catholic Secondary School ­— and three nuns from the convent took part in the hike into the West Pennine Moors.

At 11am on Sunday, the walkers trekked from the school up to Longsight Road, before heading through Greenmount and Hawkshaw and on to Turton and Harwood.

They then skirted down into Ainsworth and along to Three Arrows, before checking at the Wellington Hotel on Bolton Road, and returned to the school by 6.30pm ­— in time for tea.

ALL the weekend's fizz has been taken out of a Bury social club after a rather unusual crime.

A haul of 24 bottles of pop were thieved from All Saints' Social Club in Orrell Street on Monday.

It is believed children are responsible.

THERE will be "new look" mums in Fairfield General Hospital's maternity wards in the future following a special gift.

Two hairdryers were donated to the hospital by the Bury branch of the Association for Improvement of Maternity Services on Thursday.

The branch held jumble sales and film shows to raise money for the hairdryers.