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THE Herald reported: "Dr David Owen, Navy Minister and MP for Sutton Division of Plymouth, today defended the £30 million being spent on refitting the Ark Royal and refuted the claim made yesterday in a national newspaper article that the ship was a 'white elephant'."
Meanwhile, work was set to begin "following Ministry of Transport approval in principle" on a five-year, £6,300,000 Plymouth roads programme, towards which the Ministry was contributing a 75 per cent grant.
The schemes were the widening of Tavistock Road from Tor Lane to Peverell Park Road; dualling from Billacombe roundabout to Sherford Road in Billacombe Road and Elburton Road: part of the outer ring road from Manadon to Marsh Mills: a flyover from Union Street to Western Approach: a fl-over at the junction of Bretonside and Exeter Street; in Embankment Road, the Cattedown Roundabout to Laira Bridge Road, including a flyover, and a flyover at Pennycomequick Roundabout.
"The city engineer's staff will be increased by seven as a result of the intensified preparations and the programme will also provide employment for about 150-250 workers," readers were told.
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In contrast to the demolition and new building there was news elsewhere in The Herald tonight Herald that, "The Georgian terraces and Foulston buildings in Durnford Street and Stonehouse are to be conserved."
Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was now showing at the Odeon in Union Street; Candy, staring Richard Burton, Ringo Starr and Ewa Aulin, was at the Drake and Happy People, with Clifford Henry, was about to start a summer run at the Hoe Theatre.
Doctor Who, Here's Lucy and Dee Time were early evening offerings on BBC1 tonight, while Westward was competing with Set 'Em Up Joe and The Avengers.
The Beatles were No 5 with Get Back featuring Billy Preston and No 1 – for the last time – with the Ballad of John and Yoko, featuring just John and Paul, with George Harrison's Old Brown Shoe on the B-side.
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