On this day – Thursday 29th August 1940 – the Daily Sketch headlined: NAZIS RAID LONDON – AND 13 TOWNS. The sub-headings said that ‘Mr. Churchill Sees Coast Battles’. However, it was the ‘INSIDE INFORMATION’ piece that caught my eye. The following are just three pieces from that information:
Many complaints are being made to the Minister of Home Security about the profiteering in the construction of brick-and-concrete bomb shelters. Questions are to be asked when Parliament reassembles.
Anderson shelters are no longer obtainable. Certain builders are taking advantage of this. They are demanding – take it or leave it – from £30 to £50 for small family shelters which could be built at a profit of £20.
Frau Goebbels is becoming regal-minded. She is going to Versailles to spend two weeks’ holiday at the Royal Palace. A suite of rooms where once the King of France lived is being prepared for her.
The Sketch is not all ‘War Related’ though. On page 10 we find the following ‘Caddie’s Nightmare’. The caddie who carries the world’s heaviest golf bag is to get a rest.
Densmore Shute, American Ryder Cup golfer, has been rushed to hospital with appendicitis.
Denny’s bag was for long a caddies’ nightmare. The heavyweight affair he had for the unofficial World Championship match with Henry Cotton at Walton Heath (UK) three years back was a fearful and wonderful thing.
It contained 20 clubs (6 woods & 14 irons), loads of golf balls, woollies, an outsize umbrella and golf shoes, and the victim, who I think used to carry the late Lord Lurgan’s clubs, estimated the weight at 50lb.
With the coming of the fourteen-club rule, Shute’s bag lost some corpulence, but I don’t think it’s true that his home caddy still offers to carry for both players when Shute goes out for a round.