Transport - AA Scouts
File photo dated 4/7/46 of a convoy of some of the 400 AA Scouts leaving an assembly point in the Midlands. Members of the Automobile Association were expected to be told later Thursday September 16, 1999, that they will receive a 240 windfall through the sale of the motoring group to power giant Centrica. Preliminary results of a vote on the sale, announced later today were likely to show a large majority in favour of the deal. File photo dated 4/7/46 of a convoy of some of the 400 AA Scouts leaving an assembly point in the Midlands. AA patrol staff are to wear new reflective Formula One-style suits to improve safety, it announced Monday February 16 2004. More than 1 million has been spent developing the clothing to ensure the 3, 500 patrols are more visible to passing motorists in the dark and poor light. The 'biomotion' clothing features reflective rings at all the major body joints and wrists, belt and ankles. File photo dated 4/7/46 of a convoy of some of the 400 AA Scouts leaving an assembly point in the Midlands. Centrica, owner of British Gas, is to buy the Automobile Association for 1.1 billion, triggering 240 windfalls for AA members, the company announced today (Monday July 5 1999). Centrica, which also supplies electricity to consumers and owns the Gold Fish credit card, said the deal would create the leading provider of energy and high quality services to consumers at home and on the road. It pledged to maintain and invest in the AA s standards of roadside recovery and preserve its role as a campaigner for motorists.
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Politics - Actor Peter O'Toole with Harold Wilson - UNA garden party - 10 Downing Street - London
Film star Peter O'Toole hands Prime Minister Harold Wilson a cup of tea at the United Nations Association's (UNA) garden party held at 10 Downing Street, London. In the centre of the picture is Steptoe and Son actor Harry H. Corbett. The garden party was held to raise funds for the Association's work and guests included members of the Diplomatic Corps and prominent people in the Entertainment world. The UNA was founded in 1945 to support and strengthen the United Nations through education, influence and practical activities.
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The Press Association prepare for election night
News cascades into the Press Association's headquarters in Fleet Street from an army of staff reporters and 1500 correspondents throughout the British isles. An automaticc telephone exchange links reporters to copy-takers. It is on a "battery" sych as this that the General Election results and stories will be received on March 31st and April 1st. Within seconds the facts and figures will be transmitted to newspapers throughout the country and fed into a NCR 315 computer for split second calculation.