50 Years Ago – 5 August 1972

5 August 1972

Geoffrey Rhodes, the then Labour MP for Newcastle-upon-Tyne East, said that he had been sent death threats after refusing to become involved with a bribe to get air traffic control from moved Rome to a second airport.

A consignment of butter from Denmark was flown into Newcastle Airport in a bid to avoid the strike of dockers, although the airport authorities said that it was a one-off rather than an attempt to bypass the industrial action.