50 years ago: January 20, 1961 NIGHT DRAMA TO SAVE A LIFE FULHAM
Hospital doctors who battled throughout the night to save the life of a 19-year-old whose heart had stopped were praised at the inquest in Hammersmith.
"The prompt treatment by the doctors at this hospital gave this youth another eight hours of life," said the West London Coroner Mr Gavin Thurston.
He recorded a verdict of 'death from natural causes' on John James O'Sullivan, of Harcourt Terrace, Kensington, who collapsed after being taken ill at a party.
Michael Beck, a warehouseman, of Barons Court Road, said he worked with O'Sullivan, whose health was bad. O'Sullivan suffered from fits and occasionally after an attack he would be unconscious for about 12 hours.
To alleviate an attack, O'Sullivan took tablets which were prescribed by a doctor.
O'Sullivan was taken ill at a party at Challoner Mansions, West Kensington. Earlier that night, a witness met him in a pub.
O'Sullivan had been drinking but he seemed all right when he left. He arrived at the party at about midnight, and it was there that he was taken ill and collapsed.
25 years ago: January 24, 1986 LEAVE OUR ROAD ALONE
RESIDENTS in Sands End are up in arms because they fear Hammersmith and Fulham
Council will steamroll a major road extension through their neighbourhood in February.
They claim the borough ignored local opposition to the Imperial Road extension at the Fulham Local Plan inquiry this month. But a council spokesman said it had heard nothing to change its mind.
Christa Paxton, a committee member of ARISE (Association of Residents in Sands End), a group which represents several hundred families said: "We are angry at the high-handed and outrageous behaviour of our supposedly caring and democratic council.
"They are riding roughshod over all objectors by taking no notice of the inquiry or its inspector."
ARISE members were among objectors from three pressure groups who opposed the Imperial Road scheme at the Local Plan Inquiry.
The scheme extends from Imperial Road northwards to join New Kings Road at the existing junction with Bagleys Lane. Residents say traffic would cut through one of the area's few open spaces for children and make the area more dangerous.
But they are concerned that if this road is built, it will provide the green light for a much larger project - a proposed one-way system and roundabout at New Kings Road.
A council spokesman confirmed the Imperial Road extension would be built, starting next month, provided councillors gave the go-ahead at the planning applications committee meeting held on Tuesday.