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April 16, 2014

Step Back in Time: April 16, 2014

50 years ago

April 16, 1964

WALTON — Walton being a “twin-town” with Walton-on-the-Thames, England, will have as guest residents of the English Walton on Tuesday, April 21. Eighteen persons on a Surrey Mirror Newspaper Tour are expected to arrive in Walton by bus at 10:30 a.m.

The group will visit the Walton Reporter Company and as guests of the Walton Chamber of Commerce will proceed to the Roundup Ranch near Downsville for lunch. Around 20 chamber members will accompany them.

Richard Thomson, vice president of the Walton Chamber who is acting in the absence of President Harold Combs, said Wednesday they hope to have the group visit another industry in the village and are awaiting approval from New York. He said the party will return to Binghamton after the luncheon.

The itinerary has been arranged by Trans-World Airlines. Walton-on-the-Thames, England is much larger than Walton, New York, being a city of around 40,000 population. The city is located south of London in the county of Surrey.

London is only a 26-minute train ride. One of the things for which the English city is known is the Walton regatta. Other activities include tennis, football and cricket.

One of the most important industries in the city is the Vickers-Armstrong Aircraft Works. There are also film studios located there for which several television programs are carried.

The Oatland Park Hotel is well known because of its facilities and also because it is near the site of the palace built by King Henry VIII and which Oliver Cromwell destroyed.

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