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November 1957

Boy, 17, and girl, 16, sat drinking
   They were two young people at a dance in Ince Public Hall. It was nearly 11 p.m. - when the bar was due to close - and they were sitting drinking.
   He had a glass of beer and she a champagne-type drink.
   The trouble was, Wigan magistrates were told today, that neither of them was old enough to buy or drink intoxicating liquor. He was 17 and she was 16.
   Before the court was Thomas Parkinson, of Ainscow Street, Lower Ince, who admitted buying liquor for his own consumption and for consumption by another person under the age of 18.
   The girl, who did not appear, admitted aiding and abetting the offence.
   He was fined 2, she 1.
   Police-Constable Bowe said he asked the couple their ages. They both said they were 18, the girl also adding that she had been drinking whisky.

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