Broken bus puts players in cold

Thirty-nine Grafton Hockey Association players returned to Grafton yesterday morning after having been stranded in bitterly cold weather, for eight hours near Billy's Creek, after the bus in which they were returning from Tamworth had broken down.

The players were on their way back to Grafton after taking part in the Tamworth hockey carnival, for which they left Grafton by bus on Friday night.

They left Tamworth on the return trip at 5 p.m. on Sunday, and travelled without untoward incident to Armidale where they had a meal and continued the journey about 9 p.m.

When about half a mile on the Grafton side of Billy's Creek about 12.15 a.m., the bus developed fuel line trouble and stopped.

Despite the efforts of the driver the vehicle could not be restarted and the party was stranded until the arrival of Mr. W. Goldthorpe with another bus about 7.45 a.m. yesterday.

The party arrived in Grafton at 9.40 a.m., after 17 hours on the road from Armidale.

The hockey players said they felt the cold and were hungry until the arrival of Mr. Goldthorpe with food consisting of bottles of milk and saveloys.

Although the players suffered from cold and hunger they took the episode in good part, and enjoyed the adventure.



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