A British Road Services lorry driver was last weekend preparing for an anxious journey to Cheshire in August holiday traffic for it was his job to deliver these gigantic wooden arches made by the Bideford firm of Laminated Wood Ltd.
Measuring 16ft 6in across, the load was one of the widest ever transported from Bideford.
A police escort accompanied the 36ft lorry for the whole of its journey. At their destination in Cheshire they will be bolted together as a huge arch to form the main structure of a new Roman Catholic church.
The local firm was started in 1957 and occupies premises in New Road.
The full Gazette article is dated 28 August 1964