• Short Summary

    Sweden's long-time problem of aimless youth this month looked like improving, with Stockholm's tight-trousered "Teddy Boys" taking elderly folk out for daytime country excursions by car.

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    Sweden's long-time problem of aimless youth this month looked like improving, with Stockholm's tight-trousered "Teddy Boys" taking elderly folk out for daytime country excursions by car.

    The cars - old American models - still have their use at night. A use for which they were originally bought - to pick up girl friends in the city, where the cinema and neon lights glitter.

    With second-hand cars cheaper than in many European countries, boys over 18 took the opportunity to ease the car marts of the surplus, formed themselves into gangs such as the "Road Devils" and the "Car Angels".

    Danger grew on the roads as gang rivalry grew. Attempts by police and social workers to parley with the leaders failed until a Danish doctor, as a mediator, made a pact with them.

    The terms: a Government-built youth centre for the gang in return for making the city's elderly people happier.

    The first car citing Oct 11 took the old folk to Nunashamm, south of Stockholm, for lunch. The "Car Angels" took their portable record players with them, invited their wards to dance after coffee. Some of the "Angels" play instruments - for jive sessions. But they plan to visit hospitals and play in a quieter mood to elderly and lonely patients. And one day the "Car Angels" will have their centre to work at their hobbies...and jive with the girl "Angels."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA79QBAPZDDLP6TSVJ6AVPLGXBM
    Media URN:
    VLVA79QBAPZDDLP6TSVJ6AVPLGXBM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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