My 999 drama – 50 years on!

Steve Wild with a copy of the Star from 50 years ago when he was in an accident in the ambulance he was travelling home in
Steve Wild with a copy of the Star from 50 years ago when he was in an accident in the ambulance he was travelling home in
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He hit The Star’s headlines some 50 years ago - and now he’s at it again.

Retired teacher Steve Wild made front page news in 1963 when the ambulance which was taking him home from hospital was involved in a nasty road smash.

Half a century after his moment of fame, Steve was gobsmacked to find the newspaper clipping lurking at the back of a cupboard.

“I thought, ‘Blimey, have I still got this?’ It was a pleasant surprise,” he said.

Steve, who lives on Haugh Green, Upper Haugh, Rotherham, with his NHS worker wife Linda, 56, was just five when he was taken to Lodge Moor hospital with suspected scarlet fever.

“I don’t remember much of it because I was five - I just remember being in a glass room and my family could only talk to me through a window,” he recalled.

“Then I was on my way home and the ambulance was in an accident with a van. All the side of the ambulance was ripped open and I got thrown out into the road.

“I don’t remember any of that, but the next thing I remember was going to another hospital, waiting about for a long time, and then being discharged. I had a head injury but it was nothing serious.”

Steve, now aged 56, who worked at Conisbrough Morley Place Junior School before he retired, said he was more interested by the other stories and some of the events listings in the 50-year-old newspaper than his own article.

He explained: “The prices of things were quite interesting - when you consider it’s £70 to £100 to go to a concert now, and then it was 18 shillings to go and see the Beatles!”