Leeds was renowned for its dancing halls and dancing schools in years one by. These two pictures show how popular the pastime was with the youth of the day.
The top picture caption reads: “Memories of dancing days from years gone by were revived when hundreds of people took to the floor of the Astoria Ballroom, Roundhay, Leeds. Prompted by stories about the Capitol, Astoria general manager, Mr David Straw decided that the ballroom should put on its dancing shoes again.” It is not clear when the picture was taken.
The lower picture caption reads: “Leeds, 12th March 1976. The Charisma pop group, which is among the winners in this year’s TopTalent competition - the annual search for ability in music, song and dance organised by Leeds Girls’ Choir with the help of the Evening Post.
“Many of the winners will take part in a concert at Leeds Town Hall on March 31. Left to right; Andrew Marshall, Hebden Walk, Seacroft, Carole Mooney, Briarsdale Court, Gipton, John Bootle, Kentmere Avenue, Seacroft, Kevin Chippindale, Ringwood Avenue, Seacroft, and Pauline Buchanan, Poole Crescent, Cross Gates.”
This wek in 1946: Prime Minister Clement Atlee spoke out in support of freedom of the press: “Sometimes the newspapers appetite for face may prove embarrassing to the politicians but so long as you stick to the facts we have no complaint. The opinions you express on the basis of those facts are your own affair. We can have no complaint if we do not agree with them.
“We only have a right to complain - and the public has a right to complain - when the facts are twisted or invented, or when there are omissions which distort the whole picture.”